Fall Equinox 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends, I am very pleased to report that we now have over 2000 Donors and Members, plus their animal companions, from all over the world; from Ireland to South Africa and Canada to Australia, bridging both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. We give thanks to the caretakers and guardians of our Shrines, Sanctuaries, and … Continue reading Fall Equinox 2021 Newsletter

Sekhmet-Bast-Re, Mother of the Gods

The Ancient Egyptians were very fond of cats, as I have shared in several posts. The worship of cats began with Sekhmet, over 5000 years ago, the fierce Goddess of war and the destroyer of the enemies of the sun god Re. She was believed to be the Mother of Gods and a creator goddess … Continue reading Sekhmet-Bast-Re, Mother of the Gods

Bastet, the Goddess of Protection

The Goddess Bastet was originally depicted as a savage lioness warrior goddess (circa 3000 BCE) who had the role of protecting the Pharaohs. After 1000 BCE, the Egyptians altered her image to the body of a woman and the head of a cat. Along with her change in appearance, she was also transformed into a … Continue reading Bastet, the Goddess of Protection

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

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

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

The Praise of Hathor, Lady of Amentet (Dweller in the Great Land)

Reflecting on our Shrine to the Lady Hathor, we come across her in the papyrus of Ani (also known as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Translated by E.A. Wallis Budge) Hathor, Lady of Amentet, the Dweller in the Great Land, the Lady of Ta-Tchesert, the Eye of Ra, the Dweller in his breast, the … Continue reading The Praise of Hathor, Lady of Amentet (Dweller in the Great Land)

The Inundation

At the heart of the Egyptian calendar year was the rising waters of the Nile as part of the annually-occurring inundation. Egyptians noted that the Sirius star (Sothis) would rise roughly at same time every year, which for between 3,000-2,500 BC was in late June. With the inundation usually happening shortly thereafter, the Egyptians celebrated … Continue reading The Inundation