The Pagan Experience – Week 4 – Altars and Shrines

Look, it’s the Feast of the Dressing today, which means it is nearly WEP RONPET, and I spent yesterday cleaning and purifying ALL THE SHRINES and ALL THE THINGS, so I could write a tl;dr post this week, so. Have a long post is long with lotsa pictures and probably more detail than you really care for as I show you exactly how many shrines I have managed to fit into a tiny ~3mx3m bedroom. 😀 😀 😀

Also, I don’t actually have an altar, per se, but – oh. I should’ve taken a photo of my myse board, that’s the closest I get to an altar. Oh well! Next time! XD Anyway, I haven’t done a big shrine round-up post like this for a while now, I don’t think, so it’ll be good to have it all documented in the one spot. For any new readers, who’ve come here via The Pagan Experience, hi, have some new shrine photos. For everyone else, I hope this isn’t dull and repetitive. :D?

Part of why I did all the cleaning yesterday was because it is Australia Day/Invasion Day/Survival Day/January 26th, and I had a Family Gathering with +elebenty new relatives I didn’t know before because who has five branches of our family in this city? I do. And we got them all together in a house, and it was hot, and we got back at, like, 4pm, and all the energy I have right now is for posting this stuff and trying to cool down.

Anyway. There are a lot of photos here, just for anyone who might have issues with lotsa photos, though they won’t be oversized or anything. Also, long post is long, because I have a lot of shrines, and I ramble a lot. :D? Also, I took all these photos this morning using my phone camera, so apologies if they’re not that great. I was in a bit of a hurry to get them all taken before we had to leave this morning. But anyway. Have a long post with lots of words and lots of pretty shrine pictures. ❤

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The New Year Beckons

Wep Ronpet Preparations - Children of Nut and Geb

Preparations for Wep Ronpet. I made some new linens for the new year for Nut and Geb’s children, all hand-sewn. The (not always well-defined) ankh in the centre holds the material together, while the edging finishes it off. Nebthet has purple thread, Set has red, Heru-wer has brown, Wesir has black, and Aset has blue.

Yas, it is time to prepare for Wep Ronpet, which, for me, starts on the 27th with the first of the Days Upon The Year. Because, for some reason, I can prepare ahead of time for Kemetic festivals, I started on some new linens for the god statues, made of some white fabric I’ve had lying around in my altar cloth box for years. I am not big on sewing, but I do find it a good method of stitching magical things together, so I do it for that reason. They’re sort of shaped like the sa amulets? Each is tailored for each statue, and they are sewn together, at the centre, with a long-stitched (not always very good) ankh shape. The edges are sewed with the same thread colour to finish it off. I think they turned out alright for someone who is not a sewer.

I also wanted to do a bit of the Feast of the Dressing stuff done early, because that day, the 26th, is not only Australia Day, but I also have a family party to go to, and who knows when that will end? So it just seems easier to slowly work through those preparations now when I have the time, rather than wait and try to fit it all in during a single day.

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Progress!

..Sort of. The room is painted, but we’re still waiting for the floor to be put in. Don’t know when that’s happening. I slept in the TV room for a week while we got the room painted, but I’m back in my room now, paint-messed-up carpet and all because mum hates clutter and wanted her TV room back. Don’t know how long it’ll be until it’s done, but at least I can amuse myself by painting shelving. I still have lots to do there.

But at least you can get a sense of the shrine in its place now? I’ve still got everything in boxes, but there’s enough there for daily devotions, and for the Mysteries of Wesir. Observe:

Sobek and Heru's shrine

Note paint-messed-up carpet, and other general mess all over the place. The shelf to the right will have most of my Pagan books, once I have that all set up properly. But for now, it just has a couple of shrines, since I still need to get the wall shelves up. I plan to do a proper consecration and enshrining rite once everything’s done. Right now, it’s only half-done, and I don’t want to waste my time reconsecrating twice.

Anyway. Have some photos of the other shrines after the cut. I’ll do another post later on other assorted things that need a separate post. Like Artemis and other things.

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Current Shrines

It’s been a while since I did a proper ‘here look at all my shrines’ post here, so I thought I’d rectify that. I feel like I’ve spent too long just posting festival shrines and whatnot, and every now and then, I like doing a full proper run down of all my shrines, particularly now when I’m changing focus and my shrines have similarly changed functions.

I have five shrines in my room at the moment. There’s Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset’s shrine, Hekate’s shrine, the lararium, the Netjeru shrine, and the polytheistic shrine, for lack of a better description. There’s also the informal ancestor shrine, but I don’t really use it for devotions and such right now, and I forgot to take photos of it. Not that it’s changed much. It rarely changes. I wish I had somewhere better for it so I could tend to it better, but it will do, for now.

Got a lot of photos below the cut, though they are scaled small, but yeah. Image-heavy post ahead, if that’s going to bother you. They’re all linked back to their flickr pages, so click through to there if you want to see them fullsize.

ETA: Knew I’d forgotten something. XD Have some photos of the shrines as a whole, so you can see how they each fit together:

Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset | Hekate | Netjeru Shrine | Polytheist Shrine

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It’s been a while

There hasn’t been much going on lately. I had an intensive unit over winter term that took up much of my time. I’ve settled into second semester now, and I’ve had time to concentrate on spiritual things again. I’ve got my lararium up and running, now that I’ve finally found a lararium rite I can feasibly do and mod up for my syncretic practice. I’ve been meaning to post photos of it here/at the other blog all week, but never quite found inspiration/time. I’ve had some thoughts about many things, and several ideas I’ve written and scrapped in a bid to catch up with my PBP posts, which I have sorely ignored. I think I might take some time to re-evaluate my blogs, and maybe rejig them. I am at that point where I think I have too many, and don’t know what to do with them all. More on that at a later date.

Since I joined the Covenant of Hekate a couple of months ago, I’ve been doing new and full moon rites for Her, and it’s deepened our relationship. That’s the most festival-ish stuff I’ve been doing lately, apart from thinking about ancestral rites and such in a Roman context.

I don’t know why the Roman lararium appeals to me more than any other hearth. All I know is that it Just. Makes. Sense. so that’s what I’m using. Anyway. Have some shrine photos, for lack of other content.

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