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Em hotep, Caesar!

Our religion (Kemetic Orthodoxy) teaches that we do not need to invoke the Netjeru to make a connection with them, so the majority of us are not familiar with the practice. I myself only know of it through some brief conversations with ceremonial magicians. If you are curious about the distinction between Kemetic Orthodoxy and other Kemetic practices, http://kemet.org/about has some good information.

Some of us do have heka practices which involve identification with the Netjeru, but that is usually done under a specific ritual intention, rather than to make an offering or greet the deity; they are also not seen as literally merging with the deity, but making a ritual declaration of authority.

While I am happy to offer support and some of our members might have experience with invocation through other traditions, other Kemetic traditions that do practice invocation might be more helpful with troubleshooting the issue.

Senebty,
Sema'a

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: A Wild Sobek Kid Appears!
« on: February 22, 2020, 08:32:53 pm »
Emiti!! It's so good to see you here again.  ❤️

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Meset, meryt and sat.
« on: February 08, 2020, 07:36:56 pm »
Em hotep!

sa and sat mean "son" and "daughter", respectively. meset means "born of". Usually this refers to a Shemsu's Parent or Parents via the RPD -- for example, I would say "meset Wepwawet her Sekhmet-Mut", which means "born of Wepwawet and Sekhmet-Mut".

meryt means "beloved". This usually refers to a Shemsu's Beloved(s) via the RPD. For example, I would say "meryt Bast her Nut her Khonsu her Nebt-het", which means "beloved of Bast and Nut and Khonsu and Nebt-het".

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Hello!
Sorry if you are seeing this twice....silly me posted it in the wrong place. X//D ..I have a question for those who are already Shemsu. What does it mean to be Shemsu to you and not just the definition of what one is. What makes it meaningful to you I suppose? What makes it so much more than just a title? Be as detailed as you want, I want to learn as much as I can about being Shemsu while I am taking the beginners course.

PS. I am nervous but excited about all this so any encouragement and tips would be Awesome!! <333

Thank you for asking this question, because it's giving me a great opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a Shemsu. Even as a priest I'm still a Shemsu, and that can sometimes get lost amidst the all the priest-y work we do.

Being a Shemsu means being devoted to my Parents. They're the first deities I go to in all things. When I'm sick, I pray to Them to help make me well. When I'm struggling, I pray to Them for comfort and strength. When things are going well, I thank Them first. If I'm having a meal, I'm sharing it with Them. When I'm traveling, They come with me.

It's a little hard to tease out, because it's become natural to me (I'll have been a Shemsu for 13 years this March). It's become second nature for me to simply exist in devotion to my Parents, since They've been an integral part of my life for so long. But I think that's what it ultimately means to be a Shemsu after this number of years -- to know, in my core, that They have my back, and to include Them in everything I do.

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: New guy here
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:07:09 am »
Em hotep Meriherupet!

Welcome to the House of Netjer forums! It sounds like you've had a very profound experience with Heru. If you feel like Kemetic Orthodoxy is the right place for you to serve Him, the first step would be to sign up for the Beginners' course: http://kemet.org/join. It explains Kemetic Orthodoxy and how we honor and serve the Netjeru. I am not positive but I believe the next class is just getting ready to start. The course is accessible to those with disabilities, including autism and Aspergers.

Senebty,
Sobeq

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Em hotep, children of Netjer!

April is off to a strong start. We have $530 pending in PayPal Giving Fund and $148 in regular PayPal donations, for a total of $678! That's an awesome total for the 4th day of April. Let's keep up the momentum!

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[PUBLIC] Fundraising Announcements / April Fundraising Announcement
« on: April 01, 2019, 11:33:05 am »
Em hotep to the children of Netjer!

March Donations:
March was another rough month for fundraising. We achieved $1,246.14 in donations. This does not reach our goal of $2000 per month to keep our current operations running. Dua Netjer for donors who have stepped forward to top off the donations and ensure we can continue our work. These are individuals who have savings available to support the House of Netjer, and this is not an indefinite source of financial support. We need to come together to support the temple.

How To Help:

If you are able to: please donate. Any amount is helpful, but small donations work best through the PayPal Giving Fund just because there are no fees associated with that avenue.

All donors will be added to the Shomu mailing list, which provides extra information on the calendar, prayers, and occasionally extra teachings from the Nisut.

Those who donate $33 or more per month will receive even more rewards (currently in the works).

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Anyone can fundraise for the House of Netjer. The only thing we ask is that you clearly state that you, personally, are running the fundraiser, and provide a way for people to contact you with questions.

A good example: "Hi, Sobeq here. I'm selling candy bars to raise money to donate to the House of Netjer. Each candy bar will be $2. Half of my profit will be donated to the House of Netjer! If you have any questions, email me at emailsobeq@email.com" (not a real email address or fundraiser).

A bad example: "Hi, Sobeq here! I'm selling candy bars for the House of Netjer! Each candy bar is $2. Hope you'll buy some!"

If you aren't sure, you can always ask by emailing fundraisers@kemet.org .

The 33 Club:

There were 10 individuals who donated $33 or more to the House of Netjer in March! Dua Netjer en-ten! Keep an eye out for your rewards to start appearing over the course of April.

Goals for April:

Our goals for April remain the same: we need to raise $2000 in order to keep our Temple doors open each month. If just 2 people donate $33 per day, we can get there. Dua Netjer en-ten for your ongoing generosity -- let's make April a strong month for our financial health!!

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Coming out from lurking
« on: January 02, 2019, 07:11:13 am »
Welcome!

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[PUBLIC] FAQ: RPD (Rite of Parent Divination) / Re: RPD SCHEDULED
« on: December 29, 2018, 07:28:56 pm »
Nekhtet and congratulations!


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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Returning Member
« on: December 26, 2018, 07:21:55 am »
Welcome back! I remember you from back then. ^_^

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Coming Home.
« on: December 11, 2018, 08:27:21 pm »
It's great to see you here again! <3

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: (re)Intro
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:15:14 am »
Ii-wy em hotep, welcome back!

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I’m very curious about the differences, if any, people feel exist between:

Sed - King, ancient, huge, a deity so intimately involved with Wepwawet that they may be the same God

Wepwawet as king - A powerful and historical aspect of Wepwawet’s identity

Star Jackal - UPG name for a celestial, primordial manifestation of Wepwawet. Ancient and kingly are other terms I've heard used.

Wepwawet-Sed - Wepwawet aspected or syncretised with Sed, gaining the traits of Sed or having them amplified


Every time I think I've got my musings on this nailed down, they shift again. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Senebty

Oooh, I love me some Jackal theory. *cracks knuckles*

I started getting "Star Jackal" back in 2016, and ever since then He's sort of been taking over my life. For me, Star Jackal is what I call the super old, super spooky manifestation of Wepwawet who started showing up in my shrine at that time. In reality, He is Wepwawet-as-King: He shows up as the Firstborn Son in the Sed festival and is sometimes equated with Heru-sa-Aset in that He is called the son of Wesir and described as "avenging His Father". He is the oldest heir to the Royal throne, and shares some qualities with Shu (another ancient King in some settings) as "He Who separates Heaven from Earth". He is the Wepwawet described in funerary texts where the King is said to "become Wepwawet".

When I interact with Him, He feels huge and ancient, like He fills the expanse of the sky -- sort of like the feeling you get when you look at a valley from the top of a mountain, an empty space that *is* something. UPG tells me that, because He is so old and vast, He is connected to the movements of the cosmos, the orbit of the planets, the formation of stars within nebulae and the like. Hence: Star Jackal.

So for me, all four of those Jackals overlap significantly. "Star Jackal" is the Presence that Wepwawet-as-King wears when He is at my shrine. Wepwawet-Sed, if I understand my history correctly (which I may not), would be Wepwawet as He functions within the Sed Festival, which would by necessity be Wepwawet-as-King due to the nature of the ritual. Sed Himself can possibly be considered the ur-Jackal, the most ancient form of Wepwawet, because the Sed cult was eventually subsumed by Wepwawet's. That would make Sed the oldest manifestation of Wepwawet that we have -- a likely candidate for the Star Jackal Who started showing up in my shrine.

Basically -- when I say "Star Jackal", I mean Wepwawet-as-King -- Who is Wepwawet-Sed by way of the Heb-Sed rituals -- Who is Sed by way of the evolution of Sed into Wepwawet historically -- Who is associated with the creation and maintenance of the Universe and all of space by way of UPG. ^_^;

I hope some of that made sense, since it was a little difficult to write out coherently!

Senebty,
Sobeq

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What time do you do Senut?
« on: July 05, 2018, 06:03:56 am »
Em hotep, friends!

Not to derail this subject, but what you said piqued my interest, Rev. Sobeq; I wanted to bring this up here in case anyone else besides me is confuzzled.

I was taught that we're not supposed to worship informally at our Senut shrines, which was what I was attempting to explain when I talked about keeping them separate somehow (to a lesser degree of success, I think :P). Is that the case? Or does it not matter as much?

Thanks! ^_^

Senebty,
Gezausenu.

Em hotep!

You're not wrong! There's just a number of ways that space can be separated. In a perfect world the Senut shrine and informal worship space will be completely separate. If there isn't enough space, however, the Senut shrine can be contained within the informal shrine -- a dedicated portion of the shrine space devoted only to Senut. This might look like a chest with Senut tools in it, which is opened and then set up on a cloth in one's informal shrine for Senut; or a shelf on one's shrine cabinet that is dedicated only to Senut; or even a space within the informal shrine that is only touched during the Senut rite.

It's still a dedicated set-up for Senut, but it may overlap with the informal shrine if that's what makes sense within a given space.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What time do you do Senut?
« on: June 27, 2018, 07:56:42 am »
So, I am currently on part-time duty as a priest. That means that I my requirements for RTHM are not every day... so when I choose a day to do RTHM, I choose a time that suits my schedule for that day.

If it's a weekend, I'll pick first thing in the morning. If it's a workday I will do it after work, since I leave for work very early in the morning. If you aren't in a place where you follow the same routine every day, it may be helpful to pick a time the following day that fits that day's schedule.

As for whether to use a separate shrine: You don't necessarily need a whole separate shrine to do Senut. A dedicated Senut space within an existing shrine that is only used for Senut after having performed ritual purification will work. If you use that space or tools under other circumstances, you will want to repurify the space and objects before going back to Senut there.

Senebty
Sobeq

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