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|Saturday, December 1st, 2007|
Hotep and Henu,
I was recently asked about Henu.
We all say it, and I am sure we all do some form of Henu in our prayers and at shrine, but.. what is the proper physical act of Henu, Full Henu, and any variation of Henu..? Although I have my own form of Henu, brought to me by Netjer some 20+ years ago.. I wonder how we all differ in what we consider Henu, or the proper form of Henu.
I did some searching on the web, and found something that is put forth as the "correct" pose or positioning and action of Henu, but I disagree with that form. I will not mention that form, or the website that I found it at.. so that I can get every one's personal opinions on this.
I would like comments on what each of you feel is the correct form of Henu.
I will start with what Henu is to me...
Henu as a means of respectful salutation.. to a revered person, priest, etc.. is simply a slight bend of the upper half of the body, bowing head, with arms outreached with hands upwards, palms facing the person of salutation.
Henu as a means of respectful demeanor towards Netjer in simple prayer.. (standing or kneeling) is a half body bow, with arms and hands in the same respect as above.
Full Henu is a means of total submission to the Netjer(u) at shrine, or in the minds shrine.. as a formal prayer.. this is done with the body in prone position, hands and arms in the same respect as mentioned as above.
Mona. Current Mood: contemplative
|Sunday, August 26th, 2007|
Gorgeous Sekhmet Illustration
I found this piece via one of my Sekhmet sisters. I am not posting the actual picture here because that is violation of copyright, and/or stealing bandwidth and that wouldn't be cool. It is really beaufiful, and all of Sekhmet's kids should see. :-)Click Here
May Sekhmet be pleased with the repast on the right and the left...
I woke up this morning with a very strong desire to see more activity in this group. As the current year for we Kemetics draws to a close, I think now would be a very good time for us to start this group up again and start posting more Sekhmet-positive, pictures, info, experiences, questions, hymns, poetry, stories, whatever. I am currently working on a piece that I hope to have finished by this weekend that is a poem / hymn.
I leave you with the image of a painting that hangs in my house from a very dear friend of mine under the cut for inspiration. :)( 'Sekhmet' an original painting 'by Jeff Spencer Collapse )
|Thursday, August 24th, 2006|
|Saturday, August 19th, 2006|
Introducing myself to the community
Em Hotep all,
I am new to this community and completely new to livejournal, so as a warning, I have little idea what I am doing.
So, anyways, I am Takhau, 28 years old, Kemetic Orthodox Shemsu, Daughter of Sekhmet-Mut, beloved of Bast and Aset.
I always knew Sekhmet was my mother, from the first time I felt Her presence in my life. Bast has always been a companion in my journey as well, but Sekhmet has always been first.
This seems like a nice community, and I am glad to be a member. Senebty! Current Mood: accomplished
|Thursday, May 25th, 2006|
Greetings and a question
Well, it's nice to see this group :). I've been working with Sekhmet for a few years now, ever sice She answered my general request to the Gods and Goddesses for help with my healing process. It suprised my because at the time, I had little knowledge of her healing aspect, but she's been guiding me since then and has helped me.
What I've noticed though is that in this area, most people know the stories of her as a destroyer (even if justified), call her 'The Great Protectress', or refer to her as a Crone. Many look at me like I'm nuts when I say that I work with Her, or they back away some and don't get to know me. It seems that she's very misunderstood here, and not many people know the lore around Her, that she was married or has a son, or considered an Eye of Ra. Personally, I wouldn't consider Her a Crone personally; a Dark Goddess, yes, but not a Crone.
Has anyone else has similar experiences with people? Current Mood: calm
|Friday, April 14th, 2006|
I thought what this woman is doing was worth mentioning here.One World Health
- a non-profit pharmeceutical company. Current Mood: impressed
|Saturday, March 25th, 2006|
Sekhmet Temple Builder & Priestess Passes to the Beautiful West
I am certain that this will be posted to the various Kemetic, and specifically the Sekhmet lists and communities. I wanted to pass along so that we might join in praying for Patricia as she passes to the Beautiful West to the lands of Wasir.
I wanted to share the sad news that Crone Priestess Patricia Pearlman passed away today [Fri., Mar. 24]... Patricia worked tirelessly as the caretaker of the Sekhmet Temple outside Las Vegas for many years. She worked tirelessly to keep the temple protected from Bureau of Land Management interests. She was very successful keeping the hounds at bay, even having won some awards for her efforts. She was a wonderful woman, priestess, political activist.
The community suffers a terrible loss from her absence.
From the book, "Awakening Osiris", translation by Normandi Ellis: Utterance 45 of the Prt em Hrw:
"The Netjeru live even in darkness, in the world above our heads,
in the crevices of rocks, in the open palms of strangers.
I am a child, the seed in everything, the rhythm of flowers ,
the old story that lingers.
Among cattle and fruit sellers, I am air.
I am love hidden in the shy maiden's gown.
I am the name of things. I am the dream changing before your eyes.
I am my body, a house for blood and breath.
I am a man on earth and a god in heaven.
While I travel the deserts in frail form, while I grow old and weep and die,
I live always as a child inside the body of truth,
a blue egg that rocks in the storm but never breaks. I sleep in peace
in my Mother's lap, a child mesmerized by the sunlight on the river.
My soul is swallowed up by Netjer.
Out of chaos came the light.
Out of the will came life."
|Saturday, January 21st, 2006|
|Saturday, January 14th, 2006|
|Sunday, December 18th, 2005|
|Wednesday, December 14th, 2005|
|Thursday, November 3rd, 2005|
After a recent reminder of Her presence in my life, i thought I'd drop a little line here just to see how many of the rest of you find Sekhmet to be a powerful part of your life.
Personally, I find that while She is far from a constant presence, there is often something in the day that reminds me of Her or that prompts me to remember the She is watching me and that their is a standard of life that She expects me to maintain.
|Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005|
I have a few questions for the community. :)
In what way do you come to Sekhmet? On your own? Within your spiritual path (pagan, wiccan, other)? Through a Kemetic path (Ancient Egyptian reconstructionist?)
I am rapidly reaching the point in which I seem to have seen just about all there is to see about Sekhmet on the 'net. I'm working on reading as much book literature as I can put my hands on. The info is not limitless however. How do the rest of you deal with that? Do you work solely within the confines of what is available in book and on the net? Or do you go beyond that and allow yourself to create new or accept inspirational input? Current Mood: calm
|Friday, July 29th, 2005|
I'm a new member of Sekhmet's Own, thought I'd say hello. I have been working with Sekhmet a bit lately and am called to work with Her more. Looking forward to reading through this community and sharing. Current Mood: cheerful
|Friday, May 20th, 2005|
i was wondering
WIth some of the research you have done and your knowledge, how often were females priestess'? and how were they treated? were any held higher than a priest?
how abundant was silver back then?
the library books are getting checked out by kids and their reports, so for now i am stuck. so i was wondering if any of you might know a site that could answer these ?'s...?
thanks. Current Mood: curious
|Sunday, March 13th, 2005|
Well, I've got my schedule for my FINAL shots. I take my last Pro-Crit on Mar. 22, last Peg-Intron, Mar 29,
and my last day for The Ribavarin pills is April 5.
I am SO Jazzed. Current Mood: ecstatic
|Saturday, January 22nd, 2005|
Somethings that I have found during my searching. Let me know what you think.
Kemetic names: Sekhmet, Sakhmet, Sekhmet the Destroyer (N.B. In addition to native variations by locality or over time, there are often several possible transliterations into the Roman alphabet used for English.)
Sekhmet: The Goddess of sunset, destruction, death, and wisdom. The cycle of life and death was created when the primeval Goddess Sekhmet-Bast divided into two sisters, Sekhmet and Bast. Wife of Ptah. Het Heret is often depicted as Sekhmet’s “more gentle side”. Sekhmet is typically shown as a black skinned woman with the head of a lioness. Her eyes and hair are often orange or red.
Halloween was originally celebrated as the Feast of Sekhmet and Bast.
“Sekhmet is the wise old grand-mother leg of the divine triangle — I mean trinity. She is called Kali in the east, and she is also known as the destroyer Goddess. She helps us to bring a close to things which do not serve us in our lives.” — firstname.lastname@example.org
“In Astrology she will resonate strongly with Saturn, Pluto, and the asteroid Chiron. She wants renewal and healing for everything and relentlessly creates the conditions for us to keep growing and changing, by moving us out of static patterns and into the dynamic quality of new experience... She is depicted as a woman with the head of a lion.” — email@example.com
“In the tarot she will resonate with the High Priestess card, and the Death Card, and the Queen of Swords, and the Justice or Adjustment card...There are probably others.” — firstname.lastname@example.org
“All of these attributions are some not all of the attributions. She may seem hard on us at times, but it is because we in our drama enough to be unable to see the rebirth that is always involved with the endings and “deaths” we encounter through our experience here at this octave of conciousness.” — email@example.com
“She loves you very much.” — firstname.lastname@example.org
“So much it can be scary!!!!” — email@example.com
Wednesday: Sekhmet is associated with Wednesday.
Khoiak: Sekhmet is the Goddess of the month of Khoiak of the season of Akhet (Inundation), which was from approximately mid October to mid November.
Feast of Sekhmet and Bast: Dedicated to Sekhmet and Bast. Forerunner of Halloween. Celebrated on October 31.
November: Sekhmet is associated with November.
December: Sekhmet is associated with December.
There are links to related art work at the end here.http://www.ladyoftheflame.co.uk/Deities.htm
Sekhmet's name means 'powerful', and like Bast, she also has several variations of it, such as Sekhet or Sakhmet. She too was seen as the daughter of the sun God, Ra, and myth tells us that she was placed in the uraeus on his brow from where she would spit flames at his enemies. Her main temple was at Memphis in the south. She was the consort of the God, Ptah, and the mother of Nefertum.
Unlike Bast, Sekhmet does have a specific myth related to her, as follows:
Ra feared that humanity was plotting against him, having come to the conclusion that he was too old and frail to govern them any more. The other Gods encouraged Ra to punish the ungrateful humans by unleashing the power, or fire, of his avenging Eye upon them. Hathor, Sekhmet and Bast were all known as the 'Eyes Of Ra'. The God sent Hathor into Egypt to exact retribution from the people, and here she transformed into a lioness and became Sekhmet. The Goddess slew everyone she came across, and the land became red with their blood. By nightfall, she left the land to sleep, but would return the following day to finish her bloody work. Ra realised that Sekhmet had got a taste for blood and had become unstoppable. It was all going too far; a full-scale massacre would take place. He needed to stop the slaughter, and devised a plan, whereby he instructed the high priest at Heliopolis to obtain red ochre from Elephantine and mix it with seven thousand jars of beer to create a red liquid that looked like blood, but had rather different properties. The priest spread the mixture over the land. In the morning, Sekhmet returned to Egypt to finish off what remained of the people there, and lapped up what she assumed was their blood on the ground. The beer made her drunk, which effectively ended her rampage of bloodlust.
However, the lioness Goddess was not just seen as a war-monger and vengeful eye of the sun God. Because she was believed to bring plagues, the priests performed a kind of sympathetic magic to ward off and heal infections and illness. In this role, Sekhmet was known as the 'Lady of Life', and many of her priests were also physicians. In times of plague, they might perform huge, large-scale rituals. During the reign of Amenhotep III, hundreds of larger than life statues of Sekhmet were created, thirty of which are now in the British Museum. It seems conceivable that such a massive display of respect and veneration to the Goddess might have been to avert and drive out a particularly virulent plague.
Sekhmet also had a male form, when she known as Sekhmet Min. There is a representation of her in this aspect in the Temple of Khonsu at Karnak, Luxor, which shows the king standing before her to invoke her mighty strength in Min form.
Sekhmet seems more complex than Bast, but probably only because more material survives about her. To the pharaohs, she was seen as a symbol of their prowess as warriors and their ability to succeed in battle. On one limestone fragment, she is shown apparently breathing her divine life force into the mouth of the pharaoh Sneferu of the Fourth Dynasty.
As with the Goddess Isis, Sekhmet seems to have been reinvented in the twentieth century. Although she is still regarded as a powerful force, to be approached with respect and caution, we can perceive a 'watering down' of her aspects. In Ancient Egypt she was dangerous and ferocious, the bringer of plagues and retribution, the fire of the sun God's eye. This was no benign figure, who could be adored and worshipped as a gentle mother. Nowadays, many women (in particular) view Sekhmet as a source of strength, independence and assertiveness, and commune with her frequency when these attributes need to be augmented or instilled. In many ways, we could say that Sekhmet has become the symbol of the modern woman. She is still approached as a healer, bringer of justice and as a guardian or protector, but the emphasis has shifted. If any system is to survive, it has to move with the times and adjust itself to suit the sensibilities of those who adhere to it. It seems a natural progression that Sekhmet has transformed from what was almost a force of chaos into an icon of immanent female power.http://www.kemet.org/glossary/sekhmet.html
Sekhmet (G/R Sachmis) - "Powerful Female" First noted in a myth describing Ra's vengeance upon his enemies, Sekhmet, an unstoppable force from which humankind was delivered only by the timely intervention of a moment of levity (embodied in public drunkenness), is an "aggressive" form of the Name of Hethert (Sekhmet was not originally a Name in and of Herself; it is in fact more accurate to refer to Her from earlier times as Sekhmet-Hethert, or Hethert-Sekhmet.) Eventually Sekhmet would develop both a cult and a "personality" quite distinct from Hethert, as the Eye of Ra associated with divine vengeance. As a healer, Sekhmet's power to destroy things utterly would be invoked against the invisible "demons" of plague and disease; Sekhmet's priesthood in antiquity were trained surgeons of remarkable caliber, given the standards for medicine in the ancient world. Thousands of statues of Sekhmet, carved from Aswan red granite, were erected to line processional ways during the New Kingdom as a way to placate the "Red Lady" and encourage Her to turn back the plagues which came into the country at that time. Sekhmet as a destroyer is paired with Ptah the creator and Nefertem the healer at Mennefer, and Her destructive lioness-visage found echo in the images of the Names of Mut and Mertseger down-country in Uaset. Sekhmet's strongest attribute, like that of the lioness Her symbol, is that of appropriate action, especially appropriate violence/destruction.
|Wednesday, January 5th, 2005|
Re: Sekhmet "Forums"
I noticed something a few months ago, and I have noticed it again now. The Sekhmet & Ptah forums over at Robert Masters' site has been disabled because of "far too many inappropriate things being posted". AllThingsSekhmet.com is gone. We have lived through the destruction and passing away of these things and here we Her daughters and sons stand, all of us dynamic, fiery people who can rebuild these things. My idea is far from a new one. nemtetsemnewty
originally created the Sekhmetsown list on elist many aeons ago. We won't go over that long, painful and sordid history, but that original list is no more. A new incarnation now exists on Yahoogroups, and is a sister to this community here on LiveJournal.
So....my point in all of this? I would like to see a resurgence and enthusiasm of Sekhmet's people to put some of these resources back on the web. Surely we can gather together and get the resources and put it out there. Ideas? Input? Anyone?
We can do it. I know we can.
Fumble Fingers Strike Again!
OK...I should have said I was SAT Sekhmet-HetHert.....etc...
I am a female...I just cant type.
Usha Current Mood: embarrassed