Here, have an entry that’s not about the Sobek Devotional

Gods, it’s been a good, but crazy year. A lot’s happened. Like A LOT. I guess this is what I get for picking ‘courage’ as my word of the year. I can’t remember the last thing I talked about, but it’s been a relatively quiet end of the year, in terms of spiritual stuff. There’s a lot of ongoing internal work, and a lot of plans and other things that are taking time to develop and grow.

Things I have been focusing on lately are self-love and self-care. I don’t know if this would’ve come up had I not been shifting into a femme mood all year, but perhaps. Perhaps this is just the mindset I need to really dig into this work and make it happen. See, the problem with being a well-adjusted and functioning human being is that you don’t think you need self-care because what the hell, you just get by. I’m resilient. I can handle this. And yeah, most of the time, I can. But this is something that goes deeper, and in a lot of ways, it’s hard to express. But it’s part of that thing, you can’t love others if you don’t love yourself, yeah? It’s to do with that.

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PSA: Sobek Devotional – LAST DAY TO SUBMIT

Okay, so technically, it’s nearly 2018 here in Australia, but I’ll be a bit wobbly with the timing because time zones. BUT STILL.

If you have sent something in and haven’t received a reply (or you asked about something and I never got back to you), let me know!

If you know you are definitely going to submit something but it’s not quite done, send me an email to let me know I need to wait on you!

sobekdevotional@gmail.com <— I will 100% stop nagging once 2018 hits, but until then, SEND ME THINGS. 😀

I have received so many amazing submissions, and I can’t wait to begin to put this all together for you all, so you can see how amazing it is too. Thank you to everyone who shared and spread the word and sent me things, and helped make this go better than I could have imagined. ❤

PSA: Last few days to get your Sobek Devotional submissions in!

That’s right, we’re down to the last four days! If you’ve got anything at all you want to submit to the devotional, SEND IT IN NOW –> sobekdevotional@gmail.com

DO IT.

Submissions close on Dec 31st, that’s your last chance to get your work included in the anthology! Spread this far and wide, and get your submissions in now!

PSA: Final Month for Sobek Devotional Submissions!

Yes, you heard it. Now NaNo’s over, I can devote all my creative energy to getting this thing finished. So, this is your ONE MONTH LEFT* warning, so if you’re planning to submit to the devotional, do so before DECEMBER 31ST!

This is a stupid busy time for everyone, regardless of what holidays you celebrate, so if it’s on your list of things to do, send your submissions in sooner rather than later to make sure they get in on time. I’d love to make this devotional anthology a success, and I need your submissions to make that happen.

I have a few pieces I need to get back to people about, so if you’re waiting on me, sorry, NaNo ate my brain. D: For everyone else, send me things! Stories, prayers, hymns, rituals, essays, art, it’s all good.

SEND THEM HERE —> sobekdevotionalATgmail.com

DO IT NOW. DO IT FOR SOBEK.

Detailed info on the call for submissions is here. I’ll post again around Christmas just to give you your final warnings, but if you’re planning on submitting and you haven’t yet, get to it! Spread the word and make sure you get involved. This is gonna be one amazing anthology, and I’d hate for anyone to miss out on being a part of it. ❤

Hopefully, once this is over, and I have enough submissions to carry on, I can stop nagging you all for things and get back to my regular posting, which I have been terrible at for the past couple of months. I should update you about that at some point. Sorry. It’s been a weird end of the year and I need to figure out how to talk about that in coherent ways. :/

* three and a half weeks, but whose counting? D:

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!

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.