What’s in a name? Plenty. A name is the essence of who we are. It can be the name that we are given at birth, or a nickname which signifies who we are within communities, or it can be an Initiatory name. Sometimes a name is a persona we choose for ourselves in order to keep us safe from the prying eyes of employers, or those who wish us harm such as ex-spouses, abusive family members or…
The Importance of Names
A quick look at: the ancient Egyptian “Tale of the Doomed Prince.”
Italicized sections in this post are translated portions from the tale itself, here I will be using Lichtheim’s “Ancient Egyptian Literature: The New Kingdom Vol. 2” (University of California Press, 2006). While the end of this tale is missing, most scholars believe the ending to have been a happy one.
Our hero in this text is a prince, whom is being pursed by the fates, and must die. Upon hearing this, his distressed father builds a fortress to protect his son.
Then came the Hathors to determine a fate for him. They said: “He will die through the crocodile, or the snake, or the dog.” […] Then his majesty’s heart became very very sad. His majesty had [a house] of stone built [for him] upon the desert…and the child was not to go outdoors.
Many years later the prince, now an adult, has grown sick of “sitting here," and leaves Egypt on a chariot for Mitanni. The prince of Mitanni has a daughter, whom has been put away in a tower (similar in a way to the rapunzel story popular today). Many wish to marry this daughter, but only one who can jump (fly?) up to her in the tower may do so. The prince lies about who he is, not wanting his competitors to feel threatened by another prince. After sitting back and learning from his competitors, the prince manages to reach the girl.
He leaped, he reached the window of the daughter of the Prince of Nahrin. She kissed him, she embraced him on all his body. One went to inform her father and told him “One man has reached the window of your daughter.” […] Thereupon the Prince of Nahrin became exceedingly angry. He said: “Am I to give my daughter to this fugitive from Egypt? Make him go away!”
Despite her father’s orders, the daughter held the Egyptian prince tight, and threatened to starve herself to death if he was to be parted from her: “I will not live an hour longer than he!" Upon actually meeting the Egyptian prince, the prince of Nahrin has an immediate change of heart, "his dignity impressed the Prince.” The daughter and Egyptian prince ended up getting married.
Now when many days had passed, the youth said to his wife “I am given over to three fates: the crocodile, the snake, the dog.” Then she said to him: “Have the dog that follows you killed.” He said to her: “What foolishness! I will not let my dog be killed, whom I raised when it was a puppy.” So she began to watch her husband very much and did not let him go out alone.
The proceeding portion of the tale tells of these fates finally encountering the prince. The snake is killed, all that remain are the crocodile and the dog:
The youth went out for a pleasure stroll on his estate. [His wife] did not go out [with him], but his dog was following him. Then his dog began to speak [saying: “I am your fate].” Thereupon he ran before it. He reached the lake. He descended into [the water in flight from the] dog. Then the crocodile [seized] him and carried him off to where the demon was. [But he was gone. The] crocodile said to the youth: “I am your fate that has come after you. But [for three months] now I have been fighting with the demon. Now look, I shall release you. If my [enemy returns] to fight [you shall] help me to kill the demon. For you see the ————— the crocodile.” Now when it dawned and the next day had come, [the demon] returned —————.
The rest of the text is unfortunately missing.
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A Week of Challenges
Funnel cloud with rotation over the prison in Anamosa. This is less than two miles from our log cabin in the woods. (Photo courtesy of Lori Kula)
I should have known when the tornado hit Anamosa, that this week would not be the best. It didn’t matter that there was a three day weekend coming up at the end of it. When your Monday consists of 0 mph winds and flooding throughout your immediate…
Anonymous asked: Do you fear that modern paganism could one day turn out to be similar to the Christian / Catholic tree in terms of prejudices between so many different sects of paganism? For example, Puritans hated Catholics even though they worshipped God as well.
I’m afraid there is already hatred amongst sects of Paganism, and I’d argue that it predates the hatred that exists between different sects of Christianity.
Look at the way those who worship Loki are treated, look at the way the majority of Neo-Wicca faiths treat those of other faiths, look at how Pop Culture Pagans, Christopagans, and Luciferians and Satanists who identify as pagan are treated. Hatred within Paganism is nothing new. There are plenty of issues within the greater pagan community, and the sooner we as individuals drop the false belief that the pagan community is “so accepting” and “not like Christianity” the sooner we can educate ourselves, others, and stop the hatred from spreading.
Christianity didn’t invent hate. Christianity didn’t invent the concept of belittling others for their differing faiths. It has existed for a very long time, far longer than Christianity has, and it will continue to exist unless we recognize and put an end to it.
It;s not the religion. It’s some of the people within it. I have no problem with anyone of any religion. The clueless, the dogmatic and those individuals whom we’d rather not have to deal with are everywhere. I tend to take people as they are on a case by case basis. If I don’t like someone, it’s more often than not about their personality as an individual. With such folks, I have absolutely no problem walking away and leaving them to their own devices. Prejudice based on religion, or any other criteria is for the ignorant and the weak-minded. I refuse to play that game.
Regarding Spiritual Arrogance & Racism
“Do not be arrogant because of your knowledge, but confer with the ignorant man as with the learned for the limit of skill (art) has not been attained, and there is no craftsman who has fully acquired his mastery.” - The Maxims of PtahHotep
Sooner or later, we all have to come face to face with the spiritually arrogant. It may very well be, that we ourselves have bouts of spiritual arrogance of…
Getting back into it…
I have been so tied up with writing,client work, and diligentlhy putting Iunen Sekhmet (Sekhmet’s Sanctuary) in order that I have been neglecting social venues such as Tumblr, Facebook and especially my own blog.
Even with all of this, I have managed to take some pictures, shoot a little film footage and put back into place personal practices again - which include Kemetic practice, particularly to Sekhmet, and also my work in the world of Heka and Cunning Craft (aka “Traditional” Witchcraft) once again. I find that you can only run away for so long before all that you are and all of the things you care about catch up to you and you just can’t deny or hide it any longer.
You have to surrender to your mediocrity, and just write. Because it’s hard, really hard, to write even a crappy book. But it’s better to write a book that kind of sucks rather than no book at all, as you wait around to magically become Faulkner. No one is going to write your book for you and you can’t write anybody’s book but your own.–
Cheryl Strayed (via maxkirin)
Hell yes. Because sucky books can be edited. It’s much harder, turns out, to revise nonexistent books
Giving and Stealing: Finding a Balance for Occult Authors (REBLOGGED)
All too often, the topic of copyright infringement and out and out stealing is a raging plague of pandemic proportions among Pagan groups on various social media. Every day we are treated to links for ‘free” downloads of books that are still under copyright. I am no stranger to this. A book that is under my independent publishing company, Ma’at Publishing, was photocopied, converted to PDF,…
Anonymous asked: "casual reminder that Atlantis doesn't exist because I don't believe in it"
No, I was stating that it does not show up in Ancient Egyptian mythology specifically and I don’t personally believe in it. Believe in it all you want, that doesn’t mean I have to.
If only they could just *DECIDE* where Atlantis IS! It keeps moving…it’s off the coast of Florida, then in the Atlantic, then it migrates over to Bimini…or off the coast of Greece. For petetsake, people! FIND IT FIRST! Then put your blind trust in it.
The Next KRT Topic is…
The next topic we’ll be discussing for the Kemetic Round Table is:
Living Kemeticism: What does living your faith mean to you? How can others bring their religion into their day to day life or live their religion?
Entries will be posted on May 7, 2014.
Be sure that your post is tagged #Kemetic Round Table.
We look forward to your responses!
The Symbolic Use of Color in Ancient Egyptian Art
My friend, Sard, has written a wonderful piece on the use of colour in Ancient Egyptian Art. As per usual, her writing and citations are absolutely impeccable. This piece is well worth the read and addresses many questions and misconceptions on the topic that are floating around online.
Regarding Sekhmet’s Stolen Image
Sometime on Good Friday, the Goddess Temple in Cactus Springs, Nevada was invaded by thieves. The space that had always been open to anyone wanting to come visit the Goddess, to pray and to enjoy the peace of the sanctuary could do so unhindered. It was this that made it possible for those with a more heinous mission in mind to succeed in stealing the centrepiece of that place, a four foot tall…
Big Enough to Fail
This particular issue is a very sore spot for me. The recent arrest of Kenny Klein brings up enough issues that in all honesty, I don’t trust myself enough to write about a topic that I have experienced firsthand – or lived through the hell of. I will therefore trust by beloved Kemetic sister, Zat (Soli), to speak out about the topic. Her lucid write up is far more effective than anything I…
Trees can be temperamental. Some can be downright primadonnas.
And it looked at me quizzically because it didn’t know what a Tumblr was, but it knew that famous was a good thing, so it told me to keep talking.
So a while back, our landscaping crew decided that a couple of trees would be super duper lucky and get rock circles around the base of their trunks….