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 Sekhmet of the Flames by Neheti
(art I commission as part of my devotion to Sekhmet)

HYMN TO SEKHMET-BASTET

Sekhmet-Bastet, She Who has Power over the host of beings,
Sekhmet the Daughter of the Great God (Ra),
the Brilliant-One,
the Powerful-One,
the Fierce-One,
the Shining-One,
the Appeased Lady of Offerings,
the Lady of Transformations on the forehead of Him (Ra) Who begot Her,
the Only Uraeus of many faces Who overthrows or
Who gives Life to him who is under Her dominion,
Her Divine Emissaries (Her Daímones, Divine-Spirits)
act in accordance with what She says

Temple of Hathor at Dendera 

HYMN TO SEKHMET-BASTET

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 “An offering which the King gives to Yinepu-Upon-His-Mountain and to Wesir, Lord of Abydos: a thousand of beer, a thousand of oil and alabaster and linen, a thousand of meat and fowl and all things good and pure that Heaven gives, the Earth produces and the Inundation brings; for the Ka of the Akhu of Setjataset, ma’a heru”

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My mother (on the left holding a herb grinder) with her sister
in their maternal village dress 1940s or 1950’s 

 

 

For My Akhu…

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Ankh: Used as a “Key of Life” to access the infinite realm of wisdom and also used for dowsing, creativity, long life and fertility of body and mind.

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Cartouche:  Used as a protection amulet and talisman and used to provide a link between earth and other planes.

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Obelisk:  Used to stimulate the marking of time and promote the connection with AE culture.

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Pyramid:  Used to amplify energy of the crystal itself and are used to charge and preserve objects.  Natural occurring pyramids amplify and channel the energy through the apex and can be used to manifest things after they are programmed successfully.

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Scarab:  Used as a symbol of protection, stamina, endurance and abundance.

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© T. Georgitsis 2010 – All images (c) T. Georgitsis 2012 & 2013

Ancient Egyptian Shaped Crystals

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Hekate is a Chthonic Greek Goddess who preceded the Olympian gods and was also a titaness.  Daughter of Perses and the Star Goddess Ateria and Granddaughter of Phoebe, Titanus of the Moon.  Hekate aided Zeus in the battle of the titans and therefore was not expelled like the other titans were when Zeus formed the Olympian pantheon.  Hekate also played a part in Persephone’s story in which she helped Demeter, Persephone’s mother in finding her after Persephone went into Hades (wether by force or by her own volition) and thereafter became Persephone’s guide when the later, travelled to the underworld for her yearly journey.

Hekate’s name means “she operates from afar”, “she removes or drives off” “the far reaching one” or “the far-darter”.  She is shown as an ageless goddess who in later times was sometimes depicted with three human faces or three animal faces.  These faces consisted either of a dog, snake, horse, cow or boar, all which faced different directions and refers to Hekate’s triple nature and the realms she has dominion over –  the sky, sea and earth.  Hekate is also sometimes depicted with dogs at her side whilst at other times shown alongside other gods (like Hermes and Kybele) or children.

Hekate having dominion over the sky, sea and earth is also known as the Goddess of the crossroads, liminal places, witchcraft, magick, herbology, necromancy, cosmic world soul, mistress of animals, aider to women in childbirth, mistress of the dead and guide of ghosts.  She is patron of sorcerers and witches and in ancient times was prayed to by athletes solders, fishermen, farmers and merchants alike for favour in their various endeavours as well as being a common goddess venerated in household shrines.  Shrines to Hekate were placed at doorways and crossroads where offerings were made on her sacred day Deipnon (Dark Moon) which was the last day of the month in the Athenian calendar and again on the Noumenia (New Moon) on the first day of the next month. Hekate’s main site of worship was in Lagina (modern Turkey) but she had shrines scattered throughout ancient Anatolia and Greece.

Hekate’s symbols include keys, torches, the moon, snakes, dagers and is a goddess who bestows her blessings in the form of protection, prosperity, prophesy, proficiency in communing with the dead and the performance of magick.  Sacred offerings to her include: milk oak, yew, honey, garlic, cypress, aconite, belladonna, dittany, mandrake, and pomegranates.

(C) T. Georgitisis 2012 (first appeared in The Australian Pagan Magazine – Issue 1)
Image of Hekate was commission by me from the artist Shay Skepevski in 2011

 

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