Happy Mother’s Day

1 05 2010

HTP-U (Peace) Family.

I cannot truly express how happy I am about Kamitic spirituality. Just recently when I was responding to a blog, I was reminded about THE WIZ starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Richard Pryor and Lena Horne.  One of the fascinating most parts about the movie that I found particularly interesting was how Lena Horne who played the Good Witch is surrounded by the night sky with stars. Floating in the night sky were babies. When I was younger, I thought that this was all just art but now that I am older and know a little bit. I see the night sky to be the heavens.

The heavens according to ancient African thinking has always been thought to be the realm of the ancestors, which is where children come from. This is why in some African cultures like the Yoruba name their male children Babatunde and female children Iyatunde, which means the “He/She has returned”.

This is not a new concept as you can see. Displayed above is the Kamitic (ancient Egyptian Nut) resting above the principle of Geb (the earth). The reason why I am saying all of this is so that the next time you hear someone say, Nut is the sky goddess, just ignore them because they don’t know any better. Just think of Lena Horne as Glinda the Good Witch singing Believe in Yourself.

Interesting thing, I was given this message not even thinking about how Mother’s Day was coming up. It is just one more metaphysical sign revealing the inner beauty of women. I am truly grateful for having learned about Kamitic spirituality because through it, it has helped me to appreciate the inner strength that all women have.

I would like to dedicate this post to all of you women wherever you are. Thanks goes out first and foremost to my mother, grandmother, aunts, cousins, wife and sister-in-laws.  And a special thanks goes out to all of you Great Mothers: Tiye, Hatshepsut, Nzinga, Dona Beatriz, Mariana Grajales Coello, Betty Shabazz, Celia Cruz, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King and all of you ancestresses that have given us pride, stirred up and gave birth to change throughout the ages. Thank you for leaving your spirits with us to inspire another generation.

Peace & Blessings.





Message from the Spirit through The WIZ

29 03 2010

HTP-U (Peace) Beloved

Hope this post brings you much light and encouragement.  The other day I had just finished talking to my father about my work and how it related to us culturally. Shortly afterward because my little niece was running around and she loves music, my father decided to put on The Wiz.  Great movie, I don’t care what anyone says, the late 70s and early 80s was the BOMB. For those who don’t know the Wiz is the best retelling of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but it is done from an African American cultural perspective.

Anyway, as we sat watching this movie, which by the way my little niece wasn’t even interested and kept playing, we were all singing the songs.  A nostalgic moment of course, because it had been a while since I had seen this film and funny how I still remembered some scenes and forgot others. One of my favorite parts of the movie is the when Dorothy (played by Diana Ross) and the Rift Raft (as the Wiz calls them) goes to Emerald City and they are jammin’ out to the different colors. Green is Mean, Red is Dead and Gold is Bold.

As I continued to watch the movie another favorite scene came up, which was when the gang goes to Evillene’s Sweat Shop, the Wicked Witch of the West (played by Mabel King), which was dark red.  I didn’t see the connection yet. Until, after Dorothy kill’s Evillene and tries to get back home, where she finds that the Wiz cannot help her.

Now, what’s interesting about this is that in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1939 film, the Good Witch of the South was changed to the Good Witch of the North. When the creators of the Wiz retold the story and made it into a film, the changed the character back to the Good Witch of the South, played by the great Lena Horne. Then’s when it hit me…

“Ummm….Does this look familiar?” I heard.  Noticed the maa aankh below the red region symbolizes TASETT (the evil, physical, hard labor, desert, impotent, etc.) and black region symbolizes KAMTA (the good, spiritual, easy, prosperous, fertile, night sky, heavens, etc.).  I am not sure if the creators of the Wiz were aware of this cultural significance or not. What I do know is that the Wiz makes a lot more sense psychologically than the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  What do you think?

Check out Prayer to the Black Christ

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.








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