To any of those practicing the Kemetic religion: what exactly drew you to it? I mean, there are probably very few families nowadays where the children are born and raised worshipping Egyptian gods. I'm sure that an interest in Egypt had something to do with it, but was there a defining moment where you actually felt some sort of presence?
Personally, I've been born and raised Christian, and from time to time I feel some sort of closeness to God, and I'm just wondering if you ever get that same sort of feeling.
I've gone to all sorts of camps and stuff, and most Christians seem to give the viewpoint: we're right, you're all wrong. But after studying world religions in Christian Ethics, I've sort of been second-guessing my perception of God. I mean, I still have my faith, but I've been wondering if there's some sort of way that everyone is right.
I feel close to Them all the time. I am a practicing kemetic pagan, raised Christian. Ancient Egypt was something I was always drawn to, never knowing why. I never felt that closeness with the Gods that I did at church. My experience of Christianity was very distant. It never meant anything to me. That's why I stopped going to church when I was 14 or so. One of my friends at school was pagan herself (or was -- I'm not sure if she is anymore) and suggested that since I lied Ancient Egypt so much, why can't that be my religion? That got me onto Wicca and about a year ago i dropped that for a purely (ie non-wiccan) kemetic path.
As to the Gods I feel closest to, They would be Aset, Djehuty and Sebek. I know He doesn't seem like it, but Sebek's actually quite cuddly. I'm polytheistic/monolatristic -- I haven't quite decided which one feels right for me. Definitely at least polytheist, though. I feel Them all around me all the time. I don't think i could pinpoint one precise moment where I first felt their presence, but They're always with me now.
I've had Sebek hug me a few times. The last time was a few days ago when my dad's family was over. We were in the lounge room talking and I was sitting in an armchair, leaning on the arm and I felt Him hugging me. I felt all warm and loved. I could feel Him above me, His half-reptilian, half-human arms around me. He's a tower of strength for me.
Djehuty turns up dring my labs at uni. He really enjoys chemistry, and blowing things up. He finds molecular biology and DNA fascinating. And He inspires my stories, sometimes when I'm supposed to be studying. And He has a wicked sence of humour.
Aset's sterner, yet still loving. She feels... really BIG, almost like She's beyond a Goddess, if that's possible. I think i'm still in awe of Her power so I'm not as close to Her as to Sebek and Djehuty. i don't think i'm scared of Her, it's more awe and respect than fear. I do get a lot of love from her though.
I hope that's answered your question. I don't really mind discussing my beliefs. I find it helps me organise them and work out what I do and don't believe.