A personal journey with the Tree of Life

In the Kemetic Tree of Life, each sphere and its divinity represent a particular human and / or a transcendental philosophical issue (lower 5 spheres) and cosmic issues (upper 5 spheres) that must be experienced and mastered in order to progress. Once the aspirant progresses to mastery of the 10 spheres (branches of the tree), they can transcend all and enter into the realm of cosmic-consciousness, in other words the mystical awakening, oneness with the Absolute ...” – Sabau Muata Ashby, cht n ank

It has been about 13 years since I began studying the deeper knowledge of one of Afrika’s most enigmatic civilizations. I specifically begin to count from the year 2009, since that was about the time, I had undergone a kind of existential recalibration, a crisis of religious and philosophical proportions.

I had been a fervent Rastafarian / Christian since 2001, but there was a strong pull towards the more Afrocentric way of living, as my soul searching had constantly created friction between my zealously Christian family and friends, it began to dawn on me that one could not continue to be ‘lukewarm’ or serve two masters as the Christian bible had warned.

Even though I had always viewed the Rastafari way of living as the best middle path between Ancient Afrika and modern messianic expressions, I had struggled to reconcile some of the glaring contradictions between a colonial or borrowed religion and the social realities pertaining t Afrikan people in particular.

Even earlier in my Christian life, I would question my parents and my fellow church members about the dichotomous relationship between what the Word of God is supposed to represent and the harsh realities of being Black in a world that was so aggressively anti-Black.

There is a lot that I can write that is positive about the journey through Rastafari, the many community, and social projects that my brothers and sisters and I began or envisioned but never quite brought into fulfilment; there are many positive personal habits that I learned through adherence to what we call Ital-livity or a Natural and vitally righteous lifestyle. There are also many stories of negative or heartbreaking events where humans were just being our fallible selves in-spite of external or verbal posturing.

The reality is that any alternative lifestyle that questions and attempts to upend the status quo is bound to face all kinds of resistance, depending on the levels of discipline and organization that the practitioners display. This is the Tree of Life and it has as many branches as there are humans and other sentient beings.

It was in the midst of personal and social upheavals that I kept on finding the wisdom of Ancient Afrika, the East Afrikan region and Nile Valley civilizations more intriguing than the shouting and dubious testimonies of Christians and Muslims and all other adherents of Abrahamic religions. Rastafari, despite the many redeeming aspects, began to seem like all other Bible based ways of being in this world. It is still part of my Life, but there is a dynamism and wealth of civilizational experience that comes with the Kemetic-or Nile Valley sciences.

The often petty and self-righteous behavior of the believers in either Jesus Christ or in Emperor Haile Selassie I, all displayed a similar intolerance for new knowledge, even when that knowledge was clearly part of the Ancient Afrikan variety. Until this day, I have been trying to find a Rasta who is interested in the Oromo or Waaqeffaanaa religion of the most populous and most historically afflicted people of Ethiopia.

While many Rastafari do dabble into the Kemetic yoga, meditation and symbolic space, there appears to still be a reluctance to become fully submerged in the Tree of Life as a holistic and complete way of being. It is mostly the Rasta’s who have totally turned away from biblical interpretation of life who have begun to embrace the Nile Valley renaissance as something that is truly ours. There are a few who still romanticize and are still stuck in the Pharaonic phases, but there are also some earnest seekers who manifesting in the truest sense of Kemetic magical/cosmic reality.

About the Neter called Geb


Element of Earth; consort of Nut; Father of Asar

Facts on Geb

Month – 23 February to 22 March

Stone – Amber

Colour – Brown

Metal – Bronze: Does brass have healing properties?

Composed of Copper and Zinc, Brass has metaphysical healing properties to boost the immune system and to give courage. Repeated wearing of Brass jewellery pieces will cause them to take on your own body chemistry revealing your personal energy signature.

Other uses of Bronze/Copper: What did Egyptians use bronze for?

Egyptians then deliberately began producing bronze and copper-arsenic alloys, and imported bronze from neighbouring lands. Artisans used bronze to create not only tools and weapons, but also ornamental doors for temples and shrines, vessels, offering tables, statues, and jewellery.

Incense – Patchouli: Grounding, Balancing, Mood-harmonizing

Bulnesene is known to exhibit the following activity:


 Guaiene is known to exhibit the following activity:

An earthy, spicy fragrance

 Caryophyllene is known to exhibit the following activity: Anti-inflammatory, Anti-bacterial, Neuro-protective, Anti-depressant, Antioxidant, Analgesic, Anxiolytic

Other Uses of Patchouli:

Scent – Olive

Tree Persea (Further information on this:

Edible Uses: The fresh or dried leaves can be used as a flavouring in soups etc the flavour and quality are comparable to the true bay (Laurus nobilis); A tea is made from the leaves.


Red bay was widely employed medicinally by the Seminole Indians who used it to treat a variety of complaints, but especially as an emetic and body cleanser It is little, if at all, used in modern herbalism.

The leaves are abortifacient, analgesic, antirheumatic, appetizer, emetic and febrifuge. An infusion can be used to abort a foetus up to the age of four months. An infusion is also used in treating fevers, headaches, diarrhoea, thirst, constipation, appetite loss and blocked urination.

A strong decoction is emetic and was used as a body purification when treating a wide range of complaints.

A decoction of the leaves is used externally as a wash on rheumatic joints and painful limbs.

Other Uses

The bright reddish-brown wood is hard, heavy, close-grained, extraordinarily strong, rather brittle.

The wood works well and is suitable for interior uses such as cabinets, but trees with large straight trunks are not sufficiently common to make the tree of commercial interest.

Animal – Goose, Duck, Mongoose and Lizard

Miscellaneous/General Notes:

  1. The Earth Father who together with the Sky/Heavenly Mother gave birth to Ausar. Geb is responsible for vegetation, growth, physical support of the Earth. He is a sustainer. He is responsible for phenomena such as storms, earthquakes, and Earth magic. In the Ausar Auset Tree of Life, Geb represents the 10th Sphere which represents the foundation, balance, and steady assurance.
  2. In the Kemetic Tree of Life each Neter/ Each Sphere or Force represents a particular human or transcendental philosophical issue. Geb is one of the Lower spheres of the Tree of Life that must be experienced and transcended to progress further towards higher realms of Self Realisation.


  1. Sacred Woman – Queen Afua
  2. GEK Ancestry prayer book
  3. http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Persea+borbonia
  4. ADORN YOUR SOUL | Chakra stones and metals …https://bahgsujewels.com
  5. A history of precious metals used in ancient Egypt | Providenthttps://blog.providentmetals.com ›
  6. The Fascinating History of Patchouli – – Koru Naturals

https://www.korunaturals.com › blog

About The Neter called Heru

The King is Heru in Life and is Ausar in death. We become our Ancestors as we are
empowered by their wisdom so do, we empower next generations.
The Divine Force of Heru is critical for the reestablishment of Order and Justice after the Chaotic reign of SET.
Heru as an Energy is responsible for Manifestation of Balance and Progressive activity. The Neteru taught Heru the special exercises which will make him become stronger and healthy for the challenges of Life. These exercises are known as Tjef Neteru Sema Paut aka Yoga exercises.” Djehuti said to Heru:

Remember that the way to face bad people is not with anger. If you become angry you will not know what to do when the time comes. Set is not your real enemy. So do not become angry with him.
Heru said: What do you mean?
SET is your uncle. He is acting badly because he is sick with the diseases of greed, hatred and anger, He has forgotten that his spirit comes from Ra and that all people are his brothers and sisters. He became selfish and does not care for anybody but himself. So you must help him remember by letting him know when he is acting badly.
Then Heru asked: “How can I help SET?”
Djehuti answered: “If you want to help people who are doing bad things and saying bad things, you must stay calm, tell the truth and show them the right way to act. Always remember Ma’at!”
Aspects of Heru:
Heru is the Faculty of the Will and represents Superior man or woman. The Ab, the 4th division of the Spirit within the Objective Realm, the realm of Truth and Justice.
Heru Wer: He represents Light or the Great One whose eyes are the Sun and the Moon.
Kemwer: The Great Black One
Her – Sema – Tawy
Heru Sa Maa Kheru – A Maat: The Son of Truth the Upholder of Ma’at
Heru- Shaf – The neter of Manliness, bravery, respect – he who rules the land. He helped the suffering, the weak and fearful with his great strength. He is the god of goodness and strength.
Heru Pa Khrat: Heru the child
Heru Pa Neru: Heru The Victorious one
Heru Ur : The Elder King of Kemet

Meditations on Nebt-Het

Meditations on Nbt-Het and the Bennu Bird


Matters of death, expiration, decay, and decomposition are often viewed with contempt, fear, and dread. Our thirst and desperation for Living and wellbeing in every facet of life causes us to display less appreciation with mortality as well as things we have tended to define as finite.

Despite the fact that Afrikan culture as well as many other peoples cultures have historically given the deepest respect to issues of Death, the stigma that modern society attributes to this Natural phenomenon is a sign of the waywardness and lack of maturity among modern humans.

In Afrika there is reverence for Ancestors/ Abaphansi/Abangasekho, the last word means those who are n more, the first word means those who are below. The mystical part is that we regard those who are beneath the Earth as messengers and conduits towards our communication with the Almighty Creator, the Creator is often regarded as either a Heavenly Being or an Entity that resides Among or Beyond the Stars. The principle of As Above So Below finds fullest expression in this phenomenon. We communicate with the Ones Past, the ones who have Passed on who are now Living as Spirits Below in order to Reach the One who is Infinite Above.

Here there is a clear sign that the issues of death are intimately connected to the issues of life. The Goddess Nebt-Het (The Lady of the Mansion, Mistress of the House) is a significant Neter/Divine Being Who presides over funeral rites, rites of passage and the wellbeing of Souls once they have transcended the physical plane. It is by no accident that in Ancient Kemet She was known as the Daughter of Geb (Earth) and Nut (Sky or Heavens). She is also known as the Sister to Ausar (The Foremost of the West or Guardian of Souls Due for Eternal Life and Resurrection). In Ancient Kemet, a righteous person was not considered dead, but was said to have Travelled towards the West, in other words Towards the Setting Sun.

A Meditation on Silence, The Sanctity of Sacred Spaces/Houses/Temples/Graves

Sifa kube kanye

Uvuko olwalabo ababona ngeso lesithathu ngokuphinda-phinda

Abalele bayikuthangi, abasizalayo bayizolo thina siyinamuhla

Abantwana bayikusasa

Indlu Yinye Kepha Imagumbi-gumbi

Imithandazo yonke ivela ekuthuleni okuphenya ekujuleni kwenhliziyo yasephakadeni.

Of Sacred Birds and Goddesses

See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of Nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it.” – Thomas Carlyle

Every song is a prayer, either to the dead or the living. The makers of sacred and profane songs are we who create our music through every waking decision, every step, every thought, and every aspect of Becoming. It is only in stillness where we rest from aspirations, ambitions, anxieties, and all striving. But what does it mean to be at Rest?

Can we truly say we are at peace when we are in our Houses, Homes, Temples, sacred spaces? Who is it that is at peace, enjoying the silence, the reviving tranquility of repose? Is it our body, our mind, our Spiritual Heart?

There is a common notion that When We Sleep, we Grow, people grow in their sleep, it is said. Whether this is a scientific fact or a cultural social conditioning, it is worth exploring. In sleep we do not only grow, but we also go travelling, going to places and spaces we could not normally go while we are awake, engaged in the issues of consciousness or Wakefulness.

Nebt-Het then, is the Mistress of the House of the Sub-Conscious. She holds the sacred space for the Soul to Find its way back to Fully Awakened Being. She reminds the Mind that not everything is about Doing as much as we can, She also remids the Heart that not everything is about Longing, Hoping, Wishing, but in Sleep, In Trance we can Program Our Selves to become Fully Realised Beings.

How is this Self -Realization accomplished?

  • Meditation, Transcendental Music, and Indulging in Spiritual Cultivation.
  • Overcoming Fears of Failure, Consequences and Retributions
  • Pursuance of Visions, Dreams and Goals that are Infinite, Lasting beyond the Visible and the Graspable.
  • Conscious Sleep Practice (Coordinating Programming ones sleeping patterns and rituals)
  • Conscious Waking Practice (Inner-standing the Ongoing Work of the Sub-Conscious even while engaged in Daily tasks)
  • Engaging in Sound Resonance: Hearing and Harmonizing with the Music of the Spheres (Realizing that Sounds are Tones, Notes are Spells, Words are Teachings)

What About the Bird? In IsiNtu, nowadays collectively referred to as Indigenous Knowledge Systems/Wisdom, birds are among those animals considered Messengers. Zphathiswa Umbiko Ovela Ezulwini Nasemazweni Asekudeni. Birds carry messages from Celestial worlds to the living. The Kemetic Bennu bird is said to have perched on the Mound of Creation in Ancient Unu/Iunnu/Heliopolis (The City of the Sun). The Cry of the Heron/Bennu bird was the first Song of Creation announcing the Completion of the Work of the Creative Council of One (Ptah, Atum, Amun-Ra).


“Phoenix Rising

In Ra’s city of Heliopolis (Iunu), Nephthys was associated with the Temple of the Bennu. A bennu, or white heron, is the ancient Egyptian phoenix bird that was a symbol of the rising sun. Later on the bennu and phoenix continued to be her symbols—makes sense for a goddess of death and change—and in Diospolis Parva, where the bennu and Nephthys were BFFs, she got a special temple as the “mistress of the phoenix.”

Mysteries of Osiris and the Hall of Two Truths

Nephthys helps her sister Isis recover her dead husband and prepare him for burial. Together the sisters are called Ma’ati, or “two truths,” and the judgment hall in the afterlife where Osiris judges the dead is named for them. They get to sit on the steps with him and welcome anybody who survives the weighing of the heart. Thankfully, they’ve gotten over that whole awkward phase when Anubis was born. Thousands of images in temples, tombs, and papyri from the Middle Kingdom into the Roman period show all three hanging out in the hall.

Chief Mourner”

Heru and The Institution Of Kingship

Siphila ngomoya, inyama yona iyithuluzi esilisebenzisela ukubakhona, nokubakhona kungenxa yomphefumulo. Ababusi nabo babusa ngentando yabanini bemimoya. Inkinga esibhekene nayo ikakhulukazi thina bantu Abantsundu isekutheni asizazi ukuthi silawulwa ngobani ezigabeni zomoya. Izinkolo zabezizwe zilithola kanjalo ke ithuba lokungena zisiphazamise ekuphileni ngendlela esasidalwe ngayo noma ngokwemvelo.

Okhokho bethu ikakhulukazi ezindaweni ezinjengasemachwebeni amakhulu ( Great Lakes region) enkabazwe, nasemifuleni yeHapi ( Nile River basins) bona basisiza ngokusishiyela imibhalo nemifanekiso ecacile ngemvelaphi yethu. Konke okubhekene nokuphila komuntu, imithi, izinkanyezi, ubukhosi nobulungiswa konke kulotshiwe ukuze izizukulwane zihambe ezinyathelweni zabasemandulo.

Ithuluzi eliyinyama lona lidinga ukunakekelwa ngezindlela eziningi, zona ezihambelana nemvelo yalo. Inyama noma umzimba uyisipho esivela kuMveli –

UMvelingqangi Naye uyisipho esivela kuMenzi Wezinto Zonke – uMvelingqangi Naye Ungesinye sezithunywa zikaMenzi – uAmen, Ptah, Khnum, Atum ….

“And in the world of Amenta, the triad of Thebes governs the processes that mature and complete physical life ( Amun/Amen, Mut and Khonsu). The head in this real is Amun or Amen, the invisible breath of creation. They share their functions with the Initiatory Triad ( Heru Ur, Sokar and Anpu ) who refine the cosmic elements in the corporeal body, and the Cyclic Triad ( Taurt, Hapi and Apep) which brings completion to periodic processes and renewal in new realms.

All together the four worlds of creation are constituted by ten families of Neteru, who represent the principles of creative manifestation and embody the functions of the phenomenal world.42 divinities/natural divine forces inhabit this landscape, and express the mystic forces of Kemet’s religious pantheon.” – The Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt*

Ubukhosi Obenzenjani?/ Kingship For What?: Does Royalty Have An Expiry Date?

Green Ankh Works

Kings do not exist in a vacuum. Kings hold their positions because they enjoy the support and respect of the people they are supposed to lead. They are kings of their people and not because of a piece of paper of recognition from government and the government salary. Already, a lot of people in the current generation, including those who reside in areas under the chiefs’ jurisdiction, have lost respect and love of the traditional leadership institutions.” – Zinasele Kani writes in the Voices section of the City Press newspaper, 7 February 2021

In a poem dedicated to the poet Miguel Pinero, the exceptionally gifted Afrikan American Poet Carl Hancock Rux muses wisely on his album The Rux Review:

We are aging and chosen and poorly trained for mass redemption Miguel – and everything is falling away Miguel, come down …”

A popular adage says that ‘everything…

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Imilando Yesintu Nobukhosi

A brief history centrality of kingship and the mytho-poetic lessons we gain from the Nile Valley traditions.

Horus & the King

Having conquered Set and restored order, Horus became known as Horu-Sema-Tawy, The Horus, Uniter of the Two Lands. He reinstated the policies of his parents, rejuvenating the land, and ruled wisely. It is for this reason that kings of Egypt, from the First Dynastic Period on, aligned themselves with Horus and chose a “Horus Name” to rule under at their coronation. Osiris had been the first king of Egypt who established order and then passed on to the underworld while Horus was the king who restored that order after it was overturned by Set and who raised Egypt up from chaos to harmony. Egyptian kings, therefore, identified themselves with Horus in life and Osiris in death. During their reign, they were the physical manifestation of Horus under the protection of Isis (a notable departure from this custom being the king Peribsen, sixth king of the Second Dynasty, who aligned himself clearly with Set). Ramesses II famously invokes the protection of Isis and Horus in his Poem of Pentaur following the Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BCE as do many other kings and pharaohs of Egypt. Wilkinson writes:

Horus was directly linked with the kingship of Egypt in both his falcon form aspect and as son of Isis. From the earliest Dynastic Period the king’s name was written in the rectangular device known as the serekh which depicted the Horus falcon perched on a stylized palace enclosure and which seems to indicate the king as mediator between the heavenly and earthly realms, if not the god manifest within the palace as the king himself. To this “Horus Name” of the monarch, other titles were later added, including the “Golden Horus” name in which a divine falcon is depicted upon the hieroglyphic sign for gold (201).

Since the king of Egypt was the `great house’ who protected his people, all the citizens of Egypt were under the protection of Horus. He was worshipped in many forms and in many different sites. Wilkinson notes that, “Horus was worshipped along with other deities in many Egyptian temples and imporant sites of his worship are known from one end of Egypt to the other” (203). His importance as the uniter of the two lands and maintainer of order made him a representation of the concept of balance which was highly valued by the Egyptians.