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nikkiielizabeth:

Anam Cara means “Soul Friend.” Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and Cara is the word for friend.In Celtic tradition, an Anam Cara is a teacher, companion or spiritual guide.

With the Anam Cara you can share your innermost self to reveal the hidden intimacies of your…

My friend Jaye and I used to write that her muse and mine were Anam Caras of each other. I love this definition and John O’Donohue talked about it in his book, “Anam Cara” as well.
Anam Cara.

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January 26, 2014 · 5:37 pm

Reblog if you are a witch and/or a pagan who:

witchyroses:

  • is accepting of all religions, including Wicca, Christianity, and Satanism.
  • Is accepting of witches who curse.
  • Is against stealing from other cultures.
  • Supports LGBT* pagans/witches/people
  • Supports POC if they are pagan/witches or not.
  • Isnt an asshat

Lets prove that there are more awesome, not asshat-ish pagans/witches out there than the obnoxious few that fuck with our peace!

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inonibird:

Stick-gods ~ Horus vs. Set

ROFL! This is our house!

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January 24, 2014 · 1:39 am

thetwistedrope:

aquatic-raider:

Written from a Kemetic perspective, and incredibly well done. Another great response to the article can be found here.

What I would like to ask the pagan community on tumblr is this: 

  • If there is truly no chance of anyone ever reconstructing X ancient faith, then why do we have so much pre-tense on remaining historically accurate?
  • And on the same note, what does the increasing prevalence of UPGs in the community mean for the development of our spirituality as a whole?

[speaking in broad terms – fully knowing of the variance in pagan deities]

Surely our Gods have developed since the ancient times, as we see this development everywhere in ancient texts. But if this is the case – and as a pagan culture we are not unified by an orthodoxy – how and where can we find common ground with other people of the same faith [or worship the same deity]? I’ve found that UPGs are vital for my own developing spiritual life, however I also feel that the same can be said for everyone yet we may each work with ‘different aspects’ of the same deity [if we both worship the same deity]. 

These are just some things that have been bothering me. Just read these articles today, so expect more posts as I develop my thoughts on this topic. 

If there is truly no chance of anyone ever reconstructing X ancient faith, then why do we have so much pre-tense on remaining historically accurate?

For myself personally, I believe that history serves as a foundation. We need good foundations to build off of.

And on the same note, what does the increasing prevalence of UPGs in the community mean for the development of our spirituality as a whole?

I believe that its more related to people being more open about their UPG. I think UPG has been going on for-ev-er. But now people are talking about it.

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I like equating all of this to fanfic, I really do. History is the “canon” of the religion. And some of us coming in are going to be making stuff that is really close to canon. ANd some of us are making some more.. AU stuff. And some are writing fanfic that includes new things. Some of us are going to agree, others are going to say “that character would never do THAT”. etc. And then you’ve got people who only keep the names the same- but place these Egyptian deities in the jungle where it rains every day and everyone shoots rainbows out of their asses and has an orgy every Tuesday… which is really far off of canon.

ANd there is friction from all of that. Some things are easier to accept than others. Some things make more sense once you’ve got the context, etc.

Lots of factors. KRT is actually discussing this this month- so give us two or three weeks and you’ll be able to read some stuff about it XD

As a Kemeitc and as someone who has written a great deal of fanfic in varous fandoms, I would have to say this is one of the most accurate summings-up (is that even a word?!) of what it is like in the #kemeticfandom
Ancient Civilization and How it Manifests Today

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January 23, 2014 · 11:52 pm

inonibird:

(There are too many depictions/mergings with other gods to pick from, and I could see people confusing him with Horus…so I went with something a bit different. 9_9

Don’t mistake him for Aten; Aten would literally just be the sun. No stick-body for Aten. >:T)

I wonder if the artist would be up for the challenge to depict all 70-odd different manifestations of Ra. That would be impressive! 😉

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January 22, 2014 · 3:45 am

totalfilm:

Fifty Shades Of Grey sex scenes to be axed?

The only reason this dreck is being released as a film is because the book (I use *that* term loosely!) sold over 100 million copies. The producers only see the money train. Never mind that there are plenty of good, well written scripts out there.

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January 21, 2014 · 4:18 pm

satsekhem:

I’ve hinted that shit has changed but never specifically stated how, why, or anything. Point of fact, I’ve never fully come out and said what my relationship with S was, only categorically hinted, but I wouldn’t mind being openly honest here especially since I think there’s a…

Having a long term relationship with S, I am always interested.
I’m thinking about writing about the nature of changes within my relationship with S.

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January 19, 2014 · 6:24 pm

B is for Bennu Bird

Bennu Bird by Jeff Dahl, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

“I am that Great Phoenix which is in…

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January 19, 2014 · 6:19 pm

B is for Bennu Bird

Bennu Bird by Jeff Dahl, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Bennu Bird by Jeff Dahl, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


“I am that Great Phoenix which is in Iunu/Heliopolis
I am the one who assigns what exists.
What does it mean?
It is Eternity and Perpetuity
As for Eternity (cyclical time), it is the Day
As for Perpetuity (linear time), it is the Night”
(from Spell XVII, “Prt Em Hrw” the “Book of Coming Forth by Day” or “Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead”, R.O. Faulkner Translation)

The Bennu Bird is the predecessor of the Phoenix of Greek mythology. This symbolic representative of Creation is tied to the word weben, which means ‘To Rise’. The Bennu or Bemu Bird is tied to the gods Atum, Ra and Wasir (Osiris); which would explain this deity being featured wearing an Atef Crown. The Bennu bird ties to the Benben stone which also resided in Heliopolis. Atum, according to legend rose up as the Benben in the Mansion of Benu in Heliopolis. The Benben Stone itself was believed to be constructed of and representative of the solidified semen of Ra-Atum as the Soul of Ra when He copulated with His own hand to Create the rest of the known Universe. Later the Hand was attributed to various goddesses in the Ancient Egyptian pantheon and in the person of the Queen or Hm.t Niswt of the Pharaoh.

A portion of the Book of the Dead of Nakht depicting the Bennu Bird

A portion of the Book of the Dead of Nakht depicting the Bennu Bird

The Bennu, according to the Metternich Stele, created itself from a fire that burned on the sacred Persea Tree located at Heliopils. It was believed that the Bennu bird would build His nest of twigs made of incense, more specifically, myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) in the Persea tree and die. In Heliopolis, it was also believed that the sun rose of the Bennu to illumine the sky and died five hundred years, the Bennu Bird would fly into Egypt from Arabia, carrying in His beak an egg composed of myrrh , representative of His Father’s body. It is this egg, of the Great Cackler, Geb, that is left on the Primordial Mound. It is on this Mound that the sun, Ra is again.

One of the earliest appearances of the Bennu Bird is in the Pyramid Texts of Unas as a yellow wagtail and then later, in the Book of the Dead, the bird seemed to have changed shape into that of a Gray Heron (Ardea cinera) . These birds are quite prolific here in the Wapsipinicon River Valley and every time I see one in flight or pausing looking for food in the many waterways and tributaries in our forests, it serves as a breathtaking reminder of the Benu bird.

Bennu Kite

The Bennu Kite that hangs in Userbenu’s room.

Perhaps on an unconscious level when we moved our family from the city out to the wilds when my son was all of six years old, it was the draw of the Great Bennu. It was the Bennu who gave His Name to the Kemetic name that was divined for my son, Userbenu, the Strength of the Phoenix. No parent wants to consider that their child will experience difficulty, but my son latched onto the imagery of the Phoenix almost as soon as he became aware of it. To this day, a hand painted kite that we found at New Pioneer Natural Foods Co-op almost 20 years ago, hangs on the ceiling of his room. It has, I think served as a reminder for him and for the rest of us the important image of the Bennu Bird.

Such powerful imagery is important for us as humans, even when we are kids. There are few books that really are tailored toward Pagan, or especially Kemetic parents and their children. One of the best books that I have ever seen on the market, and one that I bought for my own son and hope to hand down to any future grandchildren is The Cry of the Benu Bird by C. Shana Greger tells the story of Atum and the Benu Bird in a delightful way. Of course, it does not go into much of the aforementioned more erotic aspects of that Creation Myth, but it does talk about the Creation of the other Netjeru in a way that children can appreciate and understand. It’s beautifully illustrated and gets young minds thinking about the Netjeru and their potential relationship with Them and the rest of the world.

Normandi Ellis put the idea of our eternal rising from the ashes of those parts of lives at every stage. like the Bennu Bird, so beautifully. Her translation of the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead has often served as a poignant reminder for us and for those whom we love.

I have entered fire, I become invisible; yet I breathe in the flow of sun, in the eyes of children, in the light that animates the white cliffs at dawn. I am the god in the world in everything, even in darkness. If you have not seen me there, you have not looked. I am the fire that burns in you. To live is to die a thousand deaths, but there is only one fire, one eternity.”
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– Normandi Ellis, Awakening Osiris

This idea of a Self-Created One, is central to Kemetic Religion. The Bennu Bird and the Phoenix have proven to be a powerful symbol or representation of the Divine for many throughout history. and Pagans and Kemetics today. We are each of us born, we live our lives, and we die. But in that life that each of leads there are series of births, lives, deaths and rebirths. None of us has been the same person we were when we started out or even a few years or even months or weeks ago. This is true not only of our personal lives, but our work lives and spiritual lives as well.

Subtly, we understand the process of cycles, of becoming of being and final release. We also, most of us, have various ideas about what comes next, what comes after. Though we may never see too far down the road, we always have that sense of inner knowing, of the cycles always continuing until we, like the Bennu bird, can be reborn once more.

Resources

“Benu-bird (the Phoenix).” Amentet Neferet Egyptian Religion. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

Ellis, Normandi. Awakening Osiris: A New Translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Grand Rapids, MI: Phanes, 1988.

Faulkner, Raymond O., and James P. Allen. The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2005.

Shaw, Ian, and Paul T. Nicholson.The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1995.

Veggi, Athon, and Alison Davidson. The Book of Doors Divination Deck: An Alchemical Oracle from Ancient Egypt. Rochester, VT: Destiny, 1995.


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January 19, 2014 · 6:19 pm

shaolinsuckerpunch:

p0kemina:

cholabbygirl:

Omfg

I WILL NEVER NOT LOVE THE BABIES

Having an elephant as a friend must be awesome.

Labradors and Elephants RULE this planet!!! That is all.

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January 19, 2014 · 3:09 pm