Offerings

Offerings

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Stele of Ahmose I

What do you offer to a deity who in antiquity was offered en mass quantities of breads and grains, and libation? Well, since we no longer have HUGE temples with hundreds or thousands of staff members we have to proportionately downsize our offerings. However, before we can begin to offer, first we need to understand why we offer.

We offer to the Netjeru as a form of reciprocal creation. The Netjeru spent quite a bit of energy creating all that we are and see. Whilst they are immortal it isn’t in the truest sense of the word, as I’ve stated before. We return the energy to them and they back to us. To keep things in motion- to keep Ma’at, offerings are made.

In knowing all this now, we can move forward. We can look back on ancient history and discern several forms of offerings. First, we have consumables- that is food and beverage, most often. And second, we have non-consumables.

Consumables

  • Water
  • Milk
  • Alcoholic Beverages (Beer, Wine, Mead, etc.)
  • Juices (Apple Juices, Berry Juices, etc.)
  • Breads and Grains
  • Fruit (Figs, Grapes, Dates, etc.)
  • Vegetables (Onions, Lettuce, Corn, etc.)
  • Meats (Beef, Water Foul, Game, Poultry, etc.)
  • Salts
  • Honey
  • Herbs and Spices (Coriander, Frankincense, Myrrh, Hibiscus, etc.)
  • Prepared Meals

Also, historical references aren’t strict guidelines. Expand and let the Netjeru tell you what they like. Also, the Kemetic community has what we know as reversion. After the ritual or ceremony is complete, in ancient Egypt, the priesthood and temple workers would partake in eating the food. This ensured that nothing was wasted (food was currency). This being said, I follow tradition and partake in reversion. It is your choice, whether you feel comfortable with that or not.

Non-Consumables

  • Incense (Staple)
  • Artwork
  • Natron (Staple)
  • Papyrus
  • Flowers
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing or Fabrics
  • Furs
  • Perfumes
  • Wood
  • Amulets
  • Talismans

One may also dedicate a task or set amount of time to a Netjeru in offering.

This site [HERE] has a nice ritual for offerings and reversion. And [HERE]  is the Google Book of Sharon LaBorde’s Circle of the Sun from Kemetic Independent talks about offerings and reversion as well, as well as many other concepts. She’s amazing. Check her out.

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