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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep!
« on: December 30, 2015, 02:53:40 pm »
Em hotep and welcome! Lovely to meet you. <3

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep
« on: December 27, 2015, 05:58:31 pm »
Em hotep, and welcome! Tjemsy here, lovely to meet you. <3

It's my understanding that the BotD is terribly complicated and difficult to understand, particularly if you're not already familiar with Egyptain symbolism/theology/whatever. Some people recommend reading more introductory books first, and as far as I know, there are many Kemetics who haven't read the BotD, and for whom the BotD is not especially relevant to their practice.

I've actually seen some copies at Barnes & Noble, but as I've not read them, I can't say whether or not they contain commentary. I've been told that Budge's translation is highly inaccurate and should be avoided. KO's recommended reading list suggests that Faulkner's translation is recommended, and that Allen's is the best direct-to-English translation, but is harder to find. I've also seen the BotD on Amazon.

Our recommended reading list can be found here.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: How private are you about your faith?
« on: December 19, 2015, 07:47:11 pm »
My parents know I have some kind of weird hipster mythology religion, but it's dangerous for me to ever discuss it at all. My mom has been calling me Satan's child my whole life, more or less, and that has nothing to do with my actual religious practice. She's just trying to say I'm "evil." My sister knows I'm pagan, because there was a period where she was exploring that, as well, but she ended up going in the same direction as my parents and calling everything Satan blah blah, so she's behind the times, so to speak. I wasn't Kemetic at that point, and was still figuring out that Set was Set. My sister and mother know I do tarot, but they find such to be "evil" and "fake" respectively.

At work, my coworkers are pretty sure I'm not Christian, but sometimes they forget that. I'll wear my ankh to all work-related events, but no one seems to take notice of it.

My roommates know I'm Kemetic, because they live with me so it's kind of hard to miss. They act as if they have no problem with my practices, but are mostly dismissive of them. Many of my friends know I do tarot. My other friends are at varying degrees of awareness, from knowing I'm Kemetic to not really understanding it, to knowing there's something going on there but not bothering to figure out what. There are some who are pagan or otherwise inclined toward such things, or better, Kemetic themselves, who I will talk to at length and with enthusiasm. Unless you're close to me, I won't give you much; I generally ask more questions than anything, and use the answers to draw conclusions in my head. But with a Kemetic friend, I'll merrily talk about even personal interactions with NTR, and never feel once uncomfortable. Many of them know I do tarot and astrology and stuff.

In public, I will openly wear my ankh at every opportunity. I've also worn knee socks with the Wadjet eye on them, stuff like that. I have thought about wearing an explicitly Kemetic shirt (like one of those "Set Kids Burn It Up") in public, but I've not actually done so yet. I wouldn't wear it to work, for example, but I would when shopping or hanging out or what have you. I nearly bought a Set-themed phone cover, but decided against it only because I didn't want to have to attempt explaining why he's not Satan to my boss. No reason he can't be my phone background, though. I'd wear a Kemetic pin or something pretty much everywhere but work, as well.  I like the idea of changing my license plate to "DUA SET," since he pretty much owns my car, and I want to hang Kemetic amulets from my mirror. If I had some kind of Kemetic-stick-figure-sticker I'd slap that on there, too.

My Facebook actually says I'm Kemetic and Shemsu and all that, but I suppose no one especially looks at that, or if they have, no one's mentioned anything about it.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Offerings for Set
« on: December 10, 2015, 06:47:37 pm »
I've thought about plain sand, but never sand art! Though on the topic of unconventional offerings, I work in childcare, and got mad Set vibes when reading a children's book the other day. It was called "Tiger, Tiger," and it was about a boy who imagined (or magic'd) a tiger into and out of existence. Set loved the tiger. So now I'm getting him children's books, apparently. XD

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Offerings for Set
« on: December 07, 2015, 05:57:28 am »
Alcohol seems to be quite popular with him, but I don't drink at all, and he's never requested anything alcoholic from me. So if you're weird like I am and won't touch the stuff, no worries. ^^;

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Offerings for Set
« on: December 06, 2015, 11:58:33 am »
There's a list of offerings people have been successful with for him on his Wepwawet Wiki page, which can be found here.

In my experience, he likes candy and "hangover food." Tacos are a favourite (which works well, because I also love them), nachos, monster-everything-burger, etc. Thai lettuce wraps were my standard fancy offering for him for a while, because lettuce. Dark chocolate is good, and I've given him cut-up gummi worms to represent his victory over a/pep, on several occasions. He also likes anything that screams "Look at me!" I saw a miniature chocolate cake, for example, that had a rainbow-iced top. It was so obnoxious-looking that I almost bought it for him on the spot, even though I was shopping for Nebthet! If I offer ice cream, I top it with rainbow sprinkles. When in doubt, add a little flair to everything.

Scents are amber, frankincense, sandalwood, etc. Sandalwood is a favourite of mine. He likes red, gold, and deep purple. He seems to appreciate the effort in homemade gifts, whether or not they are of popsicle-sticks-glued-together-quality. Though if it really does look that bad, he'll probably laugh at you. Any activity you can undertake to better yourself goes over well, and if you're so inclined, I get the sense that singing for him would go over very well.

I've never given him anything he hated, but if he's disinterested in whatever-it-is, he'll give a forced sort of "Uh. Thanks. I guess."

Set's getting a lot of love lately, huh? <3

That's a powerful song. From that, I would gather that Set is quite serious about helping you, and he's insistant that he should be helping. It's not so much "this is what I can do for you," but "this IS what I AM doing for you." It's good that you're excited as well as nervous; I think it's easier on everyone if you're open to working with him.

I've been in your position before, and Set showed up when I was at my lowest point thus far, all "HERE I AM/ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICAANNEE." He does burn everything to the ground, and if you have a lot dragging you down, the process can be difficult. However, I've never known him to burn anything that cannot be made better. Everything he does has a reason. He seems aware of how what he does affects me - though sometimes he miscalculates how much - and is comforting in his own way. I don't believe that he enjoys tearing things down, or that he is malicious in doing so. If it needs to be done, it needs to be done, and if no one else is willing to do it, he will. That's just business, I think. It also helps to look ahead, as difficult as that can be. Everything he does is for the good, and that knowledge helps a lot.

That said, he's never pushed me too far. He seems to know where my limits are, and he works with that. If you ever think he is pushing too hard, I would suggest approaching him directly. Generally speaking, the Set I get is very open to negotiating, though you need to go to him. If he is being stubborn, though, you can go to Ra or Hethert or anyone else that you think might be helpful, and see if they can either counterbalance his energy or talk some sense into him. Sometimes the NTR forget we're human, I think.

If you're nervous about how hard he'll be on you, I'd suggest talking to him directly about it, as well. I've started writing to him about stuff. Writing it out helps me process it better, and as long as you're being serious and not writing him about what you had for breakfast, he'll look it over. If you approach him about something he doesn't think he can help with, I figure he'll forward the message to whoever can. You can talk to me, if you like. I'm always happy to talk about Set. There are also people who can do fedw for him, if you think that might help at all. Saryt's done fedw for me before. 10/10, do recommend.

I hope that helped in some way. :'D

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Aspects of the Names
« on: November 24, 2015, 12:50:45 pm »
I'm kind of failing at precision here, so uh, I apologize if this makes no sense. :D

How do you experience the Names? Do any of their epithets really resonate with you (or seem unusual)?  Did you perceive a Name to be a certain way before you started working with them, and how does that compare to what you have experienced?

(This is long. I talk a lot.)

My Sekhmet is hard for me to describe. I was originally afraid of her, what with the whole tried-to-slaughter-humanity thing. I was sure she was going to be very aggressive, all vanquishing evil and slaying her enemies and whatnot. Since then, I've really warmed up to her. I think she can be motherly, and protective, but I don't feel her much. She's...complex. XD

My Set is best described by what he is not. He is not a trickster; he is extremely purposeful and action-oriented. Not to say that he doesn't have a sense of humor (he does), but he is not playful. He doesn't like to waste time. He is more human-like than he is primal, and he doesn't create chaos for chaos' sake. He's a boundary-pusher and a button-pusher, and the party has not started until he arrives. He's loud and gives the impression that he's always performing. He also feels...tired. He tends not to go the tough love route with me, actually, and he generally knows my limits. Generally. I think he has some problems understanding things like Food and Bills. My favourite epithets for him are Great of Strength and Lord of Storms.

My Heru-Wer...I can't really feel him right now. You say Heru-Wer, I say "Justice? Law? Truth? Protection of those who cannot protect themselves?" Idk, it's The Set Show over here.

My Bast is Joy.

My Wepwawet is very solidly Wepwawet-as-Opener, Wepwawet-as-Guide. I originally perceived him as very tied to the Duat and Psychopomp-ing, but I don't see that side of him at all. I tend to be pretty focused on the Seen, you see. I get a bit of "He of Sweet Joy," from him as well. He's laid back and compassionate, and has a good sense of humor. As such, I have trouble envisioning Wepwawet in his more aggressive forms. He is "Renegades" by X Ambassadors. Super much.

My Taweret is...the song "Baby Mine" from Dumbo. I'm still figuring her out.

My Nebthet is "The Good Sister." (I just thought of that last night! :D Yes, I'm still on the Nebthet wagon.) I'm interested in her interactions with the other NTR, specifially during The Contendings and surrounding the death of Wesir. I think she is Devotion, supporting people when they are grieving or experiencing emotional suffering. I originally perceived her as a solely death/Duat-related deity, but aside from Akhu, she doesn't really show that side to me. I just get comfort and compassion. I think she would be a good hospice nurse or grief counselor, if that makes any sense. I realize that "The Good Sister" & Generally No Duat Stuff sounds kind of Tasenetnofret-y, but I'm still pretty insistent on Nebthet being Nebthet.

My Sobek is very primordial, all swimming in the Nun. I was expecting something along the lines of Powerful, Proud Crocodile Sunbathing and Looking Smug, Lord of the Waters, so this took me totally off-guard. He feels alien, very strongly "Not of This World." Never felt anything like that. Scary. I think I get Sobek-as-Creator.

My Aset is Aset-as-Queen, Great of Heka-and-everything. We...don't get along.  She gives off an overwhelming air of power and regality, and demands to be treated accordingly. Full henu all the way. I have...personal issues with that. I don't even do full henu for Set. As such, I get the sense she thinks I'm insolent, and entirely too forgiving of the whole Set-killing-her-husband-and-fighting-with-her-son-thing.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Children of Serqet-Aset/ Set
« on: October 16, 2015, 06:55:33 pm »
I'm always happy to gush about Set. <3

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Children of Serqet-Aset/ Set
« on: October 15, 2015, 05:34:19 pm »
Set-kid, here. However, I don't have Serqet in my lineup and don't work with her, and don't get along with Aset. ^^;

Hello again! I'm still thinking about relationships between deity and devotee, but this time, I'm interested to see how others relate to aspected deities. I currently have the poll above set to allow 4 votes per person, in case you have a bunch of different combinations going on. I believe I can increase the number of votes, so if anyone has Ptah-Sokar-Wesir and Nebthet-Nit-Seshat as Parents, with Yinepu-Wepwawet, Sekhmet-Hethert, and Aset-Serqet as Beloveds, let me know, hehe.

Personally, I have Sekhmet-Hethert as a Parent, but I experience her as very strongly Sekhmet. On the other hand, I have Wepwawet-Yinepu as a Beloved, but am interested in honoring both. At this time, I will choose "I work with both names, but one is more present..." for those two, since Wepwawet is considerably more present at this time.

To those who have aspected Parents, do you consider yourself to be the child of both names (i.e. a child of Wepwawet and Yinepu), or only one? I was playing around on the member search the other day, and came across someone who had 3 parents listed: both names of an aspected deity, and one non-aspected deity. It got me thinking. ^^;

Hello, all! I've been trying to figure out my lineup (i.e. who are they, how do they relate to me) for a bit now. I'm solid on Set, Sekhmet, Bast, and Wepwawet; I have a good understanding of Set and Wpwt's "personalities," in particular, and upon reflection, I can identify the influence of these four all the way back to early childhood. Heru-Wer and Taweret are more difficult. I think Sekhmet's fierce mothering might be overshadowing Taweret, so I'm having trouble getting a read on her. Heru-Wer is pretty much a big question mark; I get the sense that he might have something to do with my "morality," but beyond that, I'm not feeling him at all. Since this is an intuitive process, I don't think that simply pouring over lists of their epithets is the way to go about achieving understanding. Maybe just chatting with other members about these two will help? ^^;

How do you experience Heru-Wer/Taweret? What kind of "personality" do they seem to have? Is there anything specific that Heru-Wer/Taweret work with you on (if that's not too personal, of course)?

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Nebthet Says "Hello!"
« on: August 14, 2015, 12:26:54 pm »
To me, Nebthet's core is about supporting those you love through periods of grief and stress of any kind. This can be mourning, or it can be any emotional strife. When Wesir is killed, it is Nebthet who stands beside Aset in her grief, and who aids her in her search for Wesir's body. She's pretty much the ultimate example of supporting the people you love when they're going through something difficult and emotionally painful. Not only can Nebthet act as a support to us when we are in emotional pain, she also can be a source of strength we draw upon when we need to be that sort of emotional support for others in our lives.

Taqeri! Thank you! That was exactly what I was looking for. I'm still a bit spooked about the "dead people" association, but that'll pass.

-awkwardly climbs aboard the Nebthet train- 8D

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Nebthet Says "Hello!"
« on: August 12, 2015, 06:35:39 pm »
Hello, all! I've had Nebthet on the brain lately. Dunno if this is because she has a procession, like, now, or because I'm a Set-kid (any Set kids work with Nebthet?), or what, but I am looking for information of all kinds! Unfortunately, she seems to be kind of tricky to find information about; most of what I've read of her has been the same thing over and over. No new information, not a lot of depth. I've read the Prayerbook's entry on her (and the whole book, hehe), her Henadology page, her section on both and Wpwt Wiki, and a bit from Geraldine Pinch's "Egyptian Mythology."

I am, in particular, looking for information about Nebthet as
  • Mistress of the House: this epithet is everywhere, but is never really explained. Does Nebthet seem to have a role as a "household goddess?" If so, in what way?
  • Having literally anything even remotely to do with fate.
  • Connected to the Akhu? My Akhu are very important to me, but I am absolutely petrified of the unfamiliar dead. In this sense, I'm totally spooked that I'm thinking about Nebthet, who is associated with dead people. ;.;
  • "The Revealer?"
  • An Eye of Ra? I've seen her described as a Eye, but her reserved personality makes processing this confusing for me. Didn't she have a lunar association? I'm terribly confused...

Reasons I'm kind of hiding under my bed on this one:
  • I'm really, seriously petrified of the unfamiliar dead.
  • A lot of my family has been having serious health problems. Is this a bad sign? D:
  • The NTR I work with all kind of make up "who I am." Nebthet is very often associated with mourning. I am really hoping I am not meant to be associated with mourning. ;__;

Halp, guiz. Hallppp. D:

Em hotep,

I can't help you with information about the divinations, but I can tell you that if They want you, it will happen.

When I was divined, it was with one Beloved:  Hethert/Sekhmet.  A few years later while I was helping (priest stuff) at the Baths at retreat, Serqet was in saq and She quite literally grabbed my hair and said, "you belong to Me."  Then She called Hemet over and said, "This one belongs to Me."

And long after Hemet announced to everyone there that "someone just got a new Beloved" was I able to close my mouth.  lol

Hemet and I spoke to Serqet for a few minutes then and She told me that She had always been there but chose to remain hidden in my RPD and She came forward at a time that was when I needed Her most.

So, just another experience of how They might show up in your life.


Oh my goodness, that sounds so intense. I think I'd be scared out of my skin if that ever happened to me! XD

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