I wrote, some time ago, a post about Taweret that apparently got people thinking because ever since I’ve had random people ask me if I am going to write more posts about specific netjeru.
Now, I am not a scholar by any stretch of the imagination. I became fascinated with Ancient Egypt when I was a child, and learned a myriad of wonderful and conflicting myths from my father and our many trips to the Penn Museum, but in the grand scheme of things I’ve only come to Kemetic practice recently and I have no degree or certification or time spent in Egypt itself to back it up. I am, however, fascinated with the Names (Kemetic gods/netjeru) that aren’t discussed, despite my worship of some of the most known – Sekhmet, and Set, and Ma’at, and Nut, and a couple from other pantheons that have taken residence in my head. At Paganicon this year, I found myself repeatedly drawn to a figure of Khepri, the dawn form of the sun god shown (usually) as a scarab beetle or a beetle-headed man, despite having no direct connection with him. Khepri is important to the pantheon and his role is key to how the universe works and to the upholding of ma’at, and yet I don’t know anyone personally who works with him, or worships him.
(If you are such a person, please, speak up!)
The more I look into the topic, the more Names I find that appear to be left out or forgotten: I know one person who worships Khonsu, the Traveler, for example, but no others. Mehet-Weret, the primeval cow goddess, is often ignored. Heqet and the Two Ladies (Nekhbet and Wadjet); Sokar and Sopdu; even Bes and Sobek aren’t mentioned as often as I believe they should be (although, again, I do know one or two people who worship Sobek and multiple people who hang images of Bes in their homes).
So, this year, I’d like to write a series of posts about these “forgotten” Names in the hopes that we can come to know them better and give honor where and when it is due, but I cannot do this without the help of you, my readers. So, if there’s a Name you’d like to see covered, please speak up! Let your voice be heard, and may we come to learn more about the netjeru you choose.