The lights in the conference room were dimmed, and in my memory candles are flickering on Her altar, though no candles were lit besides the fake ones that the venue permitted. She had come before Her people embodied; Sekhmet the Great sat before us, enthroned.
Once again the year has reached its end and then its beginning, and I am returning from the House of Netjer's annual Wep Ronpet Retreat. This year was different. Rather than being held near the House's temple building in Illinois, the retreat was held in Portland -- Oregon, not Maine, as I found I would … Continue reading Back to Reality
A request for donations from a religious group can feel like a major affront. What will I get in exchange for my donation? Is this the start of a sinister series of attempts to drain my bank account? This is just like my Christian church, isn't it. Let's be real. Any organization incurs operational costs, and they add up fast.
This year, somehow, celebrating the Mysteries of Wesir felt right for the first time. I traveled down to Virginia for a vigil ritual hosted by one of the temple's ordained clergy.
Drama. Chaos. Upheaval. We struggle with these issues in our life every day. We see our friends bickering, our co-workers cheating, our superiors ignoring their duties. We see laws broken and justice ignored. No matter what we do, we always seem to see some disruption around us. Sometimes it nudges its way into our personal … Continue reading Everything is falling apart and it sucks.
When we talk about Ancient Egypt, we're really talking about a society that spanned thousands of years. The culture varied, social norms varied -- while the ancient people valued ma'at, tradition, and consistency, there is evidence in surviving art and literature of an evolving people. I'll be honest - I don't really follow what's going on … Continue reading It’s okay to be different.
A letter to the blogger, seven years in the past. Dear... you (because seven years ago we were not Sobeq yet, nor the magpie, nor any of the things we would yet become), You cannot see where we are going, but from my vantage point seven years in the future, I can see where we … Continue reading Seven.