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Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« on: January 15, 2013, 02:51:51 pm »
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I find particularly connected to the two deities Sekhmet and Bastet, I prayed to them last night to watch over my home and myself as I slept. I felt greatly at ease after doing so and as such want to find a way to honour them.

I was thinking of lighting a candle in my room but I'm worried about potential messes as I rent my current house. So I wondering if anyone knows of a good way of honouring them. :)

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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 03:28:10 pm »
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I was thinking of lighting a candle in my room but I'm worried about potential messes as I rent my current house. So I wondering if anyone knows of a good way of honouring them. :)

 
Have you tried offering food? Bread and water are traditional. Bast is known to like sweet things (esp. dark chocolate). Never worked with Sekhmet, though, since I tend to see Sekhmet through Bast.

For Bast, dance, music, and song are other options. Stringed instruments will probably go over well. Volunteering at a cat rescue shelter is something I've heard of many others doing. She seems to like jewelry, too, especially turquoise. Handmade stuff would probably be welcome, too.
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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 03:47:00 pm »
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Have you tried offering food? Bread and water are traditional. Bast is known to like sweet things (esp. dark chocolate). Never worked with Sekhmet, though, since I tend to see Sekhmet through Bast.

 
Food and drink would be the best options as my nearest cat shelter is ages away. Which is a shame as I would love to volunteer. =(

Oooh dark chocolate. Bastet is a woman after my own heart, I knew I liked her for a reason!

I see Bastet and Sekhmet as a yin/yang- two sides of the same coin yet separate entities. A bit like twin sisters, sharing some traits but not all. :)

Had a thought for Sekhmet; red grape juice. Not exactly wine...but I'm not sure if she's a fan of Smirnoff ice. XD

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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 04:04:43 pm »
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I see Bastet and Sekhmet as a yin/yang- two sides of the same coin yet separate entities. A bit like twin sisters, sharing some traits but not all. :)


Sometimes Sekhmet is seen as "raging" and Bast as "pacified". As Eyes of Ra, they do have connections with each other.

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Had a thought for Sekhmet; red grape juice. Not exactly wine...but I'm not sure if she's a fan of Smirnoff ice. XD

 
If her mythology is any indication, Sekhmet would not mind red drinks.
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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 04:26:01 pm »
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In addition to what others have said, it's worth noting - while incense offerings are standard to all Egyptian gods - Bast is specifically the lady of perfume.  I would suggest something with a strong, pleasant scent is a good consistent offering; if you can find something that works that seems to also be appealing to Sekhmet you have a good dual offering.
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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 04:30:06 pm »
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Hi

I find particularly connected to the two deities Sekhmet and Bastet, I prayed to them last night to watch over my home and myself as I slept. I felt greatly at ease after doing so and as such want to find a way to honour them.

I was thinking of lighting a candle in my room but I'm worried about potential messes as I rent my current house. So I wondering if anyone knows of a good way of honouring them. :)

 
For Sekhmet, I offer cool water, bread, and beer.  Incense-wise, I burn kyphi for all the netjeru.

I also honour Sekhmet through my job - I work in the pharmaceutical industry, and there are components of both justice and medicine in what I do.  As an Eye goddess and also Patron of Physicians, this pleases her immensely.
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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2013, 03:06:51 am »
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In addition to what others have said, it's worth noting - while incense offerings are standard to all Egyptian gods - Bast is specifically the lady of perfume.  I would suggest something with a strong, pleasant scent is a good consistent offering; if you can find something that works that seems to also be appealing to Sekhmet you have a good dual offering.

 
That's a fine idea, I shall have a look round for some incense. Where I live isn't exactly a hub of Pagan activity, but luckily for me we do have some good New Age shops. =)

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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2013, 03:09:34 am »
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.I also honour Sekhmet through my job - I work in the pharmaceutical industry, and there are components of both justice and medicine in what I do.  As an Eye goddess and also Patron of Physicians, this pleases her immensely.

 
That's very fortunate to be able to honour Sekhmet through your work. My work, if it really honours any deities at all, honours mainly nature deities. As I work for my local council's waste and recycling department.

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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2013, 04:53:29 am »
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Hi

I find particularly connected to the two deities Sekhmet and Bastet, I prayed to them last night to watch over my home and myself as I slept. I felt greatly at ease after doing so and as such want to find a way to honour them.

I was thinking of lighting a candle in my room but I'm worried about potential messes as I rent my current house. So I wondering if anyone knows of a good way of honouring them. :)

 
In addition to the water and food mentioned elsewhere, I say a prayer of thanks to Sekhmet when I see the sun out. In my climate it's rare enough to be cause for celebration.. :p

I also burn kyphi to her, and I honour her by taking care of my health. (Need to work more on that bit, though..)
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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2013, 08:45:21 am »
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I find particularly connected to the two deities Sekhmet and Bastet,


I don't normally honor Bast, but I do honor Sekhmet as Sekhmet-Mut.  

Red, white and gold are Sekhmet's main colors. I offer Her red wine (which I pour out as a libation instead of drinking it) and beef.  I don't normally offer Her incense (I use myrrh essential oil in Aset's shrine. I get migraines so I try to limit scent in my home), but I think Sekhmet would like frankincense, kyphi and myrrh as those are traditional.  Cool water would be a good offering.  Healthy food such as fruits, red fruit juices (such as pomegranate or cranberry), vegetables, meat and bread could be other offerings.  I've found that She likes milk too.  

And normally you eat the offerings after you offer them.  

Here is an excellent devotional on Sekhmet:  When the Lion Roars.  

There is a book by Storm Constantine called Bastet and Sekhmet.  I have no idea how good it is though.  

And here is a website on Bast:  Per-Bast
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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2013, 11:01:28 am »
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I find particularly connected to the two deities Sekhmet and Bastet, I prayed to them last night to watch over my home and myself as I slept. I felt greatly at ease after doing so and as such want to find a way to honour them.
I was thinking of lighting a candle in my room but I'm worried about potential messes as I rent my current house. So I wondering if anyone knows of a good way of honouring them. :)


Echoing from previous posters: scents (incense, perfumes, scented oils); jewelry; music, song, and dance; chocolate; as well as the traditional favorites of bread and cool water. Some other things Bast seems to like include fruits and fruit juices, cheese (mmm, cheese), meats (esp. chicken or duck), personal creative work of any kind, flowers, and shiny things--stones with a flash, like labradorite or tiger's eye; opalescent shells; jingly musical instruments and belly dance adornments, etc. Good colors for Her, in my experience, are green and gold/yellow/orange; some people also use black. (It might depend on whether you get Her more as a lion or as a black panther/cat.)

If having a candle is an issue for you, I know some people use battery-powered LED candles, particularly when traveling and staying in hotel rooms. If you put one in a nice, not quite clear holder, it looks pretty good.

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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2013, 04:21:46 pm »
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I find particularly connected to the two deities Sekhmet and Bastet, I prayed to them last night to watch over my home and myself as I slept. I felt greatly at ease after doing so and as such want to find a way to honour them.

I was thinking of lighting a candle in my room but I'm worried about potential messes as I rent my current house. So I wondering if anyone knows of a good way of honouring them. :)

 

From my experiences with Bast, she also likes mint, i used to grow some near the altar so that I could offer it. It was well received.  Over the Christmas break, i found somewhere that does dark mint chocolate, that went down a treat!

As for Sekhmet, I have know others who follow her and use Pomegranate juice to great effect.

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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2013, 01:33:11 pm »
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As for Sekhmet, I have know others who follow her and use Pomegranate juice to great effect.

 
That's good to know, I love Pomegranate juice!

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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2013, 01:37:10 pm »
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Echoing from previous posters: scents (incense, perfumes, scented oils); jewelry; music, song, and dance; chocolate; as well as the traditional favorites of bread and cool water. Some other things Bast seems to like include fruits and fruit juices, cheese (mmm, cheese), meats (esp. chicken or duck), personal creative work of any kind, flowers, and shiny things--stones with a flash, like labradorite or tiger's eye; opalescent shells; jingly musical instruments and belly dance adornments, etc. Good colors for Her, in my experience, are green and gold/yellow/orange; some people also use black. (It might depend on whether you get Her more as a lion or as a black panther/cat.)

If having a candle is an issue for you, I know some people use battery-powered LED candles, particularly when traveling and staying in hotel rooms. If you put one in a nice, not quite clear holder, it looks pretty good.

-Shefyt

 
I've never thought of offering gems and crystals to Bast. I have some Tiger's Eye somewhere which is now definitely going on my altar. =)

I like the LED candle idea as well. I love real candles because they look so lovely, but my room is too cluttered and my house isn't exactly Pagan friendly. ^^;

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Re: Honouring Bastet and Sekhmet
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2013, 01:41:59 pm »
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In addition to the water and food mentioned elsewhere, I say a prayer of thanks to Sekhmet when I see the sun out. In my climate it's rare enough to be cause for celebration.. :p

I also burn kyphi to her, and I honour her by taking care of my health. (Need to work more on that bit, though..)

 
I know how that feels at the moment, it feels like forever since I've seen sunlight! =P

I must admit I've never heard of kyphi...I've looked it up just now (hooray for wikipedia!) and from the ingredients it lists I imagine it smells lovely. Is it easy to get hold of?

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