Hello! So I have been working on a possible sketchy draft outline for what I might include in this Sobek devotional. I want it to be more than just a collection of prayers and rituals. I want it to include things like, how to build a relationship with Him, and how to even build a regional cultus when all you have is one book, and a sketchy handful of articles. Something that explores and talks about how I built my practice up to where it is now.
IDK if that’s of any interest to anyone else, but IDK if there’s much else available for anyone else looking to build regional cultus, and even just to build a relationship with Sobek. And I keep talking about Sobek, like it’s just Him, but it’s really not. It’s Sobek and Heru and Isis and Renenutet and Wesir and Nit and it’s all a bit messy. On which, more later.
And, tbh, if I’m going to write a book like that, I feel like I should make sure I’m including all the things people would actually find useful? I’m never entirely sure what people want to know about worshipping Sobek until they ask, with the general exceptions of ‘how do I even start’ and ‘offerings???’, so getting any feedback on that would be great.
I’ll put my draft, definitely not set in stone, outline below the cut. Feel free to make suggestions or tear it apart or whatever. And feel free to pass it on to interested parties, if you know of anyone who’d be interested in a Sobek devotional like this. I may also put in a final section for other people’s devotional works, if that even wants to be a thing, just because, well. Other people worship Sobek as well, and this might be easier than trying to crowd-source enough material for an entire devotional anthology without resorting to filling half of it with my own stuff. But like I said, so much of this is a sketchy draft outline and honing it down into something I can begin to work on is the next step.
Table Of Contents: (outline, draft)
My history with Sobek
Sobek and Heru
Other gods in my practice idk
Service and priesthood
Sobek’s cult, and His importance in Shedet
Temples and cultus
Sobek and Heru
Sobek and Heru and Aset-Renenutet
Festivals and holy days – calendar and WoTY
Developing a regional cultus
Source material and its limitations
The creation of myth and ritual
The importance of UPG, Discernment, and trusting your instincts
What practice looks like
How Sobek and Heru created the universe
Sobek as protector of Aset and Heru
Sobek as Heru, avenging His father Wesir
Sobek as Heru’s consort
Making the connection
The importance of record keeping
Building a shrine
Altar or shrine?
Do you need a naos? No, you don’t
Tools and equipment
Temple rites are not mandatory
Morning and evening devotions
A simple rite of offering
The solstices and the equinoxes
The birthday of Sobek
The Mysteries of Wesir
Hymns and prayers
Other Devotions idk
Full list of epithets
IDK, I have never put together a book like this before, and I’m hardly someone who has any experience teaching things to others. But idk this feels like the sort of book it needs to be, and any help shaping into something great and useful at this initial stage will be greatly appreciated. Arguably, it’s probably easier to make a better book if I can get the outline sorted, so I don’t waste time writing things that aren’t as useful to people. But maybe that’s just me idk.
I don’t really want it to be a straight Kemetic 101 book, but at the same time, it should have rituals and practices and advice for those who are seeking Sobek, because I’ve corresponded with a number of people about that, and having a concrete resource that puts it all together I feel would be really useful? But idk. If you have any better ideas, throw them my way. 🙂