Shrine and book videos!

So, Friday was my Thursday and I got my videos uploaded at last. Only took about four hours upload speeds in Australia are the worst. Anyway, have a quick post with links bc it is hard to type on my phone.

Sobek’s grimoire/book of shadows flipthrough – I’m almost done with the first section, where Sobek wanted me to just write all the hymns I had for Him. So I decided to do another flipthrough.

State of the Shrines video – it’s a bit clunky, but I took it three times and this was the best I could manage. Added some random music to make it less boring. Idk. I don’t do video editing. If all else fails, hit mute and enjoy the scenery. 

Shedety daybook flipthrough – I haven’t done a lot in there but hopefully that gives you a better sense of what it looks like and how it’s organised. More when I have actually done something in it, other than just set it up.

So Masrai came to Bakhu

I haven’t talked much about Masrai on here, since it was just a fictional pantheon as far as I was concerned. I don’t mean that to say that just because it’s fictional, it doesn’t mean anything. I say that to clarify that Masrai, and the gods of Her pantheon, came from somewhere in my head, and are not, as far as I know, gods that might once have existed in this world. I don’t know everything, of course, and the astral being what it is, there’s every chance that alternate universes exist, and who knows what might have been, and what happens to gods that were long-forgotten. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent a bit more time with these gods and maybe it’s one of those ‘name it and it comes to life’ things that characters often get. Maybe it’s different because they’re gods. I don’t know.

That said, I’ve kept a shrine to Masrai and some of Her other gods for a while now, mostly to keep that energy flowing in as I work on those novels. I don’t know why, but something told me to build a shrine, that this was important to give these gods a physical space in my room. Still, in spite of that, I haven’t done much in the way of worship. I didn’t really know what ritual forms to use, since these gods departed Egypt during Mythic Time, and have spent the rest of their lives in the Libyan desert. (In this story, at any rate. I can’t say what they did here, if they ever existed here at all.) But I still kept a shrine for them.

I’d never really had much more than a faint impression from Masrai as I wrote Her myths down, like something deeper had touched my mind, but nothing in terms of speaking or seeing Her. Writing Her myths down was never important for the novel, either. It’s extra information. But I don’t often buy fancy red handmade books and begin writing myths down for gods. I haven’t even done that for Sobek. But there was something about Masrai that made me start this book, and commit to finishing it. I am sure She gave me all the words, and now all I need to do is finish it.

But Monday’s meditation signalled that things had gone up a notch, and that this pantheon needs more from me than I was giving them. Woo warning, for those who need it. This is a bunch of weird shit even I am surprised by, so.

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State of the Shrines, March 2017

It’s not quite a 3mx3m square room, so you can see how little space I have to work in. But I do make it work hard, so. That’s something, I guess.

So, it’s the Equinox, and this feels like the right time to post about this, given where I am with my #domagick work. I haven’t done any formal rituals for the Equinox just yet, but I’m saving that for Thursday, I think, when I have more brain to sort them out. I also have some videos I need to upload to youtubes, but they are too big, and my internet too slow, to get that done tonight, so. That is another job for Thursday.

If you haven’t been keeping up with my #domagick posts, you can read all about my fire magic experiments over at the Grimoire. I’ve been doing some self-transformation work, and a helluva lot of decluttering, and a lot of that work is starting to come to a close as we enter the week before the Deipnon. I plan to post more about that over here when it’s done, sort of like a summary post, but for now, go read the Grimoire for your day-by-day #domagick posts.

So, since I didn’t get around to this at Wep Ronpet, here’s a belated Equinatorial State of the Shrines for another year.

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Progress is being made

So, a few things. Mostly, things are going okay. I think the shrines have settled down into a configuration I’m happy to work with for the time being, so I’ll get on to the State of the Shrines post this week, just so that’s one less thing I need to worry about.

I’ve been posting my #domagick stuff over at the grimoire, in case anyone wants to read about my daily experiments with fire magic and self-transformation. Also decluttering. It seems to be going well so far. I’ve got about a month left or so until I’m done. It’s the only place I’m doing daily blogging right now, so feel free to head over and see what I’m doing.

I’m still working on the Shedety daybook, though I have now made a book for it, so all I need now is the calendar. I’ve started on the list of Wesir and Aset-Renenutet festivals, and once they’re done, I’ll begin combining them all, and putting the final calendar together. Then it’ll be revisions, and formatting, and once it’s all done, writing it all into my book. I’ll show it off once it’s done.

Finally, the Covenant of Hekate are running another creative project for the next month or two over on FB, and this project is to create art, to draw Hekate as you see Her. I am sorely tempted to attempt to draw, at last, the Isis-Hekate(-Mary) statue I have had stuck in my head for the past four months or so, since I have no other ideas. And it would at least stop nagging at me, so. That’s one other thing that may turn up here, or at the grimoire idk. But we’ll see. I might end up drawing something else entirely.

A List of Heru-sa-Aset festivals

This is what happens on a not-very-exciting day when I have a shiny Ancient Egyptian Daybook to trawl through. I attempt to make a list of just Heru-sa-Aset festivals. This is a somewhat more taxing task than just listing all the Heru ones, because Heru is fkn complicated.

So. I won’t claim this is in any way complete, because sorting out the Heru-sa references from the Heru-Wer references is a job that only ends in a headache for me, so. I have probably missed a few, and included some I probably shouldn’t have, but if you think you can do a better job than me, go for your life.

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Sparkadia, Mary, Sobek, and Hekate

I had thought about just adding a link to this in with a longer post, but this post took all my words out of me, so. Have a reblog instead, if you are interested in knowing where my brain has been for the last idk how long. And if you want to know about the novels that have taken over my life bwee. :D?

A Sobekatean Grimoire

Okay, so this is going to get long, and there is going to be a lot of music to listen/watch and extra stuff to read, but bear with me, it will potentially help explain where my brain has been at for the past few months. I’ve done a lot of writing, and a lot of playing around in a particular universe, and it’s not something I’ve talked much about, because it was a bit too complicated in my head, and some things were still being worked out.

But I think I’m at a point now where talking about this is not just possible, but necessary, so. This is another attempt to talk about some of my Hekate experiences, and how I’m processing them, and will cover some potentially weird territory, and a lot of fictional writing. I have, like, six years of stuff to cover before I even get to…

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FYI – Cleaning out some underused blogs

I honestly don’t know if this is the best place to post this, but it’s as good as any other of my blogs, so there you go. You’ll just have to bear with me for the moment if this isn’t relevant to your interests.

Since I have come to admit to myself that, yes, I have too many wordpress blogs and tbqh I don’t update some of them, I am taking it upon myself to go back and review the ones I have and decide how many I really need to keep around. Per Sebek is staying, the Grimoire is staying, my sashataakheru.wordpress.com blog is staying, my DP blog is staying, and the private spiritual blog is staying. Five seems like enough, right? 😄

Ones I’m going to delete are Transcience (old writing site) and Navigating The Star Forest (old druidry blog). The posts on Transcience have been imported to sashatataakheru.wordpress.com, while the druidry posts have been imported to my DP blog. I also need to do some work on my DP blog, and I’ve already reorganised all the High Day rites there, so that’s something. But anyway.

I still have nfi what to even call my sashataakheru WP blog, because it’s sort of become my catch-all for my 365albums posts, and any other random things that don’t fit anywhere else. So there you go. It is what it is. Right now, I’m just using it for 365albums, because I’m determined to get it finished this year, after starting it three years ago. But, I mean, feel free to follow it if you want to read my random shitposting about albums. I won’t even call them reviews. They are just whatever I end up writing as I’m listening to them. Sometimes, this is amazing and insightful. More often than not, it’s just shitposting and ‘this is what I’m doing while listening to this’ and the occasional ‘I can’t even remember this one why do I not write these up at the time wtf’. I am am amazing(ly shit) music blogger negl.

The Shedety Scriptorium shop blog is also going. I’m not finding it as useful as I thought I would, and the fact that Etsy integration is kind of impossible with WordPress, I’ve been playing around with other options, including Wix (I love their website editor, but I also hate it), just to see if there’s a better way of having a site for the shop outside of Etsy that isn’t going to cost me a fortune. But I’ll post more on that once I have something concrete organised and ready to go. If anyone has better suggestions than Wix, I am willing to consider them.

So yeah. That’s about it, really, for the moment. I have a few posts in the works, but then I draft a lot of things I never end up posting, so. We’ll see what happens to them, shall we? Anyway. It is WP organising day, it seems, so that’s what I’ll get back to doing.

Sobek devotional news: Announcing ‘Lord of the Carnelian Temple’

Signal boost the shit out of this plz, y/y? :D?

OKAY SO. I might have mentioned I’d put my hand up to edit a Sobek devotional anthology with Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and after a lot of work and wrangling and sorting things out, it’s all official now. I have a title and everything!

Lord of the Carnelian Temple info

Anyone who works with Sobek, or has an interest in Sobek, including Sobek-Ra (because I know there are some of you out there, too), is more than welcome to submit work for this anthology. ILU all, let’s make this happen. ❤

I’m opening submissions in July, and running it through to the end of the year, so don’t let me down! I’ll be looking to release it by March next year, if you all do your part and send me enough material. Start working on your submissions so the world can finally have a Sobek devotional. I have dreamed about putting one of these together for years, and now it’s so close. SO CLOSE. Help me finally stop dreaming about this and make it a reality. ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m still deciding on what I’m going to include, but I’m going to at least try to get all my LAGG epithet translations done so there’s as full a list as possible (even though I’m missing, like, eight pages, thanks, google books, not helpful). There will probably be at least one ritual, some hymns, and some fiction. Maybe an essay if I feel inspired enough to do that.

So yes, bring me your Sobek things!

And if anyone wants to discuss this project privately, or talk about potential submissions, before things kick off in July, hit up sobekdevotionalATgmail.com. TYVM. ❤

Di Wep Ronpet Nofret!

IDK, I was going to do my State of the Shrines update post today, because I finally redid the shrines yesterday, but I have made three drafts now, and changed the shrines up just as many times since then, so. I am taking this as a sign that I need to let things sit a while before I can show them off properly.

I will say, though, that the one thing I am doing is that I am stripping the shrines back to nothing. No tools, no candles, no incense, nothing. Just the gods. I’ve had this feeling lately that my shrines are just too full. There’s just too much stuff on them, and there’s stuff there I never use. The energy was just not right.

I always redo the shrines after Wep Ronpet anyway, so that wasn’t a problem. It did take me until yesterday to actually do that. This Wep Ronpet has had a weird energy. The Epagomenal days were weird, but I expect that. They are outside time, they’re meant to be weird. I also accidentally decided to just do my rituals for the gods on each of their birthdays, and not bother with my regular rituals. My rituals were ad-libbed, for the most part. I loosely – and lazily – followed the structure of my morning ritual, but only so far as anointing myself with oil, then offering a hymn, then water libations and finally anointing their faces with oil. Then there was meditation. I set my timer for 15 minutes, and started with two rounds of chanting using the lapis mala I made for Isis. The chants varied: Dua Wesir, Dua Heru, Dua Setekh; Ama Aset; Neh-beh-tet (slowly).

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Wep Ronpet Eve

Another year comes to a close, and to be honest, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve done my epagomenal days a bit different to how I normally do them. I have improv’d rituals, and then spent time in meditation, beginning with chanting twice around my mala, before going to meet Them.

It seemed to work very well for the most part, and I’m surprised about that, because Heru-Wer and Nebethet aren’t gods I am very familiar with, but both seemed to work out well. It’s nice to get to know Them, and Nebethet told me tonight that She liked the ritual I used, and that I should do it next year. So that’s promising.

Wesir, Aset, and Nebethet all gave me things this time round. Wesir gave me a long roll of papyrus and a pallet; while I was with Aset, I was given three snake wands; Nebethet gave me one of Her falcons (apparently She has falcons? IDK, I’ve never spoken to Her before) as a guide and companion. Heru-Wer and Set didn’t give me things, but we did talk a lot about the Contendings. Set also kept things short with me, and went off to do Night Boat duty. I watched it fly off into the horizon above me as the sunset grew deeper.

I’m not sure what I’ll do for Wep Ronpet tomorrow. I’m tempted to set the statues in the windowsill to greet the dawn, but as I’ll be off to work, and won’t have time to reset them until I get home, I think I’ll just leave them as they are and use the resetting the shrine as part of my celebrations. That, and I want to record my setup for this year before I take it down.

So, yeah, that’s how things are going for now. I might do something more detailed on the meditations when it’s not so late, and I don’t have to type on this crappy keyboard. Di Wep Ronpet Nofret for tomorrow! ❤