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Messages - Asetwedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: KO and other kemetic groups
« on: December 22, 2009, 11:03:46 pm »
A lot of the questions people have are fair, like "how does Tamara have authority to call herself the Nisut" for example. I know that it was something I had to work out when I first came here, and it took awhile for me to be comfortable with the idea.

Ultimately the only person who can answer those questions is you. What we can do as members of the House of Netjer is give you the information to help you make your decision. And hopefully be welcoming in the process :D

senebty, Wedjbai






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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: KO and other kemetic groups
« on: December 22, 2009, 07:24:00 pm »
Em hotep

There are (were?) a lot of other Kemetic temples, some have come and gone, and others remain. A few are in transition periods, I think. I think Kemetic Orthodoxy is the largest temple, but I could be wrong.

I think the idea that our Senut is "the" Kemetic ritual springs from a few different things. Since we have a large membership, some people erroneously believe that Kemetic religion = Kemetic Orthodoxy. Some of the other temple's rituals are similar to ours or completely derived from ours. I'm not sure how Kemetic Orthodoxy is "taking over the debate" simply by having the largest amount of active followers.

I'm friends with non-Kemetic Orthodox Kemetics. It's never been as issue between us. To be honest I don't desire a fellowship with other Kemetic organizations because any time I've tried it hasn't gone well. It's not the fault of the organization, but some of the members who don't like Kemetic Orthodoxy. I don't mind a healthy debate but constant bashing and just plain wrong assumptions get old. There are people out there that for whatever reason don't like the House of Netjer and are very vocal about it, which is their prerogative, but I have no need to listen in.

I used to belong to some generic Kemetic forums but I never really found myself logging in a lot. That's just a time issue for me.

senebty, Wedjbai

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Hotep, Devo

When I found the House of Netjer I was looking for a religious community that had a hierarchy. I had gone as far as I could alone (at the time), and was instructed by Isis (Who I was devoted to at the time) to go and learn about Her Kemetic form. Everything led me here, so I stayed :)

Kemetic Orthodoxy provides the framework for my spiritual practices, and Kemetic Orthodoxy was founded by Hemet. Hemet oversaw my conversion into Kemetic Orthodoxy (as She does for everyone by way of the RPD and Naming rituals) and my further vows to become a Shemsu-Ankh.

As a Kemetic practitioner, Hemet is a teacher, priest, god-mother, as well as a friend. Yes, I could be Kemetic without Her or Kemetic Orthodoxy but I choose not to.

Accepting the role of the Nisut was a bit of a transition to me; the whole idea was very foreign to me when I first came here.

Well, that was rather jumbled. Sorry :blush:

senebty, Wedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What do you wear?
« on: July 08, 2009, 06:49:05 pm »
Oh, I love your Bes shen Tek! It suits Him so well :)

Also, I love your glasses :)

senebty, Wedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What do you wear?
« on: July 02, 2009, 05:45:04 pm »
You're both welcome!

senebty, Wedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What do you wear?
« on: July 01, 2009, 12:00:12 am »
I'm sure you could explain it just as well as I could, Zat :)

A tyet knot is an amulet sacred to Aset, and is sometimes called "the blood of Aset", "the girdle of Aset", or "the knot of Aset". Traditionally the amulets were made out of red stone (like carnelian, for example) and put around the necks of the dead.

One of the spells from the Book of Coming Forth By Day says: "You possess your blood, Isis, you possess your power, Isis, you possess your magic, Isis. The amulet is a protection for this Great One, which will drive off anyone who would perform a criminal act against him." The blood is a reference to the tyet knot.

I think at one point the knot was also associated with Hethert; I have another pendant from one of Hemet's Egypt auctions that has a tyet knot topped with Hethert's head.

To me the knot represents Aset's protection and Her magical abilities.

senebty, Wedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What do you wear?
« on: June 29, 2009, 09:11:19 pm »
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Do you wear the quarter too?

Maybe...it's the sacred cariboo!

As for inappropriate grabby-hands: people don't tend to touch me or my stuff. I think I can definitely project a "keep 10 feet back at all times" vibe - being touched in the wrong place hurts so I unconsciously guard myself.


senebty, Wedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What do you wear?
« on: June 28, 2009, 10:42:47 pm »
Hotep

Picture!  

I can't wear a lot of jewelry at work for safety and hygienic reasons. I wear my tyet knot almost every day. No one knows what it is, some people think it's a stick figure of a person.

Outside of work I sometimes wear one of my Aset pendants. The large winged one actually has a lot of detail, it's hard to see in the picture. The tall standing figure can be a tiny statue, too. The small head is Hethert (from Egypt) but I call Her Amenti.

senebty, Wedjbai

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Hotep!

Two of the Names I am a Beloved of came to me after my original divination (Nut and Nebt-het). In both cases I waited a looooong time (years, in the case of Nebt-het) before approaching Hemet for further divinations, and in bother cases I was given the choice to add Them or not.

It's hard to explain the difference between feeling that a Name wants to change things or not...I have developed a deep relationship with Heru-Wer over the past year and it doesn't feel like He's a Beloved, but I do feel that He has an interest in me and is around for me.

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Our Beloveds help to shape our ka, our personality in this lifetime, and so why shouldn't our ka change over said lifetime?


I think that my Ka is more than just my personality...there are my subconscious parts, or in Freudian terms, I'm more than just my Ego, there's also my Id and Super-ego.

senebty, Wedjbai

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Hotep!

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Just to clarify, only the shumsu-ankh have the Nisut listed as one of their Parents, and then it's out of love, so the parenthood is different, is that right?


I'd explain it like this: Aset is my creator; She made me. As a Shemsu-Ankh I recognize Hemet as my spiritual Mother (as well as mentor, teacher, guide, etc.) There are vows taken when one becomes a Shemsu, and other vows when one becomes a Shemsu-Ankh.

There's some information here about being a Shemsu-Ankh, as well as here, in the "terms used by Kemetic Orthodox FAQ.

That being said, I bet you could ask 10 different people what being a Remetj/Shemsu/Shemsu-Ankh means to them, and you'd probably get 10 slightly different answers :)

senebty, Wedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Do you have an Egyptian Tatoo?
« on: April 23, 2009, 10:13:16 pm »
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Wow, Wedjbai, your tattoo of Aset is very beautiful


Thank you :D

senebty, Wedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Do you have an Egyptian Tatoo?
« on: April 23, 2009, 02:53:36 pm »
Hotep!

Two out of seven are Egyptian:

Aset. She is from just below my shoulder blade to just above where my bra goes around my back, on the left side.

Lotuses. On my right ankle.

senebty, Wedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Isis & Aset
« on: March 17, 2009, 03:16:07 pm »
It was really weird for me (and sometimes hard) to change from calling my Mother Aset rather than Isis as I had always known Her. For awhile I continued to call Her Isis. Eventually I got used to the idea of Aset, and now I have a hard time using the name Isis to describe Her (which I do for when talking to people who are unfamiliar with Kemetic names & terminology)!  

Personally, I think that if calling a Name by the Greek or Kemetic name is going to get in your way of having a relationship with Them, you should do what feels comfortable. Ultimately what you call a god or how you think of that god is between you and the god. Aset told me to call Her Aset, so I do.

senebty, Wedjbai

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Isis & Aset
« on: March 15, 2009, 04:43:48 pm »
Em hotep!

Within Kemetic Orthodoxy Aset is Who we recognize. Isis is felt by many (including me, and I originally started out as an Isis worshiper) be quite different. Isis has many Greco-Roman traits that Aset does not share. Examples:
  • Isis is associated with the moon, while Aset is an Eye of Ra.
  • Isis is The Great Mother, Aset is a mother.
  • Etc.

It can be confusing because most people are only aware of Isis and use Her name interchangeably with Aset.

I believe (your mileage may vary, of course!) that Isis evolved from the late-period Aset, Who had already taken on the roles and titles of many feminine Names of Netjer.

Here are some links that discuss the differences between Them:
Aset Great of Heka, or Isis the Great Mother?
Aset Great of Heka  
The Roman Isis  

That's not to say that Isis isn't a powerful, meaningful goddess in Her own right...just that They're different ;)

senebty, Wedjbai



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Hotep

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I may be one of the only Shemsu...who does not like viewing the Names in Their syncretised forms. I do not work with Serqet or Nit or Seshat.


I have a disconnect to the different aspects of my Mother and Beloveds; even now the only one I have a close relationship to is Sekhmet. Yinepu and Wepwawet are very close for me; They feel more like a syncretization into one Name to me than different aspects. But I can't say I've been able to get to know Serqet, Nit, or Seshat.

senebty, Wedjbai

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