Monday, 25 June 2012

My Gods, Your Gods – Whose Gods?

One of the reasons that I started this blog was to share my exploration of the Netjeru, and this included learning more about them from other people’s experiences, and generally share the experience of exploring Netjer with the world.

But what happens when someone volunteers their experience with a God that you feel connected to that is not, well, true for you? Or cites a myth known to be associated with that God and interprets it in a way that you do not agree with?


Devo touched upon this recently in her post, “Heka is a two way street”, and the thrust of that post has been on my mind. (Her post on community also has bearing on this blog post too).


I guess it comes down to how we realise the gods within ourselves, and how we wish to share that experience with others. If someone takes one of my paintings, for example, and decides that it is a great expression of Netjer for reasons that are either not there, were not there when I painted it, and have evoked a response not in keeping with what the creation of the art is for, do I speak up? Am I a voice piece for that God because I am the artist? And have I therefore snagged myself into the “religion quagmire” that I have tried so hard to avoid?


The Gods make themselves known to us in different ways, of this I am sure. But are we meant to interpret these on our own, away from others? Is this why I feel that religion seems doomed to fail?

Is realising one's own godhood a solo thing?



The Goddess Meretseger: She who loves silence. I am kinda getting her right now. Image source: Wiki



This post is my first "M" contribution to the Pagan Blog Project







Monday, 18 June 2012

Links

My second post for the letter “L” of the Pagan Blog Project is Links.

Below is a short list (in no particular order)  of various websites and blogs that I like to visit on a regular basis for all things Kemetic, metaphysical, spiritual, artistic and magickal:


Shadows of the sun – blog of a Norse Kemetic


Kemetic Information Network - Forum for peeps with varying Kemetic background and interests


Jeff Cullen - Sculptor / artist that makes amazing statues of deity


Joan Lansberry - Artist, writer and researcher with an especially good pdf of found images of Set


Kemetic Recon - A blogger that writes well constructed and researched posts about all matters relating to Kemetic practice


The twisted rope - When this writer does Kemetic topics they are interesting and thought provoking


The blog of Tamara Siuda, founder of Kemetic Orthodoxy; Tamara is also an Egyptologist and author of a beautiful Kemetic Prayer book


The website of the Temple Of Ra and Richard Reidy, Author of “Eternal Egypt”


The Temple of Set – a modern mystery school with a curious mix of foci on Set, magickal Egyptology, philosophy and magick in general; I have read great articles and books from people associated with TOS such as Don Webb

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do!


This is one of my latest paintings - it is small and 1 of 17 images from my "Avenue Of Little Votives" series; I nickname this one "Speedo Set"



Thursday, 14 June 2012

Leyden Papyrus

This is a magical text found in Ancient Thebes (in Egypt) and written in Ancient Greek around 3A.D. It was discovered in the early 19th century by an adventurer calling himself Jean d'Anastasi.

The 15 foot papyrus roll contains recipes for making metallic alloys, imitations of gold, silver and electrum, dyes, and other related arts. It is generally believed to have been written by an Egyptian sorcerer.


The papyrus is named the Leyden papyrus as it is now housed in the museum in Leiden, the Netherlands. See Wikipedia for more info.


An image of Set from the Leyden papyrus; Set began to be depicted as ass-headed instaead of his usual theophany by late antiquity when knowledge of his cult spread around the ancient world

Has anyone read or studied this? What are your thoughts?


This post is my first "L" for the Pagan Blog Project.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Ka Shen Sekhem





Ka Shen Sekhem is a vibrational healing modality that utilizes Kemetic symbols and understanding of the soul. Vibrational healing - such as Reiki - has become more popular over the years as an alternative medicine. I use Ka Shen Sekhem myself and can attest to its potency.

Ka Shen Sekhem has been developed and is facilitated by my friend and teacher Peter Chapman. You can read all about it on his website. It is worth looking at for the info about the origins of the Sekhem energy and its modern facilitator, Patrick Zeigler, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and working with earlier this year.

The Ka Shen Sekhem Facebook page is here.

I made this set of Ka Shen Sekhem symbols complete with place holder as a gift for Peter. He has been instrumental in helping me along my path and I wanted to express my gratitude. They are made of an air drying clay and painted with acrylic, coated in a water based sealer / gloss.








This post is my second "K" submission for the Pagan Blog Project

Saturday, 2 June 2012

A Snapshot In Time Of My Life In June 2012

It is a cold morning on the official second day of winter in Melbourne. I left living in the tropics almost 6 years ago now, and usually at this time I am belligerently surrendering to the bleakness of the months that lay ahead.


Not today:

Amun Ra sits upon my easel, His portrait began last night. His Presence  . . . around.

The superb richness of the film “Prometheus” – which I was invited to see in a media screening last night – still floods my consciousness.


This image from the film “Prometheus” captures the rich art of the sci fi genre in an astounding way
Occasionally I get a Saturday morning off and I like to spend it wiling my way through the blogs I subscribe to on the internet and when it takes me, replying and contributing to a thoughtful or synchronous post.

“Sekhmet’s myths – a difficult story” is both, and comes from Sobeq,  a writer who is priest with the Kemetic Orthodox faith.

As referenced in my reply to the post, “Daily life of the Egyptian Gods” is a book I am reading right now, and trying to understand the myths of the Netjeru handed down to us from antiquity is challenging.

I think the Kemetic civilisation is much older than we currently believe, and we know from translated writings that their thought processes were “different” to ours. This of course is an understatement, but research by authors such as R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz have highlighted that “pharaonic thought” is so different to our modern rationale that trying to understand the ancients by intellect alone is virtually fruitless. Or put another way, if we wish to truly plumb the depths of the richness that that civilisation bequeathed us, we need to understand it in an entirely different way.

How to do this though? Through the intelligence of the heart, that they write of? Shamanically? What does that mean? Intuitively?

More and more I am finding that my way of understanding is through artistic expression. If you look back through the earliest posts on this blog you can see signs of this emerging with my FIMO sculptures and writing. Earlier this year I began painting and this has really taken a life of its own (see my paintings here).

How grateful I am to be alive and conscious in a world right now as we enjoy high forms of art and artistic expression. Kemetic art – including sculpture, writing and paintings, jewellery, metallurgy, architecture – represents (to me) the highest that has been on the earth so far.

The story of the film “Prometheus”, perhaps a myth in the making (the “Alien” films - to which the latter is a prequel - have created a mythos all their own) has its own version of who our Gods are and what they were up to millennia ago (and it is not entirely pleasant). Contemplating this brings to the fore an examination of who we humans are and what we are doing here in a spectacular science fiction-gilded way.

Much like the ancient Kemetic myths suggest also.