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The Meaning of Hotep: A Nubian Study Guide by Anpu Unnefer Amen

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on July 12, 2014 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

Now I have seen plenty of people say Hotep (in the Black Community that is), and I wondered exactly what the heck did it mean. We all know that people will jump on any band wagon just because they cam, and not know a damn thing they are talking about. So when I came across this little gem in the Kindle store I was excited. I had heard of this author before and was pleased to be able to finally read some of his work.

He goes into an introduction of the word Hotep, that takes you into a nice history of Khemet before it was conquered, raped of its knowledge, desecrated by the incoming religions, and ripped to pieces of all its humanity, making Khemet seem like a desert of ignorance while those who came after claimed that knowledge as theirs, and attempted to write Africa out of history. Which they have done pretty damn well at. It tells you about Hotep as being rooted in the Metu Neter (which you should really get the volumes as they are such an eye awakening experience in knowledge that was hidden, lost and now resurrected). Hotep has political implications as well as spiritual and physical. it is wrapped up in life itself, as I believe it is. You may think different, which is totally fine.

Throughout the reading of this book you will be treated to other ancestors, our forefathers, that have written books that just are not promoted today but easily obtained. I get giddy when I am referenced to new information and new authors and books. Who doesn’t like to expand their knowledge and gain more. You will find that he talks about how Hotep or more accurately Htp is also related t Ptha, or more accurately Pth. HTP:PTH. They are one in the same.

The next few chapters dive into the history of Nubain foundation, the various Kings who have Hotep in their name, Aten, and lineages. There is so much information in this book that I cant actually interpret all I have read. I am still digesting everything that is in it, writing notes, cross referencing, and looking for more information. It has been the best book in defining a term, and connecting its history that I have found on Khemet.

At least know when someones says Hotep I can ask them what they mean by it and engage in a new conversation. The worst thing I want to her, is “I don’t know, or it means greetings”. It is so much more than that, and I hope people actually think about what they say, instead of just saying it. Our words have a rich history and vibration to them, it would be a shame to misuse them due to our arrogance and ignorance.

You really should have this in your library. It will open up and connect information that you may have not known, or may have been confused about.

Cat Magick: Summoning the spirit of Bast through sigil magick by Anousen Leonte

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on July 12, 2014 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

I saw this kindle book when I was browsing a few nights ago, trying to see what else can catch my eye. Now this book is not large it is around 20 minutes or so, but it gives a nice amount of workings that you can do that will probably lead into a few months or more of workings. I always love books like this. If they are small they pack a punch.

It starts off giving some pertinent information of Bast/Beset/Ubastis/Bubastis. Shows her connection with Ra, her worshiping, and what she is known for and what she does.

The next section shows how to conduct a simplified ritual to summon her, her altar, and how to do the sigil. There are hint about incense and colors and beads, all for use with Bast. The ritual is briefly explained as it is of your own choosing what you decide to do. Afterwards there is the sitting in silence to absorb any and all information that you have received from her, to digest.

The last pages of the book are different sides of Bast that you can invoke. I never even thought about blending her with Planetary magick but it is very interesting and I can really see the benefits. Bast can be summoned by the following planets for a few of the following aspects( I will lit only three of the aspects):

None- use for communion, intuition, illumination
Sun- contentedness, protection, unveiling secrets
Moon- serenity, mental strength, peaceful sleep
Mercury- foresight, persuasive communications, intellectual inspiration
Venus- beauty, attracting a mate, serenity
Mars- rid an enemy, strength energy, vitality
Jupiter- wealth, enthusiasm, protection
Saturn- black magick, endurance, mystical inspiration

Each summoning entails, uses, the time, candles, lamps and numbers. Its all very useful and worth the couple bucks.

Sekhmet When the Lion Roars: A Devotional to the Egyptian Goddess edited by Galina Krassokova

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on July 12, 2014 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

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I have been looking at this book for a few months. I have been leery of purchasing it because the last book I purchased on Sekhmet turned out to be straight garbage. But this one seemed like it was safe. It is pretty decent, not the greatest, and not the worst.

The first section is on Articles and Essays. This is just about people’s experience when coming into Sekhmet for the first time. Some of it was melodramatic, but it was still interesting to see how they found her, or she found them. I always like to see how people come upon their Deity.

The next section is Prayers and Invocations. This section was pretty interesting with a lot of prayers, hymns and devotionals to her. A lot of them are well written and you can tell they come from the heart. The ones I found useful that I can add and modify into my practice are:

Daily Prayer
A Prayer to Sekhmet
Prayer of Protection
Daughter of Sekhmet
Fierce Sekhmet
Invocations of Sekhmet ( I found these to be wonderful. There are five in all:Artist, Desctuctor, Healer, Warrior and Teacher)
Hymn to Sekhmet II
Prayer to Sekhmet
Awakening of Sekhmet
Awakening of Sekhmet with Egyptian Translation (I would use this on more than the other)

There are around 15 more I believe, but these resonated with me the most.

The third section is called Rituals and Meditations. I found nothing there of any use. Well the last one Sekhmet’s Ritual Objects, but even that is nothing new or useful to me. I do not like a 20 pag ritual, to me it seems they are more worried about the theatrics of the ritual than the ritual itself. Even in my coven we aren’t that melodramatic. Don’t get me wrong, we use props but we don’t spend 3 hours talking. They are geared for a group workings if anything. ALl her rituals that I have came across that have been writing by Pagans are always group workings that seem to like to hear themselves talk. So I read them, half of each, lost my taste for it and skipped them all together. Others may find it useful I don’t.

The last and final section is called Recipes. I found use in this section. I love recipes. I like to get knee deep in my workings. It makes it so personal. These recipes I liked

Sekhmet Blessing Oil (it contains blood for those who may not work with blood)
Sekhmet Oils
Sekhmet Incense (it has a LOT of ingredients, heads up)
Libation offering (very easy only three ingredients)

I can say this book was alright. Was it worth the money, yes. I will be going back to the second part Prayers and Invocations, more often than not for the wealth of information that is there. I see there are some that I may need in the future. A nice addition to our library, no doubt.

Ast Ma Ion – Eos Tar Nixet by Edgar Kerval

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on July 11, 2014 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

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Last Saturday I was able to pick up my copy of the Ast Ma Ion – Eos Tar Nixet by Edgar Kerval. This book is a working Grimoire of Qlippothic Sorcery. So first thing is, I loved how the book came. It was complete with beautiful and captivating cards and a CD (which I haven’t listened to due to so much school work, but I will be able to listen to it this weekend).

The cards match up to each level of the Qlippoth that you are working through, so you can hold those cards in your hand while you walk through, or trance out while looking at them to obtain a connection with the Spirit that resides there. What I love about this grimoire is that is an actually practical working to the Qlippoth. There have been some that have seem so stuffy and mechanical that it is like, ugh, here we go again. Here the walking is done with a heavy dose of sex magick, (which I always include in all my workings). He gets straight to the point, which is what I love about all the authors who books I buy, and he gives you information about his workings and his time working with the Qlippoth. This is 4 years of intense working that he has perfected, tested, and shared with the masses.

The introduction by Asenathh Mason is enough to get you itching to dig into these pages to discover the wealth of information that is inside. It then goes into his workings, and a brief introduction about the Qlippoth and the Sorcerer. It then goes into the first Gate, Lilith.

At this point you will see the seal of Lilith which I find beautiful. I love the seals, and art work in this book along with the calligraphy, it just sets it off and it give it this overtone of gracefulness. Turn the page and there is a picture of her in a form you have never seen, but you can SEE it is her. What I did was as I read through the book I picked up the card, kissed it, placed it against my chest and read the chapter on the Spirit. That is my own way of greeting them and showing them respect. I then placed the card in their section and continue on (I did it for all of them). Within each chapter for all the Qlippoth Spirits (all 10 of them), you receive a couple pages of information about them and then the respective rituals if any. For Lilith you have this wonderful Rite of Ingress which is an inner call to her entrance. This I will be doing over the weekend, as I work with and am very close to Lilith, and anything that involves her, I am more than willing to test out. The seal to Lilith looks like an eye waiting for you to enter, tendrils surrounding the eye. The chant that is giving is very deep and it got me stirred up. It is recommended to do this rite four times, and I can see me incorporating this into my workings for her period.

Next is Gamaliel and his seal which is a variant of skulls and crossbones, but it has a vodoun hint and feel to me, which makes it even more interesting to me. Surprisingly, I was doing a little experiment for a friend of mine in which the symbol she gave me actually showed me this picture before it arrived to me, so that was interesting. His seal had me smirk, as it looked like he was smiling at me, with a wide smile and his eyes slit. It was and is very amusing. His rite is the Sexual Dreaming, Path Working Rite. This rite needs you to be abstinence for one month (sexual) and to get good rest for a good month. You will be doing dream work so I can understand. You will be contacting Gamliel and meditating with his sigil, so this could take a few to do and to receive as much information as you can. Dreamwork is a fav of mine.

The next seal is of Samauel and it looks like an eye in flames floating with peacock feathers fanning out. His picture is of a man looking stern, staring deep into your soul. It is very brooding and heavy. His Rite is of Initiation which is the death of the mundane personality so you can rise up be one with the Black Flame. Here you will learn to gain so much control over yourself, both inner and outer, which something we all must do in order to ride above the mundane and become one with the Spirit.

The seal of A’rab Zaraq is of a crow and he leads to liberation of the self. His Rite is of the Black Mirror. The use of this rite is to explore the astral planes and to reach out and connect with Qlippothic energies you are mingling with. Anytime you are working with mirrors you tend to need to be careful. I can pull quite a few things out of a mirror so I tend to stay away from them until I can control what I am doing. But this would be something that I would work up to. You will be working with two mirrors and you will be in the middle as a conduit of sorts, so please make sure you are sane, and have enough rest. Reaching into your subconscious and not being ready for it can be a shock to the system, and so is mixing with the Qlippothic energies. They are very strong and will knock you for a loop. But I love how the energies feel.

The seal next is Thagirion. This is the path to illumination. Here you will be inundated with the knowledge of the black sun, the astral realm and the light of Thagirion. Here you need to be careful, you can become lost and blinded by this illumination. I know one person you got lost, and he is no longer sane. You must be balanced and of sound mind to make it through this seal unharmed. It is so much being awakened in you, so much you are seeing and absorbing, that you can overload yourself. Take your time, as with the other paths, in absorbing what you are given and then marinate on it. His ritual will help enlighten your mind.

The next seal is that of Golachab, and this spirit blazes a way through chaos and it will blow your mind. His rite is of the Primal Awakening, using self eroticism and self stimulation via a mantra to get your juices flowing and to tap into this Qlippoth. Its awakening the Chaos in you and taking you on a wild ride.

The next seal is of Gha’agsheblah the path of liberation. The rite you will do will be the Death Trance Emanation Ritual, in which you will symbolically die and then be reborn as a child of the Abyss. Can’t get any better than that right.

The seal of Satariel is all about transmutation and the emergence of the Sorcerer from the hidden knowledge of the previous seal. The Right of the Spectral Light is all about taking in what you have learned and exploring that side of yourself, the darkness that has now been opened up. This is rec commended to do a few times to equalize yourself and to make sure that you are balanced before you continue on.

The next to last seal of Ghagiel is one in which you start to learn more about yourself that you still can’t seem to unlock and you will be doing a lot of work on the astral and physical planes to bring it all together. By this time you should be damn near all open, and have spent quite a few months t get to this process. This is a nice journey that is taking you from just the Sorcerer you are, to the Higher being that you KNOW you are ( and a better Sorcerer as well :)) This is a path that you may want to sit on a do a few times t make sure you are more than ready to go to the next level. No need to rush, you will move from level to level when you are ready.

The final seal is that of Thamuiel, which is the completion of your journey. Here you have seven masks of Thanuiel that will further help you manifest all you have learned into a powerful source of knowledge. With each of these seven masks you will know what you have to do. There is nothing saying this must be done, or this. The workings are set up for you to completely follow your normal progression but it gives you so much that can get done. These are paths that you can do for months or weeks, or even longer. There is no time limit, only suggestions and those are few. We each move at our own pace and I look forward to working with the first seal and seeing all that awaits me.

Totally worth the price, I devoured the book within a couple of hours and I have a nice vibration going on with the cards, which means that I will be connecting with them first before going further. Just something I always do.