Saturday, 29 December 2012

Zep Tepi

The Ennead of the Helipolitan cosmology

 
The Kemetic term "Zep Tepi" describes “the first time”. The beginning. It refers to the creation myths that the Ancient Egyptians observed and honoured. There were four that were centred around and “came  from” the Ancient Egyptian cities of Hermopolis, Helipopolis, Memphis and Thebes.


Wikipedia have done an excellent summary here, where at a glance you can compare and marvel at how these four cosmogonies could exist side by side. The Ennead, the Ogdoad, the creations of Atum and Ptah make for fascinating and inspiring reading.
 

Another Zep Tepi blog post worth checking out
 

Speaking of fascating and inspring, a fellow blogger did this post on Zep Tepi last week, which I feel articulated the essence of the Zep Tepi concept superbly. From this beautifully written post:

 
The candle you light always has the potential to be the First Light, because the First Light is why there is a candle. The incense you burn always has the potential to be the breath of the gods, because the breath of the gods is why there is incense. These are ever-present, ever-available, there is no falling away and being lost from the possibility of clarity because clarity is wound-through and a part of every moment of living, if you just know to reach for it.


Our past not as it seems


The mysterious origins of man haunts me. I am not much for the theory of evolution, and not entirely willing to accept that we are the test tube babies of an alien race either.

 
A concept from the entertainment world that has haunted me with a notion of a hidden past is the original “Planet Of The Apes”, which I saw when I was little. The excruciating sight of a semi exposed Statue Of Liberty poking out of the sand the way that early explorers found the pyramids and sphinx has stayed with me. Charlton Heston’s horror when he worked out that he wasn’t on another planet but had been transported to earth in the future sits with me still. I look at antique Egypt and something similar stirs.

 
This scene from the original "Planet Of The Apes" haunted my tiny mind when I first saw it and remains doing so to this day

An intuitive notion of Zep Tepi

 
A few months ago during meditation, I was transported to a time into our distant past, when the “world was new”.


The sense was that human beings were a new thing on our planet, which was already old, but that our divine origins were not so mysterious. We knew then, in that Zep Tepi, what we were and why we were incarnate in this wonderful biological technology that are our flesh bodies.


Just as a new homemaker – freshly moved in to a new apartment or house – tries to make the new lodgings similar to a place they had been before where they had felt at home, comfortable and settled, so too did we model the fresh earth home on the place where we had come from, the place of the Netjeru.
 
 
A beginning and an end
 
 
And so ends my involvement in the Pagan Blog Project 2012. I will do a recap on the PBP "year that was" later. But for now this, my second "Z" post concludes a year of "pagan" blogging!
 
 
 


Friday, 21 December 2012

Zeal

 

 

I have come to associate this word with religious crackpots and new age ninnys that are bent on forcing their view point, belief system and most especially their religion on to others.


 
I associate the word with the need to convert others, fundamentalism, and restriction / refutation of other peoples right to be different.

 
 
It is the main reason why I refuse to label myself as religious, or to ally myself to any one cause or doctrine. I do not feel a need to make anyone join “my” cause, nor to be validated by their beliefs either.

 

It is also a cautionary reminder that I do not fall into the same trap. I see too much pain inflicted in the name of “god”. We know it’s all really man creating the problems, but religion is used as the “reason”.


 
Is it time for a new approach to religion where zeal, and the “respectability” of established religions is replaced by something else?


 
Can a religion without dogma exist? And if so, does this weaken their position in our culture where they will never be truly respected / recognised, as is discussed in this post I read from Peter Beckley in the Pagan Blog Project last week? (The podcast of of same is also available there)


 
So if I am not a zealot, and also realise that complete non-interaction with the world is counter to my mission of facilitating the Netjeru remanifesting today, where does that leave me? In my SBNR (spiritual but not religious) stance, where does that set me I wonder?

 

 

This post is my first "Z" for the PBP 2012

Saturday, 15 December 2012

You

 

I love the schematic above: it suggests that you find you by finding who you are not. Sometimes this is hard to face up to, and can be a tough way to learn.

I first came across this concept in the chapter "Circles", from Ra Bonewitz's "The Cosmic Crystal Spiral". It was a book I read very early on in my metaphysical explorations. It has stayed with me all this time.


This post is my second "Y" for the PBP 2012


Thursday, 13 December 2012

Anger

I have just completed my first large canvas, entitled "Anger".

It is a departure from my portrait series and builds on the style I am developing, most obvious in my painting from earlier this year, "Metamorphosis". (See "Metamorphosis" and earlier paintings in this post)

"Anger"
 
 
I previewed the original sketch and what the hieroglyphs mean in a post last month. Not all my sketches become paintings but I very strongly got that this one was to be so.
 

Detail of the hieroglyphs

The glazing effect of the glyphs does not come off well in the photo, but in the painting it is spectacular.

The piece is acrylic on canvas and is 120cm x 153cm.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Yesterday, Today and the Future: Kemetic Re-Manifestation

A colossal statue of Anpu in one of Melbourne's main city train stations last year, promoting the Tutankhamun exhibit; this statue had "presence" and is an intriguing manifestation of Netjer today

It is part of the nature of humanity to reflect on what has gone before in order to navigate ones way forward into the future. People interested in a Kemetic path have one of the richest ancient legacies in the world to inform them, but questions still remain: what of re-manifestation today?

 
We live in a time where the Netjeru are but a memory in the lives of an ancient people long gone. Through tombs, temples and burial items we can piece together who the ancient Kemetics believed the Netjeru were, and what part they played in their lives.

 
Is there a reason why those of us interested in a Kemetic path must look back in order to move forward? Did the Netjeru themselves want Their re-manifestation in this age to be informed by antiquity, yet so far removed from it that it was not a complete regurgitation of it?

 
In looking through a Kemetic practitioner’s site yesterday I noticed that he had the negative confessions on there as part of the “law” of his practice;  I find it hard to consider admonitions for stealing temple food relevant when there are very few Kemetic temples operating in the world these days. And do we really need the “don’t lay with another man” up there to add to the hate rednecks want to perpetuate for homosexuality?


How is a new type of manifestation to occur? Is it purely through religious vehicles (Kemetic Orthodoxy and the Kemetic Temple of Ra are already assisting in this way) or is something new required?


Another blogger I follow bemoaned earlier this year how out of control “UPG”’s were getting. I agree with him as he asked, “Why bother to follow an ancient religion if you are going to make your own stuff up?”


Taking our cue from yesterday, what would the new type of manifestation of Netjer be, and what are the differences now, compared to then? Is it about finding the Netjer within, in effect taking the teaching of the ancient inner temple and bringing it to the world, but not in a religious way? My rereading of Her Bak is on my mind!


I would truly love to hear from other Kemetics and spirituals and artists on this topic. It is a matter of humanity after all, and no longer just religion.
 

 
This post is my first "Y" for the PBP 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012

X Like Hieroglyphs

Being my second “X” post for the Pagan Blog Project, I want to focus on a Kemetic glyph that looks like our letter “X”. (Not to be confused with last weeks PBP post also for X and also related to Kemetic glyphs).


Once again referencing the Gardiner list, this time from glyphs grouped under the letter Z, which represent signs that are “Strokes, Signs derived from Hieratic, and Geometrical Figures”.
 

 
Glyph Z9 looks like our modern letter X and is considered to be two crossed sticks.  Z10 is a thicker variant, but has the same meaning. That meaning is “to destroy”, which sounds achdjj. Wikipedia also mentions other sounds: swa, sdj, ichbs, schbn, wp, wr.

 
Today we use a cross in the shape of an X to convey meaning with a negative: when a building entrance is hatched up to prevent entry often an X is used across the entrance and windows. We use the same to suggest that the item being “X”ed is prohibited or not allowed. In Hong Kong when a major typhoon is announced, large X’s are placed on the windows to signal that the business / building is closed because of said typhoon.

 
I wonder if these notions of how we use X today have trickled down from Kemet into our alphabet today? As a letter, X is little used in common words and often when it is the sound is other than “X”. This gives the letter its own “separateness” that in itself echoes the ancient Kemetic meanings.

 
As a determinative, Z9 and Z10 means to break, divide, overload, cross and meet.




My second "X" post for the PBP 2012

Trancing Part 2: Reconnecting With The Power Of Essential Oils

Having being short of funds for quite a while this year, I was only recently in a position where I could afford to restock my essential oil collection.

I wrote in an earlier post how they help put me in a trance. My very first Pagan Blog Project post (with an exceptional comment from Warboar) was about aromatherapy.


And when I finally reacquainted myself earlier this week, I was assailed with the wonder and magick that is natural fragrance again.

 
I am beginning to truly believe that these smells are the smells of Netjer.

 
Neroli has been lifting my mood in a way that almost gets me high!

 

I was able to get 13 very high quality essential oils including a couple I don't normally keep like eucalyptus and lime
 

Having restocked my all time favourites and combining them in my new whizz bang diffuser has helped with mediation and focus, particularly when I contemplate Set.


The oils are frankincense, myrrh, vetiver, and West Indian sandalwood.

 
I am very interested to interact with more people about how you use essential oils in your practices, and especially when connecting with Deity. Again, checkout Warboar's reply to my aromatherapy post from earlier this year, it is worth it.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Paul Compton's Exhibition

A postcard I collected at the exhibit: "Domestic Disturbance Wallpaper (sample)"


I went to see Paul’s exhibition a few weeks ago in the heritage listed Bundoora estate, which was a treat in itself.
 
 
Stately Bundoora Estate in Melbourne's outer 'burbs

I had seen some of Paul’s work before, but was pleasantly surprised by the scope and depth of the work I saw in this exhibition, “Bygones”.

 
 
A book that Paul put together personally for the show. Only 60 were made. I got number 29.

In a world where individuality seems always to be sacrificed for the safe and mainstream, I found the quirkiness of the exhibit engaging and refreshing. The subject matter Paul covers in his work range from past stars of the screen (the exhibition is dedicated to Kenneth Williams) to sideshow freaks; it is further affirmation of why I like him!
 

The biggest treat for me was this brilliant image of Anpu!

 
I did not know this was in the exhibition and was thrilled when I saw it!

 
Particularly impressive was Paul’s fine work in miniature. A book with tiny letters that he has handwritten is testament to this skill


Paul’s blog is here.

 

A gargoyle atop Bundoora Estate

Friday, 23 November 2012

X Series List Of Hieroglyphs From The Gardiner List

The Gardiner list is a series of groupings of Kemetic glyphs that help categorise the array of hieroglyphs that form the Kemetic alphabet.


The X Series List features glyphs that represent cakes and loaves. It is interesting to note all the different types of bread shapes that the ancients enjoyed, and I am certain that each has a meaning perhaps now lost to us.
 

Table of X classified glyphs in the Gardiner list


The glyph X1 is a loaf of bread and is used to represent that word but also as a determinative for all things female. Its sound is “t”.

 
The glyph X8 is said to be a bread cone, and has the meaning “to give”.  Its sound is “di” and” imi”. I wonder at why this glyph is used in the word for “Sirius”?


The word "Sirius" in Kemetic
 
 

This is my first "X" post in the PBP 2012. I have no clue what the 2nd one is going to be!
 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Images Of Set - New Book by Joan Lansberry

 

My internet friend Joan Lansberry has finally published her book, “Images Of Set”.


I got to preview early versions of the book when it was in PDF form, and can’t wait to own it as a book. The research, information and images included are incredible.


Joan’s artwork and poetry have inspired me. I first met her when I got permission to publish her poem on my blog, and then did a post about her as a “J” in the Pagan Blog Project.

 
Great tidings and great fortune to you Joan! You have brought wonderful things into the world!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Words


Last week I received the hieroglyphic transliterations for words that I wish to incorporate into two of my paintings. They were so skilfully and beautifully presented that I wanted to share one set of them here. I am extremely grateful to Reverend Tamara Siuda for this.

 

 
I love how I have received the glyphs themselves, how to pronounce them, and the reference to the Gardiner list so that I can find out more about them and what they are. The phrase contains glyphs I had not seen before, like the puffer fish and the bow string.


I do not like to show paintings before they are complete, but I can show you the original sketch that the painting is based on.

 

I rendered the glyphs on Friday night and they look stunning. They have made my piece. And it isn't even complete yet.


I estimate that the painting, which is called “Anger”, will be completed in December. The other painting for which glyphs were also supplied is called “Winged Set”.


My second "W" for the PBP 2012

Monday, 12 November 2012

Wenut





This little known Kemetic goddess is represented as a hare or a hare headed woman, and her name means “swift one”. She was the patron god of the 15th nome of upper Egypt originally called Wenu, then Hermopolis Magna later. Originally she appears to have been depicted as a snake deity.

 
The Goddess's name, with the determinative at the end for "Goddess"
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Her name is sometimes spelt Unut, and this tells us that the 5th dynasty pharaoh Unas incorporated her into his name, as we see demonstrated in other examples like Amenhotep, Thuthmosis and Seti.

 
I first took notice of this deity when I came across the image below from this webpage recently. Scultpor Lena Torich has done a magnificent job of capturing the Netjer's grace and beauty in bronze.

 

This statue of Wenut is adorable. Wish I had Her in my collection!
 

Fellow Kemetic writer Helmsman of Yinepu did a post about a shrine of offerings that he made to the Goddess here. There is a beautiful statue of Wenut at the bottom of that post featuring the Goddess Hethert and the Pharaoh Menkaure (whose pyramid I got creepy vibes from and could not enter when I was there in 2010!)


I am wondering if that triad statue is the one that wiki reports as having been found depicting her?

 
Maybe the Godess blesses me? This is the first time I have kept up with the concurrent timing of posts in the PBP for about 5 months!! This post is my first W in the PBP 2012. Swift indeed!

 

Friday, 9 November 2012

Vows, Lies and Authenticity

This blog fits neatly with the second “V” that I am due for submitting in the Pagan Blog Project. It has come about as a matter of synchronicity after reading this post by Rogue Priest Drew Jacob.

It is essentially about battling the assumptions people want to make about you based on specific criteria such as age and star sign.




Vows
Drew has taken his vows as a Pagan priest. I am no such thing, but do have great regard for the concept of maat and the Goddess Maat. It would not be a lie to say that often times I feel the Great Goddess near me.


Truth is important. Whilst I have taken no official vow, I do live with a high sense of “code”. This code would have similar values to that of clergy I am sure, if were to dig deep in comparison. Not harming others, respecting people, and other concepts that make up what we would refer to as comprising a modern person that has evolved beyond savagery.

 
This eerie scene from the film "Logan's Run", has chilling echoes of how we (dis)regard age in todays society
 
Lying about age
Interestingly, I actively began lying about my age some time ago, when I found that the further away from thirty I got I felt like I was living in a real life version of Logan’s Run.


I had good reason too. For a time I was making a living from two jobs where it was considered “inappropriate” to continue in if in your thirties. By inappropriate, I mean that I would actively not get hired simply by telling the truth of my age.
 
 
Matthew M's role in "Magic Mike" pressed some buttons for me. I do think he needed to leave the g-string dancing to the other lads though, I must admit

One was teaching fitness and the other was stripping (I still do the former but rarely the latter). My employment opportunities were diminishing before my eyes by telling the truth of the number of the years I had lived on Planet Earth!
 
 
My love and fascination of / with astrology always has me dipping into this topic at work, and social settings. That won't change, but I am not telling which one I am any more.
 
Lying about star signs
I like Drew’s point about not mentioning star signs and am beginning this practice also. This will be harder as I always announce my birthday (it’s an opportunity to further lie about my age, and elicit gifts!!) and I happen to be born under a sign with well known traits that I pull off well. Damn it, we have written a song that will give it away too!

 
Stating and asking for a star sign is another opportunity for people to peg you into a box. Whilst I have turned that to my advantage many a time, I remember one time in my twenties when I was house hunting and the nutbag that interviewed me at one prospective property turned me down as our signs “weren’t compatible”. That is an extreme example but on subtle levels I think that astrology is sadly used for all kinds of discrimination a lot.
 

If you are a gay man in Australia, be sure that you have seen this film and know the story. It is expected of you. Also, you should love Babs Streisand, musicals, frocks, and explain why you are not effeminate. If you are effeminate, all good.

The other big peg you in the box assumption: sexuality
There is another. Sexuality. And this is a very interesting one. I have come more and more to the understanding these days that I no longer wish to engage with people (I am talking workaday public) about my sexuality, sexual identity and preferences. (To see or meet me off the bat you would not necessarily know either ways as I defy most stereotypes).


What I have learnt is that an open or curious sexuality is often regarded as "less than" stating you are homo – the dual otherness of bisexuality conjures prejudice in people that unless you have experienced it, you would not think it true. I am not on the make in my working life so this is not an issue, but that does get tricky if I am horny and looking for sex.

 
Authenticity
Finding which elements of ones nature to keep to oneself and which ones to share has been a theme in my life. This is why I have been compelled to share this post with you.

 
There are some things that are meant to be kept private. Being an actor from an early age, I instinctively learnt that if I did not have that private side - that side that was just for me, my beloveds and the Gods - I would perish. I think that this is what happens to artists that expire before their time, especially those that have known fame.

 
My training as an actor early in life has actually prepared me for presenting the right elements of myself for getting through my life. Do I question my own authenticity though?


No. I do not. All that I am, I am. And if in my day to day wanderings I lie about being a Scorpio, hetero, 30 year old, that changes nothing to what I am bringing to the table as a person and human being.


In many ways, it is a kind of heka.

 


This is my second "V" submission for the Pagan Blog Project 2012. I am not entirely sure anyone is actually reading these damn things, but I am having a lot of fun writing them anyway!
 

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Vetiver





Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides is a relatively new essential oil to me. I commenced using it earlier this year when I discovered that I like rich, earthy smells that I previously abhorred. (Myrrh and frankincense are my supreme faves so vetiver is a sensible progression). It is sometimes called vetivert also.


Research on the web reveals that practitioners into essential oils use this for grounding and calming, and it has been documented to relieve shock. It is used as a topical for muscular relief. It is reported to have a sedative effect, although this is not a property I personally detect in the aroma of it.

 
The smell produced by vetiver (which comes from the root of the plant - it is a type of grass) is deep, almost pungent, and engaging. If I were to design a fragrance with my signature, vetiver would be a dominant if not the dominating note.

 
Mixing vetiver with sandalwood and patchouli produces an aroma that helps put me in a meditation state and can sometimes bring about trance (see my recent post about trances here).


Does anyone recommend a particularly good brand that distils a particularly rich version of vetiver?


This is my first "V" installation in the Pagan Blog Project 2012

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Understanding Soul Anatomy: Part 1

My Soul Anatomy model: the parts you can not see are Sekhem, Khu, and Khaibit


This post is the first of 3 installations on the matter of Soul Anatomy, as understood in Ancient Kemet.


I do not want to elaborate on each component here, but rather introduce the concept (other Kemetics will be well aware of the topic) with an allusion to each.


Almost as a reaction to my last post, please note that this is almost entirely UPG, apart from the fact that the intellectual parts of my understandings so far are largely derived from Padma Eon's "The 9  eyes of light" and Robert Masters' "The Godess Sekhmet". (Interestingly, the former posits 9 components and the latter 5 - I will explore that in the second post on the subject along with greater depth comments about my findings thus far).

 
Khat – the physical body; note this word contains the word Ka and parts of Khaibit

Ka – the body we think of as “me” which is heavily identified with the physical form

Khaibit – the shadow self, can also be thought of as the unconscious or subconscious (Masters calls this “Haidit”)

 

Ba – the Divine Self

 

Ab – the conscience, your justice self, located in the heart

 

Ren – related to sound; the Egyptians equated this heavily with your actual name

Sekhem – the vital force of your being

 

Sahu – a divine body that may be the sum / equivalent of 2 or more others

 

Khu – also written as Akh; possibly the “light body” of various mystery teachings, and perhaps the Holy Guardian Angel


In future posts, I will elaborate on each component including what the hieroglyphs reveal of each, as well as a painting that has been conceived on the subject!




Sunday, 28 October 2012

Unverified Personal Gnosis

Not the first time I have broached this topic, this time I have a little more perspective  about it. And ultimately that’s what it’s all about right? Contemplation, forming an opinion, and not being afraid to let that opinion / theory evolve. This is one of the ways in which I transform.


In a recent post I wondered about varying interpretations of the Gods, and the individual (personal) versus group (religion / organised worship). I explore the differences between faith and knowing in another post under the title “Faith, belief, knowing . . . and where I stand”.


In another recent post I discuss the importance of keeping questions open and yet not denying what we can not at this point prove as “real”.


As I explore these realms further, I focus less on what people are claiming and more on the quality of what has been brought into their lives (or that they have produced) as a result of that UPG or connection to their Netjer. I think this is where the gold is to be found.


I watched the special edition of “Prometheus” last night, and could not wait to see the deleted scenes and alternative scenes. (see this post for my first impression of seeing this film back in June)


The alternative scenes delivered answers that were satisfying on the one hand but subtracted from the wonder and mystery from the original screen release on the other. When it comes to Netjer, I do not think we are going to get the “special edition”. I think it would be like lifting the curtain to a play that was not meant to be revealed until all the actors were in place and the stage lights set – it would feel on a deep level that the authenticity and richness of our lives was somehow undermined, as the magic of the play would evaporate owing to the destruction of the aforementioned fourth wall.


I think there are answers, and there is truth to be realised, but how it manifests and how we make sense of it is hardly going to be found conclusively the words of a blog.

 
I can write on here about which Netjer comes through in my meditations, or how the interactions on a spiritual level are unfolding, but at the end of the day these are personal and relevant to me. If they contain ways for me to do better maat in the world, or to further everyone’s understanding of Netjer, I may post something, but at this time, I have not felt compelled to do so.


What say you on this matter?

 

Sokar sculpture
 

My first "U" post for the PBP 2012
 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Trancing

 
 
I am noticing that progressively with my practice I am going into trance.

It happens when I am preparing for a Working or a Senut, painting, reading magickal texts and spells, and when I contemplate Netjer. The act of bathing in or spraying myself with natron seems to speed the process further. (I relate in this recent post how reading from the Book Of Caverns took me into an "initiation" state).

The feeling is that my vibration, my sense of being, becomes heightened. When I attempted channelling recently the same feeling overcame me, but stronger. It feels like my mundane self lessens somewhat and that a greater sense of my larger self comes into play.

I am beginning to suspect that I slip into trance more often than I am conscious of. Sometimes just reading about Netjer does it.

Bringing a trance state on deliberately has become something I seek toward in order for the magick, the connection, and the art to flourish.

Essential oils help. Most noticeable (in varying combinations / blends) are myrrh, frankincense, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver and juniper. I mentioned natron above also, which I believe physically changes something in our "energy field" (and most likely Soul Anatomy).

Does this happen for anyone else? I would love to hear of both deliberate and otherwise instances where trancing occurs in your practice.


I am still on board with the PBP, albeit my postings get in late! This is the 2nd "T" post.


Friday, 19 October 2012

Khepera

The sixth (of seven) in my Netjer portrait series.




This painting proved to be one of my most challenging to date owing to the symmetry required for its execution.


I have made some unusual colour choices here, and unfortunately the photographed version of the portrait does not reveal some of the intricacies inherent to the piece. For example, in standing a little ways away from the picture the wig takes on an electric hue, and the interference blue that I used in the black outline of the beetle shell interplays with it.


The antique blue that I have used for the main colouring of the shell was inspired by that colour wig from a beautiful tomb painting of Khepera. The colour was so “Him”, that I wanted to feature it somewhere of prominence in the portrait.

 
The background colour came as a result of a meditation on the portrait as I could not decide which one to use.


Am particularly happy with the colour of the electrum collar, which I have put to use in another painting that I am currently working on also.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Time

The heiroglyph for "Eternity", and the Netjer of the same

 
Time was an important concept to the Ancient Kemetics. Their conception of time is different to ours it seems, I wish I knew why: I do believe it is a key to understanding their unique civilisation and the role they play in our developing and evolving humanity.

Ancient Egypt built their monuments to be enduring and everlasting. The Egyptians themselves referred to their own monuments in this way. By the time of Cleopatra, the pyramids were as old to her as she is to us (by using traditional Egyptological dating of the pyramids anyways).

The Ancient Kemetics measured time by using the stars and dividing them into 12 periods, wenut, which means hour. The Goddess Wenut was rabbit headed (the hieroglyph contains a rabbit too) and there is a wonderful sculpture of her here.

They used star clocks and a simple sighting instrument to do so, and found 36 divisions of the sky – not twelve – as is used in traditional astrology and which was introduced from Babylonia under post Alexander The Great rule. (Modern astrology does however divide each of the twelve traditional signs into 3 decans of 10 days though, I do note).

But they may not have experienced time as we do. The word for hour has the star and the sun disc as its determinative, and is also used in groupings referring to priests, astronomers and workers – those performing a service. Water clocks were introduced later in Egyptian history like the Zodiac. A palm frond – used for counting – is the hieroglyph for year. The glyph for millions, which came to be equated with eternity, features a Netjer with arms raised in the ka gesture and a palm frond on his head.
 

The Netjer Heh, this time depicted holding palm fronds, along with the ankh and the disc of the sun on His head
 
Like the Mayans, the Ancient Kemetics were interested in long counts of time, and there are existing “king lists” that go back beyond what we call Dynastic Egypt a very long way.

It appears that there were two conceptions of time: linear and cyclic, represented by Djet and Neheh respectively. An excellent explanation of these can be found here (with thanks to the leader of the Kemetic Orthodox faith!)
 
 
 
 
Were the Ancient Kemetics and their Netjeru masters of time? Did they inherently understand the true nature of time, as a hand in hand concept that went with their obvious understanding of Soul Anatomy? Did they know something about time that we do not?

We know that the temples and pyramids were meant to last forever, but were the tombs also meant to be discovered to yield their treasure to us in these times (literally and spiritually I mean)?

 
This is my first "T" post for the PBP 2012

 

 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Spiritual But Not Religious

I have often used the term “Spiritual But Not Religious”, whenever people questioned me about matters of faith, God, and spirituality.

It turns out that the acronym SBNR is getting around now, as evidenced by this article from the Patheos website that I have just read.

The article mirrors my thoughts on the subject, and in fact I love this paragraph:

 
“Those who identify as SBNR often do so as a result of the religious abuse and oppression that they have suffered in the name of God and religious authority. More often than not, the SBNR among us do not “reject” religion as much as we reject dogma. Dogma that has too often been defended and promoted by organized religion. Dogma that has oppressed the weakest among us, dogma that has suppressed the Holy and Divine Feminine making it shameful and wrong. Dogma that has made a mockery of scripture by using it to defend racism, homophobia, sexism and classism. Dogma that has the audacity to put conditions on Grace, Love, Mercy and Salvation which Jesus so freely gave to all. Dogma that helped produce a religious institution so unlike the name and nature of Jesus the Christ, that the Son of Man himself would be hard pressed to recognize it, much less defend it.”

Aside from the JC references, this pretty much sums it up for me.

Now, the spiritual side of my nature – that is a long topic and discussion indeed, and I am certain that my previous posts have already contributed to this!
 

Contemplating my spirituality
 

This post is my second "S" submission for the PBP 2012