Last summer, I became a priest. Not ordained clergy as most would understand it, but a servant of the Gods in the ritual sense; kind of like a deacon. This was the first rite of passage that really filled me with apprehension. Leading up to my training I was excited, I was anxious. I wanted … Continue reading Episode 23: Initiations: W’ab priesthood
Writing about being a Shemsu-Ankh is hard, because it means so many different things to so many different people. I can only write about my own experiences, and the work that I do that is part of my role as a Shemsu-Ankh. Just to clear up any misconception: Shemsu-Ankh doesn't mean 'shemsu for life' (necessarily). … Continue reading Episode 22: Initiations: Weshem-ib and becoming Shemsu-Ankh
Remember: the stuff I write about my faith is my own experience and my own opinion. If you are curious about our rituals, beliefs and practices, please go to netjer.org to learn more. 🙂 I've been thinking about what I could say about the Rite of Parent Divination and Shemsu Naming that isn't just the … Continue reading Episode 21: Initiations: Divination and Shemsu Naming
I have a really hard time explaining my spiritual practices, sometimes. Yes, I am Kemetic Orthodox, but I also bring a lot of other elements into my spiritual life. I try to honor and respect the spirits around me, in nature and otherwise; I have minor dealings with deities outside the Kemetic paradigm; I meditate … Continue reading Episode 20: Personal practice vs “State Religion”.
I was raised Roman Catholic. It was mostly in name only; aside from a few years where my mom became really religious (or tried to), it was really only my grandmother who really practiced her faith - and even then it was mostly for the kids as far as I could tell. I still to … Continue reading Episode 19: Hierarchy and Organized Religion.
It seems there's a lot of pagans who prefer to be solitary - especially Kemetics. I've never been able to understand that particular desire. I don't think I would have been so attracted to Kemetic Orthodoxy if it weren't for the community of people to interact with. I've had trouble articulating why it was that … Continue reading Episode 18: Community.
Service is basically one of my favorite things, ever. I have always felt called to serve something - be that other people or a higher power. So naturally I took to the idea of being a servant of the gods as Their priest pretty quickly. I've always felt, however, that service to the gods was … Continue reading Episode 17: How I serve.