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Merry Moomas!

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It’s a bit late, but I wish everyone a happy holidays.  And as far as a Kemetic slant goes, do check this blog post out. 

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December 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

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The Meddler

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A friend of mine once told me, “There is a certain point where a confluence of coincidences turn into synchronicity,” and I couldn’t agree more.  I first thought that Djehuty had something to do with that calling I mentioned before.  I recently did a free oracle reading with the Anubis Oracle cards, and my question was whether I was on the right path.  One of the three cards told me I had some Cosmic Influences, namely Djehuty, Khephera and Ma’at, and that they are helping me to take the next step in the path of my destiny.  Trippy!  Especially since Helmsman of Yinepu wrote this little bit on Djehuty in the KIN forums soon after:

With Djehuty, I didn’t really connect with him until I got past the "Lord of Wisdom" aspects. He’s always meddling with things, trying to bring about balance. He’s the one who gambled with Khonsu to create the extra days so Nut could deliver her children. He’s the one who made a new eye for Heru, and new testicles for Set, and got them to stop fighting. Djehuty’s the one who went to talk to Het-hert when she was in the desert, and persuaded her to return to Kemet. He’s the one who sticks his beak into negative situations, sometimes at great personal risk, to fix things.
Thinking about that made all the difference for me. And I think the wisdom and Heka just flows out of that, naturally.

The other interesting thing I’ve run into is that he is sometimes described as the Son of Set and Heru. ( !!!!!!! ) Two male parents, but if Atum can create things all by himself by spitting, sneezing, and ejaculating, then why not? That brings a whole new dimension to the conflict between Set and Heru, doesn’t it?

That would make Djehuty the male equivalent of Ma’at. While Ma’at is the center of the balance, Djehuty is the balance of the two extremes, combined into one. That’s why he’s in the Hall of Double Ma’at!

I didn’t go into it much more than saying Djehuty intimidated me on the forums, but I will explain.  Djehuty to me is a sage, a master of knowledge.  He takes students when they’re ready for him.  Even though I’ve been researching and learning for years, I think my reactive attitude and natural skepticism had impeded me from learning more.  When I put aside my biases and gave KO a try, I ended up learning a lot more, and it has ended up adding some gushes water to some streams of thought that were starting to run dry.  I’m not saying that Djehuty favors KO, but I think he noticed that I pushed past my own blocks for the sake of pure knowledge itself, and he appreciates that.  This is why I thought he might have something to do with taking the next steps in my development, and I felt even to the point that he may be willing to take me on as a student now.  I have no idea if he will show up in my RPD lineup, but I have a feeling that I wouldn’t be too surprised if he is one of my beloveds.  Even if not, I plan on setting aside a special little treat for him next time I do Senut, as a thank you for guiding me.  Even just a little bit of nudging has led to a shift into a new cycle for me, and that is just how amazing he is.  Nekhtet!

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August 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

Religious Song – In Your Room by Depeche Mode

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I just noticed that one of my favorite songs ever actually has some religious symbolism to it.  Makes sense, since the album it’s from is called “Songs of Faith and Devotion.”  Here’s what I was thinking at the time that I heard it.   My comments will be in italics, lyrics in normal bold.  Praise be to Bast, who gave me the inspiration.  She is truly Great!

In your room

In Kemetic temples, the netjer had hir own room dedicated to housing their statue. 
Where time stands still

The temple was set up so that Zep Tepi, the first time, is replicated.
Or moves at your will

Time began only when the creator deity made their first creative act of separating Nut from Geb.  This is when time and space were accomplished.
Will you let the morning come soon

The rising of the sun is Ra.  He travels across the sky, and fights Apep in order to come back again. 
Or will you leave me lying here
In your favorite darkness

Before the first act of creation, everything was dark within the positive uncreation of Nun.
Your favorite half-light

The dawn is where the Duat resides.  It is toward the dawn that the kas of the dead travel, hence, “Book of Coming Forth by Day."
Your favorite consciousness

This makes me think of the religio-consciousness that people’s minds would slip into when going through training of the mysteries, or using the false door.  I feel this when I do ritual.
Your favorite slave

One of the names for the priests of Kemet was hm ntjr, which literally means servant of god.

In your room
Where souls disappear

Only you exist here

The sole receiver of praise, worship, and offerings, is the netjer of the temple, and only after that, do other lesser deities and akhu be given offerings.
Will you lead me to your armchair

Could be another name for the throne.  Each person was able to become an Ausir-NN, which means the sole aim of a person in the afterlife is to be pure enough to achieve godhood, and thus dwell with the gods.
Or leave me lying here
Your favorite innocence

The time in Zep Tepi when humans lived with the netjeru, before those who did Isfet and plotted against Ra.
Your favorite prize
Your favorite smile
Your favorite slave


I’m hanging on your words

This references the creation mythology of Memphis, in which Ptah created the world with his heart and tongue (words).
living on your breath

This references the creation mythology of Thebes, Amun’s invisibility carrying connotations of the wind and breeze. 
feeling with your skin
This interpretation will be a bit of a stretch, but in one myth, we are made from Ra’s tears.  Of course the other netjeru are made from other expulsions of his body as well.

Will I always be here

In your room
Your burning eyes
Cause flames to arise
Will you let the fire die down soon
References to the solar eyes of Ra, and perhaps the story of Sekhmet and her wrath.

Or will I always be here

Your favorite passion
Your favorite game
Your favorite mirror

We seek to achieve godhood through living purely and living in Maat, just as the netjeru do.
Your favorite slave
I’m hanging on your words
living on your breath
feeling with your skin
Will I always be here

Here’s the song.

 

Can you find religious meaning in the songs that you listen to?

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September 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm

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