Seshat, Mistress of the Great Library

Seshat is named as one of the Seven Hathors. The Ancient Egyptians saw her as the Goddess of writing, historical records, accounting and mathematics, measurement and architecture. She was depicted with a headdress that is also her hieroglyph which may represent either a stylized flower or seven pointed star on a standard that is beneath a set of down-turned horns. The horns seem to originally have been a crescent, linking Seshat to the moon and to her partner Thoth, the God of the Moon, Writing and knowledge.

Seshat at Luxor

Seshat was believed to appear to assist the pharaoh at various times, and she kept a record of his life. She kept track of each pharaoh and the period for which he ruled and the speeches made during the crowning rituals. It was as ‘Mistress of the House of Architects’ that she helped the pharaoh set the foundations of temples with indication that she set the axis by the aid of the stars.

There are no temples to Seshat (that have been found) however she did have a priesthood in early times. Along with her Priestesses, there were Priests in the order – the Slab Stela of 4th Dynasty Prince Wepemnefret (son of Khufu) gives him the title of Overseer of the Royal Scribes, Priest of Seshat.

The Egyptians believed that Seshat invented writing, while Thoth taught writing to mankind. She was known as ‘Mistress of the Great Library’ which indicates that she also took care of Thoth’s library of spells (Heku!) and scrolls.

Pharaoh Hatshepsut (one of the few female Pharaohs) depicted both Seshat and Thoth as those who made the inventory of her treasures. Thoth made a note of the quantity and Seshat verified the figures.

Thoth on Sarcophagos

Seshat was the only female scribe that has been found (so far) actually writing. Other women have been found holding a scribe’s writing brush and palette – showing that they could read and write – but these women were never shown in the act of writing itself. She was the First and Foremost female scribe – accountant, historian and architect to both the pharaoh and the gods. She was the female goddess of positions belonging mostly to men.

Seshat’s themes are honor, learning, history, time and Karma. She reminds us that to change both our collective and our individual futures, we must first learn from the past. She was profoundly and powerfully associated with the integration of heaven and earth, material and spiritual. Seshat is almost like the ‘Egyptian Fairy Godmother’ and her magic wand with its seven pointed star was the symbol which represented the source of all creative ideas. Her powers of cause and effect were legendary in the earliest times of pre-Dynastic Egypt.

Seshat is the essence of cosmic intuition, creating the geometry of the heavens alongside her partner Thoth.

Seshat came to Ankh-sen-Aset in a dream and reminded her that the spirits and magic of the very old Manzanita trees that were felled next to our Northern California Sanctuary were crying out to be heard and seen. The pieces of Manzanita, which we refer to as Tree Spirits, have been collected and are honored as gifts to those in need of healing and hope. Never let anything, especially magic, go to waste!

The manzanita pathway before devastation

Ancient records proclaim the timeless message of Seshat and invite us to rediscover the wisdom that is imparted to humanity –  if we will listen.

Each Tree Spirit seems to resemble an Animal Spirit