Deity of the Day for March 2 is Bastet

Deity of the Day



Bastet was a goddess in ancient Egyptian religion, worshiped as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BC). As Bast, she was the goddess of warfare in Lower Egypt, the Nile River delta region, before the unification of the cultures of ancient Egypt. Her name is also spelled Baast, Ubaste, and Baset.

The two uniting cultures had deities that shared similar roles and usually the same imagery. In Upper Egypt, Sekhmet was the parallel warrior lioness deity to Bast. Often similar deities merged into one with the unification, but that did not occur with these deities with such strong roots in their cultures. Instead, these goddesses began to diverge. During the Twenty-Second Dynasty (c. 945–715 BC), Bast had changed from a lioness warrior deity into a major protector deity represented as a cat. Bastet, the name associated with this later identity, is the name commonly used by scholars today to refer to this deity.



Bastet, the form of the name which is most commonly adopted by Egyptologists today because of its use in later dynasties, is a modern convention offering one possible reconstruction. In early Egyptian, her name appears to have been 𓃀ꜣ𓊃𓏏𓏏. In Egyptian writing, the second 𓏏 marks a feminine ending, but was not usually pronounced, and the aleph may have moved to a position before the accented syllable, ꜣ𓃀𓊃𓏏. By the first millennium, then, 𓃀ꜣ𓊃𓏏𓏏 would have been something like *Ubaste (< *Ubastat) in Egyptian speech, later becoming Coptic Oubaste.

During later dynasties, Bast was assigned a lesser role in the pantheon bearing the name Bastet, but retained. Thebes became the capital of Ancient Egypt during the 18th Dynasty. As they rose to great power the priests of the temple of Amun, dedicated to the primary local deity, advanced the stature of their titular deity to national prominence and shifted the relative stature of others in the Egyptian pantheon. Diminishing her status, they began referring to Bast with the added suffix, as “Bastet” and their use of the new name was well-documented, becoming very familiar to researchers. by the 22nd dynasty the transition had occurred in all regions.

The town of Bast’s cult (see below) was known in Greek as Boubastis (Βούβαστις). The Hebrew rendering of the name for this town is Pî-beset (“House of Bastet”), spelled without Vortonsilbe.

What the name of the goddess means remains uncertain. One recent suggestion by Stephen Quirke (Ancient Egyptian Religion) explains it as meaning “She of the ointment jar”. This ties in with the observation that her name was written with the hieroglyph “ointment jar” (𓃀ꜣ𓊃) and that she was associated with protective ointments, among other things.[3] Also compare the name alabaster which might, through Greek, come from the name of the goddess.

She was the goddess of protection against contagious diseases and evil spirits.

She is also known as The Eye of Ra.

From lioness-goddess to cat-goddess

Bastet first appears in the 3rd millennium BC, where she is depicted as either a fierce lioness or a woman with the head of a lioness. Images of Bast were often created from a local stone, named alabaster today. The lioness was the fiercest hunter among the animals in Africa, hunting in co-operative groups of related females.

Originally she was viewed as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt. As protector, she was seen as defender of the pharaoh, and consequently of the later chief male deity, Ra, who was also a solar deity, gaining her the titles Lady of Flame and Eye of Ra.

Her role in the Egyptian pantheon became diminished as Sekhmet, a similar lioness war deity, became more dominant in the unified culture of Lower and Upper Egypt known as the Two Lands.

In the first millennium BC, when domesticated cats were popularly kept as pets, Bastet began to be represented as a woman with the head of a cat and ultimately, by the 22nd dynasty emerged as the quintessential Egyptian cat-goddess. In the Middle Kingdom, the domestic cat appeared as Bast’s sacred animal and after the New Kingdom she was depicted as a woman with the head of a cat or a lioness, carrying a sacred rattle and a box or basket.



Prayers & Devotions to Bast

Prayers & Devotions to Bast

Daily Devotion

Blessed are my feet which walk the path of Bastet.
Blessed are my knees that kneel at the sacred altar.
Blessed be my heart that beats the drum of compassion.
Blessed be my lips that they may speak the truth.
Blessed be my eyes, so that they may see the wisdom of Bastet.
May the love of Bastet be in and around me as I begin my journey through life this day.
So mote it be!

Everyday Prayer

Oh, Bastet, Queen of Cats, Lady of Love and Pleasure, I offer you my humble thanks for all that you have granted unto me. Continue to share with me your strength and your fire. Lend me your understanding, show me your wisdom. Give me the courage to be all that I can be, and the ability to know myself as you know me. May I take with me from this Temple a feeling of peace that will be with me in the days and weeks to come. May I feel enlivened and liberated from all care. May you please help me strengthen my relationship with you, with love, unity, and grace. I ask this in your name, Bastet, Lady of Ankhtawy, Lady of Asheru, Ruler of All. Amen.

Morning Prayer

O blessed Bastet,
Lend me health, strength, and love,
During this coming day.
Assist me with the challenges ahead.
Share your wisdom.
Teach me to respect all things.
Remind me that the greatest power of all is love.

Protection Prayers

Beloved Bastet, Mistress of Happiness and Bounty, slay the evil that afflicts my mind as you slay all other forms of evil. With your graceful stealth anticipate the moves of all who perpetrate cruelties and stay their hands against the Children of Light (Cats). Grant me the joy of song and dance, and ever watch over me in the lonely places I must walk. Amen.

Beloved Bast, mistress of happiness and bounty, slay the evil that afflicts our minds. With your graceful stealth anticipate the moves of all who perpetrate cruelties and stay their hands against the children of light. Grant us the joy of song and dance, and ever watch over us in the lonely places in which we must walk. Amen.

Prayer Before Meals

O great Bastet,
I know partake of the fertility of the Earth.
Bless this food with your love.

Prayer Before Sleep

O blessed Bastet,
I now enter the realm of dreams.
Weave now, if you will, a web of protective light around me.
Guard both my sleeping form and my spirit.
Watch over me
Until the sun once again
Rules the Earth.
O blessed Bastet,
Be with me through the night.

Thanks for an Answered Prayer

What no human ear could hear, you heard.
What no human eye could see, you saw.
What no human could bear, you transformed.
What no human hand could do, you did.
What no human power could change, you changed.
Goddess of love; Goddess omnipotent;
You through whom all power flows;
Source of all;
Queen of the cosmos;
Creatrix of the universe;
Accept this humble token of thanks
from your devotee
(Follower, servant, whatever term you prefer)
Who has spoken
And who has been heard.

Now, on your shrine, place an offering in thanks.

Rejoicing Prayer

Hail Bastet, full of grace,
I rejoice with thee!
Blessed art thou,
Serene and wild,
And blessed art thy loving green-eyes children!
Holy Bastet, cosmic dancer,
May your joyful music fill my heart and soul.
Be with me now and always.
Blessed be!


Offering Prayer

Oh Bastet, Queen of All Cats, I bring you offerings as symbols of my love and respect. I offer food to the Great Goddess in your temple. I offer drink to the Cat of the Heavens. I offer incense to the Gentle Cat. I offer love to the Great, Almighty Cat Goddess Bastet. Amen

Cat Healing Prayer

Bastet, Full of Beauty and Grace,
Protectress of the Feline race,
[Cat’s Name] from all hurt and harm,
Always keep
[him/her] safe and warm.
Watch over
[Cat’s Name] each and every day,
[him/her] home, if [he/she] should ever stray.
[him/her] great happiness
And a good life free of strife and stress. 

Prayers for a Deceased Cat

You have crossed over now,
into the spirit realm.
May you walk with Bastet,
and I will see you again some day.

Bastet, we give you back your child.
Noble, regal, honorable cat.
Watch over him/her, and guide him/her on his/her way
to the spirit world.
May he/she be blessed in your name,
and hunt ever after beside you.

Temple of Bast

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.

Bast, Egyptian Goddess of protection and cats



Bast was the ancient Egyptian goddess of protection and cats. She was the daughter of Ra, the sun god. As protectress, she was seen as defender of the pharaoh, and consequently of the chief god, Ra.

Bast’s real name is Bastet, Ubasti, and Pasht. She was worshipped at least since the Second Dynasty in Ancient Egypt. The centre of her cult was in Per-Bast (Bubastis in Greek), which was named after her. Originally she was seen as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt, and therefore her image was a fierce lion. Her name means (female) devourer. She was originally a goddess of the sun, but later changed by the Greeks to a goddess of the moon. In Greek mythology, Bast is also known as Aelurus.

In later times Bast became the goddess of perfumes and had the title perfumed protector. In connection with this, when Anubis became the god of embalming, Bast, as goddess of ointment, and she was regarded as his mother, until Anubis became Nephthys’ son.

This gentler characteristic, of Bast as goddess of perfumes, and Lower Egypt’s loss in the wars between Upper and Lower Egypt meant that in the Middle Kingdom of Egypt she was seen as a domestic cat and not any more as a lionness. Because domestic cats tend to be tender and protective toward their offspring, Bast was also regarded as a good mother, and she was sometimes shown with kittens. Therefore a woman who wanted children sometimes wore an amulet showing the goddess with kittens, the number of which showed how many children she wanted to have.

Bastet was the most honored feline deity in Ancient Egypt. The cult of Bastet started around the town of Bubastis, located in the Eastern Delta in Lower Egypt (around 3,200 B.C.), and was an important town from the Old Kingdom through the Late Period. During early Egyptian times the city was called Per-Bast which translates into “the domain of Bast”. Later the city was called Bubastis. Today it is called Tell Basta. Other cities where Bastet was worshipped were for example: Memphis (during the Old Kingdom) where she was associated with Sekhmet, Heliopolis (during the Old Kingdom) where she was called the “Daughter of Tem” (connected to Tefnut), in a city called “Hill of Bast”, in the precinct of Mut in Thebes (during New Kingdom) when connected to Mut, and in the city of Nit (during late period). Festivals celebrating Bastet were held in the cities of Bubastis, Memphis (Luxor), Thebes and Esna.

Elaborate festivals of Bastet were called: “Procession of Bastet”, “Bastet protects the two lands”, “Bastet goes forth from Per-Bast” (her city), “Bastet appears before Ra” and the “Festival of Hathor and Bastet”. Her main festivals were celebrated in April and May in Bubastis. Her festivals were some of the most popular in Egypt, because of all the music, dancing and wine. Over 700,000 people came from all over Egypt, often in boats, sailing along the Nile. Men and women sailed together. During their journey they would sing, clap their hands, the women would shake their rattles, the men would play their flutes. Each time when they sailed past people or towns along the Nile, everybody would start singing, cheering and clapping together.

In Bubastis the festival began by making sacrifices to Bastet. The Temple of Bast stood in the town center, so one could see it from everywhere. It stood on raised ground. The outside wall of the temple was decorated with pictures of animals. Inside the temple was a courtyard, planted with a grove of trees surrounding her shrine. Worshippers came from all over Egypt, leaving offerings, bronze statues, amulets and mummified cats in her temple. Thousands of those cats were later found in underground crypts where her temple once stood.

During the days of celebration, the Egyptians spent many days making music, dancing and being joyful. Worshippers went to her temple playing instruments, beating drums, shaking tambourines, carrying sistras (sacred rattles), singing and dancing through the streets. “One aspect of the festival, however, was quite moving, and came on the last night. In a town of silence, a town of darkness, a single light would be lit inside the Temple of Bast. And from there the light would spread through the town, carried by devotees; and prayers would rise into the night, accompanied by music and incense.” Bastet, the goddess of cats, was important. She had temples where she was worshiped. The Egyptians people would give sacrifices to her like spice,water,wine milk,bread and meat. She also would be given gold, diamonds, silver, perfumes and other riches. The people of Egypt would also dance and sing to her because she was also the goddess of dancing and singing. They also feasted in her temple to show that she was important.

Bast and Her Family Unit

Bastet’s father was Ra, the God of the Sun and All Creation. Hathor, the cow-headed god, was a daughter of Ra too. She had two sons named, Konshu, the God of the Moon, and Maahes, a lion-headed God of War. Bastet did not have a mother because Ra, as creator deity, was called “The Great He-She”. Her husband was Ptah, the god of God of Craftsmen, Rebirth and Creation. When associated with Isis, she could be called the “Soul of Isis”. Some texts referred to Bastet and Sekhmet as being linked in a relationship as “Twins”, “Balance of Good (Bastet) and Evil (Sekhmet)”, “Sister-Sister”, “Mother-Daughter”, “Aunt-Niece” or “Big Bad Lioness-Nice Kitty”. Neither are correct, because they are not really related like family. What is true is that Sekhmet, Bastet and dozens of other goddesses were considered to be an “Eye-of-Ra”. Bastet and Sekhmet were paired, but not as opposite personalities of Bastet. They were paired geographically. The main place of Bastet’s worship was in Lower Egypt, while Sekhmet was worshipped in Upper Egypt. They traditionally called Bastet a “She of the North” and Sekhmet a “She of the South”. Sometimes they were also called “Lady of the East” ( Bastet as Protectress of the Eastern Delta ) and “Lady of the West” ( Sekhmet as Protectress of the Western Delta ). It is true that Bastet had parts of Sekhmet in her personality.



Simple English Wikipedia



FACING BIRTH SPELL        Materials needed:

–Cast off Fur from a Female Cat–A Small cloth bag Statue or picture of Kitten
–Also one of Bast Incense of Jasmine or Wisteria

        Timing: Whenever necessary preferably before birth pains start.
Set up a little altar or sacred space in a place where it can be left until the birth is completed.
Arrange the statues in the center at the rear of this space.
Light the Incense and say:
Gentle Bast hold me in your loving hands
        Let the birth of the coming child be easy
        Keep all fear and negativity far from me
        Be at my side as the child enters the world
        Place my trust in you Bast
Gently brush the cast off fur against your cheeks, thinking of Bast’s love and goodness.
Put the fur into the bag and leave it by the statue on the altar. Leave it there until the birth is over.
Whenever you feel or dread of the coming birth, open the little bag and breathe you fears gently into it.

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Calendar of the Sun for November 29th

Calendar of the Sun

29 Blutmonath

Sekhmet’s Day

Color: Red
Element: Fire
Altar: Upon a red cloth set two torches, the figure of a lioness, and a clay pitcher of beer mixed with red fruit juice.
Offerings: Meat. Blood. Wrestle with the Beast Within.
Daily Meal: Beer. Meat from a hoofed animal. Barley.

Invocation to Sekhmet

Long, long ago, Ra Lord of the Sun
Was wroth with the people of the earth,
For their disrespect and their carelessness,
And his anger was so great
That he called forth into existence
The lioness goddess Sekhmet
As a manifestation of his wrath,
And he set her upon the people,
Intending her to eat a few of them
And teach them all a lesson.
And Sekhmet leaped upon them,
But she did not stop her destruction,
And after three days she had killed so many
That Ra begged her to stop, regretting his error,
But she refused, saying that there would be no end
To her appetite for blood and death.
So Ra had beer dyed red as blood, and spread it
Over the field of carnage, and she drank,
And fell asleep, and was enspelled.
And so we hail Sekhmet, for within each of us
Is the beast of wrath whom we must propitiate,
And never let run wild, lest it slay
All that we hold dear. Hail Sekhmet!
(All respond: “Hail Sekhmet!” )
Be merciful to us, we who cower
In your shadow, and feel your footprints within us.
(All respond: “Have mercy upon us!”
And may your hunting be plentiful,
And all your days bright with sun.
(All respond: “Hail Queen of the Desert Sun!” Then the red beer is poured as a libation, and the torches are carried outside, where they are left to burn out.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Your Ancient Symbol Card for November 21 is the Beacon

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Beacon

The Beacon symbolizes both guidance to safe harbors and a warning of dangerous waters. The Beacon is represented by a lighthouse atop jagged rocks with its powerful light cutting a path that leads to an adjacent entrance to a calm harbor on a stormy night. The Beacon suggest that if you look for it, there is a general path for you to follow to reach a place of peace and harmony. However,  The Beacon itself sets upon rough ground, so you must still step carefully as you follow it to quiet waters.

As a daily card, The Beacon provides guidance away from conflict. It implies that the path to resolving differences is marked and visible to any who look for it. The Beacon also warns that while there is a way to quell strife, you still must move carefully towards a solution.

Mastering the Element Earth

Mastering The Element Earth….

1- Make a list of things which have the combined qualities of dryness and coolness. However, don’t to this just out of your head. Rather, make a list of
Earth things that you see each day. Practice this for one week. Be sure to record the results each day in your magickal diary.

2- Find a place filled with nature, such as a field or park. Wear as little clothing as you can (if possible, nudity is best), and sit or lie on the ground so that as much of your skin as possible is touching the ground. This is especially easy for women, as they can simply wear a flowing skirt with no underwear and sit on the ground with the skirt spread out. Spend some time contemplating, feeling the coolness and dryness of the Earth. You should do this at least three times within a week.

3- Spend a period of up to three minutes (no more), once a day, imagining that
you are the element Earth. Feel the heaviness, the slowness, the coolness and
dryness of Earth. Feel the way you can absorb the pains and problems of the world (however, do not actually do so). Become Earth. Do this exercise for at
least a week before moving to the next exercise.

4- Once you have leaned to “be Earth”, the next step is to control the element
Earth. Bring the feeling from the previous exercise into your consciousness.
Next, hold your hands 9-12 inches apart, palms facing each other. Imagine a
bottle or box between your hands. Now, as you exhale, visualize all of the Earth
element which is in you going out with your breath and into the container
between your hands. Three to five breaths should be enough to fill it. Then,
with three breaths, inhale it back into you and go back to normal consciousness.

The next time you feel lightheaded, overweight, just heavy and lethargic, do
this exercise. If you feel lighter and better, you have succeeded, with the test
AND with mastering the element Earth.