Timing On This Was Funny

Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II must have been very willing to allow himself to be depicted in an ancestral ritual, thus demonstrating his legitimacy as king and, perhaps more importantly, the legitimacy of the Ptolemaic Dynasty, reaffirming its right to govern Egypt. By worshipping his Ancestors he established a link between himself and those who had been kings of Egypt since time immemorial. From the point of view of the priesthood, this was a desirable thing. It did not matter to them that the king whose legitimacy was being proclaimed on the Naos of Edfu Temple was a Macedonian, a foreigner, a fact that is made abundantly clear in the scenes in which Euergetes II is depicted wearing Greek dress. To the priests of Egypt, especially those devoted to Horus, the royal god par excellence, it was Kingship itself and not any individual king that was all-important.

The House of Horus at Edfu: Ritual in an Ancient Egyptian Temple, Barbara Watterson

I found this hilarious because I happened to read that chunk a couple of days after my latest Hills of the Horizon column was posted: A Defense of Sacred Kingship. Which approaches a similar point from a catastrophically different angle.

(The passage in the Watterson goes on to note that the priesthood was interested in preserving the customs of Egyptian ritual kingship until they could get rid of the %$*&# Greeks, mind, which is oblique of the thing I found funny.)

(… please excuse weird errors in my transcription, there’s some damn autocorrect on and it changed the author name and introduced other errors and WTF.)

Restarted my column

For those who are interested, I’ve restarted my column, Hills of the Horizon, on the Patheos Pagan Agora page.

The latest post is Narrative Theology II: The Eye of the Story, which is treating some of the same themes I touched on here with Kintsugi.

HotH goes up every month on the 29th. I will not always signal boost it here because brains. This is the third post since I started up again, though, so there’s stuff to read there.

Announcing “Hills of the Horizon”

So my big news for today is that I am now joining Patheos Pagan Channel’s “Agora” blog with a semi-regular column, “Hills of the Horizon”. The first post, which is basically a thematic introduction, went up this morning.

I attempt to keep my work here on Peaceful Awakenings pretty tightly focused on matters Egyptian-reconstructiony, with the research and theology that I explore in that segment of my life and my practice. Aside from limiting my primary topics to things that touch upon that area, I have chosen to limit my discussion of personal matters of religion here: the work I do here does not depend on which gods I do or do not honor and my personal standing with them, the relationships I have with other spirits and Powers, and so on; it does not depend on my training in the Craft and other fields, my work as a poet and storyteller, my sex life, my studies of various crafts, and a variety of other things that matter to me religiously but not to Egyptian reconstruction.

Hills of the Horizon will be a bit less specialised, and a bit more personal. Which means that, while I remain a Kemetic mystic and that will be important to my posts there, I will also be talking about other things that are relevant to my practice, potentially including such things as dealing with my local land spirits, fairy faith, exploring European liminalist survivals, building small community ritual practices, magical work, and so on.

So. I’m kinda tickled to be doing this, and if you’re interested in that subject material too, link’s up top!