Myth: Sobek Shedety, He Who Rises Like Ra

I’ve been contemplating Shedety myths, and this idea of Sobek rising out of the lake like Ra, of being renewed in the waters before rising at dawn. I find it to be very beautiful imagery, and I’ve been thinking about it mostly because I started writing this other story, set in an alternate universe, where Egypt has been invaded and all the temples and priests are being destroyed. The one that’s left is one of Sobek’s, and His priests decide to escape, refusing to let their gods die with them.

And so along with that comes the development of what Sobek Shedety’s cult and worship would look like. What the rituals would look like. What other gods would be with Him. What stories would shape the way they see the world. And this idea of Sobek as Ra resonated, and it’s been sitting with me ever since.

And so I come to this myth. I’ve been working on what I will refer to as a Book of Shadows, for lack of a better conceptual description for it, and I wanted to include not just the Celestial Twins myth, but also one for Shedet, because even in three years, that’s how far my cosmology has shifted, so. This is what I ended up writing. I’ve only made minor edits in the process of typing it up; otherwise, it’s as it was originally written.

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Cosmology and Practice

Apologies for the radio silence of late. I’ve been working, and I’ve been sick, and I haven’t had enough mental energy to think of anything substantial to update about. I do have some things I do need to post about, but they’re not quite ready yet. In the meantime, this is a post about cosmology and how it relates to my practice. I wrote it for the Kemetic study group formed over at The Cauldron, and I’m posting it here for posterity, and so others can have a read of it.

Usual caveats that I’m not a reconstructionist, and this is just my weird way of making things work apply. Definitely not a scholarly piece by any stretch of the imagination. This is ~4k words of anecdata. Treat it as such.

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T is for Telling Stories

In some ways, I feel this is an odd thing to write about, as it isn’t something I do very often. I’m not just talking about mythology, either. I’m talking about new stories, mythological fanfiction, if you will. Because I feel it’s something I should do, in the sense of making new stories and making old stories more approachable. That, and Sobek hasn’t got a lot of mythology about Him, and I’d like to rectify that.

And now I feel really pompous for saying that, but I feel like it’s such a natural thing to do, to tell stories about the Gods to show what They’re like. That’s pretty much what mythology is.

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Sobek’s Parentage and the Nine Elements

Not a PBP post right now, that’s coming later on in the day, but a post on something related to my Nine Elements post from last week. And Sobek. And my creation mythos.

Because, see, Henadology’s page on Sobek talks about the only name for Sobek’s father that exists: Senuy, the two brothers. Nit, of course, is His mother. I remember reading that and realising I’d seen Senuy around somewhere before, elsewhere, but couldn’t quite remember where. But it was about Sobek somehow.

With my Nine Elements system, Tem, Nit, and Amun are all involved, too, as representatives of the primordial creative potential in the world. Sobek shares some of this power too, but He comes from Them. And it got me thinking, who are these two brothers? Why would Sobek have three parents?

I was thinking about this yesterday, and went on a walking meditation around the suburb with my music going, trying to figure it out. It seems really obvious now that I think about it. But of course it was a (UPG) reference to Tem and Amun. I’m not claiming any historical truth that They’re brothers, or that I have stumbled upon the One Truth about Sobek’s parents, but for me, this makes sense. It fits in with how I see the world.

Zero, One, and Infinity combine to create/give birth to/reveal Sobek and Heru-sa. Sobek needs to be born first so Xe can tend to Harpocrates within the Cosmic Egg. Sobek sparks the birth of the first Sun. And thus, Creation happens. Or something to that effect. (I may need to rewrite the myth, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.)

The parallels with Castor and Pollux are kind of here too. But I’m not quite at the point where I can really articulate those properly yet. I can see them, I feel like I’m close to grasping it, but I’m not quite there yet. Even if it’s just UPG, it’s still making sense of the world for me, and making my worldview complete, so it’s important for me to figure out. I doubt They’d have sent me off trying to figure this out if it wasn’t important to my path.

I think I might stop my musings here for the moment. I feel like I’ve got my head in the stars, looking at the Big Bang for the first time, and I need to stop and have lunch. And do some housecleaning. And try to digest this Mystery and what it means.

An Account of Creation by Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset

A/N: Written for the prompt ‘myth’ for AU bingo round two; and also because Sobek told me to. This is my/His version of creation; it isn’t an authentic Egyptian myth, but it is inspired by them.

Creation:
An Account of the Creation of the Cosmos
by Sobek the Crocodile God, and His Twin/Son Heru-sa-Aset, the Shining Sun.

At first, there was nothingness. It is easy to imagine it as pure darkness, but that is not entirely accurate. It is easy to think of it as dark matter, but that is not entirely accurate either. It is matter, in a manner of speaking, and yet it is nothingness. The Creator had created Zirself, had come into being by thought alone, and now the Creator existed in the nothingness of space, from nothingness into nothingness.
The Creator did not yet have a name. At least, Zie did not have a name or form that had been revealed. The Creator knew it in Zir heart, but did not speak it. The sound was not to be heard yet, so it was hidden away. Zie was the Hidden One1.
At the centre of this nothingness sat the great Cosmic Egg2, which had been laid moments after the Creator had come into existence. It contained the Creator’s twinned spirit, Zir child, and Zie would tend to it with dedication and care until it was time for Zir to be born.

For a long time, and for a moment of time, this was all that existed. Until the Egg hatched.

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