What Kemetic Spirituality Teaches Us About The 9 Parts of the Soul

What Kemetic Spirituality Teaches Us About The 9 Parts of the Soul
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Kemetic science and Kemetic spirituality are one and the same. That is because your Ancestors understood that science is spirituality that is seen and spirituality is science that is unseen.

As our people left behind the ancient teachings in favor of western religions, we disconnected science and spirituality. We now think that studying spirituality is a matter of faith, while studying science is a matter of fact.

This is not what our Ancestors taught us.

For example, the western world looks at human anatomy as a collection of organs and tissue that is powered by chemical reactions. And when those chemical reactions stop, you die.

The truth is that the body is just one expression of the soul. And in the same way that the human anatomy is made up of parts that work together here on Earth, you have a spiritual anatomy that both connects the seen with the unseen and operates in the Divine Realm.

As Muata Ashby writes “One element [of the soul] may not be effective in all planes of existence. For example, the Ka may not be discernible in the Ta – the physical pane – while the khat may not be discernible in the Pet or Heavenly Plane.”

Your Ancestors taught us that there are nine parts of the human soul. Each part serves a function in and of itself while working with other parts across multiple planes of existence.

In Kemetic Spirituality, these parts were known as the Ren, Ab, Sekhem, Khat, Sahu, Ba, Ka, Khabit, and the Akhu.

The following are the basics of each part of the soul. To go deeper into rituals for purification, strength, and innerstanding, I encourage you to take our Keys to Kemetic Spirituality Course online and at your own pace by clicking here.

Ren – Your Name

Kemetic Spirituality places great emphasis on names. Nswt – rulers in Kemet – had 5 official names:

  • A Heru Ascending name
  • A Nebty (two ladies) name – the two Neteru that protect royalty
  • A Heru Triumphant name (the permanent ascended name of the Nswt)
  • A Throne Name (usually ‘Lord of the Two Lands’)
  • and A Birth name, usually followed by Sa-Ra (or son of Ra)

For example, the full name of the Nswt that we call Tutmose III is actually Kanakht Khaemwaset, Wahnesytmireempet, Sekhempahtydjeserkhaw Menkheperre Thutmose Neferkheperu or Horus Mighty Bull, Arising in Thebes, He of the Two Ladies, Enduring in kingship like Re in heaven, Horus of Gold Powerful of strength, Sacred of appearance, He of the Sedge and the Bee, Enduring of form is Re, Son of Ra, Thutmose, beautiful of forms.

The name was revered even in written form. As both a sign of authority and a spell of protection, your Ancestors encircled the name with a shenu (called a cartouche in the West) similar to the one shown below.

Kemetic Spirituality teaches us that the name is considered to be more than just what you are called. It is your link to your divine form and an important aspect of your soul.

When it comes to Kemetic Spirituality, the name was considered the link that connected your Akhu with your divine form in the heavenly realm called your Sekhem. These two parts of the Kemetic soul will be explored later.

Furthermore, you cannot exist without a name, and your Ancestors believed that as long as your name was remembered and repeated, your spirit would live on.

Ab – Your Heart

Weighing the heart - a depiction of judgement in Kemetic Spirituality from the Papyrus of Ani
Weighing the heart – a depiction of judgement in Kemetic Spirituality from the Papyrus of Ani

Your ‘heart’ represents both your deep unconscious mind that is the home of your past experiences as well as the source of your desires and emotions.

Kemetic spirituality teaches that every aspect of our universe has a counterbalance – a dual aspect that is a reflection of itself.

In keeping with the principle of duality, your Ancestors taught that the heart was divided into two parts: the passive heavenly form called yab and the active form called the hati.

The yab is the silent judge of the heart. It is that voice that warns you before you do something foolish. It is your conscience and is connected to the Divine Realm.

If you ignore your conscience – your yab – and behave ‘sinfully’, then those behaviors are taken into account when you transition from this physical realm and into the heavenly realm.

But your active heart – the hati – has veto authority over the yab. Hati means ‘ruler’ in the Kemetic language, and it represents our emotions, our desires, and our self-directed intentions. It is this part of your heart that is placed on the scales of judgement. If you have lived in balance with divine order (called maat), then you rejoin the Ancestors in the Divine Realm. Your wisdom will live forever and is given to the living so that they may live and learn from your example.

What Kemetic Spirituality Teaches Us About The 9 Parts of the Soul

However, if you have been consumed by your own greedy desires, then your heart is destroyed by Ammit – the monster shown above that is one third hippopotamus, one third crocodile, and one third horse who devours and destroys the heart.

Sekhem – Your Highest Form

What Kemetic Spirituality Teaches Us About The 9 Parts of the Soul

Kemetic spirituality teaches that Ptah – the “master architect, and framer of everything in the universe” – created all living things on a proverbial potters wheel.

When done, Ptah breathed a formless energy into each being called Sekhem. As this life force manifests itself in physical form on the Earthly plane, Ptah creates a ‘perfect version’ of each human being – a heavenly body – that resides in the divine realm.

It is said that on the day of judgement, you will meet your Sekhem. You will see everything that you could have been.

If you have lived a life of righteousness and maat, when you meet your Sekhem then you will meet your twin. However, if you have lived a life of isfet – disorder and chaos, laziness and unrighteousness – then the highest version of who you could have been will be a stranger to you.

Khat – The Physical Extension Of Your Soul

What Kemetic Spirituality Teaches Us About The 9 Parts of the Soul

Your Ancestors in Kemet understood the connection between physical and spiritual well-being, and they went to great lengths to cultivate radiant health. A Greek historian named Herodotus had this to say about the people of Kemet:

…their manner of life is as follows:—For three successive days in each month they [detox], hunting after health with emetics and [enemas]… for the Egyptians are from other causes also the most healthy of all men…

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Care was taken to maintain one’s physical health because the khat was considered both a gateway to the spiritual realm. Practices like smai tawi – otherwise known as Egyptian yoga – ensured that the Seeker was in a healthy state of mind, body, and soul while they existed on the physical plane. Today, practicioners like Yirsir Ra Hotep keep these traditions alive.

Your Ancestors also taught that the body executes the commands of the hati (the heart) and thus reflects the righteous – or the sinful – inclinations.

Sahu – Thy Will Be Done

The sahu is the physical manifestation of the will of the heart outside of the body. You will remember that the khat – the body – is governed by the hati – the heart. And what is in a person’s heart is expressed in physical form.

Your Ancestors taught that the will of your heart is not only reflected by your body, but by the world around you. What you wish for is granted by your sahu, and the world around you is shaped by your desires.

Do you know people who always seem to be surrounded by drama? Or a person who seems to attract one disaster after another into their life? This is not an accident, and she or he is not just unlucky. They create the world around them as an extension of what is in their heart.

Here again we see the principle of duality at work: just as the Sahu can manifest the intentions of the heart, it can also serve as a sign from the heavens. The Sahu can manifest itself as messages in the form of plants, animals, or symbols, and can endow objects with energy.

There are rituals that can be used to manifest specific forms of the Sahu, and sometimes it can be as simple as saying a word or holding a particular image in your thoughts. For more on rituals and manifestations, take our Keys to Kemetic Spirituality Course online and at your own pace by clicking here.


The Ba – Your Spiritual Consciousness and the Ka – Your Physical Consciousness

Yet again we see the principle of duality that is so prevalent across the Ancestral teachings.

The Ba (shown above) is depicted as a human head on the body of a bird to symbolize the part of the soul that takes flight after the sekhem and the khat separate. But the Ba serves an important function while you are alive as well.

Your Shepsu taught that your Ba is your loyal servant and rational friend in life. It is your spiritual guide that is not influenced by your senses, body, mind, or what you think you know.

Because your Ba flies between the Divine Realm – a place of infinite intelligence – it can bring you information and give you advice. But the Ba does not rule over you, and it is your decision as to if you want to hear the advice your Ba gives you. The Ba is also not a creative force. It simply delivers information from the Divine Realm.

However, on your day of judgement, you Ba will carry your heart to the hall of judgement. And while your heart is being weighed, your Ba will expose every time that you decided not to follow its advice. Notice in the image below that the Ba looks on as the heart of the Priest Ani is being weighed.

What Kemetic Spirituality Teaches Us About The 9 Parts of the Soul

While the Ba advises your heart, the Ka takes care of your body. In modern scientific terms, the Ka is called the autonomic nervous system and it regulates your heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and sexual arousal. The female version of Ka, or Hemsut proves that this component has a role in sexual differences and regulated physiological needs.

The Ka is usually depicted as two raised arms above the head as shown below.

Ka is not limited to passive and unconscious function. Your Ka records what happens in your environment, imprints your experiences on your DNA, and passes those experiences on to future generations. Today we call this epigenetics, but our Ancestors were well aware of this relatively new scientific term thousands of years ago.

Khaibit – Your Personality

One of the first tests that we (the Pan African Alliance) give to our new members is a personality test. Not only does this test tell new members more about who they are, it helps them identify with their unique traits, strengths, and abilities.

For many, this is their first encounter with the part of their soul known as their Khaibit.

What Kemetic Spirituality Teaches Us About The 9 Parts of the Soul

The Khaibit is usually drawn as a shadowy version of the person (shown above), and so it has been translated by some as ‘the shadow’. This depiction represents the unique aspects of a person that cannot be seen.

While we may all share a common source, all of us possess unique Khabits. This expression of the soul sets us apart as individuals and is imprinted on every other aspect of our existence.

Akhu – Your Light Body

The highest, the most eternal, and the most Divine aspect of our soul is the Akhu. It is the Universe within you. The Akhu is connected to infinite intelligence, the so-called Akashic Record of all human knowledge.

What Kemetic Spirituality Teaches Us About The 9 Parts of the Soul

When our Ancestors communicated to their Ancestors, they would write letters ‘to the stars’ or to the Akhu of their ancestors. They would then place those letters in the graves where the bodies of the Ancestors resided. The Ancestors would reply to those letters by visiting the living during dreams.

The Akhu exists beyond the physical realm and thus outside of time. Time is an aspect of the material world and is a physical factor. Thus, ‘eternal life’ can be achieved through unity with ones Akhu. In this state of enlightenment, there is no time, no space, and no boundary. All dimensions become one and one dimension becomes the whole of existence. All knowledge becomes both accessible and unnecessary. You possess God Consciousness.

This is the state that all Initiates seek to achieve, but it can never be achieved through desire.

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