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Messages - Ha'autmuti

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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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[PUBLIC] Serving the World: Ma'at In Action / Re: Do you Gratitude?
« on: October 17, 2015, 03:23:10 am »
I am thankful for:

1) My Gods being incredibly patient with me.

2) My loved ones understanding how hard I'm working right now and going out of their way to help me however they can.

3) My director and stage management mentor trusting me and working with me to make up for the things I missed by oversleeping this morning.

4) Warm blankets and money to pay for heating.

5) My therapist, psychiatrist, and primary care doctor, who have done so much for me and made things so much easier than they might have otherwise been. Whenever I hear about friends having bad experiences with mental healthcare in particular, I just wish I could clone mini versions of them to send to people in need. They are great and they are so much of the reason why I've gotten as far as I have.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Children of Serqet-Aset/ Set
« on: October 16, 2015, 02:05:04 am »
Yep, I am a pretty recent Serqet kid. Set and I interact only rarely, but I have dealt with Him before as well!

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / I'm back!
« on: October 13, 2015, 10:27:18 pm »
Em hotep everyone,

This summer, I had a huge crisis of faith, in a non-religious sense--faith in myself, faith in my choices, and faith in my ability to achieve my goals. Getting back on my feet for the start of this academic year was a really difficult process, and one I barely managed in time.

My personal, professional, and academic lives are now going quite well! But my spiritual life is still suffering, and I need to remedy that. I feel like coming back to the forums is the first step in that process, so here I am. I've missed you all!

I tried to look at the calendar for upcoming chats, but my kemet.org login (PhoenixJRising) doesn't appear to be working anymore. Is anyone around who can help with that?

Thank you and senebty.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Shemsu Name as Username?
« on: June 15, 2015, 12:41:50 am »
Thank you all very much for sharing your personal experiences and advice!

I think I'm going to keep using my (nick)name, saving the full version for strictly spiritual/heka purposes.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Shemsu Name as Username?
« on: June 12, 2015, 10:02:47 pm »
This is probably a dumb thing to be anxious about. But.

I play a popular online dragon breeding game called Flight Rising, and I'd be meaning to change my username for ages. Today I finally got around to it, and all my usual online names were taken, so I thought... well, why not use Ha'aut?

So I did this on a whim. And then immediately went "oh gosh maybe I shouldn't have done that."

Is it disrespectful, or... I don't know, wrong somehow, to use the name the Gods gave you in non-religious contexts? I didn't use my full Shemsu name, because that felt wrong, but should I not have used the nickname?

Sometimes I wish I was better at thinking things through before doing them...

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Coming out?
« on: May 31, 2015, 03:38:57 pm »
Personally, I told my "family" (not biological, but chosen family: my partner and our roommate, who has lived with us for five years and who we are as platonically committed to as we are to each other) straight away, as soon as I got interested, before I even applied to the beginners class. I knew they would both be chill about it, though I did have some worries with my partner since he is very much an atheist and tends to shy away from anything spiritual, but he's been absolutely wonderful about it.

Apart from that, my method has simply been not to hide it, except in situations where it could have serious negative repercussions (for most people, this is going to be work/school; I'm lucky enough to work in theatre where weirdness is much more highly tolerated than in other work environments, so it's not a huge deal for me). If religion doesn't come up, I feel no need to bring it up. If it does, I don't hide that I am religious and I answer questions about it if asked.

I do have a few close friends I've told simply because I like having a small group of loved ones to share holidays and special events with (when I got my RPD, for instance). I specifically asked each of them if they would be comfortable with it, so I've had no problems. I do have some friends who feel awkward around religious stuff in general, for a variety of reasons, so I just don't talk about it with them.

My overall experience has been that people are surprisingly chill. They might privately think you're weird or, you know, the spawn of Satan or whatever. But very few people will actually make a fuss, and as long as they don't cause issues for me, I don't really care what people think in the privacy of their own minds. Your mileage may vary, of course!

I think Tahai's advice about being selective is also very good.

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