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Steadfast in Eternity

01 Dec

aka: Devo’s guide to figuring out Osiris.

Mandatory Disclaimer: As with everything, this guide is exactly that- a guide. Gods can change rules at the drop of a hat, and my interactions with Osiris might not match your interactions with Osiris. This guide contains my own personal thoughts and interactions with this deity as well as interactions I have witnessed other followers experience over the years. This guide is merely meant to be a general overview for those who are new to working with Osiris.

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I’m currently in the middle of my Mysteries preparations for Osiris and I decided that part of my rites for this year would involved writing about various aspects of Osiris. I asked my readers and fellow Kemetics what they might want to know regarding Osiris and his mythology and it seems that not many people know what he is like, or what to expect when they work with him. I dug around on the Internet and found that there isn’t much on Osiris from a devotee’s perspective. He just doesn’t seem to get around a whole lot. So, to start off my Mysteries work this year, I decided that a general guide to Osiris was in order.

So what is it like to work with the Lord of Eternity (Djet)? What can you expect when working with him?

1. Prepare to be trolled.

When people ask me about Osiris, I like to make an analogy that compares him to Set. If your life is a house, working with Set is the equivalent of your house being hit by a tornado. You will likely wake up one morning to find that your house’s walls have been completely decimated and that you’ve got to start your house over from scratch. Set enters your life and takes no prisoners. He makes a scene and hands you a broom and expects you to clean up after him. Osiris, on the other hand, is more like a tree that is just outside of your window. It’s an old tree whose roots run deep. So deep that the roots are secretly infiltrating your foundations and you won’t realize it until there are cracks in your floor.

Osiris is quiet. Discreet. He does not tend to be flashy in how he operates. If he wants you to make a change, he will do so in his own way and you probably won’t realize it. So by the time you do realize it, you’ll realize that he’s been playing you for weeks, months, or possibly years. And every time you think you’re getting wise to him or the upper hand, you’ll find out that the rabbit hole goes deeper. And deeper. And deeper. He’s got his moves planned out for the next few years and planned for everything that is occurring. That’s just how he works. Which brings me to point number two…

2. Prepare to get confused. A lot.

I call Osiris Mr. Wingdings (as seen in this post here). This is because he speaks in riddles (the official language of the astral) and symbols and pictures. Often times, these pictures make absolutely no sense to me (or anyone else for that matter). I have not been able to confirm if anyone else experiences this from him, but I certainly do. For the first year or two that I worked with him, he said all of about 5 words to me. Everything else was through direct action (I do this thing to you with no explanation) or through imagery (duck-tree-canoe-oranges) that made no sense.

I don’t know why he refused to talk to me, but such was the case- he almost never spoke. I only got his cryptic images. And that left me entirely confused. So confused that I quit going to him for advice because his advice never made any sense.

And then one day he finally spoke. But instead of showing me the duck, the tree, the canoe and the oranges- he just said “duck, tree, canoe, oranges” and smiled at me.

I have yet to figure out why he does this.

3. Be prepared to develop a lot of trust.

Because Osiris rarely explains his methods, motives, or reasons, you can anticipate that you’re going to have to learn to trust him in order to get anywhere. I think this is probably true of most of the deities you work with, but the lack of communication and explanation from Osiris made it even more the case for me.

For example, I’ve mentioned that a lot of our work occurs in a River. However, in order for the River to work, you’ve got to succumb to the water- which is a poetic way of saying that you have to drown, or die. You can’t do this without some trust. The first few times that I found myself being submerged under the water, I completely freaked out and put a stop to the whole thing. It was only through the development of trust in him and his motives and methods that I was able to move into the second level or step of our relationship. You may find that this is similar for yourself as well.

4. Expect Love to be a recurring theme.

Love yourself. Love your neighbor. Love the cat. Love that plant. Love everything. Osiris is a man of making peace (in my experience- even though he is also known as the Lord of Dread in the Pyramid Texts). Many times I have shown up at the River angry and hurt. And many times he has urged me to forgive the people that have wronged me. To let go of the anger that I held in my chest and in my stomach. To let love take its place. Not necessarily the love of the person who wronged me, but to let my love for myself and my health to be more important to me than the anger and hatred for whomever or whatever has hurt me.

This has culminated in his teaching me how to transmute and transform feelings like this into more neutral, happier feelings. Feelings of love and joy and contentment. For myself personally, this has been his biggest goal for me- to learn how to let go of anger so that I can replace it with love.

5. Expect to develop and receive patience.

If there is something I can say about Osiris, its that the man is patient. You know the tree roots I mentioned above? That tree did not get those roots overnight. So it goes with Osiris. He is very much a Big Picture type of deity, and he will take as long as is needed to get what he wants. If you push away today, he will try again the next day, and the next day, and the next. And if method one doesn’t work, he will try method two, three, and 489358 until something works for you. His patience has been a blessing throughout my trials over the past year.

However, you will need to cultivate your own patience with him. Setian patience is different from Osirian patience, though. You develop patience with Set because Set is chaotic and flaky and unreliable sometimes. You develop patience with Osiris because he is so steadfast. You can’t force him to change. You can’t goad him or push your weight around with him. He truly is like the pillar that represents him- he is stable, and to some extent, timeless. He may give you a cryptic answer and you will rail at him and scream and throw a fit and he will just smile at you and wait for you to calm down. Or he will pat you on the head and tell you that he knows and walk away. Sometimes his lack of emotion or reaction can be really really frustrating. But that’s how he is. And he doesn’t change for just anyone. So the patience you develop will be centered around that.

Many people have described Osiris as being distant or uncaring, but I don’t think that’s the case. I just think that he is a quiet, more subtle deity, and that his methods of communication are different from what we’re used to. With enough time and patience, you can begin to hear his messages and you can begin to forge a relationship with him. Despite my setbacks in understanding him, I have definitely found that working with him has helped me to heal in a lot of ways, and Osiris has been a great support throughout the shifts in my religious practice over the years.

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13 responses to “Steadfast in Eternity

  1. briarrose44

    December 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    If I’m ranting to him about something, I tend to get “it’ll all work out,” along with a smile. He tends to speak to me in words, not wingdings, but I can’t remember half of what he says.

     
    • von186

      December 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Maybe one day I will unlock the “no wingdings” expansion pack and we can actually have a discussion XDDD
      I often get the “it’ll be okay” vibe from him, though. Too bad its hard to believe it when you’re freaking out :P

       
  2. MeresAset

    December 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    “However, in order for the River to work, you’ve got to succumb to the water- which is a poetic way of saying that you have to drown, or die.”

    Very interesting image considering how Osiris died. Perhaps we have to die to our old way of thinking and doing things in order to become who we’re meant to be. I’ve yet to work with Osiris although the speaking in wingdings and vague statements sounds annoying. ;)

     
    • von186

      December 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      I’ve found it interesting that there is actually another Kemetic who has had experience with drowning as a means of cleansing, purifying and change. I do think that Osiris’ felling is a means of transformation- and that he utilizes that method in some of his workings with others. But I’m still working on developing that theory. :3

       
  3. cleargreenwater

    December 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    “Love that plant.” Ffff, yes. Has happened, seriously. He basically pointed me at this sad little Charlie Brown tree sugar maple sapling growing sideways out of a crack in the decorative edging in my yard and gave me a pat-pat like it was Arbor Day in Kindergarten and here was my special seedling. Never a word. I see super dialed-in people talking to active deities, and I’m like….I water a twig. It’s chill.

    I can see the Lord of Dread epithet pretty well though. Whatever he’s like as a god, he is also feeling your bones ache and your mortality tugging on you, and seeing children’s birthday parties and church bingo nights knowing those will be happening when you die even though it’s the end of your world. I have a death anxiety so it’s no small consideration, and no quick or easy thing to grow in understanding of and reconcile oneself to.

    And I didn’t realize until I started writing this comment out that I had so much to say, I’m wondering now if this might be that slow creep you mentioned, or if it’s just because I’ve been thinking and meditating a lot on Osiris this last week for the Mysteries in lieu of actually knowing wtf what I was doing, LOL.

    Actually confusion probably sums up this last year of getting to know Kemeticism as a whole, so I don’t know that I can ascribe that to any particular deity :P

     
    • von186

      December 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      omg this comment is perf.

       
      • cleargreenwater

        December 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

        Just struck a couple of chords, lol.

         
  4. Tom

    December 2, 2013 at 4:09 am

    This post has given me a lot of food for thought. Thank you for writing it.

     
  5. cinnamonwarmth

    December 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I had noticed the serious lack of devotee material for Osiris recently . I don’t hear words from Osiris but certainly I get emotions – not strong but just enough. He seems to prefer things such as music or other synchronicitys, or astral things, yes even mine featured a duck , in a cemetery , with a water fountain lol best damn cemetery I be ever been in. I personally love mystery messages, the meanings have so many layers to unravel.

     
    • von186

      December 2, 2013 at 8:38 am

      I have a love hate relationship with mystery messages. Because it takes me so long to figure stuff out. It really makes me want to beat my head in some days XD

       
  6. cinnamonwarmth

    December 2, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Oh – I meant ” I have ever been in”

     

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