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Author Topic: Is your Earth based faith limited to Earth?  (Read 11713 times)
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« Reply #5: November 09, 2009, 06:28:24 pm »

this is a sort of off shoot of the thread about whether you practice ritual per the calendar or the local seasons.

In light of the recent tourist in space stories, how long will it be before we have pagans in space? (That's pagans, not pigs..... for you that recall the Muppets....)

Pagans.  In.  Spaaaaaaaace!  LOL.  I love the Muppets.

I've actually thought about this.  At first I didn't think there was any way it could work.  The Kemetic calendar is based on the movement of the stars in a celestial vault that is only experienced right here on Earth.  No other planet would have the same 365 day year.  I was ruminating on this for awhile before I realized that a lot of Kemetics don't celebrate the holidays according to the traditional calendar (see Devo's thread on the Kemetic SIG.  Many of us have adapted the calendar based on how they experience the seasons in their own geographic location.  The Mysteries of Wesir is a planting festival, but for me, in Colorado, it occurs in winter.  For some Kemetics, that simply isn't acceptable and they move the celebration to some time in the spring. 

Then there is the fact that the first Kemetic season of Akhet was the season of inundation.  We don't experience anything like the inundation of the Nile over here in Colorado.  In fact the Nile doesn't even go through cycles of inundation since the building of the Aswan Dam.  That doesn't mean that we can't see that time of year as a time of spiritual abundance and renewal.  LapisLynx had a really good take on this if you look at the thread I referred to above. 

The bottom line is that people still experience relationships with the Netjeru despite the change in landscape, and I think that experience could probably translate onto another planet.  As for the problem with the days in the calendar, well, I think Djehuty could find a way to sort it out.   Wink

BTW:  This is the coolest program in the worlds: http://www.stellarium.org/  If you want to find out ahead of time what the Kemetic constellations would look like on another planet (you know, before you make your decision whether to move), you can actually figure it out right now. 

Hope I'm making sense.  Still recovering from the squid flu of doom. 
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