Aset Oracle: Mantle of Priesthood

The Mantle of Priesthood
by TahekerutAset

The First Maxim of being a Priest or Priestess is to Know Yourself

The Second is to Serve your Gods

What are you doing, dear child?

What are you doing?

You cast Us away and push Us aside.

You do not integrate Us into your life.

You leave Us in shrine as if We are only located there.

We are everywhere.

Let Us in.

Let Us in.

We are interwoven through the World and through the lives of Our Priests.

We are everywhere.

Not just in shrine.

When it gets to be too much, tell Us.

When you need a break, let Us know.

These are your boundaries.

Know them and We will work within them.

A broken Priest serves no one.

A half-assed Priest serves none.

Know who you are and what you want.

Know who you are and what you want.

Know who you are and what you want.

In all you are

In all your parts

Align your souls.

Align your ka, ba and heart.

Align all the elements.

Align your souls in anyway you can.

And know who you are.

If you have not forgiven yourself for past mistakes,

or purged your self-loathing or doubt or fear.

If you have not faced down the darkest parts of your souls,

ripped them from their roots and burned them clean away

through flame;

If you have not cleansed or cleaned out your soul

through a flood of tears that drown your very heart

If you have not been through the crucible of Set,

or the transformation of Aset,

then how do you know who you are?

The ritual is not enough.

They do not know who they are in order to perform it.

They come to you asking for this mantle, this job, this honor,

not knowing what it means.

Not knowing what it means.

Not knowing what is expected.

Not knowing what is being asked or accepted.

A weekend alone does not make you a Priest.

This is absurd.

How can one become a Priest in three days?

This is not enough.

They do not understand.

And I am done.

I am done.

I am done with accepting Priests with these low standards.

They do not know who they are.

They have not worshiped Me long enough to know who they are.

And this is a task for those who honor Me and for those who are My children.

You are not the Ancient Egyptians.

You are not prepared as they were to perform this task.

The ritual is not enough–it never was.

The House of Life taught them for years in ancient times.

You have done this in three days. A weekend. A short time.

This takes years to prepare for.

Years.

This is not enough.

Another has left the fold.

Another has fled the mantle that We have bestowed upon them.

Because of whimsy or self doubt or other tasks took precedence.

Or wanting to serve Us and not knowing what to do,

and thinking Priesthood is the only answer.

It is not.

It is a vocation.

It is a calling.

It is a damn job.

And this is not something you can have if you do not know who you are.

And this is not something that you can leave

because of whimsy or self-doubt or other insecurities

that should have been purged before you took on the mantle.

You took this mantle and threw it away.

Threw it back in Our faces.

Do not come to Us asking for Priesthood

if you do not know who you are.

If you have not been purged of the shadows in yourself,

If you have not gone through the crucible of Set,

Or My tears or flame–

then do not ask.

We will say no.

Not yes. Not anymore.

We will say no.

This is enough.

You are not ancient Egyptians.

Stop acting like it!

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5 thoughts on “Aset Oracle: Mantle of Priesthood

  1. I can’t stop thinking about this article since it was published.
    Does it deal with some real events (about the people who take a weekend class of priesthood and then cecide to leave?
    Or all this is mostly metaphorical?..

    Between the maxims “knowing yourself” and “serving the Gods”, I agree that both of them are important, however I put the emphasis at “serving the Gods” first. For me is also essential “praying about others”.
    The understanding oneself is a long process, it (in my opinion) can’t be ended as static statement “ok, now I know myself and so may enter the Service”. =) I will not be able to say that yes, I know myself perfectly. This have been a long way, and it still is.
    I feel that (probably, based on your posts and what I got from “Isis magic” book which just started reading), that Aset/Isis and Djehuty have differences in their approach to priesthood and what do They expect from those who have been called 🙂

    • It doesn’t deal with real events that I’m aware of, but who knows? I think the point stands on its own though.

      I’m going through Shadow Work now. I’m having to purge self-loathing and fear and feelings of being unworthy. And anger. Lots of anger. And I see glimpses of the Self that She sees: the Best Me I can be; the whole me and the healed me. I think when you know who you are and you walk in your own power, you know. You own who you are and all in your life. Your choice. You choose. It’s daunting to say the least.

      It’s a…process. And I’m still going through it. I’m doing execrations, and healing. And doing specific work that parts of myself tell me I can’t do. It’s true that our worst enemies are ourselves. Learning to love yourself can be the hardest damn thing in the world and so worth it once you get there.

      But those are my issues. Not everyone has the same ones.

      Anyway, I think all Gods have different standards for Their priests. Aset in particular though is known for doing this with people who honor Her as a main or one of the main deities one follows.

      Sannion has an essay about honoring Aset/Isis for Hellenic Polytheists and it is excellent. He’s published it in two places: Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Waters of Life: A Devotional Anthology for Isis and Serapis. Buchanan, Rebecca and Jeremy H. Baer, ed. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2009. And here: Lewis, H. Jeremiah. The Balance of the Two Lands: Writings on Greco-Egyptian Polytheism. Nysa Press, 2009. If you don’t have these already, both are available on Amazon.

  2. Thank you for the response!
    Sometimes I feel that there are not enough blogs run by priests of the Netjeru, where people are open about their practices and things they deal with every day.
    I know just few blogs, and in the same time I’m so eager for the information, but on the other hand I have to keep in mind that we are all different, the things we have to deal with, are different, we may have very similar goals (of doing The Work), but different roads …
    I think that I did much progress in overcoming self-loathing (mostly caused by christian background of constant feat of hell and feeling of guilt). It slowly fades away. But still, there are many moments when I’m not content with myself and my thoughts go into a constant loop that I’m “not doing enough”, even for an independent observer I’m doing much, and even may be too much, as a person who made religion to be first priority in life.
    Probably shadow work is very difficult thing and very special path. And execrations, and healing…
    I’m mostly focused on ritual work – this is a “damn job” part of vocation, as I feel it 🙂 For me, additional difficulty comes in the fact that I need to translate a lot of things from english into russian, if I want to do group rituals with friends who of course prefer Working in native language 🙂
    The positive side: there are supportive friends, even small number, but I still have them and we can do group rituals together, and in fact they trust my decisions about the directions of group work.
    But also, it’s very big responsibility 🙂
    In addition to rituals, I translate devotional writings, and I write poetry (and prose sometimes too). Translating & writing things = also big part of the work I’m doing.
    Thank you for the blog that gives much inspiration & food for thought 🙂
    May be I will get one of these books in the future, I had the second one in potential wish-list, as I’m indeed drawn to BA/hellenistic style worship.
    After my last journey to Egypt, I feel that I need to work on developing the “relationship” with Isis/Aset (though not by entering the priestly service for Her). I recited a ritual liturgy for her (in my russian translation) in the temple of Philae, – luckily undisturbed by tourists, – and I felt that it was appreciated and welcomed.

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