What Does It Mean to be the Hru (Horus or Hero)?

16 07 2014

Hetepu (Peace) Family

Kamitic Falcon - Hru

I have noticed after studying the Maa Aankh that when many of us are faced with a big decision, we take into consideration of all the factors.  We look at the pros and cons and after we carefully examining all of the facts. That’s when we allow our logic to kick in and show us the way, but most of our decisions are always based upon our emotions. After looking at all of the facts, we always consider how our decision will make us or others feel, which means that the primary motivation behind our decisions is our emotions.

It is our emotions (hence e – motions) that gives us the desire to seek our dreams. Our emotions also play a very significant role in us striving to accomplish our goals not our logic. Unfortunately, our emotions are also the cause of many of our problems. The whole idea behind falling in love is not logical at all, but an emotional response where you allow yourself to feel a particular way about an individual in hopes of having a positive future.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

What is it despite all of the odds, facts, pros and cons that makes us act on hope? It is faith. Faith is ethereal and has its roots in the spiritual realm of KAMTA on the Maa Aankh. Whereas logic is based upon what we physically see in the physical realm of TASETT.

Think about it. When a couple decides to have a child together, after listening to all of the expenses that goes along with having a child, not to mention the potential health risks to the mother and child, not to mention the cost to clothe, feed and shelter the child for the next 18 to 20 years. They are moving beyond the logic and making a decision to have a child because they have faith that the child would be a blessing to them and the world.

Hru Osar and Set

Hru Osar and Set

In the Story of Osar, the heir of Osar, Hru we are told challenged his evil uncle Set for the throne. Set we have to remember usurped the throne of Osar in the first place and had been in power now for well over 35 or more years. So, Set besides being older had more resources and most likely more experience at warfare. Hru was therefore challenging a monstrous adversary.

The legend says as expected he fought his evil uncle Set on the battlefield numerous times for the throne, with each campaign ending either in stalemate or total defeat. Hru is not prepared nor is he ready to reclaim the throne, despite the fact that he is in the right. He doesn’t believe he can defeat Set. We have to remember that according to various sources, there were numerous attempts that were made on his life ever since he was born. Even though he knew he was the rightful heir of the throne and he had survived Set’s ruthlessness.  I am sure he had deeply rooted sentiments about challenging someone who was older, ruthless and more experienced at war.

Then, in one decisive battle, Set managed to get close enough to our hero and gouge his eye out, because the enemy being more adept at warfare knows Hru’s weakness. Hru however wasn’t aware that he even had one, which almost cost him his life.

Thoth offers Seti I an Ankh Sign

Hru battered and injured barely escaped with his life and flees to his father’s wise vizier Djahuti. Through magical means, Djahuti repairs Hru’s eye perfectly. The beauty of this passage is that Djahuti repaired Hru’s gouged out eye perfectly so that he could have a holistic view. The reason Hru failed to defeat Set in the beginning because he wasn’t sure about himself, he lacked certainty and faith. Hru’s painful defeat and near death forces him to expand his consciousness thereby transform. During his transformation, he sees the shortcoming or limitations in relying totally upon his logic and not having any faith, which leads him to relinquish his victimized mentality.

The next time Hru engages Set in battle he was victorious and manages to totally subdue his Set’s military forces.  Hru is a different warrior and a new warrior because his eye has been repaired.  He now has keen sight and is able to move beyond his fears and fight with faith.  A true hero is not an individual that has no fear, but one who makes decisions in the face of fear based on what they see and feel is in their heart. Hru is able to defeat his evil uncle despite Set’s military prowess, experience, etc., because he had connected to the Rau through Djahuti, and trusted that the same Rau – Divine Power – that his father had used to unite the country and make everyone within it prosperous, would not lead him astray.

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The point of this post is that Set is not going to just give you what is rightfully yours. You have to fight as if you deserve it, which means moving beyond what you logically think is the best way to win, and instead acting on faith. It is okay to use logic for simple decisions but for major decisions, in order to accomplish our objectives we have to put our trust in the unknown and act on faith.  It is the only way to become the true hero.





What’s the Difference Between a Shaman and a Preacher?

14 07 2014

Hetepu (Peace) Family

It’s been a long time. Hope all is well with you all.

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I wanted to share with you a discussion that I had with someone recently.  They had read in one of my books how I mentioned that back in the day, due to slavery African American shamans were  preachers, priest or priestess, teachers, counselors, healers, psychics, herbalists, diviners, etc. because they all preformed some type of healing for their respective communities.  However, not every preacher, priest or priestess, teacher, counselor, healer, psychic, herbalist, diviner, etc. is a shaman. How is that possible? What’s the difference between the two and why do I follow a shamanic path?

Well, without going through a long dissertation, besides the obvious like attire, ritualistic approaches for seeking spiritual assistance etc. like chanting, drumming, dancing, etc.  The key difference is based upon how one sees the Divine. Shamans typically don’t follow any type of dogma, whereas most adhering to an organized religion or haven’t adopted shamanic principles into their life, usually do.

This approach is very significant and we see how it plays out when it comes acquiring spiritual assistance.  For instance, when an adherent seeks spiritual assistance in help with some issue they are facing. The adherent from the organized religion is instructed to seek the Will of God through prayer, meditation, divination, etc., because they have been taught (or believe) that they are a humble and sinned servant that needs to be saved.  From this approach, it would appear that God is doing the individual a favor, which explains the reason why so many feel they have to beg and plea to be saved, and if they breach a moral code of conduct, they must beg for forgiveness. This is not the case in most shamanistic traditions.

In shamanism when the shaman needs divine or supernatural assistance, they simply seek the solution to their problem through prayer, meditation or divination, etc. because they see themselves as a co – creator with the Divine. It is not solely left up to the Divine if they will live or not, but responsibility is also shared by all of those involved. For instance, if one wants to overcome an illness, then the patient has to also take responsibility for his or health and do what is necessary physically and spiritually to acquire good health. This is because from a co – creator’s perspective, the Divine is literally the Source and will support you in whatever you choose to do. This is the reason most shamans don’t concern themselves with spiritual enlightenment or seeking to expand their consciousness, because it is like acquiring knowledge without experience. Instead, shamans focus upon practical objectives because in resolving these issues they not only achieve tangible goals but in the process may also acquire the wisdom when dealing with similar issues. In this case, spiritual enlightenment is seen as fascinating side effect that if it occurs great, but if not there’s no problem because it wasn’t the intention in the first place. This is because shamanism focuses upon practicality, which is based upon Maa - that is, Objective Truth not what belief is popular at the time.

So in essence, most belonging to an organized religious structure (or still harboring this mindset) focus on the future (and the hereafter). Everything they approach is from this same dogmatic perspective whereas they feel if they don’t do this they will be punished. If they don’t eat right, they will be punished. If they act and treat their neighbors right, then they will be punished. If they don’t belong to this particular group or affiliates, then they will be punished. Everything is based upon the fear if they don’t do a particular thing, then they will “reap what they sow” because it is based upon catastrophe.

Shamans on the other hand, focus on the here and now in order to make a better future. Since shamanism is pre-religion, it doesn’t force people to live their lives out of fear of sin, karma, etc.  When something doesn’t work or doesn’t produce the desired results, it is not looked upon as being the will of God or some divine act. If God doesn’t punish animals for their animalistic behavior, why would God punish human beings for their animal behavior? This was seem contradictory, which in shamanism the Divine is not. So when something doesn’t work or doesn’t produce the desired results. It is simply seen as being botched like too much of one ingredient was added to a cake mix.  Basically, it is due to things not being in balance.

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Shamanism basically assists an individual in saving themselves, instead of depending upon someone or something outside of themselves to save them, because most have been Called like preachers who have been Called to the pulpit.  The main difference being that most shamans consisted of them overcoming an deadly illness, destructive and negative behavior that is destroying their family and/or community, etc.. In their mysterious rebirth, they learn what to do and what not to do not because it offends the Divine presence within them. In other words, it separates them from their divinity, thus inhibiting them from creating miracles in their life.  This is why elderly black men and women in southern churches use to abstain from certain behaviors, practices, obscenities, perversions and substances. It was this shamanic practice that was brought from Africa that assured that the one being Called would not adjust their concept of God in order to accept, ignore or overlook their wickedness. This age old African tradition has rapidly become extinct in most Black Churches, which is why there is a lack of spiritual development today in the Black community.

Maa-The Path of the Feather

Maa-The Path of the Feather

I personally chose and continue to follow this path because it establishes a rapport between you and the Divine. When something is right, you instantly see the results. When you have done something wrong, you get that feedback as well and learn to make adjustments. No one needs to tell you what you is right or wrong.  If you have your right mind, we all have commonsense.  We all know what is right or wrong because the Divine is within all of us, so no matter how much we try to sugarcoat it you know. This is why it is not even necessary to persuade people of what is the truth or not the truth, because Truth is Divine and the Divine’s spark dwells within us all. So, it is not a matter of not knowing the Truth or Maa, it is about choosing not to believe it and in that case.  God doesn’t have to punish you. You are simply punishing yourself.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

Now, shamanism is not about making up your own rules as you go, but a lot of people due to Western thinking are use to rules and feel that if they don’t have any rules. They don’t have any guidelines to maneuver around.  For those people, I say that according to the Maa Aankh, when we physically die our soul will stand before Osar in accompany with our ancestors, where we will give account for everything that we did while among the living.  If our soul is boggled down by confusion and guilt, then we will become a confused, misguided and tormented ghost or aapepu. This means that if you can’t imagine standing before you beloved ancestors and proudly telling them everything that you did in secret with no shame. Then, you might want to give that thing, substance, behavior, etc. up.

And, this is the difference between a shaman and a preacher.

Hope that helps.





What is Kamiticism/Kemeticism and the Various Kamitic Paths?

7 12 2013

Hetepu (Peace) Family,

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In past articles I have talked about the uniqueness of Kemetic/Kamitic spirituality. I have indicated in previous post that Kemetic/Kamitic spirituality means something different to many people because the Kemetic/Kamitic philosophers and sages didn’t leave any detailed instructions on how to practice their spiritual tradition, thus resulting in it being interpreted in a number of ways.  Consequently, there are several Kemetic/Kamtic paths that can be practice as it was in the days of Ancient Egypt (Kamitic/Kemetic), but as one reader reminded me.  What I failed to explain is what these paths are and how they differ from each other, which I will do in this post.

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First, in order to understand these paths, we must first understand that Kamitic spirituality is different from Westerns spiritual traditions because the latter is based upon the concept of good versus evil. From the Western perspective, everything that is considered to be good is associated with godliness, whereas everything else is considered ungodly or evil.  Thus we have good versus evil, white versus black, male versus female, spiritual versus secular and vice versa. So we have it that if a philosophy, music, poem, lifestyle, career, etc. does not in any way talk about God or is not somehow relate to it. It is not considered to be good, godly or spiritual, and therefore it is deemed according to Western thought to be secular, ungodly and hence evil.  When an individual in the west has unpleasant experiences, it is commonly seen as being the work of evil forces.  To remove this evil one simply has to do good works.  Doing good works regardless if one is teaching, speaking, making money, etc. is seen as doing godly acts, regardless if the individual is religious or not because from the Western perspective one has to be saved from evil.  Anything that is considered good in nature, is seen as being godly and classified as being a part of a ministry, a part of the white practice, a light path, etc.  The same holds true for non-Western traditions that have been adapted and modified to address Western needs as well.

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Kamitic spirituality differs from the start because it does not necessarily believe in good versus evil per se. Good and evil from the Kamitic perspective are seen as subjective manmade concepts used to measure. Meaning what one person sees as being good may be bad for another. This can best be seen in the proverbial question, “Who do you think God favors in the web, the spider or the fly?”

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This is because from the Kamitic perspective good and evil are seen as polar opposites of each other.  In other words, both are needed because one cannot exist without the other like right and left, light and dark, hot and cold, fire and water, etc. This is because evil from the Kamitic perspective is seen as anything that is extreme, while good is more like anything that is perfect.  This state of perfection is called Maa. In short, Western traditions can be said to be based upon opposition and conflict between good and evil, God and the devil, etc. But the Kamitic traditions are based upon affinity, harmony, understanding the interconnectedness between these forces, thus requiring one to be patient and still.

Maa is commonly translated to mean, order, law, justice, righteousness, karma, etc. but it refers to Absolute Truth, which extends beyond rational thinking and experimentation and is obtained by trusting your intuition.  To understand Maa we must recognize that everything in nature such as our ecological system, the seasons, etc. is all composed of dualities. With night comes day. With hot comes cold and so on. One cannot exist without the other because everything is cyclical and interdependent upon the other.  For instance, the sun does not shine in the same place all the time because it would be extremely hot and plant life would not be able to grow and sustain life. Hot days are therefore balanced with cool days and vice versa, which is Maa.

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The vagueness about Maa exists because Maa exist throughout nature, between people and even within oneself, which is why Maa translates to mean order, law, justice, righteousness, karma, truth, etc.  Coincidentally, we all are given a chance to practice Maa on a daily basis, but most of the time we are not aware of it.  For instance, whenever we are in a heated argument with a loved one or close friend. When we sense that the other party is becoming agitated, it is quite normal to continue to argue and run the risk of jeopardizing our relationship.  But, instead of continuing with the argument, if we were to agree to disagree or do something else to quell the argument from preceding any further, even if it means apologizing or staying silent and refusing to rebuttal.  We would notice that it would neutralize the heat generated in the argument, thus creating a balance situation. When we cease to follow the normal path during an argument and take what some would refer to, as the higher road.  We have just created a balanced or Maa situation, because we were still, which restored harmony.

Scale of Maa

As you can see, from the Kamitic perspective, evil is anything that is done to the extreme, while good is balance or Maa. Therefore, when ill befalls one under the Kamitic belief such as an illness, loss of fortune, etc. Instead of seeing it as punishment from God, a curse, etc., it is interpreted from the Kamitic perspective as an imbalance. An illness for instance could be due to excessive amounts of stress, worries over money, too much fatty foods, etc. The loss of a job could be due to excessive idleness from an employee or employer, and so on.  Never is any kind of ill credited to an outside force, as is the case in Western thinking. Blame is always placed on the individual(s), so that they can take responsibility for their actions and therefore make amends to restore Maa. In a nutshell, whenever anything occurs on the natural or human plane to the extreme, the remedy is to do the complete opposite, which will restore balance or Maa because everything is cyclical.

The Maa concept is the basis of the Kamitic legend of Osar (Ausar, Asar or Osiris in Greek) and those involved in the Kamitic tradition can be classified as being either on a religious, mystical and/or shamanic path, and each explains and practices Maa differently.

Oset and Hru

For instance, those on the Kamitic religious path choose to see Osiris somewhat as a savior similar to Jesus Christ, focusing on the part of the legend that after Set was defeated by Horus (Heru, Hru).  He resurrected his father Osar (Ausar, Asar, Osiris), hence his goodness, mercy, prosperity, etc. returned to the world.  It should be noted that this path incorporates a lot of syncretism and mysticism in it because most of the Christian stories regarding the birth and death of Jesus were borrowed directly from the Kamitic tradition. For example, the announcement of the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary can be seen as Thoth’s (Tehuti, Djahuti) informing Isis (Auset, Aset, Oset) on how to conceive a child. The Immaculate Conception is Isis’ Virgin birth. The Star of Bethlehem can be seen as Osar. King Herod obviously is Set the jealous brother trying to kill Osar’s rightful heir. The infant Jesus of course is Hru, and the Holy Family (Joseph, the Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus) fleeing into Egypt is Npu (Anpu, Anubis), Oset and the Infant Hru fleeing from Set. The syncretism in this path is so strong that nativity scenes are sometimes purchased and the icons to reflect Npu, Oset and Hru.

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The Kamitic mystics like most mystics focus upon spiritual enlightenment and they practice Maa by focusing on becoming more like Osar (Ausar, Asar) seeing Osar as being the perfect role model of Maa, as indicated by his balanced crook and flail. This path usually consists of a lot of metaphysics and other esoteric sciences. For instance, most individuals following this path are familiar with all of the sciences regarding the winter solstice, which was a major celebration in ancient times as it related to the dog-star Sirius.

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The Kamitic shamans, which is the path I have succumb to after spending a number of years in the previous paths, focuses upon practicing Maa by harmonizing with oneself, others and nature.  It is basically a healing path that focuses upon establishing and maintaining Maa in one’s health, relationships, career, finances, etc.  In the shamanic path, particularly Kamta – an Afro-American shamanic tradition, Osar and Set are both seen as being polar opposites of one another.  Consequently, Osar (Ausar, Asar, Osiris) is seen as being an example of an individual that was too spiritual, seeing the spiritual realm as being superior over the physical (ultimately resulting in his death); while his youngest brother Set is seen as being an example of an individual that is too materialistic and engrossed in the physical world (resulting in the destruction of planet). The heir of Osar, Hru (Heru, Horus) standing on the edge of both lands (the spiritual and material world), is seen as being an example of what it means to live according to Maa as indicated by his dual red and white crown.

The Double Pschent Crown

In the shamanic path, since most of the work regarding Maa occurs within the mind, those on this path are free to adopt, adapt, borrow, modify and change anything according to their desire, because they are focused more on healing (spiritually, mentally, physically, etc.), which means obtaining physical results.  Maa from the shamanic perspective is not concerned with beliefs, dogma and theory, but what works. For instance, those on the shamanic path may easily set up a nativity scene but deliberately not place the infant in the manger, to express the idea that they are awaiting the arrival of their divinity. At the same time, they may take the infant Jesus icon and tie petitions on it for money, better relationships, better career, improved health, etc., because they recognize the symbolic truth and how it relates to Osar, Oset and Hru.  A Kamitic shaman may also use the 23rd Psalms, seeing the “Lord” in the scripture as a reference to Osar. The options are limitless, because the boundaries are determined by the individual’s thinking.  As you can see, a Kamitic shaman, is more like adventurist that explores the various avenues of both realities (spiritual and physical realms) in order to establish and maintain Maa by simply focusing on what works in order to help humanity.

In each of these paths, Maa is the basis and if you are interested in learning more about Maa, I would highly recommend that you first learn how to meditate because it is fastest way to discovering the Maa within yourself, but, be prepared for a serious paradigm shift. As I mentioned earlier, Kamitic spirituality is nothing like Western spiritual traditions, because there is no savior or someone to cast blame upon. Maa is about Absolute Truth and as the saying goes, sometimes “the truth hurts,” but rest assure, “the Truth will set you free” from all of the illusion preventing you from reaching your full potential by coaxing you to take responsibility for your actions and behaviors.

Hope that helps.

Hetep (Peace)





Are There Aliens Among Us?

25 10 2013

Hetepu (Peace) Family

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Let’s discuss some thing about aliens.  Recently, the “History Channels” has been airing a show called Ancient Aliens, which entertains the idea that all of the great civilizations where there are pyramid structures were aliens.  A real slap in the face.

nefertiti statue showing elongated skull

nefertiti statue showing elongated skull

The so-called premises of this is due to the elongate skull of Nefertiti and the heretic king Akhenaten.

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Now, never mind the fact that similar elongated skulls can be found in other areas of Africa, which indicates that it is cultural practice. Western scholars prefer to reach for a farfetched idea and claim that the Kamitic people and every other ancient civilization that has a pyramid structure (such as those found in (Kamit, Sudan, Mexico, Honduras, Central America, off the coast of Cuba, etc.) were visited by aliens. So…

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Let’s go back…Way back…before Columbus stumbled upon the Americas…back before the Spanish were given the go ahead to come to the “New World”…Before the Portuguese met the Kongo-Angola people. Yes, back before Western exploration, colonization, the Transatlantic Slavery and imperialism.

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Back when our ancestors walked the land free, naked and unashamed because they didn’t see their nude body as being evil. Back when our ancestors ate the food that their ancestors ate because that’s what made them healthy and sustained their wellbeing.

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Back when our ancestors wore numerous trinkets of gold and silver because they didn’t have a monetary value but spiritual value.

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Back when our ancestors wore gold and silver identifying their status in our society based upon their spiritual knowledge, wisdom and maturity.

Back when our ancestors walked the land, we sat at their feet while they taught us to live in balance and harmony with everything, which meant each other and the environment, or suffer the consequences. This was our TRUTH based upon commonsense.

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Now, let us jump to the Now.

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In the Now where we must wear clothes because it is viewed as being indecent for not doing so. In the Now, we depend upon the research conducted by this university or that university to tell us what is good to eat, which often contradicts itself in the same month, year or several years from now based upon scientific understanding. The research conducted by those foreign to our ways of life, is now considered the Truth.

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If it can’t be proven in a lab and if the “white man” doesn’t say it is true, then it must not be true, because it can’t be proven scientifically.

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In the Now, the people that wear the most gold and silver are the poorest in the nation mentally, physically and spiritually, and they will harm another for it.

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In the Now, people refuse to fight for what is right and will even fight each other instead because they subscribe to the belief that, “Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord,” or “Bad karma.”

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In the Now we believe that we are born in sin and that the ways of our ancestors is backwards, evil and of the devil. As a result, we conclude that because hell is a place where the epitome of evil resides, because we essentially good people. We can live any way we want just so long as we don’t anything that is really evil.

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You want to know who are the aliens amongst us?

Foreign ideologies, beliefs, philosophies, theories, diets, lifestyles, etc. that have nothing to do with our ancestry or Spirit that bring instant gratification to the flesh but long-term misery and suffering to the soul.

Statue of Hyskos or Shepherd Kings

Statue of Hyskos or Shepherd Kings

I am talking about so-called god of the Hyskos or the Shepherd Kings.

The Kamitic people referred to the so-called god of the Hyskos as Set, who according to legend joined forces to kill Osar (Osiris). You may know Set as Set-an or Satan, the original alien that introduced foreign ways, that makes brother fight against brother (See the Legend of Osar). This is why Set is known as the author of confusion, the spirit of war and chaos.  Yes….we could rightfully call it, “Set-Foolery!

Hru and Set - Fighting the Devil Within

Hru and Set – Fighting the Devil Within

Does it make sense now why Set and Apepu were the chief enemies of Rau (the Spirit of God) and Osar (the Higher Self) in Kamitic lore? Does it make sense now why TASETT – the Red Lands not only symbolizes the geographical region the Kamitic people called Lower Kamit (northern Ancient Egypt), which early Western writers borrowed and called it Hell. (Remember Satan or Santa comes from the north bringing his bag of tricks). But, TASETT also symbolizes the physical realm and the Lower Self, which is where our personal devils dwell?

TASETT - The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit or Egypt. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self.

TASETT – The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit or Egypt. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self.

Now, I am not suggesting that we go back to the old ways, because we couldn’t if we tried.  I am not even suggesting that we abandon our technology or stop attending school because that is foolish.

KAMTA - The Black Lands. Literally also known as the fertile region of Upper Kamit in the southern part of the country. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Higher Self.

KAMTA – The Black Lands. Literally also known as the fertile region of Upper Kamit in the southern part of the country. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Higher Self.

What I am suggesting is that we need to learn to follow our Higher Self or our Osar, by retreating back to those mysterious Black Lands, the lands of our Ancestors, the Land that can’t be tampered with because it can only be found within.  That’s right, the realm of the spirits that the Kamitic people called KAMTA – The Black Lands. It is the land of the south (metaphorically speaking) is where we find our personal spirit guide who will keep us from losing our minds or being, “abducted by aliens (foreign ways).”

Peace & Blessings

Hope that helps.

Enjoy the following video, which proves that these great edifices weren’t built by aliens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9w-i5oZqaQ





Why You Need Maa (How to Get a Holistic View of the Cycle of Life)

14 07 2013

Hetepu Family Hope you are all doing fine during this very hot summer. Can’t complain. In a few months it might be cold as who knows what. Everything has its seasons, right? That’s Maa. I wanted to share something with you all that I have posted before but the more I in-sperience (inner experience) I get. The more I feel obligated to share to help others. Something has been troubling me because I keep hearing people having all sorts of mishaps with others yet; they claim to know about Maat.  Then, I keep seeing people talk about the goddess Maat means balance, law, truth, etc. Then these people talk about lighting a candle to Maat and chanting the 42 Negative Confessions, which is actually called the 42 Declarations. I keep coming across sites of people claiming all of this and it just really trips me out, because I don’t have a fanciful relationship with Maat. I have not found Maat to be fairy-like. I wish she were sometimes because it would be a lot easier, but I am glad in the end that she is not.

Maat (the Personification of Maa)

Maat (the Personification of Maa)

Now, I am not here to criticize and casts stones.  I just want to state for the record my experience with Maat because this fantasy-like spiritual times that we are in where you can find anything Egyptian like in the mall at Spencer’s (by the way I do like this store) has people believing that you can do whatever you want, so long as you light a candle and give Maat some patchouli incense. And, I am here to tell you, that I don’t so.  This Western society that we live in is quick to follow anything and later deem it a fad because it doesn’t produce results. In the 1970s everyone wanted to be a guru. In the 1980s everyone was all about being culturally inclined. In the 1990s everyone wanted to be Kemetic/Kamitic. In the 2000s everyone wants to be a shaman, and so on. People claim to be spiritual in Western society but they are truly left-brained dominant, believing only in what they see. So, let me tell you from my experience who Maat is.

Scale of Maa

Scale of Maa

First off, Maat is the personification of the concept called Maa. Maa means truth, balance, order, law, morality and justice but lets explain this concept one-by-one. According to various Kamitic/Kemetic texts, when the Almighty God – Nebertchar (The Lord of Everything) created the universe, the first thing that the Divine created was the Maa. The Maa caused everything that came into existence to have its equal.  This is why our universe is full of duality. You can’t fire without water, light without darkness, expansion without contraction, or man without a woman, etc. So this explains the balance part.

Balance

Balance

The law part deals with understanding the dual nature in the universe. For instance, what goes up must come down – that’s Law. Natural conception occurs between male and female species – that’s Law.  Energy cannot be created only transformed – that’s Law and we can go on.

Law of Gravity

Law of Gravity

The Truth part deals with us all recognizing these dualities and the laws based upon the interdependency between them. In other words, we all know that what goes up must come down is the law of gravity.

Law of Thermodynamics

Law of Thermodynamics

We might not understand the Law of Thermodynamics but we understand the food chain and we understand that gasoline is combusted (destroyed) in order to become a form of energy to power our cars, etc.

Fibonacci Sequence

Fibonacci Sequence

Therefore, in order to understand the law requires a little understanding of science. When we understand science (and mathematic I might add) we see that there is a certain Order that nature follows.

Fibonacci Sequence in Flowers

Fibonacci Sequence in Flowers

The Fibonacci sequence is a fascinating phenomenon that illustrates this very concept. Science is riddled with Maa, the Periodic Table of Chemicals is another example of the Divine Order we call Maa.

Periodic Table of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements

How many people have you ever-heard talk about this in regards to Maa? Not many and we will see why here shortly.

Kamitic Ethics

Kamitic Ethics

So, let’s continue. We’ve covered the balance, law and order, which means if you understand that there is a balance and based upon that balance are laws that establish a particular order. This would mean that you would know that you couldn’t live any sort of way because it would disrupt the balance, be unlawful and disrupt the natural order of things, hence Morality. Now understand what Morality means. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the desire to do wrong or to follow your lower nature. Sure, my wife is having a bad day (for whatever reason) and she comes home screaming at me. My conditioned response is to scream back at her but is that the Moral thing to do? No, the Moral or Maa thing would be to diffuse her fire with cool-water actions and behavior, like run a bath, put on some relaxing music, etc. until she is calm enough to discuss the issue. That’s Maa and as I told you, this is not fluffy bunny or fairy dusting.

Egyptian Fairy

Egyptian Fairy

If you read this and said “Hell NO!” or “No Way!” to responding to this situation, then guess what? You just turned your back on your chance of meeting the real Maat. You see most people who claim to know about Maa have no clue about the concept and definitely are just scratching the surface of the spirit called Maat. The reason is because Western society has painted a picture that anyone dealing with traditional spirituality particularly – African Traditional Religion and Afro-Diaspora traditions – are all about superstitious and animist beliefs. This has people thinking that the Kamitic philosophers weren’t just sitting in lawn chairs staring at the universe and cajoling Her to reveal her deep mysteries.  No, the Kamitic philosophers were scientist and Kamitic spirituality (moral living) was based upon science. People forget that chemistry or khemistry was created in Kamit. But, some of these people claiming that they are priests, priestesses, shamans, etc. are really just ego-tripping and I hope that they realize it before it is too late that you can’t just do what you want and claim to be following Maa. Now, I am not saying that you have to be a mathematic or science expert to follow Maa, but don’t just follow people because they got a good theory.  The cool thing about Maa, which I hope that you saw is that you, can test it and see if it works for you. If anyone told you different, then they just want your money and undying devotion. By the way, while we’re on the subject. If you ask someone to tell you about their maa (personal way) and why they do the things they do, and they start quoting scriptures or something that someone told them. This individual has no true experience or understanding of Maa either. Again, I am not here to judge or criticize anyone. I am just telling you my experience and what I know. If you were to meet me and observe my maa you would find that everything that I do is based upon what I know. I honor my aakhu (ancestors) because I know that they continue to exist on the other side of this experience we call life.  You would rarely hear me say, “…Because So-and-so said“ So, how do you understand Maa and learn about Maat if you are not into mathematics and science? Well, another missed point about Maa is that the concept also means, Sight, thus holistic. Many pseudo- Kamitic/Kemetic believers think that the Left Utchat or Aabit refers to the Third Eye but it actually corresponds to the right hemisphere of brain, hence intuition.

Maa Aankh

Maa Aankh

And, who speaks to us intuitively? You got it, the Spirits.

The Right Eye of Ra (Also known as the Solar Eye corresponds to literal and physical sight.)

The Right Eye of Ra (Also known as the Solar Eye corresponds to literal and physical sight.)

In other words, what you know based upon your personal experience is symbolized on the Maa Aankh (below) as the Right Utchat, or Aakhut hovering above TASETT – The Physical realm.

The Left Eye of Ra (also called the Lunar Eye corresponds to intuition and spiritual sight, hence insight.)

The Left Eye of Ra (also called the Lunar Eye corresponds to intuition and spiritual sight, hence insight.)

But what lies beneath your subconscious, the superconscious, hidden, mysterious or spiritual realm is symbolized by the Left Utchat under KAMTA – The Spiritual Realm.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

Maa Aankh with Utchat

Remember the two Eyes are associated with the Sun and the Moon or Ra and Amun Ra.

The Eyes of Ra (Provide a Holistic Perspective)

The Eyes of Ra (Provide a Holistic Perspective)

This means if you are not all that, keen on your true mathematic and scientific thinking. Then you need to find a way to intuit and communicate with the other side. One way to do this is by using an oracle. There are several theories as to how oracles work. One theory is that since we are all connected to One Source, hence the Web of Life.  There are invisible threads like a spider web that connects you and everything in it together, so when you throw a shell, pull a card, read a random passage, etc.  The oracle is taking into account everything about the universe, your shortcomings, your family, friends, even your alleged enemies, etc. and symbolizing it in your throw.  All you are doing is really plucking that spoke or energy.

Web of Life

Web of Life

Oracles are not some spooky things, they are simply tools used to help you to intuit. There are all types of oracles that exist. If you pay attention to your dreams then you are using your dreams as an oracle. Oracles have been used all over the world by a number of cultures.  There are all sorts of examples of oracles being used in the Bible. For instance, in Genesis 44:4-5 and 15, Joseph the Dreamer used an oracle referred to as scrying. The Urim and Thummin oracle was used by the priests in Leviticus 16:7-8. There are other oracles that have been used in the bible as well.

Kau Chim Oracle

Kau Chim Oracle

In China the most common oracles known in the West the I Ching and Kau Chim, but there are a number of oracles systems used in China. In Africa, there are a number of oracles that are used. The most popular African oracles are Ifa and Meridillogun based upon the Yoruba spiritual system, but there are a number of divination systems practiced throughout the continent even by Christianized and Muslim Africans. The Koran is also used as a form of divination, just like African Americans in the United States use the Holy Bible.

African Oracle

African Oracle

Ok, some of you are all about Kamitic science and think that oracles are superstitious fake Cleo devices, but let me appeal to you metaphysically. According to Maa we are all interdependent right? If you can’t accept that truth what about the fact that you need balance. For instance, you know what you know, but what about what your higher self…do you know what it knows? The thing you have to keep in mind about oracles is that they do not predict the future. They simply weigh the odds based upon your decision and tell you the possible outcome. This means if you change your plan and attitude, then you can change the divination and therefore the outcome.

Maa: A Guide to the Kamitic Way for Personal Transformation

Maa: A Guide to the Kamitic Way for Personal Transformation

Let me give you an example. Recently, I threw a cast based upon the system I use described in the Maa: A Guide to the Kamitic Way for Personal Transformation, about a couple’s relationship. The picture that the tablets gave me was of a Father, Mother and the Youngest Child. The description was two adults trying to have a conversation but the youngest child interrupts them. What also came to mind was the image of a father and mother trying to have “relations” but the child’s presence interrupts them also.  I told the couple, the problem with their relationship is communication. I told them that they are not talking about things to one another. I told them that both of them are holding back their feelings and then it Maat spoke (not literally) to me and said, “Baby.” Following her lead I told the couple, “You are having problems because you won’t talk about a Baby.” Come to find out, this was the couple’s problem. The father wanted children but the mother didn’t and they never talked about it. This was their communication problem, so do you see how Maat gave me a holistic perspective? Living by Maa means getting a full perspective or a holistic view. If you are not taking into account your intuition, then you have a lopsided view of the Cycle of Life. You only see one perspective. You don’t see if your decisions are beneficial or damaging to you and those around you.  You don’t see if your decision is justifiable and because you don’t see the whole picture. When imbalances occur you think it is something that occurs “all of a sudden.”  Maat is the patroness of true scientists and she will show you that nothing happens “All of a Sudden.” Everything that occurs in our life is based upon Cause and Effect.

Maa-The Path of the Feather

Maa-The Path of the Feather

So, following Maat is not about doing what you want to satisfy your desires or the desires of others but following the Path of the Feather, which means doing what is ideal to restore and maintain balance in your life, community, etc.

Never Forget It Began in Kamit

Never Forget It Began in Kamit

I hope this helps. Hetep

Copyright 2013





Ancient BaNtu Connection: Kamitic/Kemetic Color Symbolism and African Cosmology II

11 05 2013

Hetepu Family.

Summer is almost here and I hope to be travelling to some historic places where our ancestors once stood. A few years back I visited Jamestown and Williamsburg, VA where the Williamsburg Museum actually acknowledge how the first Africans on North American shores were from the Kongo Angolan region. For those of you who don’t know and are new to my blog, the Kongo people prior to be taken to the Americas were not forced into Christianity. Many of them willingly converted to the new faith before the start of the Maafa (the Africa Slave  Trade/Holocaust).  At the Williamsburg Muesuem they actually have a Kongo rosary from the late 1600s or early 1700s. The interesting thing about this rosary was that it didn’t have Jesus on it but instead Queen Nzinga. (I wish I could have taken a picture…I really tried and even tried sketching it but lost the drawing). It was a clear fact, that the Kongo people actually Africanized Christianity prior to their arrival. So this year my family reunion is in Atlanta, GA and I hope to visit Savannah, GA to see the First African Baptist Church.

First African Baptist Church 1775

First African Baptist Church 1775

First African Baptist Church was built in 1775. It claims to have been the first church originally founded in 1773, but it is contested by First Baptist of Virginia. My interests in this church is that this is where the Kongo floor diagram was found.

Kongo Cross at First African Baptist in Savannah, GA

Kongo Cross First African Baptist in Savannah, GA

According to historians, the church was also on one of the stations on the Underground Railroad. Escapees were hidden under the church and the holes in the floor boards acted as vents. It appears that in typical African thinking to identify where the runaways were they marked the spot with an X.

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad

But, I was wondering if there were more signs of the Kongo influence that have gone unnoticed.  Since the money to build the church was donated by slaves who were saving to purchase their freedom and everything was hand built by them also.

Court of the Kongo Kingdom and First African Baptist Sanctuary

Court of the Kongo Kingdom and First African Baptist Sanctuary

A look at Fist African Baptist sanctuary is very similar to the Kongo court.  Can you see the Kongo Upper Land and how it was converted using the archway?

First African Baptist Sanctuary

First African Baptist Sanctuary

The lights above give an allusion that something glorious is taken place, while something within is sacred.  This is where the idea appears to have originated from.

The queen is depicted in the position Funda Nkata, a very common pose among the noble class and religious authorities that indicates dignity or authority.

The queen is depicted in the position Funda Nkata, a very common pose among the noble class and religious authorities that indicates dignity or authority.

Notice how the enclosure begins or opens up at the bottom.

Kongo Yowa Cross

Kongo Yowa Cross

If you will recall, the Kongo Cross or Cosmogram begins from the Musoni moment as well.

Maa Aankh Cosmogram

Maa Aankh Cosmogram

Also, in the Kamitic / Kemetic traditions, Amun Ra is said to be the True Creator. Correction, not Creator but the Originator because the Kamitic thinkers liked to personify concepts in order to better understand them. Amun Ra as you can see is not a god nor is he The God.  The God in the Kamitic / Kemetic language was called Nebertcher or “Lord of Everything”.  Amun Ra we see simply means the Hidden Ra (Energy or Force).  Now, a closer look behind the pulpit of First African Baptist and there are stain glass windows of their pastors.

First African Baptist Sanctuary stain glass windows

First African Baptist Sanctuary stain glass windows

Notice how it forms a cross, but here’s where it stretches back to Kamit/Kemet (Ancient Egypt). Notice that there are nine marks or small discs encircling the image. Again, it should be noted that these were made around the late 1700s and early 1800s by ex-slaves and enslaved African Americans.

First African Baptist Sanctuary stain glass windows

First African Baptist Sanctuary stain glass windows

 This same number also appears in the patchwork ceiling, which resembles a quilt.

First African Baptist Sanctuary patchwork ceiling

First African Baptist Sanctuary patchwork ceiling

The number nine is a sacred number in Kamit/Kemet because it refers to the Kamitc Tree of Life also called the Paut Neteru, which was introduced by Ra Un Nefer Amen in his Metu Neter series. The number nine is also sacred in various African traditions as it refers to the gestation period and thus the completion of a cycle. When you look at the ceiling you see that each segment is composed of nine smaller segments. It is another way of drawing the Kongo Cross using diamonds and squares.  It basically is another illustration of an individual’s life term.

White Hedjet Crown

White Hedjet Crown

The fact that the ceiling is white gives another meaning, which reveals African cosmology at its best in North America. This is because remember, the color white in African thinking symbolizes the ancestral dead.  Remember, this is a symbolic concept that early Africans as far back as Kamit / Kemet created, which is why Osar’s (Asar, Ausar, Osiris in Greek) is known as the Lord of the Dead (Ancestors).  The name of Osar’s backbone or column is called djet, the symbol of strength. Even the root term of Osar’s crown ‘djet’ refers to inner strength.   Are you starting to see the picture?

Djett: Osar's Backbone

Djett: Osar’s Backbone

When we put together the color white with the concept of completed cycles on the ceiling. What we have here is the Kongo Cross turned upside down. The larger squares symbolize those who completed their cycle in the land of the living. That’s right. What we have above is an African view of Heaven. Where one would hope to die and see their deceased loved ones, but there’s a double meaning. This means the reason the pastors each have nine marks surrounding their image is because the Africans found another way of honoring those who lived a full term.

First African Baptist Stained Glass Window

First African Baptist Stained Glass Window

The other meaning or I should say the most important interpretation is that the ancestors above are looking over (protecting) their descendants, thus the church itself has just become a Kongo Cross or Maa Aankh, and in case you’re wondering.  Above the ceiling of course is where the Almighty God Nebertcher or Nzambi is imagined to be over it all, hence the Lord of Everything.

FAB Ceiling

Of course, all of this is just my theory but, when you look at the floor of the sanctuary, which is red or reddish brown.

FAB Sanctuary

FAB Sanctuary

What comes to my mind is the land of the living or TASETT on the Maa Aankh.

TASETT - The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit or Egypt. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self and the Land of the Living (Physical Realm).

TASETT – The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit or Egypt. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self and the Land of the Living (Physical Realm).

It should be clear that our ancestors thought about God, their ancestors, and the heavenly realm on a daily basis as indicated by this quilt, which also resembles the patchwork ceiling.

Woman holding African American Quilt from 1700s

Woman holding African American Quilt from 1700s

Now, another interesting fact that I have found about African First Baptist is that even their logo is a Kongo design.  Of course, it is not known if the artist was aware of this or not (most likely not).  Whatever the case, that is not the point.

FAB Logo

FAB Logo

 The point is that our ancestors really did leave instructions for us in stone.

Colonoware

Kongo Cross on Colonoware

We just need to take the time and investigate our culture, practices and traditions, instead of running behind everyone else’s.

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

No we do not need imitate, mimic, resurrect or reconstruct an exact replica of what our ancestors did because culture is not static, it is always evolving.

This is what the Kongo Yowa Cross (above) and Maa Aankh (below) indicate.

Maa Aankh

All we have to do, is search for God and we will find our ancestors there waiting to point us in our cultural direction.

Hope this helps.

Hetep.

Like this post? You may want to check out: Ancient Ancient BaNtu Connection: Kamitic/Kemetic Color Symbolism and African Cosmology I,
So Early Christian Stole From Kamit/Kemet Now What? Part 1 or So Early Christian Stole From Kamit/Kemet Now What? Part 2





Have You Been Called? Understanding African Cosmology and the Calling Amongst African Americans

6 05 2013

Hetepu (Peace) Family.

Hope all is well. This is something that has really been on my mind since Malcolm X’s birthday is nearing and the rising disturbing actions and behaviors perpetrated by our youth in their desperate attempt to make money.  I have also wanted to address this issue about because some people have been asking if Kamta is a New Age thing.  So I have been letting this subject run around in my mind for a minute in order to address is appropriately.

Kamitic priest in leopard pelt

Kamitic priest in leopard pelt

Because shamanism has become such a very popular term to throw around by anyone claiming to be spiritual and not religious or refusing to follow the order of organized religion. I have decided to write this post to clarify, specify and distinguish Kamta from the New Age shamanistic movements. Please understand that I have nothing against New Agers because everything has its purpose, but I want to make it clear that this is not a trend.  I have to keep telling this story in order to raise consciousness, not because it is the trendy thing that is in fashion now, but because it is a Way of Life pertaining to my survival.

Portuguese ship

Portuguese ship

Kamta is a Spirit – led shamanic tradition based upon Kamitic (Ancient Egyptian) philosophy and Afrospiritual thought.  When the Africans were enslaved and brought to North America, unlike those taken to the Caribbean and South America, they were unable to maintain and retain all of their religious beliefs because their formal introduction spiritual system had been disrupted or simply destroyed. This along with the fact that there were various ethnic groups with different cultures and spiritual beliefs also made it difficult for the spiritual systems transported to Protestant Christian North America from Africa to survive. Fortunately, prior to the advent of the Slave Trade, many of the people from the Kongo region had willingly converted to Roman Catholicism or were at least familiar with the Christian faith due to their encounter with Portuguese merchants and missionaries.  Consequently, those Africans brought from the Kongo Angolan region were able to retain majority of their spiritual beliefs under the guise of Christianity. Although, they were not able to create or recreate a formal initiation system such as the ones that exist throughout the Afro diaspora, they were able to maintain an informal initiation system that follows what is commonly referred to as the Rule of the Sun.

Kongo_Cross

Kongo Cross (also called the Dikenga or Yowa)

The Rule of the Sun is based upon African Cosmology particularly the Yowa, Dikenga also called the Congo or Kongo Cross. The general understanding of the Kongo Cross is that the human soul like the sun rises, zeniths, sets and is reborn again to create another dawn. Spiritually speaking, we rise and peak in our awareness, but when we experience problems, setbacks, calamity, dishonor, illness, etc.  It is because we are spiritually dying or our sun/soul is setting in the West. The reason we spiritually die is because we have picked up impurities (egocentricities) from dwelling amongst the living in the physical world like selfishness, egotism, fear, etc.. So, spiritual death occurs in order to purify our soul. If we survive the problem, illness, fall from grace, etc.  It is believed that we have traveled to the spiritual world and were reborn like the dawning sun. So along with this core belief, early African Americans believed that when someone experienced a spiritual death.  It was because they were being Called to the spiritual world to obtain their spiritual gifts.  Although good and evil existed in the Kongo mind, the whole battle between the good and evil was seen as a way in which one finds his or her true Self.  In other words, it was seen as way to establish and maintain balance, so that an individual could learn to stand on the edge of both worlds.

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

Now the Calling in the African American community was similar to other shamanic societies, in the sense that those who were called at an early age displayed unusual birth signs such as being breeched, born with a caul over their head, having uncommon birthmarks and so on.  But, the most common form of calling in the African American community  was the fall from grace in which the individual after experiencing problems had some sort of epiphany or revelation.  This is because all adversity was seen as an individual going through a dying phase, because as one elder told me “You have to go through something, in order to get something.” This something that the individual must go through is of course the adversity and hardship of the physical world.  The something that the individual is going to get refers to their reward, their talent, purpose, destiny, etc. that will be obtained spiritually (or from the spiritual world).  This is why it is not uncommon to hear of individuals within the African American community today being “Called” to the pulpit to be a preacher.  In the olden days, the Calling was not just about being an evangelist.  The Calling pertained to doing any type of ministry (God or Spirit-led) work in regards to helping people in the community such as being a seer, a healer, prayer warrior, and so on.

Robert Johnson the Blues Musician Who Supposedly Sold His Soul to Play the Guitar

Robert Johnson the Blues Musician Who Supposedly Sold His Soul to Play the Guitar

Those familiar with African American folk beliefs will not understand the basis of Robert Johnson’s Crossroad Ritual and will now understand the reason what Johnson did was considered evil is because his blues music was not helping his community. It was only going to make him richer, which is why the man who allegedly teaches him was called the devil.

The Transformation from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X to  El Hajj Malik Shabazz

The Transformation from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X to El Hajj Malik Shabazz

The Calling is a form of initiation based upon the Kongo Cross and it refers to being initiated and inducted into the spiritual fold to help the community. Like most initiations, which end of something old and the beginning or start of something new. It was understood that anytime an individual experienced any sort of unusual hardship, setbacks, obstacles, problems, etc. the individual was being Called.   This is the most accepted undocumented belief in the African American psyche.  It is the reason those individuals that have undergone a complete transformation such as the legendary Malcolm X (and a host of others), are so cherished in the African American community.  It is because African Americans like most people love a “comeback to grace” story and it is because the basis of our culture centers on the Rule of the Sun.

Because the Church became the most respected institution that white America during slavery (for the most part) would not meddle with.  Many of the people that were Called were given regular titles within the institution such as deacon, evangelist, missionary, etc. but there were also those who were known as Father, Papa, Poppa, Uncle, Brother, Mother, Momma, Auntie and Sister “so – and – so”.  Each of these individuals at some point in time assisted in the healing services that occur inside the church.

Contemporary Ring Shout

Contemporary Ring Shout

Like most shamanic traditions, African American religious service usually consists of a form of ritual called praise and worship, which consists of songs, music, dancing and trance called, filled with the Holy Ghost.  Next, the preacher that gives the congregation a message from God and at times can also include being prayed upon for healing using blessed oil.  The reason most people don’t think of it as being a shamanic trance induction service is because it is so norm and most people think that shamans are spooky witchdoctors running around with masks and bones in their nose chanting some unpronounceable language. A true shaman mediates between the spiritual world and physical world for his or her community. Everything that the shaman does is for the community because their spiritual development and advancement depends upon the people they serve. This is why typically those who were called in the African American community also did and continues to do something in regards to the church.

It is because of the Kongo Cross, anyone can participate in any form of African American spirituality (spiritual tradition, spiritual practices, folk practices, etc.) because it all centers on you going through something and surviving. It is simply put a spirituality that is based upon survival, which celebrates one’s success or victory over adversity.  And, this is what makes African American spirituality a form of shamanism.

Disney's Shadow Man of New Orleans

Disney’s Shadow Man of New Orleans

But, this form of spirituality has been steadily suppressed because in the early twentieth century, African Americans were routinely harassed and even imprisoned because of their religious beliefs. Today when people think of African religions or spirituality, it conjures up images of evil sorcerers. As a result, older African Americans familiar with this form of spirituality have often denied any association with it out of fear of being ostracized. Because African Americans were separated from the Motherland, in general unfamiliar with African cosmology and the old Kongo spiritual systems are nonexistent due to slavery and colonization. Slowly but surely, this system has continued to fade into extinction as the elders that followed and taught the system transition and are not able to pass their wisdom on to younger generations.

Emmett Till and Lil Wayne Controversy

Emmett Till and Lil Wayne Controversy

Today, a great cultural tragedy is occurring on several fronts. From one perspective, because of the lack of a cultural spiritual tradition, youths unfamiliar with their own ancestral history are mocking and ridiculing their heritage.  (i.e. the entertainer Lil Wayne).  This is also due to the fact that many still suffer from Afrohagiophobia, which according to http://www.mamiwata.com/part2.html.

“A pathological fear and irrational intimidation of African spiritual and esoteric science, ancestral veneration, and its ritual and cultural expressions. The simplest spirit manifestations that were once understood in their cosmological context, now “spooked” the newly conditioned generations of African-Americans.”

On the other hand, many people are exploring, searching, investigating, embracing, imitating and mimicking spiritual systems that are foreign to their culture and wondering why these systems are not working and helping them to bring money, peace of mind, or harmony to their relationships.  I am very well aware of the latter because I have put in my time researching and dabbling in various faiths and traditions myself. I have firsthand experience and know that if you do not belong to a particular cultural group, contrary to what anyone tells you. You are not going to get everything as the individual who is born into that culture.   There is going to be a lot of information that is going to be lost in the cultural translation.  A person born and raise Baptist, COGIC, Pentecostal, etc. and converts to Catholicism, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, etc. is just not going to get everything because those spiritual systems are tailored to the cultures they serve.  I have even witnessed and talked to people who were involved in various African and Afro-American religions and they have told me about the indifferences that exist there as well.

Colonoware

Kongo Cross on Colonoware

So, here comes Kamta to save me.

After doing all of this research and studying all of these philosophies years ago. After trying to make a dying relationship with a “spiritual person” work and trying to incorporate all of these metaphysical ideas, I became deathly ill. Meaning, I almost died twice. How I survived was by throwing out everything that didn’t work and relying upon what I knew that did. I always have to tell people my story so that they can understand what happens when you don’t accept your calling, because it is real.

Queen Nzingah

Queen Nzingah

While I was undergoing my own rebirthing process that is when I began putting rhyme to reason and that’s how I learned about the Kongo people and our ancestral tradition, which can be traced back to the Ba-Ntu people who dwelled in Kamit/Kemet (Ancient Egypt).  It was because the original Kongo systems for the most part is nonexistent that Kamit/Kemet became the inspiration behind this system and I discovered the Maa Aankh cosmogram. By the way, this is totally within the Bantu-Kongo thinking because Kongo traditions have survived throughout the diaspora by adapting and modifying existing philosophies to fit their purpose.

Maa Aankh

So, the battle between good and evil is not seen as an eternal conflict between God and the devil, but between man and woman’s higher and lower selves allegorized as the battle between the Upper and Lower Lands of Kamit. It is the same Kongo concepts of the physical world above and the spiritual world below where one has to travel and meet Osar in order to be reborn, so that he or she can be stand on the edge of both worlds.

Unify Your Kingdom Within

Unify Your Kingdom Within

Now, the key differences between Kamta and other shamanistic systems is that everyone is called to do something because the Rule of the Sun is a way of introducing and inducting everyone into the cultural fold of communal service.  For instance, I have a cousin who just celebrated being drug free for 15 years now.  His ministry is helping other drug addicts.  He had to undergo that little experience in order to fulfill his purpose in life.  As I have mentioned before, since I have overcome and survived lupus. My responsibility has been to help others to do the same thing. This is one of my callings. There is a saying and it holds true for Kamta and it is, “Everyone is Called but only a few will answer.”

Maa Aankh Cosmology

Maa Aankh Cosmology

The point that I am trying to make is that we have our own spiritual traditions, our own ancestors, our own spirits and guides that we can work with and are willing to assist us out of this bind that we find ourselves in.  We do not have to make up, create or mimic another’s cultural tradition especially when they do not share our concerns and would not dowse us with water if we were on fire.  Our ancestors left us with all sorts of guides and maps.  We just have to use them.  So, I am writing this post to help you all to understand that if you have been called what you need to do, because the only ones who can tell you about it have either transitioned into the spiritual realm or are refusing to talk about it because they are suffering from Afrohagiphobia. Hopefully, this post will help you to understand why certain systems aren’t working for you and what you need to do to find your Maa (Way).

Sincerely, I hope this helps.

Hetepu (Peace),

Rau Khu

Copyright 2013





Happy Winter Solstice: Hey We’re Still Here!!!

21 12 2012

Hetepu (Peace) Family.

I figured since this will probably be the last post of the year, we should probably end with a bang. You know?

Well, I am so grateful for the Maa Aankh because it has really helped me to achieve balance over the year, and see that you need both the invisible, metaphorical, spiritual reality and the visible, factual, physical reality in order to have an enjoyable life. If you are ruled by either one or become too polarized in one reality, your life will become a mental hell.

Maa Aankh

What am I talking about?

Well, guess what? It is December 21, 2012 and we’re still here!…lol

Sorry, to those of you who were holding your breath and expecting the worst to happen on the 21st of December. You know if we had a dollar for every time they claim that the world is going to end. We could really make a fortune. I hope by now, we have learned our lesson, which is that the physical realm is not only temporal but also unreliable.  Especially when you take metaphorical and spiritual information literally and out of context. Since I have been alive, I have recalled the world ending in 1989, 1999, 2000 and now 12/21/2012. I think the next date the rapture, the ending of the world, the apocalypse, whatever you want to call it, is supposed to end is on 2020, so mark your calendar. I am being sarcastic and making pun of the situation to counter the anxiety and fear stirred up by the media frenzy.  And to inject some humor as a remedy to nullify the silly comments from fanatics.  It is time out for living in fear.

Now don’t get me wrong, something extraordinary is happening on the 21st of December (Dec. 21 – 24), as it has been for centuries. It is the Winter Solstice. Don’t worry I am not going to explain it and bore you with all of the scientific, metaphysical details, because unless you are really, really deep into astrology. You, like 95% of the world population, wouldn’t get it in the first place. Please don’t take this as an insult (it is not meant to be), because even the people who claim to understand this cosmic event don’t. I for instance, cannot in detail explain it and show you how it is calculated.  But, I can follow my intuition like my ancestors did before me. I don’t need to calculate that around this time people get emotional and if they are either cheerful and giving or miserable. So, yeah something is happening. Now, don’t get me wrong, if you are into astrology and astronomy, that’s great. Natural science is one of the tools that the Divine uses to convince us of extraordinary events. In other words, some people need to understand the science before they can accept the spiritual reality, which is cool. I am like that for a lot of other things, but in this regards. I didn’t need the science to convince me of it because I am lover a folklore and folk traditions.

black-santa-claus

As I mentioned before, even the people that claim to understand the whole deal about the solstice don’t know how to use it, because they are too caught up in the metaphysics.  This is why our ancestors and other people around the world have marked this event as a time for giving or called it Christmas.

I can already hear you saying it, “But Santa Claus ain’t real!”

But, isn’t it funny that this same old silly conversation comes up every year? What it means is that Santa Claus is real. No, there is no fat, jolly man riding a sleigh to the Bronx, Detroit, Baton Rouge, Houston, Kingston, Ponce.PR, then heads to Santo Domingo, DR  and back to Bristol, whatever to slide down a chimney and drop off gifts, because my house didn’t have a chimney (smile) and I am not sure about you. If I saw some man sliding down my chimney (if I had one), time to ‘Ring Da Alarm…you know. So no, Santa Claus is not physically real but he is a real spirit that was conjured up. To express the importance of giving and ethical behavior in order to bring about a change in consciousness.

Good Ole Nick

Good Ole Nick

If people would learn how to get over their religious prejudices and ask themselves who else tries to convince us that he is not real. They will find that the original name of the holiday was Yule and Santa Claus’ real name is St. Nick, Sinister Claus and Good Ole Nick.  Good Ole Nick or Old Nick is one of the names for the Devil. milk&cookies for Santa

So, why are we taught to give him cookies and milk, which in the old days he was offered nuts, fruits and other gifts associated with “fertility.” It was a sort of bribe, so that the spirit would not wreak havoc in their lives during that time or the coming year.

Npu (Anubis) - The Opener of the Way

Npu (Anubis) – The Opener of the Way

Now, do you know who the real Santa Claus is? He is the European equivalent of Npu (Anubis shown above).

I know we have some skeptics but remember the old Santa Claus riddle/chant?

You better watch out,
You better not cry,
Better not pout,
I’m telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town.
He’s making a list,
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out
Who’s naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you’re sleeping.
He knows when you’re awake.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good,
So be good for goodness sake!
Oh, you better watch out!
You better not cry.
Better not pout,
I’m telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town.
Santa Claus is coming to town!

Remember? You ‘Member, don’t act like you don’t (smile). Now keep this in mind, while considering Npu’s (Anubis) purpose.

Npu - Watching and Weighing the Soul of the Dead

Npu – Watching and Weighing the Soul of the Dead as Djahuti (Tehuti/Thoth) records the Judgment.

Does it make sense now, while people try to bribe and offer Npu or Santa Claus sweets?

Yoruba Elegba

Yoruba Elegba

The Yoruba “Opener of the Way” is  the orisha Elegba and in Brazil
he is represented by a number of Exus,
which by were all once upon a time identified as the devil by Europeans,
because of their trickster-like spirit (in Brazil he is still recognized as the devil).
Npu, Elegba and Exus sacred numbers by the way are 3 (multiples of 3) and “21.” It is also
interesting to note that December is the last month of the year, which forms a sort-of crossroad.

Exu Marabo and Exu with Pomba Gira

Exu Marabo and Exu with Pomba Gira

To this day, all Afro-Diaspora practitioners know to leave a small offering for Npu (in the Kamitic tradition), Elegba or Exu because he is known for causing confusion in the future, if not done otherwise. This is why Europeans called this trickster spirit the devil and started doing this ritual around Christmas to “Open the Way” for the coming new year.

It’s funny. Folks have me laughing when they say Santa Claus isn’t real and that the real meaning of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. But, they still miss the point!
What did the three Magi do? (Insert Jeopardy music now).
Answer: They gave gifts.

Christians created Christmas in an attempt to destroy and stamp out the Yule pagan holiday. What they didn’t know is that if there is a legitimate spiritual truth behind a tradition, meaning you don’t have to metaphysically understand it to get it, but if you can feel it. That tradition will survive and coexist right alongside the new one, which is why Santa Claus keeps appearing right next to Christmas.

But, even people who claim to be spiritual miss the point and will say they don’t celebrate Christmas because it is a made up holiday.
Instead they will meditate because it is all about solstice. I am like, “Okay. What are you meditating for?”

Answers: “Gifts…”

Of course, “Spiritual People Be Like,” the only gifts they want is to be more spiritual. Proof that they still don’t get it. I can’t fault them because I use to think the same silly way until I asked to be more spiritual and end up having no choice but to be spiritual and broke.  That’s why I can joke about it now.  It was all because I didn’t ask for the things I really wanted, like maybe some money would be nice, a new car even better, clothes, etc.

Ha ha ha, I mean, ho, ho, ho.

Yeah, I can laugh now, because I know and that’s why I am trying to tell you how to take advantage of this time.

This is why the only people that seem to get it and the only people that are keeping the tradition alive are…wait for it…. Children.

Los Reyes de Dia (3 Kings Day)

Los Reyes de Dia (3 Kings Day)

That’s right; children aren’t polarized by physical scientific beliefs or on the other extreme by spiritual beliefs. That’s why they keep getting the things that they want.  It isn’t until people start to shatter children ‘s imagination by saying, “Santa Claus ain’t real” or the other extreme, “The true meaning of Christmas is the birth of our savior” that children lose the ability to conjure up this spiritual force.  That’s why I am so fond of folk traditions like Three Kings Day (El Dia de Reyes Magos as it is celebrated in Puerto Rico), which goes a step further by having children offer even the camels the three magi rode grass for them to eat, so that the magi can give them a gift as well on January 6.

Many of us have to learn that we can’t always understand energy or ritual practices that focus solely upon manipulating energy, intellectually, because our universe isn’t just composed of the intellect. What do I mean? I mean you don’t need to understand how offering candies; cookies or sweets to a spirit will bring you luck, blessings, etc. for the coming new year. It is a spiritual practice, which means that you have to have faith.

So, the thing is that we have to do, is to learn how to tap into your metaphorical repertoire in order to benefit from this celestial event as well.

Pregnant Oset with Child

Pregnant Oset with Child

It is not difficult. We have a very rich Kamitic heritage to take advantage of.
The nativity scene can easily be transformed to the Kamitic scene, because Oset wandered about looking for Osar
and gave birth to Hru in the wilderness. Right? So, the infant Jesus can easily
become the Child Hru (For those who want to cling on to the metaphysics).

Oset and Hru

Oset and Hru

But, you might want to place under the little effigy some cutouts of what
you want for the coming year such as romance, better finances, etc., then alongside of it an offering for Npu.
Any ritual you choose to create will work fine.

Simple Rituals

Simple Rituals

I mean what’s the purpose of metaphysics, if it can’t improve our life through ritual means anyway. Right?  Just a thought.

By the way, I woke up with this message at 3:33 a.m.  Tua (Thanks) Npu.

Hope that helps. Have a productive and safe winter solstice.

Hetepu…see you next year.

Derric “Rau Khu” Moore

For more info on how to apply the shamanic principles based upon Kamitic philosophy and Afro-Spiritual practices see the soon to be released:

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Kongo Cross/Cosmology on Colonoware

19 07 2012

Bottom of marked Colono Ware bowl from South Carolina.

Historians argue that crosses and circles in certain contemporary African American rituals were derived from depictions of the cosmos traditional among Bakongo priests from the southwest coast of Africa (Thompson 1983:110,121; Stuckey 1983: 3–97). The basic form of this cosmogram (cosmology) is a simple cross with one line representing the boundary between the living world and that of the dead, and the other representing the path of power from below to above, as well as the vertical path across the boundary. Marks on the bases of Colono Ware bowls found in river bottoms and slave quarter sites in South Carolina suggest that more than one hundred and fifty years ago African American priests used similar symbols of the cosmos.

While cataloging thousands of Colono Ware sherds, South Carolina archaeologists began noticing marks on the bases of some bowls. Most of these marks were simple crosses. In some cases a circle or rectang le enclosed the cross; in others, “arms” extended counterclockwise from the ends of the cross. On one there was a circle without a cross, and on a few others we found more complicated marks.

Initially we called these “maker’s marks” since the first ones discovered had been in cised on the vessel bases before firing and bore a resemblance to maker’s marks on European and Asian pottery. Similar marks, however, were soon found inscribed on interior bottoms, and still others were scratched into the bowls after the vessels were fired. Some archaeologists argued that they were “owner’s marks,” but there was too little variety in the marks to suggest different owners. Interpreting the marks as either “maker’s” or “owner’s” had serious flaws.

Although we could not explain what these marks meant, over a period of several years a pattern emerged linking the marks to earthenware bowls collected underwater from rivers. What we knew was this:

The majority of marks were a cruciform or some variation of a cross or X.
All marks were on Colono Ware bowls, none on the Colono Ware cooki ng jars we commonly found. Also, there were no such marks on imported European bowls, although slaves were using large amounts of European ware as well as Colono Ware.
Marks always were located at the very bottom of the bowl, either on the inside or outside. Sometimes they were made before firing and in other cases after firing.
Marks were more commonly found on bowls with ring bases than on those with rounded or flattened bases, even though ring-based bowls comprised only a small proportion of the total number of bowls recovered.
Although marked pieces had been found around former slave quarters, most were picked up in adjacent rivers. This was true in spite of the fact that many more Colono Ware sherds had been recovered from terrestrial sites than from those underwater.
Clearly the marks were associated with bowls and with water, but what did they signify? In February 1987 at a Williamsburg symposium on African American culture, I showed illustrations of the marked pots and mentioned that while we believed these bowls were in some way associated with water, we really didn’t know how to interpret them. After the presentation, Wythe Dornman, a member of the audience, and later an associate, Elaine Nichols, called my attention to the similarity of the marks to Bakongo cosmology.

The Bakongo are a numerous and powerful people located in the southern portion of modern Democratic Republic of Congo near the Angolan border. Their homeland is in the area identified in discussions of the Atlantic slave trade as the “Congo-Angolan region.” Bakongo culture has been so influential that many non-Bakongo people have adopted Bakongo practices, especially in religion. During the time when traders brought slaves to North America, almost half of those arriving in South Carolina came from the region of Bakongo influence.

According to Bakongo religion, an almighty God emanates power that may be controlled for either good or evil by living human beings, people who make sacred medicines or minkisi. Minkisi control the spirits of the cosmos connecting the living with the powers of the dead. Making an nkisi (plural: minkisi) involves packaging a variety of “spirit-embodying materials,” which might include cemetery earth, white clay, stones, and other items. Nkisi containers include leaves, shells, bags, wooden images, cloth bundles, and ceramic vessels (MacGaffey 1986:42–51; Thompson 1983:108–131).

Bakongo philosophers explain the land of the living as a mountain over a watery barrier separating this world from the land of the dead beneath. Each day the sun rises over the earth and proceeds in a counterclockwise direction, as viewed from the southern hemisphere, across the sky to set in the water. Then, during earthly nighttime, the sun illuminates the underside of the universe, the land of the dead, until it rises again in the northeast. The cycle continues incessantly, representing the continuity of life: birth, death, and rebirth (MacGaffey 1986:42–46; Thompson 1983:108–109).

Circularity pervades West African ideology, and the circle proved equally important in African American slave religion and art. Moreover, the watery barrier, which separates the corporal and spirit worlds, also found a weighty role in African American ideology.

Considering the West African emphasis on circularity and water spirits, and the influence of Bakongo cosmology and ritual in the Congo-Angolan region, it should not be surprising that early African American religion would bear these same characteristics. The marks on bowls picked up from river bottoms in the Carolina lowCountry strongly resemble Bakongo cosmograms. The association of marks with earthenware vessels, ring bases, and underwater sites also fits the general West African model.

South Carolina’s marked bowls were made and used by American descendants of the mythical Ne Kongo who cooked medicines in earthenware pots. Although no marks have been found on Colono Ware cooking jars or pots, some marked bowls show charring from use over a fire. Overall, the traditional African association of medicines or charms with earthenware vessels, and the exclusive archaeological association of marks with handbuilt earthenware bowls, and not with imported European ware, suggests an interpretation of the bowls as receptacles in a ritual similar to those involving minkisi.

As Africans came to the Americas they arrived with a belief in water spirits and a profound respect for the cross and circularity as symbols of life and death. Again, we can read these tenets in the archaeological record: two-thirds of the marks are unquestionably cruciform and three out of four marked bowls have been recovered from underwater, bowls that embody circularity. Not only are the bowls themselves segments of spheres, and circles the dominating lines of spheres, but the ring bases add even more circles to the vessels. When they are attached to spherical bowls, the ring bases appear as circles attached to circles; when marked they appear as circles enclosing the Bakongo cosmogram.

The archaeological pattern fits the West African model quite well. The combination of marks, handbuilt earthenware, circles, and underwater context suggest that African American priests performed traditional rituals passed from Africa to South Carolina.

This is article is originally from http://www.nps.gov/ethnography/aah/aaheritage/lowCountry_furthRdg4.htm .

I am only posting it here because I have tried to contact the author in order to repost and was unsuccessful.

Hope this helps…Hetep

Derric “Rau Khu” Moore





Let My People Go!

7 07 2012

Hetepu (Peace) Family,

Here’s an interested fact I came across.  Because one of the major pillars of peoples’ enslavement to the dogmatic, literal interpretation of the bible, is the story of Moses and the Children of Israel crossing the Red Sea.   Did you know that according to the Torah, when the Children of Israel were fleeing the pharaoh that they called out to God and begged for his help? And God asked,

“Why are you calling me?“

Afterwards, God told the Children of Israel, who were faced with either being killed by pharaoh’s army or drowning,

“Go jump in the water!”

According to Kabbalistic scholars, God’s question and response to the Children of Israel was a code telling the people that they themselves had the power to escape the predicament they were in on their own.  The whole story was an allegory never meant to be taken literal, but to inform people that they didn’t need God’s assistance. They just needed to connect and use the divine energy that exists within them.

When you think about the whole story now, maybe the reason Moses told the biblical pharaoh to “Let my people go!” Really was a request or command meaning release my people from Mental Slavery. Maybe this is the real reason Moses was viewed as a biblical hero and a spirit guide by early African Americans prior to the Civil Rights Movement. Maybe this is the reason why Moses was identified as being a shaman in Afro-Brazil.

Hmmm…something to think about. What do you think?

Hetepu








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