Saving a Sanctuary Animal and honoring Wadjet

There is so much pollution and man-made obstacles on this Earth. I am thinking particularly of the the animals trapped and killed by the plastic which previously held soda and beer cans, or carried groceries. There is a Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre; a plastic wasteland in our Ocean off the coast of Oregon and Washington. There is so much plastic, it has become a “dead zone.”

I think of this because yesterday, a fine young King Snake crawled onto one of our Sanctuaries and was sighted near the Goddess Hathor Shrine. King snakes are wonderful animals to have around when you are out in the woods where rattlesnakes also live. King snakes are called King snakes for a reason (they can eat rattlesnakes). Well this young lady snake managed to become ensnared in some horrible plastic netting; she had obviously been trying to untangle herself and she was truly hopelessly tied up. Somehow, just at the right time, one of our dedicants happened to be near Hathor’s shrine and saw the snake. He ran for scissors and spent 45 minutes carefully cutting away the netting which was wrapped around the snakes mouth and knotted around its body.

The Goddess Wadjet (who is affiliated with Bastet) must have been with Hathor in the Shrine to protect the snake from further harm.

Snake caught in netting!

Wadjet is shown with a Snake head on a woman’s body. She is also seen on the crown of the Pharaohs to protect them:

The goddess Wadjet cometh to thee in the form of the living Uraeus to anoint thy head with their flames. She riseth up on the left side of thy head and she shineth from the right side of thy temples without speech; they rise up on thy head during each and every hour of the day, even as they do for their father Ra, and through them the terror which thou inspirest in the holy spirits is increased … they never leave thee, awe of thee striketh into the souls which are made perfect.

— Wallis Budge, E.A. 2003, The Gods of the Egyptians: Volume 1, pp. 443-444

In Egyptian Mythology, Wadjet protected the Nile Delta and was the patron goddess of the town which was also the location where Aset gave birth to her son, Horus. Ancient Egyptian books/papyri tells us that Wadjet wove stalks of papyrus into a screen in order to hide Aset and her child from the evil god Set.
Wadjet – Hatschetsup’s Temple
It is written in the Pyramid Texts that the papyrus plant emerged from her as she was connected to, and one of, the forces of nature. It was also believed that Wadjet created the papyrus swamps.

 

There is a happy ending to this story – our King Snake was saved, just in time, and was able to continue on its way, helping to protect our Sanctuary from rodents and rattlesnakes.

 

We are honored to have Wadjet on our Sanctuaries and Shrines to protect us and nurture Nature.