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Writing Community Recommendation!

This isn’t specifically related to Netjer – but I would like to recommend a writing community that I have been a part of for a few months.  Writing is my one creative hobby (one I feel that I do sort of well at least!) and I give thanks to Djehuty for it all the time, and I generally think that it is a gift from Him, and part of why He is in my life.  For the longest time, I gave up on writing.  I was depressed, unmotivated, and very self-conscious.  Meket urged me to join a writing community that she discovered, and it has done wonders for me.  I’m inspired and motivated by the challenges it provides, and I have found a community of other writers that share my passion and interests.  It’s been really great for my self-esteem as well. 

So!  If there are people out there that like to write and find themselves faced with mental blocks, or a lack of inspiration in general, I’d like to recommend this community to you!  It is a part of Livejournal – so you will need to have an account there (it’s easy to create one!).  You can find the Rules and FAQ here and you can find the application form here.  If you do choose to apply, let them know that Eska818 sent you! 🙂

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Wingfest E-Book

This week the House of Netjer is celebrating a member created festival where we will be honoring the Netjeru with wings.  There will be daily activities for House members, and many people are gathering in person to honor our gods. 

One of the things we did in preparation was work together to create A Journal of Wings.  Members Wasiaset and Arienihethert compiled short stories, poems, and art from many members into an e-book that you can now purchase. I myself contributed a short story, and a poem.  ^.^

A Journal of Wings – Wingfest 2012 e-book

If you purchase between now and May 18th, lulu.com is offering 20% off all purchases.  The coupon code is TENYEAR  With the coupon you can grab this digital copy for 6.40!  Get yours now, children of Netjer! 

Look for more Wingest posts from me (hopefully!) 

 

C is for Core Tenets of Faith

This post is part of the Pagan Blog Project 2012

I recently spent some time trying to describe Kemetic Orthodoxy to an old friend of mine.  We’ve known each other for over a decade now, and despite that, I was concerned that he would dislike my new found spirituality.  However, my fears were unfounded, and we had a pleasant conversation about the different aspects of my practices.

There was one question that he asked that stood out to me.  So, what does this all involve?  Is it more than just worshiping gods?

I don’t know if other people get asked that a lot, but I’ve been asked more than once when I’ve talked to people who haven’t had much exposure to polytheistic religions.

So, DO people who practice Kemetic Orthodoxy do more than just worships gods?  The answer is yes.  We have what I like to call Core tenets.  It’s not specific to KO, it’s just a phrase I like.  When I was taking the beginner’s course, they were referred to as pillars – four and one.  Four is the Kemetic number of completion, and the fifth pillar is for something to oversee and hold them all together.

Netjer  Of course, one of the core tenets, or pillars, are the gods – both as a collective unit and as individuals.  We respect Them.  We honor Them.  This involves shrines, statues, and offerings in the form of liquids, foods, and scents.  We pray to Them for help, for guidance, and we thank them for the positive happenings in our lives.  Through these practices, we build strong relationships with our gods.

Akhu  The Akhu are our blessed dead.  Not just the ones we’re aware of, the ones we know, but all of our ancestors hailing back to the beginning of time.  The ones who have passed the weighing of the heart in the Duat are all around us, a spiritual force that remain in our lives forever.  Similarly to our relationship with Netjer, we want to build a strong relationship with our Akhu.  We give them offerings, build them their own shrine, spend time talking to them.  A person who has a bond with their Akhu is a person who can ask them for guidance, for help.  A person who has neglected their Akhu is someone who is likely to end up with troublesome obstacles in their life, because a disgruntled Akh can and will make their presence known in negative ways.

Nisut She is our spiritual leader and to be respected as such.  She carries the knowledge and the foundation of our religion, and is often the voice of Kemet to her followers.  She is our touchstone, our leader, and a pillar all on her own.  It is not necessary to refer to her as our King, but that is her role, and it deserves respect and honor, just as Netjer and our Akhu do.

Community Kemetic Orthodoxy teaches that it is just as important to care about those around us as it is for us to care about our gods and our ancestors.  We draw strength and love from each other.  We gather together, both online and in person, for festivals, for prayers, and just because.  The community is our family, just as much as our Parents and Beloveds.

And the final pillar that ties it all together is ma’at.  To live by ma’at is to live truthfully, honorably.  To preserve order and promote peace.  To prevent chaos from taking over, both in our individual lives and in the world.

These are the five pillars that my faith is structured around.  The five things that I respect, honor, and do my best to uphold.

This post is part of the pagan blog project!

RPD countdown

All day I’ve been calm and collected, just waiting for my RPD to arrive, and now suddenly, two hours before it’s time, I’m a total bundle of nerves.

Thirty three minutes and counting.

I decided to do a special offering tonight.  On a normal basis I’d say my offerings are pretty boring and small.  I usually pour a glass of soda, or wine if we’re having a dua, and I tend to leave small things like chocolate pieces, cookies, or dried fruit.  I leave them in groups of four, because it’s that magical lucky number for us.  But this is a special night for me, and for Them, and I felt like overdoing it a bit.  I think a lot of people leave huge offerings all the time, but since I don’t eat a whole lot, I don’t like to leave a bunch of things that will get wasted in the end.

So for tonight we have a nice fruit salad with mangoes and sweet dark cherries, a glass of red orange juice, a glass of soda, and a glass of wine, as well as a pair of freshly steamed lotus buns.  I had originally planned on warming some french bread and spreading brie on it, but when I got home to prepare my offerings I found that our nearly new loaf of bread was moldy.  I guess Netjer had other ideas!  I’ve got cone and stick incense burning, and as an added little treat I brought home some fresh daisies from the store to put in the vase that was left over from the time that Meket sent me flowers.  🙂  I think it looks really beautiful, though a bit crowded!

Shrine offerings on the night of my RPD

I’ve had so many things that I wanted to post up here before my actual RPD, and it seems that all of it has run away from me.  What I do want to say right now though is that I’m so grateful for all the family and friends who are hanging around tonight to support me and be a part of this special moment in my life, the night that I will truly be born into the Kemetic Orthodox faith.

I know I’ve said before that I’m not too concerned with Who I end up with in my Family, and that’s true.  But I do really hope for a Father.  I will accept my results either way, but it is the one thing that I’m really hoping for in the outcome.

-deep breath-

The next time I post, I’ll know my Parent(s) and Beloved(s).  Dua Netjer!

11 minutes and counting!