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.

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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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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. 😀

I have been making all the beads

Apparently it is prayer bead making season. I’ve made all of the above over the past fortnight or so. Which is good, I guess, because I sort of felt like I’d been making all the other things, and didn’t have enough prayer beads around. So I made some. Quite a lot.

The left photo shows prayer beads for Poseidon, Mars the Centurion, Hephaistos, the Dark Goddess (whoever She is), two for Isis, two for Heru, and one for Sobek. The set for Mars followed His guidelines for it. It had to have 100 beads for 100 soldiers, plus one for Himself as their centurion, and the red tassle, which echoed the helmet of a Roman soldier. Poseidon’s set was made with the sense of capturing the colours of the stormy sea; it has an unofficial title of the Rage of Poseidon.

The set made for the Dark Goddess wasn’t a set I was planning to make, but I found the beads all together in a little bag in my bead box, and wondered who I’d planned to make it for onceuponatime. I decided to string them anyway and not waste them, and the energy I got suggested a name of The Dark Goddess, whoever She is. She may be Hekate, or Kali, or the Morrigan, or some sort of darker death deity energy like that. I have no idea who. But that’s the perception I got as I was making it.

The second photo shows some of the more recent creations. With the exception of the rose quartz set, the other beads are for Sobek. The rose quartz beads were guided by Hekate; She said it is a set for healing, love, and peace. It is made with rose quartz and amethyst.

The other sets for Sobek are experiments, playing around with structures that could be used for a set prayer. I had a request for something like this over at Per Sebek, and thought I’d have a go and see what I could come up with. I wrote a prayer that might be used with the beads last week, and this was me trying to design some beads to go with it. I think I’ll refrain from listing those Sobek beads just yet, while I iron out the kinks in the prayer and how to use them, but they will turn up eventually. I want to spend some time using them myself, just to see how well it works, and figure out the best way to format the prayer, and make any tweaks to it, before I decide how I’m going to include it, and print it it out. I’ll probably post some more about that as I work on it, but that’s the plan, to have a set of beads for Sobek that go with a set prayer, if that’s the sort of thing you work well with.

Anyway, I have more things to do, and I want to get some of those beads listed this weekend, just so they’re up. I have a few things to retake photos of, but other than that, it’s a matter of sitting down and getting the work done.

New: Portable Shrine Kit – Kemetic Shrine Kit – Offering Table Lid – White and Gold

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I have been experimenting with votive offering tables for a while now, and I think this is the one that is rendered best. Perhaps it is because I drew it with a paint marker, rather than with actual paint. I can see where my strengths lie.

This, and another three boxes, I got at my op shop. $1 each. They’ve scrubbed up nicely, I think. Also, it’s not visible and I forgot to add it to the listing, but the felt backing for the altar tile is black. But anyway. The paint marker is shiny af, and I want to play around with that some more. I like the effect.

This is a small portable shrine kit designed for Kemetic pagans, polytheists, and assorted other Kemetic types. The box itself is made of papier mache, painted white, with gold paint marker along the edge of the lid. The inside is also painted with gold acrylic paint. The box has been varnished to give it a protective, glossy coat to protect it from damage.

The box measures 11cm x 11 cm x 4 cm, or 4.3in x 4.3in x 1.6in.

The lid, drawn on with gold metallic paint marker, is an original design inspired by the ancient offeirng tables, and enables the box itself to be used as a mini altar for ritual, if a small shrine is all you can use.

The design has the hieroglyph for heaven/sky at the top, an ankh in the middle, and the hieroglyph for offering at the bottom. Between them are renderings of pots for offering water or beer, tiny incense burners, the glyph for water, and the two circles represent offering bread. In this way, the offerings represented can be used as votive offerings, perpetually given to the gods if you aren’t in a position to offer physical offerings due to travel or other situations.

It is small and light enough to use as a portable shrine, and there is room to add other items, or to take them out and completely customise what it contains to suit your own needs. It can also be used as a mini shrine on its own, if you do not have much room.

In this kit, you will receive:
– 1 painted box, that fits everything in the kit inside it.
– 1 gold altar tile, depicting an ankh, ma’at feathers, and four stars in black, with a felt back
– 1 small white offering dish
– 4 mini myrrh incense cones
– 2 tealights

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you’re interested in purchasing this shrine kit, please see the listing on etsy.

New: Portable Egyptian Shrine Kit with Prayer Beads

Kemetic shrine kit with prayer beads

I think this is one of the first shrine kits I put together, and it’s been hanging around, not entirely finished, until now. I kept changing my mind on what to include in it, but I think this is a good set, so I’m finally getting it listed.

This is a small portable shrine kit designed for Egyptian pagans and polytheists. The box itself is a wooden craft box, painted gold on the outside, and a dusky pink on the inside, both colours signifying the importance of solar gods to the people of Egypt.

It is light enough to take it with you if you’re going away, or doing outside ritual, but could also work as a small shrine for those who need something inconspicuous, as there are no symbols or markings on the outside of the box to indicate what it is. It can also be used as a shrine piece in its own right for an inside altar, or as a storage box for other items.

This kit isn’t designed for a particular god, but could work well for Horus or Ra, or even Isis, or any other Egyptian solar god, though there is always room to add in your own items to make this kit your own if there is a particular deity you wish to honour with this kit.

In this kit, you will receive:
– 1 painted box, that fits everything in the kit inside it.
– 1 Eye of Horus 9cm round painted altar tile
– 1 Eye of Horus incense burner, made from air-drying clay
– 1 small white offering dish
– 1 set of prayer beads, made from lapis lazuli, goldstone, tiger eye, and moonstone, with a pewter ankh charm
– 4 mini frankincence incense sticks
– 2 tealights
– 2 mini corked jars for salt or herbs or granular incense

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you’re interested in purchasing this kit, please see the Etsy listing here.

New: Altar Tiles – Mercury, Ma’at, Three Hallows

Three of six new altar tiles have been added to the shop! I got inspired by the 70c wooden coasters I could get at Bunnings, and painted them up. I used a gold paint marker for the designs, though I painted them and put the felt on the back, before I’d decided what each tile was going to be used for. So some of the colours don’t match up. But I’ll do it the other way around next time, I promise. 😉

The other three altar tiles will go up once I get around to retaking photos of them that aren’t blurry.

Hermes-Mercury altar tile
Diameter: 3.54 in; 9cm

This black and gold altar tile shows the planetary symbol for Mercury, and can be used for magical, alchemical, or devotional purposes, as part of a shrine for Mercury or Hermes. Mercury has associations with communication, commerce, and travel.

The tile measures 9 cm/3.54 inches, and suits smaller shrines or portable altar kits. It has a light green felt backing and is varnished to protect it from damage.

If you’re interested in purchasing this altar tile, see the listing on Etsy here.

Ma’at altar tile
Diameter: 3.54 in; 9cm

This is a simple black and gold altar tile, suitable for smaller Kemetic shrines and portable kits. This tile has the outline of the feather of Ma’at, the goddess to whom even the gods answer. Ma’at is a central concept in Kemetic religion, and is said to be the power that holds the world together. It is also sometimes translated as justice or balance or order, though these are imprecise.

This altar tile measures 9 cm/3.54 inches in diameter. It has a light green felt backing and is varnished to protect it from damage.

If you’re interested in purchasing this altar tile, see the listing on Etsy here.

Three Hallows altar tile
Diameter: 3.54 in; 9cm

This altar tile has an original design, showing the druidic Three Hallows of Fire, Well, and Tree. It has a slight Hellenic inspiration, though it can be used on any druidic shrine. The Three Hallows make up the druidic cosmology, and are usually incorporated in some way on many druid shrines.

This altar tile is black and gold, with the design hand-drawn with a gold paint marker. The tile measures 9 cm/3.54 inches, and suits smaller shrines or portable altar kits. It has a yellow felt backing and is varnished to protect it from damage.

If you’re interested in purchasing this altar tile, see the listing on Etsy here.