Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Becoming of my Shrine Room

I added some red lights to my Shrine Room tonight after getting some ideas from reading Don Webb's "The Seven Faces Of Darkness". I had already begun to rethink my Shrine space with my recent move to a new property, and Mr. Webb's ideas have been timely and helpful.


My Shrine (at back) with altar front; I am adding another separate Shrine as soon as funds permit

In contrast to my last residence, the Shrine has it's own room now, which also works as my meditation, creation, magick and reading room.

This is a secondary altar where I keep my aromatheraphy diffuser (juniper and sandalwood is on the menu in this shot) as well as the books I am currently exploring and use

I have included more detail of the altar as this post was inspired by something jackal put up on the KIN Forum. My altar features candle, sigil, Set pendant / talisman, Set pendant Shrine / case, two ankhs, an akh glyph, and an incense burning dish. My altar is being reconceptualised to accomodate magick workings in the New Year (this one will no longer be appropriate).


Altar
I have not used the Shrine Room complete with the red lights yet (they only went in this evening) and am looking forward to seeing how they help create the mood(s) I want in there.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The Aunty Sue Project

The completed project that features some of my FIMO creations


I reworked a prepackaged Kemetic gift set for a relative's Xmas present. I removed some pieces that I wanted for my Shrine, and created new pieces for the vacated spaces in the pyramid facade.

The gift set had been in a shop by a work place that I had left and returned to over some time. As it was there for so long - and I had wanted some (but not all) of the pieces for a while - when the shopkeeper dropped the price I swoooped.


First few pieces
 I removed the pieces that I wanted and set about making the replacements.


Djed pillar

I wanted to include items I considered essential as well as work within the limitations of the spaces left in the pyramid facade.


Ankh



Winged Udjat



Anpu



Auset's glyph / symbol



Falcon with flail, inspired by similar object found in Tutankamun's tomb



Knot of Auset


Udjat eye plaque


Was sceptre

I also wanted to alter the look of the case itself, so I painted the top gold and added a winged disk.



Gold capping



Winged disk for top

I am happier with some of the pieces over others, but overall the project was a success. I presented it to Aunty Sue on Sunday and she loved it.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A November to remember

I will remember this month as the end of a deep transitional cycle and emerging into my potential.

I have moved house again, and this time moved to a place that I believe Wepwawet led me to. I have a room here that is my Shrine / Meditation Room - in acknowledgement of how important my connection with Netjer, the Magickal World, and my Ka has become.

I have confronted some big demons this month, and find myself at the end of understanding how my trip to Egypt one year ago was an initiation into this new phase of my life. I might write about that here one day.

I met someone in San Francisco in 2008 that I connected with in a way that I would have not thought possible for a one night thing, and even though our contact since has been infrequent, the sense of their presence and that connection somehow brought me comfort. I learnt (via Facebook) that my beloved is now in a relationship and it felt like losing a lover. And more.

I also discovered an amazing artist and beautiful man called Jeff Cullen who has created this amazing sculpture of Set.







Jeff's Facebook page is here I have commissioned Jeff to do a similar statue for me of The Beautiful God, as well as Khepera. I can not wait to see what he does.

I have become increasing interested in the Temple Of Set and have read Mr. Aquino's introductory document to the Temple as well as some books by Don Webb. It has been popping up a lot in my thoughts and my dreams.

November seems to have had (and has) a frenetic energy with many folks (me included) quakering with energy. It feels like an aftershock almost.

I look forward to settling.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

A Shrine for The Beautiful God


As if to finally complete the birthing of my Set pendant, I have finished the Shrine that is to house Him. The pendant is already a strong talisman and needs a place for repose.

It is Set's name
A cycle is ending in my world right now. The place I moved into only 11 months ago I am preparing to leave, and a beautiful new one, complete with a room alone for my Shrine awaits. I believe that Wepwawet assisted me in finding this place.

I have most recently completed reading two Don Webb books about the Temple Of Set and the Left Hand Path. I am making my way through “Eternal Egypt” by Richard Reidy, "The Nine Eyes of Light" by Padma Prakasha, and "Temples of Light" by Danielle Hoffman.

It says "Beautiful God"





The Beautiful Netjer In His Shrine

My current meditation processes are centred around my trip to Egypt last year – almost 1 year to the day – and the initiation process that I underwent there. Right now I am focused on Khepera. This tattoo will not leave my mind right now:


It isn't doing anything for dispelling my man-crush on Vin Diesel seeing him half naked decked out in Kemetic tattoos


I am working with a healing modality called Ka Shen Sekhem, and my physical bodybuilding goals are also coming on nicely too. There is some balance in my personal world now.

Dua Netjeru! Dua Set!


Saturday, 22 October 2011

Kemetic Bling: The Evolution Of My Set Pendant


Origins: dreams and false starts
The most beautiful Kemetic object that I own is my Set pendant, which was completed recently and revealed on these pages. It is more than a piece of jewellery: it’s a talisman, a statue, and one way that I bring Kemet back into a modern world, which seems to be part of my “thing”.

I have always been attracted to tasteful Kemetic jewellery and owned various pieces over the years, many lost. These were mainly smaller objects such as rings and earrings. But a few years back I had a distinctive dream where I was wearing serious Kemetic bling – it was a large ankh on a chunky necklace. This sat in the back of my mind and inspired me to finally go ahead when I met the right craftsmen with the piece you see now. (This last sentence is actually the key to the whole thing and can not be overstated: the right craftsman)

However, that dream was not the origin of the project. Back in 2001 I made moves toward having a Netjeru pendant like this one made but it never eventuated (the jewellery guy was flaky and it was before everyone was using email making it harder to communicate ideas). You will be interested to know that at that time it was not Set but Heru that was to be the object between my pectoral cleavage! (I plan to have a Heru one made at a later date also).
Egyptian Initiation, Las Vegas and Anpu’s role in the project genesis
Last November I had my first trip to Egypt. It stirred and changed me in ways I was unaware of at the time, although I knew certainly that being there was having an effect. I collected some beautiful statues and jewellery there (I was still subconsciously after the Kemetic bling I mentioned from the dream years before) but did not find the Netjer pendant I was after. I did find this beautiful Udjat that I love wearing also. This journey to Ancient Kemet was somehow a new beginning.


I bought this piece in Cairo
Some years ago I stayed at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. I loved all the Egyptian stuff there, no matter how kitsch some of it was, and found some great modern interpretations of ancient stuff too.


I stayed at the Luxor,  Las Vegas in 2004 and felt quite at home there; some things they did well, and others were not so tasteful; I liked this array of statues and the light setting too


I can not be certain but I think I bought a metal statue of Anpu and some other Netjeru here (Khonsu was one and maybe Sekhmet another). They had great little shops in there where you could buy all kinds of Egyptian treasure and I know I bought this or another similar (which were gifts for my sister) from here.

When I first met Justin – the creator of my pendant – he asked for something that was as close to what I wanted as I could find. I presented him with this statue of Anpu from my Shrine.









The original Anpu statue would be transformed into my Set statue!

Justin
I came across Justin at his stall at the St. Kilda pier market one weekend earlier this year when my Aunty Chris was visiting from interstate. I would never have looked along these stalls unless she was over, so it was all quite synchronous.
I was taken aback by some of the beautiful pieces he had on display and bought this Udjat ring that I wear all the time. I asked if he did commissions and we began our sms dance working out what might be possible and what could evolve.


My Udjat ring

The key was finding a starting point, so I supplied him the Anpu statue (see above) and outlined my vision for how the piece would look. Below is a copy of the original info that I supplied him with.



My original notes for the piece
  



Page 2 of my original notes
 
This is an early FIMO creation that I showed to Justin for him to get a 3D sense of Set's head
From our conversations I know that Justin was particularly impressed by the images of Set from Seti I’s temple at Abydos. He also found a statue at a museum in Germany that was originally Set but had been changed to one representing Amun. He was particularly impressed by the grooves that lined the snout and thought this a distinguishing feature (on my pendant you can see and will agree it does add to the majesty of the piece).


Image of Set Amun from Joan Lansberry's treatise on Set
First glimpses
I got an sms from Justin one wintery morning saying that I could come and see the wax figure he had created that would become the pendant cast in silver.

We met in a café in St.Kilda and I will never forget that first glimpse I got of the grey wax figure he had created.


Another view of the Set figure in wax
























Showing the wax images made from the first castings; the head on the Set figure had to be crafted by hand by Justin

The was staff had broken off in the process of the casting, but here was my first real confirmation that magick was being created. Justin had to recreate the Anpu statue in wax also before he set about crafting Set’s head.

A mold had to be created of the original Anpu statue.

The mold held up to the light
I took this shot of the master sheet that Justin brought along to show me his process of arriving at the wax sculpture. Look at the map and behold the process of a master at work!

Justin's work sheet

Magick is created
It would be some months later that the silver cast of the wax rendering would be ready. Justin wanted to make sure I was happy with the work before he finished it completely.

When I arrived at his stall this is what greeted me!


The pendant (pre-ring for my neck chain)



Set's name in heiroglyphs
The statue was presented to me without the neck chain ring and sans was staff. These details would be added after this consultation. The silver still needed to be adjusted, although I did like the blue hue that was evident on parts of the piece.

Completion

The piece was an early birthday present to myself.

It has its own energy.

People’s reactions to it vary from curiosity to great admiration. Some people go to touch it but hesitate. This is good. I don't like people touching it!

I am in the process of building a shrine / jewellery box to store it in as it is, frankly, too powerful to “leave out” full time.

I have already had some shamanic experiences with it but these I choose not to share right now.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Shrine Seal / Kemetic Ritual Objects

I have finally finished the Shrine Seal that I wrote about in earlier blogs about my Shrine. In meditation, it came to me that I ought to make a Seal for my Shrine. This is pretty much how I saw it in my vision.

I found a new kind of clay to make the Seal main parts from called Jovi. It is an air drying clay that is very easy to shape.


Next came settling in to the Seal the two previously made Guardians of the Shrine - Udjat and Set.







I had also created two Ritual Objects that I created after reading about certain Rites in the Richard Reidy book, "Eternal Egypt"


Adze




Set's Testicles




Another view of Set's Testicles - they are painted a beautiful gold that doesn't show up too well here