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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Sokar?
« on: January 28, 2020, 08:11:30 pm »
Just for info, none of those epithets are in the LAGG. Of course, that doesn't mean they're not useful or meaningful! I've got a few epithets I've made up for Him myself - lord of silence, white falcon, Sokar in His moment, etc. - that are all very important to me and how I understand Him.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Sokar?
« on: January 28, 2020, 05:59:05 pm »
Em hotep!

I'm very lucky to have "just" Sokar as my Father, and since my divination I've come to learn quite a bit about Him! I don't know what you've managed to come across already, so I'll start with the basics and then get into the deep stuff.

While Sokar isn't a popular deity nowadays, He had a very important role in Ancient Egyptian religion as the lord of the necropolises at Giza and Abydos (and, by extrapolation, all necropolises). Saqqara (another necropolis) is thought to still bear His name. He isn't particularly associated with either Upper or Lower Egypt as some of the Netjeru are - He was worshipped in both. Instead, He was considered the lord of the caves, the deserts, and the West.

Sokar is typically depicted as a falcon or falcon-headed man, though He can be shown as fully human or as a small pyramid with the head of a falcon at the top. His regalia can include the white crown and the atef-crown, and his barque is known as the Henu-barque.

No small part of what we know about Him today comes from His incorporation in funerary literature. As you might expect, the "Foremost of the Duat," as one of His epithets calls him, has a big part to play there!

My favorite tale to tell about my Father regards his role in the rebirth of Ra in the Duat. As per the Amduat, Sokar rules over the fourth and fifth hours of the night. First, Ra takes a winding path over Sokar's desert in the fourth hour. Then, He enters Sokar's cavern in the fifth hour, where Sokar begins the work of Ra's rejuvenation. All along the way, Sokar fights the agents of isfet who would try and attack Ra.

Sokar is vast, complex, and old. He is the lord of terror and the lord of joy. He rules the darkest places in creation as the lord of light. He is the wind, the great creator, the rejuvenated one; He is the weary-of-heart, the still, the lord of silence in every tomb.

While I'm not aware of any explicit connection between Sokar and Wepwawet, the Two have nearby cult centers in Seti I's temple complex. A closer Jackal connection comes through the epithet Khenty-Amenti. I've heard of an attested Khonsu-Sokar from Hakenensenu, but I'm not very familiar with this form of my Father myself.

Personally, I know my Father to be a silent, yet communicative presence in my life. He prefers to "speak" to me through persistent thoughts and bodily sensations rather than through words. I find Him very willing to use divination to bridge the gap when I can't understand Him or His desires.


I know Him as the lord of His moment. He is still and silent until He must act. When He moves, it is swift, decisive, and devastating.

"My" Sokar is also very solar. He is very much the guide and defender of Ra, His ba and the Lord of Light. I associate him with the Seker falcon, gyrfalcons, and other white raptors, and the color white in general. Historically, He is also associated with turquoise.

In terms of offerings, He enjoys "white" libations from me (eg. white wine and white rum) in addition to water. For food, I've found he prefers savory over sweet (eg. vegetables instead of fruit), and foods that are drier (eg. kale instead of cucumbers). Kale and white wine are the only things He's ever explicitly requested of me thus far. When in doubt, just a plain ol' glass of water can go a long way.

I hope this answers some of your questions! As you can tell, I'm more than ready to info-dump about my Father at the drop of a hat, lol. I've translated his epithets from the LAGG - if you haven't found those already, they're posted in the "Epithets of the Names" thread here on the forums. And if you wanna know anything else, don't hesitate to ask!

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: November 22, 2019, 12:38:29 am »
I don't have the patience to format a long post right now, so here's a link to a PDF of my translation of Sokar's LAGG epithets. The usual caveats apply - I don't know German or any ancient Egyptian, so these are all my best work with the help of ol' reliable (Google Translate). Enjoy!


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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: 4 years lurking, now a Beginner!
« on: November 20, 2018, 02:29:45 pm »
Thank you all for your warm welcomes! I've been longing for a spiritual family for quite a while now and I'm really starting to feel like this is it. It's so nice to meet all of you!

Senebty,
Benny / perankh

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / 4 years lurking, now a Beginner!
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:16:42 pm »
Em hotep

My name is Benny, and I'm deeply honored to be a member of the current beginner's class! As I said above, I've been a lurker here for around 4 years and finally decided to join in.

I've been worshipping the Netjeru for around 5 years as a solitary practitioner. It's been a beautiful experience building those relationships, but I'm ready to experience Zep Tepi and begin anew with the House. (At least while the beginner's class is going! 😉)

I'm also a tarot reader, a lifelong gamer, a vegan, and a budding occultist. It's nice to (finally!) meet y'all!

Senebty
Benny/perankh

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Liminal Netjeru
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:58:32 pm »
Em hotep!

I was wondering which Netjeru people think of as liminal deities. Names like Wepwawet and our many psychopomps (Anup, Hethert, etc.) come to mind for me. Am I missing anyone? Who's your favorite liminal Netjeru?


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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Next beginner's class?
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:07:53 pm »
That was my guess, but I'm glad to know for sure. Thanks for the speedy reply!

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Next beginner's class?
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:26:37 pm »
Hi and em hotep, all! I'm finally taking the plunge and starting to consider (4 thoughtful days ahead!) taking the next beginner's class. Is the next start date listed somewhere that I've missed?

(Edit - I just took a look at my profile and it's been a little over 4 years since I first signed up for the forums! 😂)


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