In the memory of recently passed away relatives*. I honour you and remember you.
Mullein, herbal salts and a special ancestor oil.
Four candles for the Four Guardians. The Gateway and the Key.
The smoke of the wormwood stick takes prayers, memories and thoughts to the Spirits.
*Relatives as in I found out just after my last post that someone else in my family has died as well.
Dear lovely readers,
I have been on a sort of online break for a while, to tend to those closest to me. They needed me as much as I needed them. There is something very comforting in the presence of loved ones. There has been so much that has happened I won’t bore you with it. Suffice it to say another loved one has passed into the spirit world, he will be greatly missed and forever loved. And soon after, an amazing lovely dog has saved my life. Hooray for canine friends!
And while I’m still recovering, I’m not complaining. A lot can be said about my life, but at least it’s not boring.
In between I’ve been reading (or rather re-reading) this awesome book:
It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted a copy of my own and a couple of months ago I got lucky and got a good deal for it. Previously owned, but in top notch condition. I’m almost finished re-reading it, of course with a ton of notes. But I’ve been good this time and kept my notes in order. I do believe I have finally settled on the perfect thing. I’ve had this leather-like A5 size binder for a few years and which hasn’t been in use for some reason. With a few paper refills and other bits and bobs it’s now my trusty note keeper. And while I’ve been eyeing some beautiful books (these ones to be exact) I’ve come to realize that I’m the eternal student and I will always need to change things about and add. So a binder is perfect. Not to mention I always write down on small bits of paper or I will take an A4 size paper, fold it in half and write on it like that, the A5 size suits me fine.
Other than that, devotionals and routine spiritual work as usual. My sacred scents project had to be yet again postponed but it’s not a problem. I wasn’t expecting it to be finished any time soon but I will try to keep you posted, I know a few of you are very interested in my scent experiments and research.
For now I wish you the best. It’s a beautiful day today and the park is waiting
Be well my lovelies!
Finally found the right Key for my ‘Gateway’. And what a team they make!
Shout out to my friends with scholarly inclinations: I’m doing some research and I’m looking for some resources on nome cults, that is specific temples (shrines, priesthood, etc.) at specific nomes/cult centres. If there’s any mention on rivalries between nomes (such as the Kynopolis/Oxyrynchos one) even better. I’m thoroughly aware this will take me quite some time (I’ve slowly been working on it for months now and due to recent sad events my research was on and off so I’d like to get back to it full speed if possible). There’s no rush but if you happen to know of any resources or come across any reference in your own research I’d be most grateful if you’d share that with me. References I’m most interested in are pertaining to these Deities: Thoth, Anubis, Seth, Hathor and Bast [list not exclusive, also looking on Amun - and his syncretized form Amun Ra]. All I’ll need is a book title or article title (if page is mentioned even better). What’s sad is that I have quite a nifty list of articles I need to read but most are part of journals and such which are either out of print or very rarely available which obviously makes them too expensive and are well beyond my means. Methinks eventually I’ll have to pay for an EES membership so I can access their online library for that list. I’ll be posting this on my blog, my tumblr and my Facebook. If you have anything at all, just comment anywhere or drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
…in an increasingly dark place.
I’ve been away from the online world for quite some time, life duties prevented me from keeping up with the latest happenings. Upon my return I’ve come across a handful of people speaking out against hatred, spewing vitriol, belittling others and (let’s say it, why not?) being an asshat when it comes to interacting with others. This cheered me up immensely and really restored a sense of hope and faith in the idea of a community. I’m glad people are seeing what’s going on and are willing to say ‘wait a minute, this is just wrong’. I’m glad people are speaking out. I’m double glad that there’s more and more people acknowledging problems and discussing them, encouraging others to do the same and make things better.
I’m beyond happy this is happening. Really, I have no words to describe what I’m feeling today. Perhaps it touches me so deeply because whenever I’ve written about what words can do and advised against using them without a second thought at the impact they could have I’ve met severe resistance to say the least. [For example after my latest post I've been told to 'row myself off a cliff' along with other such remarks. And no, I'm not giving up writing - if anyone thought my absence from the online world had anything to do with it they were wrong.]
Without much more rambling, here are the pieces which have managed to brighten up my spirits:
Open Letter to the Kemetic Community on Fanny Fae’s blog.
Freedom Isn’t Free, and Neither is Community on Shadows of the Sun.
‘G is for Group. i.e. Why Your Words Matter’ on Making Bright.
Loneliness or Community iz Hurd on Per Ma: House of the Lion.
The Logistics of Running a Kemetic Anything on The Twisted Rope.
Just When You Thought It was Safe to Go Back in the Water on Mystical Bewilderment.
If anyone writes on the issue please let me know, I’ll be more than happy to add the links here.
And for those of you speaking out, a big THANK YOU!
The other day I stumbled upon this little paragraph in Ritner’s Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice and I just have to share it because many people think of Sekhmet solely as a destroyer, completely disregarding Her role as a Goddess of healing and yes, even medicine [especially since in Ancient Egypt medicine and magic were intertwined]:
‘The Ebers Papyrus includes ‘amulet man’ with ‘doctors’ and ‘priests of Sekhmet’ in a list of medical practitioners who might be expected to apply a ‘hands on’ method of examining patients:
…when any doctor, priest of Sekhmet or amulet-man places his hands or fingers on any head, on any back of the head, on any hands, on any chest (‘place of the heart’), on any arms, or any feet, then he places them on the heart, for its vessels belong to all its limbs.‘
Further on the page it is stated that the very presence of a priest of Sekhmet embodies the religious link between medicine and magic.
So there we go