the central axis of the Great Hypostyle Hall of the Great Temple of Amon-Ra at ‘Ipet-Sut’ (“Karnak”), 'Uaset’-Thebes; view eastwards looking toward the Festival Court of King Thutmosis II (between the Third Pylon and the Fourth Pylon) with the Obelisk of King Thutmosis I (1504 BCE)
stumbled into the attention of gods you never really believed in until they had their talons and claws deep inside you, scratching and marking you as theirs in a way as ancient as humanity itself
you spend hours scribbling down the counsel of gods who touch your soul, meditating on broken, disjointed whispers and images surfacing from the depths of your mind, the gods’ divine counsel flickering in and out like a faulty lightbulb in a dimly lit room, you struggle and strain to find meaning through the strobe-lighted, dusty air
in another time you might have been called holy but in this age you are only called strange. you are a relic from a different time; the devotee new and improved, now with an iPhone and automobile. your crystals and incense and tarot cards sit next to DVDs and Pokémon merch, you provide offerings of Coca-Cola and potato chips, all the riches of a modern era where the gods are all but forgotten
‘sacred' used to mean gilded and quiet and sterile, unreachable -to commune with the gods was a privilege for the wealthy and powerful- but now the earthly perks are gone and so are the limitations. the gods select who they please, from under the high school bleachers smoking a joint or sitting in the pews during Sunday morning Mass, from the gutters or the libraries or sitting alone in a cheap bug-infested apartment late into the night, they find you and let you know those old stories are true, they are here
and oh, do they ever have plans for you.
I’ve read many posts about gods in the modern era but where are the posts for the humans they snatch up?
inspired by this post; was the inspiration for this post.
To have a local pagan temple where anyone could come and worship. Like with lil shrines for different paths like a Wiccan shrine, a Kemetic shrine, an Asatru shrine, maybe even a lil jinja if you have a Kannushi/Miko who could probably maintain it. And each path has an expert there to perform rituals and give classes on paganism and different paths
And there’d be books an altar supplies availible for sale there and lots of donation classes on paths and other things like yoga and meditation and ecstatic dance and reiki and tarot and all kinds of things.
Just a place for pagans and whoever else wants to to come and have a space to pursue being spiritual and just have a place to breathe away from every day life.
Great Temple of the God Amon-Ra at ‘Ipet-sut’ (“Karnak”), 'Uaset’-Thebes, interior wall of the Hypostyle Hall, detail from the north half of the east wall: “Amon-Ra Lord of the Thrones of the Two Lands” (translation of the row of hieroglyphs written on the top, next to the God), represented wearing the Two Feathers Crown and holding the 'Uas’-scepter