Known as the Mother of All Gods, Sekhmet is acknowledged as one of the oldest Egyptian deities. Derived from Sekhem, meaning force, power, or might, Sekhmet has been known as Powerful One for millennia.
Often portrayed as the daughter of Ra, borne as an extension of his will, Sekhmet's lore extends well beyond and before becoming the Eye of Ra. She was known as the desert flame, represented by the scorching sun, the patron of physicians, Lady of Terror and Lady of Life, known for both bringing illness and warding it.
Nevertheless, the most prevailing mythology depicts Sekhmet being called forth or created by Ra to seek vengeance and restore order when humankind had become debauch, threatening to usurp divine sovereignty, and overthrow Ma'at, the Egyptian system of balance and order.
Known as She Who Detests Evil and The One Who Loves Ma'at, Sekhmet sought to destroy the evil she witnessed until the fields ran red with blood. Yet, being a benevolent god, Ra beseeched Sekhmet to stop, fearing there would be nothing left of humanity. With an insatiable thirst for blood, Ra assuaged the goddess' thirst with beer infused with placating herbs and died red with pomegranate juice.
Interestingly, in observance of this mythological occurrence, every August, a festival was held in Egypt. Beer blended with the same juices and herbs that Sekhmet drank was enjoyed by her priestess and the people. Following the feast and drink, the people danced, engaged in corporeal pleasures, and made merry as a means to release repressed urges and emotions. Similar celebrations were held after war and combat to invite a spirit of peace.
Bast, Hathor & Sekhmet
The Goddess of Heaven, Love, and Fertility, Hathor, and Sekhmet are often depicted as aspects of each other, playing essential roles in each other's lore. It has been told, Ra took Hathor from his third eye, or uraeus, and sent her to earth as a lioness that took the form of Sekhmet. When the rampage was through, and Sekhmet was drunk on beer, some portrayals depict Sekhmet's appeasement as part of her transfiguration into Hathor.
As a solar goddess, Sekhmet's counterpart or twin is Bast, a lunar goddess who is worshipped as a lion and domestic cat. Viewed at times as two aspects of the same goddess, Sekhmet is fierce and ferocious, and Bast or Bastet is gentle and nurturing. Together, Bast, Hathor, and Sekhmet are a triform goddess, featuring Bast as Maiden, Hathor as Mother, and Sekhmet as Crone.
Magick, Spells & Rituals
Sekhmet's dual nature makes her an ideal goddess to petition for soulful integration, bringing emotional, spiritual, and energetic balance. Given her fiery, projective nature, she can offer wisdom when balancing Divine Masculine and Feminine, strengthen Sex Magick, support us as we process anger, and fuel fires of will, strength, courage, ad assertiveness. As Protectress of Divine Order, Sekhmet can assist with karma, justice, truth, banishing, and protection rituals.
In her grace and compassion, Sekhmet's medicine can support women during menopause, as Hathor throughout the childbearing process, and conceivably, with menarche as Bast. The Great Healer can also provide comfort when coping with depression and confronting themes of death and loss.
Animals: Cats, Hawks, Lions, Scorpions, Snakes
Colors: Solar & Sanguinary Tones: Copper, Gold, Orange, Red, Yellow
Crystals: Amber, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Garnet, Golden Calcite, Hematite, Labradorite, Onyx, Ruby, Sunstone, Tiger's Eye
Herbs: Clove, Blood Orange, Cat's Claw, Cayenne, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cumin, Frankincense, Ginger, Hops, Myrrh, Orange Blossom, Pomegranate, Rose
Symbols: Athame, Beer, Blood, Fire, Midday Sun, Red Linen, Sun Disk/Crown, Surgical Tools
Tarot Cards: Strength
"I can be feminine in all my rage.
I can be a girl and woman, claws and teeth.
Watch me burn."