Ekunyi's Embers

Ekunyi (Sarytsenuwi)

Art by Ty Barbary

Ekunyi: My online moniker for all my spiritual escapades for over a decade. The individual who gave that name to me told me it meant “little leader.” I later learned that, of all things, it actually translates to the number ten in South Mbundu? Take that as you will. It’s a comfortable name, though no longer the one that fits me best.

Sarytsenuwi: I received the Shemsu name Sarytsenuwi as part of taking my Shemsu vows within the House of Netjer. It translates to Standardbearer of my Two, or Two Standards for Me. This name means a great deal to me, and feels as appropriate (if not more so) than my birth name.

About Me: I’m a geeky person in her late twenties who writes music and poetry, makes tiny creatures out of sculpey, and loves her cat-kids more than is strictly reasonable. I’m equally content getting lost in the woods, the library, or a wholly fictional written or gamed world for a day. In my secular life, I am a mental-health and career counselor. I am fortunate enough to share the closest aspects of my life with two incredible people: my wonderful, creative husband “A”, and Tenu, who often knows me better than I know myself.

Significant spiritual events: 

  • April 30th, 2012, almost precisely a year after my cautious return to a spiritual path, I was divined daughter of Set and Bast, beloved of Heru-wer and Hethert-Nut.
  • February 6th, 2013, I took my Shemsu vows and received my name.
  • August 1st, 2014, Heqat was divined my third Beloved.
  • August 2nd, 2015, I became a Shemsu-Ankh in the House.
  • August 2nd, 2016, I completed my training and publicly washed my hands to formally become a w’ab priest in the service of Set and Bast.

This Blog:  I write here to share random ponderings about my spirituality, to learn from others who may have different perspectives to share, to have a space to show creative efforts, and to develop that extra layer of connection with other polytheists across the globe by sharing photos of some of my experiences. I will also occasionally offer prayer services, if my gods call me to do so.

Please note that the thoughts shared on this blog are entirely my own, and do not represent any official views of the House of Netjer.