Goddess Mafdet, the Great Feline Guardian

From the beginning of the First Dynasty of Egypt (circa 3200 BCE) the great cheetah goddess Mafdet was worshiped. She was known as “the runner” representing swift death. As the "Avenger of the King" Mafdet was believed to rip out the hearts of evildoers and lay the hearts at the Pharaoh’s feet in the same … Continue reading Goddess Mafdet, the Great Feline Guardian

Offerings to Goddess Bast – for her Birthday

Just a few days after the Winter Solstice, the Ancient Egyptians celebrated the birthday of the Goddess Bast (Bastet). The offerings to Bast included fine wine, beer, chocolate, water, fruit, fruit juices and meat - Bast, the Cat Goddess, was certainly a carnivore. The colors identified with Bast are green and gold as well as … Continue reading Offerings to Goddess Bast – for her Birthday

The Great Cat Deities

Probably the most well known Egyptian cat deity is Bastet (Bast) however there are also a number of other ancient Egyptian gods who were associated with cats. The goddess Neith was said to take the form of a cat occasionally and the goddesses Tefnut and Sekhmet were pictured as lions. An inscription in the Valley … Continue reading The Great Cat Deities

Prayer of Thanks to Goddess Bast

Lady Bast beloved of the Gods (Mau Bast Merit Netcheru) we call to you Mighty Lady of the East, Right eye of Ra. Thank you Beloved daughter of Ra for the blessings you bestow on all of us everyday. Thank you for your love, most Powerful Mother. Thank you for the Peace and Protection you … Continue reading Prayer of Thanks to Goddess Bast

Prayer to Sekhmet-Bast

Mother of the gods, the One, the Only, Mistress of the crowns, thou rulest all; Sekhmet is thy name when thou art wrathful, Bast, beloved, when thy people call. Daughter of the Sun, with flame and fury Flashing from the prow upon the foe; Safely sails the Boat with thy protection Passing scatheless where thy … Continue reading Prayer to Sekhmet-Bast

Solar Re, Kek, Wenet and the Long Night Moon

Today, the shortest day of light and the longest night of darkness, Atum-Re meets me in various forms. To begin, Atum-Re's namesake, Re, greets me in the morning as he lounges on one of the solar arrays that grace and sustain our sanctuaries. Re loves to catch every bit of warmth and light from the … Continue reading Solar Re, Kek, Wenet and the Long Night Moon

Thoth on Fire & Cats

With the fires in California (yet again), I meditated upon the Emerald Tablets of Thoth, where it is written: Mysteries there are in the Cosmos that unveiled fill the world with their light. Let (s)he who would be free from the bonds of darkness first divine the material from the immaterial, the fire from the … Continue reading Thoth on Fire & Cats

Remembrance, Souls & Cats

For many of us, as the days grow colder and darker it is a time of reflection, remembrance and also respect for those who are on the other side of the veil. We celebrate this time with contemplative walks and decorating our sanctuaries with candlelight, the scents of lavender and rosemary, and fires in the … Continue reading Remembrance, Souls & Cats

Things aren’t always what they Seem

We host and care for a variety of wildlife, wild creatures, as well as domesticated ones at all of our Sanctuaries. It is our intention to live in peace and harmony with all living things - however all living things don't necessarily have the same instincts. Wild creatures are called "wild" for a reason. Predators … Continue reading Things aren’t always what they Seem

The Caterpillar, the Cat, and the Butterfly

A secondary title for this post is Metamorphosis, which was inspired by an encounter with a lovely green caterpillar on the occasion of the recent Full Moon. This caterpillar, at some point in the future, will metamorphosize and take wing as a Butterfly, or so I thought. After doing some research, it turns out that … Continue reading The Caterpillar, the Cat, and the Butterfly