Welcome to Grave Moss & Stars! If you don’t know who I am or what Kemeticism is, I’ll explain everything here. :)
This is a primarily Kemetic blog; Kemeticism is the revival and/or reconstruction of ancient Egyptian mythology and religion. While Kemetics often focus on their relationships with Netjer (the whole of divinity) and specific Netjeru (the gods), Kemeticism also places heavy importance on ancestor (akhu) veneration, community, and living in ma’at (rightness and balance). The word Kemet means “black land,” a reference to the dark color of the fertile soil of the Nile valley; the “red land” refers to the desert outside the valley.
Though there are many stripes of modern Kemeticism, I belong to the Kemetic Orthodox House of Netjer. Kemetic Orthodoxy is a modern soft-reconstructionist church founded and led by Egyptologist Tamara Siuda; the House was established in the late 1980s and has several hundred members across the world. Kemetic Orthodoxy balances an informative and historically-based approach with a deep respect for individual experience and modern interpretations. The House has a physical temple in Illinois and hosts frequent community events, both online and in person, at the temple or locally.
Rite of Parent Divination
I am a Shemsu (“follower”) in Kemetic Orthodoxy, which means I’ve sworn to uphold my Kemetic deities foremost among others. As part of that oath, I underwent the Rite of Parent Divination, commonly abbreviated as RPD, a geomantic divination that identifies an individual’s Parent deity/ies and Beloved(s). The idea behind the RPD is that those coming into Kemetic Orthodoxy are undergoing a spiritual rebirth, and for that transition, they need one or two Parents. Beloveds are deities Who are not directly responsible for “sponsoring” an individual’s rebirth into the Kemetic nation, but are still deeply involved with that individual’s life and self. The RPD is unique to Kemetic Orthodoxy and is a modern creation for modern needs, as ancient Egyptians would have local, family, and profession gods and thus not need Parent deities.
My Gods, My Name
My Mothers are Nebt-het (Nephthys) and Hethert-Nut (Hathor-Nuit); my Beloveds are Ma’ahes (Mihos), Serqet (Selkis), and Wepwawet. In addition to those five, I also adore and serve Sekhmet, Who was my only goddess years before I joined the House. I have less central relationships with other deities, including Sepa, Ptah, Set, and Bast. As part of being a Shemsu, I’ve received a Kemetic name through divination from my Parents: Itenumuti, shortened to Tenu. It means “Mystery of My Two Mothers,” which acts as a bit of a signpost for me.
I am a lay-person, not a priest, and something of a hermit, despite my love for my community; this blog is meant to share my experiences and research, since I am also a geek who hoards books. :) In addition to Kemetic posts, I occasionally write about Celtic and Gaulish paganism, animism, totemism, and forms of magic including color symbolism, energywork, ritual, and heka (spoken/written magic).
Me & Creativity
My mundane name is Ty Barbary; elsewhere on the internet, I’m a fiction writer, songwriter and musician, artist, jewelry-maker, and worldbuilder. I’m a gamer (PC and tabletop), mildly addicted to roadtrips, a total geek over languages and natural sciences, and currently living near Dallas with my beloved partner Jerynn, two cats, one dog, and eight snakes. Quick keywords: I’m autistic, non-binary (pronouns: they/them), panromantic, asexual, polyamorous, and ADD. In other words, queer in every way and noticeably neurodiverse.
In closing, here’s a rough timeline of my spiritual landmarks:
- I started studying and exploring paganism in 2001.
- I dedicated myself to the pagan path and to the Goddess in January 2004.
- I met Sekhmet and ducttaped myself to Her ankles in the autumn of 2005.
- I discovered Kemetic Orthodoxy in the spring of 2011; I took the House’s beginner course from July-August 2011.
- I started this blog in July 2011.
- My Rite of Parent Divination was performed on November 21, 2011.
- I became a Shemsu and received my Kemetic name on February 6, 2013.
- Through an additional divination, Wepwawet became my third Beloved on June 24, 2014.
- I became a Shemsu-Ankh on August 4, 2018.
If you have any questions about anything mentioned herein or would just like to chat, please don’t hesitate to email me at itenumuti at gmail dot com! If you prefer Dreamwidth, I’m right here. I also have a Facebook, a Twitter, and a pagan-and-metaphysical Tumblr.