November 10, 2010

Mystery of creation

Posted in Creative Fire, On Writing, Thoughts and Reflections at 9:46 pm by

A briefly golden morning, the sun slanting upward through a narrow gap in the overcast east to emblaze hilltops, thinning cloud trails, the highest branches of the trees. A lotus-light, fleeting and magical.

Amun-Ra statueLast month I wrote my fiftieth song for the Netjeru.* I’m still a little incredulous at this, considering that I’d never imagined I would be writing songs at all. And it was for Amun-Ra, who started the whole thing nearly four years ago, as I knelt before His shrine and wondered aloud what special service I could do for Him. Sing! He told me emphatically, and from that moment, that first awkward, self-conscious rendition of the House of Netjer classic “Ankh, Ujda, Seneb,” which was the only vaguely appropriate song that I knew at the time, has somehow arisen a whole repertoire of songs for many different Gods and festivals.

The sources of creativity are certainly mysterious! But it makes perfect sense that it would be Amun-Ra who set me on this path. As the syncretism of Amun and Ra, He’s always seemed to me an embodiment — an en-God-ment? — of the creative process itself, the journey that extends from the Hidden to the Manifest, from the first leaping electricity of connection and inspiration to the particular luminosity of the finished work. And now that I’ve been reminded of this, I plan to offer my nonmusical writing projects to Him and to seek His help in getting those off the ground as well.

Dua Amun-Ra, Lord of the Hidden Wind, Lord of the Radiant Sun! May You bless all the works of my mind and imagination!


Photo of my Amun-Ra shrine, with the statue featuring the new plumes that I *finally* made for Him this past summer (detail; click photo for the full shrine.).


* And in the time it’s taken me to get around to writing this post, I’m already up to song #53. Note to self: Life does not stand still and wait for you to blog about it.


  1. Raymond Davis said,

    June 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I admire your your shrine and would love to have such an elegant statue of Amun. Where can I purchase one?

  2. Shefyt said,

    June 25, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Thank you! The Amun statue is just a basic resin statue, based off the famous work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; I made the plumes myself from balsa wood and craft paint. I just took a look around on Google, and unfortunately I’m not finding that version of the statue for sale anywhere–maybe it’s not being made anymore? Sorry I couldn’t be more help!

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