I’ve been sitting here for weeks now, trying to think of what I could write about for my blog entries. And it struck me that this might be an ideal place for both forging and sharing the basics of the kemetic path that’s been knocking around inside my head for awhile. That path has been getting called “Sacred Barque” or SB for short. It came about when I realized I didn’t feel any affinity for what was already available and someone then set me the rather difficult task of describing what my ideal would be. I’m still working on that bit and it is what I’m hoping will emerge here over time.
But first things first. What is Sacred Barque?
Sacred Barque is a conceptual approach for practicing kemeticism. It is based on the motif of a ship transversing any number of different metaphorical oceans, in the same way that Re’s sacred barque does. As such it needs to have strong foundations and be well constructed, but at the same time be balanced and flexible. And the setting is not Egypt, but waters far more unsure and unsteady; Sometimes twinkling with the stars of Nut but sometimes murky and formless. Not everything can be brought along on the journey, for fear of sinking the ship (so no huge stone monuments and other overly grand trappings which simply aren’t practical), yet neither will it be so light-weight as to be blown around aimlessly since it would be sufficiently weighed down with the things that matter (such as texts, objects of faith, traditions, fellowship and cooperation, etc.) It also needfully respects that Kemet no longer exists as we would recognize it and that we’re all in diaspora. And as such it is a Sethian approach to kemeticism, in contrast to a more ordered and typical Horus-based establishment. Knowledge and tradition are important, but so is practicality and acknowledging we’re not in Kans– Kemet anymore. It’s someplace far stranger and cut off in so many ways from the landscape of Ancient Egypt which pervades so much of the religion.
The symbology of it all has the potential of running very deep and this is what I’ll be exploring in future posts. This is very much still a path in the making however, so bear with me if you will. And definitely feel free to discuss!