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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Shadow Portents As The New Year Begins

Silence. The stillness in which I find my centre, and the equilibrium of my being.

After a long drive back from my hometown to Melbourne I finally find myself in my Shrine Room. This has become my touchstone, my dome of the rock, and not being able to come here has thrown me off centre.

The trip was not an easy one, fraught with the Mars energy tension that I have sensed and felt so strongly since mid December last year . . . .  Places where I once could alight – a bird with weary wings seeking familiar refuge and the comfort of a well worn branch – are found no more . . . .  

Until I awoke after my Shrine visit nap, I had felt a strange disconnection from the Netjeru. That disconnect was me looking deeply at my shadow self and facing away from the sun . . . My beautiful new work sitting on my easel awaiting to manifest as one of my best barely got a glance from me as I unpacked the car . . .


My holiday reading: I got to read but didn't get quite the holiday I was hoping for
The Ogdoad had been on my mind owing to reading about them in the Ford Necroninom Book, as had Nut and Heru Wer and Set thanks to reading the Webb book about Crowley’s Book Of The Law.

I answered a question for myself from a blogpost of August2012! The Ogdoad are serpent and frog headed as these are symbols of transformation and ancient genesis. As these deities are related to the formation of matter, it stands to reason that amphibian and reptilian symbols speak Their essences. It also occurs to me that both frog and snake are potent symbols of the magickian.


The Hermopolitan Ogdoad from the Temple Of Hethert in Dendera

Jupiter peeped through the crack in my blinds as I awoke from my post Shrine slumber, and I knew it to be a message from Netjer. It was Heru – perhaps Heru Wer in His aspect of Heru but Heru nonetheless.

Jupiter and Mars is Heru and Set in Shamanic Egyptian astrology. Set the Sacred Warrior and exposer of the shadow, and Heru the young king, impatient with His expanding and settling into His new role as monarch.

I love this book, and consider it to be a worthy addition to the collections of those that are interested in interpretations of how Netjer manifests today, or perceptions of how They might
“The Ark Of Millions” awaits me on my easel. Partly outlined, partly sketched, still far from ready for colour . . . . yet the form is there. The potential and promise is there.


This column of Ramesses The Second sits in a corner of the SA Museum with no plaque, recognition, or honoring of the precious artifact that it is. A robotic dinosaur sits alongside it that parents can let their out of control brats feed with coin to make it move. I believe the dinosaur comes with a complete description.




Wednesday, 4 December 2013

"There"




"There" is the title of my latest work, and the last for 2013.


It is acrylic on canvas 36" x 24".


It is a psycho-spiritual desert landscape with a temple which is made up of the hieroglyphs for the shrines of Upper and Lower Egypt. The landscape was very much influenced by some writing of Judith Page that she wrote me in correspondence, where she described "a black sun with a red corona".


The Temple is that of the Netjeru, and Set and Sekhmet are featured invoking entry. They are joined by Maat and Heru.


Each Netjer has a sun disk halo - as opposed to the way the sun disk is usually presented - surmounted by a  uraeus. This is a theme I have continued from earlier works.


There are two obelisks featured - referencing the sun city of Ancient Kemet - and the hieroglyphs for lightning in the sky.




The line work and smaller details of the painting created a challenge, as did the sky (which I am very happy with).





Saturday, 16 November 2013

Ancient Egyptian artifacts at NGV


The National Gallery of Victoria has recently re-installed its antiquities collections and the new permanent Ancient Egyptian section is delightful.

A visit to the NGV website reveals that not all of the antiquities in their possession are on display; I have featured the ones that are and also include photos from their site that display the works in all their glory.

Below is a photo journal of what I saw when visiting a few weeks ago.


Coffin of Iretenhoreru dating from Dynasty 25 - 26

 Iretenhoreru's coffin lid
Inside of  Iretenhoreru's coffin with images of Sokar and Auset visible. The coffin is suspected to have come from Thebes. No information on the exhibition plaques was rendered as to the role that the owner played in life
Amulets - outstanding are the Bes, djed and Sobek ones
Larger amulets and statuettes featuring Auset suckling Heru, the Apis bull and Ausar

Different angle on first amulet picture revealing even more 

Canopic jars dating from Dynasty 21 - 25 found in Qurna, Thebes and featruing the lids of Qebsennenuf and Duamutef

Beautiful canopic chest dating from the Ptolemaic period; it features the falcon sacred to Sokar on top but in my research may also represent Sopdu. 
Detail of canopic chest front

Photo of canopic chest from NGV website


The head covering of Padihorpasheraset dating from the Ptolemaic dynasties; it is quite beautiful but saddening to think how it must have been torn off the mummy for its value on the antiquities market


Spectacular statue of Ptah-Sokar-Ausar dating from Ptolemaic times; it is dedicated by a priest named Hor, son of Djedhor

Stela of Amenemope with remains of paint
From the NGV website




Dendera mortuary stela featuring demotic text
From the NGV website
Stela of Djedher found in Saqqara

From NGV website






Thursday, 17 October 2013

Djoser Ab

Djoser Ab
My latest painting is Djoser Ab.


The conception for the piece occurred in meditation, and the choice of color - and in fact a major inspiration for the piece - came from my admiration for the work of an online artist friend, the artist being Zap. (See the blog post where I featured Zap in here).

I am particularly fond of how how Zap utilizes fluorescence in his work, and I wanted to experiment with fluoro colors in this piece. Not every color is fluorescent, but the ones that are offset and interact with the non fluorescent palette rather well I feel. I did not want to produce a totally fluoro piece - that is already done spectacularly by Zap himself - but am happy with my first attempt at doing so in this work.

The eight limbed image surprised me when I conceived it, as I am not as taken with Ancient Hindu art in the same way as I am with Middle Eastern art, but the conception works perfectly for each Ab to be individually presented.

The main image is the subject in a state of becoming with the essences of Heru and Set; or put another way, balancing Bawy within and thus reaching an exalted state. (There is a particularly lovely image of Bawy and a beautiful protection heka on Sardurir's blog here).

Djoser Ab detail - heads


Djoser Ab detail Atum, Shai

The central figure reveals that the process involves a mastery and understanding of principles of the heart that he presents with each arm. The hearts include as their expression:

Djoser Ab detail - Geb, Heka

Set in glorified state
Atum
Sopdet
Shai
Mastery of physicality and physical power
Geb
Mastery of creative expression and understanding through the lenses of the Kemetic
Magick
The alloy electrum

Djoser Ab detail - Sopdet, Physicality

I know I always say that the photos don't do the actual paintings I make justice, but in this case it can not be overstated. The fluorescent colours make this piece so vibrant!

Djoser Ab detail - Kemetic lense, Electrum

"Djoser Ab" is my 16th Kemetic work to date and is a companion piece to a future work - as yet untitled - which I consider the original version of the piece you see today.

Djoser Ab detail - Set in a glorified state
The title - which means "Sacred Heart" - has a deep meaning for me, as the awful schools I attended when growing up had the same name, and the concept of the sacred heart has always meant something negative for me as a result. In seeking and discovering my own sacred heart, a healing has occurred where that is no longer the case.

Djoser Ab detail - lotus


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Perspective and realization

In the last week, two people I know online have provided simultaneously and without prompting some major insights on viewing the religion of Ancient Kemet in a totally different way than we do today.

It is not the first time I have come across this: Schwaller de Lubicsz says in his books that understanding Egyptian thought requires a completely different way of thinking - another mindset altogether if you will - in order to truly understand it.

The words that were sent me struck me so profoundly that I asked to publish them here, and consent was given:

All true religion unites the human with the Divine, thus the Kemetic religion was religion, and that culture was driven by the mechanisms through which human beings were brought instantly into the Divine presence.  Also, the Kemetic religion sought to bring the Divine into the human sphere.  Every ritual, every act performed in the Per-Netjer, and the Per-Netjer itself, was a meeting place between humankind and the Gods.
Real religion offers such a meeting place, where the human heart, enthused by devotion and worship, becomes a vessel through which Netjer incarnates and the human is experienced as Divine. 
Do not let your prejudice against modern organized religions pollute your heart and sever your communion with Netjer.  To know the Gods one must enter into the awesome moment of duwa, worship, adoration, where the heart and mind recognize the greatness and goodness of the Netjer.  Without duwa one can never know the Netjeru nor come into their presences.  
The Kemetic religion sought and seeks to bring Netjer and humanity into the same space through which the act of creation may continue, and asfet pushed back.  This is an interdependent relationship.  Our task as servants of Netjer is to maintain creation by maintaining a living link with the Netjeru from which creation comes forth. 
Conquer your prejudices and your ego, and you will know the true meaning of Heka, the source and entirety of Kemetic religion.
Written by Ptahmassu
Ptahmassu's website is here
Previous post about Ptahmassu as an artist here
Another post with wise words from Ptahmassu: The Divine and the human

The point I am trying to make is that the ancient Egyptians were attuned to everything around them – they had no religion, they had a belief system and a way of life that was far superior to ours. We are only just beginning to tap into the wonders of this civilisation and mustn't stop at images and a profusion of gods….
Written by Judith Page
Judith's website is here

Detail from upcoming painting "Djoser Ab"; this part of the piece I call "Neb Set"

Related posts:
Spiritual but not religious
Zeal
Yesterday, Today and the Future: Kemetic Re-Manifestation
Exploring Netjer Today
A wonderful articulation / musings on my non-religious approach to Kemeticism
Faith, Myrrh, more FIMO: Set and Heru-Wer


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sokar

My Sokar painting was completed last night.



The portrait is the 7th in a series of Nejeru portraits. A process that commenced early 2011 (read about it here) marking the beginning of my artistic career (again) comes to a conclusion with the completion of this work.



I have mentioned Sokar before; I feel that this piece does Him justice and consider it to be one of the best technical pieces I have made to date. I have included shots here from different perspectives that highlight the luminosity of the silver flame and halo that the portrait engenders.



Dua Sokar!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Celebrations

My altar this morning as I prepared it for Wep Ronpet

I have decked my apartment out with tea light candles. Painted the pots and smashed them. My Shrine Room is effused with the scent of frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood and juniper.

Happy Wep Ronpet everyone!

It was Set’s birthday yesterday and after the morning at work I spent the rest of the day languishing in how to celebrate His day. It was particularly cold here yesterday, and the sky was amassed with clouds that seemed ready to crack open any moment. He Whom Before The Sky Shakes indeed. 

Set's birthday celebrations

In meditation, a new painting has come along with clarity about another future work and how to execute it. It is a Set related painting, an echo of another I am currently executing and lots to do with the style I am developing and Soul Anatomy.

I spent the day finishing a painting of Sokar and working on detailed sketches for another piece with a working title of Heart Mandala.

The time feels particularly auspicious as I am aware of a cycle ending that seems to have started in 2010. There has been some great good (I went to Egypt at the beginning of said cycle) and some things to move on from.

Looking to the future and a bright Kemetic New Year!

Dua Set!
Dua Netjer!


The pots await their time next to a set of tea lights I had set up throughout my apartment


The pots (I love how my reflection is evident in this)


The pots aftermath: it is the first time that I have executed this ritual and it felt GREAT!