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[PUBLIC] Fundraising Announcements / Teaser for Sunday
« on: July 31, 2020, 04:50:42 pm »
Do you want the perfect gift for Someone Special (which could even be yourself!)? Then keep watching these forums...

Because on Set's Birthday—in just two days time, yikes!—we'll be announcing a very special opportunity you won't want to miss.

And you'll be able to find a home for some of the money burning a hole in your pocket (after coming in second with that auction bid ::)). ;D

But I've promised not to say anymore until then.  8)

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: June 11, 2020, 08:59:48 pm »
Em hotep and welcome, Lyra!

Sekhmet does that! She did exactly the same for me 15 years ago when I lived in Scotland (Hi, Amaranthos!). ;D

The Beginners' Class is great — well worth the time and effort, in my opinion.

Hope to see more of you.


[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Not a reintroduction
« on: April 30, 2020, 12:11:17 pm »
A very warm welcome, Selene!  :D

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hi!
« on: April 29, 2020, 03:53:50 pm »
Em hotep, Jess, and a warm welcome!
I hope you’re finding the Beginners’ Class valuable and enjoyable. :D

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: A simple hello!
« on: April 25, 2020, 03:24:15 pm »
Em hotep, North Spirit! And a very warm welcome to you. :D

Were any of you ever worried about diving into KO?
Yes! I wondered whether it would have a blinkered view compared to other Kemetic groups and paths. (I found the complete reverse to be the case.) I wondered whether it would be shallow or whether instead it would ‘have a heart.’ (It does.) I wondered about the idea of having a Nisut or King. (All misgivings dissolved a few weeks into the Beginners’ Class.)

When did you know that this was the path for you?
It was a two stage process. Firstly, the Netjeru I already worked with encouraged me to join the Beginners’ Class. Secondly, shortly after starting the Class, the misgivings I mentioned above disappeared, and I started to encounter other Netjeru. It became quite clear that this was Home. I think for many the Class helps people make up their mind.

Had you worked with the Netjeru before becoming a Remetj/Shemsu/Shemsu-Ankh?
Yes. Sekhmet had sorted out a difficult life situation for me fifteen years before. She, Hethert and Ma’at had helped me start writing novels two years ago. At that time, none of it was really part of a religious practice.

What are little things I can do to welcome the Netjeru and Ma'at into my life since I can’t take the online class quite yet?
You‘ve already begun! Making contact here is a big step. And in addition to what others have said, I’d suggest two things. Firstly, try keeping a diary of your impressions, your thoughts, and experiences, questions to ask and lessons learned. Secondly, consider wearing a piece of jewelry to remind you. I bought my first pendant when I was 16: it was an ankh! And when the Netjeru started prodding two years ago, I got a little silver sistrum to put on a neck chain.

I look forward to hearing more from you!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep, everyone!
« on: April 23, 2020, 11:58:48 am »
Em hotep, Julia!
What a delightful surprise to see you here. ❤️
I’m so looking forward to more interactions.
Thank you for exploring with us!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: March 27, 2020, 12:31:43 am »
Em hotep, Raphael, and a warm welcome!
I wish you a fruitful voyage of discovery.  :D

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Nit-Nebthet-Seshat?
« on: March 14, 2020, 01:47:56 pm »
Yes, I think it’s important to know that Nit-Nebthet-Seshat is/are regarded within Kemetic Orthodoxy as aspects, and not a syncretization. Hemet makes this clear in several forum posts over the years. In other words, They are not fused to make a fourth single separate Name.

Of the Three, I’ve so far experienced Nit much more than the other Two. And yet Nit has shown very many sides of Herself to me. When She first appeared, She came over as strong, confident, terse, and almost overwhelmingly and head-swimmingly powerful. Later I saw Her as sharp, precise, focused, like a master archer. I’ve seen Her as detached, matter-of-fact, and almost businesslike. I’ve seen Her as a teacher of heka and an inspirer of creative art. Often She seems a young mature woman wearing the deshret, but I’ve glimpsed Her as Creatrix, manipulating primal waters, and unimaginably old. And I see Her warm and motherly, someone Who is proud of Her child, and Who sometimes fusses about my health and appearance!

When I was changing my avatar after RPD and Naming, several people commented on how ‘metal’ the meaning of my name was, with two very powerful parents! However, despite Her association with bows, arrows, shields, and her reputation as a huntress and warrior, She wanted none of that. Instead I was to emphasize Her regality.

Seshat I’ve experienced directly rather less so far. She has helped me recalling and recording  dreams. She promises to aid me when I am writing novels.

I recall Nebt-het from Her epagomenal festival. She introduced Herself gently, and wanted an offering of milk, promising that I’d hear from Her a lot more in the future.

Nit-Nebthet-Seshat is my Divine Mother, and I have Set as my Divine Father. It’s interesting that in different myths at different times, Set’s consort is variously named as Nebt-het or Nit, and that Sobek is the result of that latter union. And yet as Nit in myth as Creatrix, She needs no partner to create Ra and the other Gods.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Nit-Nebthet-Seshat?
« on: March 13, 2020, 08:44:32 pm »
Also there is Hemet (AUS)'s book Nebt-het: Lady of the House. As the title suggests, it's primarily about Nebt-het, but it also has short chapters on Nit and Seshat.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Nit-Nebthet-Seshat?
« on: March 13, 2020, 08:09:08 pm »
Come along to the Names of Netjer chat in 20 minutes. next week. Nit is one of the Names being featured.

Meanwhile, some hints on offerings to Nit:
I've found Nit likes offerings that I would like, something that I would immediately enjoy as part of my next meal, but perhaps that's because She's my Mom!
I've found that, while She likes vodka, She prefers something with herb and seed extracts in it like absinthe.
And given the choice of frankincense, myrrh, amber, and sandalwood, She chose Sandalwood during Senut.

Edit: last minute postponing to next week.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: A Wild Sobek Kid Appears!
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:32:57 pm »
A warm welcome back!
I look forward to getting to know you.  :D

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep!
« on: February 11, 2020, 02:01:15 pm »
I asked this question when I joined Beginners' Class 54. You're given a list of recommended reading when you start the course. However, I was aware that reading books takes time and often money. What should I prioritize?

What was recommended to me by more than one priest is what I would also recommend: The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook, by Rev. Dr. Tamara L. Siuda. (Yes this is the Nisut.)  I also recommend getting an electronic version as (a) you will get it immediately, and (b) it is searchable. (I got the PDF.)

I do have many of the other books too, including Karenga mentioned above. And while I was waiting for the course to start (and before I had the recommended list), I read "Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt" by Barbara Mertz, which is a wonderfully fun, easy, and very human read.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: From a solitary kemetic
« on: February 11, 2020, 12:06:14 am »
Em hotep and welcome, Capybara! Great to see you here.

And if you’re thinking about the Beginners’ Class, I‘d suggest you‘ve nothing to lose (except maybe a few hours a week!), and potentially a huge amount to gain.

Hope to see you around more.  :D


If I go to Egypt, it will be a once in a lifetime pilgrimage, and I cannot countenance restricting myself to a short list of places to visit. Therefore my dream would be to start at Abu Simbel and work my way leisurely downstream, taking two or three months to reach the sea, perhaps traveling occasionally on a felucca if there was enough time, and stopping absolutely everywhere en route, crisscrossing the delta at the end. Who will join me?

Ra-Heruakhety (And Nut at the beginning and end): Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture (Op. 17).

Danish composer Nielsen wrote Helios in Athens in 1903, inspired by the sun over the Aegean Sea.

This version is by the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Niklas Willén.

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