10th day of Hethara (26th September )
As another week passes here at the mother temple I sit here & reflect over the week that has passed. It has been for us a very busy week with a number of important celebrations to be marked.
One of these was the Autumn equinox which not only the Kemetic faith marked but it was also marked by our fellow brothers & sister in many of the other ancient pagan faiths around the world & as I said in my address that day it made me feel closer to our fellows to think that on that day we where all united in the marking of this day.
We also marked a number of other festivals here at he mother temple but sadly due to my work load I had to leave the Tjaty to stand in for me at these events.
I am always a little sad when I am so busy that I have to turn to others to stand in for me on these great days of the year, yet I have to accept that one man can not do everything on his own. For we can see this in the life stories of many of our Gods who turned to others to share their own great work loads which does make me feel a little better.
In the next weeks ahead we have a great number of festivals & holy days that we will be marking here at the mother temple which has brought to mind a question that I do find people asking me. They ask how they should mark these days & should they celebrate the holy days of Gods that they do not have as their own patrons simply because they are Kemetic Gods. These are very good questions ones that I feel do disserve a very good answer.
The first part of this is very easy to answer in my eyes & that is that we can celebrate the Gods holy days in many different ways according to our lives. We here at the mother temple have the good fortune to have priests shrines 7 the temple itself. This means that we can carry out the full rites to mark these days.
Many of the faith full do have this advantage and go to their temples to mark these days under the guidance of our priests. But as for those who do not have this advantage which let us face it is a great number. For although our numbers grow every day the world is a very big place & the odds of people being near to each other in order to found a temple are very slim. So many of the faith full have to carry out their devotions in their homes at their own private family shrines.
This is just as good if any thing I think that the Gods may well feel that this is even better for here in your homes you are showing pure devotion that comes from your very hearts rather than following the words & actions of the priest. Although here I am not saying that the role of the priests is not a important. Their role in the every day action that have to be carried out to honour the Gods in their temples is very important 7 the guidance that they give to the faith full is also a very important part of their lives.
But when you are in your own homes stood before the Gods what you do and say has truly come form your heart a purest act of love & devotion that can never be recreated by another in your name.
The next part is a little more difficult to explain but here again as your Pharaoh I will try & I hope that you will understand what I am trying to put into words for you.
The question of what you should do is one that has many answers each one is different for each person & for each of the great Gods for how we show our faith to our Gods is a personnel act that can only truly come from the heart. Yes there are the formal acts that we all perform before the Gods on these great days. Yet there is so much more to the devotions that we offer to the Gods not only on these holy days but also in our every day devotions. What I say to people who ask me this is simply sit before the shrine and let your heart & sole lead the way.
Say what comes into your mind to the Gods talk to them. When you make your offering to them let your heart speak the words of devotion this way you will find that you will truly connect with the Gods. When we here at the mother temple carry out our devotions I as Pharaoh act as the representative of all in this world I make offering to the Gods in your names & commune with the Gods in the name of all mankind. So even if you do miss your personnel devotions I as your Pharaoh will have done so in proxy for you here at the mother temple.
This is just a small part of my role as Pharaoh & is one of the main reasons that I like to hear form the faith full so that when I stand before the Gods I can be sure that what I am communing to them is the true feeling of the faith full & not just my personnel interpretation.
Then there is the final part which is should I show my devotions on the holy days of Gods that I do not have as my patrons. This is very much up to the person again but we will all find that during our lives we will in time come to find that we look to more & more of the God for their patronage in our lives. As we grow older our shrines at home will grow larger with more & more of the Gods dwelling their. So as the years pass you will find that you do in fact mark more & more of our holy days. But until then I say to you that if you do not feel a personnel connection with the Gods who holy day it is it is perfectly ok not to attend the devotion on that day. As I have just said I as the Pharaoh will have already acted in your name & with the Gods family connections you will have been giving your devotions to the Gods through a relative in the great holy family’s that make up the Gods.
May the blessing of the Gods be with you