It was then that Maxine went over to one of her very crowded studio shelves and took down a striking picture of a beautiful lady sporting an Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra wig and Egyptian costume, holding a Sistrum in one hand, standing before a shrine of different icons of the Goddess Isis. "This is my good friend Lora Vigné," she said as I gawked at this unusual lady wearing heavy Egyptian-style eyeliner. "She owns a property called Isis Oasis, and she is a modern-day priestes
My name is Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa. I was born a native of San Diego, California, where my father received his Master's Degree in anthropology and the humanities. He was also an artist, a very talented watercolorist and painter of male and female nudes. His focus in some of his work was the figurative art of the Greeks and Romans, which also was central to his research for his degree and studies in the arts and humanities. His den where he drew, researched, and painted was full o
"Self-dedication to a deity is the most powerful sacred relationship we can have. We call out to a deity and know They've responded. The Deity steps in and takes us by the heart and hand, and our path becomes clearer. We know that our God has taken us into the heart of Mysteries."
"What's kept me going during times of utter despair are my basic practices of offering and prayer. I don't mean the complex rituals, but the simple gestures filled with longing and surrender. Not weakness, but the strength of devotion for the Gods Who fuel my life with Their power."
"When you stand with your gods you find sacred space everywhere. You find solid ground no matter how it crumbles around you. You find companionship when you are alone, and community in isolation. You know you walk with legions of Powers. Your heart can't be taken down. Stand!"
"When people ask me if I have faith in the Gods I don't know what to say. Do I have faith in the sun? In the sky? In gravity? These things exist without my faith in them. I see that demonstrated before my eyes every day. The Gods exist. They don't require my faith or my belief."
"You don't have to ask permission from any human being to worship a deity. You ask the deity. You make an offering and a request to engage, and wait for the deity to reciprocate. Some humans pretend they can speak for the Gods; narcissism. Go speak to your Gods directly and see."
"If you've really been *called* by a deity, your behavior and lifestyle will reflect that calling. You don't need to tell other people you've been called, they'll know because of the presence of that deity in your actions. Choose to live well, and your gods will be present."
"We talk much about practice and effort, but let's not forget about love and joy. Walking (not working) with the Gods is about the fulfillment of a sacred relationship based on love and devotion. This walk should be joyful, because we're on the path to cultivate true happiness."
"Not every single moment on our path is going to explode with epiphany or ecstatic visions. There's so much strength in the quiet moments alone with our gods. A ten minute meditation can be transformative. Walk outside and take a deep breath. The Gods are in the small moments."
"Just because the Gods don't need us doesn't mean They don't enjoy the engagement of Their worshippers. Of course They do, or They wouldn't do it. Once you have the attention of your gods, keep it by sharing special moments with Them, and the ordinary cares of being a needy human."
"Don't forget to tell your gods how much you love Them. Just like parents, our gods cherish hearing from us just because we adore Them, instead of only when we want something. Prayer is an act of love and veneration, not only an act of petitioning for our needs to be met. Love."
"No one can take away your gods. Even if you can't be open about your faith, even if you have to disguise it on the outside, you know what you have inside, and that's a bond that can't be broken. Once you belong to the Gods, you belong, and no one can ever break that bond. Truth."
"The Gods are my shield. The Gods are my refuge. The Gods are my best when the world does its worst. The Gods receive me when others turn me away. The Gods come to me as I go to Them. The Gods are the Source, the cure, the Ultimate Reality. For always."
"No one is qualified to tell you what your relationships with your gods can be. No one is qualified to tell you who you can or can't pray to. No one. Don't get distracted by the social media loud mouths trying to direct divine engagement. You know your gods. Listen to Them."