Hermopolis prayerbook
bigbadjackal:

Two of today’s purchases from the British Museum. One guess why (same reason applies to both.)

Wepwawet with correct hieroglyphics!! cool!… and I’ve been able to read through the part of the offering formula at least

bigbadjackal:

Two of today’s purchases from the British Museum. One guess why (same reason applies to both.)

Wepwawet with correct hieroglyphics!! cool!
… and I’ve been able to read through the part of the offering formula at least

…keep in mind that your relationship with a Deity is just that—a relationship, and just like any other relationship you have had in your life, it takes time to build. Just as your relationships with your friends probably aren’t all exactly the same, your relationships with deities may not be all exactly the same. Like anyone else, each deity has his or her own personality, likes and dislikes.
[…]
It is also a good idea to be humble and show your gratitude each time your deity has blessed you with the granting if your desires. We are often stuck wondering what we might do to show them our thanks and continue a mutually prosperous relationship with them. So many of us search the world over for the answer, as if there is a single Holy Grail, when in truth, the answer is quite simple: be in service of them.

In the ancient world, Priesthood was a call to service and a coveted honor. I’m not saying that you should run out and become ordained, quite the contrary. Those within the Priesthood were called to duty by the Deity in which they served, and were responsible for maintaining the rhythm of society through worship and festival, nurturing the culture’s connection with the Gods. It was very different from ministry, which is about serving the people, the ‘congregation’ who has called the minister to serve it. In many ways ministry is far more difficult, in that it requires training to do it well, while serving a Deity only requires the touch of the Deity, and truly, the Deity will guide your way. It may be something as simple as planting flowers or shrubs in a local park, volunteering your time to feed the hungry or starting a small Pagan discussion or networking group. If it is a war God you worship, you may craft medal amulets or necklaces. Some have found their calling to be writing to educate others and share their knowledge as well as the knowledge of the deity in which they serve. Some perform free spiritual readings, or give of their energy and time to help the disabled, study and apply alternative medicine so that they may heal others, fight for a cause or create something beautiful so that the rest of the world may marvel.
[…]
While anyone can perform a sacrifice, make an offering, or rattle off a chant, the true servant of a certain Deity will have inherited a vast body of knowledge over time and over the course of having built a solid foundation with Them, about how to worship the Deity appropriately, how the Deity operates, and acquire a deep experience in this through long practice. You will know what the Deity likes and how to call upon Her, and in turn He or She will bestow blessings upon you.

Krystal Madison - “Building a better relationship with Gods
glitchedpup:

so thats why i get whiffs of incense out of nowhere.. O_O

I remember smelling very nice scent in the Louvre museum. There’s a hall with big statue of Amun; and a white votive stela for Djehuty near it. I thought about some kind of Presence there in this hall, but guessed that there might be a mundane reason such as french lady with a strong perfume passing by, recently :)Anyway, this was the hall in Louvre where I felt most reverence, even more than in the hall where the kar-shrines (naoi) of different Netjeru are collected.

glitchedpup:

so thats why i get whiffs of incense out of nowhere.. O_O

I remember smelling very nice scent in the Louvre museum. There’s a hall with big statue of Amun; and a white votive stela for Djehuty near it. I thought about some kind of Presence there in this hall, but guessed that there might be a mundane reason such as french lady with a strong perfume passing by, recently :)
Anyway, this was the hall in Louvre where I felt most reverence, even more than in the hall where the kar-shrines (naoi) of different Netjeru are collected.

booksandtails:

I was feeling kind of down this evening, and with gentle urging picked up my new markers. These four are my Gods, They are my strength when I’m down and so I thought it fitting to honor Them by drawing Them as I see Them.  By the time I was finished I felt so warm and loved. I mentioned to Them that I would add these pictures to Their shrine spots and all four seemed so pleased. I’m so happy to have Them, it’s been a wonderful, whirlwind change to have Them in my life lately.
From top left to bottom right.
Anpu, Counter of Hearts (Kemetic)
Bast, Lady of Truth (Kemetic)
Sionann, Creator of the River of Wisdom (Irish)
Djehuty, Three Times Great, Great (Kemetic)

So cute!

booksandtails:

I was feeling kind of down this evening, and with gentle urging picked up my new markers. These four are my Gods, They are my strength when I’m down and so I thought it fitting to honor Them by drawing Them as I see Them.  By the time I was finished I felt so warm and loved. I mentioned to Them that I would add these pictures to Their shrine spots and all four seemed so pleased. I’m so happy to have Them, it’s been a wonderful, whirlwind change to have Them in my life lately.

From top left to bottom right.

  • Anpu, Counter of Hearts (Kemetic)
  • Bast, Lady of Truth (Kemetic)
  • Sionann, Creator of the River of Wisdom (Irish)
  • Djehuty, Three Times Great, Great (Kemetic)

So cute!

Some individuals speak about their Work with a deity or various deities as if they do not have a choice in the matter, as if they were chosen by the god, without having been consulted. […]. This fact seems a little counterintuitive to me given the emphasis that some people place on having been commanded into a deity’s employ.

I have an issue with the idea that the person was chosen by the god and therefore did not have an equal choice in the process themselves. From my perspective, if it is a positive, constructive, reciprocal relationship then it is likely in accord with the person’s True Will which means yes, that person did in fact choose to follow that deity wherever they might lead… that the person in effect chose the deity right back. That choice may not have been immediately conscious, but it was indeed a choice from my perspective. The relationship was mutually constructed.

But, then again, the notion of being hand-selected by a god is more appealing than having it be a mutually developed transaction in which the human has a choice, a will to exercise. There’s a mystique around being chosen, but no such mystique accompanies sitting at the negotiating table with a god and sorting out the details of a mutual service contract.

[…] when choice is mutual, the union is not accompanied by some shiny mystique; it just is. It is a relationship, one that both human and deity must be open to and work together to create, recreate, and maintain. In that case, human and deity are in mutual service to one another and there is give and take in that relationship; there is reciprocity. From that perspective, suddenly everyone is chosen and choosing. In that case, choice and free will as well as the idea of being chosen, belong to all beings involved, not just the gods and definitely not just a few.

Wandering Woman, - “Mutual choice in Human-Deity Relationships
carlitosharper:

"The lips of wisdom are closed except to the ears of Understanding."
— Hermes Trismegistus.

carlitosharper:

"The lips of wisdom are closed except to the ears of Understanding."

 Hermes Trismegistus.

My idea of rich is that you can buy every book you ever want without looking at the price and you’re never around assholes. That’s the two things to really fight for in life.
John Waters  (via detailsdetales)

fleeten:

don’t stare at the moon too long or else you’ll remember that nothing in this stupid fucking world makes sense

demicourf:

divinity will stain your fingers and mouth like a pomegranate. it will swallow you whole and spit you out, wine-dark and wanting. you will reach for it again and again, greedy human fingers clutching at everything you can reach. the divine will curl its way through your veins and take you over, and it will not leave you quietly. i feel divinity in my bones like aching; like fire.

Once you discover this Light and learn to live by it, your whole existence will be changed. Love will permeate your very being and it will burst forth from the very pores of your body, transmuting all dross into sterling gold.
Sant Kirpal Singh Ji, Spiritual Elixir 189  (via beyondsamsara)
Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.
Madeline L’Engle  (via natural-magics)
Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made, or by dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.
Alan Cohen  (via whismical)

crushalltheraspberries:

Cupid and Psyche
Le Ravissement de Psyché (1895) William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Psyche et L’Amour (1889) William-Adolphe Bouguereau
L’amour et Psyché (1899) William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Cupid et Psyché (1893) Lionel Noel Royer
Cupid and Psyche is a story from the Latin novel Metamorphoses written in the 2nd century AD by Apuleius. It concerns the overcoming of obstacles to the love between Psyche and Cupid, and their ultimate union in marriage. Although the only extended narrative from antiquity is that of Apuleius, Eros and Psyche appear in Greek art as early as the 4th century BC. The story has been retold in poetry, drama, and opera, and depicted widely in painting, sculpture, and even wallpaper. [x]