FYI – Cleaning out some underused blogs

I honestly don’t know if this is the best place to post this, but it’s as good as any other of my blogs, so there you go. You’ll just have to bear with me for the moment if this isn’t relevant to your interests.

Since I have come to admit to myself that, yes, I have too many wordpress blogs and tbqh I don’t update some of them, I am taking it upon myself to go back and review the ones I have and decide how many I really need to keep around. Per Sebek is staying, the Grimoire is staying, my sashataakheru.wordpress.com blog is staying, my DP blog is staying, and the private spiritual blog is staying. Five seems like enough, right? XD

Ones I’m going to delete are Transcience (old writing site) and Navigating The Star Forest (old druidry blog). The posts on Transcience have been imported to sashatataakheru.wordpress.com, while the druidry posts have been imported to my DP blog. I also need to do some work on my DP blog, and I’ve already reorganised all the High Day rites there, so that’s something. But anyway.

I still have nfi what to even call my sashataakheru WP blog, because it’s sort of become my catch-all for my 365albums posts, and any other random things that don’t fit anywhere else. So there you go. It is what it is. Right now, I’m just using it for 365albums, because I’m determined to get it finished this year, after starting it three years ago. But, I mean, feel free to follow it if you want to read my random shitposting about albums. I won’t even call them reviews. They are just whatever I end up writing as I’m listening to them. Sometimes, this is amazing and insightful. More often than not, it’s just shitposting and ‘this is what I’m doing while listening to this’ and the occasional ‘I can’t even remember this one why do I not write these up at the time wtf’. I am am amazing(ly shit) music blogger negl.

The Shedety Scriptorium shop blog is also going. I’m not finding it as useful as I thought I would, and the fact that Etsy integration is kind of impossible with WordPress, I’ve been playing around with other options, including Wix (I love their website editor, but I also hate it), just to see if there’s a better way of having a site for the shop outside of Etsy that isn’t going to cost me a fortune. But I’ll post more on that once I have something concrete organised and ready to go. If anyone has better suggestions than Wix, I am willing to consider them.

So yeah. That’s about it, really, for the moment. I have a few posts in the works, but then I draft a lot of things I never end up posting, so. We’ll see what happens to them, shall we? Anyway. It is WP organising day, it seems, so that’s what I’ll get back to doing.

Wep Ronpet beckons again

What happens when I try to find something to do with Sobek's (broken off) headgear to make this Herubirb into a Sobek-Heru birbcroc.

What happens when I try to find something to do with Sobek’s (broken off) headgear to make this Herubirb into a Sobek-Heru birbcroc.

I swear it always creeps up on me, even though I know it’s coming. But anyway. It is nearly Wep Ronpet, and I am in my final week of preparation before the epagomenal days begin on Saturday. Saturday? *checks* Friday! They begin on Friday! I haven’t set up the shrine for it yet, but I’ll probably do that tomorrow, once I fish out all the little god statues I need from the box I am pretty sure they are in somewhere.

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon cleaning all the shrines and redressing them. There’s an added layer of preparing because Friday is also the Deipnon, so. Doing my cleaning now seems, well. It seems to work for me. Plus, I’d rather do it today when it’s cool than wait till later when it’s going to get hot. Cleaning shrines in the heat is no fun, let me tell you.

I tried to do a room/shrine tour thing because taking +elebenty photos is tiring, but it didn’t quite work out, so. I will try again tomorrow and see if I can get something to post for you so you can see how they look now. I have been re-evaluating them all and cleaning them and making sure they are the shrines I really need, and I have put some things away, and changed some altar cloths, and moved some statues around. So it’s looking pretty good now. I have the Shedety shrine, the witchcraft shrine, the lararium, the Goddess shrine, the Masrai shrine, and the ancestor shrine for Bowie and the queer ancestors. …That seems like a lot. And it probably is, for the space I have. Anyway.

For now, have this picture of my Herubirb and His shiny new headgear. One of my Sobek statues arrived with His hat broken off, so once I gave up trying to keep gluing it back on (because resin hates glue apparently), I wasn’t sure what else to do with it. So in the middle of cleaning Heru up, I decided to see if Sobek’s hat would fit on Heru’s head, with the addition of a bit of ribbon and some blutac for stick and cushioning. And, well. It works. Enough for my purposes, even if the shadows now make Him look like an angry Herubirb. XD *pets Him*

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Solstice Blessings!

Hello. Yes, I am still alive. So, summer solstice on Wednesday here in Perth was 42C/107F, which was just the best day (not) and why I hate summer this heat is appalling. So I didn’t do any ritual because who has the energy to do ritual when it’s that fkn hot? Not me. But I did ritual yesterday morning, with a bunch of other ADF solitaries, watching a livestream of a winter solstice ritual, so that scratched my ritual itch for now.

I’m still in that stage of figuring stuff out, but I’m closer to done than I was before, and I’ve done morning ritual to Sobek-Heru today for the first time in a long time. I also built a shrine for Isis, and it sits on the southern wall. I’ll do full shrine postings and photos at a later date, probably in January once the dust has settled. Maybe I’ll even do a full room tour, though I’ll have to do some cleaning first, I have stuff everywhere right now, and that won’t change once Christmas and my birthday hits. But that’s a job for later.

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The road ahead

october-2016-shrines

So, a lot has changed. The shrines have switched places. This is, arguably, more of a practical move mor than anything else. The physical space I need for my devotional rites for Sobek and Heru is nowhere near as much space as I need for my fledgling witchcraft practice. I think this is actually the first time in sixteen years of pagan practice that I’ve had a permanent witchcraft altar. So there’s that.

I’ve put up a couple of quick videos of each shrine on youtube, for those who want more detail: the Shedety shrine, and the Hekate/Sobek witchcraft altar. There’s a bunch of other shrine videos on there as well, but it’s easier than uploading them anywhere else, since I take them on my phone.

At some point I will stop making new wordpress sites, but I have thrown up another one for my witchcraft blogging stuff because what the hell, and also there’s no room for it here, so. Feel free to follow it if you like: A Sobekatean Grimoire. (There is a lot of punnage in that title, ngl.)

And now that the pimping is out of the way, the tl;dr version is under the cut. Enjoy.

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Monasticism and other weird shit

In  many ways, it’s been a very strange month. I guess I expected nothing less when Hekate decided to come by and change everything. I’m okay with it, even though I feel like I’m moving down a path I’m very unfamiliar with. There’s a whole lot of so much more I can’t find the words to talk about right now, except She’s basically taken over my NaNo fic this year, and everything right now is just … complicated. I have a lot of NaNo prep to do, that She’s asking me to do, and what the end result of that is, I don’t know. I’ll just sit down and write and see what happens.

The monasticism is … sort of new. It’s been a vague interest for a number of years, but I never really took the plunge with it until now. It’s that bridge between priest and devotee which is sort of neither, and doesn’t involve caring for open statues (which I am not built for). Kemetic monasticism is a strange beast that I am still beginning to wrestle with in terms of how do you even do that and why. But at the last deipnon, when I was with Hekate, there were Sobek and Heru, welcoming me through a door, that they were ready for me now, and so I have new rites, and a new ritual book, and a thousand things I still don’t understand. That’s a whole separate post in and of itself, but I’ll save that for later when I’m more confident I know what it is I’m actually building.

Hekate keeps pushing me towards magic and witchcraft. I’m watching Supernatural for the first time for NaNo genre inspiration. This phrase, this character, ‘the Black Priest’, is haunting me now, and I wish I had the coherency to talk about that, too. All I know is Hekate is taking me down a road, and it’s a confusing road, but for whatever daft reason, I trust Her enough to know She’s not leading me anywhere nasty. Different, perhaps. Challenging, most certainly. I don’t even know what the end game is, nor am I sure I want to know.

Also, Isis-Renenutet-Hekate-Mary is doing my head in idek. I get headaches just trying to parse out that confusing syncretic mess. /ow. I even have a statue of Mary now, which has only taken me most of my life to get brave enough to buy. I don’t even understand that. For whatever daft reason, she seems to like me, so okay, sure. I’ve also had Isis, Mary, and Hekate appear together in meditation twice now, so this is not just a weird fluke. There’s something here, but I have nfi what. I mean, I know what the connection is. I can trace it. But WHY idek. WHY.

I don’t always like doing posts like this, where nothing is really certain and I’m just rambling on about woo and vagaries. But it’s been nearly a month since I last posted, and I felt I needed to write something else now, just to elucidate where my brain is right now. Where this ends up, I have nfi. I’m sure it’ll be fun finding out, though.

A bit of housekeeping

This is mostly an fyi that the House of Life rites section has been cleaned up and reorganised, because it was beginning to get unwieldy. It’s now split into daily rites, weekly rites, general rites, and miscellaneous rites. I’ve just got placeholder pages there for most of them, for the time being, but I’ll eventually make them more useful, and have links to each rite included under it.

I was adding my new daily rites to the pages there, and thought I’d clean it up a bit while  I was at it. I’ve also added a weekly rite that I’m going to do every Friday after cleaning out the shrine. That’s a work-in-progress development, but I’ll do a proper post on that later when I’ve got a bit of time.

The next bit is reorganising the prayers and hymns section, because that’s getting a little too long as well. I’ll probably split that into groups by deity/ies, and leave it at that, but I’ll post when that’s done. For now, it’s staying where it is.

FYI: nshrine

In case anyone’s wondering, nshrine is apparently closing, so I’ve removed the links to the virtual shrines from the Shrine page. I was pondering reworking it anyway, so at least this gives me a reason to do so. If anyone else has any other nshrine pages still linked around the place, you might want to remove them.

It won’t change very much, I don’t think, but in lieu of nshrine, I want to see if there’s another option, or a better way to make it a good space. It really hasn’t been updated in, well. Literally years. I ported it over from the old site, which had been ported over from the old side, etc.

I want to give it a chance to reflect where my path is now, which isn’t where I was when I first set it up. Heru and Isis will probably get in there, too, but whether I keep a shrine for Sobek on His own, I haven’t decided yet.

I know it’s a bit naff having a ~virtual shrine~ on my website, but I like it. I’ve always liked having a place for people to leave prayers, whether recorded or otherwise, if they don’t have a shrine of their own, or just want to spend a moment connecting with Him. To me, this site is His temple. It’s the House of Sobek. To not have a public shrine, to me, defeats the purpose of building a House for Him.

So, that is just a small update, for now. I have other things to post about, but I wanted to post about this now, when it was brought to my attention, so you all know what’s going on if the links don’t work.

New stock on Etsy + actually writing books omg

Just a quick update for you to let you know I’ve put some new stock up on Etsy today. It’s a few altar tiles, and a pair of shrine kits. Check them out in the shop, or over at the blog.

Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see go up there, and I’ll see what I can do.

Also, I am not just pondering writing books anymore, I am actually going to do it. I’ve been pondering writing books, particularly a Sobek devotional, for years now, but I made a promise to myself late last year that book-writing is what I’m going to focus on this year, and as of now, that seems a lot more possible due to, well. Things are in the works. I’ll post more about this when things are more certain, and I’m closer to having finished manuscripts.

So the books I’m going to be working on are Pasithea’s City, and the accompanying book of Masrai’s myths, hymns, and rituals. (She wants rituals now, so. That’s a thing.) I’m in the process of typing up Masrai’s myths now, and getting them out of the journal and onto the computer. I did 4.6k last night, and I’m taking the opportunity to expand and edit the myths as I go, so I can shape them into something more substantial than what they are now, as they won’t be confined to the page limit of a paper journal.

I’m also going to be working on a Sobek book, this one focusing perhaps more on the whole Sobek of Shedet thing, and the Sobek/Heru thing, along with rituals and hymns and other stuff I’ve gathered over the years. I’m still sketching out the structure for that, but that’s the other major project. More updates on that when it’s more than a bunch of notes and scattered files on my computer.

Other than that, I’m working, dreading the oncoming heat wave, and generally getting on with life.

Shedety Scriptorium Update

Well, I’ve varnished, and photographed, and written words, and while I still have a few photos I need to retake because I am great at blurry!, I’m just about ready to begin throwing new listings up over at Etsy. I did a sneak peek over at the shop blog, if anyone’s interested, and I’ll be posting each item there as it goes up on Etsy. So keep an eye on that blog if you want to know what’s available, and what’s coming up. I have, like, 22 separate things that need to go up, though some things, I think, could be combined into one listing. But anyway. I’ll get them listed over the next few weeks, just so it’s not a flood, but more of a gentle increase.

I’ve been making a lot of little shrine kits of late, because that’s apparently the best thing to do with little tiny boxes. But I’ve also just picked up some red vinyl as well, and I want to play around with that and maybe try to make some hard-cover books with it. We’ll see. I think Hekate and Set would be interested in those if I managed to make something not shit. That, and it’s been too long since I actually made any books, so I want to make sure I can still do it. I’ve been practicing long-stitching books with leather pieces, so some of those might go up as well, once I get the hang of making sure the holes are even and in the right place. You’d be surprised at how hard that actually is. I need more practice. And perhaps more leather idk.

Anyway. It’s nearly Wep Ronpet. I might have a bit of paid work coming up, so that’s good. I still need to make new linens for the gods. And write rituals. And figure out what I’m doing for the High Day, because this’ll be my fourth DP High Day, and I can’t just skip it now. If anyone has any ideas for Hellenic New Year-ish festivals I could take inspiration from, I’m all ears. I’m so used to seasonal calendars that the non-seasonal nature of most Hellenic festivals and calendars is something I find very disconcerting. But I’ll get used to it, I think, once I have a set I’m happy with. Anyway. Imma go watch Zoolander and chill and think of more things to make.