Me and my shadow
The words of a famous song that many of us will know but they are also a good description of the spiritual make up of us as well.
In our faith as in many other faiths that have followed we believe that we are made up of parts that together make the whole that lives in this world and in death these parts separate.
We have the Ka our life force then we have the Ba the soul the flesh our body and the name and finally we have the shadow. In order for us to live as a whole we have to have all of these elements to be able to function in this world as a human .
The shadow is a important part of this make up for one thing it is only one of two that we can physically see. Also there is a strong link between the sun and our shadow it is even refured to in the prophecy of Neferti in the absence of sunlight is described as “ no one will distinguish his shadow.
As with the other parts of a man that I have mentioned the shadow is both part of a person and is also seen as a separate mode of existence. We see this in the images of the Gods that are carved onto the temple walls they are seen as the shadow of the Gods and in some cases we also refer to the temple as the shadow of the God as well.
The shadow is mainly thought about when we come to the end of our great journey in this world and embark on the road to the next world to once again start our great journey there.
We can see the shadow and the Ba as one and a form of existence after death here in this world and as we see the Ba as a entity of its own when it leaves the body after death that can eat drink and have a shadow of its own.
Each night after death the Ba and the shadow will return to the tomb and the body.
These two parts of the whole are a means for our loved ones to remain with us and watch over us from the next world and so we should never feel alone for they are always there with us in the shadows watching over us guiding and protecting us.
So next time that you look down at your feet or even the feet of others and see the shadow remember that you are looking at a part of the soul the only part that we can truly see in this world .
May the blessing of the gods be with you
Spiritual leader of the Kemetic Federation and Faith.
Me and my Shadow
Me and my shadow