A VOTIVE WORK TO SEKHMET.
“HER MAJESTY COME DOWN AS THE POTENT PROSPERING EYE TO JOIN THE WORLD THROUGH HER SPIRIT OF GOD. AT PEACE TO DWELL IN ISHERU IN HER FORM OF SEKHMET…MISTRESS OF THE TOW LANDS.”
It is difficult if not impossible to Separate the most prominent Feline Goddesses of Egypt or to study them individually without overlaps.
It is partially because the Egyptians didn’t draw a distinct line between Cat and Lion Goddesses although one was considered the more nurturing and gentle aspect of the other, which is why I will not attempt to separate them, but instead to highlight their archetypal powers and distinctions where ever possible.
Feline Goddesses were present in some aspect or other through the whole of the Dynastic Period with the most widely worshipped period being from the 5th to the 19th Dynasty.
However going back in time Lionesses, in general, have been considered closely related to the gods all over the Afrikan continent in the predynastic period, most prominently in the Nubian region. They are displayed in Great Zimbabwe as protectors of the earth energy lines which we now call “grid lines”. According to tribal wisdom of South Africa, the Lions come from the Stars and were the original inhabitance of the continent for a while, with the ability to take human-like form. The image of Sekhmet therefor likely originates much before the Kingdom of Egyptian Pharaos, indicates her origin to be a story of alchemical metamorphosis.
There are many local deities in ancient Africa with lion bodies or heads that were later absorbed into the “Sekhem” culture (A cult of Sekhmet which considers her a healer and protectress). There are many lioness goddesses from African culture that we know essentially nothing about, as well as other goddesses with feline aspects, which is displayed in the funerary text in many Pharaonic votive work. ( When a royal is dedicated to a Feline aspect of a Lion/Cat Goddess there will almost curtainly be some evidence left behind for us to admire and study.)
Feline Goddesses in evry case stood for inner power, courage, fearlessness, and significant polar aspects such as;
Raging – Nurturing,
Attacking – Protecting.
With all the above closely assosiated with feminine archetypal behaviour in Egypt.
Which is why Feline Goddesses are alway without exception feminine symbols, associated with sexuality, fertility and the solar aspect of creation which is essentially “life-giving light of the sun“.
They Represent tribal feminine energy, with a ‘take no shit’ attitude for the past 6000 years, with their Solar Crown undamaged and unclaimed by any other to this day.
SEKHMET AND BASTET
Are the most enduring of all the Feline Goddesses to date, retaining both their solar aspect and their high celestial title such as the Eye of Ra, Mistress of the two lands. The latter referring to Sekhmet’s aspect as the Distant Goddess and as the ruler of all land of Egypt or beyond.
She is often the angry ( pissed off ) alter ego of Hathor or Mut.
But also stands alone as a Goddess of War, Protection and Healing with her magical essence being the sekhem.
In some ancient texts, Bastet is her muted gentle aspect, where in other places Sekhmet appears as a solar goddess whilst Bastet is an individual lunar goddess, with her very own cult centre and followers.
This Lunar Presence is most common in the late Greco- Roman era showing how the Greeks much prefer their Lunar Goddesses.
There are many reasons why a Lioness Goddess would be associated with the Sun but the most likely reason is the famous “Cat’ s eye” which reflects the light glowing a lot like the Sun in darkness. Sekhment as the Eye Goddess was a well established symbol of femine power long before the solar gods rose to prominence. Her origin therefor predates her solar aspect by at least 3000 years.
Another important aspect of Sekhmet later form is her nurturing relationship with her Father the Sun God Ra, where she is both beloved and daughter of the high god, but not only that, she is also his protector and guardian. As if only she can guarantee his safety, which ensures the sun will rise again in the morning and continue to do so, without fail.
The Egyptians had a real fear of the sun not rising one day, as a premonition of an imminent doomsday, therefor most solar deities have some level of warrior aspects and Sekhmet is the foremost of warriors defending our source of light, perhaps both symbolically and metaphorically.
GODDESS OF WAR
Sekhmet can also turn into the Lionheaded Giant of feminine rage, queen of the battle of battles, and in this aspect, there is absolutely nothing stands in her way.
Just as the Lion is King of the African plains and is earned respect for its contribution to the cycle of life, Sekhmet tolerates no disrespect either which makes her the most desired patroness of Pharaos especially in times of war with neighbouring countries.
Sending a clear message that she is foremost of the Nobel Queen, Protector and avenger of the best and worst kind.
SEKHMET AS THE PATRONESS OF WOMEN
My very personal interpretation of her origin is the patroness and wild protector of women, guarding our womb power fiercely with her claw.
Until we are ready to face her with courage and take this power for ourself at which point she will almost certainly become our patroness and guide, perhaps even a small cat resting near our feet.
The Essence of the Feline Goddess is fearless and courageous love, even in her destructive aspect she is motivated by the protection of something sacred, magnificent and worthy.
If we use our lion hearts to observe the events unfolding in our world today we can see her handy work all over, but most possibly in our hearts, when we say no to fear-based, manipulation, when we choose to nurture and heal, when we pick our battles wisely with certainty.