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Hi, me again.
Well, it seems the more I'm learning, the more I'm realizing there's so much I don't know!
I spent some time on Kemet.org, and signed up for the beginner's class (last one started in September - I don't know when the next one is, do you?), as I figured it was a good place to start.
here are some questions.
1) As you probably know, they give you a pretty hefty questionnaire as to why you are interested in Kemetic Orthodoxy, and one of the questions says, "Are you prepared to learn about and potentially join a fairly conservative religion, having both a strict ethical code and a hierarchical structure?"
Not that this is a deterrent, but could anyone tell me the specifics of this? In what ways is it conservative and strict? I do know that there were stigmas attached to eating pork and seafood then as there is now in the Near East - would that be part of it? Or is it more sexually conservative? I'm so, so sorry if this is naive or just screams, "NOOB." Again, just figured I ought to know before I dedicate myself.
2) Also, I'm reading a lot about dedicating yourself specifically to one or two Netjer, and giving yourself a Shemsu name. Are either necessary? I'm perfectly comfortable with my own name [Renee] unless it is displeasing to Netjer. Also, I really wouldn't mind worshiping all of them equally (well, not *all* right away, since there are hundreds, but rather all of which I know well). Years before I was into Kemetic Religion I was strictly Aset-based, though more Greco-Roman all-encompassing-goddess Isis, than Aset. Could that be a sign that she is already picked out for me, or would choosing one require much longer study?
3) I was pleased to find out that having an ancestral altar is part of it, because I find a lot of joy in making altars. I know aspects of KO are very specific - so is there a certain color scheme (is black too predictable, or pitch perfect?) I want to look for, or is it more of a "whatever you feel speaks to you" thing? Are there certain smells, fabrics, food offerings, prayers that I want to use/keep away in using this altar?
4) Ok, last one, I promise. I know the Ancient Egyptians were big on dream interpretations, especially if they were expecting the Netjer to give them information or insight that night. However, my dreams [like many peoples'] are often disjointed, and incoherent. Is there a way to decipher them and find any relevance? Will any New Age dream book do, or did the Egyptians have particular associations and correlations in terms of dream content?
Phew. Again - I apologize if I used the wrong term, mixed up my facts, or asked anything blatantly obvious. I just feel that one never knows until one asks :)
Thanks in advance!