Announcing the 24th Annual Chicago Fellowship of Isis Goddess Convention, Dedicated This Year to THEMIS

Calling all Kemetic and Hellenic polytheists, Pagans, ceremonial magicians, FOI members worldwide, devotees of the Neteru of the Two Lands, devotees of the Deathless Hosts of Olympos, and friends! All are welcome to the 24th annual Fellowship of Isis (FOI) Goddess Convention in Chicagoland! It takes place Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Holiday Inn North Shore Chicago (Skokie Business Center), 5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL 60077, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (On-site registration begins at 9 a.m.) Plenty of room to move and to park as the hotel has, naturally, free visitor parking and a plethora of access points via mass transit. FOI members flying in from out of state are eligible to receive a discounted room rate at the hotel.

Sponsored by the members and friends of the Chicago-based FOI Lyceums of Eleusis and Alexandria Mishigami; the Iseum of the Rekhet Akhu and the Iseum of Hathor-Neith-MahaLakshmi; the Kemetic Temple Kheperu em Inu; and by Chicago’s Life Force Arts Center, this year’s Goddess Convention is dedicated to the Titan Goddess and Cosmic Law-Giver, Themis. The Main Liturgy to be performed is the Priesthood Alchemical Drama “The Riddle of the Sphinx”—the first ritual in the late Lady Olivia Robertson’s FOI clergy publication, Fortuna: Creation Through the Goddess.  Continue reading

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“Religious to Excess”: The Ancient Egyptian Worldview of Polytheism and Piety

“They [the Egyptians] are religious to excess, beyond any nation in the world.”                                           –Herodotus, Histories, Vol. II (Euterpe): An Account of Egypt

The View from Postmodernity

What is it about ancient Egypt that captures our hearts and fascinates us through the millennia? Continue reading

The Feast of Nit: Ancient Egypt’s Supreme Being as Divine Androgyne

Nit (pronounced Neet; also known as Net in Egypt and Neith to the Greeks) is among the oldest, most complex of the Neteru (Deities) known to us from ancient Egypt; according to nineteenth-century Egyptologist E.A. Wallis Budge, Her worship was widespread even in predynastic times (The Gods of the Egyptians, Vol. 1, p. 450). She was worshiped as Mut Ur, or “Mother Great,” long before the name of Aset (“Isis”) would fervently issue from the lips of devotees. Likened by the Classical author Plutarch to the Athena of the Greeks, Nit was renowned as a warrior goddess, famed for her death-dealing arrows.

Reverse of a 1994 Egyptian silver five-pound coin depicting Nit as warrior goddess. Her head bears the stylized crown of Lower Egypt.

Reverse of a 1994 Egyptian silver five-pound coin depicting Nit as warrior goddess. Her head bears the stylized crown of Lower Egypt.

Her cult center stood in the ancient Delta city of Saïs (the modern Sa el-Hagar), whose civic emblem bore Nit’s symbols of a pair of crossed arrows over a shield. She was to Saïs what Athena was to Athens: an unassailable Protectress. (Incidentally, the comparisons between the two goddesses don’t stop there; both are of probable Libyan origin.) Like the Roman Minerva, Nit was the seen as the inventor of the human craft of weaving; however, like the Norse Nornir (Goddesses of Fate), it’s clear that the weaving extends into metaphysical territory, indicating Nit’s power over fate or destiny.

Nit with the glyph of the weaver's shuttle atop Her head.

Nit with the glyph of the weaver’s shuttle atop Her head.

But what else would you expect from the Creator? Continue reading

Go to Hel, Part 1: How My Polytheistic “Dark” Goddess Proclivities and Seriously Weird Wyrd Opened Wide the Gates to Hel

Theologically speaking, as a hard polytheist, I believe that the Deities I love and serve objectively exist and have distinct, independent personalities with likes and dislikes, preferred/time-honored ritual offerings, and unique bodies of lore surrounding Them. They are not mental constructs/Jungian archetypes drawn from some collective Unconscious well. Continue reading

Sekhmet and the Ma’at of Letting Go: Reflections on My Sekhmet Ritual at PSG 2014

Editorial Comment: I am extremely pleased that the essay you’re about to read below has been accepted for publication in Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s forthcoming anthology on the goddess Sekhmet entitled Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet. My essay is being published under my legal name and I will retain all copyrights to it. The book is being released next month; I’m so excited!


 

“Sekhmet and the Ma’at of Letting Go”

Just prior to leaving for the 2014 Pagan Spirit Gathering, held June 15-22 in Illinois, I had been seeing, due to its popularity among several of my friends, a recurring post on my Facebook News Feed—one that irked me.

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