A Hymn to Sekhmet
Mine is a heart of carnelian, crimson as murder on a holy day.
Mine is a heart of corneal, the gnarled roots of a dogwood and the bursting of flowers.
I am the broken wax seal on my lover’s letters.
I am the phoenix, the fiery sun, consuming and resuming myself.
I will what I will.
Mine is a heart of carnelian, blood red as the crest of a phoenix.
– from the Egyptian Book of the Dead
Sekhmet is an Egyptian Goddess with a woman’s body and a lioness head and depicted frequently with the sun disc on her head. Ra, the Sun God, is her Father and is called the Eye of Ra. Her name is derived from the Egyptian word “Sekhem” which means Power or Might. Sekhmet represents the searing heat of the mid-day sun and one of her names is Nesert, the Flame. Her breath is the desert wind and she is said to have created the deserts themselves.
Sekhmet is a primordial Goddess of healing, war, pestilence, creation, and destruction. Sekhmet is duality in Goddess form and sometimes the gentle Goddess Bast is referred to as her sister. She is known by many names and they reflect this duality: “The Mistress and Lady of the Tomb”, “The Powerful One”, “The Gracious One”, “The Destroyer of Rebellion”, and “The Mighty One of Enchantments” (here is a list of 100 names of Sekhmet). As a warrior Goddess, she protected the pharaohs when they went to war and sacrifices and celebrations in her honor were common after victories in war.
Sekhmet expresses the universal principle of Detachment. She is the consort of Ptah, the Creator god of Memphis. Together with their sun, Nefertum (the God of perfumes and aromatherapy), they form the Memphis Triad of healing, protection and the manifestation of creation. She is the potent force of the female creative principle, behind (but not subservient to) the male. ~ Astrologer and Egyptologist, Mary Lomando
As the Protector of Ma’at (Justice), Sekhmet is known as “The one who loves Ma’at and detests evil.” One of her stories is about Rage and how she almost destroyed the world. Her Father, Ra, became angry that the people were not upholding and honoring Ma’at. Ra sent Sekhmet to punish humanity. Sekhmet went on a rampage of destruction – killing all those in her path and reveling in the bloodbath she had created. Ra was horrified by the destruction and consulted with the other Gods on how to stop Sekhmet’s blind rage. They prepared beer stained with pomegranate juice so that it looked like blood and when she drank it, Sekhmet fell into a three day sleep. Upon awaking, her rage had dissipated and humanity was saved.
Balancing her potential for Rage and Destruction, Sekhmet is also known for her healing attributes. She is the “Lady of Pestilence”, meaning that she can send plagues upon her enemies, but she also protects from plagues and pestilence. Because of her association with healing, Sekhmet is the patron Goddess of physicians and veterinarians – her Priests were even referred to as doctors in some instances. She is also know as “One of Great Magic” and invoked for magical rituals and sorcery.
Her “power” color is Red and she was known to wear it and sometimes called “The Scarlet Lady”. Women would adorn themselves in red henna (or Egyptian privet) in tribute to the blood of the Mother and Sekhmet. Her Feast Day is January 7 and she may be honored by imbibing the concoction of beer and pomegranate juice. Lion is her primary animal (especially the Lioness) but she is also associated with cats, cobras and sometimes hawks. Spicy offerings are pleasing to Sekhmet – think cinnamon, red curry, dragon’s blood. Crystals that correspond to Sekhmet energy are carnelian, bloodstone, sunstone, red jasper, ruby, and garnet.
For those who are called to her, Sekhmet is the most tender of Mothers. Approach her with respect and with Ma’at and she will respond.
~ excerpt from 52 Goddesses by Kimberly Moore
FULL MOON MEDITATION WITH THE EGYPTIAN GODDESS SEKHMET BY MARY LOMANDO:
The Lion-headed Goddess Sekmet represents the female power of Mars and Pluto. She is the Goddess of physical healing and psychological transmutation; the women’s blood mysteries, which govern birth, life and death. The Aries Full Moon illuminates the mysteries of the committed warrior who is willing to stand for or fight for something they they feel is a just and worthy cause. Action is the Aries way. The lion- headed Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet is a useful archetype for this principle. Primarily, Sekhmet is actively committed to upholding and maintaining the law of Mat (sacred cosmic law). The most common version of Sachet’s story describes her as the daughter of Ra, the feminine eye of the Sun, sent to Earth by Ra to restore balance and order among the people. She destroys the imbalance so something new can occur. Sekhmet is derived from the ancient Egyptian word, Sekhem, meaning “power”. Sekhmet carries the power to transform through action.
Find your inner sanctuary and relax. (You may want to take a cleansing bath beforehand). Light a white and/or red candle. Find a comfortable position (sitting or lying down). Take a few deep breaths, letting go of any stress or body discomfort. You are safe and protected by your guides and angels, and only the Light may fill your presence. You see yourself walking along a well-worn and familiar path leading you to the main gate of a Temple enclosure. The moon is high and full and casts a whitish glow over the temple. You can feel the energy and protection of your guides around you. It is a good feeling; you are home. A white-robed priestess awaits you inside the gate. She hands you a cone of frankincense and leads you to a large bronze door, which she slowly opens. The frankincense fills the room. As the smoke from the incense clears, you find yourself standing before a tall statue made of smooth black granite. It the image of Sekmet with her beautiful lion face and well-formed woman’s body. She wears the sun disc on her head as she is the daughter of the Sun God, Ra. She carries a lotus staff in one hand and holds the key of life or ankh, in the other. She stands a full head taller than you, and her eyes look down upon your face.
You see your own reflection in her eyes. You are safe here, but you cannot keep any secrets from her, for she can see deeply into your heart. Spend some time communing with her. She is here to help you cut the cords that bind you to the past. She can assist in releasing old hurts and betrayals .She can devour the past and assist you in shedding outworn layers of cellular memory. Sekmet knows the shamanic realms of magic and manifestation. Ask her for your heart’s desire; but know thyself! As you prepare to leave, Sekmet offers you a gift. There is a small ruby heart lying at her feet; this is for you. You thank her and leave her presence. The white-robed priestess leads you back through the temple moonlight; back to your own time and space. You feel lighter and more peaceful after this journey. You are whole and in a sound state. ~ Mary Lomando
Are Sekhmet and Egypt calling you? Please join Mary Lomando on her Goddess tours to Egypt – Pachaterra.com
In the Lap of the Lioness: Sekhmet Activation Course with Anne Key on Mystery School of the Goddess
Righteous – The Light of Sekhmet online course with Brandi Auset
Sekhmet Temple of Goddess Spirituality in Nevada
Desert Priestess: A Memoir by Anne Key (about her time as a Priestess at the Sekhmet Temple)
Egyptian Mythology by Geraldine Pinch
Feasts of Light by Normandi Ellis
Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet edited by Anne Key and Candace C. Kant
Sekhmet: Transformation in the Belly of the Goddess by Nicki Scully
The Goddess Sekhmet: Psycho-Spiritual Exercises of the Fifth Way by Robert Masters
The Great Goddesses of Egypt by Barbara S. Lesko
When the Lion Roars: A Devotional to the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet by Galina Krasskova
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