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[PUBLIC] Serving the World: Ma'at In Action / Re: Do you Gratitude?
« on: July 31, 2017, 01:55:48 pm »
This is an older thread, but an important one, and I feel the best place to share how grateful I am for the amazing friends I've managed to keep in my life.

I have a small circle of friends that has stuck with me for years, and new friends who have even in the short time I've known them been a very positive and encouraging force to help me on a path to bettering myself and becoming a functioning human being. I am so, so incredibly grateful that they take time out of their own lives to spend with me. It is truly a blessing.

I am also grateful for the chance to renew myself in Zep-Tepi on this coming new year.

I'm grateful that I am here and breathing, continuing to slog through my mental health issues, and I'm grateful that my Parents are so patient, waiting for me to come back to Them.

I'm grateful for a fantastic community that is the same - wonderful people who are always with open arms full of love and kindness to their siblings in the faith. It's really a beautiful thing to see and experience. Thank you for being here, everyone. <3

« on: September 06, 2015, 07:26:27 pm »
Here is the whole altar:

And here's just my Parents:

Not featuring the two new plants on the shrine! Everyone got ribbons when I got home from vacation and brought Aset-Serqet's statue in.

[PUBLIC] Serving the World: Ma'at In Action / Re: Do you Gratitude?
« on: August 27, 2015, 10:30:06 pm »
Reverend, I appreciate how kind and thought-out your responses are. I've been in a yucky mental/emotional state the last few weeks because of family issues and an upsetting break-up, and I truly appreciate how compassionately you responded to my snotty whining.
The things I have been doing, I don't do them just to receive the gratitude, though I took a few steps back to really assess that and make sure. I do them because even though my family isn't the most supportive, they're my family and it's the right thing to do. I also enjoy the personal satisfaction I get from doing things/fixing things/etc. I just have felt very unappreciated in ALL aspects of my life recently and I couldn't find another way to express it other than, well...whining about it on the internet. :p
I'll be doing some thinking on your latest post, too, and to end this on a happy note: I am very grateful for my friend and soul-sister Heqaiitw, who's stuck with me and supported me through some really tough stuff. She deserves all the thank-you's I could ever say.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Sia/Saa?
« on: August 27, 2015, 12:34:30 am »
A lot of the Names aren't as defined as others. Some, like ma'at, are often more of a concept than an actual defined being with a personality, likes/dislikes, etc. They are given a name and a face within art and writing to give people a concrete way to describe these things that they might not have words for otherwise.

So Saa is a way to describe something that was a prophecy - "Saa said this would be" or "Saa saw what was within the Gods heart, and it was [insert prophecy/ordainment/ruling here]".

And being more of a concept than his own defined being, it's a little harder to talk to him. Doesn't mean that you CAN'T...just that it might be more difficult, harder to hear, kinda cryptic, stuff like that.

Hope this helps! <3

[PUBLIC] Serving the World: Ma'at In Action / Re: Do you Gratitude?
« on: August 24, 2015, 09:49:56 pm »
What I've noticed in the past I've noticed even more starkly this last week - the lack of gratitude I get in return for anything. (Honestly I feel bad talking about this because I have a feeling it's not what you're going for here; and it's fine to tell me if that's so.)
This is a recurring problem that I have at home with my biological family, and with my chosen family as of late. Nothing is good enough or right enough and no matter how big it is, there is no gratitude. There's rarely even acknowledgement, and often that comes with conditions. An example being that my grandfather's office had not been touched or cleaned since he passed away 8 years ago and was becoming a junk room. A family member had been talking about wanting to clean it out - so I did it. I cleaned the whole thing out, bought organizers, put loose things in storage boxes and labelled them all neatly.
But there wasn't a single word of thanks - only complaints about the boxes, how I've made everything worse, and "well that's nice, BUT..."

and this happens all the time. Every day. Even with small things, it starts to build up. Is it wrong to be so upset that I'm not being shown gratitude, even when I'm trying extra hard to be grateful for the things they do for me?

Just thinking about accepting new Beloveds into my life (and shrine space) gives me a headache, lol! It was a shock to have two Parents AND *FOUR* Beloveds when I was divined, and while I love them all it just seems incredibly stressful to keep adding to that, haha.

That being said, I still have close relationships to other Names. Who knows what that will mean in the future. :)

(And good luck, Arefsenu! I hope all goes well for you. <3)

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Camel as Icon?
« on: August 19, 2015, 02:18:06 am »
Tabau that's so cute! I might adapt that for my own Akhu shrine, as I hadn't even considered small representations of gifts like that. (Can anyone say Matchbox cars? :D)

S'asha - Aren't finds like that fun? I say get it and show us some pictures! :D

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Combining names
« on: July 26, 2015, 03:02:40 pm »
I think there's even a recent thread in the Ask The Nisut forum that started out asking about Hethert-Sekhmet.

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Pre-RPD Weirdness
« on: July 10, 2015, 08:31:19 pm »
I was also a nervous mess, and it kept getting delayed because of various reasons... and then two days laptop broke! and the the next BACKUP laptop broke down! It was a mess!
(Apparently Set likes to greet His children by shaking things up a bit, haha!)

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: 5 elements
« on: May 01, 2015, 01:50:00 am »
Elements change a lot depending on where you are from, where you're living, and your personal connection to them.

Your "strongest element" can also change over time. Some days I feel more connected to water, some days I feel more connected to fire.

Many things can be created from a mix - a storm is born of air currents, with water falling to the earth. A desert is created by wind and the fiery heat of the sun combined with a lack of water.

You know yourself better than anyone, so what do YOU feel drawn towards? :)

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Request prayers for my daughter Ashley
« on: April 15, 2015, 04:04:50 pm »
Many prayers and much love <3

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: April 12, 2015, 03:24:59 pm »
Does anyone have the list of epithets for Nut and Sekhmet they could send me? I just tried the download site but it says the file no longer exists.

Forgive my late reply to this, I was searching the forums and this caught my eye.

I have noticed several of the "harder" or "tougher" Names if you will (ex. Set, Aset, Sekhmet), not only not cutting Their children any slack (just because they're the children of the names in question), but actually being harder on them than those who aren't Their children.  The general theme that seems to run through these situations, is that the children are "tough enough" to handle the "tough love", as if the Name in question either a) doesn't want other folks to think They coddle Their children; b) refuse to coddle Their children or anyone else (in general); c) gives them the drill sergeant treatment because They expect Their children to  step up and lead,  and therefore won't coddle them; d) all of the above.  ^_^
The "hard line" approach is no less loving than the subtle one, in it's own way, and is often taken by Those who teach lessons of strength, appropriateness, protection or leadership.  If you stop and think about it for a second would you want a leader or a protector who wasn't up to the job because they had been coddled or spared from having to face the hard/ugly choices in life?

I was searching through the forums for posts about Sekhmet-Mut and found this...I got all three of those bolded in my lineup, and Sekhmet-Mut and Set are my Parents!
(Now I understand why "Phoenix" by Fall Out Boy was such an important song to make me hear: I'm gonna change you, like a remix/then I'll raise you, like a phoenix!)
I'll admit that I'm pretty darn nervous, hearing people talk about how strict They can be. Especially now that I have a responsibility to serve Them as Shemsu, it's more daunting than I was expecting it to be. There's so much royalty and Queenliness that I'm a little overwhelmed. @_@

« on: March 29, 2015, 09:28:09 pm »
Love that hanging shrine idea Kit, it's so pretty! Let us know if you do decide to make ones for sale, yeah? :D

My shrine is super simple right now. It's in a little cubby in my closet, and I've since cleaned out the shelf under it. (It might not be so simple after tomorrow, since it's my RPD! Eeee!!! )

Take the beginners course! That's where everyone here started. :) It's free, and you learn all about how the hierarchy, structure, and basic belief system works.

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