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Nefertari Tarot: The Hierophant (5)

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Visual Card Description:  Osiris/Ausir is seated facing to the right on his throne.  He holds the crook, the flail*, and the was scepter.*    He is flanked by two columns with blue lotuses capping them, and there are three lotuses being held to his nose.*  There is a worshipper kneeling at his feet.  Above Osiris’/Ausir’s head are decorations including uraei with sun disks above their head.*

Free Association:  Regeneration, Peace After Conflict, Enduring Vitality, Rest, Guide, Healing, Being Justified

Rider-Waite/Traditional AssociationsThe Hierophant is very much about “doing the right thing.” You may be struggling with an issue and are unsure about what is “right” for you to do. Know that the answers are within you. Remember that the “right” thing is what is right for you also.

This is also a card that is very much about spirituality – everything from traditional religion to earth-centered spirituality and any other spiritual notion that you can conceive of. There may be a tension between your idea of spirituality and the “right thing” and the ideas of others around you. Stand up for your own beliefs. The “rules” and the “system” of doing things are probably playing a major role now. Rituals of any sort will be helpful to you now, even if it’s just “a movie with friends every third Saturday.”

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Modesty, patience, pity, clemency.  Relief from pain, spiritual guide, the wiseman to go to, the priest, the medical doctor, the lawyer.  He is here represented by Osiris, the god who stands at the head of the egyptian Pantheon, the one who brought religion to humanity.

My interpretation:  If you’ve arrived at the foot of Osiris/Ausir, this means that your soul/ba has already undergone the trials of justification- that is, you have fought against the monsters of the Duat and have travelled in perilous conditions.  Those shining souls who are fortunate enough to worship and rest at his feet are the justified ones; they are pure.  Osiris/Ausir welcomes those who have fought with moral integrity to become pure such as he.  Though we pass through events that can feel like death itself, we can be sure that our righteousness (doing of Ma’at) will save us.  And that is what we must keep in mind; all events, whether under our control or not, can change our aspects, but our inner self can only be tempered by the fire, not consumed by it.  We leave the consuming to Ammit, the deity that eats the souls of those whose hearts have more bad than good in them, and thus weigh more than Ma’at’s feather.


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May 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

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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ante-rational thought

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I wanted to expand further on some of the ideas that I explored in an earlier post on ante-rational henotheism.  Wim van den Dungen has another article on his website about this form of cognition that I would like to work out and summarize here.  I apologize if I make any mistake or not explain clearly the ideas presented here, since although I’ve had some philosophical training, I haven’t tackled epistemology in depth.  Yet. 😉

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September 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

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Purification 11

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For an explanation of this series, read the introduction here.

Hail Qererti, coming forth from Amenti, I do not fornicate with minors.

Qererti is an epithet for Ausir, which means “He who is in his caverns,” Amenti meaning “the West” which is the traditional orientation for the Duat. 

A note on the translation by Rev. Siuda:

Quite literally, the purification is dedicated to Wesir, "He Who is in His Caverns" (Qererti) in the West (Amenti). It speaks against, again quite literally while still remaining readable by our younger members, "having sex with a sex-boy." There’s a play on words here. The verb nek, the most vulgar way to say "intercourse" in Egyptian, is played off of the very similar looking word "nekek," literally a prepubescent boy who is used to nek — a child prostitute.

It is interesting that the ancient Kemetics had this view about sexual relations with minors.  I read in another book that pederasty (sex between two men, commonly with one of them being a minor) was a common and accepted thing in ancient Greece.  That the Kemetics have a point of view that is similar to our modern one is a good thing, but even then, I think we should be aware that there are going to sometimes be discrepancies between what was accepted then and what is accepted now.  Rather than the words be law themselves, I think the spirit of the law, and the moral concerns which governed them should guide us.

With this purification I will remember that children were cherished in Kemet, and also be aware of not only the differences of the Kemetic culture with my own, but also that which brings us together. 

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August 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Purification 8

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For an explanation of this series, read the introduction here.

Hail Fiery One, coming forth backwards, I do not speak lies.

A note on the Fiery One.  This is an epithet for Wadjet, whose role was to protect Ra by fitting spire at his enemies.  Rev. Siuda gives us the meaning of “coming forth backwards”:

The phrase "going forth backwards," rather than supplying a specific geographical locality, suggests this particular uraeus is not a "local god," but the one sitting on the crown of Wesir, whose chamber lies just to the West of the purification proceedings in the Pert em Hru. To "go backwards" in Kemetic also means "to go to the right" or "to go east (against the track of the sun)." So one is now made aware that his or her truth in these invocations is being checked against the Ultimate Authority: Wesir and His all-seeing Eye of Ra.

Now, like Purification 6, this purification is also about speech.  I was going to say this is pretty straight-forward, except actually, there are many variations of lies, a list of which can be found on wikipedia. 

I think it would be good to familiarize one’s self with the many different types of lies.  Perhaps what in the US American culture would be considered a “white lie” might not be tolerated in the Kemetic culture.  Or on the other hand, perhaps lie by exaggeration would have been an effective business methodology!  Rather than nitpick and guess about What Would Ancient Kemetics Do, take this opportunity to examine how you use language and whether you are using it to consciously cause Ma’at to flourish.

With this purification, I will try to be conscious of how my language brings about Ma’at, and whether the model of "the silent man" may be more appropriate to the situation.

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August 19, 2010 at 8:40 am