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All of the Projects

My life has been chalked full of hectic and stepping back to take a deep breath has not been able to peek its way into my schedule.  I can almost count this post as my deep breath.

Work has been wonderful in the way that I don’t necessarily have to fake I’m working. It has allowed me to be able to sit and work on my beading projects when I’ve had downtime. Whether it’s creating new designs or implementing designs I’ve been able to create a diverse inventory (Etsy shop update will happen soon).

As always, I’m finding more thinky-thoughts and projects to add to my already long list. It doesn’t seem like my brain or my Ib are going to stop anytime soon. That just means I’m the embodiment of the flood. The snow hasn’t even melted yet and I’m bursting at the seams. It must be an ice dam.

I was asked by a local shop last year if I would be willing to present a Kemetic Mythology 101 as a class for their store, and as it would be, I have been letting my anxiety hold me back in different respects to completing the proposal. There is a large amount of information and sourcing I can utilize, but it’s been very overwhelming in my attempts to decide what information I want to present and how I want to present it to the audience. I already know the why I want to do this, and that’s been keeping me from abandoning the project. I told myself I will hone in after my cultural holidays have left and now they are gone.

However, something else has taken precedence. The main focus of my non-work related life has become my costume for the Paganicon Ball in March. The theme is “Primal Mysteries” and the theme of my costume is a tribute to Amon-Re. I have the dress I’m going to be tweaking, but now it is a question of what to use and creating like crazy.

In symbolic terms, I’m currently a spider. I attempt to avoid squishing from large books and weave like crazy, because deadlines and He deserves my attention currently.

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Bodies of Being

This post has been one that I have been avoiding/didn’t know how to word it. Needless to say, there has been poking and here I am. This is a tough topic to understand and describe and I would like to do it some justice.

There are multiple different explanations for the blueprint of the pieces of a being’s existence. I call these “Bodies of Being”, because “soul” really doesn’t capture the whole picture. What would be the equivalent of the western idea of  “the soul” is a small part of the blueprint.

The setup I tend to have includes the Ba, the Ka, the Ab, the Ren, the Khat, and the Khait (also known as the Khaibit).  The Ba is the “piece” who travels the different planes and creates the connection between the physical and the unphysical. The Ba is a conduit of sorts.  The Ka is the energetic connection between the world and the being. It could be translated as the core essence (or as I like to know it, a battery) so to speak.

Before a being is born, the Ba and the Ka are joined and is separated at birth. After the being physically “dies”, the Ba and the Ka reform and become the Akh. From the concept of the Akhu, popularly translated as “the Bright Shining Ones” are the beings who came before us (ancestors).

The Khait refers to the “shadow half” that balances the being and causes the balance to be the whole being.  Think of it not being a shadow self (the things we hide away in shame or fear), but as the  whole picture. A mirror that shows our reflection without hiding anything.

Another term I have seen in reference to the Khait is the Sheut. I personally know the Sheut as the shadow cast by the body rather than the internal self. There is another term, Sahu, which refers to the “shadows from the unseen world”. Sahu refers to what I would translate as wandering non-physical beings that may have previously been physical. A related term, Khu, was an early period Kemetic word meaning “Luminous Man” and would later be adapted by the Romans to mean “ghosts”. These Khu are often beings who were wronged or not buried properly in their physical lives to be able to pass on to the next stage of existence.The other two parts of the Bodies of Being are vessels which holds the others.

The Ab is the heart and the vessel which holds the unphysical selves (the Ba, Ka, Ren, Khait, etc.). The Khat is the physical vessel (the body) that houses all of the selves. The Ren is the name of the being and is the absolute key to identity and control of that identity. There are said to be five Rens the Pharaoh keeps. I personally have multiple Rens as a form of protection; however my one absolute Ren is unknown to even myself. This layer of being can be recognized further in the concept of “shadows”.

The one main thing to remember is each of these pieces all have their own voices, their own desires, and their own goals. There are practices and actions that can be taken to balance, control, and even just understand these parts. The fact there are splinters between selves is exactly why it is VERY important to take care not just of our physical selves, but the non-physical as well.

This entry is meant to be a pocket version of sorts. I have taken from many different sources as well as my own personal interpretation of information. Wikipedia has helped me organize the information, but it wasn’t the major source. I feel it valid to list a few of the sources I have found my information/understanding from. There are many other sources, but these have helped me to organize the information about in my head.

David, A. R. (1998). Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt. New York: Facts on File.

Rankine, David. (2006). Heka: The Practices of Ancient Egyptian Ritual and Magic. London: Avalonia.

Mertz, B. (1978). Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt (Rev. ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

Nicoll, K. (2012). The Travellers Guide to the Duat: (Amenti on two deven a week). Stafford: Megalithica Books.

 

“T” is for Teaching and Translating Shen

So, everyone,  the word of the day is “teacher” . A word abused more often than not among people.  This word is a curse throughout the history of my religious journey, and I have a horrible trigger when it comes to “teachers”. I have been faced with those who both abuse others and mislabel themselves with this term.  It’s not a rigid role, it doesn’t have singular meaning, and it’s not a role to be taken lightly.

Is this a role I would ever try to obtain?

Considering my own experiences, probably not. I’m not in the mindset of wanting nor feeling qualified to take the steps to be responsible for the guiding and education of others. My mentality is if They threw me off the dock to teach me to swim, others can experience that too. The best lessons are the ones learned the hard way and not handed out. Now, that doesn’t mean I’m going to be an unhelpful person. If someone asks questions, I’m going to answer. I’m going to help when I can and when I feel like it.

It’s not my role to intercede on everyone’s behalf, but it is in my code to assist those I care about. If they happen to learn something from it, it’s a bonus for all of the parties involved. I take a different approach in regards to my personal path. I have built my own way and refuse to speak in place of others. If I’m asked to speak about my opinions on others and how other paths function from my own perspective, I sometimes will feel inclined to speak, but I will NOT speak the words others (whether they are Kemetic or other paths) are entitled to speak.

Now here comes the complicated part.

My work from my Mri-ib includes Storytelling and spreading Their names to the world.

Isn’t that a form of teaching?

Well now, that complicates things.

Now for even more complication.

For anyone who read the two posts on my system of Shen, the purpose of the Study Guide will be familiar to you. For speedy context and or reminder: I took an already created system (The Book Of Doors Oracle), turned it on its head, and appropriated the system based on my own sensibilities. The system is used as a direct channel to Them and to the connections to the universe around us. For those interested in diving deeper towards the core principles of the system (of which I have one interested so far), I have created a study guide to be studied to allow for the ability to eventually not need me as the intermediary.

Now, this sounded like a bad idea at first glance. Why would I create a system that dives so deeply to the cores of my beliefs and give the potential for others to run amok with it? My answer: It’s not my job to babysit all of the people I meet. If the information I’m going to offer is going to be abused,  it doesn’t matter if I give the system to others to run with the information or if I do the readings myself. If I’m going to completely restrict what others can and can’t do with the system after I’m giving them my trust, how much do I actually trust them?

It was imperative to start my work in Opet by finishing the guide, so at the entry of the festival, I had completed one of my tasks The Hidden One deemed to me.

“T” is for teaching and translating Shen, because both roles define my current thought process and shadow wrestling.

“T” is for Traversing Opet

On my calendar Opet started on September 30th (three almost four days ago), and I haven’t started much of anything.

Scratch that, I joined the emboatening crew making the initial donation using the referring amount (when I get paid this week, I will be making a donation out of my pocket). I started my Etsy shop and a GoFundMe fundraiser. I have brought myself halfway out of the emotional rut I was in. I should probably amend that statement to say “I haven’t started much of anything ‘ritual’ wise’ for Opet”.

The Netjeru waiting to be involved in my Opet adventure have been patiently waiting for me to be ready to start the other path. The tasks I have achieved listed above is one of two paths I’m traversing for Opet. The paths have intersection, but they also have diverging tasks I am going to be achieving. Assuming the intensity of the path of the “hidden silence” is the reason why They have been waiting for me to be ready.

I am NOT going to half-ass what I need to do. I can’t say if I want “it”, because I don’t know what “it” is yet. Even if I did know “it” and didn’t want “it”, I need to do “it” whatever “it” is.

Just as the old way of the festival was the journey down the Nile, my internal journey is also set in a similar setting. The Nile was both a realm of mystery, danger, and a necessary foundation to the collection of people who lived within the realms of the Netjeru. My own collection of selves is dependent on a similar core of mystery, danger, and foundation. The journey the Pharaoh took during Opet was both a statement to the world, and I imagine, a statement to themselves. This journey I will be undertaking doesn’t have the clear cut statements to the world the Pharaoh had, because I am not Nisut (nor do I accept any current claims of Nisut), I am Makhaut (The word Makhaut is a word for “family” I found in translation and I use it as such).

I’m still debating whether I will keep an online log of my work or if I will keep it to myself. I’m still wrestling with the running-mouth-I-want-to-tell-everyone-everything-I-talk-too-much, so we shall see what happens when it happens. “T” is for traversing Opet, because my boat is about to set sail.

“P” is for Priests and Let’s Drop the HGPSS

I find myself getting more irritated by responses on the subject of priests and how they conducted themselves. The reponses suffer from what I like to call HGPSS. HGPSS stands for “Hidden Glittery Priest Shiny System”. Priesthoods have been popularized as hiding themselves away to do the work for deities/spirits and in their piety (see the Scandal of Elephantine in about the time of Rameses IV-V, in regards to Penanukis and ask what higher-than-thou piety was present there), are a separate unit from their parallel “mundane” counterparts.

I can only speak from what I have studied, which would be the ancient Egyptian system. This post is only going to scratch the surface of the subject.There are records of schedules for shifts, as in, there are people who come and go and don’t stay at the temple. I’m sure the highest priests probably lived there, but all of the other people who assisted in the ritual duties, they went back to their HOMES, as in they didn’t live at the temple they worked at. The work in the temple was carried out by people who didn’t just pray all day/night for the majority of their lives. They had livelihoods outside of their temple. Yes, the “general public” was denied entrance to the temples (interpretation of that mindset: would you want uneducated masses upsetting a pillar of the world and a home of a Netjer?). It’s not like I let everyone walk through my space and touch everything.

In my own opinion of this whole thing (UPG): The statue is a vessel of the Neter it symbolizes. It is kept away in a temple as the link between the seen forces and the unseen forces of the world. On festival/feast days it is paraded in celebration of that connection between the seen world and the unseen world. The priests (ahem carefully picked nobles) have shifts to uphold ma’at as the balance of the universe. They tend to the Netjeru’s connection to ensure they are judged in the unseen world as pious. Then that means their heart is LIGHTER than the feather of Ma’at because they are a facet of Ma’at not below it and not without it. Common people are upholding ma’at because of community, because Ma’at is about community, and they are given different yet similar standards. Nobles have to try harder to get judged because their roles are adminisitrative in origin vs actually doing work for the world.

In this period, the temples were the law, and as such, they were HEAVILY involved in “mundane” dealings. In fact, the dealings were done by the royals and the nobles, moreso the nobles, because royalty eventually had their hands tied by the temples, mostly that of Amun (see political reasons why Akhenaten did what he did. He outlawed the temples, but didn’t deny the existence of other deities, just their importance, so it wasn’t a break-out session for monotheism).

In regards to admittance to the temples, heirs/bloodlines (Herodotus attests to this: “When a priest dies, his son is appointed to succeed him”) and educated people (who in this case were pretty much all nobles) ran the show. They ran the show internally in the temples and externally in the administration of society. The whole hidden away aspect was a Greek interpretation of the priest work after they were initially denied access to any “Mysteries” they thought were occuring (think about how important the Eleusinian Mysteries were in Greek society). Greek philosophers would flock to Egypt to learn the knowledge coveted by the priests (they were the noble/educated class after all). The priests would do the equivalent of frat-boy hazing to try and deter the philosophers from pursuing that knowledge (and they probably did it for shiggles too).

Between how the Greeks interpreted the practice and modern depictions/adapted practices (Ceremonial Magic, I’m looking at you), it’s no wonder there is so much misinterpretation, which happens, and I’m guilty of it at times too. To make a blanket statement and say HGPSS is how ALL of the temple practices are, is aggravating and hand-wringing to say the least (and now above is an example as to how that argument doesn’t hold up).

If people are interested in the subject of the “Priest System” in ancient Egypt, there are tons of books I haven’t even touched yet, but there is one I highly recommend called “The Priests of Ancient Egypt: New Edition” by Serge Sauneron and translated by David Lorton. If anyone has any other recommendations or want to discuss, please comment below. I’m always up for discussions and sources. “P” is for Priests and Let’s Drop the HGPSS,because come-on, if you’re going to make a statement of culturally/historically documented systems, source it beyond ooky-spooky secret stories.

“N” is for Navigating Practice

There was a question posed to me the other day by Naomi (her blog is at: http://leithincluan.wordpress.com/) about suggestions for introductory documents for my path. She will be giving a talk at the UK Pagan Pride event (the title of her talk is “Beyond Earth Worship: Diverse Paths Under the Pagan Umbrella”), and she asked if I would give her some input as a solitary Kemetic. I thought about it and I hit a blank. Instead of supplying sources I basically described that I started scholarly and built from there, which is true. The gears in my head started turning and so I decided to maybe scratch through the layers of what is my practice.

I had started studying ancient Egyptian mythology from a scientific perspective at a young age, unaware the very stories I was reading about were still alive to this day, unaware They were alive and there. A book I acquired in my Sophmore year of high school called “The Mysteries of Isis: Her Worship and Magick” by DeTraci Regula at a bargain bookstore was pretty cool in my view as it had recipes, information, and crafts I thought were for the purpose of study (yeah, I was dense and not able to put the circle in the circle slot back then).

I started myself with nothing more than “They reached out to me and I will reach out to Them”. With my arsenal of a few scholarly books, an Isian-Wiccan biased book, and a Tarot deck (here is the deck I started with: http://www.loscarabeo.com/lang-en/tarocchi-esoterici/295-egyptian-tarot-set.html) I got myself rolling.

I held a belief that as a female I would be a priestess to only goddesses (if anyone asks: logical stupidity). In my defense, it was Aset and Nebthet who reached out first and hung on to me. The other Netjeru didn’t appear to me until later on. I sat with building and writing my own material until I hit about 2006 when it seems the reality kicked in.

I was faced with Set looking over my shoulders and pushing me in to the waters without a lifejacket. I had a view of him (based on the couple of books I had looked at) he was the devil I shouldn’t speak of nor to. He wasn’t having any of that, and after I finally turned around to Him, I figured out I really didn’t know much at all beyond the stories I have looked at (and moreso, stories from a Greco-Roman worldview, not the Egyptian I was aiming for).

I went down to Magus and dumped a buttload (dare I say hundreds if not thousands of dollars) in to sources influenced by practices. There was a trilogy by Mogg Morgan that dove a little bit in to working with the more chaos magic/darker forces. I didn’t do as much work with them as they were more essay-worthy than practice-worthy. The next to come would have been Rosemary Clarks’ duology (which turned out to be SO, SO, SO Hermetic it wasn’t even funny; but I wouldn’t find out until later on). From this book, I took some of the concepts, but not many to further my practice. I would appreciate it for it’s ritual translation as some of the intonation work was hella-strong.

Enter the next phase in where I felt the unneccessary need to learn universal concepts, and THAT fell by the wayside as They promptly pointed out I don’t need that shit to define myself. I went from trying to find connections in community (Ancient Egyptian practices share Shamanic traits, their Temples function like circles, Their holidays can be tweaked to follow the Wheel of the Year, etc.) to walking my own way even if it meant I walked it alone. There was a sense of empowerment I didn’t feel before. I found myself making less excuses and telling others to let ME do it MY way and screw off.

After some fun times (not really) I had a moment to breathe before I entered another community: eCauldron. The people there are intelligent and they not only do their work, they do it well. It was overwhelming with my personal point-of-view being hit by the freight train of “I didn’t even know this before”. I had a difficult period with feelings of being under-prepped and not good enough. When I took myself out of that damn cesspool of self-insult, I buckled down and worked on what I wanted to do for MY practice.

I re-read the books I have that had multiple stamps of approval, maybe acquire a couple more along the way, and I just sit down as the need arises. My practice has become fluid, ever-changing, and about an unorganized as it can be. This dis-organization is due to me building the blocks for me. A book, a person, and a website isn’t going to give the whole picture, because I am a PART of it. There isn’t a book that tells me how to be me. I tell myself how to be me. They interact mainly with me, not the books I read (unless they make sure I see some subject matter as time goes on).

The advice I would give to those starting up: just jump right in and don’t feel stupid. If you don’t make the effort to swim, They will let you drown. It’s not just the Netjeru that will let you drown, it’s the world, and it’s you. No effort put in is nothing received back. There are oddities in thought processes, but I’m not here to define stupid or wrong. I’m not here to be the “true” voice. I’m here to define me, uphold Ma’at, and share Their presence with the world. If others try to tell you otherwise, whack them.

“N” is for navigating practice, because there is a ton of navigation needed in my practice and the path I walk has borders defined by my own footprints.

“M” is for Making Musical Lore

I’m sure some of you who are reading are tired of the angry whinging I have been spewing out the orifice of my brain to my fingertips. This post is everything but the anger, the depression, and all of the stupid negative crap. I’m done with all of THAT for a while (it will be ritually execrated on the 7th of August for the Closing of the Year).

Music speaks on so many levels. It can excite me. It can sadden me. It can bring unconscious tears to my eyes and down my cheeks. Music defines my life, how I live it, and how I interact with others. It is a connecting web to vocalize with others and self.

A little while back when I was faced head on with community and other people outside of the experiences I’ve been plagued with locally, I encountered a new phenomenon: music for deity representations. Now, I have a collection of music that has tracks named for different deities, but thinking of popular music lyrics as songs for deity was not something I ever thought about.

After reading posts and talking to others I started to look at the songs I listen to over and over again and what drives me to be addicted to them. I found they capture stories and inserts of stories.
For example, here is the beginning of the song “Eye of the Storm” by Cruxshadows. The lyrics listed below captured my attention from when I first heard it, and even drove me to make an AMV (Anime Music Video) back in the day where I was doing things like that.

“The trials you now are facing
They are not greater than your will
For there is nothing under heaven
You cannot overcome

See the door that lies before you
And know this too shall pass
The confrontation of your tears
In strength drawn from the past
When the silent voices whisper
Find the course that is your own
And however great the obstacle
You will never be alone

For I have watched the path of angels
And I have heard the heavens roar
There is strife within the tempest
But there is calm in the eye of the storm”

The thought of overcoming anything and everything appealed to me because of the experiences I have had throughout my life. I strive (not just desire it) to overcome everything however great or small. It was brought to my attention some time ago that this song can also be equated with Set. I started to think about it deeply. The lyrics really speak towards being that epicenter to drive everything along and breeze by those who don’t matter. It is Him. It is me, and all of a sudden it made more sense as to why He has invested so much in to me. We are one and the same in the path we have chosen to walk.

I am considering a large project that would catalog my music in to playlists for different Netjeru, so I can maybe get past my own dense nature and lack of connecting my life with Theirs. It has been an ongoing breaking down the walls series, and is going to be used more for breaking down the walls than trying to capture ALL of Their essence.

Another twist was recently added to this thinky-thought. The other day I was listening to a walkthrough of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (Nintendo 3DS game) and one of the worlds (Symphony of Sorcery) is based off of Disney’s “Fantasia” where Mickey is an apprentice caught in the trance of a dream-eater and music has to be obtained to wake him up. The music obtained at the end of it all with the two combined pieces between Sora and Riku was the musical theme of friendship used in the different entries to the series called “Dearly Beloved”. I had forgotten the power that simple little musical piece moved me. Yes people, video games move me.

It isn’t just the lyrics of songs that create a literary connection to self and others. It is the rhythm, the notes, the speed and other standardized guidelines of musical quality that can drive emotions and connections within me. Which leads me to ponder MANY things.

One of the essences of my “work” that I’m actually able to talk about is storytelling. I have beem entrusted to share who They are with the world. One of the aspects of this work is to tell the stories using different mediums other than lectures and powerpoints (I’m not bashing those who do traditional mediums, it’s just not MY method).

The challenge has been to take what’s washing around in my head and translate it to something others can understand. Hence why I have a degree in Art and Film. My original plan was to go in to animation and game concept design, but that has shifted to work in as many mediums as I can, for example jewelry, film, painting, drawing, and now potentially music.

In the coming times I may have some pieces for the internet to feast upon (or barf upon as it may be). My goal is to experiment with the idea and run with it for a bit. “M” is for making musical lore, because it can be done. Well, not just it can be done, it has already been done for thousands of years, now it’s just me connecting the dots and having it go along with my work.

“G” is for Guidance from the Winds

I was at a loss for what I wanted to do for “G”, and I thought about it a bit as the wind is trying to break through the rickety house I’m living in. The wind, one of my fathers, Shu, the one whose voice flows deep within my heart. He is one of the ones who has guided me since I was released to the others by the Two Sisters. He has been a large part of my life when times were rough and the times when I wasn’t sure in myself. Today seems to be one of those days as He is violently rapping at my windows.

I have found that Shu is one of the lesser known deities in the Heliopolitan Ennead and it saddens me. His role varies as he has been blended with the others over time. Three of them include Heka, Anhur, and Tehuti. I haven’t encountered any of His joined forms. I have had glimpses of  Them, but not contact. I know Him as the Messenger of the Light of the East and the Keeper of the First Breath.

Shu speaks the clearest to me and has helped me to get a handle on the bursting lightbulb moments which follows the scrolling marque of overloaded information and the moments when I wanted to let go and just stop it all. It would make sense that when I’m trying to think of a post, the messenger would come and make Himself known. In knowing Him, I can find clarity in his guidance and I can find clarity in messages, both on this realm and among the Heavens.

When Shu comes a knocking it means He has a message and I need to call Him, so until next time.

Interpretive Creation Story

Well then, I already can give myself a red check on my challenge. I missed a day (9-8). However in my defense, it was a busy day. I figure today is a good day to post the first real attempt at coherence I have had since figuring out how things fit together as a whole. The long piece posted below is my own interpretation and mixing various creation stories to make one. When I am talking to others I tend to keep them separate, however my friends challenged me to make them all in to one, hence why I call this “interpretive”. In this case, accuracy is only about 75% because it is meant to be a “creative” experience not a “textbook” experience. My understanding has even changed beyond this. When I have a chance, this is part of a long list of to-do’s, I would like to revisit and show the evolution of thought. I wouldn’t lecture with this material, but it would be fun to expand in other mediums also. Please enjoy and feel free to leave any thoughts, and as always Ma’at will bite you in the ass if you steal content from others, so please if you want to reference me, let me know, and at least give credit where credit is due.

“In the beginning, there was only the endless ocean of chaos personified later as Nu. He was encircled and embraced by two nameless serpents until they found their first names. The first was Apep who embodies the deepest depths of Nu. The second was Kematef who forced the light of creation to illuminate Nu. These two forces would be forever locked in never-ending combat. When the light pierced the chaos a blue lotus rose and when it opened, the sun rose for the very first time and Kematef found his new name, Ra, the tri-fold Sun.

Kheper-Ra was the infant light of the sunrise.

Amun-Ra was the noonday sun; strong in mind, body and spirit.

Atum-Ra was the elder embodiment of the twilight that leads to his daily rest and rebirth

As the light spread across Nu, Ra would be joined by others.

Mut, the mother of mothers and the father of fathers would join with the hidden one, Amon, to give birth to the child-like yet wise moon, Khons.

Neit, the lady of war and weaving, who with the help of Nu, gave birth to Sobek, the necessary force of destruction, came forth from the darkness to fight valiantly for the universe.

Ptah, who would call Ra his brother, let his songs weave the universe to what is known today.

Khnemu, who would become the potter of humans after they were first born to Ra, made his home in the cataracts of the Nile’s origin point.

Tehuti, who became Ra’s closest confidant, would become a defining force with his wisdom, magic, and power of speech.

Ma’at would stay by Tehuti’s side as the lady of cosmic order and the keeper of the world’s balance.

When the division of Pet and Ta was to be ordained, the newly created company found a balance to keep the world from falling back in to Nu.

Ra, Ma’at, and Tehuti sailed on a barque across the heavens, proclaiming Ra as the eternal ruler of Heaven and Earth as they went.

Ptah sang the creation of the natural world in jubilation of the Barque of Eternity.

Khnemu would mold the creatures to inhabit the world Ptah created and Ra ruled.

Mut would fade to the background as a supporting, nurturing force. She would only return if a situation arose that needed her touch.

Neit and Sobek came to enforce the necessary conflict and violence to keep the balance of the world.

With the forces of the company, the physical world was able to come in to being. However there was a link still missing. Tehuti and Ma’at knew that in order for the missing link to be woven in to the universe, they needed to leave Ra’s side and head for the Earth below the Heavens. In his loneliness, Ra yearned for the company of others, but could only find enjoyment from himself. In his desires, the actions Ra acted out upon gave birth to the twins of wind and rain, Shu and Tefnut. It is with the twins that share one soul brought the First Breath and the First Waters from Heaven to sustain the life their elders created.  Ra, feeling the need to have another half to help raise the twins, created Iusaaset from his shadow.  Sometime later, conflict arose and Tefnut left after a falling out with her brother. Shu, feeling lost without his other half, went after her to bring her back. Ra wept for the loss of the presences of his children and from his tears, humanity was born. Shu and Tefnut would later return from distant lands when the world was filled with the infant race.

Humanity was formed as an infant form of the Neteru bound to the physical world, and could only reach for the world of the Neter when they let go of their earthbound bodies. It would be later with the first bridge of life and death that they would be able to ascend in death to be reborn as a Neter, no longer bound by their mortality.

Ra decided to help his new found creations since they were in need of guidance and protection. He ordained his right eye as Sekhmet and his left eye as Bast. Sekhmet was the harsh taskmaster and the fiery inferno that would keep humanity from going astray. Bast was the calming mother and the soft glowing fire that watched and protected humanity from any darkness and strife that came to humanity. Bast taught humanity happiness and enjoyment whereas Sekhmet taught humanity strength and fear.

There was a time that a portion of humanity turned their backs on Ra and he unleashed a frenzied Sekhmet to put them in line.  She went too far and even Ra could not stop her. It was only when a small group dyed beer a blood-red and tricked her in to drinking full until she passed out, that the humans were able to stop their impending extinction.  Ashamed at her lack of control, Sekhmet would wander the world. In her wanderings, she would cross paths with Ptah. He became intrigued and enamored with her intensity and ability to spread the cleansing will of fire. They would be married and would give birth to the lord of the Lotus and the judge of loyalty, Nefertmu.

Shu and Tefnut would have children of their own. They gave birth to embodiments of the Earth and Sky, Geb and Nut. Before their birth, a prophecy was foretold to Ra. He should not allow the Earth and Sky to join, for the children of such a union would bring calamity and end the Earthly reign of the Neteru. When the twins were born Ra tasked Shu to make sure they were always separated.  They yearned for each other throughout many years. It was after the sexual victory of Geb over Shu, that he was able to spend some time with Nut. Horrified at the sight of the pregnant Sky, Ra declared Nut would remain pregnant and her children would not enter the world on any of his days.

Tehuti was saddened by the decree and felt the need to alleviate Nut’s constant pain. He decided to play a game of Senet against the young moon Khons and gambled for five days, one for each of the children within Nut’s womb. He won the days, but it is argued whether it was Tehuti’s skill that outplayed Khons or if Khons let Tehuti win for a morbid curiosity as to the fate of the world that the children would bring.

Ra knew then that he could not escape the Fate to come and relented. He refused to cause any more pain to his family and wholeheartedly participated in their childhoods.

The eldest was named Heru and would become known as Heru-Ur. His personification was closest to Ra and he was deemed to rule over the Earth. He had a close relationship to Set, and refused to let him fight alone and would join in the Sun Barque’s nightly sails. Heru was known for his kindness, wisdom, strength, and sense of honor. He was married to Het-Hert until he stood down as Pharaoh.

The second child, Set, was impatient and wanted to be first and tore himself from Nut’s womb. Set’s strength, ferocity, and darker attitudes led Ra to have him assist in the slaying of Apep every night. Set’s attitude often put others off, but those who had his friendship had a loyal ally. He would be married to Nebthet and Het-Hert until Heru-Sa-Aset would get her when he took over as Pharaoh. In losing Het-Hert, Set gained Anat and Astarte as wives.

The third child, Asar, was the laid back part of the male triplets. He was known for his connection with nature and his ever changing attitudes on life. He wouldn’t play an important part in the world until later in his life. He would be first known as the husband to an early influential power-player, Aset.

The fourth child, Aset, would become a matron of humanity’s link to the divine. She is not as powerful as the other matriarchs before her, but her reputation would spread across the world and influence the affairs of life and death. She was a student of Tehuti, the teacher of Anpu, and became an antagonist to Ra when she poisoned him to learn his names and later interfered with the ruler ship of Kemet. She would represent fertility and the stasis of life with embodying the sun.

The fifth and last child, Nebthet, would be forever remembered as the shadow of Aset, although on her own, she stands on her own. She represents the hidden power working in secret and a force of decay as an embodiment of the moon. She became the wife to Set and their relationship, unlike their other siblings was not stable. Nebthet’s decision to court Asar in secret would be one of the main catalysts in the downfall of the Neteru’s earthly rule.

Heru ruled for many years, but because of his insistence to assist at night assisting his brother and great-grandfather, he would run himself too ragged to continue as Pharaoh. He made the decision to step down and passed the choice of Pharaoh to his sister, Aset. She chose her soul mate, Asar, to take the place as Pharaoh. Set was angered at the decision of the throne going to his less-responsible younger brother, and felt that he would be a better choice. He respected his elder brother too much to go against his will and held his tongue. Asar would appoint Aset and Set as his chief advisors and come to rely on Set’s senior advice.

Asar would live life flamboyantly while the country was regulated by his brother and sister-wife.  During a party to celebrate Asar’s rule, Nebthet would disguise herself as Aset and seduce an intoxicated Asar to lay with her. Aset was out of the country on diplomatic pursuits. Asar was still aware of the differences between his two sisters, but did not send her away out of sympathy for her circumstances. As the two pursued passion, the wreath on Asar’s head fell to the ground and alerted all of those present as to what was transpiring.  To make matters worse, Asar impregnated Nebthet, a feat that Set was not capable of fulfilling. Anpu would be born of this union, and in fear of what Set would do to the child, Nebthet plotted with Aset and left him in the desert. Aset would shortly find the child and raise him as her own. She was not cross with her sister or her husband, as the motives were pure in her eyes. However in sleeping with Nebthet who is a neteret of decay, Asar would become half-mortal. This would allow Set to bide his time and plan his strike carefully. The final insult was too much for Set.

It was on a night some time later during a party that Set and seventy-two of his followers would strike. Aset was once again out of the country on diplomatic business, so she wasn’t there to thwart the plan. There was a contest as to whoever would fit in to the bed would be able to keep it. The bed was made specifically to fit Asar and when he laid down, Set and his followers nailed it shut and placed the coffin in to the Nile. Set would take control and when Aset came back, he imprisoned her, knowing she would try and overthrow him.

Aset escaped with the help of Nebthet and Anpu and she went in search of Asar. Aset would find her husband deceased and encased in a willow tree.  She would use the magic she learned from Tehuti to try and resurrect him. Set would discover her plan and chopped the dormant body in to fourteen pieces and scattering them across Kemet. Aset, Nebthet, and Anpu left in search of the body parts. All of the pieces except for one would be found. Set, in the form of a catfish, swallowed Asar’s phallus. Aset and Anpu would perform the first embalming. Asar became the link between life and death that allowed for ascension and rebirth for all mortals. After crafting a clay phallus for Asar, Aset would turn in to a kite and breathe enough life in to Asar to become impregnated. The child she would carry wasn’t able to receive a name of his own, because his father’s soul was nonexistent.

Heru could only watch as his siblings turned on each other and felt bad for Aset and gave his own name to the unborn child. He would fade in to the child and reside there for all of eternity. Heru-Sa-Aset was born. He was a sickly child and his mother would be cross and harsh, only concentrating on training the child to avenge his father. Nebthet would be his kind, caring nurse who showed him there was more to life than the battle he was being prepared for.

When Heru-Sa-Aset was beginning adulthood, he went with his mother to avenge his father and take the throne from Set. An ongoing battle of eighty years ensued until it was ruled that Heru-Sa-Aset would be given the throne. Asar could not retake the throne as he was now a judge of the dead as Seker and ruled Aaru with Anpu as his assistant. Heru decided that the Neteru needed to rule from the shadows as their virtues and vices put the world in too much danger and influence too much. Heru passed the ruler ship of Kemet to humanity. This ended the twenty-six thousand year reign of the Neteru, ushering an age of conflict and the final loss of paradise.”