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Feast Day of Sekhmet and Bastet

According to the Cairo Calendar, adjusted for the changes in our modern sky as Sirius, the Sothis Star, rises in August rather than mid-June in Ancient Times, today is the feast day of Sekhmet Bast Ra.

We therefore reflect upon the 164th Chapter of The Book of the Dead in which prayer and homage is made: 

Homage to Thee, O Sekhmet-Bast-Ra,

Thou Mistress of the Gods, Thou bearer of wings,

Lady of the crowns of the South and of the North,

Only One, Sovereign of Her Father,

Superior to whom the Gods cannot be,

Thou Mighty One of the enchantments in the Boat of Millions of Years,

Thou who art preeminent,

Who risest in the seat of silence,

Mistress and Lady of the Tomb,

Mother in the Horizon of Heaven,

Gracious One, Beloved,

Destroyer of Rebellion,

Offerings are in Thy grasp,

And Thou art standing in the bows of the boat of Thy Divine Father to overthrow the Fiend.

Thou hast placed Ma’at in the bows of His boat.

Praise be to Thee, O Lady,

Who art mightier than the Gods,

And words of adoration rise to Thee from the Eight Gods of Heliopolis.

The living souls who are in their chests praise Thy mystery.

O Thou who art Their Mother, Thou Source from whom They sprang,

Who makest for Them a place of repose in the hidden underworld,

Who makest sound their bones and preservest Them from terror,

Who makest Them strong in the abode of everlastingness,

Who preservest Them from the evil chamber of the souls of the god-of-the-terrible-face who is among the company of the Gods.

Utchat of Sekhmet, Mighty Lady, Mistress of the Gods’ Is Thy Name.

Blessed be.

Our newest Sanctuary member: Re Sekhmet Mau

We welcome Re Sekhmet to the Iseum Sanctuary Refuge. Re is from the Mohave Desert area of Southern California. Being found in a desert seems appropriate for an Egyptian/Arabian Mau. Re was in a shelter which “euthanizes” cats and other animals that are unclaimed and unwanted. Fortunately, he came to us, as he had come to the Chief Priest and Priestess in dreams and drawings.

Re was rescued, as was always intended by the Goddess. Re immediately became one of the Iseum Sanctuary Temple cats, enjoying the sound of the large gong and singing bowls as we perform our daily rituals.

The following is one of our prayers of blessing, as we give thanks for Re; invoking the Goddess:

In the Names of Aset and Osiris,
May all beings be Blessed:
Spirits and humans,
animals, birds, reptiles,
fishes, insects, plants,
rainforests, the Earth
and all Her sacred elements.

~ Honorable Olivia Robertson, FOI

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Invocation of Bastet

Beloved Bastet, mistress of happiness and bounty, daughter of the Sun God,

Slay the evil that afflicts our minds as you slay the serpent Apep.

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With your graceful stealth anticipate the moves of all who perpetrate cruelties and stay their hands against the children of light.

Grant us the joy of song and dance, and ever watch over us in the lonely places in which we must walk .

~Ancient Egyptian prayer

Blessings of the Light

 

Egyptians loved and honored their Cats

The priestess offers gifts of food and milk to the spirit of her beloved Mau. On an altar  is placed the mummy of the deceased Spirit, and the tomb is decorated with frescoes, urns filled with fresh flowers, lotus blossoms, and statuettes. The Priestess kneels as she fans incense smoke toward the altar. In the background, a statue of Sekhmet (Bastet’s sister Goddess, the Lion) guards the entrance to the tomb.