Our new ministry logo, designed and created by Queen Mother Imakhu, represents Khnum's hands molding life at the potter's wheel, while the living waters of Heqet are infused in the process of birth and rebirth. It also indicates how we are responsible for shaping our own lives. We can take life into our own hands.
Khnum's Floodgate Brings Restoration & Blessings
(C) 2020 Queen Mother Imakhu (Elaine Lloyd-Nazario)
Khnum is a predynastic creator/artist NTR who sits at the potters wheel, creating humans from clay made from silt of the Hapi, creating souls. He controls the flow of all waters, including the subterranean streams and rivers. His disposition is kind and cool, like cave waters. He works with his partner, the frog-headed Heqet, who, with her breath of life, transmutes all waters into life giving, living waters (hence the Nile's name "Uhem Ankh" - Living Waters). Together, Khnum works with, revives, and retrieves the soul. Heqet, works with, revives, and retrieves the mind. They both revive the body, stability, and finances, particularly through the water. Khnum and Heqet are the principle guardians of Shenu Living Waters Temple.
There is a Khametic legend known as "Khnum and the Seven Year Famine." Inscribed on what is known as the Famine Stele of Sehel in Egypt on the Island of Elephantine, it recounts the story of what is considered an historical period of ancient Khamet, when the Hapi (Nile) waters did not rise to its customary greatness, causing starvation throughout the land. Without the irrigation from the river's overflow, crops ceased to grow. All life was diminished. People starved. Granaries were empty. This pattern continued for seven years under the reign of the newly installed Pharoah Djoser (third king of the third dynasty), who, disconnected from the previous rituals of the regents in his position, assumed the the high priests would take on the spiritual duties that his predecessor had carried out. The dire circumstances and desperation forced him to realize that his blatant disrespect of the spiritual traditions was a grave mistake. After consulting with his wisdom keepers, and journeying to the forgotten and neglected Khnum temple to pay homage to the NTR who should have been given his tributes, the Pharoah humbles himself, made his offerings, and ordered his people to restore Ma'at by tithing to Khnum. Khnum opened the floodgates. The Living Waters of Heqet brought new life to the people of Khamet.
We pray every day, "May my life be as clear as the pure waters of Khenemu (Khnum)."
There are variations of this story, but the bottom line is this: the neglect of Khnum (also known as Khenemu), NTR of the Hapi's rising, was akin to neglect of the water. One must never take the water for granted. The lack of attentiveness to the water then is a reflection (no pun intended) on the water emergency around the world today. The resurrection of the Ancient Egyptian traditions with the mistaken emphasis on the sun as opposed to giving first respect to the water has brought our people to a state of financial, emotional, mental, and spiritual drought. We have lost our way.
This ministry began as an artist temple, Universal Circle of Light Ministries, back in 1999. It evolved to become Shenu Ministries, the only official Khametic water temple in existence in 2006.
Queen Mother Imakhu's dedication to the resurrection of the Khametic water traditions has been a difficult, but dedicated one. Her work has been of service to the community. This ministry helps to feed the food challenged, find placement and resources, for neighbors with no addresses, teach art to children in underserved neighborhoods, and much more. Become a member of the SHENU Ashram Online. Support us in our work. Learn how to keep the work going where you live. Be the difference. Duau (Thanks).