Monthly Archives: December 2011

6. Beliefs: Spirits and Other Unseen Creatures

Besides the gods, other inhabitants are in the Unseen world and interact with us: the ancestors (Akhu) and spirits (netjeri). Occasionally they cross the veil and come into contact with us in the Seen world, and this is how we know that they are present.

In Kemeticism the ancestors are called the Akhu, which means “shining ones.” The Akhu are the transfigured spirits of dead humans who have passed judgment and become something great. They are our blood relatives who have passed on. They are those people whom we considered family and have moved on.

I have numerous Akhu. I have family members, friends, Kemetic akhu, and Masonic Akhu. Some of these I adopted into my life, and they have adopted me as well. I have had one Kemetic akhu follow me home from a museum and find her place on the ancestral shrine. I gained a multitude of akhu when I was initiated into Freemasonry. Our Lodge is quite old, and filled with a rich history of great men whom I call brother.

Spirits are generally referred as netjeri, which means “powerful” or “divine.” These spirits are non-human residents in the Unseen that are not a god or an akh. The spirits can be servants, messengers, nature spirits, or the various spirits from cultures around the world.

Another less common spirit is the muuet, meaning “dead ones.” These are the kau of humans who for one reason or another have not gone to judgment. Sometimes they are referred to as angry, but just like living humans they may be just confused or lonely. Muuet that are bothersome to humans generally go away on their own, but if for some reason you feel the need to have added protection, pray to your own Akhu to help the spirit move on, and that Yinepu will guide them.

Specifically I work mostly with some select Kemetic Akhu. These are servants of my gods and are used for specific purposes. I own four shen which each has a netjeri attached to it, which helps me with various specialty which those gods are generally associated with. They all have names that I am allowed to call them, but they are not their real names. These netjeri are not specifically attached to those shen, as they share themselves with other people as well.

I do not work with nature netjeri very much, but living near the river all my life, and growing up on the river I do have a connection to the spirit in the Mississippi. At times the river is peaceful and tranquil. Other times it is very angry and would not hesitate to take your life. The river deserves great respect from all. Every now and then, when there is a feast to the Nile or Hapi, I go to the river and throw coins or some other offering to placate the spirits. This is especially useful during flood season when the river is at the height of its power.

Other spirits I work with are the spirits of Haiti. These are the spirits that live under the water. They are the spirits unique to Haitian culture and community. I have many experiences with them and consider one to be my guardian angel, which has been with me since birth. They are truly unique and wonderful. I also have acquired some ancestral netjeri, from the Irish-side of my family. One particular one hangs out around the house that I affectionately call the house elf. What type of spirit it is I am not sure, but it is definitely a bit of a trickster.

As you can see, the Seen and Unseen worlds are filled with inhabitants. Some spirits are easier to get to know than others, and some do not want to be known at all. Get to know you spirits. Set out some sugar and milk, and tell them to have some. They can definitely enrich your life.

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5. Beliefs: The Gods and the Divine

(For simplicity, the masculine pronoun will be used to refer to god unless to specify the feminine aspects)

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit exalts in god my savior.

For He has looked with mercy on my lowliness, and my name will be forever exalted.”

According to Christian mythology these words were spoken by Mary, when an angel announced that she would bear the son of god. These words captivate my heart, and also help to describe my relationship with the Divine. While I don’t specifically call god my savior, my very being does rejoice in god looking at their creature and communicating with it.

I have believed in god since I can remember. Even when I questioned whether god was there, a part of me always sought after him. I have examined many different visions of god in my life; a savior god, a singular god, an indifferent god, and generic god, and a mother god. Across this I have come to my basic conclusions that I follow this day.

I refer to god as Netjer. Netjer is the transliteration of the Kemetic term “ntr.” It is generally defined as divine power or god. These are the ancient gods and goddesses of Kemet, such as Aset (Isis), Set, Heru-wer (Horus), Het-Hert (Hathor), and Bast. Netjer is the Self-Created One, brought into existence on Its own accord. This being appears in the many forms of the gods in the Kemetic faith. While I believe in the multiplicity of gods, I also believe sometimes they meld into each other and blend into each other. While this I not hard polytheism, I also believe that they can be a singular entities as well. This is not monotheism, but a specific form of polytheism. I also follow the concept of monolatry. Monlolatry as defined at Dictionary.com is “the exclusive worship of one god without excluding the existence of others.” In Ancient Kemet, others gods outside of Kemet where acknowledged, but generally seen as not being important because they were not the Egyptian ones. I view other faiths (Heathenism, Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism) as being valid for those practitioners, but their gods are not my gods.

My concept of god is very similar to the Hindu concept. The Vedas state, “God is one. Men call Him by various names.” God is our operating system, and on the screen are the various icons which one can click to god. Christians click Jesus, Muslims click Allah, and I click Yinepu. God appears in a myriad of ways, just like we are all different. God comes to us in the way which is easiest for us to commune with, whether that is Vishnu, Buddha, nature, or YHWY.

As can be observed I believe each of us, has a personal manifestation that god takes in order for us to have a relationship with Him. As Kemetic Orthodox, I believe that one or two gods come to each of us, and interact with us in a personal way. Usually we refer to these as our parents. Other gods take a special interest in us as well, and these are called Beloveds. My personal connection to god comes through Wesir (Osiris), and through Nut, Djehuty (Thoth), and Yinepu (Anubis). I also have close relationbships with other gods not specifically identified as parents or beloveds: Ptah, Sekhmet, Aset (Isis), Wepwawet, and Hat-Hert (Hathor). This will be discussed later in this blog.

God is a concept far beyond words and my understanding. He chooses to come to me in this way to help my small mind to understand something which cannot be understood. May god continually watch over all of us.