Posts Tagged ‘Set’

Ma’at on the Waters of Nun

June 13, 2013

I have been profoundly drawn to Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) knowledge in recent months. I had very little pull in this direction until Set-Suteka began speaking to me as my guide, with the exception of the truths revealed by reading The Western Lands, by William S. Burroughs.

Previously I had no key to the inner meaning of Kemetic thought. It was just a blur of strange symbols and random ideas, but I am feeling like I can begin to see the underlying knowledge and experiences which informed those symbols and expressions.

The Music is my greatest guide, and in the truest sense a part of my self. The music is the harmonious voices of each world in existence. Even a world out of balance sends a voice into the Music. When that voice returns to its own world it has been tempered and healed by the wisdom of all other worlds, so that it can guide its home along its true path.¬†Learning about the oldest Kemetic origin and cosmology stories has taught me something very important about the limits of the Music, and by so doing has helped me to see it more clearly. The Music is almost synonymous with Ma’at, a concept and personification of truth, harmony and justice. In kemetic thought Ma’at is the bedrock of the created world, that even the solar creators beings stand upon, but Ma’at did not come first. First there were the Waters of Nun, or the abyss, the formless being from which all else arises, including the creators. Imbalance within the waters gave rise to the creators, and in turn their creation gave rise to Ma’at, the higher harmony of creation and living beings. The Waters of Nun persist. Non-being is always present, surrounding the created world. It is not evil, except when non-being erodes and infects the created world in the visage of Apep the water serpent. Ma’at is not a part of the Waters of Nun, as Ma’at is a part of created worlds. By this I do not mean that Ma’at or the Music are limited to worlds of physical form and matter, but that they only have meaning within the context of living, ordered reality, physical and non-physical that enfolds us.

I have for many years seen the forms of different worlds. I see them from within, as we experience life in this reality and I see them from outside, as beings such as Raven’s Eye have taught me to see. I see the outside of a world as threads of light bound into what my mind can only know as a sphere that floats within the infinite and indefinite abyss. Each thread of light is part of a law, or a contract that binds the energy of that reality into the self experiencing forms and natures that it contains. There are continua that connect and flow between these spheres of existence, but that is a vision for another time. The Music reverberates between the spheres, but I see so clearly now that it cannot ever be separated from them, just as Ma’at cannot be separated from the created world.


Child of Sutekh II

March 3, 2013

I have wrestled with my relationship with Sutekh.

I have worried because many modern writers associate Set with Satan or the devil, even though in my heart I know that is foolish. I did not want to be deceived by a hungry spirit, but I have felt no hunger when I speak with this spirit. In the end all I have is what I see and what I have felt.

This article is quite accurate to my experiences with Sutekh:

I associate with Sutekh because our strengths are shared. He is strength through the process of dissolution. My strength is the strength of the truth that is revealed when all else has been worn away. I enfolding hold the light within the darkness.

Apep is the enemy of Ra (solar life giving order) and Ma’at (nurturing life sustaining order). Apep is terratogenic chaos beyond the cycle of spirit nurturing life. Apep is the representation of¬†annihilating¬†life. Sutekh is the chaos of wilderness, where laws of death and trial allow spirit nurturing life to continue. Sutekh is the slayer of Apep.

Child of Sutekh

May 19, 2011

Many, many months ago I was doing a healing with a friend of mine. After we were finished working a being came to me that felt very different than usual. My head and whole body were ringing like a huge bell, waves washing back and forth. the being had a message for my friend, that she was one of his children in a metaphysical sense and that it was the echo of the Egyptian god Set. After I had conveyed this message it told me that I was also one of his children. It took me a long time to figure out what that meant.

Please take this as helpful fantasy because I really know nothing about Egyptian history. Set, or Sutekh, as the name I preffer, was a god of desert, storms and foreigners, all things that don’t fit into Egyptian society. He was an abivalent, but central figure before his vilification after the unification of upper and lower Egypt and the occupation by the Hyksos. He was loud, unruly and caprecious, though his strength slew Apep, the serpent of chaos and darkness, every night as Ra’s bark traveled through the underworld. I asked myself in what way could I be a child of Set. I do not posses many of the traits that he is well known for, being rather quiet and not great in physical strength, nor having any real affinity for deserts or storms.

The answer did come and my guides were quite happy when I found it. The key was “things that don’t fit into society.”

I’ve read about so many societies in which the spiritual and energetic world are seen and felt as part of life. Vajrayana Buddhism, Daoism, some forms of Christianity, Sufism, tribal cultures from every continent except Antarctica. I’ve learned tremendous amounts from reading about them, but there is largely consistent aspect of their cultures that goes against everything that I am. Structured, defined heirarchies. Roles defined by tradition and custom. I have spent the majority of my life strying to escape modern Western culture in one way or another, but I realized that if I had been born into any of these other ways of being I would have had to escape just as much. I am a child of Sutekh, and I will never fit. I will always be a subversive element. It’s been worked into every part of my journey that I can’t follow anyone elses path. I can’t have a mentor and I can’t be a follower, adherent or disciple, even when I want to be.

I come from a place of no masters and I will be free.

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