Site updates

I’m beginning to work my way through the things on this site that need updating. Some things aren’t really relevant to my practice anymore, like the 42 Days of Paganism pages, and some things just need updating and rewriting. Sobek’s history is one I definitely need to do, but I have a collection of articles I need to read first before I do that, so. Thanks to TahekeruAset for some of those articles. ❤

I want to add a few more rituals and hymns, as well, and more calendar stuff. I want to add a specific page about my Wheel of the Year, and why I use it now, rather than a proper Kemetic calendar. I’ll also properly finish updating my list of gods I work with and stuff that I have been meaning to do for years.

A lot of this maintenance work has needed to be done for a while now. Per Sebek has gone through many formats and revisions, and when I imported this site to WordPress, there was some old information hanging about that didn’t get updated properly because I didn’t have the time. But I have the time now, and given Per Sebek is now ten years old, it seems like as good a time as any to begin proper work on that. (Ten years old. Man, I feel old now. The intarwebs was a very different place when Per Sebek first came to life back in 2004.)

Also, I have finished another myth! This one continues the story, because apparently I can’t write anything else until I’ve finished my Sobekian retelling of the Wesir mythos, so. This is where they have to flee after Heru’s birth because Set is coming after them. Sobek takes them far away, and they begin to live in exile. Contains sympathetic!Set perspectives, so if you can only bear to read about evil!Set, this isn’t the retelling for you.

I’m planning to format all the myths I write as part of that cycle into an ebook once it’s done, because it will probably be that epic. They have kind of got longer the more of them that I write, so. I’m going to go back and refamiliarise myself with the Contendings myths, though, because I don’t know them well enough right now to feel confident I can just write what I need to write.

I’m also pondering a Sobek devotional book, because who the fuck else would do that hey? I’ve got a lot of material handy already, so I wouldn’t need to write too much more in order to make it a more complete work worthy of publishing. Some essays and such are all I’d really need, the longer things that take time to work on. It’s something I’m definitely considering doing, though, one way or another, because it’s Sobek, and it’d be nice to have a devotional available for Him.

Anyway, it’s getting late, and I need to wrap presents for Mother’s Day, so. I will leave this here. Enjoy the myth, enjoy the shrine photos, and I will write moar later.

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Sobek the Patient Muse

Well, if there’s one good thing about having stripped back everything about my practice, it’s that I’ve finally been able to hear what I’m meant to write next for Sobek. Clearly, things have been too chaotic for too long, and while I’ve been trying to hear Him, there’s been too much noise, and I’ve not heard Him at all. So I feel like this kind of validates my decision to just focus on Sobek, Heru-sa-Aset, and Hekate for now, and leave the festivals and gods and other things for later.

Sobek wants me to write next about His generative/creative power. As Wesir said last night, Sobek makes the seed productive. He gives it the power to be fertile and grow. I kind of know what He wants me to write about that, but it’s not quite clear yet. I need to take some time to understand what He’s talking about before I dive in with the words. I can’t write it clearly so others can understand it if I don’t understand it myself, so.

That, and I have a 3000 word essay to finish by the end of the month, so. The myth might not be done for a while. But I don’t mind. I’d rather take my time and get it right than rush into it and get it wrong. It’s nice to get back to the writing, though. I feel like I haven’t done enough of that for Him lately. If I’m going to be His scribe, I feel I ought to be doing that, rather than worrying about festivals and other gods, and shifting my priorities away from Him. He is rather patient, though, so I’m assuming He was just waiting for me to figure this out and get there on my own. I definitely feel less fuzzy in the head, though. I feel like I can actually think again. So yeah.

Shrine post coming later, once I get around to documenting it properly. Also, perhaps another more detailed post about things that are on my mind regarding my relationship with Sobek that would probably appreciate more concentration than I currently have, it being nearly 1am. So, to bed, and to ponder myths I am to write for Sobek.

[Myth] Sobek Writes Of The Birth Of Heru

This is what Sobek’s been chattering to me about all afternoon. I finally got around to writing it. Not quite what I originally had in mind, but it’s still pretty damn good, I think.

Sobek sits in the shade of a large willow tree, the waters of the Nile lapping gently against the banks. He takes up parchment, ink, and reed pen, and begins to write:

I have lived my life in the Nile. I know it as Hapi knows it, as if it were part of me. I swim its waters endlessly. I know every creature, god, and netjeri who lives in these waters. It is my life blood as it is the lifeblood of the people who live beside it. When the floods come, I ride their energy to the Delta, watching the life-giving silt spread all over the land, taking back the red land for Wesir.

I am the Lord of Kom Ombo, who lives in his carnelian temple at Bakhu. He who rages against isfet, and who guards the night boat from the demons of the Duat. I am the crocodile in the Nile, the strength of the King, and the one who forever watches. My eyes see all that exists. My teeth are sharp and brutal. I can tear flesh and bone, break bodies, and expel all that is no longer wanted. I am the fastest swimmer; none can beat me as I move through the waters. No one can navigate these waters as I can. I am Sobek, and I have seen the very first Zep Tepi.

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Myth-Writing and Other Things

I swear, I am done reorganising the pages on this blog for now. There’s lots more to add, but the basic set-up is there now, so all I need to do is slowly add the things that are missing.

I’ve got a section now for my religious practices. For rites and heka and calendars and whatever else I think fits in there. It’s pretty basic, at the moment. All it has is the general ‘fill in the blanks’ Kemetic rite, my morning and evening Graeco-Kemetic rites, and the Sobek execration ritual. I also plan to put calendars up there, Kemetic ones based on my fixed one, with versions for both northern and southern hemispheres. If I get around to putting basic festival tradition information together, it’ll probably go there too.

I’ve also put up a section now for devotional writings. Prayers, hymns, and adorations are going in there, as well as any myths and stories I write. Nit just gave me Hir version of the birth of Sobek, so that’s just gone up there for your reading pleasure. (Even if I did feel like Sie was lecturing me – and everyone else who might read it – as I was writing it. >_>) I wanted to write this one mostly because I haven’t found one in the ancient records, and, well, I felt it was needed. I feel Sie got a bit ‘Lady of the Stars’ on me as well. IDK why. o.O

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Updates and Revisions

I’ve been mucking about with the site again, reorganising my hymns and prayers and such into a more organised subsection regarding my practices and rituals. Part of my desire to see more accessible beginner’s material, or at least, stuff you can get started with. That, and I want to share what I do myself, so some of that will go up there, mostly in a specific Graeco-Kemetic section to keep it separate from all the Kemetic stuff.  (Though I think that’s just as important; syncretic practices are many and varied, and maybe it’d help to have a few examples of how I do it for other potential Graeco-Kemetic syncretists to use?)

I’m not intending for my stuff to be The Ultimate Kemetic Practices Guide For Total N00bs(tm), either. It’s more like one way to do things that might help you get started, if that’s the kind of thing you need. Customisable for your own particular needs. With a dose of  ‘this is how I do it, maybe  you’ll get some inspiration?’ along the way. That’s the plan, anyway.

The only rite I have up at the moment is my general solitary Kemetic ritual, which I invite you to pick over and tell me how terrible and tl;dr it is. It’s a first draft kind of thing right now, mostly because I feel like I haven’t verified for myself that it’s as properly Kemetic as it could be, but that could just be the pedantic research student in me getting angsty about things I can’t really fix any time soon (like buy more books! Which I can’t do because I don’t have much money!). That, and I lost one of the sources I used to put it all together, and now I can’t find it. My Google-fu is weak. ;_;

I have actually done rites using that format. I originally used it to write a weekly ritual for Ra, and it works well for me as a ritual format. It flows well, and yes, it is a long rite, but that’s why it’s a weekly rite for Ra. It feels meaty enough to work once a week, but I also thought it might be good for a generic ‘I can’t think of anything to do halp!’ ritual format for festivals? /random thought. Because I’m sure we’ve all had that moment of ‘X festival is coming up, wtf do I even do for that? D:” when we’ve looked at the calendar, and maybe having a basic (long?) ritual format might help, or at least suffice if there are no records on what was done for that festival. (I like doing long festival rituals at any rate. /just me then?) So you’ve got a way to mark a festival, particularly if you don’t have any ancient practices to draw on for inspiration about how to mark it. I think part of bringing these old Gods back, and marking their festivals again, is making our own traditions for our own times. Yes, some can be based on the old traditions, but not all of that’s survived, so it’s hard to know what to do for some festivals. So we do the best we can. This ritual format isn’t the only way to do it, but it’s not a bad place to start if you have nothing else.

And before you ask, I’ve already started working on a short form for that ritual format, and that will be up when it’s done. I also want to put together a page about the major Kemetic festivals and how one might celebrate them today? Like, proper modern traditions a beginner could use to begin marking the major festivals. That’s what I want. Because I don’t think anything like that exists? Or if it does, I don’t know where to find it. D:

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End of year musings

It feels like so much has happened between January and now. In some ways, it’s been a really turbulent year, and I feel like I’ve been in an almost perpetual state of chaos. Good chaos, mind; it’s not like nothing productive has come of this period, but it’s still been somewhat stressful to go through all that and come out the other side.

I was going to do a separate post on Yule for PBP, but I don’t think I’ll bother. I’m not feeling up to writing another half dozen blog posts right now, so I might just draw a line under PBP for this year and begin work on next year’s posts. I still got a lot done, though. I feel like November and December were so busy I didn’t have enough time to think about blog posts anyway, so maybe that’s something to keep in mind for next year. More writing in advance and not continually second-guessing everything I’m writing.

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