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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello
« on: November 14, 2021, 09:03:59 pm »
Em hotep and welcome!

I'm afraid the discord channel is for members of the House only. Are you going to be in the upcoming beginners class? (Totally optional, but if you've signed up for that, you'll get an email about how to access various things when the class starts.)

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Was pointed here
« on: November 14, 2021, 08:47:20 pm »
Aaaand, if you're undecided right now, it's totally fine to let this one go and decide later. The class will run again. I think we have 3 per year? So you can take your time to think it over and decide if you want to do it or not.

I took several years between "I'm interested" and actually taking the class. ;D

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Was pointed here
« on: November 14, 2021, 08:29:19 pm »
Hello and welcome!

Just wanted to note that I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the idea of having to give my partner's information or my real address(especially since I'm likely to be moving in a month or two) for the 'course'

If it helps, that info is never shared with anyone beyond the application process... but I can understand feeling that way, and if you'd rather not complete the form, you are welcome to just read the forums and talk to people here. I find it easier to learn from a guided course than from just poking around myself, but all the same info is available on the forums, and we're happy to answer questions any time. :)

I do have a different perspective; the fact that they ask for address (for purpose of doing a background check) actually made me *more* comfortable with joining, because doing background checks means that this will be a safe place.

Also keep in mind that while the forums help us connect with people all over the world, this is a real-world religion, which means people will meet up in person for events and festivals, and if I'm gonna meet people I've only met on the internet, that feeling of safety really makes a difference there too.

As far your partner, I don't think you have to give out their info at all. I just said I'm married and my partner is okay with me doing this. I don't recall needing to share anything more than that, not even name.

The reason the form asks about family is just because we don't want young people to get in trouble with their parents, or to drive a wedge between partners by keeping secrets and doing something that they may object to. If your partner is fine with you exploring, that's really all anyone needs to know. Additional details are not required.

edited to fix typo

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Seth?
« on: May 21, 2021, 06:18:22 pm »
Also, Set is the one who stands in the prow of Ra's boat and fights off the force uncreation. He is a protective deity who is dedicated to fighting off evil and protecting creation from being destroyed, every day. Very much the opposite of evil. ;)

Here is an illustration of that:

Sorry I can't type a more thorough explanation right now, I'm very tired today.

Oh and welcome to the forums!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hey there everyone
« on: February 22, 2021, 09:39:43 pm »
Em hotep and welcome!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Mimi says Hi
« on: February 03, 2021, 03:50:13 pm »
Welcome, Mimi :)

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Netjeri studies
« on: November 01, 2020, 05:35:51 pm »
Em hotep, Rabon. A bit of context for this thread: netjeri are spirits, not gods. If you want to compare it to other cultures, they would be things like fae and pixies and nature spirits. Which is a separate category from gods. I hope that clarifies the topic!

This is very interesting! Thank you for sharing. I may try baking some sourdough bread later on. Bookmarking for now.

I know this is an old topic, but hoping there's still room for further discussion.

When I was getting help drafting my will, I was asked if I want burial, cremation, or to donate the body to science. Does anyone have thoughts/opinions about this third option? It seems almost unknown to be an option, yet in estate planning it's offered as one of the three main choices.

I've been considering it, since I feel like the body itself is not really important, and donating it could contribute to medical research as well as training doctors and surgeons. I am still undecided, but so far, I think I prefer this to the other options. And in the end they would also arrange cremation and cover the cost, so that's one less thing for family to worry about.

On the religious side of things, if the important thing is remembrance, and if a photo is a sufficient representation of the deceased, then the body doesn't really matter. On the other hand, a donation that will help others could be one final act of ma'at of this life.

I'm curious how other people feel about donating one's body to science, since it tends to get left out of discussions about funeral choices.

[PRIVATE] Q&A / Re: Senut Experiences
« on: October 10, 2020, 06:03:53 pm »
I'm afraid I'm very bad at figuring out who I'm talking to. The only times I've known for sure, is when I addressed someone directly and they responded.

When I sense someone new, I ask questions about them and pay attention to any idea that comes to mind, like "I think this is a solar deity" etc. Hopefully that can narrow it down. Then if I have some guesses, just ask them "Are you ____?" and see if I get a definite yes/no feeling in response. So far I haven't had much luck getting definite answers, but it's worth a try. (It's the only way I can communicate.)

I then began to notice I would see lightning flash or gentle thunder whenever I happened to do Senut or when I randomly thought of the Netjeru. I thought this could be Set considering He is associated with storms, however, He doesn't seem like the gentle type.

Just a comment on this... I've been surprised by a few different Names. I thought I knew what their personality was like, and... I wasn't wrong, but I was so focused on the more visible aspects of their personality that I didn't look any deeper, and it turned out that there is a lot more to them. I don't know Set at all, but after the surprises I've had with others, I would be hesitant to say that any particular Name is/isn't the ____ type. They may surprise you.

[PRIVATE] Q&A / Re: Senut questions
« on: October 10, 2020, 05:27:03 pm »

Since you mention it... For the water purification, I grabbed a small glass bowl as a "temporary measure" since I had nothing else, and I remembered that was in storage not being used for anything. Well, it seems to be permanent now; it's not what I would have chosen, but it ended up being perfect for that use. :)

[PRIVATE] Q&A / Re: Natron
« on: September 04, 2020, 03:50:04 am »
I used 1/3 cup of each salt and baking soda, and a little less than 2/3 cup water. That ended up making exactly one cup of natron (measured out of curiosity, and was surprised it makes that much).

I baked it at 290F, and checked its progress at 30 minutes. The entire surface was completely solid and dry, so I took it out, let it cool for a few minutes, then started breaking it up with a hard-edged spatula. Well, it turned out that only the top of it was solid/dry, and underneath it still had moisture. So I broke up the upper crust and put it back to bake for another 30 minutes or so (forgot to set a timer, so I'm estimating).

I think the fact that I took it out partway through, and broke up the crust to expose the moist inner part, that might have helped it to bake faster. I'm happy to know that it doesn't have to take 2+ hours.

For getting it out of the pan... once I broke up the natron with a spatula, it came off the glass pan very easily. (It's like getting ice off your car; once you break it up, the pieces will slide off with a little push.) After I got it loose, I just kept using the spatula to break it into smaller and smaller pieces until it was reduced to salt-sized grains. That was kind of fun. :)

[PRIVATE] Q&A / Re: Natron
« on: September 01, 2020, 05:24:19 am »
I want to try making natron tomorrow. I was thinking of doing just a small amount first, to get a sense of how it acts on the stove/oven before making a bigger amount. Also I'm hoping a smaller batch will be easier and faster to dry, and if I mess it up it's not that big a deal... but I have no idea what a good "small" amount would be. 1/4 cup of each? Is that too little? Or 1/3 cup of each?

How much did you all use? Your tips are very helpful, thank you! Baking pan sizes were something I was especially wondering about, so I was happy to see recommendations for that, but I'm wondering what amount of ingredients goes with a pan that size? :)

[PRIVATE] Q&A / Senut questions
« on: September 01, 2020, 04:13:08 am »
Em hotep! Lesson 3 and the chats were very informative and have answered most of my questions about Senut, I just had a couple left that I either forgot earlier, or only thought about recently.

Out of curiosity... I have gotten familiar with the order of the fourfold libation by now, and I was wondering if there's a special meaning in having them in that order?

About the offering bowls, in the chats it was sometimes mentioned as "cup or bowl", but in the pdf it's always "bowl", so I was wondering if that's the preferred type of container for offerings?

And this one is not a question, but there was something in the lesson 3 pdf that was throwing me off:
How do I make a shrine? What do I put in it?
All Senut shrines require three basic items: a bowl for dry offerings, a bowl for liquid offerings, and a light (a lamp or candle).

That really should say we need three bowls: in addition to dry and liquid offerings, there's also the fourfold libation which needs its own bowl/cup. I didn't pick up on that until Rev Tanebet mentioned it in the last chat. (A big thank you for that; I didn't even realize I was confused about this until after it was pointed out.) In hindsight, it's obvious (libations happen first, then offerings needs their own bowls obviously), but as someone who's new to this, I completely missed that. At first I thought the libations go in the liquid offering bowl, because of the way the quote above says that the two bowls are all you need besides the light. So I think it might be a good idea to add "and a bowl for libations" to the pdf's list of things that all Senut shrines require, since that's definitely a necessary item, and someone who's new could miss that and not even realize it.

[PRIVATE] Q&A / Re: Pronunciations
« on: August 16, 2020, 10:59:34 pm »
Thanks, Tanebet.

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