Anpu / Anubis – unknown source
I am Most Blessed in that i can say i have been a Priest in 3 religions, once for a short time an ordained monk in the Korean form of Zen Buddhism, still a High Priest 3rd* practicing for near 33 years (though it took me about 7 years to get all 3 initiations), and even before that an initiated Priest in the Cult of Anubis. I am Not blowing my horn but rather feeling So blessed to have been at the right place at the right time to have met my Initiators.
Decades ago i made contact with an African American woman who lived in Philly and who had been to Egypt and received several Kemetic initiations. She came to my very small rented house and we crowded in my very small living room crowded with maybe a dozen friends and fellow witches. I had a hand made black painted plywood octagonal table with a plywood hand made white pyramid on it with a few candles and crystals. My initiator had hand painted for me on papyrus an icon of Anubis, as seen in the pictures. She then initiated me as a Priest of the Cult of Anubis as she called it.
Its funny I am a Priest of a lineage represented by a canine animal, and am a Priest of a lineage represented by a feline animal. So Anubis (or more properly Anpu) and Bastet are my Totems, plus the Serpent of course. BTW Anubis daughter is Kebechet who is snake headed. You can Wiki these deities and those mentioned below if you are not familiar with them. I am too tired to link them all right now.
Anubis Statue and Icon – Photo Copyright 2014 GLHoke
Of late being poor and frugal i have not bought anything like this Anubis statue for awhile, but my girlfriend’s daughter, who is into Anubis, told me her boxes of stuff including Her statue of Anubis and the canoptic jars i gave her had finally arrived from where she previously lived. I guess maybe i was a little jealous so started searching on Amazon and found This One which looks a metallic silver but the description said black, and it is. I did not want one of the fancy ones with his staff and gold paint, just a simple iconic image.
Kebechet the Snake Headed Daughter of Anubis who helps with the embalming process
When he came i washed him in salt water, like the sands of Egypt are soaked with, then knowing he did not like water but heat i put him to dry on the propane heater, then put him on an altar with the aforementioned icon. I lit a red solar candle for him and wanted to burn some Anubis incense that I and the aforementioned daughter made from a traditional Egyptian formula from the old texts. So i found a clay flower pot bottom dish (clay, like as is in Egypt) and put in what i used in incense burners some black (Black = Khem = Egypt) aquarium gravel and have been burning incense to him yesterday and today.
My gods do you know what i just realized? The shelf Anubis is on is full of African and Haitian Vodoun Lwa, and Anubis is right next to Babaluaye, and he is always depicted with two dog companions! And where i have placed Anubis is opposite my witch altar where i have images of Bastet, as cats and dogs often do not get along. I sometimes think the gods tell me where they want their statues placed instead of me deciding, lol. In fact in the Tibetan temple i have the Phurba deity Vajrakilaya on the opposite side of the room from Rahula and the Nagas and Naginis as they are opposites too. What this does i have found is create a magnetic field of opposites which do not cancel each other out but instead the Magickian / Witch can tap into for his/her workings. BB and Hail Anpu!
Bastet – unknown source