Deities

The Temple & Festival of Bastet

The Temple & Festival of Bastet

Temple

Herodotus, a Greek historian who travelled in Egypt in the 5th century BC, describes Bastet’s temple at some length:

“save for the entrance, it stands on an island; two separate channels approach it from the Nile, and after coming up to the entry of the temple, they run round it on opposite sides; each of them is an hundred feet wide, and overshadowed by trees. The temple is in the midst of the city, the whole circuit of which commands a view down into it; for the city’s level has been raised, but that of the temple has been left as it was from the first, so that it can be seen into from without. A stone wall, carven with figures, runs round it; within is a grove of very tall trees growing round a great shrine, wherein is the image of the goddess; the temple is a square, each side measuring a furlong. A road, paved with stone, of about three furlongs’ length leads to the entrance, running eastward through the market place, towards the temple of Hermes; this road is about four hundred wide, and bordered by trees reaching to heaven.”

The description offered by Herodotus and several Egyptian texts suggest that water surrounded the temple on three (out of four) sides, forming a type of lake known as isheru, not too dissimilar from that surrounding the Temple of the goddess Mut in Karnak at Thebes. Lakes known as isheru were typical of temples devoted to a number of leonine goddesses who are said to represent one original goddess, daughter of the Sun-God Re / Eye of Re: Bastet, Mut, Tefnut, Hathor and Sakhmet. Each of them had to be appeased by a specific set of rituals. One myth relates that a lioness, fiery and wrathful, was once cooled down by the water of the lake, transformed into a gentle cat and settled in the temple.

Festival

Herodotus also relates that of the many solemn festivals held in Egypt, the most important and most popular one was that celebrated in Bubastis in honour of the goddess, whom he calls Bubastis and equates with the Greek goddess Artemis.  Each year on the day of her festival, the town is said to have attracted some 700,000 visitors (“as the people of the place say”), both men and women (but not children), who arrived in numerous crowded ships. The women engaged in music, song and dance on their way to the place, great sacrifices were made and prodigious amounts of wine were drunk, more than was the case throughout the year.[ This accords well with Egyptian sources which prescribe that leonine goddesses are to be appeased with the “feasts of drunkenness”.

The goddess Bast was sometimes depicted holding a ceremonial sistrum in one hand and an aegis in the other—the aegis usually resembling a collar or gorget embellished with a lioness head.

Bast was a goddess of the sun throughout most of Ancient Egyptian history, but later when she was changed into a cat goddess rather than a lioness, she was changed to a goddess of the moon by Greeks occupying Ancient Egypt toward the end of its civilization. In Greek mythology, Bast also is known as Ailuros.

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Bast, Goddess of Protection and Pleasure

Bast, Goddess of Protection and Pleasure

 

Bast, Egyptian goddess of sensual pleasure, protector of the household, bringer of health, and the guardian saint of firefighters — she was the original mistress of multi-tasking!

Also called Bastet or Basthet, the goddess Bast is widely known today as the “Cat Goddess”. Legend has it that, by day, Bast would ride through the sky with her father, the sun god Ra, his boat pulling the sun through the sky.

Ever watchful, she protected Ra from his enemies. Thus she became known as the Lady of the East, the Goddess of the Rising Sun, and  The Sacred and All-Seeing Eye.

But by night, she was a different creature entirely! Bast transformed herself into a cat (renown for its superb night vision) to guard her father from Apep (also known as Apophis), a serpent who was her father’s greatest enemy.

Ra’s priests burned wax models of the snake and wrote his name with green ink, trying to put a “hex” on him — but to no avail. Finally, with her cat eyes shining in the dark, she managed to kill the evil serpent.

Credited with killing the vile Apep, the goddess Bast ensured the warmth of the sun would continue to bless the delta of the Nile with fertile soil and abundant crops and was honored as a goddess of fertility.

Because of her all-seeing sacred eye (called the utchat) that magically saw through the dark, Bast is one of the few sun goddesses that is also classified as a moon goddess…with her glowing cat’s eye reminding us of the moon that it reflects.


One of the most ancient of the Egyptian goddesses, she is depicted as a slender woman having the head of a domestic cat. Sometimes she is shown holding a sistrum, a rattle used as a musical instrument in ancient times. Agile and lithe, Bast was recognized as the goddess of music and dance.

The worship of Bast began around 3,500 B.C.E., before the invention of writing.  In 950 B.C.E. it became the ‘national religion’ when her hometown, Baubastis, became the capitol of Egypt.

Her shrine in Baubastis, fashioned from blocks of pink granite and the lengthy entrance lined with enormous trees, was considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in the world.

The grounds of the templeheld an extensive cat cemetery, where her beloved companions after being mummified, were entombed so they could join Bast in the spirit world.

Cats were honored in the temples of Bast and many felines were in permanent residence there. If a local house caught on fire, the cats would be dispatched to run into the flames, drawing them out of the building. (History’s first record of a fire brigade!)

Undoubtedly many returned to the temple a bit singed, but as heroes of the townspeople. Any unfortunate kitty who perished in the undertaking would be restored to life by the goddess Bast.  This is possibly the source of the belief that cats have nine lives


Consistent with her cat-like image and her status as a fertility goddess, Bast was associated with childbirth, perhaps because of the mother cat’s continuous production of litters and the loving way she fiercely defends and cares for her kittens.

As a gentler, more benevolent, evolution of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet, her violent and bloody sister who could bring plagues, the goddess Bast could be invoked to prevent the spread of illness.

Most households contained a small statue of Bast as a form of household protection . . .  The All-Seeing Eye, to ward off thieves. . . as the Cat Goddess, to keep the house free of snakes. . . and as the healer to ward off infectious diseases.

An amulet with the utchat (all-seeing eye) hung over the door deterred thieves and vandals, placed over the mantel it averted illness, worn around the neck it protected you as you traveled. An amulet featuring a mother cat with several kittens suckling or playing at her feet was often given as a wedding present to a bride, invoking the help of the goddess to insure that a woman would be able to conceive and bear children

Bast, more than any other of the Egyptian goddesses was perceived as a protector and friend of women and young children. It is hardly surprising that the ancient Greeks referred to Bast as “The Egyptian Artemis”.

Does this goddess sound like a gal that the phrase “sex kitten” would be invented for? Hardly!  But, of course, there is more to the story than we’ve told so far; we saved the juicy parts for last.

For starters, one of the oldest versions of the goddess Bast was known by the name ‘Pasht’, from which our word passion was derived. (And from which the English term “Puss” may have arisen.)

Her name itself shares the hieroglyph of a bas-jar, a large pottery jar, usually filled with expensive perfume, a valuable commodity in a hot climate. Indeed, her son Nefertem, a sun god, became the Egyptian god of alchemy and perfumes.

It’s not surprising she had a reputation, since she herself had three husbands and was acknowledged as a sexual partner of every god and goddess (explaining her association with lesbians, although bisexuality would be a more accurate description of her nature).

The rituals performed in her temples, designed for healing, protection, and insuring fertility, were decidedly sensual, full of music and dancing The priestesses of Bast, dressed in “her color” which was red, and were the first “strippers”, famous for their erotic dancing.

Many festivals were held in her honor, and they tended to be quite rowdy affairs. During the major festival, thousands of men and women (children weren’t invited) traveled on barges down the river to Baubastis, drinking and partying mightily.

With loud music, women shaking their rattles, others gyrating in dance, and some lifting their skirts while making lewd comments to the townspeople lined up on the riverbank to watch the procession, the feasts of Bast may have been a precursor to the Mardi Gras and Carnivale. Some think that it is even the basis for the word “floats” that describe the decorated rides in a parade.

The Egyptian goddess Bast reminds us of all that is feline and feminine.  Her gifts, very cat-like in nature, include the refusal to be at everyone’s beck and call and an insistence on the freedom of expression.

She teaches us to relax and never waste energy, reminding us to luxuriate in beauty, perfume, and to sway in graceful movement. Bast refuses to take anything too seriously.

But most importantly, Bast leads us to accept the true nature of things (ourselves included) and helps us remain unswayed by the opinion of others. 

Curled up like a cat lying in the sun, the goddess Bast foms a complete circle . . . a symbol of the eternal.

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Goddess Gifts

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Spells Associated With Bast

Spells Associated With Bast

Holy Water

Get a bowl of water and something to store it in when you are finished blessing it. Put your hands over the bowl of water and say:
 “Holy Bastet, I cleanse this water of all negativity in this world and in the astral. I consecrate and regenerate this water in the name of Bastet.”
Then hold you hands over the water and imagine a white (Color of purity) or green (Bastet’s color) light flowing from your hands into the water. Then say:
“In the names of Bastet I ask for the blessings of love, harmony, and peace upon this water. Amen.”

A Quartz and Candle Spell

Get a candle of the appropriate color according to your intentions. Use the above list.
With the tip of a cleansed, terminated quarts crystal, scratch a symbol of your need onto the candle. The symbol could be a heart for love, a dollar sign for money, a fist for strength, etc. Alternately, use a type of rune or a word made of hieroglyphics. Or you can just write your need on the candle with the crystal. As you scratch or draw, visualize your need with crystal clarity as if it has already manifested. Place the candle in its holder. Set the crystal near it and light the candle. As the flame shines, again, strongly visualize your need. The crystal, candle, and symbol will do their work. As you work on this spell, ask Bastet to help you.

Cat Healing Ritual

Items Needed:
-A statue of Bastet
-A white (Or green, if you prefer) candle to be lit in Her honor
-A blue candle to be charged
-A photo of the ill cat to be placed on the altar
-A charm bag filled with the appropriate herbs/stones and some of the cat’s hair
-A separate bit of the cat’s fur to burn to send it’s “scent” up to Bastet
-Incense to be offered to Bastet

Ritual:
Light the white candle, which should shed its light on the statue of Bastet. Say:
Stars fade like memory the instant before the dawn.
Low in the east the sun appears, golden as an opening eye.
That which can be named must exist.
That which is named can be written.
That which is written shall be remembered.
That which is remembered lives…
The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
Bastet! Ubastyat! Thee whose name has been written and remembered for five thousand years, Thee whose praise has never faded, we call Thee down the corridors of time to be with us now.

Offer Incense, then say:
Hear our petition, O Divine Feline!
Lady of the East, we call upon Thee!
Patron of music, we call upon Thee!
Patron of dance, we call upon Thee!
Patron of motherhood, we call upon Thee!
And especially as patron of cats, we call upon Thee!

Offer incense, then say:
Accept this offering of flowers and mint, of roses and catnip,
Thou who hast been both solar and lunar Goddess,
Thou who walk in beauty and in terror, protective and fierce.
Let its scent please Thee, and look upon us with favor.
Hail, Bastet – Hail and Welcome!

Lady, we come before Thee with the petition of (Petitioner’s Name), who has approached us for aid.
Her beloved pet, Thy child, whom she calls
(Cat’s Name), is in need of healing.
See the aspect of Thy child, Bastet, and breathe his scent.

Place some fur on a charcoal, then say:
Protect him as a mother would, O Bastet, and let him be healed quickly and cleanly, with little pain and without further trouble.
Or, if it be his time to die, let his passing be swift and merciful.
This amulet and this candle we entreat Thee to bless, to protect and strengthen him.
We offer Thee praise, O Bastet – hear our music and song!

Offer incense, then sing and dance:
Hail to Thee, O Jewel of the Night!
Hail to Thee, O Divine Feline!
Hail to Thee, O Jewel of the Night!
Hail to Thee, O Lady of the East!
Hail to Thee, O Jewel of the Night!
Hail to Thee, Ubastyat! Protector!

(Repeat until energy is raised and grounded into the amulet and candle.)

To Thee be all honor, O Bastet!

Offer remaining incense, then say:
Let the sweet smoke of our offering attend Thee on Thy way!
We thank Thee for Thy blessing and Thine aid,
And as Thou depart, most gracious Lady,
We bid Thee Hail – Hail and Farewell!

Extinguish the candle lit in Bastet’s honor.

Bastet Blessing and Protection Ritual

This is a blessing ritual for yourself and your cats. First, take your sistrum (Or bell) and go around the ritual area shaking it. Begin in the East and go clockwise while saying:
Joy comes from Bastet, the Lady of cats
The Goddess loves and protects all animals
As a daughter/son of Bastet, I call upon her
To pour out her blessings.

Return to the altar and shake the sistrum/bell and say:
Hail Bastet, the Lady of cats
Hail Goddess of earthly delights
Teach me to rejoice in the being that I am
Teach me to love and to be happy.

If you have pictures of your cats, look at them now with love and happiness. If you don’t have pictures, call up their images mentally. Call each cat by name as if presenting him/her to the Goddess. Be alert to the atmosphere around you, for you will very likely experience the presence of Bastet in some manner. When you have finished, take the sistrum/bell and go to the East, shake it five times and say:
The ears of Bastet as sensitive to every word of harm sent against me and my pets.
My cats and I are protected.

Go South and shake the sistrum/bell five times and say:
The claws of Bastet are sharp in my defense.
My cats and I are protected.

Go West and shake the sistrum/bell five times and say:
The teeth of Bastet are bared to evil doers.
My cats and I are protected.

Go North and shake the sistrum/bell five times and say:
The eyes of Bastet can see through darkness, nothing escapes her notice.
My cats and I are protected.


Return to the altar and shake the sistrum/bell three times and say:
Listen well, all those who would harm me and mine.
Here is erected a mighty fortress, an unbreakable shield.
You cannot enter here. Your evil thoughts return to you.
The gate is locked against you.

Visualize a green light filling the room, caressing you and the picture or mental images of your cats. Say:
Lovely Cat-Goddess, I thank you for your blessings.
Keep us in safety, good health and happiness.
Protect my little ones wherever they may roam.

Blow a kiss to Bastet. Extinguish any candles you may have had going during the ritual. As a special treat, both to Bastet and to your cats, present your pets with a catnip toy to play with.

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Temple of Bastet

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Dedication Ceremony To Bast

Info Before You Dedicate Yourself

If you KNOW that Bastet IS the true, almighty goddess with no doubt, and you have studied her and her religion for at least a year and a day, and you unconditionally love Her, then you have the right to dedicate your soul to her. Please note though, Bastet will not accept people if all they want to do is USE her. Just remember that! You may want to wait until the New Moon because it’s a time of new beginnings. Or you might like to do it on the Full Moon for there is more power in the moon. It’s up to you anyway. You should perform this ritual sky clad (naked) if possible.  Also, you should take a bath before the ritual out of respect. Whatever you do, do it with love! Before you start, ask Bastet to put her essence into the statue on your altar. and when you’re done, she is welcome to leave. You can use the invocation I used in the basic prayer to Her on the shrine page. Praise Bastet!

Dedication Ceremony To Bast

You will need:
     -Oil (Any sweet fragrance); or You Can Use Holy Water
-Half a Teaspoon of Salt
-A Green Candle (NEVER leave candles unattended!)

Ritual:

1. Begin by grounding yourself. Get yourself calm and relaxed. Shut off all the things from your mundane life that distract you-Bills, etc. Only focus on yourself, Bastet,  and the tranquility your entitled to.
2. When you’re ready to proceed, sprinkle the salt on the floor/ground and stand on it. Light your green candle and feel the warmth of its flame. Look at the candle’s flame and think about what goals you have for yourself on your spiritual journey. Think about your motives for this dedication.
3. Stand before your altar and invoke Bastet. Then say:
I am a child of Bastet, and I ask her to bless me.”
Dip your finger into the oil and, with your eyes closed, anoint your forehead and say:
May my mind be blessed, so I may accept the wisdom of Bastet.”
Anoint your eyelids (Be careful) and say:
May my eyes be blessed, so I can clearly see my way upon this path.”
Anoint the tip of your nose and say:
May my nose be blessed, so I may breathe in the essence of the Divine.”
Anoint your lips and say:
May my lips be blessed, so I may always speak with honor and respect.”
Anoint your chest and say:
May my heart be blessed, so I may love and be loved.”
Anoint the tops of your hands and say:
May my hands be blessed, so I may use them to help and heal others.”
Anoint your genital area and say:
May my genitals be blessed, so I may honor the creation of life.”
Anoint the soles of your feet and say:
May my feet be blessed, so I may walk side-by-side with the Divine Cat.”
Now say the following saying that you pledge your loyalty to the Great Cat:
Tonight, I pledge my loyalty to Bastet. I will walk with Her beside me and ask her to guide me on this journey.
I pledge to honor Her, and ask that she allows me to grow closer to Her. As I shall, so mote it be
!”
Now is the time for meditation. Now that you are a Bastist, honor Bastet in everything you do. Praise Bastet!
4. When you are done, you may celebrate with a small feast for you and your cat(s). Leave an offering for Bastet at Her altar or shrine.
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Meeting the Goddess Bast Guided Meditation

Meeting the Goddess Bast Guided Meditation

For the meeting with Bast you will need a table or shelf to use as an altar. On this place an image of the goddess. It doesn’t have to be a statue of Bast, a picture of a cat or suitable cat ornament will do for now. On either side of this place two candles, preferably purple, blue or silver. A vase of blue, purple or white flowers would be appropriate as would some kind of incense and holder. You will also need a small candle in a colour which you feel best represents you. This should be placed in front of your representation of the goddess. Some perfumed oil with which to anoint your personal candle is also needed. Bast likes flowery perfumes for oil and incense if possible.

Traditionally Bast is seen as a gentle goddess. She enjoys music, dancing and perfume. She is Goddess of love and joy and dancing. She is the gentle, nurturing warmth of the sun and the cat who can be picked up and stroked. However, we have to remember that, just like a cat, she does have a fiercer side to her nature as well.

The Meditation

Light the altar candles and the incense.

Close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few minutes.

When you are totally relaxed, open your eyes, and light your small candle. Now, close your eyes once more, clear your mind and see only a black void before your inner eye. Imagine that blackness turning into fog, which swirls around you. Gradually, the fog dissipates.

As the fog clears, a scene is revealed before you of a desert landscape of reddish sand. Nearby, you see the mighty pylon of a temple.

Walk towards the temple. Feel the heat of the sand beneath your feet, and the hot sun on your body. How are you dressed in this world? Take note of your surroundings. Use your inner eye to look around. What can you see? Although you are being led in this visualisation, there is still plenty of space for you to add detail. No two people would ever see exactly the same imagery. Begin to build up your inner world. Make it real in your mind.

Now, walk to the pylon and take a few moments to examine the walls rearing above you. Do they have carvings on them, or are they unadorned? Take a deep breath and smell the air. Incense smoke is drifting out from the temple; its heady aroma fills your nose. You can hear faint music; the bleat of pipes and the low beating of drums. Enter beneath the shade of the pylon gate, cross a courtyard, and find yourself in a vast chamber of stone columns. It is quite dark, but on the floor there are bowls of burning oil that emit a flickering light. Here, the air is cooler and refreshing, and the smell of incense is complemented by a strong fragrance of exotic flowers. Perhaps there are people here – priests and priestesses – or perhaps you are alone. Again, spend a few moments looking round. Go to touch one of the columns; feel the rough texture of the stone beneath your fingers. As you look round, add your own details to the scene. Make it come alive for you.

Now, you walk across the hall of columns and pass through a door-way. You find you have entered a small shrine. Against one wall is a large black basalt statue of a seated cat, the sacred cat of Bast. The statue has golden earrings and a collar of faience. Bowls of incense smoulder before her and she is flanked by flickering flames. You see priests and priestesses are in the shrine. They are surrounded by cats, some sitting on the floor, some lying in niches in the walls. The air is full of the music of the cats; their purrs and cries. Pause to pay respect to the sacred cat of Bast. You can talk to the priests and priestesses if you like. They may have something to tell you, or a gift to impart. Stroke the cats around you.

After a few minutes, say farewell to the priests and priestesses and leave the shrine by another doorway. You find yourself in a corridor with painted walls. Again, it is quite dark, but you can see where you are going by the dim lamp-light glimmering on the floor.

Presently, the corridor opens out into a vast room, lined by columns. Ahead of you, at the other end of the chamber, you see a flight of golden steps that leads up to a life-size golden statue of the goddess. She is a cat-headed woman, carrying a sistrum, surrounded by kittens in gold. She wears a long sheath dress and a necklace around her throat, but her feet are bare. The steps are covered in cats, sleeping, grooming, playing. The room is full of soft, but lively music, played by priestesses on flutes and drums and rattles. Other priests and priestesses dance sinuously to the music, like cats themselves. The floor is covered in petals and as you walk upon them, they release their rich fragrance.

Approach the foot of the stairs and gaze up at the goddess. Visualise that gradually, the statue comes alive. The eyes become living eyes, and slowly, the rigid gold turns to furry skin. See the goddess descend the stairs towards you, her eyes full of benevolence and peace.

 

While this is happening, cast your inner eye back to the room where your statue of the goddess stands before the anointed candle. Imagine that the light of this candle shines into the statue, which is an extension of the senses of Bast in the temple. Through the light of this candle, Bast can see your soul, and recognise you.

Now, spend some time speaking with the goddess. She is a friend to you. She may show you things, give you a symbolic gift or simply offer affection. She may have words of advice for your work to come, or ask you to do something for her in the real world. Let your mind wander freely.

After a few minutes, bow to the goddess, thank her for this audience, and say farewell. See her begin to retreat up the stairs. When she reaches the top she assumes her normal position and turns back into a sleeping statue of gold.

Now, walk back through the temple, bidding farewell to the priests and priestesses, and all the cats. Go out into the desert.

Imagine you are walking into a fog, which gradually turns into a black void. After a moment, the fog begins to clear once more and you are back in your own reality. Open your eyes when you are ready.

Bast Incense Recipe

by Eloise Coquio

With this incense I decided to incorporate both solar and lunar influences to reflect Bast’s dual attributes as both a sun and moon goddess. I was influenced also by her love of perfume and her various magical focuses such as love, happiness and fertility.

3 parts Frankincense

2 parts Gum Arabic

1 part Myrrh

1 part Catnip

1 part patchouli leaf

1 part Rose petal

1 part sandalwood.(Red or white)

1/2 part lavender

1/2 part Orris Root

2 drops each of Ylang Ylang and Carnation oil

 

Many thanks to Storm Constantine and Lady of the Flame Iseum for this meditation. If you wish to quote from or reproduce it on your website, please give credit: Copyright (C) 2000 Lady of the Flame Iseum

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Associations of Bast/Bastet

Associations of Bast/Bastet

Stones

Rose Quartz: Beauty, Love, Joy, Emotions
Sunstone: Healing
Moonstone: Emotions, Womens’ Health, the Goddess
Bloodstone: Healing, Mental Blocks, Protection of Pregnant Women
Aventurine: Good Luck, Prosperity.
Malachite: Magical Power, Protection, Love, Depression
Diamond: Spirituality, Sexual Dysfunction, Courage, Strength, Protection, Healing
Emerald: Love, Money, Mental Powers, Psychism
Carnelian: Eloquence, Healing, Sexual Energy

Herbs

Basil: Love, Protection, Happiness
Bay: Wisdom, Psychic Powers
Catnip: Sacred to Bastet
Cedar: Healing
Bergamot: Peace, Happiness
Calendula: Health
Cinnamon: Physical Energy, Psychic Awareness, Prosperity
Clove: Healing, Courage, Protection
Coriander: Love, Healing
Frankincense: Spirituality, Meditation
Geranium: Happiness
Ginger: Sex, Love, Magical Energy, Physical Energy, Money
Juniper: Healing, Purification
Lemon: Healing, Physical Energy
Lime: Same as Lemon
Neroli Oil: Joy,Sex
Orange: Joy, Physical and Magical Energy
Rose: Love, Peace, Sex, Beauty
Saffron: Magical Energy, Concious Mind
Sage: Purification
Sandlewood: Sex, Healing, Spirituality
Vanilla: Sex, Love, Energy
Ylang Ylang: Peace, Sex, Love

Candle Colors

RED: Passionate and sexual love, strength, health, vigor, lust, danger.
ORANGE: Encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness.
YELLOW: Knowledge, learning, concentration, persuasion, charm, confidence, jealousy, joy, comfort.
GREEN: Finances, fertility, luck, success energy, charity, growth rejuvenation, ambition, counteract greed and jealousy, plants kingdom, including herbal healing.
BLUE: Tranquility, understanding, patience, health, truth, devotion, sincerity, honor, loyalty, peace, wisdom, protection during sleep, astral projection.
VIOLET/PURPLE: Power, piety, sanctity, sentimentality, tension, sadness amplification of other energies, wisdom, high ideals, spiritual protection and healing, psychic ability, protective energy.
BLACK: Negation without reflecting, unlocking when stuck, banishing evil or negativity.
WHITE: Purity, consecration, meditation, divination, exorcism, the full moon, healing, peace, spiritual strength.
GRAY: Balance, neutrality, used in erasing, canceling, neutralizing, and return to the universe without repercussion destructive energies.
PINK: Healing, familial or emotional love (rather than sexual), friendship, affections, unselfish emotions, spiritual healing, banishing hatred.
BROWN: The Earth, grounding, trees, concentration, telepathy, spells to locate lost objects, healing and protection of the familiars, pets, and animals.
SILVER: Purity, the moon, treasure, values, female energy, the unconscious mind.
GOLD: The sun, male energy, wealth, financial wisdom, conscious mind, attracting happiness, activity, intelligence.
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Make Your Shrine To Bast

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Creating Your Own Simple Shrine At Home

Items You Will Need:
-Statue of Bastet
-Two Candles
-Censer (Incense Holder)
-Offering Bowl (Optional)

How to Make Your Shrine:
Just go by the above diagram. The diagram is only a simple one, you may wish to add your own personal items to it, such as a vase of flowers or two, or maybe a picture. This is not a complete altar, but some may want to just use this instead of a bigger altar with all the ritual items on it.

The diagram shows that it has green candles, but you may wish to put white candles on yours, or whatever color you see fit. Plus, if you want, you can put an altar cloth below it in whatever color or design suits you, or you could just put down an altar cloth that is the same color as the candles.
You can make it a portable one, if you travel alot. Just make it small enough so you can put it in one of those small wooden or cardboard boxes that you can get at Hobby-Lobby for a pretty cheap price. Plus, if you want, you can decorate the box with paint, glitter, pictures, just go crazy, lol. It will be yours, so you can make it as pretty as you want to.
This will be your shrine/altar and you can put on it whatever you want and decorate it as you please. Have fun with it!
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What is Bastism?

What is Bastism?

Bastism is a religion that worships only the goddess Bastet (Hence, the name Bastism). The other Egyptian deities are not worshipped within this religion. Sometimes, other feline deities (From both Egyptian and other cultures) are seen as spirits (Like the equivalent of angels in Christianity), or with some, are seen as deities of equal value as Bastet.

Who is Bastet?

Name Meaning: “Devouring Lady” (From bas, to devour, with a feminine ending)
Other Names/Titles: Bast, Bastis (The Tearer); Bubastis (Greek Version); Pacht, Pasht, Pasch, Ubast, Ubasti; Lady of the East; the Light Bearer; Lady of Truth; Goddess of the Birth Chamber.
Appearance: She appears different ways to different people. But she usually take one of these forms: A woman with the head of a cat, a black, bejeweled cat, or a woman’s head with the body of a cat.
Sacred Color: Green (Some say purple and/or black also.)
Sacred Plants: Catnip (Of course), cannabis, cinnamon, cattails and other reeds, yew, cypress, mint, barley, and vervain.
Sacred Symbols: Ankh, sistrum, lioness, cats.
Favorite Scents/Perfumes: Catnip, hemp (Cannabis), musk, frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, vervain, sandalwood, lavender, and geranium.
Sacred Stones/Gems: Cats eye, sun stone, agate, lapis lazuli, pyrite, and jasper.

What Are Bastet’s Holy Days?

   -April 15-Festival of Bastet
-May 15-Festival of Bastet
-August 27-Procession of Bastet
-October 31-Halloween/Festival of Bastet
-November 17-Festival of Bastet
-December 5-Bastet Goes Forth From Bubastis
-December 6-Bastet Guards the Two Lands
-December 14-Bastet Guides Egypt
-December 25-Festival Honoring Bastet and Her and Her Children (Cats)

What Should I Offer Bastet at My Shrine/Altar?

There are many arguments on what is to be offered to Bastet, but most agree that she loves meats, creams, cheeses, beer, wine, milk, or pure water, catnip, or anything that you see as appropriate. Other suggestions as offerings are: candles, crystals, candy, perfume, cat-shaped items. Just about anything that seems appropriate and is given willfully and with respect. But please don’t just put stuff there as part of any “obbligation” or something, put a little heart into what you are offering, be respectful.
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