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.

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K is for Kwan Yin

will do. At least there won’t be a 5k post about Hir. 😉 I’ll also admit to using the ‘Kwan Yin’ translation, rather than Guanyin or Quan Yin, if only because I was srsly lacking K topics to write about that I hadn’t already covered elsewhere. If it helps, Sie is known as Kannon in Japan, so K isn’t so ridiculous.

I’m not sure when exactly it was I stumbled across Kwan Yin. I honestly can’t remember. But what I do remember is reading over one of Hir myths, about why Sie wanted to remain on Earth with the people, and it really touched me. I can’t find the website anymore, but it still resonates. That Sie would not go back until Sie’d helped everyone obtain enlightenment. There’s something about that I love, even though I am not one of Hir children.

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Prayer Beads

String of beads like a rosary in blue, red, and cream segments, with a brown metal ankh pendant at the end

A string of prayer beads for Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset, and also for Nit-Tem-Amun. The red beads are for Sobek/Nit, the blue beads are for Tem, and the cream beads are for Amun/Heru-sa-Aset.

I redid my old prayer beads last night and rejigged them into something more fitting to my path. The one above was meant to be just for Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset as the Celestial Twins (hence the crocodile and Eye pendants), but I also got nudged that they also belong to Nit-Tem-Amun, too  (Don’t worry, there’ll be a Pagan Blog Project post on Them in due course). There’s no particular set of prayers for it, though. I was more considering using them for adorations, or for meditation/quiet shrine time.

I actually made two more sets, one for Aset/Isis, and another for the Horned Goddess. I want to make another set for Hekate too, but I need some more red and black beads. All three sets are arranged in groups of nine and then a spacer bead.

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H is for the Horned Goddess

I know I talked about the Horned Goddess a little in my post on Gender, Queerness, and the Gods a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to expand on this some more and perhaps delve a little deeper into who She is and why She might be here now. I originally posted some of these things to my Dreamwidth journal a week or so ago, but I wanted to post them here too and expand on them, so that more people can read about Her. She wants me to talk about Her, to make sure other queer and trans* pagans know about Her. I can’t keep this to myself anymore. So you’re getting a post about Her instead of a post about Hekate like I had originally planned.
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G is for Gender, Queerness, and the Gods

I’ve had this image of a Goddess in my head for a few weeks now. She came to me in the midst of a Beltaine fire. The only name for Her I have is the Horned Goddess.   She is – one of Her breasts has scars/marks on it; it has both been removed and built at the same time. The other is untouched. Her genitals are of indeterminate gender, female, but also male, and neither at the same time. But She has wide hips and a feminine appearance, as well as large stag antlers on Her head. She wanted me to draw Her; which I managed, I think, in this sketch. (NSFW; She is naked, after all.) (Black background is for contrast; it’s not a great scan.)

She is some sort of transgendered Goddess, some sort of strange forest Goddess who seems to embrace all sorts of forms of Femininity, not just those who have been born female. (I suspect She may be a bit more queer than just female, but I have nothing to support this at the moment.) I find Her incredibly intriguing, and I don’t know if She’s a totally new Goddess, or an older Goddess in disguise. But She keeps on hanging around on the fringes of my mind, and I have no idea what She might want. That She came to me in connection with Beltaine, the one Sabbat I find very hard to get my head around as a genderqueer pagan, I don’t think is a coincidence.

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