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Kemetic Ritual Ramblings

Many Kemetics do a daily or weekly rite or ritual to certain Netjeru. I sometimes perform the Kemetic Orthodox Ritual of the Senut.

I’m trying to make a ritual for Aset to perform as well. I found a few things I can use (ancient hymns and so forth), but I need to dig deeper to know what I’m doing. Because you shouldn’t perform a ritual (or create one) unless you know what you’re doing.

So why do we perform ritual to the Netjeru? Here are a few answers:

*It strengthens and maintains Ma’at in the world and community

*It maintains the creation of the world against the Uncreated One.

*It feeds the Kau of the Netjeru and ourselves which sustains us and Them

*It invites the Gods and Goddesses in our homes and our lives

*If you have a Parent/Patron Netjeru, the ritual will strengthen your bond with that deity. This can result in you becoming Their Eyes and Hands in this world.

*Where offerings go, blessings flow. You give to Them and They give back to you. This is another way of saying “I give so that You may give.” or reciprocity.

*My life is made up of choices I have made (some good, some bad, some in between) and the blessings I have had in my life (and being alive at all would be one of them) has come from Them. And when I have made mistakes and owned up to my mistakes, and tried to fix them, who was there to help me? They were (along with my awesome family and friends–that would be another blessing). They have showered my life with many blessings. I give to Them because They have already given to me.

*I choose to honor the Gods and Goddesses I have chosen to follow.

And that’s all the thoughts I have for now.

Notes

Ka/Kau (plural)–Life force; it is the energy sustained by offerings in both humans and Gods–it is also part of the soul.

Ma’at–a goddess of balance and justice; a concept of balance that helps maintain the world.

Netjer/Netjeru (plural)–ancient Egyptian deity/deities

Uncreated One–Apep/Apophis and Its agent of isfet

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Oracle: Libation in Senut

*Note: This is about the Ritual of the Senut and not about libations in general.*

You need to understand what this libation is doing.
It is not an offering–not in the traditional sense.
It is a doorway.
It is calling upon the Foundations
to open the way–
so that We may communicate.
Do not consume this offering.
You are calling upon your Dead to support you.
You are calling upon Wepwawet to guide you to Us for this is His role as Opener of the Way.
You are calling upon the Wisdom of your teachers to support you.
You are calling upon Ma’at to strengthen this bond
for She is the foundation of all the worlds.

What do you think you are doing, dear child?
What do you think you are doing?

You are opening the way between the worlds.
Water is a liminal element, creating liminal space.
It is the conduit in which you are connecting to Us.
You are eating the doorway.
Stop it.
Stop it.
Unless you want to become a doorway yourself.
Unless you want to become a Shaman’s Gate–
stop it.

Do not eat this libation.
Offer water separately to Us to drink or to give to your pets.
That is fine.
But this specific libation–pour out.
It is a ritual conduit.
It is a ritual tool.
Do not consume it.
Dispose of it when you are done.

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Link: A Southern Girl’s Guide to Hospitality

This is a great article guiding the beginner on how to interact with the Holy Powers. I highly recommend it! Just a note: she uses the word “Kindred” for “Gods, Goddesses, Spirits, Ancestors, etc”.

A Southern Girl’s Guide to Hospitality