Okay, folks, I promised you photos last time, and here they are.
My shrine resides on top of a jewelry armoire. The lid can be opened, but that section holds rings, and I almost never wear additional rings besides my wedding, engagement and engagement anniversary ring.
I know, I have too many statues. Why do I have so many? Well, I needed my three basic Netjeru – Aset, Hethert (Hathor) and Nebet-Het (Nephthys) – because They were the ones that helped me on the worst night of my life. Bastet I needed because I’ve always been a Bastet fan, even before I became Kemetic (part of me wonders why She wasn’t there on my big night, but I’m sure She had her reasons). And I needed Heru (Horus) and Wesir (Osiris) because I do Rite to Them on Their birthdays (during the Unyear). (Okay, I don’t have Set – I use a photo for Set. So my logic is faulty there.) Is it wrong to have relationships with multiple Netjeru? I wouldn’t think it would be.
So the first thing I need to do is decide who I’m doing Rite to on any given day. On the day I took the photos, I decided on Nebet-Het:
What happens to the other statues? Well, they go at the foot of the bed temporarily (where hopefully the cats will not knock them over):
So I start Rite, which involves saying some words (the words can be found here for now, but I’ll be doing a post or page uniting words and photos), lighting the candle, saying some more words, and pouring the water and milk. After that step, my shrine looks like this:
Then I say some more words, kneel for a while and commune with Nebet-Het (several minutes), thank Her, get up, say some more words, blow out the candle, say some more words, and then I’m done. At that point I drink the water and milk.
At some point I will do another post – maybe a resource file – integrating the words and the pictures, but for now, I hope you get the general idea.
In case you’re wondering why the basket on Nebet-Het’s head is a different shade of gold than Her body, it’s because it was done by a different artisan, namely my husband, who is a very talented model maker. When I told him I couldn’t find a Nebet-Het statue but bought an Aset statue that could be customized to represent Nebet-Het, he agreed to go to work with some putty and voila! Basket instead of cow horns. (My husband is awesome.) (That’s supposed to be the only visual difference between Aset and Nebet-Het anyway: what’s on Their heads.)
So there you have it: what my shrine looks like before, during and after Daily Rite. Comments? Please leave them below. Thanks!
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Edited to include a link to the words I use for Rite.
What a cool set of things to have in your house! I’m just re-reading Gretchen Rubin’s book, “Happier at Home,” and one of her recommendations for September is to “make a shrine.” Her definition of shrine is pretty loose, but I like the concept of gathering objects that are important to you and engaging with them to make them meaningful. Thanks for sharing!
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I love it!! Your statues and teapots are lovely…and my mother has the same glass bowls…which gives me a “homey” feeling when I look at your pictures. I also think its *very* appropriate to have Hethert on top of a jewelry box 😉
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