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Nefertari Tarot: Temperance (14)

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Visual Card Description:  Ma’at* kneels with her feathered arms outstretched over two jars.  Above her are some hieroglyphs, and below her are some lotus flower decorations. 

Free Association:  Balance, Equilibrium, Self-Mastery, Self-Control 

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  Temperance is a card about balance, in many ways, and relationships of all kinds. Friendships, family, romantic partnerships, and work partnerships all need your attention. This is also a card about alchemy or mixing and matching. You may have to try several approaches to things before you find what is truly right for you.

Although in general all your relationships are likely to be going quite well, you may need to look at your deeper personal issues and see if or how these are standing in your way. And if they are, how to work through them and integrate them. The idea now is to do what it takes to find balance, in yourself, in your relationships, and with your goals and aspirations. 

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Moderation, harmony, serenity and spirit of adaptability, happy transformation.  Holiday, rest and healthy entertainment.  Taumaturgical virtues, positive magnetism, recovery. 

My interpretation:   This card is a reminder of the fact that we live in Ma’at when we try to bring into balance all aspects of our lives.  Take this time to look at how you’re doing things and whether you do them reactively or deliberately.  Try to think of ways to do more of the latter and less of the former.


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May 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

Nefertari Tarot: The Lover (6)

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Visual Card Description:  A couple is embracing each other and looking at one another, as if they were about to kiss.  The female is on the left and the male is on the right.  To the right of the male there are some hieroglyphs.  At leg level, there is a flying vulture with a sun disk on her head who is holding an ankh with her feet.  This may be Nekhbet, who was associated with mothers and childbirth among her other associations.

Free Association:  Passion Fate, Commitment, Deep Connection, Feeding of the Ka

Rider-Waite/Traditional AssociationsThe Lovers is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini, "The Twins." It almost always points to partnerships with just one other person; generally, and not surprisingly, this indicates a romantic partnership, but of course this is not always the case. Less frequently, it points to the duality that all of us have inwardly – between male/female, yin/yang, approach/avoidance, and the like.

It’s possible when this card appears that you are feeling ambivalent about a relationship or situation in your life. It could be that your heart is telling you one thing, and your head, another. In general, the thing to do is (within the bounds of your morality) to follow your heart. Some people say there are only two modes that any of us are operating under at any time; and that’s "fear" or "love." When you can: choose love.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Trial, exam, attempt.  Important choice in both the love or professional sphere.  A decision that cannot be put off.

My interpretation:  The lovers have made a commitment to each other that is as strong as the bonds of family; those who decide to marry call each other “brother and sister” as a term of endearment.*  The act of embracing someone feeds their Ka.*  It is as important to feed the Ka as it is to eat, drink and breathe.  This card urges one to consider one’s choices carefully, because once they are made, they can’t always be unmade, and even may become a bond.  Yet if this decision incites your passion, it can feed your Ka with Ma’at- all that is good and right.

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May 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Maat: A Moral Ideal

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Just updated the KIN blog with my first post on Maat.  Click to read it there!

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August 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Current Projects

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This is more a reminder post for me than anything else, but I do think it can be interesting to see what other people in the faith are doing.

1. Besides being an active member in the HoN and KIN boards, I plan on trying to make a Kemetic Devotional based on everyday ways to live in Ma’at.  I’ve gotten the Karenga book on Ma’at as a moral ideal, and plan on studying it to find quotes or ideas on how to live in Ma’at and maybe from there find or write prompts to let other people in the Kemetic community contribute.  I would like to donate part of the proceeds to a charity, so that the act of buying the book itself is an act of Ma’at!  I know I’ve pretty much abandoned going over the purifications I started this blog with, but I wasn’t really feeling the setup.

2. As part of a work trade for the cost of my RPD since I’m currently jobless, I’ve been translating the Beginner’s Lessons of HoN into Spanish. This is quite the project and time consuming since I have my boyfriend go over the finished results and there is still a lot of correcting to do, but I’m happy this helps the community and also gives me a chance to work on my Spanish, even if I am basically fluent already.

3. I’ve recently gotten the book and card deck for the Anubis Oracle since I’ve had such good results with it, and I also just ordered the Shamanic Mysteries of Ancient Egypt book that contains meditations on the netjeru.  I hope to use the cards as a way to communicate with Akhu, or rather, have a more tangible way to communicate with them rather than just hunches.  I really look forward to getting into divination again.  I’ve dabbled with the Rider Waite and Osho Zen tarot decks but I never really resonated with them.  The artwork with the Anubis Oracle is pretty nice, and it’s good to have been able to find something that works within my own context (even if there is a bunch of shamanic concepts thrown in there, I’ll have to decide whether I want to incorporate that into my practice or not).

4. This is more a personal thing but I just started using Evernote and have put it on sharing to everyone.  I keep my Kemetic research notes on there.  Here are the links:

5. Future projects include re-writing myths as children’s stories, and having my sister illustrate them.  This also helps her since it gives her something to put on her resume, and I would love to see more children’s lit. out there considering I want something to share with my daughter as well.

6. Upcoming posts include a massive link list to the best of the best in resources that I’ve come across so far.  I also plan on visiting my Akhu this weekend for the Wab festival, so I hope to write something up on that.


I’m currently in the U.S. visiting friends and family so I’m not sure how active I can be online, but I figured I might as well get this stuff down before I forget anything.  What are your projects?

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August 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm