I have been known by many names, most notably Kebechet and Kebs. Feel free to call me Keb, Kebs, Kebe, or any other form you like.Member of the Patha Watha Sisterhood If you ever have a concern over or about me, my beliefs, my words, or my actions on or off this site, please feel free to mail me about it and I'll be glad to discuss your concerns like adults. However, I will not tolerate childish behavior in this regard. If you have any questions about my path or my biography, feel free to mail me about it. I love a good conversation. I am a Kemetic practitioner. This means, quite simply, that I study and practice as the ancient people of Kemet did. Kemet, or "the Black Land" or "the Black Soil", is simply the ancient Egyptian word for the land of the Nile; what was Egypt in ancient times. Deshret, or "the Red Land" or "the Red Soil" stands in contrast to what was ancient Egypt, and often formed their borders with other countries. I am currently a member of the Kemetic Orthodoxy's website, and I have joined their organization as a Remetj. I have begun the process to undergo the Rite of Parent Divination, and from there I will decide whether to convert to the faith as a Shemset. The Remetj are those who are "royal subjects". They are friends of the faith, but not necessary those who have converted to it. Shemsu are those who are "followers of the royal household", are converts to the faith. Shemset are singular female Shemsu. I follow the old ways of my heart. I do not see anything as black or white, magic nor life. I practice with words, both spoken and written. I practice with objects, both created and bought. I work with the earth, I work with the sky. I work with the neteru, with my gods. I work with my ancestors, and with those who have gone before me, both animal and human. I have been on this path since I was much younger than I am now, but I am still young in the eyes of the gods. I have lived and I have loved and I have lost. I am a human who has learned of the world around myself. I am a human who has raged against the world around them and the people within it. I am a human who has raged against myself, tearing my inner self apart until I was barely a person. I am a human who has realized that, and healed my hatred of myself, and of the world around me by extension. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nuk ma neteru. Nuk maa seta. An t'et-na ker em rekh. Nuk sef rekh-kua tuat. Khu-kua. Ab-kua. Nuk t'etta. "Do not be arrogant because of your knowledge, but confer with the ignorant man as with the learned, for the limit of skill has not been attained, and there is no craftsman who has fully acquired his mastery. Good speech is more hidden than malachite, yet it is found in the possession of women slaves at the millstones." ~From the "Maxims of Ptahhotpe" "There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self." ~Ernest Hemmingway "Arguing with stupid people is like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock over all the pieces, crap on the board, and then strut around like it won." ~MentisAmor ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The following is of my own creation. It was originally a poem/invocation of self, and I have decided to make it more. It is a spell, a ritual, a working; it is heka. It is something anyone can do, but should be taken completely seriously. It is intended to purify all aspects of the self by the heka of Qebhwt, a netjer of purification that personifies the cooling waters offered to the dead that purify them as well as the embalming fluids used in mummification. I was once called Kebechet, which is a form of Qebhwt, and while I do not consider myself to be Qebhwt, I consider the below to be inspired by her. So, in the way of the hekau of old, I speak as if the whole is attributed to her, not to me. The Rubric and Instructions have been added so that it can be read in a more traditional way. After the purification of each body, you are to pour bath water over your body, or to dunk yourself in it. Please speak the words as they are broken up, this is done to keep your mind on the task at hand, but also not to kill yourself with words. If you need to find information on how to make natron, please refer to: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=483526 If you have any other questions, just mail me. Rubric Qebhwt looked out upon the lands and the cattle who inhabited those lands, and she wept. She saw destruction of others, and in the destruction of others, the destruction of the self. She saw much isfet being done in the name of ma'at and much more being done in random acts of cruelty. Qebhwt shut the doors of her shrine and consulted with her bodies on what she could do to bring forth the bodies of those who remained whole so that no more destruction would occur. After much contending, she placed her menat upon her neck, took her sistrum and lily scepter in hand, and flung open the doors of her shrine. She stepped forth, and spoke her heka to bring back the bodies of those lost, those forgotten, those destroyed, and those now found. Chapter of preparing for the purification of the bodies of the self. Gather 9 grains of natron and two bowls. Place the natron in one bowl, cool water in the other. Draw a bath. Words to be said over the bowl of natron: "I am pure, I am pure, I am pure. One thousand times I am pure. You are pure, you are pure, you are pure. One thousand times you are pure. Purity of life, purity of death, purity of rebirth, purity of self." Words to be said over the bowl of water: "QebHwt, Lady of the cool water, Mistress of rebirth, Giver of comfort, Purify this water for me, As you purify the waters for the fallen. Grant me the perfection you promise All who go before me and have gone before me." Pour the natron into the bowl of water. Add this to the bath and enter. Chapter of beginning of the purification of the bodies of the self. Words to be said within the bath. I purify the Khat. Purity of the body, I use my cooling waters To bring peace into your life. I use them to destroy The parts of you which will fade, And I grant you eternal life. I purify the Sahu. Purity of the enlightened self, I use my cooling waters, To bring you to the forefront. I use them to allow you To move without hinderance, And to grant you eternal life. I purify the Ab. Purity of the heart, I use my cooling waters To wash away your pain and sorrow. I use them to grant you The joys that you were denied In a existence of suffering. I purify the Ka. Purity of the double self, I use my cooling waters, To allow you to move freely. I use them to grant you freedom, To go forth in service to The purpose of the self. I purify the Ba. Purity of the soul, I use my cooling waters To wash away the past. I use them to give you The gift of a life with those Who will accompany you. I purify the Khaibit. Purity of the shadow, I use my cooling waters To let you function on your own. I use them to give you a release From all that has And will try to hold you. I purify the Khu. Purity of the spirit, I use my cooling waters To allow you to live everlasting. I use them to gain you A place amongst the gods You hold so highly. I purify the Sekhem. Purity of the power, I use my cooling waters To allow you to be without weakness. I use them to wash away The sickness that comes From self-pity and arrogance. I purify the Ren. Purity of the name, I use my cooling waters To grant you good standing. I use them to give you a place, To give you a life, To give you a memory. I purify these bodies, I purify myself.