The Universe Helps Those Who Help Themselves

25 01 2018

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

January is almost up and this is the time that a lot of people start giving up on their new year’s resolutions.  If you are one of these individuals, do not throw the towel in yet! Before you declare yourself a complete failure, you need to understand that the reason you are not making progress in your achieving your goals is because you cannot just tell yourself – technically your lower self or sahu – to change and expect it to change.

Remember, your lower self (the subconscious part of your being) or sahu is responsible for storing all your personal memories and emotions.  Its’ main purpose is to help you to physically survive and it does this by creating our habitual behavior.  All, of our habitual (good and bad) behavior was created to help us to cope with a specific situation at that time. In other words, our sahu creates our habits to make us feel good at the moment.  Problems arise when the habit is no longer needed because the lower self (the subconscious part of your being) or sahu does not like to change. And, to make matters worse, we cannot tell it to change. This is the reason just affirming, declaring or saying, “I am going to lose weight”, “I am going to work out”, “I am going to stop overeating”, “I am going to cut back or stop consuming process foods”, “I am going to quit smoking”, etc. does not make our sahu move.

Talking to our sahu about change is like talking to a spoiled child. The sahu is stubborn, which is the reason it is personified as Set (the Kemetic devil). That’s right! The devil is not some reddish imp running around tempting people to do evil. No. The devil is the lower you!

Understanding that Set is not some evil force outside of us but the egotistical and subconscious part of our being that feels threaten, is the reason our Kemetic ancestors also symbolized it as donkey or ass.  This was to remind us that when our sahu works, it works hard but getting it to work in our best interest is always the problem, so you must lead it by putting a carrot on the stick.

In other words, to motivate your lower self (the subconscious part of your being) or sahu, you must stimulate it through pain. Since, the lower self (the subconscious part of your being) or sahu does not like pain by presenting it with the notion that a greater pain will occur if it does not change, is enough to motivate it to do what you want.

Simply put, “Change occurs when the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of changing.”

What this means in a nutshell is that when you get tired of the same results. You will seek out ways to change.   When you get tired of the complications (and other social issues) associated with substance abuse, you will look for ways to overcome your abuse of food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, etc. When you get tired of not having energy because you are overweight, you will be motivated to exercise on a regular basis and look for ways to help you to manage your weight.  When you get tired of being broke and living paycheck-to-paycheck, you will learn to better manage your money and explore ways to invest it to increase your finances.

It is said that God helps those who help themselves, meaning if you do not show any commitment to the change you want. You are not going to achieve change. In fact, while we’re on the subject, the reason most peoples’ prayers are not answered is because they are not truly committed to their desired change and simply give up early.  In other words, they are not really tired or serious about change.

When you get really, really tired and keep fighting for change.  A new way will open up.  Metaphysically speaking, this is when the Universe, God, your Spirits or your BA (your Higher Self or Superconscious part of your being) takes notice and is activated, which is symbolized as Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris). In the Kemetic Story of Osar, this whole situation is represented as Oset looking for the body of Osar and not getting anywhere until Ra sends her Npu to Open her Way.   Ra in this case (as seen on the Maa Aankh) represents the Universe opening up due to our commitment, our hard work and ‘DAT STRUGGLE against Set or destructive habitual behaviors.

It is physics. Two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time.  You either are going to be for Team Osar (creating change by activating your Superconscious) or Team Set (continuing to follow your outdated subconscious habits and receive the same tired results).

Understand Family. We are destined to win but in order for our victory to be sweet. We have to fight our greatest enemy, our lower subconscious self that refuses to change, within.

Hetepu.

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KAMTA: Recreating the Real Black Church

24 01 2018
Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.
I have had some people ask how I discovered Kamta and was able to make all the connections. Well, all I can say is that it was because of my ancestors. I like a lot of people had read and studied Kemetic history, lore and spirituality for some years but I was not able to make any headway. Then, things changed when I began working with my ancestors and asking them to guide me in my understanding (See: How to Distinguish between the Higher Self, Ancestors, Spirit Guides and lower self).
What they showed me was that when the first Africans were brought to North America, they were taken from the Kongo-Angolan region and forced to work as indentured servants.  Since the Kongo ruler had voluntarily converted to Christianity prior to the advent of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, most of the people taken from the Kongo-Angolan region were either Christian or at least familiar with the Christian faith and already had a working syncretism with their indigenous beliefs in place. Consequently, because these Africans had Africanized Christianity, it is believed by some scholars that the Portuguese and Spaniards called these Africans the pejorative term Judio (pronounced hoo-dee-oh) which is Spanish for Jewish referring to the Jews who continued to practice the Old Religion (Judaism) even after learning about Jesus Christ. The term judio was later corrupted in the English language and became what we call hoodoo.
Although there are some authors who attempt to trace the term hoodoo to an African source, it should be noted that most African Americans never used the term to refer to their spiritual practice because in the African mindset.  Hoodoo was considered a form of witchcraft, which was a forbidden practice. The term is totally a European creation that was used to describe early African American spirituality and in particular the Black Church.

The Kongo Cross

So, when the descendants from the Kongo-Angolan region arrived in North America they were stripped of all of their possessions.  However, they managed to bring with them their dikenga commonly called today the Kongo Cross, which is a unique Kongo cosmogram that mapped the universe. Although these early Africans in North America were not able to syncretize their beliefs and practices under the guise of the Catholic saints as their kinfolk had done in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti and other parts of South America. Through the Kongo Cosmogram or Kongo Cross, our early ancestors managed to use the Kongo cosmogram to syncretize their beliefs with the Protestant Christian faith in order to create their own religion.
They were able to accomplish this feat because the Kongo cosmogram like most medicine wheels could be interpreted in numerous ways depending upon perspective. For instance, the basic understanding of the dikenga or Kongo Cross is that our universe is composed of two worlds – the land of the living (above) and the land of the dead (below). When human beings incarnate to the land of the living, his or her soul mimics the four movements of the sun – Kala (Sunrise/Birth), Tukala (Midday/Life), Luvemba (Sunset/Death) and Musoni (Midnight/Rebirth).  However, if an individual was experiencing a lot of bad luck, failing health, grave misfortunes, etc., it was understood that the individual’s sun is setting or dying due to some impurity (or sin). In this case, it was necessary for the individual to travel to the land of the dead so that their ancestors could purify them and they could be reborn.
Kongo Cosmogram

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

Rebirth consisted of going to the land of the dead because the land of the dead called mpemba or the “land of whiteness” and purity was seen as a mysterious realm where one found great rewards. Allegorically the land of the dead or mpemba was believed to exist underground but could also be found where the land of the living and the land of the dead met like the plantation and the hush harbors, a city and the forest, a town and the wilderness, a municipal and cemetery, land and a body of water, etc.
Now, what’s unknown to most is that for a long period of time, the original Black Church did not meet in buildings. No, quite the contrary. Our ancestors met in brooks, groves, hush harbors, etc. because slave owners, fearing that early African Americans were plotting a revolt, prohibited them from congregating. When the Second Great Awakening occurred in North America, that’s when a large number of early African Americans willingly converted to Christianity particularly the Baptist and Methodist denominations. Although, most historians are uncertain as to why this massive conversion took place, a thorough analysis of the Old Kongo thinking reveals that it was most likely because full body baptism (submersion into a body of water) was most likely interpreted as the passing into the land of mpemba. Remnants of our Old Kongo belief can still be found in the church today, which is the reason before adherents are baptized.  They are instructed to wear white robes or garments. Another example of this philosophical thinking can be seen in the fact that most elders within the church wear white, and so on, which corresponds to the Luvemba moment – the setting sun – also the color white.
But due to charlatans within our community, the commercialization and exploitation of African American spirituality by outsiders, the Black Church has become a hollow institutions that focused solely on religious entertainment. The loss of African philosophy and theology, combined with the passing of the elders unable to pass their spiritual knowledge to subsequent generations, has resulted in the steady decline of the Black Church.
It was my ancestors that helped me to see that the people of the Kongo-Angolan region were part of the Bantu or Ba-Ntu tribal group, which archeologists and historians have found, once upon a time lived and dwelled along the Nile River. Because as the saying goes: there is nothing new under the sun. The remnants of the Kongo Cross in North America could be syncretized with the Kemetic Amun Ra system to create the maa aankh cosmogram.
For the record, I had read the Story of Ra and Oset (Isis) numerous times.  In fact, I read it so many times that when I saw or heard any mention of it.  I just glossed over it because I did not seen any importance of it. But, it was my ancestors that led me to understand that Ra’s “Secret/Hidden” name was Amun (the Hidden) Ra.  They later showed me how Amun Ra corresponds to the Moon, which was given greater significance then the Sun. It was through this understanding that led me to discover the Maa Aankh.
The basis of the Maa Aankh cosmogram is that the world is composed of two lands called above TASETT (the Red Lands), which is ruled by Set, and KAMTA (the Black Lands), which is ruled by Osar – the owner of the white hedjet crown.  When a human being incarnates to the land of the living or the harsh Red Lands, we must follow the path of Ra, which was discovered by Oset – KhepeRA (Kala in KiKongo/Sunrise/Birth), RA (Tukala in KiKongo/Midday/Life), RA Atum (Luvemba in KiKongo/Sunset/Death) and Amun RA (Musoni in KiKongo/Midnight/Rebirth).

                                   Maa Aankh Cosmogram

Similar to the Kongo land of the dead or mpemba (land of whiteness/purity), KAMTA is called the Black Lands because of the dark fertile soil due to the inundation of the Nile River, but it is an allusion to the mysterious spiritual realm of the ancestors.  Hence, the reason the Kemetians referred to the southern region as the land of their ancestors and symbolized this region by the white Hedjet crown and the Kemetic ancestor Osar.
The purpose of sharing this with you is because many of us (myself included) have been convinced that we were stripped of our culture and it is just not true. The whole purpose of telling us this is so that we never return back to our cultural way of thinking. There are all sorts of examples I could list to prove that we did not lose our culture. We lost the philosophy and theology behind our culture, which is the reason many talk about the ancestors but are afraid to work with them.
KAMTA is the recreation of the brooks, groves, hush harbors, the forest, the wilderness, the cemetery, the underground, the lake, the sea and anywhere there is a mysterious reward including the deep recesses of the mind. This is where all of our answers and solutions come from, and why our ancestors met there to plot their revolts.  So, don’t be afraid of the dark because this is where our ancestors reside.
Hope this helps.
Hetep




What is the Difference Between Ma’at, Maa and maa?

12 01 2018
Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family
You know, there are a lot of people leaving organized religion because they are tired of the religious dogma, religious fear and guilt about God, and religious social control.  Since many of the Judeo-Christian beliefs were adopted or borrowed from the Kemetic spiritual system like Ten Commandments which were modeled after the so-called 42 Laws of Ma’at; the entire birth, life and death of Jesus was borrowed from the life of Hru (Heru or Horus in Greek), and so on.  Many people are embracing Kamitic or Kemetic spirituality because it appears to be an unadulterated form of Christianity.
 
Although it is true Judaism, Christianity and Islam borrowed many of their concepts from the Kemetic spiritual system, it is important that one does not err in practicing Kemetic spirituality as if it is a western religion because Kemetic spirituality is based upon understanding the difference between Ma’at, Maa and maa.
 
First, Ma’at, Maa and maa all translate to mean balance, order, justice, righteousness, truth, etc. but they do not mean the same thing.
 
Capital case, Maa refers to Universal Truths. These are basically truths that affect us all regardless of color, race, ethnicity, beliefs, creeds, etc. For instance, gravity falls under Maa because it does not matter where you are on the planet, if you throw a rock up in the air, it is going to fall down regardless of who you are, your social status, whether you believe in it or not, etc. Maa is often referred to as Universal Laws, God’s Laws or Universal Principles. Note that the Supreme Being did not write these laws down and instruct that humanity follow them or else. It is just that over the ages, sages from all over the world, since the beginning of time studied the cosmos and conceived universal principles. In fact, all of the great spiritual teachers, ascended masters, etc. are actually students of the Maa, which is the reason most religions have the same core principles and talk about love, peace, prosperity, compassion, wealth, charity, etc.   
Scale of Maa

Scale of Maa

Lower case, maa refers to personal truths, personal way or la manera (Spanish). This is basically truths that pertain to an individual based upon their beliefs, experience, maturity, cognizance, etc.  From this perspective the 42 Laws of Ma’at (42 Negative Confessions, 42 Declarations, etc.) are actually the scribe Ani’s personal affirmations.  It would not do me any good to affirm “I have not swindled offerings, I have not stolen from the Gods/Goddesses, I have not stolen anyone’s land,” etc. because I do not live in those times so they do not directly apply to my life.  So, maa pertains to doing what is right, orderly and just in regards to perspective. 
For instance, I love vegetables but the one vegetable I cannot stomach are brussel sprouts. I have tried to eat brussel sprouts steamed, boiled, grilled, baked, smothered in sauces, etc. and they still incite a gut jerk.  Now, is that to say that Brussel sprouts are bad for everyone because of my reaction. No. It is just me and maybe others as well, so if I say “Brussel sprouts are nasty and not good.” I am speaking from a subjective perspective and is based upon my experience and opinion.
 
A lot of people confuse Maa with maa and vice versa, which is one of the main  reasons there are so many religious fundamentalists in our world today. For instance, some people will say that drinking alcohol is evil because of drunk driving, alcoholism, etc. But if that were the case everyone that consumes alcohol would be a drunk driver and alcoholic, which we know is not true. It does not affect everyone the same.  However, we know drunk driving and alcoholism are real also.
 
Maa-The Path of the Feather

Maa-The Path of the Feather

This leads us to ask why does drunk driving, alcoholism and other evils regarding alcohol exist? It is because of imbalance. When alcohol, like most of the things in our world, are abused and not used or consumed in moderation, it creates an imbalance and this introduces us to Ma’at.Ma’at is the personification of both Maa and maa. She is the archetype of righteousness, the divine protector of the Law, the goddess of truth, and the guardian spirit of balance and order. Ma’at is both merciful and vengeful at the same time.
 
I was taught to never leave an open drink alone and if you do, do not drink it. To always look at your food and drink before and if you sense you should stop to do so because that next bite or next sip could be your last. Of course, these are old folk beliefs and practices but every time I have disobeyed them I have ran into problems. 
If you think about that last bite of chocolate cake, the last shot of alcohol, that last bench press, etc. you know that you were toying with the scales of Ma’at and moving from moderation to excessive-ness.
For the record, Ma’at is merciful and forgiving, so when this is done a couple of times, she may smack you on the hand and remind you not to do it again.  But, if you do this too often, well you know the consequences.
Understand, Ma’at does not punish you for making mistakes. Ma’at punishes you for not living in moderation by reminding us that we reap what we sow. Ma’at is cherished because she helps us to find the middle ground or moderation and this is what invokes her mercy. Ma’at is an essential ally in our spiritual development because she helps us to align our personal maa with the Universal Maa.
Hetep.




3 Ways Kemetic Shamans Work Their Altars

7 01 2018

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

You know Family, it is very common and easy for individuals transitioning from Protestant Christian beliefs to traditional spiritual practices.  To build an altar and be instructed to tend to it religiously as if it is a place or worship.

It should be understood that unless you are converting and/or joining a traditional religion. Anyone transitioning from any dogmatic religion to a spiritual tradition should feel relieved because they are no longer controlled by religious fear and guilt.

That being said, an altar should be liberating but what often occurs is that we listened to people who are in traditional religions and take their advice as Absolute Truth. The next thing you know, we find ourselves confused because we were told by these individuals that we cannot mix our ancestor images with our spirit guides, we cannot mix our ancestors or spirit guides with the divinities, or we cannot adopt or mix different divinities from different pantheons, and so on.  A big part of spirituality deals with living your life based upon what works, and not upon what others theorize or tell you what to do. Because the only one who knows what is best for you is your Higher Self. Since there are no rules and regulations on how to work your Spirit. You learn by trial and error and this is the beauty of shamanism because instead of relying on someone else’s word or hearsay.  You are given an opportunity to develop your own rapport with the Spirit so that you know how the Divine works, instead of theorizing how the Divine works as most religious people do. (Please note that this is not in any form or fashion a criticism directed to those who follow religious order. I am simply stating observations based upon my experience.)

To avoid this spiritual pitfall, it is important to understand first and foremost that the altar is a physical representation of the vast energies that exist within our mind/spirit. When you erect an altar, essentially what you are doing is calling a specific energy (ancestor, archetype, etc.) out of latency in your Infinite Spirit. It is similar to retrieving a file off of your computer or retrieving a memory from your Spirit because the true altar is within.

Small Npu Het (Altar for Npu Spirits who act as guides for the dead)

For instance, before I became serious about venerating my ancestors, I used to speak with my ancestors in my mind.  I would simply imagine them and talk to them as if they were right in front of me, similar to how Napoleon Hill would consult his 9 Invisible Counselors.  This really needs to be understood because I have had people contact me and say, “I cannot build an altar for my ancestors, spirit guides or guardian spirits.”  They usually say that they cannot build an altar because of lack of space but mostly it is because they live with someone who does not respect their views about spirituality (e.g. roommate, family member, etc.). I usually have to explain to them that if they have a photograph of ancestor hanging on a wall that is an altar. If they have a wallet size photo, picture, a drawing of a spirit or even a small symbol like a pebble, this is an altar as well if they see it as a manifestation of the spirit. There have been times I have been walking down the street and I see a small black pebble, which reminds me of the netchar Npu (Enpu, Anpu or Anubis in Greek). So, I pick it up, thank Npu, place it in my pocket and go about my business.   In fact, most of the items that are on my Npu altar (het Npu) are items that I found, which I interpreted that my Npu wanted on their het.  This is because according to Bantu-Kongo thinking an altar can be created wherever there is a maa aankh (a Kemetic crossroad where two realms exist). 

So the idea that some spirit is going to punish (or reward) you for how you tend to their altar is another form of religious fear and guilt, promoted by people who 1) do not understand the nature of the human spirit, or. 2) They want you to view them as an authority over your spirituality. You have to understand that when people tell you that Oshun doesn’t like you to eat pumpkin and other taboos, this is based upon their perspective. This may be a restriction that Oshun wants a particular person, group, etc. to adhere, which is why it is important to remember Code 1: Maa is Truth and is Based Upon Perspective.   Everyone is not going to share your perspective, agree with you or have the same experience as you, which is why you should always test everything out for yourself.

Second, when it comes to building an altar, you can do as you feel. If you feel that something needs to be placed on your altar do so. If you feel that something needs to be removed from your altar, then do so. As stated earlier, unless you are in or following a traditional religious order, no one (living or dead) has the right to tell you what to do with your altar. Just like no one has the right to tell you what to do with your mind.

Last, but not least, if you call an energy (ancestor, spirit guide and guardian spirit) out of latency.  Understand that it needs energy in order to stay in your awareness, which means any time and thought given to it, feeds it. Our ancestors, spirit guides and guardian spirits do not care if you offer them a glass of water and a candle, or choose to contemplate on them for ten minutes a day. Remember, our ancestors and spirit guides are not invasive because they understand the perils of living in this physical realm.  They are happy that you are even consider giving them an offering, which is the reason they will assist you despite the fact that your family sees you as a “black sheep” due to the spirituality you are involved in.

Therefore, understand that our ancestors and spirit guides know that we are not at the level where we can communicate with them by simply shifting our awareness, but one day we will get there.  If they want something, don’t be afraid to tell your spirits, “Help me to get it.” Your spirits want a bigger altar, then tell them, “Hey, I need a larger space to have a bigger altar.”

Remember, all of this is a dialogue that takes place within the mind.

Hope this helps.

Hetep





How to Distinguish When Your Guardian Spirits Are Speaking

31 12 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

I posted “How to Distinguish between the Higher Self, Ancestors, Spirit Guides and lower self” and wanted to do the Guardian Spirits separately because in my experience, they communicate differently from our ancestors and spirit guides.

If you read and study ancient literature from cultures around the world you will eventually come across a common theme, which is that the guardian spirits, the gods, deities, angels or whatever you choose to call them, can be very difficult at time to work with. In fact, true spiritual practitioners will tell you that you have to establish a rapport with some of these entities or they will refuse to work with you.  I have found that all of this literature is simply metaphorical talk indicating that these entities are protecting a particular energy.

Why are they protecting these energies you might ask? Well, every culture has their own take on it, but what I discovered was that it ties into why we are here, or our purpose. You see, if we were given everything that we wanted, we would be like an entitled, spoil child who does not appreciate anything that is given. So, a divine system was set up so that in order for us get what we want, we have to earn it.

Now, how I learned this is a story within itself but to make a long story short. I had to work with Sokar, the Kemetic guardian spirit of illness, disease, suffering and rebirth, once upon a time to overcome an illness because I abused coffee, caffeinated products and chocolate during my vegan days…LOL. Stop judging me, it wasn’t meat! LOL.  Anyway, I was in a real bad financial situation, young and really naive, so I was working two full-times job.  As you can imagine, I was burning the candle on both ends by not sleeping either.  Well, when I got knocked out, I got seriously knocked down. So, I started working with Sokar to repair my health. I read books, studied and experimented with certain effects of herbs, adjusted my diet, and abstained from certain foods and drinks.  I learned to meditate and stay focused for the whole day. I exercised, I wore certain colors and even a beaded necklace I made to honor and keep my mind on Sokar. I mean, I did a lot for over a month and then, finally I got Sokar’s attention and I received my health boon. I didn’t know at the time but after working with Sokar I later learned that Sokar only helps those who are persistent, resilient, mature and internally strong.

I used to think that Sokar was cruel but I learned that like the Hindu Kali,  Sokar helped me to learn that doing what is Right does not always feel good.  It is like taking medicine or eating vegetables. You do it because it is the Right thing to do.  It is the necessary thing to do. It is the mature thing to do. Everything cannot be sugar coated.  Sometimes you have to cut foods, habits, people, etc. out of your life in order to grow, and that’s what Sokar showed me. That’s how I was reborn.

I would not have had a maturer and richer life if I had not gone through that experience. It was this experience that helped me to see that the divine energy is guarded by these entities we commonly call gods, angels, deities, guardian spirits, etc., which westerners call archetypes. But these are not just forms that exists in the deep recesses of our mind.  They exist and can be found throughout nature, and since we are a product of nature. They can be found within us.

Again, based upon my experience, unlike ancestors and spirit guides, angels, gods, goddesses, deities, guardian spirits or whatever you choose to call them (I personally call them neters or netchars) are tied into the Universe so they use Universal symbols such as animal guides or totems. They are similar to your Higher Self with the difference being that they do not pop in and give you advice like the Higher Self unless you have a rapport with them.  Usually, when they do pop up it is through a totem or some other symbol.  For instance, I used to always have run-ins with dogs, especially feral dogs that always seem to travel in 3’s.  When I did the numerology surrounding my birthday, time of my birth and the year of my birth. The number 3, 9 and 21 were all over me and that’s how I found out that one of my spiritual guardians was the Kemetic Npu (Anpu, Anubis).

HRU (Heru, Horus)

As I have mentioned in previous post, the hawk-masked Hru also communicates with me using his animal totem the hawk. Please note that I am not saying you will have the same experience.  If you live in Antarctica and you were working with Hru, he might not send a hawk to visit you but you might suddenly run into someone wearing a tee-shirt with a hawk on it. Or, you might just get a Atlanta Hawks hat! Yeah, the guardian spirits are weird like that but the reason you want to connect with your spiritual guardians is because they will help you to build a rapport with the other guardians.

So, to learn how the guardian spirits communicate to you, remember these are universal energies, so they exist universally.  It does not matter what face or avatar you choose. Simply follow your intuition and if you need help, call upon your ancestors and spirit guides. Once you do this familiarize yourself with their colors, sacred numbers, animal totems and human archetypes. The more you do so, the more you will see that we are not alone. We have just been deluded into believing we are alone, so that we do not reclaim our heritage.

Hope this helps.

Hetepu.





Why Every Spiritual Minded Individual Should Have an Oracle

31 12 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

You know, one day I was watching a documentary I think about the San people and how for centuries, they managed to retain their culture even in these modern times.  When the American visitor asked the San elder about their culture and lifestyle. The elder explain how they got their food from the land and asked the American visitor if he wanted to accompany men on a hunt. To which the visitor acknowledged and said he would.

Centuries of wisdom had taught the San men to walk in a single line as to not confuse their foot tracks. It also taught them study their surroundings, observe the animal tracks left in the arid land, the animal droppings and most importantly how to get water from the dry vegetation if they were dehydrated. Then, after days of hunting and unable to find a prey so that they could bring it back and feed their village. One of the men took out a pouch revealing an oracle. With his oracle in hand, the man asked his ancestors to give them direction so that they could successfully find an animal to feed their people. Then, the oracle was thrown and after giving praise the man gathered the pieces and they proceeded in another direction. Shortly after, they spotted their prey, which they quietly stalked and gently killed to feed their village, the American visitor and themselves.

In typical westernized fashion, the show continued talking about how the San people lived their lives as such for centuries. It completely glossed over the fact that if the one man had not used an oracle, the men’s hunt would have been unsuccessful. The divination practice was glossed over because in western thinking, divination does not exist due to the fact that it cannot be explained scientifically. (Divination can be explained, but more on that later).

The reason most westerners do not understand divination tools is because of charlatans, parlor trick readers (such as the ones shown in the TV series “Shut Eye”), television psychics, etc.  This combined with overzealous preachers with poor historical and theological skills, who have put the ‘fear of God’ in the public by claiming that oracles are evil or the works of the devil. Most people are convinced that oracles are objects that foretell the future.  In truth, oracles do not predict the future, they simply inform you based upon present position, past anxieties and apprehensions, the decision you will most likely make. They give you an objective response regardless if you want to hear the truth or not.  The apostle Paul witnessed this first hand.  Although, fundamentalist Christians are quick to point out that Paul exorcised a “demonic spirit” out of a slave girl. What they fail to mention is that the reason Paul “exorcised” the slave girl was because she possessed an oracular spirit who was annoying Paul by proclaiming truth about him (Acts 16:18).

Before proceeding, it should be noted that every culture has used oracles to speak with God within but fundamentalist Christians are quick to argue against it by reciting Leviticus 19:26, which states “Do not go to mediums or consult fortune-tellers.” However, these fundamentalists refuse to mention that the Great Jehovah allowed certain divination practices such as arrow sortilege that was randomly shaken from a case; the careful study of a sacrificed animal’s liver; prophetic dreams; the use of teraphims, the Urim and Thummim lots, which was not a casting of votes as fundamentalists proclaim.   It should also be noted that these oracles were used in both the Old and New Testaments, even after the death of the Christian savior. The reason the Christian God allowed the use of oracles in the bible is because they are tools to help you to communicate with the Divine within.

For instance, if there was a supervisory opening at your job and you were qualified for the position, but might require you working late hours, working on the weekends (especially Sunday) and worst yet, you will have to supervise your office pals, which means no more goofing around as before. The oracle is going to tell you that a position has opened up and you are qualified to do it but are you emotionally and mentally mature to handle such responsibility? Do you have the discipline to do what is right versus what is easy?

Every oracle, no matter if it is a simple tool like the flip of a coin, game dice to playing cards, simply. All oracles do basically the same thing and the only difference between them is the complexity and detailed insight they give. For instance, a deck of cards is more complex and efficient then a 25 cent quarter piece because the deck of cards has more symbols (4 suits x 13 cards = 52 not including the Wilds) than the heads and tails of the quarter.

For the record, I am against seeing mediums and consulting with fortune-tellers too because you do not know if they are being genuine.  In fact, the real reason westerners are often taken advantage by charlatans, parlor trick readers, television psychics, overzealous preachers and we can also include in this list dishonest leaders, televangelists, professionals (dietitians, doctors, scientists, etc.), politicians, etc. is because western culture is based upon a monetary system. This means that we trust only those who have purchased their credential over our own intuition. As a result, we look to everyone outside of our self to tell us what the best thing to do for our life is, instead of intuiting what is best for ourselves.

Why do we do this? Because most of us do not understand that the Divine is within. We do not understand that everything that exists in the Universe can be found within our being. In short, most of us do not know when God (or our ancestors, spirit guides, angels, etc.) is talking. So, when we receive hunches from our Higher Self we are not sure if it is us talking or what.  When we receive symbolic instructions from our ancestors in our dreams. We ask other people to interpret them instead of learning how to interpret our dreams ourselves.  We want the preacher man to tell us how to live because we respect them as being the divine mouths for God, instead of seeking the kingdom of God from within.  Simply put, we are programmed to go without instead of going within.  Therefore, if you are tired of being taken advantage of and placed in a vulnerable position, consider learning and using an oracle.

African diviner reading bones. Courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_African_religions

Now before I proceed, understand that I am not saying that there aren’t any good leaders, clergymen, professionals (dietitians, doctors, scientists, etc.), politicians, etc. but in a money based economy that is fueled by competition. Where it is impossible to know if an individual is being honest, genuine or just greedy and selfish.  The oracles can help.

Oracles can help you discern if someone is being honest or not. They can also help you to see another’s intentions but most importantly.  Oracles can help you to help you overcome your own shortcomings because the reason most of us cannot succeed or evolve to the next level is because we self-sabotage our progress. We could be working on a project and everything is going well but then our anxieties, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, etc. kicks in and the next thing you know…KAPUT!

Oracles can be used in other situations as well. For instance, everything in your life is going well and you meet your ideal mate whom you decide to marry. Then several years later, your spouse becomes gravely ill, lose their high paying job due to accident, or “suddenly” out of the blue tells you that they are not happy. In the Maa: A Guide to the Kamitic Way for Personal Transformation, where I briefly speak about an oracle I am fond of.  There is a listing of the Seven Codes of Maa, which are very similar to the Seven Universal Laws.  There we find that Code 6: Maa is Order and Not Coincidence, which means basically that accidents and other events do not “suddenly” happens. It only appears that these events and incidents suddenly occur because we cannot see with our naked eyes the invisible forces leading to event but, oracles can see and help you to see the whole universal picture.

When you use an oracle, essentially what you are doing is taking the guess work out of the equation and handing the issue you are dealing with over to your BA and sahu.  In a nutshell when you do a reading your sahu brings all of your stored memories to the table, which includes your wants, desires, anxieties, fears, past experiences, etc.  And, your BA brings all of your potential to the table. Your BA says, “You are not healthy, wealthy, successful, etc. now but other people with similar circumstances are so your dream is not impossible. “ Oracles give you the straight objective truth.

For instance, I remember hearing of a lady who went to a diviner to help her find a companion. According to the diviner, this lady was tired of being alone and really wanted a man but could not figure out why she was not able to attract a decent suitor. When the oracle was casted it revealed that all the lady did was go to work and return home. This was her daily routine and the oracle revealed that she was not going to find anyone by following the same routine. She had to do something different if she wanted different results in her life.

There are many types of oracles such as dreams, scrying, tea leaves reading, and bibliomancy just to name a few. It does not matter which oracle you choose to use but when you become proficient in the use of it. You will receive messages and omens using this system. For instance, the other day I was outside dumping the garbage and out of nowhere a hawk appeared and captured a little rodent. I knew right then and there, that was Hru speaking to me because Hru uses hawk totems.

HRU (Heru, Horus)

Note that oracles do not tell you what to do. They simply give you a snapshot of what will happen based upon the present situation and if you make a certain decision.  Therefore, to change the predicted outcome revealed by an oracle, simply change your decision.

Also, it is ideal that you get a reading, you should do so for major problems.  Although, you are not going to be punished for asking for insight on buying a new outfit, a pair of shoes, etc. It is considered insulting to ask for such trivial matters. Instead, ask for insight regarding serious situations such as job loss, illness, family issues, etc.

So, as you can see, the only real reason why people discourage you from using oracles is because they want to continue taking advantage of you.  This is why in this day and age, every spiritual minded individual should have at least one oracle to help them to develop their intuition because we are really going to need to use them in this upcoming year, to direct the course of events for our people.

Hope that helps.

Hetepu





How to Celebrate Winter Solstice the Kemetic Shaman Way

14 12 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family

I have been meaning to write this post for the longest time so finally, here it is and hopefully it helps.

If you are like most people interested in your spiritual development, you have most likely come across people talking about winter solstice. I am not going to go into the full explanation of winter solstice is because there are plenty of sources available on the Internet.  Instead I am going to give a little insight into how I got into it, why I stopped observing and why I chose to celebrate it now.

Before we begin, I have to tell you that when I first got on this path, there were people who explained to me that winter solstice was the original Christmas. Now either because 1) I was new to the whole practice, 2) my disgust for the over commercialization of Christmas and those dreaded Christmas songs that are played 24 hours for 35 days beginning on November 26, and/or 3) because these individuals were very zealous and did not understand the full meaning either.  All I got out of it was that we were supposed to do all day fasts prior to the 25th of December, on the hope of receiving new things for the coming year. (Please note that I am knocking anyone who observe Winter Solstice in this manner.  I am just stating my experience. ) It was also impressed upon me that if you did not fast and meditate, that you would not be blessed.  So, for several years, I tried to observe this event as best I could even though it was presented to me as a dogmatic ritual.

However, it became increasingly difficult to observe Winter Solstice this way because: 1) I still had to go to work and, going to office parties, while fasting brings a whole lot of unwanted and unnecessary attention, and. 2) Not only that it never felt like a real celebration but more like a boring, monotonous chore.  So I stopped observing it for a while, but I returned to celebrating it after I discovered the Maa Aankh. Then, when my daughter was born, my wife and I wanted her to have a more profound experience for this event without feeling isolated or out-of-place from other family members and friends who celebrate Christmas and Three Kings Day in the typical fashion.

So, that our child has a more profound understanding of this event and develops an interfaith and multicultural understanding, it was decided that we would celebrate Winter Solstice as the “Receiving of the Name”.  This way she is not weirded out and sees the celebration of other peoples’ holidays as just another form of Winter Solstice.

What is Winter Solstice?

Now, before I explain how the “Receiving of the Name” works, Winter Solstice is the start of the solar year and it begins on the 21st of December marking the first day of winter. It is an astronomical event like a solar or lunar eclipse, or shooting stars, but a little more significant because the earth rotating on its axis tilts in a way that sun appears to be sitting still.  Thus, making the length of the day appear shorter and the night the longest night of the year. (Note that during the summer solstice the opposite occurs and the sun appears to sit still making the day the longest day of the year and the night the shortest). Immediately after the 21st of December, the days the sun shine during the daytime will get longer as the nights will get shorter.

So, in a nutshell scientifically speaking, Winter Solstice is when the earth tilts making it appear that the night is longer than the day. It is an annual, natural astronomical event, which means it affects all of us regardless if we believe in it or not, like gravity.  Since it affects us all, each culture interprets it differently like we do when we see an eclipse. Some people go out and gaze at the eclipse, others avoid being out during the eclipse for fear of the influences it may have upon an unborn child (My wife and I heard them all this past year). While some people see eclipses as an opportune time to conduct rituals, so it all depends upon what you believe or how you interpret the Winter Solstice.

Since it affects everyone, Winter Solstice has been celebrated by people all over the world based upon their cultural belief.  This means there is no right or wrong way to observe Winter Solstice. Choosing not to observe this astronomical event is similar to choosing not to watch a solar eclipse or Haley’s Comet. However, if you choose to observe it, you can do what others have done in the past, which is allegorized the entire event.

For instance, for some people who saw the darkness as an extension of evil and daytime as an extension of good, Winter Solstice was seen as the birth of a solar savior.  During this time they created a tradition to ensure that the various trickster spirits in the darkness were kind.  This is how Santa Claus comes into the picture and why he is offered sweets to make him more favorable towards you.  For some other cultures, they observed this event by setting an evergreen tree in the north. Then the tree was decorated with a star above used to represent the “invisible sun” (some say the star Sirius) and the various orbs and lights decorating the tree symbolized the spheres of the Tree of Life. Another version of this same tradition seems to build an elaborate bonfire and observe that the “Invisible Sun” provides warmth during these dark times.

In case you are wondering, the reason for allegorizing this astronomical event is because most people would get lost with the science of it.  Imagine explaining to a child about how the earth tilts, and now that we have people who are questioning on if the earth is round or flat.  You can easily see how it becomes very confusing with all of these beliefs, ideas and theories but, people cannot deny this astronomical event.  All you have to do is go outside and you will see that the days seem to be getting shorter and the nights longer. For instance, the other day (December 12th) the sun set around 5:30 – 6 o’clock and did not rise until 7:30 the next morning. That’s between 12+ hours of darkness. And, the closer we get to the 21st the shorter the days will be. So people from all over the allegorized this event to help them to remember, celebrate and observe it, and you can too.

Most of us are familiar with the Christianize version of this event which was changed to December 25 by Emperor Aurelian to celebrate the “Invisible Sun”. Then, in 273 AD the Roman Catholic Church changed this astronomical event to a literal historical event to celebrate the birthday of Christian savior. However, it is believed that January 6 was the original date the Kemetic sages chose to celebrate Winter Solstice, which the Catholic Church adopted in order to celebrate the Three Magi or Three Kings Day.

How to Celebrate Winter Solstice the Kemetic Shaman Way

Artwork courtesy of Jeff Dahl

Since I follow a Kemetic shamanic path, Winter Solstice has a more profound meaning to me – one related to the Kemetic concept of Ra, Shu and Tefnut. Ra or Rau in the Kemetic life force or chi energy symbolized as the Sun.  Shu is the Kemetic version of the Chinese Yang and it represents activity, light, warmth, heat, aggression, etc. and is anthropomorphized as a masculine energy. Shu’s sister Tefnut is the Kemetic version of the Chinese Yin and she represents receptivity, darkness, coolness, water, passivity, etc. Since, the dyadic relationship of good versus evil does not exist in ancient African thinking.  Shu is not the symbol of good and Tefnut is not the symbol of evil. Rather good and evil in Kemetic thinking is balance and imbalance.  In other words, too much and too little of a thing is considered evil, while good is considered balanced.  Therefore, the Winter Solstice is considered the most Tefnut day of the year, thus signifying that the Ra energy is trying to establish balance. The entire event on the Maa Aankh is overseen by Amun Ra (Hidden Ra), thus making Winter Solstice a time of rebirth, hence the “Return of the Light” or actually the heralding the receiving of Amun Ra or the “Hidden (Invisible) Ra”, according to the Story of Ra and Oset (Aset, Auset, Isis in Greek).

Remember, in the Story of Ra and Oset, Ra reveals that he is “Khepera in the morning, Ra at noon, Tmu (Ra Atum) in the evening” thus alluding he is Amun Ra at midnight.  So, upon receiving Ra’s secret name, Oset received a soul which she passed on to her child Hru, thus giving him immortality so long as he lived a righteous life.  This means that through Oset, we all became her children (Hru) because she shared Ra’s secret name or Amun Ra with us (for more information see Kamta Primer).

Therefore, Winter Solstice is a period of rebirth and nourishment for our soul.  It is during this time that we naturally tend to physically slow down and conduct most of our activities indoor because we have less daylight and more warmth inside. It also during this time of the year, we also tend to emotionally move inward and reflect on the past events that occurred during the year, as we prepare for the upcoming year.  It is natural during this time of the year to reflect inward on our health, relationships, careers, dreams, etc., make New Year’s resolutions by asking, “How can I improve my life or the life of others?”

Draw the Maa Aankh, and place five tea lights on the five points. Then on:

  • December 21st: Light the Khepera candle symbolizing the Birth of Ra we celebrate all new beginnings and give thanks for all blessings that have come into being.  This is also a special day to also honor children who signify the future and are protected by Khepera. To make this day even more festive, Khepera’s colors are black and/or indigo, so one’s space can be decorated with these colors or one can purchase dark colored flowers.  Khepera is symbolized by a scarab beetle and rising sun.  Dark colored foods can also be served on this day and children given toys to raise Khepera’s energy.  To further ritualize this day, write a list of the goals you want to achieve in the upcoming year and place them in the center of the maa aankh.
  • December 22nd: Light the Ra candle symbolizing the Visible Ra’s Day is a day of action and it is set to honor all of the young adults and adults (except for elders who are given a special day on their own). Ra’s colors are bright red so to raise this energy decorate one’s space with bright red colors. Spicy foods can be served on this day colored with achiote (annatto seed), chili, paparika, cayenne, etc.  Also, spicy and warming beverages such as spiced apple cider, ginger beer, cinnamon teas, etc.  To further ritualize this day, write a list of the obstacles you must overcome and barriers you must break through to achieve your goals from the Khepera moment. Then, place them in the center of the maa aankh. This is also a time to ask for the protection, good health, vitality and strength for all loved ones.
  • December 23rd: Light the Ra Atum candle symbolizing the Completed Ra who oversees all things that have come to an end. Ra Atum reminds us to remember our elders so that we can learn from their experience and wisdom.  Ra Atum’s colors are white so to raise this energy decorate the space with white and shiny things like silver.  White colored foods and drinks can be offered at this time.  As well as white colored beverages such as coconut milk, peanut punch, coconut water, coquito, etc.  To further ritualize this day, write a list of the things you are willing to give up in order to achieve your goals in the upcoming year and place them in the center of the maa aankh.
  • December 24th: Light the Amun Ra symbolizing the “Hidden Ra” who oversees our ancestors and spirit guides, therefore this is the day to honor and remember our honorable dead.  Amun Ra’s colors are yellow and/or gold, so to help raise this re-birthing and renewal energy, decorate the space with the color yellow and serve yellow colored foods and beverages. Offer yellow candles and light colored foods such as pound cake, etc. to the ancestors.  To further ritualize this day, imagine how your goal will improve the life of everyone. Amun Ra’s symbols are ram, sheep, spiral patterns, etc., which all signify a return.
  • On the December 25, light the candle in the center symbolizing Oset sharing the name with Hru. Then, burn all of the request and imagine the end results of your goals for the upcoming year.

Hope this helps. Happy Winter Solstice.

How will you celebrate Winter Solstice?

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