The Pagan Experience – Week 7 – Hermes

Deity and the Divine- This will be the third week’s topic every month and an opportunity for you to share with everyone those who guide, inspire and inform you.

I thought about using these monthly god posts to talk about all the gods I work with, but tbh, I think it’s more interesting to talk about which gods have been most present or on my mind during the month, so that’s what I’m going to do. I think that offers a better insight into my practice and what I do than just rambling on about all my gods.

So. This month, it can only be one god: Hermes.

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The Pagan Experience – Week 6 – Earth

Earth- The word “earth” has multiple meanings. What does it mean to you? How do you use its definitions to support your work?

This was another topic that made me pause, because I’ve never been a very Earth-centred pagan. Perhaps it was why Wicca never resonated with me. IDK. But mostly, I serve the gods first, and that’s what matters to me most of all. So in some way, this is another hard topic to write to, because I don’t really have much to say?

In the last few years, I have been trying to grow that connection with the landscape around me, if only so I can contextualise some of my festivals and my ritual Wheel of the Year, and plant them, and my gods, in the land around me. But, ultimately, it comes back to the gods, not the land. But perhaps it’s more complicated than that. I might have to revisit this later, and maybe talk about that connection, and how intertwined they are for me.

It is hard to forge relationships with the land, though, because I am highly aware that I am an Anglo white person living on land that was stolen by Anglo white people from the indigenous people of this country. When I started exploring druidry, ancestors, and land spirits, I was consciously aware that those ancestral land spirits might prefer it if I ignored them, because I’m not from their culture, and they might be rightly cross at a white person wanting to contact them. (Which I would totally understand.) So the most I do is offer water libations, ask for peace, and leave it at that.

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The Pagan Experience – Wk 5 – Humanity

How do you define “humanity”? What is your contribution to the collective space of humanity? How does your spiritual path support this definition and contributions?

Yep. That’s about how I feel about this topic, ngl.

Yeah, I bet you thought I’d given up on these. Ahahano. Though, I have to admit I have somewhat slacked on the last two weeks, and am only now catching up with this. It’s partly because I have had nfi what to write for this topic, and I am at the point of considering writing about how hard it was to answer the prompt, rather than writing to the prompt itself. Because I can’t bring myself to just write about something else, can I? No, because then it wouldn’t be a challenge. /stubborn Sasha is stubborn. :/

It’s not like I can’t define humanity, or anything like that, it’s just … Every draft I’ve tried to write for this has felt like it was a mess of vague generalisations and ever-so-slightly-concealed rantings, all mixed in with excessive usage of the royal We, as if I can speak for all human beings on this planet. AHAHAHANO. And I just wasn’t happy with that. And now I’ve spent another two hours writing IDK nearly 1k of ranting, and even now, I’m pondering deleting it, but whatever. It’s better than nothing. At least my next post on ‘Earth’ is less grumpy. :D? /tries to find a positive?

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Isis, Lady of Crocodiles?

Sashataakheru:

Isis and crocodiles and Sobek and Faiyum and Thinky Thoughts. Oh yes. Best way to start my morning reading.

Originally posted on Isiopolis:

Sobek, the Crocodile God Sobek, the Crocodile God

We don’t usually think of Isis in relation to crocodiles or to Sobek, the Crocodile God. Ahh, but wait. As with so much in Egyptian religion, it’s complicated. And there are more Isis-croc connections than we might at first think.

Let’s start with a bit about the crocodile itself. A Nile crocodile can reach up to twenty feet in length—and it doesn’t care what it eats. In addition to their usual diet of fish, the Nile crocodile is happy to feed on birds, wild and domestic animals—and human beings. Estimates are that as many as 200 people a year are killed by crocodiles. Crocodiles catch their prey in huge, toothy jaws and drag it underwater until the struggling stops. It is no wonder Egyptians ancient and modern fear the beast. Perhaps that fear explains why the Nile crocodile was hunted nearly to extinction in the 1940s through 60s. Today, however, they have rebounded and…

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More Festivals of Sobek

Sashataakheru:

In case anyone else is interested in Sobek festivals like I am.

Originally posted on Fiercely Bright One:

With the Lunar festivals, I don’t know if it starts on the New or Full moons. So I put both. I will find a definitive source at a later date.

1st Akhet/Thoth/August
1-Appearance of Sobek, Lord of Ombos
6-Feast of Sobek
10-Feast of Sobek
11-Festival of Sobek Shedety
12-Feasst of Sobek
18-Feast of Sobek-Ra
20-Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset

2nd Akhet/Paopi/September
2-Procession of Sobek to see His Mother Nit
3-Appearance of Sobek, Lord of Ombos

3rd Akhet/Hethara/October
7 to 25-Birth of Sobek, the Great God (19 days)
18-Strife of the Children of Geb

4th Akhet/Koiak/November
1 to 6-Procession of Sobek, Chief of Summenu, Son of Geb
4-Feast of Sobek

1 Peret/Tybi/December
3-Appearance of Sobek, Lord of Ombos
8 to 14-Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the God Sobek (7 days)

2 Peret/Mechir/January
10: Birthday of Sobek
11-Procession of Sobek

3 Peret/Pamenot/February
2 to 9-Festival of the Foundation…

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Wep Ronpet Begins With A Storm

…As did Set’s birthday last Thursday, ngl. I hope that’s not an omen of the year to come. Not sure if happy or worried if it is. :/

I haven’t done much for Wep Ronpet, actually, save an improvised room cleansing this morning. Yesterday was busier than I had planned for. Had some errands and shopping to do in the morning before a friend and I headed off to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular because free tickets from a friend of my mother’s who couldn’t go. So. That lived up to its name, and it was awesome (I think I cried most of the way through it, ngl), and then we went out for dinner, and by the time all that was done I was tired and there was no time to plan anything for Wep Ronpet, so.

I did anoint all my statues again with frankincense, just because. I also cleansed with my bells, incense, fire, and water, going east-west, then north-south, because … it seemed like the Thing to do, and I wanted to do Something other than offer water to the gods five hours or so after sunrise. I might write up that little ritual later, in case anyone else wants to play around with it.

tl;dr rambly stuff under the cut that may or may not make sense, nor have already been thought by others at some point. IDK I am playing around with things to see if they make as much sense to me as they do to someone else. Feel free to ignore them.

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The Pagan Experience – Week 4 – Altars and Shrines

Look, it’s the Feast of the Dressing today, which means it is nearly WEP RONPET, and I spent yesterday cleaning and purifying ALL THE SHRINES and ALL THE THINGS, so I could write a tl;dr post this week, so. Have a long post is long with lotsa pictures and probably more detail than you really care for as I show you exactly how many shrines I have managed to fit into a tiny ~3mx3m bedroom. :D :D :D

Also, I don’t actually have an altar, per se, but – oh. I should’ve taken a photo of my myse board, that’s the closest I get to an altar. Oh well! Next time! XD Anyway, I haven’t done a big shrine round-up post like this for a while now, I don’t think, so it’ll be good to have it all documented in the one spot. For any new readers, who’ve come here via The Pagan Experience, hi, have some new shrine photos. For everyone else, I hope this isn’t dull and repetitive. :D?

Part of why I did all the cleaning yesterday was because it is Australia Day/Invasion Day/Survival Day/January 26th, and I had a Family Gathering with +elebenty new relatives I didn’t know before because who has five branches of our family in this city? I do. And we got them all together in a house, and it was hot, and we got back at, like, 4pm, and all the energy I have right now is for posting this stuff and trying to cool down.

Anyway. There are a lot of photos here, just for anyone who might have issues with lotsa photos, though they won’t be oversized or anything. Also, long post is long, because I have a lot of shrines, and I ramble a lot. :D? Also, I took all these photos this morning using my phone camera, so apologies if they’re not that great. I was in a bit of a hurry to get them all taken before we had to leave this morning. But anyway. Have a long post with lots of words and lots of pretty shrine pictures. <3

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The Pagan Experience – Week 3 – Deities and The Divine

Deity and the Divine- This will be the third week’s topic every month and an opportunity for you to share with everyone those who guide, inspire and inform you.

First and foremost, I’m a polytheist. I don’t know how many other polytheists are doing TPE, but I’m one, at the very least. I don’t qualify that with hard vs soft polytheism, though, because I don’t find that terminology to be particularly meaningful to the way I experience the gods. The gods are separate, except when They’re not. I also don’t exclude any gods from existence, such as the Abrahamic god(s); sometimes I think ‘omnitheist’, meaning ‘all gods’ is technically more accurate than the ‘many gods’ inherent in polytheism. But that’s more a question of pedantic semantics; polytheism is useful enough for what it needs to mean for me and my practice.

Also, for those who might not be familiar with me and my practice, I am genderqueer, and this filter also affects my polytheism and the faces the gods show to me. Yeah, this does mean the gods tend to be more queer with me than they might otherwise be with someone who isn’t as queer as me, but that’s just how they are with me. I mean, even when I go to meditation to meet my gods, my body is anything from female to ambiguous to male to androgynous/hermaphroditic, and this generally changes depending on which god I’m meeting, so. :D? /on which, more later, probably.

As for the particular gods I am closest to, they would be the Egyptian gods Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset/Horus, son of Isis. I am Their hem-netjer(u), loosely translated as servant of the god(s). I am also scribe and lector priest, insomuch as my lector priesting involves keeping a ritual book, and reading from it for every ritual, even the ones I’ve memorised. I also write myths for my gods, Sobek in particular, and my heka work at the moment involves sigils and written heka. Because scribe! So anyway. Not that I’m very good at heka right now. Heru is on a mission to change that this year. So we’ll see what happens with that.

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I finally found a naos!

Sure, it needs a bit of work, but that's where it's going. It's the perfect size and shape for that spot.

Sure, it needs a bit of work, but that’s where it’s going. It’s the perfect size and shape for that spot.

I have to admit, I’ve been consciously, and unconsciously, looking for the right naos for many, many years now. I tried lots of different things, and looked at many different boxes/cabinets, but nothing ever really felt like it was the right thing. I looked at new cabinets, a specially built naos, building one myself, and kept looking at every single wall cabinet/box/shelf/etc I found at op shops, just in case I found one that would work. And today, I finally found that box. :D

It cost me $15 at one of the local Salvos stores (we have a few near us), and yes, it needs some work. One of the drawers broke, though only to the extent that all I needed to do was glue it back together this afternoon. I also need to give it another clean to get rid of all the dust, and see if I can get the middle shelf out. It also needs a little something on the base to stabilise it, since I want it to be free-standing, not balanced for hanging on a wall, so I can open and close the doors without having to hold it steady. Then it’ll be painted; black, with gold glyphs etc. Maybe some copper. Then a final gloss varnish. I’m hoping to have it done for Wep Ronpet in a few weeks’ time.

And, yeah, the doors aren’t solid, but I like that. Also, you can’t really tell from the angle, but it’s only about 6.5cm/2.5in deep. It’s really narrow. But since the shrine space I have is limited, the less I have on there, the better, so I’ve got more room to work. Sure, I can’t fit big statues in it, but the statues aren’t the important thing. I can paint a proper Sobek/Heru Shedety thing on the back that would cost more than I have to commission someone to make into a statue. Something that’s peticular to my gods and how I see Them. That, to me, is more important than statues.

So yeah. I have a naos to customise now. Woo! This is gonna be fun. I’m going to enjoy bringing this thing to life, since it looked so sad and unloved in the shop. It was dusty, and there were a few stray cobwebs, and yeah, a drawer was broken. :( But it’s otherwise sound and solid, and now it is my naos. :D

The Pagan Experience – Week 2 – Personal Practice

Wk 2- Jan. 12- Personal Practice- Share your favorite spiritual/magickal practices. What tools are incorporated into your daily practice? What feeds you and replenishes you?

My first answer is my daily rituals. Going to shrine first thing, when my head is still hazy with sleep, and saying the words I’ve said many times before, and feeling that call to awakeness, and tasting that first sip of water to break my fast, an offering to the gods. That moment of peace once I have offered light, water, the sound of bells, and incense, and just standing back in the silence. To feel that soft cool caress of the last vestiges of the night air on the breeze through my window as I stand before the shrine, and that liminal moment where the heat moves in and oppresses the chill. Feeling both Sobek’s farewell, and Heru’s return, in that soft, intermingling air. That moment of peace, knowing Set has triumphed, and Ra has survived another night.

And then, in the utter stillness of the late evening, when the house is silent, and the air is wonderfully cool on my skin, to be at shrine again, and calling to Sobek. Offering light, and water, and bells, and incense, into that silent peace. To offer precious water in the middle of summer, here in Australia, and understanding, much like the ancient Egyptians, just how precious it could be in a hot climate. Sobek’s coolness washes through the night, waves crashing over me, bringing peace and safety. I have watched the dancing candle flame reflected in the waters of the libation bowl, and felt the kiss of the gods upon my lips.

That daily cycle, breathing in and breathing out, the silence and stillness, is what replenishes me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.