Jubilation. A feeling of great happiness, joy, and triumph. Ecstasy. Delight. Exultation. Rapture. Euphoria.
That wonderful, blissful feeling of being alive, prosperous, and loved – that’s the glory and beauty of Hathor.
Known as “The Great One of Many Names”, Hathor (also Het-Heru, or Hwt-Hor) is the Egyptian (or Kemetic) Goddess of Feminine Love, Beauty, Pleasure, Joy, Sexuality, and Music. Her worship can be traced to pre-dynastic histories, and some scholars believe that many Middle Eastern (Astarte, Ishtar) and Egyptian (Isis, Bast, and Sekhmet) goddesses were different forms, or aspects, of Hathor. She is often erroneously compared to the Greek Aphrodite.
The Lady of Jubilation is generally depicted as a beautiful woman with cow’s ears and horns, with a sun disk between the two points. She often is seen wearing a menit, carrying a sistrum in one hand, and a mirror in the other. Some ancient images depict Her as a winged cow giving birth to the Universe, and She has also been worshiped in feline form, similar to Bast and Sekhmet.
In her book Isis Magic, M. Isidora Forrest describes Hathor as “…an extremely complex Deity… She is at once Sky Goddess, Tree Goddess, Primordial Goddess, Nurturer of the Dead, Royal Goddess, Love Goddess, Goddess of Divine Intoxication and Goddess of Frenzied Destruction.” In most modern worship, Hathor is a deity and patron of women, ruling anything having to do with the female gender, including the yoni and the feminine energy of love (other cultures refer to this as yin energy). Her goal is happiness, bringing together people and lives that will bring the most joy. She is a benevolent and personable goddess, associated with happiness and warmth, and is one of the most amiable Goddesses to invoke and receive blessings from.
As a Goddess of relationships, sensuality, and attraction leading to true, lasting love, calling on Hathor for romance is embarking on an in-depth mission. She will skip no part of the journey: interest to infatuation, connection to friendship, flirtation to seduction to embodiment of love – all will be lingering experiences, every step like the slow pour of milk and honey on your tongue.
As such, whether you seek a brief affair or a lasting marriage, Hathor is an ideal energy to work with.
A Hathor Candle Working to Call in Romantic Love
Candle magick is an easy and powerful way to unite your personal power with natural and divine energy.
The candle acts as a physical representation of the energy you are placing towards your goal. Burning the candle releases that energy into the universe, aiding you towards your ultimate manifestation.
Get a white candle, preferably a taper or pillar shaped. (I suggest white as to represent the abundant milk of Hathor. A pink candle can also be used to represent romantic love).
What is it you crave in a romantic partner? Take a piece of paper and write down the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual qualities of the types of partner you wish to attract.
Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and envision yourself involved the kind of relationship you desire. Note how you feel in your body, in your emotions when picturing this type of connection.
When you feel your energy is at its height, take your paper and place it underneath the candle/candleholder. Use your fingernail or a sharp instrument to carve Hathor’s name into the candle.
For an extra boost, surround the candle with crystals like rose quartz, green aventurine, or garnet.
Light your candle, and spend a few minutes meditating on the flame. Think of how Hathor is the passion of love, of fire. Think of how the flame is the light of love, and calls your desires to you.
When you are ready, speak this incantation:
On this day and in this hour
I call upon the ancient power of Hathor, Lady of Jubilation
Passionate and loving Hathor
You who are sensual and the heart of romance
I seek a partner who (recite the qualities you wrote down)
So that I may experience love and joy in my life,
and share my happiness with the world.
Let this flame light his/her way to me.
And may I recognize my love when he/she arrives.
I thank you for your attention and your blessings, Hathor
And I honor your gifts and presence in my life.
Meditate on the flame a little while longer.
Place your candle someplace it won’t be disturbed. Your altar, or someplace similarly special is a good space.
You can let your candle burn out that day, or snuff it out and burn a little bit each day as you mediate. Feel free to repeat the incantation when you relight your candle. When the candle has burnt out, fold your paper and keep it someplace safe.
Know that as the candle burns, the energy and power is released into the world!
If you are already in a romantic relationship, you can also rework this practice to enhance your partnership. Simply write down the ways you wish for your relationship to improve, and reword the incantation to suit your needs.
Before you undertake this work, be aware Hathor often guides you towards the pleasures of self love first before leading you to the sensuality of a partner. These lessons of self-love include learning to be a whole, happy person and how to accept yourself as such, as well as completely and honestly embracing your sexuality.
The world around you will open up to reflect your own opinions about your beauty, your worthiness. She lifts the veil from your eyes (third eye included) so that you may move beyond societal expectations of beauty; she grants you the situations and opportunities to learn.
May the blessings of Hathor be upon you!
For further study:
Adore: The Joy of Hathor eCourse with Priestess Brandi Auset