Normally, I would open a letter with the words, "Em Hotep", which most of us know means, "In Peace". What I am about to write today has absolutely nothing to do with 'peace'. It has nothing to do with giving lip service with a greeting that at times seems to have very little meaning to some of the people within its so-called Community of adherents.
One of the things I think we pagan folk don't discuss enough is knowing when enough is enough. And with that, knowing your limits and what you truly can and can't handle or take on.
Let me illustrate an example.
This year when I went to renew my Sukeikai membership, I didn't get a new ofuda. For those who don't know what an ofuda is, it's something that goes inside of the kamidana.
Personal interactions with the Gods are a natural occurrence, and more frequent for some than others. These personal interactions can be entirely authentic and legitimate, and worthy of discussion. Discussing these interactions and understandings openly is all well and good; however, there is a point at which intimate musings of the Divine cease being intimate musings of the Divine, and become unsubstantiated ramblings about what sounds like either an imaginary friend or the echoings of headvoices, if not contrived fantasies about deities perjured for the purpose of garnering attention, "fitting in," and setting oneself up as a "spiritual authority" in communities with no sense of eldership, nor respect for proven elders.
Sorry it has been awhile since I last posted. School, work, and family take up a lot of my time. As you may have guessed my attempts at doing the PBP didn’t get to far. I will try to post more often. I do have a break from school coming up. It’s my only break actually. I attend school online and unlike traditional colleges, I don’t get a summer break. I only get a winter break. Hopefully more posts will be made during this time. I have grown a lot spiritually during this time as well which I hope to cover and my opinions and thoughts on various spiritual subjects. But for now, I need to get ready for bed.
aka: Devo's Guide to Working with Set and Other "Hard-nosed" Netjeru
Mandatory Disclaimer: As with everything, this guide is exactly that- a guide. Gods (especially trickster and chaos gods) can change rules at the drop of a hat, and my interactions with Set might not match your interactions with Set. This guide contains my own personal thoughts and interactions with this deity as well as interactions I have witnessed other followers experience over the years.
Sorry for the late post. I meant to post this last week but life and work got in the way. and let’s face it, I’m a procrastinator and forgetful. Hopefully in the future these will be more timely. I notice many Kemetics (pagans for that matter) are creative in some way. Many are artists, writers, musicians, dancers, etc. Your’s truly is a writer currently on the umpteenth first draft of an everchanging (hopefully evolving) novel which features the Gods Themselves. Many draw. This is one of my favorites from Sobekemiti known as tiemlord on deviant art:
Not all art for the Gods is about the Gods. But even when the Gods are not present in the art, many present the effort or the piece itself as an offering to Them, including yours truly. (You would think that would get me to stop procrastinating on writing.) A few of my poems/prayers to Aset have been accepted to be published in the Pagan Prayer Project book early this year, which I was thrilled to learn, But I’d still be happy if I wasn’t. Most of my prayers/poems are intended for no one else’s eyes but mine and the God/dess there devoted to. I’ll end this post with a prayer I wrote for Nut recently and a link to Sobekemiti’s deviant art page:
Beautiful Nut, Great Mistress of the Heavens
You Who holds our ancestors in Your loving embrace,
I adore You.
Beautiful Nut, Lover of Geb,
Your tears of rain reach down to Him as His mountains reach up to You,
I adore You.
Beautiful Nut, Mother of the Days Upon the Year,
You give us the gift of Your Children who keep civilization in balance,
I adore You.
Beautiful Nut, Who births the Sun each morning,
the reds and pinks the symbol of the blood of childbirth,
Proof that isfet has been defeated for another day.
I adore You, I adore You,
Sobekemiti’s deviant art: http://tiemlord.deviantart.com/gallery/35277659
As my first post, I decided to talk about, well, Andjety. This god is one of the many Gods who’s role and insignia got absorbed into Wesir (Osiris). His name means “He of Andjet or Djedu” (Busiris). He was the god of the ninth Lower Egyptian Nome where Andjet/Djedu was located. Evidence of mention of this god exists as early as the Fourth Dynasty. In the Pyramid Texts, the king is identified with Andjety.
As kingship personified, he often held the symbols that Wesir will later inherit-the crook and flail. He was also was depicted wearing a crown very similar to the atef crown.
Kingship personified isn’t his only role. Fertility was also in his domain. As early as the Pyramid Texts, a stylized uterus was used in place of two feathers used to write his name. In the Coffin Texts, he was called the ‘bull of vultures’ as he was considered a consort of several goddesses.
Even as Wesir’s popularity grew, Andjety remained an independent deity for a time. In the nineteenth dynasty at the funerary temple of Seti I in Abdju (Abydos), Seti I is depicted offering incense to a combined Wesir-Andjety. As time went on, Wesir absorbed him completely. What I wonder is, is there anyone in a modern contexts, who worships Andjedty as Andjety?
Source: The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. Wilkinson c.2004 Thames and Hudson pgs. 97-98