E em htp!
{I come offering peace & satisfaction}

Happy Akhet {season of harvest}!

As 2015 moves closer to its end, we take time to appreciate the many blessings we have received this year while also acknowledging and accepting the temporary nature of all things. Take time to remember those who have passed and pay homage to the ancestors who continue to guide and protect us.

The season of Fall, with its falling leaves, shorter days and longer nights, brings a myriad of events, emotions and opportunities to enhance your relationship with the divine NTR. In our fourth edition of the Serudj Tawi newsletter, Temple of Anu, Nu Aset Temple and Ra Sekhi Arts Temple invite you to honor this vibrant, abundant and sometimes solemn season with us through the sacred Kemetic texts, the energies of the NTRU, our Ancestral rituals, and the words of wisdom highlighted in this publication.

“Be generous as long as you live. What goes into the storehouse should come out. For bread is made to be shared. Those whose bellies are empty turn into accusers and those who are deprived become opponents. See that none such as these are your neighbors. Generosity is a memorial for those who show it, long after they have departed.”
- The Book of Ptah-Hotep

 

 

LIVING MAAT

Fall is the season of harvest. If, during the Spring and Summer, you planted diligently and attended well to your spiritual, emotional and physical gardens, ithe time has come to reap the rewards of your efforts. And as you receive and enjoy the fruits of your labor this seaon, remember also to give!

Above all give thanks daily to the Divine NTR; this is the true source of your abundance. If you want to continue to receive from NTR, you must continue to give to NTR. As Kemau, we innerstand this truth and everyday recite the following: “Amma su en pa Neter. Sau ek su emment en pa Neter. Au dua ma qedi pa Heru.” This translates to: “Give yourself to God daily. Keep yourself for God daily. And may tomorrow be as today.” By giving thanks and living from a place of gratitude, you create a space that allows for even more blessings to come your way.

Secondly, give an offering to your hettu {spiritual house} because this is where you received the “seeds” that you planted in your garden. Spiritual leaders devote their lives to the well being of their communities. Thus, it is the responsibility of the community to contribute to and maintain the well being of its spiritual house through sustained offerings, selfless/sacred service and tithing; else there will be no proper place to worship or learn of God's will.

Third, share your riches with family and friends and with those who have less than you. “...Peace will not be found in a city where friends are forgotten and their needs not answered [The Book of Ptah-Hotep]”. Do not allow ego to convince you that you alone are responsible for your unique gifts and accomplishments. Your blessings are a gift from NTR meant for you and your community.

And finally, set aside and prepare a portion of your harvest in preparation for Winter – the season of stillness and hibernation when the soil appears dead and very little, if anything, grows from it.

Understand that good fortune is a result of living Maat, speaking Maat, being Maakheru (true of thought, word and deed) in all that you do. And remember: “to whom much is given, much is required.

 

Anedge hra tenu NETERU

 

The Ennead, Company of Nine Neteru, is an essential aspect of the theology of Anu. Atum, an aspect of Ra, is considered to be the first member of the Ennead.

Atum is the complete one as represented by the setting sun. Atum is the completion of metamorphosis; the full realization that one has actualized his/her potential. Atum is the Elder who has come into his own; the community's source of wisdom and insight through experience applied. Atum reminds us that we must be fully aware of self if we are to embrace the lessons of the physical plane. As we incorporate those lessons into our being, we learn to use our divine powers to live in harmonious balance and actualize the purpose of our existence.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND RESPECT FOR OUR ANCESTORS

This is a topic that seems to need no explanation or encouragement in order for us to embrace its principle in the modern day. Without the Ancient Ones applying themselves diligently towards the study of nature and of human behavior; without their scientific documentation and preservation of their findings; without their commitment to passing down their words and research to the generations to come, we might not have access to some of the greatest wisdom from one of the world' greatest civilization.

Yet our acknowledgement and respect for our Ancestors does not begin and end with the Ancient Ones. We must consider members of our direct lineage, our grandmothers and grandfathers, who did their best to survive in a world hostile to their existence. We must consider the revolutionaries and freedom fighters who risked life and limb to secure greater empowerment for Afrikan people around the world, not just themselves. We must add to the list the sages and shamans who have blessed our marriages and families, who have offered comfort and guidance in our darkest hours, and who have reminded us of the divine source when we were incapable of seeking it on our own.

We recognize and acknowledge each of the five classes of Ancestors: the iakhu, beings of light who shine the way for us on the path of Maati; the shepsu, venerated Ancestors whose work has benefited the race; the tepiu, the sages, priests, and shamans who offer spiritual guidance; the abetet, the beloved Ancestors who have given their lives for our freedom and empowerment; and the akeru, those recently transitioned Ancestors who are making their sojourn to the west.

Calling our Ancestors forth through drep khesu (libation ceremony) reminds us that we stand on the shoulders of powerful people who come before us. It reminds us that we belong to something larger than ourselves and that we will contribute to a future that will last longer than we will. With the strength of our Ancestors behind us, we are empowered and driven to live up to the greatness that they left us, and we are motivated and courageous for the generations to come.

 

 

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