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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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Nefertari Tarot: Justice (8)

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For an introduction to the 78 days of tarot project, please click here.

Visual Card Description:  Isis/Aset is seated at the hall of judgment, to provide divine protection to those who have proven themselves innocent and justified.*  In her right hand she holds a lotus staff*, and in her left hand an ankh.* (with which to give life)  Behind her, Thoth/Djehuti weighs the deceased’s heart against Ma’at’s feather, and writes the results. 

Free Association:  Judgment, Morality, Consequences

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  Justice deals with the idea of karma and the law of cause and effect, stating that all events, and all people, are connected. It’s important to remember that not everything you are dealing with, however, is a direct result of your own actions or karma. Sometimes you will be called upon to deal with the results of the actions of someone you care about, and this can sometimes be as difficult and demanding as it is when you’re up against something that is completely of your own making. Don’t blame yourself unnecessarily.

This card evokes the need for fairness, balance, and harmony. Operate in as balanced and reasonable a fashion as you can. This includes in how you think about and treat yourself. If you are directly involved with a court case, it is likely to be resolved, at least in large degree, in your favor.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Law, balance, fairness, harmony, justice.  Fatality, submission to consequential logic.  Respect of hierarchy and natural law.  It is here represented by Isis, goddess of the moon and bride of Osiris, symbol of merciful judgment.

My interpretation:  The justification of one’s heart is one of the most, if not the most, important part of one’s existence.  If your heart is heavy with evil, then it will weigh more than Ma’at’s feather, which is the symbol of justice, equality, balance, harmony, etc.  One does not have to be perfect, but one must have done more good than bad in one’s lifetime.  If one’s heart is too heavy, their ba is eaten by Ammit, and they will be erased from existence.  However if their heart is light, they are given new life by Isis/Aset, and allowed to live on in various forms of existence in the afterlife.  Isis/Aset had the power to reanimate her husband, so your ka would be in good hands.  She is also a very cunning sorceress, having tricked her father Ra into giving her his true name.*  No amount of lies or cunningness will change your fate- the scales never lie.  This card reminds us that in all situations, we must try to live in Ma’at, or do the right thing, as much as we can.

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May 12, 2013 at 9:48 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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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 12

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

Hail His-Face-Behind-Him, coming forth from his roof, I do not give the wink.

This epithet is for the keeper of Ra’s boat in the Field of Reeds, he “who looks behind himself.” 

Rev. Siuda explains further the meaning of giving the wink":

To ‘give the wink’ in ancient Egypt was a phrase used to describe people, in particular judges, who were corrupt or able to be corrupted; when paid off correctly, they would let a prisoner go, ‘giving the wink’ to the person who put the fix in to let them know it had been done.

This reminds me of the verb “hoodwink,” which means to deceive or trick.  In effect, when the judge gives the wink, the system and justice itself are hoodwinked.  When considering Maat, what seems to help in the moment will hurt in the long run, because by cheating justice, we cheat ourselves.  We should think not only of how much our own hearts will weigh in the time of judgement against the feather of Maat, but also for those we coexist with during our lives on earth. 

With this purification I seek to keep balance in Maat and strive to do that which is just.

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September 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

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