The Goddesses

Deity of the Day for Sept. 30 is Selene

Deity of the Day



The Moon Goddess


Areas of Influence: Selene was moon Goddess of the ancient Greeks and influenced the lunar cycles. She was traditionally worshiped on the full and new moon.

She was the Titan personification of the moon itself unlike the later moon Goddesses Hekate and Artemis.

Origins and Genealogy:
She was daughter of the Titans Theia and Hyperion and had two siblings Helios (the sun God) and Eos (the goddess of the dawn). She had a number of lovers, most famously falling for the mortal Endymion. In this affair she is unable to come to terms with the fact that he would age and die.

A spell was cast on Endymion to grant him everlasting youth by placing him into a deep sleep. This did not prevent the Goddess from visiting him and having fifty of his children (This number represents the number of lunar months between each Olympiad).

This Goddess also had a daughter Pandeia after an affair with Zeus.

This serial seductress is also linked to Pan who gave her the Oxent that drove her chariot.

Strengths: The personification of the moon, passionate.

Weaknesses: Fears abandonment and is unable to be faithful to either men or Gods.


In art this Goddess is shown with a very white face with a crescent moon crown or cloak.

She rides a silver chariot pulled by winged white horses or oxen.

The Full moon.

Sacred Plant: Selentrope.

Roman Equivalent: Lunar.

Selene’s Archetype

The Lover:

Represents passion and selfless devotion to another person. It also extends to the things that make our hearts sing, like music art or nature.

The shadow aspect is obsessive passion that completely takes over and negatively impacts on your health and self esteem.

Selene is a seductress and has numerous lovers. Her obsessive love for Endymion’s beauty leads her to place him into a deep sleep to preserve his youthfulness.


How To Work With This Archetype

The Lover:

You may be drawn to this stereotype if you are looking to attract a new lover or to re-ignite the fire in an existing relationship.

The Lover can also be a useful tool to discover what you are passionate about in life.

On the shadow side you need to ask, whether the amount of energy and time you are putting into relationships, or enthusiasm for projects is excessive? If this continues for too long you are likely to suffer from stress and physical ill health.



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Deity of the Day for September 23 – Diana, Roman Goddess

Deity of the Day


The Roman Goddess

Areas of Influence: Diana was the Goddess of the hunt and wild animals. She later took over from Luna as the Roman Goddess of the moon, responsible for fertility and childbirth.

Her trinity of gods included Egeria and Virvius.

Originally she was Queen of the open sky and possible a sun Goddess in addition to being a moon Goddess as her name means light.

Men fought to the death to for the honour of becoming one of her priests.

Origins and Genealogy: Her parents were Jupiter and Latona and she had a twin brother, Apollo.

In the Pagan tradition she is also said to have had a daughter Aradia who became queen of the witches.

Strengths: Independence and physical strength.

Weaknesses: Disliked men.

Greek Equivalent: Artemis


Often depicted in Greek style clothing accompanied by a deer or hunting dogs.

Sacred Animal: Deer, bears and hunting dogs.

Sacred Plants: Apple, balm, beech, jasmine, mugwort, oak trees, vervain, and wormwood.

Festivals: Her festival was celebrated on August 13th

Diana’s Archetype’s

The Child of Nature:

This stereotype feels most at home outside bonding and communicating with the forces of nature. The child of nature is often emotionally very sensitive and prefers solace and the company of animals to being with people. They are often independent and physically fit.

The shadow aspect abuses animals and destroys the environment around them.

Diana embodies this role as she is the goddess of wild animals. As the huntress she becomes the shadow attribute of this stereotype, killing the animals and attacking anyone who tries to take away her dignity.

The Virgin:

This archetype represents the desire to remain sexually pure and uncorrupted, maintaining your energy for other projects . It can also symbolize a deep desire to create brand new ideas and methods of working.

The shadow virgin, resists her sexuality due to fear and revolution of sex and the loss of innocence it symbolizes.

Diana the Roman Goddess like her Greek counterpart protects and cherishes her chastity.


How to work With These Archetypes

The Child of Nature:

To have this particular archetype you need more than a love of nature. Your health and well-being is affected if you are unable to spend time outside working with animals, plants and other nature spirits. Your idear of hell is likely to be working in a busy office in the center of town.

People who possess the shadow aspect are cruel to animals and have no interest in preserving the natural world.

The Virgin:

This Virgin is one of your main archetypes, if you are continually preserving your vital energies, for spiritual pursuits. The virgin may also represent a desire to explore virgin territory; inventing refreshing, new ideas and ways of doing things

On the shadow side, fear and disgust caused by bad past experiences could be preventing you from exploring your sexuality.








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Deity of the Day for September 22nd – Demeter, The Greek Goddess of the Harvest

Deity of the Day




Demeter is the goddess of corn, grain, and the harvest. She is the daughter of Cronus and Rhea. It is Demeter that makes the crops grow each year. The first loaf of bread from the harvest is sacrificed to her. Demeter is the goddess of the earth, of agriculture, and of fertility in general. Sacred to her are livestock and agricultural products, poppy, narcissus and the crane.

Demeter is intimately associated with the seasons. Her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades to be his wife in the underworld. In her anger at her daughter’s loss Demeter laid a curse on the world that caused plants to wither and die, the land become desolate. Zeus became alarmed and sought Persephone’s return. However, because she had eaten while in the underworld Hades had a claim on her. Therefore, it was decreed that Persephone would spend four months each year in the underworld. During these months Demeter greves her daughters absence, and withdraws her gifts from the world, creating winter. Her return brought the spring.

Demeter is also known for founding the Eleusinian Mysteries. These were huge festivals held every five years. They were important events for many centuries. Yet, little is known of them as those attending were sworn to secrecy. The central tenet seems to have been that just as grain returns every spring after its harvest and wintery death, so too the human soul could be reborn after the death of the body.




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Autumn Goddess Charge

Autumn Comments & Graphics

I am the waning moon
The Goddess who is fading from the land
In the Springtime I sought my Lord
And mated with him beneath the trees and stars
At Beltane I wed my Lord
Beneath the first blossoms of the hawthorn tree
And in the Summertime I ripened the apples in the orchards
And the fruit grew round and strong
At the corn harvest I cut down my Lord
That by his death our people might be fed
And now in the Autumn time
I descend beneath the Earth
To dwell with my Lord in his dark kingdom
Until our child is born
At the Winter Solstice I will bring forth the child
And renew your hope
And at Candlemas I myself will return
To renew the land
I leave you, but I return to you
When you see my power fade
And the leaves fall from the trees
When snow obliterates like death
All trace of me upon the Earth
Then look for me in the Moon
And in the heavens, you will see the soul of me
Soaring still among the stars
And in that darkest time
When the Moon is covered by shadow
And there is no trace of me in Heaven or on Earth
When you look outward and your lives seem cold and dark and barren
Let not despair eat at your hearts.
For when I am hidden
I am but renewing
When I am waning
I am making ready for return
Remember my promise and look within you
And there you will find the spirit of me
Awaiting those who will seek
For by the well-spring of your being
I await you always.
I am Diana in Heaven
And on Earth, Persephone
And within you that dark Hecate
Triple am I
The One in Three
My body the Earth
My soul the Moon
And within thine innermost self
The eternal spirit of me.

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The Temple & Festival of Bastet

The Temple & Festival of Bastet


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.


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.


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

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.

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!)


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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