Bastet

Technically, this post is a Part II to my “Bast, Egyptian Cat Goddess of the Moon” post.

However, I wanted to make a more personal post about Bastet.

As I mentioned in my “Bast, Egyptian Cat Goddess of the Moon” post from this past Monday, November 25, 2013, another of Her Names Is Bast, or Maa Bast.

Although I usually associate with Her Playful, Light-Hearted side (not by my choice but by Bastet’s Will), there is a Dark, Powerful side to Her.  There is an excellent account of this formidable side to Bastet in the book Circle of Isis: Ancient Egyptian Magic for Modern Witches, by (the late and great) Ellen Cannon Reed (Copyright 2002, New Page Books, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey).

The Ritual to honor Her is amazing and I recall several years ago, leading a slightly modified Ritual of the one in Ms. Reed’s book with the NYC Open Gay Men’s Pagan Magick Circle, in which we honored this Dark Aspect of Hers on November 16, of that year, one of Bastet’s Festival Dates (although I AM sure that, like many Deities, Bastet has others, this is the only one I know of, offhand), and I felt Bastet come over me as I had never felt any other Goddess, including my Soul’s Creatrix, Auset/Isis.

Bastet Is a great Goddess to call upon when you have been too nice to others, or too nice with yourself, and you are over that bullshit!  When you want to not necessarily roar, but meow with conviction, then you call upon Bastet, and say, “I AM ready to be powerful.”

Bastet, like many cats (big or small), shall pounce into you, and Re-Mind you of your strength, your courage, your passion.

Also, if you feel the need to balance the different parts of yourself and your world, call upon Bastet.  One of the first things I learned about Her Is that Her Left Eye Is the Moon, and Her Right Eye Is the Sun.  Sun and Moon, Light and Dark, Active and Passive.  Let Bastet come to you and fill you.

Of course, it cannot be over-stated that anyone who has cats, or wants to have a cat, or wants to help a cat, can absolutely call upon Bastet, at any time.

I have three Feline Daughters: Isis, the Alpha Female; Kore the Calico; and Durga the Kitten (also known as Spider-Cat, Durga the Tabby Tigress, and, of course, “CHICA!”), and I AM crystal clear that Bastet has helped me with all three of them.

Every time one of them needed Healing; every time that one of them needed something and I did not have the resources to obtain it; every time I needed to teach them something or learn something from any or all of them, Bastet was there.  And Her She remains.

I invite you to work with Bastet, for any of the aforementioned reasons, but I also invite you to learn more about Her and what She has to offer you.

Before I close, I wish to briefly acknowledge all my Tumblr followers.  I must confess, I do not do much with my Tumblr blog, other than look at nude photographs of men, and porn, but I enjoy having a Tumblr account (obviously!).

Also, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog followers.  They are: “Joe Seeber,” “highpriestessofnyx,” “press inside,” and “oddgirlnextdoor.”  May all of you and yours receive Divine Radiance, Divine Prosperity and Divine Peace from following “This Is Who I AM.”

And for those of you already following and reading my blog, thank you, one and all, for honoring who I AM and what I do.  May we continue to be Divinely Protected from all those that wish to cause us even ever-s0-slight-harm.

A Venerated Vision of Bastet, created by (the late and great) Susan Seddon Boulet.
A Venerated Vision of Bastet, created by (the late and great) Susan Seddon Boulet.
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18 comments on “Bastet

  1. Hey hey, thanks for the shout out, and the book title. ^_^ It’s actually not as easy to find practical witch books of the Egyptian variety, at least for me lol Every time I try to search book titles it gives me psychics and psychic services instead, go figure. I also read when researching Bast that she was also known as Pascht, which is where the modern word “passion” originated. Of course, I didn’t further research the claim, but duty called before I could lol Great blog and Bastset’s Blessings to you and yours as well.

    • Thank you, oddgirlnextdoor. I always enjoy acknowledging blog followers.

      My pleasure. I often feel that my blog is kind of a “book review blog,” although there are times when I feel like launching a second blog, that focuses solely on book reviews, especially Metaphysical book reviews, but given my schedule, it usually gets put on the backburner.

      There are actually a few other books on Egyptian Magifck. Another one is “Egyptian Paganism,” by Jocelyn Almond and Keith Seddon (Copyright 2004, Llewellyn Worldwide, Woodbury, Minnseota), that was given to me by a Priestess who, like me, knows Auset/Isis to be Her Celestial Mother.

      Fortunately for me, given that I have a good friend who is a Living God of Technical Wizardry, I have begun refining my words when I utilize search engines.

      And I vaguely recall “Pascht” as another Name for Bastet. And I can see where Pascht/Bastet would also be a Goddess of Passion.

      My favorite Egyptian-themed Tarot Deck is entitled “The Ancient Egyptian Tarot,” by Clive Barrett, and on the Six of Cups, it depicts a man and a woman in a river, in a deeply passionate embrace, as a statue of Bastet is at the bank of the river.

      Thank you, also for the compliment on my blog. I enjoy it very much, and happy to hear that you are enjoying it, too.

      May all the Goddesses and Gods of the Neteru Lovingly and Lavishly Bless you with Divine Love, Divine Light, Divine Prosperity, Divine Peace, Divine Wholeness and Divine Healing.

      • Sweet, thank you for the extra book title, and especially the tarot deck. May I ask though, while it sounds gorgeous, are the colors bold? I have a penchant for bold colors, I can “hear” them better as it were. I once bought the Pagan Tarot, and while it would have been a fantabulous deck for a beginner, I found I was disappointed by its lack of bold colors and olde world charm.

        • Yes, they are. However, you may wish to visit my favorite Tarot and Divination Deck Web site, http://www.aeclectic.net and check them out for yourself.

          I recall a private Tarot student forwarding an Email to me a few years ago, when the Tarot Deck was reissued, and the article stated that the reissue has bolder colors. But again, I shall leave it up to you.

          For truly bold colored Tarot Decks, I highly recommend the ones illustrated by Antonella Platano. In order of publication, they are: “Gay Tarot,” created by Lee Bursten; “Witchy Tarot,” created by Laura Tuan; “Universal Goddess Tarot,” created by Maria Caratti; “Tarot of the 78 Doors,” created by Pietro Alligo; and “Wheel of the Year,” also created by Maria Caratti.

          All of the Tarot Decks are published by Lo Scarabeo, which is headquartered in Torino, Italy, but Llewellyn Worldwide, headquartered in Woodbury, Minnesota, is the American and Canadian distributor for Lo Scarabeo Tarot and Divination Decks.

          Incidentally, I AM mostly drawn to Tarot Decks illustrated with dark, rich jewel tones, but for Divination and Oracle Card Decks, more drawn to bold colors.

        • Absolutely, it just….has to reach out to me, you know? If it doesn’t I feel psychically blind, and it’s not a feeling I’m used to in the least. Half the time I’m reading people without consciously doing so, and have had to apologize more than once lol Luckily no one’s ever been offended, but I’ve sure been embarrassed haha What’s a Seer to do? I can’t wait to get a look see at all the decks you’ve suggested, I’m very excited! I’ve already started my daughter, she seems to be an Ancient One, and some days has more wisdom than her mother lol I can’t say it bothers me, on a bad day this is a reminder of my blessings and keeps me going. I look forward to your future blogs, and I’m still making my way to the others. So much information, I’m glad I found it. I hope you’re having a wonderful day, blessings )o(

        • Thank you for a lovely comment and compliment, too.

          I have been having a truly restorative, relaxing and restful day. A nap earlier, some games on Facebook games, and I AM proud of the fact that I have hardly eaten today, as well as yesterday.

          And yes, I know exactly what you mean. For me, and I AM sure for many others, Trump II, The High Priestess is the Card. If a High Priestess Card does not meet what I call my “Standards of Auseticity,” then I simply cannot use it.

          I recall one time giving Readings at a party in Queens, New York, and I recall the mother of the hostess asked me if I would use her Tarot Deck for her Reading. I told her that if it resonated with me, I would use it.

          For the record, the Tarot Deck was “Connolly Tarot,” by Eileen Connolly, illustrated by her son, Peter Paul Connolly. Also, a few years later, a fellow professional Psychic gave it to me as a gift.

        • That makes absolute sense. For me, it’s The Magician lol I couldn’t say exactly why, but there ya have it haha But you must have nutrition, so please make sure you’re taking care of you too 🙂 oooooh, another deck, Bingo! Lol So many choices, I haven’t been this excited about tarot in awhile. It made my ex uncomfortable, and though I’ve never stopped, I wouldn’t do much around him for his comfort. That is now out the window, as it was earlier this year. I called him out on that, and though he wasn’t trying to be suppressive, he was. I’m still in the process of finding a new place, but I practice when I like, how I like. His nervous energy no longer interferes, but I realize now that was me being uncomfortable with Me in his presence. I still love the man to all get out, but we have too many issues together and apart for this to work at the moment, so I’m going where my heart leads. Though that isn’t entirely away as he is my daughter’s wonderful Daddy, it is apart as he was a crippling influence on my own psyche, which I allowed, either wittily/unwittingly I can’t figure just yet, but I’ll get there, in time. ^_^

        • Several years ago, I conducted a telephone Reading and the client told me that she had three kids. She was dating again, and she was reluctant to tell dates that she has three kids.

          I remember telling her that I could not imagine suppressing that I AM a professional Psychic from anybody that I wanted to date, let alone spend the rest of my life, that information.

          Nonetheless, to each his or her own, but I can say that I AM happy you stood your ground and now consult the Sacred Tarot as you desire, and as you are Divinely Guided

          So many of us take personal freedoms for granted, but I have a feeling that you, too, are moving in the direction of being less nice and absorbing the sadness and suffering of others.

          By the way, I have many Tarot and Divination Decks. And there are more on the way! Ha, Ha!!

        • Oh, and regarding Trump I, The Magician, perhaps your Sun-Sign is either Gemini or Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury, the Planet Astrologically Aligned with The Magician Card.

          Or, perhaps you have a prominent Planet in either one of those Signs.

        • I am a Virgo actually, I hadn’t considered that angle lol Just that I always gravitate toward the card because it resonates with me so easily 🙂 and you’re right. I’ve taken on a lot from others being unaware that I was doing so. I now realize that my Destiny/Fate is just that; Mine. And I will have a happy life. That’s all I’ve ever wanted is to just be Happy, and I can only guess that all this time I thought I owed some sort of penance for any of it. I’m still figuring it out as I go, but it’s better than feeling stuck/trapped in indecision, because that in itself is a decision. To stay stagnant, moving neither forward nor back. Sometimes we have to go back, and other times, we just have to look back, take the lessons that were there all along, understand we didn’t know yet because we didn’t, accept it and move on. That’s what I’m trying to do; take my future to hand, be responsible for every last second of my past, be okay with it, and be happy I’ve come out relatively unscathed. Some days I feel broken, but I know I’m not, just feels that way some days, but this too shall pass onto better days; as all days are wont to do in retrospect. 🙂

        • I knew it! I cannot tell you how many times I conduct a Reading with the Sacred Tarot and the Major Arcana Card that corresponds to the client’s Sun-Sign appears. I have lost count of how many Leos have had the Strength Card come out in their Readings with me, Death for Scorpios, The Hermit for Virgos, etc.

          Recently, I led my last “Divine Prosperity Event,” of 2013, “The Year of the Celestial Goddesses and Gods,” and during it, one of the exercises I led was to have the participants and I declare “I SURRENDER AND RELEASE…” and then list what they are surrendering and releasing. One of my favorites is “I SURRENDER AND RELEASE ALL MY ATTACHMENTS TO PAIN.” And another one of my favorites is “I SURRENDER AND RELEASE MY POVERTY CONSCIOUSNESS.”

          And sometimes, we simply need to be Mindful to the present. Just like finances, our lives have an ebb and flow, and sometimes there is an ocean of calm.

          Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the Planet of the Mind and the Intellect. I invite you to remember that your Mind is infinitely powerful, and to use that Mind and words to create your world.

          There is not a question in my Mind that there are great Blessings in store for you, especially between Tuesday, February 18, and Thursday, March 20, 2014.

        • Oh, I hope so. Every time I think of the future with just me I see Valentine’s day lol Not with romance, just simply with hope. I said those aloud, and thanks to you they will be my mantra in the coming months. I’m staying to wait and get a place, and my daughter’s birthday is 7 days away, and with the holidays, we’re living as a family on borrowed time. But, I can’t, I just don’t have it in me for her to know it will change right before her birthday. I mean, she knows something’s off, but that could be due to us planning her bday, and for now I’d like to keep it that way. There’s no animosity, some anger, but that’s to be expected. What I thought was going to be my life is changing drastically. Though Adaptation is one of my strongest traits, it’s still quit an adjustment. 14 years is a long time. She’s 11, and though I know this will be hard on her, it will be far worse for her with me staying for the wrong reasons, and she deserves better than that, and so do I. I’m scared sh*tless (please pardon me, in daily speech I put a Sailor to shame, literally, it’s just SO therapeutic for me, I know, bad me lol), and I’m just trying to take one moment, minute, hour, day, and week at a time so I’m not overwhelmed. All that I have taken on in my life, rightly or wrongly, resulted in a Cosmic Smack Down as I refer to it. I was surviving day to day, but I wasnt LIVING to the True Potential I have been given, so I got my wake up call. As I said in my blog, sometimes the rudest of Awakenings are necessary so we can reconnect with our basic selves and be who we are meant to be. It’s not always easy, personally, I dont believe its meant to be. Only out of the ashes do we awaken to our True Selves in our Purest Form when what we thought was right wasnt. Some of us are just stubborn that way I suppose lol We dont leave the Universe much choice in how we are taught

        • Spirit Divinely Guided me to say that to you, and so I did.

          I do not have have a human child, nor do I see myself having one, but I have no doubt that you have a fine balance to create and maintain regarding what is good for you and what is good for your daughter.

          Both of you deserve only the very best.

          Oh, and the cuss words, may I Re-Mind you that I live a few minutes away from Manhattan in NYC? Regarding cuss words, I have heard, written and said much worse that what you wrote.

          Alas, it is time for me to go to bed. I have enjoyed your comments very much. Have a great night and a wonderful weekend.

        • Good morning, oddgirlnextdoor! How are you today?

          You think what was mostly for my readers?

          And yes, I had a wonderful night and I AM looking forward to a lovely weekend, too.

          Ascending Star Blessings, Robert Alvarez, the Psychic Witch.

        • My pardon for language lol It’s become a hard wired thing to apologize for it haha And I’m well, I get to meet my sister’s umpteenth bfs family today (we have Thanksgiving after the holiday), and I’m not uber excited about it, but it is what it is lol

        • Ah, thank you for clarifying. Although I do not know all of my blog followers and readers personally, I think most of them use some “foul” language themselves, and would not be too offended seeing what cuss word you used (which, my my standards, is quite tame).

          And you certainly have some wonderful opportunities today for some great Affirmations: “I AM AT PEACE WITH ALL OF LIFE.” “I AM EXCITED TO BE ALIVE.” “I AM ONLY SURROUNDED BY LOVE AND LIGHT.”

          Lately, I have been telling my clients that sometimes, one needs to fake it before making it. In other words, if a condition was already in one’s life, then using an Affirmation to manifest it would not be necessary.

          So, I invite you to create what you wish to see and have today, and declare “NO!” to what no longer serves you. It truly is a simple practice, too simple for complicated Minds.

        • I’ll say. It’s a learning curve for this girl lol It used to be my this to do the “fake it til you make it”, but after I became ill I just lost hope for a little while. I’m getting there, but as all this, it takes time to readjust my thinking haha

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