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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Lions
« on: June 23, 2016, 02:52:47 am »
Honestly, there are so many Netjeru who can take leonine form that it's hard to say without more details! I keep a personal document of animal associations I've found over the course of my research, and the lions section is one of the biggest. Here's some info from those lists--and I'm sure there are many names I am missing.

Netjeru who appear in leonine form (either as full lions/lionesses or as lion-headed): Ahat, Aker, Amun, Amun-Ra, Apedemak, Bast, Behdety, Dedun, Heru-Behdety, Heru-sematawy, Hethert, Ihy, Kherty, Ma'ahes, Ma'at, Mafdet, Mehyt, Menhit, Meretseger, Mestjet, Min, Mut, Nefertem, Nekhbet, Nut, Pakhet, Ra-Heruakhety, Renenutet, Repyt, Ruty, Satet, Sekhmet, Serqet, Shesmetet, Shesmu, Shu, Sia, Tayet, Tefnut, Wadjet, Wekh, Wenut, Yinepu

Netjeru with leonine epithets: Amun, Amun-Ra, Anhur, Apedemak, Aset, Banebdjedet, Bast, Behdety, Heru-Behdety, Hethert, Iryhemesnefer, Ma'ahes, Mehyt, Menhit, Merwer, Meskhenet, Min, Montu-Ra, Mut, Pakhet, Ptah, Ra, Ra-Heruakhety, Sekhmet, Shesmu, Wesir, Yinepu

It looks like Sedjfai has given you some great Djehuty-as-lion resources, as well. Definitely don't limit yourself to just Sekhmet or Ma'ahes; there are lots of lion deities out there!

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hi I'm new and want to soak up knowledge!
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:28:58 pm »
Hotep and welcome!

By far my favorite books are Red Land, Black Land by Barbara Mertz and Concepts of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many by Erik Hornung. The first is a great primer on all things Egypt. The second is a far more in-depth exploration of Egyptian theology, which might be too heavy for someone just starting out, but it's the book that's been most influential on me personally.

I also recommend books by Richard Wilkinson.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Knowing what the Gods like
« on: June 03, 2016, 01:45:51 pm »
Yep, for me as well, most of that is UPG, as A'aqyt said!

It's also worth noting that people often experience different versions of the same gods. The way Serqet appears to and interacts with me may not be the same way She appears to and interacts with you, and She may ask very different things of each of us. We've had a lot of talks in the House about whether there are actually multiple "versions" of the same deity or whether they're just representing themselves differently for different people (or both), but the main thing we can say for sure is that the Netjeru are very multi-faceted and complex. Other people's experiences definitely do not invalidate yours!

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Hoping for a specific Parent?
« on: May 23, 2016, 10:37:47 am »
Just adding another voice to the chorus here saying this a totally normal feeling to have!

For me, the need for Hethert to be my Mother was very strong early on. She not only brought me to KO, but to religion as a whole (I was a lifelong atheist before), and I had been calling her Mother for a long time! I spent a lot of my time as a Beginner trying to separate myself from that, branching out to contact other Names and build relationships until I realized that I would be okay with whoever turned up. By the time I had my RPD, there were so many Names I had a connection to that any of them would have made me extremely happy if they had shown up in my lineup.

Hethert, in the end, is sort of there and sort of not--Hethert-Nut is very different from "vanilla" Hethert in many ways. Just goes to show that sometimes you get who you're expecting, but in a way you weren't anticipating at all.

Basically what I'm saying is: use your time as a Beginner (and later as Remetj) to branch out, explore, and talk to a lot of Names. In the end, if this is really for you, than whoever shows up in your RPD will end up being "right" in a way I can't really describe.

ETA: Oh, and don't lose hope if your particular deity is totally unprecedented in the RPD. I am the first and so far the only person to have Nehebkau as a Beloved (and I have various opinions as to why, but that's a conversation for another day). It can happen!

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I've always felt a somewhat strong connection with Hatshepsut whenever I've read about her, thought about her, etc. But I've never really delved into it, to be honest.

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[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: self-esteem
« on: March 17, 2016, 02:44:24 am »
I have social anxiety disorder and had a stutter when I was younger, so I can empathize with the issues you mentioned. Many prayers for boosted self-esteem for you, and for kindness and encouragement from those around you!

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[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers for my Mother
« on: March 17, 2016, 02:42:13 am »
Prayers for continued good tidings!

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[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Goat in labor
« on: March 17, 2016, 02:41:04 am »
Prayers for continued health for mama and babies!

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[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Praying for Paris
« on: November 14, 2015, 12:52:42 am »
Prayers.

A friend of a friend was there. She is thankfully okay.

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Em Hotep Khentesh,

You appear to already be a Shemsu, which means you can access all the beginners lessons here for review: [links removed]

Hope that helps some. I would email one of the priests for any further info.

Senebty.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Beginner/Explaining Questions
« on: October 29, 2015, 11:27:09 pm »
Em hotep!

Shrines to the Netjeru are an invitation to the Netjeru, allowing them to sort of "anchor" themselves in physical reality while simultaneously allowing you to have a place where you can find your spiritual center. It seems unlikely to me that they'd attract anything else. At least no more than any other kind of religion symbolism.

Personally, I'm open and matter-of-fact about it, when I explain it to others: it's a revival of Ancient Egyptian religion centering around connection to a community via a personal household shrine and a daily shrine ritual. Then I answer other questions as they arise.

There might be a lot of questions you can't answer right now, since you haven't yet taken the beginners class, so I would go ahead and do that before you worry too much about talking to other people about it. Through that, you will gain a better understanding of the religion itself, as well as whether or not it's right for you.

Our religion is not what I would call strict (though people who are very anti-structured religion in general would almost certainly disagree). There are no dietary restrictions or times of day you have to worship, or anything like that, really. I can't think of anything you strictly HAVE to do, in general, though there are a variety of things you will be encouraged to do (take part in the online community, perform Senut as often as possible, etc.). If you become a Shemsu, you will take certain vows, but even those are not terribly restrictive. I actually found them rather freeing.

Hope that answers some of your questions!

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Em hotep,

I have a couple of thoughts on this.

1) Doing something is almost always better than doing nothing. Additionally, there are many practicing Kemetics who have never taken any sort of class, and simply figured it out on their own. There is a learning curve, and the Netjeru will understand that. I highly doubt that They are mad at you--it sounds more like you are mad at yourself. Don't be. You're learning. Learning is good!

2) In my experience: if They want you to be doing more, They will find a way to tell you, if you make yourself open to it. When I was a beginner, I would often sit in front of my shrine and say something like, "If there's something else You would like me to be doing, please let me know. I will try to make myself as open as possible, but sometimes I'm slow to get the message, so please make it as obvious as You can." In many cases, I got a great big nothing: I was already doing enough. Other times, something would happen in the next several days to let me know what else I should be doing.

I hope that helps!

Senebty.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Bats?
« on: October 27, 2015, 04:57:06 pm »
Em hotep,

Bats do not appear to have had any known associations, either good or bad, though we do know a few ancient Kemetic words for them: http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/bestiary/bat.htm

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Number of Gods in RPD lineup?
« on: October 27, 2015, 01:08:51 am »
Em hotep,

I am definitely a fan of Ra'awy's explanation. I was totally unsurprised, personally, about being dual-parented--I am a very contradictory person who can often hold two opposing opinions about something at the exact same time, so it just seemed fitting. In a way, my Mothers each correspond to the different sides of my personality, and by embracing them both I learn to embrace myself.

For Beloveds (which I consider to be a separate issue), I couldn't tell you why I have two and some people have five. I've always been someone who likes to pray to, venerate, and communicate with a variety of deities, so I actually expected to have more, but that's just not how things worked out. It's something I'm still thinking about.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Dragonflies and the Netjeru?
« on: October 18, 2015, 11:49:03 pm »
Since they tend to hang out around fresh water sources, I could see associating them with Hapi or any of the other river Netjeru.

Unfortunately I don't know of any more specific associations.

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