Sobek Devotional PSA: Send your submissions in!

We’re closing in on the last six weeks-ish or so of the submission period, so if you’ve been working on submissions, or been thinking about it, now’s the time to send them in! Submissions will close on Dec 31st!

I’ve had a few more submissions in over the last month, including one short story, but I need more! Send in your art, your stories, your essays, your rituals, whatever you want, as long as it’s a devotional piece about Sobek.

If you need ideas, or are looking for inspiration, feel free to browse the 30 Days of Sobek posts, or the blog here in general, and see if anything takes your fancy. ❤

Remember: This anthology can’t happen without your submissions! So send me what you’ve got, and let’s make this anthology happen! 😀

Check out the Call for Submissions page for more information, and spread the word!

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October and Sobek Devotional Updates

So, it’s been a bit of a quiet month. I’ve been working through some more personal work, and my self-transformation stuff with Quanyin. I am also now a Sau apprentice, which is a course I’ve wanted to study for over a decade now. So between that, my new work schedule, potential covenmeet stuff and new witchy friends, and my 108 prayers, I’ve had a busy month. Hopefully, I will post a bit more this month, now that things are beginning to settle down.

In terms of the Sobek Devotional, I am still looking for more submissions! I have received one essay (that I need to edit), and one piece of art, this month, but I still need more. So if you’re planning to submit anything, please let me know, and get working on it. We’re at the halfway point now. Submissions will close at the end of the year, so don’t put it off! I really want this devotional to succeed, but I can’t do that without your help!

Contact me here, or email sobekdevotional@gmail.com to chat about it if you have something in mind, or to send me your submissions. ❤ ❤ ❤

 

Wisdom from Sobek

“If you do not go out and see the world, you will not know what to bring back to the temple.”

This was part of a longer conversation about priesting roles and How To Temple. I’ve been diving back into the Book of the Faiyum recently, and pondering what all of that means, and how to make sense of it when I don’t have a full translation. And how the Ogdoad is really caught up in all that mythology in a way I hadn’t really appreciated before, and I find that very intriguing.

And so tonight I was pondering the old temples and priesthoods, and how to do that work today. He showed me one of the temples, and we stayed in the outer courtyard. There were a lot of people milling around, making their own prayers. Sobek said it was no good mysticing my way too high into the sanctuary if it meant I forgot what ordinary people brought to Him. And He reminded me that priests back then weren’t full time priests, and that neither should we be, as modern priests. If you need a day job, so be it. And He suggested spending one season a year doing work outside the temple. Do your magic for others, do community-building work, do volunteering, do whatever work comes to you. And then take that back to the temple.

So that’s giving me a lot to chew on right now as I ponder how to wrangle this priesting thing into order and make it fit with everything else I’m being called to do. And I don’t think this is a terrible idea, either. I think it’s a good idea to spend some time each year doing more practical out-in-the-community work for a while to focus on others and see what needs doing, and not just spend all your time up in your head. It’s a grounding thing. So I might have to look at how to make that work for me, because I can see real value in that, if I do it right. But I thought I’d share in case it causes anyone else to have a ponder, too.

Sobek Devotional Update

So we’re two months in and I’ve got a bunch of hymns, and a couple of things I’m waiting on. I’m really looking forward to putting all this together, so if you’re working on something and plan to send me any submissions, please let me know, so I can get a better idea of what this thing is going to look like as it comes together. I don’t mind if you’re not done yet, but I’d like to begin figuring out how to organise this anthology, so the more I know about what’s coming in, the better.

I’m still working on a couple of mine. I think I might flesh out and re-edit the silly piece of fiction I wrote for my 30 days of Sobek, just for something different, and I’m also working on a Sobek pathworking, for anyone who’s interested in having something like that at their disposal. I might also include some of the prayers I’m writing for my 108 Prayers project, since there’s some nice ones in there already.

I’m still deciding on the essays I want to write. I’m hesitating because I don’t think I’m much of an academic scholar when it comes to Sobek stuff. I just tend to fumble along and find what I can and cobble it together into whatever seems to work. But I do want to write something on the Faiyum at the very least, and I might write something about the Sobek-Heru thing. Though with a Heru devotional in the works as well, I might be able to make a few things for that, too.

Anyway. That’s about where things are on the devotional front. We’ve got four months left until the call for submissions closes, so you’ve still got time to get something together. If you want to chat about your submissions or ask any questions, email sobekdevotional@gmail.com plz and thank you. ❤

ART: Ithyphallic mummiform Nit/Neith

Based on a conversation over at The Cauldron, and our ponderings of ithyphallic and mummiform gods, and pondering also why no goddesses are portrayed as mummiform. Sekhmet-Min is a handwavey syncretic case idk but that’s the only example I can find, except for that one picture of ithyphallic Nit that I’m not sure is Nit, but I can’t find anything else.

Anyway. I made some Artz. And Nit made me do it properly because of course She did. I traced the basic outline from an image of Wesir I found in a book and modded up the rest. Coloured with watercolours, and yes I forgot to erase the pencil lines, that is how long it has been since I have watercoloured. >_>

Big picture is big and also has Cock so. I will muse on it under the cut.

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The 108 Prayers Project

So I’m currently working through the Rituals for Transformation book at the moment as part of a lot of transformation and change work I’ve been doing this year, and while I’m not going to share the journalling work, I am, for some daft reason, writing a prayer/hymn/etc for each day. And for some other daft reason, I’m posting them all on tumblr: https://108prayers.tumblr.com/

I’m not giving myself any restrictions on length or topic or structure or whatever. The aim is just to write and reflect and see what I come up with. I’m sure if I come up with any good ones, I’ll post them over here, but a lot of this is personal stuff, rather than devotional, so I’m keeping it in a separate place for now. I’m not really looking for feedback or concrit, either. They’re just daily things that my brain comes up with, and in the interests of accountability, I’m letting you all know about it here. So if you’re at all interested in seeing what I come up with, feel free to give it a follow.

The first time I visited Bakhu

I was sure I’d posted this meditation log already, but apparently not. Either way, this is from the Greystone Path work I did back in 2013? Something like that. This exercise was to create a mental landscape, to imagine it in your mind, as a way to introduce us to visualisation. The instruction was to imagine we were stading in a meadow at dawn (and not a generic field of wheat as it became in my mind), and to imagine the rest from there.

I’d never had much success with visualisation before, but something about this really worked for me, and I had this whole world open up for me that I hadn’t even been aware of before. I suppose some would call it astral stuff, but I waver on that point, because my work there never goes beyond Bakhu, so I don’t really know what else might be out there, except for that one pathway to Wesir’s hall in the Duat that I went to once. I don’t really travel elsewhere, this tends to me my meeting place instead, where I go to meet gods, and where gods come to meet me. That seems to be how it works, and it works well for me.

So, inspired by a thread over at The Cauldron, I thought I’d share that very first imagining, when Bakhu came alive for me for the first time. In some ways, it’s changed a lot since then, but in many others, it’s very much the same as I describe below. It’s very colour-coded in a lot of ways. Sometimes, it’s always night time, and a full moon rises over the water. And there are a lot more temples there now than there was at the beginning. A LOT more. XD But I thought I’d share, in case anyone else finds this of interest, too.

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Shrine Updates, August 2017

So it’s been a bit of a quiet month, but that’s okay. There’s been a lot of prep work and putting things into place and sorting things out and trying some other things out, too. The last two days have been very Spring-like: warm and sunny and nice. I got into a bit of a cleaning mood, and have spent the time redoing my shrines, and my spaces, doing a little decluttering, and moving a few things around so they work better for me. I think I’ve also decided on at least one piece of fiction to include in the anthology, it will just need some work and editing and world-building first.

There’s a part of me that just wants to ramble on about the shrines, but honestly, I feel like I’ve written too much about them and I’d just be repeating myself. But I made some videos, so take a look at them, and I’ll ramble about them just a little.

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PSA: Send me things for the Sobek Devotional!

We’re a month in and I’ve had some submissions so far, but I would love to have more. If anyone’s thinking of submitting something, please send it in! This devotional can’t happen without your submissions, so please get in touch.

sobekdevotionalATgmail.com <— SEND ME THINGS

If anyone has any rituals, prayers, artwork, fiction, essays, or other ideas they want to run past me, get in touch! They don’t need to be perfect, I can help you edit them, but please, send me your work! I’d love to see as many of us Sobek devotees represented in this anthology as possible. 😀

Do it for Sobek. Send me things to make this happen. Do it!

sobekdevotionalATgmail.com <– SEND ME THINGS

Reblog, pass it on to all the Sobek kids you know, send it around the interwebs. Let’s make this happen. 😀

Festival of the Half Month success

Look, it’s the full moon, it’s technically half a month in a lunar cycle, so what the hell. Thought I’d give the ritual a try to see how it goes. Clearly it worked, as I had Bast chatting to me constantly in meditation. Khonsu, too, feels a lot like Amun, but there was definitely a strength there, too. He and Bast danced on the shores of Bakhu. They were having a great time.

Djehuty just sat beside me and watched it all. I’d forgotten how much I love His quiet, knowing presence, even if His mental voice has now shifted for me into a old slightly grumpy slightly posh British dude. He did find that amusing. I haven’t actively included Him in my rituals for a very long time, other gods kept stealing all my time, but it’ll be nice to get back to doing ritual with Djehuty. I miss Him.

Bast gave me some choice advice about ancestors and kings and just going to shrine to talk to them every day. She said a whole lot of other things, too, but those are the things I remember most.

Khonsu said He wanted me to do ritual for Him at the full moons, too. That’s His time. Which makes me wonder about sticking to the lunar cycles for now, just while I work on the rest of the calendar, and then I’ll only have one half-month to worry about.

Anyway. It’s late, and I should head to bed, but I wanted to at least write about this ritual, since it seemed to go so well. Looking forward to trying out the rest of my household rituals and seeing how they settle into my practice.