I’ve noticed over the past year or so that god-spousing is becoming a more prominent thing in our community. For those who have never heard of this concept, the idea behind it is that a human person gets married (or some other similar ceremony) to a deity. The marriage ceremony can vary person to person and deity to deity – some have a large ceremony, others don’t. What this relationship can…
Anonymous said: I'm about to print out a picture of a god to hang on my wall, but I'm thinking ahead and...what happens if I ever want to depart from that god? Wouldn't it be kinda rude to throw out a picture of them?
I guess it depends on your definition of rude. I mean, we throw out all sorts of things, and images of gods, people, and other entities get destroyed all the time.
Sooooooooooooooooooo YMMV with that.
I personally wouldn’t see an issue with it, though. If you’re unsure, you’re always welcome to ask the deity if they have a preference for how you dispose of the item. Or you could repurpose the print-out for something else (frame it? idk).
I have a method for decommissioning things from my shrine, which usually involves a long process of them “airing out” away from any and all magix or ritual workings. So you could do that, too, before you decide to get rid of it.
But it’s all gonna depend on the specifics of your situation.
Anonymous said: Is praying the best way to communicate with deities or is there another way ? Or does it depend on the person and deity ?
It depends on the person, really. I don’t pray, I’ve never really prayed. I just talk at the gods and hope they’re listening. Sometimes I talk with my actual voice, sometimes it’s more of a mental projection. But I don’t really consider either to be a form of prayer (though the definition of prayer is pretty open, imo).
So I’d say to experiment and see what works best for you. Prayer may be where it’s at, but it also might not be.
So, yesterday a friend posted an interesting article about a school district in Florida. Apparently, some conservatives and evangelicals made a big fuss to get Christian religious materials distributed in public schools. Well, the Satanic Church sued to allow their materials in, and the judge agreed that it would be unconstitutional to forbid their stuff while the Christian materials were allowed in. As such, the Satanic Church’s Children’s Activity Book was distributed to the students in the district.
My friend commented that he wished such an activity book existed for Kemetic kids. I couldn’t help myself and jumped up to say I’d be interested in making one. So, if anyone is interested in helping, give me a ring. More importantly, if any Kemetic parents have suggestions for what kind of things they want to see in such a book, please, please tell me!
Anonymous said: How do you combine Shinto and kemeticism? :3
Well, I don’t really combine them inasmuch as I practice them side by side, or simultaneously. My Kamidana and my Kar shrine never touched, and I’d never put an icon of a NTR inside of a Kamidana, or an ofuda inside of a Kar shrine. However, the two practices do have a lot of similarities, and they are easy to practice side by side.
So back when I actually did shrine work and was an active Sukeikai member, I had a kar shrine and a Kamidana in my house. Kar shrine had two NTR inside, and the Kamidana had an ofuda inside of it from Tsubaki.
Each morning I’d do the rites for the Kamidana, leave offerings, and all of that. In the afternoon or evening, I’d come home and do rites at the Kar shrine, and then before bed, I’d go do evening rites in front of the Kamidana. And then I’d live each day with the principles of both religions in mind (I still do this).
On holidays, I’d clean the whole house, and do the specific rites for the holiday in front of the associated shrine (so if it was a Kemetic holiday, I’d do rites in front of the Kar shrine, and if it was a Shinto holiday, I’d do rites in front of the Kamidana). And then I’d leave nicer offerings on the other shrine because hey it’s a holiday. Because the ritual setup is so similar- holidays were pretty easy to navigate.
But that’s how I did it. Others may do it differently, but it’s what made the most sense to me. I don’t like haphazardly throwing religions or gods together, so it made sense to keep the shrines separate, and to also keep the rites and offerings separate, too, since both are slightly different.
Now that I’m not doing shrine work for either (and I no longer have an active ofuda in my house) it’s all pretty loosey goosey. I focus more on living the religion than the ritual aspect of it all. Makes me wish I had a Jinja nearby, because I’d still go to the Jinja on the holidays. But you do what you can.
Hopefully that’s clear enough :>
Anonymous said: I'm new to Kemeticism and I've been looking things up. On one site it says women can't do rituals or anything while on their period. But I haven't seen anyone else mention it. Is that the case? And if it is, does that rule include offerings?
This is typically called “ritual purity”, and the requirements of ritual purity are going to vary practitioner to practitioner and ritual to ritual.
For example, Senut is a specific ritual that has specific ritual purity standards (which basically state that you shouldn’t be leaking any sort of bodily fluids when performing the ritual). Even if you don’t typically adhere to any ritual purity standards, you should be aware and follow the purity protocols for this ritual because those are the rules for performing this rite. State rites that are run through KO also have ritual purity standards which must be met.
However, all of the rituals in Reidy’s book don’t have ritual purity standards beyond taking a shower before hand (ideally), so you could have strict or not-so-strict rules for these rites. It really does depend on which ritual you’re doing, and what the specific deities may want (some gods are more notorious for wanting stricter purity standards).
As for offerings, if they are not part of any ritual that has purity standards, then you are fine to offer however you like, regardless of body fluids (with the caveat that if the deity says “go away”, you should probably listen). If offerings are part of something like Senut, then you should abide by the ritual purity standards and either A. not give offerings at all that day, or B. not give offerings at your Senut shrine.
But it depends ont he specifics of the situation and the ritual.
You can read more on ritual purity here.
What about prayer?
Is the prayer part of a larger ritual?
If no, then ritual purity doesn’t have to apply.
if yes, then it may apply depending on the ritual.
If anything you’re doing is nowhere near a shrine or icon, then it usually doesn’t apply. Ritual purity is largely related to Open icons and shrines. Which most of us don’t have.
simplystrange1313 said: So I'm watching this thing on sex in ancient egypt and it's all serious and stuff, but I'm just sitting here giggling at it! I BLAME YOU ALL! THIS FUCKING FANDOM, I SWEAR!
Outside of Neopagan literature and online social circles, where exactly is it written that Isfet means “Uncreation”? I keep seeing this stuff among the Kemetic blogsphere, but yet to see proof it’s true, indeed the Egyptology sites I looked at say nothing about it. It’s like this fantasy even among Celtic recon pagans that women in Celtic cultures had it better, which has never been proven.
Anyway, I want references and citations, specifically among peer reviewed literature.
Are you asking us to do your research for you? Or are you legitimately looking for information?
You won’t find much written on it - no books dedicated on the subject - because, you know, it wasn’t written about in antiquity. That whole sticking point about heka and whatnot.
"Uncreation" is a pretty bold word to use for isfet though. A better single-word definition is "wrongness." This wrongness can operate on many different levels, so might include uncreation (particularly in the form of the breaking down of societal bonds and the losses brought on by calamity.)
To the OP, I would recommend Karenga’s “Maat, the Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt.” It is a philosophical treatment, but very thorough and well done, including citations and references to a staggering number of Egyptological works.
It’s my understanding that equating isfet to uncreation is largely a KO thing. Though, like many things that stem from KO, I have no clue where on earth it came from.
Currently, I only know of Karenga’s book, which BBJ mentioned above, that goes into any depth regarding ma’at (and hopefully isfet as well).
Although I have heard that uncreation might be a bit strong for the word, I still prefer to use it, because I personally don’t like throwing around the word isfet at every little thing- which I’ve seen happen in some circles. So I really try to reserve it for stuff that is srsly bad news.
But it’s likely a YMMV type thing.
Anonymous said: I keep seeing people talking about not being sure if a deity is interested in them, and it's kind of relevant to me as well. I'm thinking about getting divination done, but not sure what question to ask / how to word it. I have uh, several deities that I've invited into my life, should I ask about each of them separately, or...? I'm not sure how to go about this.
If i was going to divine an answer, I’d do separate pulls for separate entities. I don’t find most decks to be specific enough to be able to do an en masse spread.
But I also don’t do divination hahaaha.
As for wording of the question, idk, I’d probably try to figure out if xyz deity has a message for me, or do a spread to give details on the future of our relationship together, etc. Or I’d more or less be like “yo wtf is up with this god” and pull cards and hope to gods it makes sense.
Again, though, this is all going to depend on whether you need to know if they’re interested in you. And making sure you give it time before you jump to conclusions (time in the sense of months, maybe a year or so). And ofc, figuring out if you need to hear back from these deities in order to have a good religious practice, or to be able to establish a relationship with them. Not everyone is gonna have earth shattering experiences with the gods, not everyone is going to have long conversations with them. Whether you’re okay with that or not is going to likely dictate your future relationship with deities and with your religious practice.
But if you are wanting to try and use divination to find more answers, I’d definitely only ask about one deity/entity per spread/pull. Just keep in mind that divination is definitely not something I use much or claim to be very good at.