Haircut…and a Calling

I went and got a haircut today after work after being so encouraged by a coworker because I was beginning to look like a shaggy mutt. As I sat there getting my curly blond hair sheered off, much like how a farmer sheers sheep, a simple little phrase floated into my sleepy mind: hem-Netjer.

I looked up what a hem-Netjer means to refresh my memory: it means “Servant of the God”, a type of priest in Ancient Egypt.

With the new moon on Saturday, the 18th of November 2017CE, the question stand: do I take the step from simple believer to accepting this calling? What would this entail? Or is it just a call to act more like a priest.

Feast of Sokar and The Khoiakh Mysteries…and more!

I was reading about the Feast of Sokar and the Khoiakh Mysteries in Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics  by Sharon LaBorde.

The Feast of Sokar began to merge with the Feast of Osiris during the time of the New Kingdom and by the Ptolemaic period had completely merged. The night before Feast of Sokar, the observance included an over night vigil, likely at the tombs of loved ones (this is similar to the modern observance of El Día de Los Muertos), which was known as “Night of Notjeryt” and it also known as “the Day of Tying Onions,” in which they would tie garlands of onions, which would roughly resemble leis, to wear and offer to the deceased. The modern observance of the Feast of Sokar focuses on honoring the dead; those who worship Set can observe the Feast of Sokar without having contradictions with their veneration of Set. The Festival of Sokar is observed upon either the 10th or 17th  of Ka-her-ka (Khoiakh), which is around roughly October 27 or November 3 according to the “Egyptian Civil Calendar With Modern Dates” and “Egyptian Liturgical Calendar” in Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde.

The Khoiakh Mysteries had a major component called the Haker Feast. In Abydos, a procession led along an ancient wadi (like a gully or arroyo) into Poker, where the tomb of Osiris had been said to be located, by the standard of Wepwawet and by sem priests, who were involved in the repulsion of the enemies of Osiris. On the night of the Haker Feast, a vigil was held in which. Horus was said to commune with his father Osiris. Through the Late Period and into the Greco-Roman period, the Khoiakh Mysteries had overtook the older Feast of Sokar. The modern observance of Khoiakh Mysteries shares commonalities with Halloween or El Día de los Muertos. The Ancient Egyptians avoided graphic representations or descriptions of the deat of Osiris for fear of perpetuating it. The focus instead on his regeneration and resurrection, which makes me think of the Christian holiday of Easter. It is observed on the 30th of Ka-her-ka, which is around November 14.

According to “The Kemetic Orthodox Festival Calendar” in The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook by Tamara L. Siuda, there a Feast of Sokar on the 26th of Pa’e-Opet, which is around October 1, a 12-day observance for the Mysteries of Sokar-Wesir at Abdju on the 16th of Ka-her-ka, which is around November 18, and a 10-day observance for the Feast of Ptah-Sokar at Djeseru on 21st of Ka-her-ka, which is around November 22.

Crazy idea about modern mummification 

The other day my coworker was telling me about how over her 3 day weekend she had and her husband cut up pineapple and dehydrated them. 

It made me think of how in modern times that we could see mummification used as an option for preparing a body for a funeral. This would involve the removal of the stomach, lungs, liver, intestines to be dried separately like in the process of mummification used by the Ancient Egyptians. 

The difference is they are not kept in salt (a special kind of salt called natron) for 70 days. The modern process would involve preparing the body to be dried for a drying process of 25-35 days. 

Just a crazy idea to add to the options.

Some songs

There are three songs by the American Christian rock band Skillet that bring the Gods and Goddesses into my mind and closer to my heart. “Feel Invisible,” “Stars,” and “Rest.”

Feel invisible 

“Target on my back / Lone survivor lasts / They got me in their sights / No surrender no / Trigger fingers go / Living the dangerous life / Hey, hey, hey / Everyday when I wake / I’m trying to get up, they’re knocking me down / Chewing me up, spitting me out / Hey, hey, hey / When I need to be saved / You’re making me strong, you’re making me stand / Never will fall, never will end / Shot like a rocket up into the sky / Nothing could stop me tonight / You make me feel invincible / Earthquake, powerful / Just like a tidal wave / You make me brave / You’re my titanium / Fight song, raising up / Like a roar of victory in a stadium / Who can touch me cause I’m / I’m made of fire / Who can stop me tonight / I’m hard wired / You make me feel invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / Here we go again / I will not give in / I’ve got a reason to fight / Every day we choose / We might win or lose / This is the dangerous life / Hey, hey, hey / Everyday when I wake / They say that I’m gone; they say that they’ve won / The bell has been rung, it’s over and done / Hey, hey, hey / When I need to be saved / They counting me out, but this is my round / You in my corner; look at me now / Shot like a rocket up into the sky / Nothing could stop me tonight / You make me feel invincible / Earthquake, powerful / Just like a tidal wave / You make me brave / You’re my titanium / Fight song, raising up / Like a roar of victory in a stadium / Who can touch me cause I’m / I’m made of fire / Who can stop me tonight / I’m hard wired / You make me feel invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / You make me feel invincible / You make me feel invincible / Shot like a rocket up into the sky / Not gonna stop / Invincible / You make me feel invincible / Earthquake, powerful / Just like a tidal wave / You make me brave / You’re my titaniu / Fight song, raising up / Like a roar of victory in a stadium / You make me feel invincible / Earthquake, powerful / Just like a tidal wave / You make me brave / You’re my titanium / Fight song, raising up / Like a roar of victory in a stadium / Who can touch me cause I’m / I’m made of fire / Who can stop me tonight / I’m hard wired / You make me feel invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / I feel, I feel it  / Invincible” (lyrics found here https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/skillet/feelinvincible.html )

“Feel Invincible” by Skillet gets me moving, when I am feeling down. It’s one of those songs that’s a good work out song that also feels devotional at the same time. Like Anubis or Wepwawet is in a way sparing with me when I am shadow boxing.

Stars

“You spoke a word and life began / Told oceans where to start and where to end / You set in motion time and space / But still You come and You call to me by name / But still You come and You call to me by name / If you can hold the stars in place / You can hold my heart the same / Whenever I fall away / Whenever I start to break / So here I am, lifting up my heart / To the One who holds the stars / The deepest depths, the darkest nights / Can’t separate, can’t keep me from your sight / I get so lost, forget my way / But still You love and You don’t forget my name / If You can hold the stars in place / You can hold my heart the same / Whenever I fall away / Whenever I start to break / So here I am, lifting up my heart / If You can calm the raging sea / You can calm the storm in me / You’re never too far away / You never show up too late / So here I am, lifting up my heart / To the One who holds the stars / Your love has called my name / What do I have to fear? / What do I have to fear? / Your love has called my name / What do I have to fear? / What do I have to fear? / If You can hold the stars in place / You can hold my heart the same / Whenever I fall away / Whenever I start to break / So here I am, lifting up my heart / (Lifting up my heart) / If You can calm the raging sea / You can calm the storm in me / You’re never too far away / You never show up too late / So here I am, lifting up my heart / To the One who holds the stars / You’re the One who holds the stars” (lyrics found here https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/skillet/starstheshackversion.html )

“Stars” by Skillet makes me think of both Ra, as Creator, and Nut, as “the One who holds the stars.” This song for me is a calming song.

Rest

“Still, soft quietly spoken voice / That persistenly calls my name / And quickens my heart to come / And I come / [Chorus:] / And I rest in the shelter of Your love / And I rest in the wonder of Your Grace / And I rest in the shelter of Your love  / And I rest in the wonder of You  / Embraced in the promise of You  / Is rest for the weary soul  / Releasing all that is mine  / I reach for You  / [CHORUS] / Take all the old and You make it new / Everything I give to You  / You’re the hope that can pull me through / Hallelujah / [CHORUS (repeat)]” (lyrics found here https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/skillet/rest.html )

I first listened to “Rest” by Skillet after a bad day. It just made me feel good and think of Anubis. When I sing along to this song, I always think of Anubis.

A thought that popped into my head

Do the deities of other faiths/religions look out for people who don’t know them nor worship them?

Do the gods and the goddesses step in and help the other gods and goddesses with their worshipers?

I think that they do.

We may call on a god or goddesses we feel close to help or to listen to what we have on our mind. But another god or goddesses, listens and leaves a note for the god being; or answers the phone, and listens to the prayer till the god being prayed to can come to the phone. In a metaphorical way of looking at.

It would be like Jesucristo* sitting with me holding my hand as Thor holds me up right while I pass a kidney stone (Guys and gals, if you have never had a kidney stone, I hope and pray that you never have one) while Anubis is busy helping elsewhere or taking care of the kidney stone situation while Jesucristo and Thor keep me distracted.

I hope this has made sense to you!

*Spanish for Jesus Christ.

A Prayer To Thoth (Djehuty)

“Come to me, Thoth, O noble Ibis. O god who longs for Khmunu, O dispatch-writer of the Ennead, the great one of Unu. Come to me that you may give advice and make me skillful in your office.
Better is your profession than all professions. It makes men great. He who is skilled in it is found fit to exercise the office of magistrate. I have seen many for whom you have acted and they are in the council of the Thirty, they being strong and powerful through what you have done. You are the one who has given advice. You are the one who has given advice to the motherless man. Shay and Renenwetet are with you. Come to me that you may advise me.
I am the servant of your house. Let me relate your prowess in whatever land I am. Then the multitude of men shall say “How great are the things that Thoth has done.” Then they shall come with their children to brand them with your profession, a calling good to the Lord of Victory. Joyful is the one who has exercised it.”

I found this on https://krasskova.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/a-lovely-prayer/