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.