For those who are new to the Kemetic path, things can be quite daunting. Where do you start? Where do you go?
It’s okay to be confused! We’ve all been there, me included. I’ve gotten questions much similar to the ones above lately, and it has inspired me to write a short post in order to give people a starting point. This won’t be extensive, it’s just a way to get your feet wet!
So take a breath now and think.
Consider what brings you to your interest in the Kemetic faith. What gods are pulling you, if any? This is a good time to write a small journal and get your thoughts down if you wish! Just know that you’re not doing anything wrong if you are unsure about these questions, they are simply reflection. Even so, it’s a helpful exercise!
Here are the basics:
Live in ma’at. This is the most important part of this faith.
Communicate with the gods. Even if you can’t set up a shrine, try to speak with them. Greet Ra in the sunrise. Greet Djehuty/Thoth in the moonlight.
Research. There is so much to learn! You can read up on a particular god, or you can read about making shrines.
Participate in the community. Be it on Tumblr or elsewhere, it’s very good to interact with others who share this fatih! You can learn a lot from one another.
I found that keeping a blog or a journal was an excellent way to keep me on track and to put my thoughts in order. Your mileage may vary, but just know that this is your path. Make it how you want! Start slow, work up, and enjoy the process.
If you have further questions, please leave a comment!
We all know the typical question: “What are your New Year’s Resolutions?” It’s kind of a stereotype at this point, however I had some of my own I wanted to set in stone before the year got too ahead of me.
Do Senut more often.
Because of my surgery, I have been unable to do Senut, save for one time in the last week. It’s hard to purify, and it’s hard to stand and kneel when your heel is still healing. However, I’ve been called back and I need to get back into a routine, even if my life is very not routine.
Work on Sau Training.
Between working, surgery, and learning other things, I’ve kind of fallen back on my training to be a Sau Magician. This is important work, and I want very hard to get back into it. I started to work on it more last night, and I hope that I can continue to learn and grow. The calling to return is strong.
While I was out for the count, I become Reiki certified and I have added it to my practice. I’ve become quite confident in doing it over a distance, and yet I’m still learning more and more. I picked up Crystal Reiki from the same teacher, and I’d love to incorporate crystals into my practice as well. I started to work with Sekhmet and Khonsu on this healing endeavor, and this is why I’ve listed it under Kemetic Resolutions.
Attend Wep Ronpet Retreat.
Okay, I’ve been saving up for this one. This is the year I step forward and attempt to become Shemsu-Ankh. I’ve been meeting House members, I’ve been active, and I’ve been doing things for the community. I don’t need to be a SA to do these things, but it’s the direction I feel drawn, and I feel that it’s a calling I must answer.
Do more artwork.
Because you can never have enough artwork around! This ties into Retreat a bit, as I’d love to create some prints of the Gods to auction off for donations. I pray for inspiration in order to bring about beautiful pictures to share with everyone.
This is going to be a busy year, but I’m excited to see how it progresses.
Various festivals celebrated the only way I could, making do with what I had, in the only places I was able to.
When I celebrate various Kemetic festivals, namely those centering around Bast(-Mut), I can only truly do so in the confines of a hotel room. I will set up my travel shrine and find food to-go from any nearby restaurant, plane snacks, or hotel diners, which I can then share with the Netjeru in shrine.
Sometimes I’ll put my icons out in front of a window to greet Ra. Other times I will process the statue around the tiny room. I always find a way to make do with what I have, and celebrate whichever way I can!
As the years go by, I’m participating more and more in the Moomas festivities, including a card exchange in which you see a few resting in my shrine. I drew such a beautiful image that I sent out on custom-made cards, and I look forward to doing even more with these festivals someday!
Come the day I have my own house, I plan for large celebrations with cooked feasts and decorations galore. But until then, I make do, and I enjoy the time I spend with my gods no matter what the circumstance.
Baking cakes for the birthdays? Why not! Singing loudly with sistra ringing? Yes please!
The fact that everybody can celebrate the festivals their own way makes for such beautiful variety.
I celebrated this a few days early due to my odd schedule, however now is a great time to post it as today is the Feast of Sekhmet and Bast before Ra and tomorrow is the Feast of Sekhmet and Bast of Isheru!
The reason I’m focusing most on the latter is because as a syncretic deity, Bast-Mut hails mainly from Isheru, and thus I am taking this festival and celebrating Her upon it (as well as Sekhmet, but I didn’t have Her statue with me!) While I don’t know much about the festivals, all I know is that I’m going to celebrate them my way, and I’m going to enjoy myself and give lots of thanks and offerings to the Netjeru!
We start at the shrine.
I set up my travel shrine within the hotel room, covering up anything I didn’t need to see, such as that coffee pot behind the towel. It made a nice little backdrop in which to set my icon of Bast-Mut down. With electric candle lit, libation water offered, dark chocolate pretzel bark and delicious cheeses and crackers set before Her, I sang an offering song and sat in Her presence for a time. I let these offerings sit until it was time for the true Feast to happen.
And then the feast begins!
I ordered food delivery of some delicious tacos to share with these two Goddesses! There was some difficulties involved in picking up this food in which hotel keys didn’t work, elevators were slow, etc, but once I was able to get back to the room, we enjoyed this feast and I enjoyed the company of Mother.
All in all, I consider the festivities to have been a success! It was mostly impromptu, but I made it work within my limits of being in a hotel, traveling, and not having much to give.
What are you thankful for in this religion? How are you blessed?
It’s been nearly three years since I’ve been a Shemsu of the House of Netjer. Three years of having this wonderful family in my life and also having my amazing Gods in my life as well. Time seems to have gone by in a flash, and yet it feels as if I’ve known everyone forever.
Slowly I’ve been working up to meeting my Kemetic family in person, and it feels amazing to put a face to these people who I feel connected to in a spiritual familial way. Everything peaked when I visited a smaller member-hosted Wep Ronpet celebration, and right away I felt at home and blessed.
I am so thankful for everyone in this community and I’m truly blessed in that we all support one another in many different ways.
I am thankful to have my gods in my life who love me with everything They have and support me through this lifetime and every lifetime that may come.
I am blessed in that I have found a path that fits my needs and fills my life with so much love and joy.
I know that as I continue on this path, I’ll have many more blessings and many more reasons to be thankful for the time I’ve spent in this community, and I hope that I can give back those blessings in return to others.