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