June, 2010

Merry Meet and Welcome to the June Issue of PaganPages

June, 2010

In this Issue:

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A_Ghost_Hunter__s_Field_Guide_by_rwolfbaldassarro

A great new book by R. Wolf Baldassarro

leopardheart

Aphrodisiacs for your senses

Blessings on Our Expecting Mommies

blessingway

June Correspondences

June, 2010

The sixth month of the Gregorian Calender, June is the first month of summer. June derives it’s name from the Roman Goddess Juno. Her Greek counterpart is Hera.

The traditional birthstone amulets of June are alexandrite, moonstone, and pearl; and the rose is the month’s traditional flower.

June is shared by the astrological signs of Gemini the Twins and Cancer the Crab, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Juno, and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

During the month of June, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Summer Solstice, one of the four Lesser Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world.

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Cancer.

Nature Spirits: Sylphs, zephyrs.

Herbs: Skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses.

Colors: Orange, Golden-Green.

Flowers: Lavender, orchid, yarrow.

Scents: Lily of the valley, lavender.

Stones: Topaz, agate, alexandrite, flourite, moonstone, pearl.

Trees: Oak.

Animals: Monkey, butterfly, frog, toad.

Birds: Wren, peacock.

Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Bendis, Cerridwen, Green Man, Ishtar, Isis, Juno, Neith, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

ZAP!

June, 2010

Energy is what gets things done.  We use energy to make changes whether we’re talking about magic or the mundane.  If you’ve taken a bunch of science classes or just watched Star Trek, you’ve heard a lot about energy… all kinds of energy.  So, since you’ve used it, and heard about it, and a good deal of the conversations you’ve had with your fellow magic workers has been about energy, tell me:  WHAT IS ENERGY?

Physics is basically the study of energy.  You learn about how to measure the various kinds of energy, what they do, what to call them, how to manipulate them, even how to generate them.  And one of the basic principles of science is that you can neither create nor destroy energy.

Wait a second, if you can’t create and you can’t destroy energy, how can you generate it?  Let’s look at an electrical generator and see what’s going on:

Most electricity is generated by moving a magnet around and around until it produces this electricity stuff – pretty simple, actually.  But, you see, there’s the rub.  Moving something requires energy.  Not electrical energy, movement of objects is known as kinetic energy.  And then there’s that magnet thingy; magnetism is a kind of energy too.  So we’ve got two sorts of energy involved in generating electrical energy.

Hmmm.

Okay, let’s look at how we use electrical energy.  Take the light bulb for instance.  The electricity goes in at the base of the bulb and we get light.  Light isn’t electrical energy.  And we get heat.  Heat isn’t electrical energy either.  And, remember that magnet we used to generate the electricity?  You can use electricity to make a magnetic field too.

All these different kinds of energy seem to be related, don’t they?  Well, big surprise, they are.  They all represent the same activity when you get right down to it: change.  All the various ways we name the various forms of energy are nothing more than convenient ways to talk about how we use energy… how we make changes.  We don’t really make energy; we only use it in selective ways.

Well now, you’ve now received your required lesson in physics.  How about METAphysics?  What’s different about magical energy when compared to mundane energy?

Not a bloody thing.

We can’t create magical energy any more than we can create mundane energy.  The same goes for its destruction.  All we can do is harness it (using some kind of energy) and transform it (using maybe another kind of energy).  And we can direct it (another thing that requires energy) and we can make it do all sorts of other tricks.  Once again, what we call it is almost the least important part about it.

Without getting technical, energy really is ONE THING: change.  If you want to generate energy—magical or mundane – all you have to do is find a way for two things to have some kind of relationship.

This is where it gets to be fun.

One of the basic premises of every magical system is a simple idea: everything is connected.  Are you beginning to see the possibilities?

If everything is connected, then you can get energy out of any two things in the universe!  But, before you try to get atomic fission from your two goldfish, let me explain that some types of energy are easier to produce from two goldfish than other types of energy.  That’s just the way the world is, so try not to fight it too much, okay?

Most magical training involves learning how some kinds of energy are produced more easily from certain relationships than other kinds.  But, if you only have two goldfish, maybe you should start small and build on your successes.

Let’s say you want to generate a lot of heat and all you’ve got to work with is two goldfish.

Rubbing two goldfish together might generate friction and friction can turn into heat.  But I think the goldfish might not be able to generate that much heat before they expire and, besides, rubbing them together might be considered somewhat cruel, especially by the goldfish.  And remember: everything’s connected and when you do something cruel to one thing it’s likely to bring cruelty down on you.  So let’s think of another way, okay?

Why not put a little energy into selling the goldfish?  Maybe you bought them for five dollars each.  Surely you can think of some way to fancy them up in the minds of potential buyers and sell them for eight dollars each.  It might take some doing, but it’s not impossible, is it?

When you sell them, send them off with a tearful farewell and count your sixteen dollars with great glee.  Because sixteen bucks can get you a young tarantula!  Now, you might not want a tarantula, but somebody does and those critters can live off of your bug infested back yard trimmings easily enough.  That’ll make it grow bigger.

Big enough to be sold for thirty dollars.  In the mean time, you can entertain your friends by claiming that your tarantula is really the product of two goldfish.  That ought to make your friends scratch their heads a little.

Congratulations, you now have thirty dollars and you’ve gotten rid of that creepy spider.  And thirty dollars can buy you six goldfish!  Which then you can sell for forty-eight bucks.  With forty-eight bucks, you can go down to the hardware store and buy a small catalytic heater.

Plug it in (to the electrical outlet) and voile! you can now generate a lot of heat.

Well, okay, maybe there are easier ways to generate a lot of heat.  Two goldfish might not be the best mechanism to do it.  But… if that’s all you’ve got, then go for it.

Take note that, beside the somewhat bazaar connections (but everything is connected!) and the bits of energy (advertising, trading, feeding, plugging in the heater, etc.) used along the way, the biggest use of energy was your mind.  A lot of magic is like that.  Magic takes a lot of mental energy.

But then, so did the first electrical generator.

For those of you who may be beginning your journeys into the world of magic, just remember that your mind, your ability to imagine and figure things out, is the greatest repository of magical energy ever produced.

Airmid’s Cauldron

June, 2010

herbal remedies have been around for generations, many of which have been altered into not only prescription but over the counter medications as well. That being said, here is yet another herbal remedy that has not been changed for as long as I can remember.

herbal Remedy Oil – for Rashes & Skin Infections

1 ½ Quarts Olive Oil

1 Oz Usnea

1 Oz Acacia

1 ½ Oz Echinacea root

1 Oz Aloe, dried or 2 Oz fresh

1 ½ Oz Sage

1o gel caps vitamin E oil

Grind all herbs as fine as possible. Place herbs and oils in a glass or stainless steel pot. Hear mixture overnight in oven on low or in a covered crock pot on low for seven days. Remove from heat and allow cooling. Press oil mixture thru a cheese cloth to extract oil; store oil in a sealed glass container out of direct sunlight. No need to Refrigerate, but last longer if you do.

In next month’s installment we will be looking at healthy asparagus soup Yum…

Synchronicity

June, 2010

There is beauty in Synchronicity.

A beauty and a wonder, but it is fading fast.

As the human population disagrees on the existence and/or effects of global warming, fragile relationships are disintegrating. It is not enough that global warming is affecting relationships

of creatures, human interference between these relationships has also caused much burden.

While humans argue disintegration continues.

One creature that has existed for millions of years is the horseshoe crab.

Not much thought has been given to this ancient creature.

The horseshoe crab is in decline and one place it is truly being felt is the Delaware Bay.

This simple little creature has been harvested without regulation, without thought, for its meat for bait. This little blue blooded creature also captured human attention for its medicinal qualities of its blood. Bleeding as much as a 1/3 of this creature’s blood, not all survive.

Female horseshoe crabs reach maturity at around nine to ten years of age.

At which point they come to shore to spawn and lay their eggs in the sand.

Enter another creature, the Red Knot Rufa.

This little bird migrates over 9,000 miles to breed.

The journey begins from Tierra del Fuego in Chile and Argentina and ends in the Canadian Arctic regions. During this journey the Red Knot will often fly without stopping for many days and nights.

In this small creatures lifetime it travels the equivalent to the moon and back.

In its final stop in Delaware Bay before flying on to the Arctic, it eats the horseshoe crab eggs.

This is critical for the bird. If it does not have enough fat reserves it will not make the journey and therefore it will perish.

It is a story of delicate Synchronicity with the full moon and seasons.

But this relationship is in trouble. With the decline of the horseshoe crab and their eggs, there is a decline in Red Knots.

Scientists were not aware of this relationship between the horseshoe crab and the Red Knot until a decline in Red Knot populations was discovered. Consequently, a decline in horseshoe crabs was also found.

Pagans and Earth based religions are aware of the intricate connections of life. Over fishing, constant harvesting has an effect all across this planet.

A delicate woven web with broken strands will eventually collapse and the beauty of Synchronicity will be forever gone.

Sadly, relationships like the Red Knot and the horseshoe crab are disintegrating all over the planet whether humans have acknowledged it or not.

The realities of disintegration are not always news worthy often disputed and cast aside for political and social ideologies. No matter how unpleasant these findings are we must acknowledge them. It is crucial not only for these creatures existence, but for our very own.

Compassion must take precedence over ideologies.

Mother Earth is sending us a message and we must listen.

What can we do?

If we are to call ourselves nature lovers then we must take action. It is not enough

to don a cape and wave a wand (though it does not hurt) we must fight for the existence of all creatures.

We must give them a voice.

Volunteer; donate to organizations that are working hard to save endangered species.

Not only are you working towards saving endangered species, you are saving yourself and saving humanity.

We are all connected; each of us can mend a strand. Each of us can make a difference.

It will not be easy, so much damage has been done it can be overwhelming.

If we can find the time to come together for a circle we can come together to save a little bird and a horseshoe crab.

Think of it as one giant circle, cast in love for love.

We owe it to this place we call home.

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeu3rwf/index.html

http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/horseshoecrab/Volunteer/index.html

Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

June, 2010

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Well, first we need to understand what the word “bad” and “good” mean to humanity. Bad is defined as unfavorable, disagreeable, unpleasant, harmful, unhealthy, diseased and evil. Good being the opposite of bad is defined as favorable, agreeable, pleasant, honorable, loyal, wholesome and benevolent. Things we label as bad evoke negative emotions from us. They make us feel hurt, angry, disappointed, irritated, depressed. And good things evoke positive emotions such as happy, joyful, cheerful, wonderful, pleased and blissful. What we need to understand is that these are labels that we have placed on circumstances, people and situations we encounter in our lives. The Universe does not label things in such a way.

Now Christianity will tell you that we shouldn’t try to comprehend God’s plan. Our brains were created with the rest of our bodies by God therefore, we can only use them to the extent that He allows and to try to question his motives is truly presumptuous on our part. The Christian beliefs remind us that just by being human we are tainted by sin and are consequently not innocent. There are no good people. We are all bad and should not expect to be excused from the wrath of God. We all deserve to be thrown in hell for eternity. We are here only because God is merciful and gracious. And any suffering we endure here on earth is pale in comparison to the misery we would experience in hell.

Judaism tells us that bad things happen for a variety of reasons: discipline, punishment, being made an example for others so that they might change their ways, by personal or cultural history which brings about the circumstance, by choice or by removing oneself so far from God that the individual is no longer under His protection or guidance.

I discovered that some religions believe that bad things happen to everyone, good and bad people, for no reason at all. There is no meaning behind it. It just happens – like excrement. God didn’t make it happen. The individual that it happens to didn’t make it happen. The Devil didn’t make it happen. So there is no answering the question of why it happens. However, if you so choose you could assign a reason – if that makes you feel better and gives you motivation to endure through the bad.

There was a web site that I stumbled upon that informed me that I really didn’t want an answer to this question because if I had the answer then it would be easy to rationalize all human tragedy. I would become callous towards it and “tolerate others pain because I could neatly explain it away”. It tried to convince me that I should take my anger at the injustice and use that for a force for good. I should channel this outrage and “combat the pain in the world with goodness” to alleviate any suffering I witnessed. I disagree with this concept. Negative energies attract more of the like and just because I understand why bad things happen to good people doesn’t make me indifferent to their suffering. Just because I comprehend how to alleviate the pain others experience does not mean I am callous. In fact, the answer encourages me to help others help themselves. Understanding the why has even brought me closer to The Divine because I understand that s/he isn’t about punishment or judgment or pain and suffering. Yes, all those things originate from the Creator just as all things are the Creator however I understand that Source is love.

So, why do bad things happen to good people? The answer is simple. Bad things happen to good people because they made it so. They created it. It wasn’t a judgmental God who brought it down upon them. It wasn’t a disciplinary action or punishment for something they did or didn’t do. It wasn’t a chance occurrence. It happened because that individual manifested it. They are responsible for the bad thing. Difficult to believe, I realize that. You’re probably asking yourself, “Why would a good person want, for example, to be hit by a car? Or be diagnosed with cancer or any other disease or illness?” Well, notice I said that the individual manifested the bad thing not that they wanted it but that they created it. Most times individuals manifest things in their lives unknowingly. They create by default. They attract people, things and circumstances that they are thinking about and have strong feelings about. This means that an individual could most certainly manifest things in his/her life that he/she does not want or ever would want.

Let me illustrate this with a common example that I encounter frequently when doing Tarot Readings for people. A woman is interested about her love life. She wants a relationship with a good guy and she believes that she’s being positive about it and is open to a new relationship.

I’m out there and meeting guys. I just want a nice guy!” my client will say to me.

But if you truly listen to what it is she is feeling. You will hear. “I am out there and dating but I catch all the jerks. I guess that’s what I’m bound to get – a jerk. Or be alone for the rest of my life! All the good guys are taken!

And because her words and her feelings don’t match up she attracts that which is stronger – her emotions. Because of this she will manifest either jerks or no one at all.

If you worry about being assaulted, getting in an automobile accident, falling ill, losing your job, not having enough money … you will by The Law of Attraction, manifest them into your life experience. Spending energy thinking about scenarios and circumstances you don’t want will attract that same energy vibration – the one that matches your thoughts and feelings. So if you are worried about the safety of your home and someone else is planning a robbery – these two energies could attract each other. Manifesting in your life that which you do not want.

Now this doesn’t mean that because you understand why bad things happen to good people you cannot have compassion for those who deal with negative or uncomfortable situations. You are allowed to feel compassion, sympathy and empathy. What you do not want to do is to allow yourself to begin to dwell on the fact that it could be or may be you. Because if you do that then bad things may begin to happen to you.

Rites and Rituals

June, 2010

The Summer Solstice

The morning feels still, the air holds a gentle warmth from yesterday, as dawn kisses the new day with first light. I stand facing the East. My wand is in my left hand, my blade held in the right and I await the new day’s breath. For me, there is a special magick within that initial cool breeze that descends the moment the Earth’s star crosses dawn’s horizon. I open myself with eyes closed, my arms outstretched. I allow the first breeze to pass through me. I can feel it touch my spirit, filling me with a contented peace that emerges, as a smile appears upon my face. I slowly open my eyes to the Sun, now shining brightly yellow, slowly rising over Mt Hood and reflecting its fire off the snow capped summit. I sit down beside the river. I notice its rush down to join the mighty Columbia is seemingly less urgent and I watch a kingfisher decide which branch makes the better fishing spot. The morning grows stronger, filling in the last few places the remnants of night hid within, chasing all but the eldest tree’s shadows away.  I turn my thoughts to this day. The movement of energy is much more subtle now. The struggles of Spring have faded into memory and the great Wheel finally turns with measured consistency. Nature has for a while known its purpose and all within Her realm are clearly focused on fulfilling their destinies. The days are at hand for reflecting on all that has been endured and discovered through Winter’s hold. The warm magickal nights have arrived for celebrating all that has been envisioned and embraced through Spring’s dance. These are the precious few months, enchanted with the ability to dismiss the passage of time and summon forth the youthful innocence of every spirit. As a pagan man, I can not help but smile again and feel a sense of pride, for this is the day I believe encompasses all that I strive to be. I can feel the Sun shining down upon me, not hot, but wonderfully warming my skin and lulling me into a dream. I let myself fall and welcome the visions that begin to take me on a journey. The Goddess is sitting next to a small brook running through a meadow. I don’t see the God, the Horned Lord of the Forest anywhere, so I peer deeper into the surrounding woods. He is standing alone on a rock ledge, overlooking the woods below, looking up at the Sun. He appears deep in thought, very still and quiet as he just breathes beneath the Sun. I find myself mimicking His actions as I stand, yet remain within my dream. I breathe and further embrace the moment, letting the river’s song completely wash over me. It is then that I begin to hear Him softly speak of this exact moment upon the Wheel and what lies within His spirit. I see Him look back over all that has been accomplished in his youth and all that his energy has helped set into motion. I can feel him smile as He remembers the wonder and passion of his Goddesses’ charms. Then I hear Him whisper softly of that which he holds sacred within his spirit. From the unconditional connection he keeps alive between himself and the Earth, to the promised love he shares with the Goddess, he proudly recognizes his true purpose. And now as he stands in the moment, completing the turn from youth to father he wonders how can it be possible to cherish so fleeting a thing as youth. A smile grows anew over his face as he realizes the secret. Then with all the magick, passion and love he can summon, he casts out upon Summer, the illusion of endless days and nights. A brief respite within the turning of the Wheel, before the Fall’s harvest demands our attention and the darkness grows into Winter, where we can seemingly laugh and celebrate our lives, endlessly.  It is in that exact instant though, that I see Him ever so slightly change and recognize that He indeed can not out run the Wheel. There is a balance with all things, a cost to all actions, and in this instance the price of suspending time’s passage is his own demise after the harvest. I watch him make his way off the ledge and down to where the Goddess still sits. When they begin to speak to each other I pull myself out of the dream but not before I hear Her say how long this morning feels and that this day will last forever.

I return to the present, the Sun is nearly overhead and I feel that now is the perfect moment to mark my wand. I take the magnifying glass from my pack and use it to light an offering of sage. Then with a steady hand I focus the Sun’s fire upon my wand and burn another ring around it to mark the year traveled. As I begin to make my way back to my house my thoughts turn to celebrating.  With my wife and our friends we will feast and drink all day and late into the night, cherishing our lives, our world and the magick of Summer.

WiseWoman Traditions

June, 2010

Menopause is Enlightenment

The energy aspects of menopause are of special interest to me. As a long-time student of yoga, I was struck by the many similarities between menopausal symptoms and the well-known esoteric goal of “awakening of the kundalini.” Though the ideas presented in this section may seem strange or difficult to comprehend, they contain powerful messages about menopause which lie at the heart of the Wise Woman approach.

“Kundalini [is] the root [of] all spiritual experiences …”1 Kundalini is a special kind of energy known in many cultures, including Tibetan, Indian, Sumerian, Chinese, Irish, Aztec, and Greek. Kundalini is said to be hot, fast, powerful, and large. It exists within the earth, within all life, and within each person. Psychoanalyst Carl G. Jung called kundalini anima. Kundalini is usually represented as a serpent coiled at the base of the spine, but women’s mystery stories locate it in the uterus – or the area where the uterus was, if a hysterectomy has occurred. During both puberty and menopause, a woman’s kundalini is difficult to control and may cause a great number of symptoms.

East Indian yogis spend lifetimes learning to activate, or wake up, their kundalini. This is also called “achieving enlightenment.” When they succeed, a surge of super-heated energy goes up the spine, throughout the nerves, dilating blood vessels, and fueling itself with hormones. As kundalini continues to travel up the spine, it changes the functioning of the endocrine, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. Not just in yogis, but in any woman who allows herself to become aware of it. Menopause is a kind of enlightenment. Hot flashes are kundalini training sessions.

To understand the awakening of kundalini during menopause, it is necessary to look at its effects on us throughout our lives. Before puberty, kundalini is primarily outside the body. As puberty commences, a two-valved energy “gate” (imaginary opening) in the “root chakra” opens, and kundalini circulates up from the earth and into the root chakra. This allows kundalini to build up in the uterus and pelvic tissues until it is released, usually during menstruation. As much as ten days before bleeding commences, the stored kundalini can intensify emotions and sensations, expose powerful feelings, trigger creative outpourings, and generate a house-cleaning frenzy. If pregnancy occurs, kundalini is retained for the duration of the pregnancy and is used in the act of birth.

At menopause, one “valve” of the gate closes. The open valve allows kundalini to enter; the closed one prevents it from leaving. Now kundalini, unable to return to earth, builds up in the pelvic tissues leading some women to say that menopause is PMS that never stops. If this intense energy collects in the uterus for too many weeks, cramps and flooding may accompany the delayed menses. If it sits in the pelvis for many years, it can dry out the vagina, erode the integrity of the hips, contribute to bladder weakness, and depress sexual desire.

But if the kundalini is guided (by thought or by hot flashes, for instance) up the spine, then it confers enlightenment, not incontinence. But not all at once. As the kundalini rises, it must pass through six more energy gates/chakras. At each gate, symptoms relating to the chakra may occur. As may shamanic abilities that could cause the menopausal woman (or her family and friends) to think that she is going crazy. She has never been more sane. “After kundalini awakes it becomes impossible to continue believing that external reality is the sole reality.”2 No wonder old women are honored and feared throughout the world!3 If the energy centers triggered by kundalini are resistant to being activated, symptoms may get worse instead of remising. Menstrual pain, bloating, indigestion, heart palpitations, thyroid malfunctions, headaches, and memory loss are all associated with resistance to the passage of kundalini.

When menopausal symptoms are understood as energy movement (or lack of it), women feel more at ease. Instead of feeling victimized by her body, the menopausal woman can use her symptoms as a way to pinpoint areas that need special nourishment. Quiet time alone in nature, or sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music allows thoughts and feelings to arise and opens the way for the flow of kundalini. Specific exercises, such as those offered by energy-worker Barbara Brennan4, can also be used to help ease into the increased energy flow. When at last kundalini moves freely up the spine and out the crown, symptoms subside, and overall energy increases.

Handling powerful kundalini energies is easier when the nervous system is strong. Nourishing herbs such as oatstraw infusion, tincture of motherwort, cronewort (mugwort) vinegar, and the many varieties of seaweed, are excellent green allies. Hatha yoga (physical exercise), pranayama (breath exercise), and tai chi (energy exercise) help too.

A Witch’s View

June, 2010

Do you often wonder what the rules are to being Pagan? The Pagan path gives you such freedom and flexibility to worship and connect with the Divine in a way that feels right to you. But it’s also comes with no guide book, no official buildings and no main deity.  You really are on your own – even if you belong to a group of like minded people there are no official rules.

I popped on over to dictionary.com and looked up the word ‘pagan’.  Here are the definitions:

one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.

a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.

an irreligious or hedonistic person.


Hmmm…interesting.  But no help whatsoever. When you think of the whole world then minus the said Christians, Jews and Muslims you’re still left with a whole bunch of Pagans.  And they’re all very different.  Pagans can be, by definition, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus and other people, you know, the ‘Pagan’ Pagans.

I often ponder on what exactly makes me a Pagan and witch. Just for the record it isn’t hedonism – having kids sort of makes that impossible!  But seriously, what is that vital spark or criteria which puts you firmly into the Pagan category?  What are you rules you follow?

When I have to break it down, these are my 4 rules to being a Pagan:

  • Finding the Divine everywhere and in everything
  • Reconnecting with the Divine feminine
  • Taking a step back from modern day life and looking towards our ancestors for guidance
  • Being tolerant and accepting of others


But those are my logical, left brain statements. When I connect with my heart I’m Pagan because it feels right and, as an added bonus, I love to make my own rules!

Gems of the Goddess

June, 2010

Sekhmet

sekhmet

Sekhmet is a powerful Egyptian Goddess.  There are some variations to the spelling of her name – Sachmet, Sakhet, Sekmet, Sakhmet, Sekhet and Nesert.  She is also known as Sacmis, which is a Greek name.   She was the sister and wife of Ptah.  Some places have her linked with the Goddess Hathor.
Sekhmet is a Warrior Goddess and her name means “The Mighty One”.  She was also known as (One) Before Whom Evil Trembles, the Mistress of Dread, the Lady of Slaughter and the Lady of the Flame.  Her head is depicted with a lioness’ head.
She was known as a Solar Goddess and you will see many of her statues, in addition to having the lion’s head, has a solar disc on the top.   Many see her as a Goddess of War and Destruction.  She is tasked with protecting the Pharaohs when they went into battle by shooting arrows.   Sekhmet could be vengeful and could destroy by sending plagues, disease and misery to people.  However, she could easily reverse the effects, which shows the balance between her ability to destruct and to heal.
Sekhmet is part of the story “The Destruction of Mankind.”  Re, a Sun God, created Sekhmet from the fire in his eye to stop people that were plotting against him and being disrespectful.  Sekhmet was always enthusiastic about her slaying job and, once she got a taste of vengeance, she did her job so well she almost eliminated humanity.   Re put a stop to it by getting Sekhmet drunk beer that was colored to look like blood.  She was so tipsy that she abandoned her plans to finish off humanity and they were saved.
To avoid her wrath again, there were daily rituals (every morning and afternoon) performed to Sekhmet every day of each year.  Many statues will built in her honor – over 700.
Sekhmet is identified with Bast (Bastet).  She is known to wear red while Bast wore green.  Sekhmet was considered the Goddesses of the West while Bast was considered Goddess of the East.   Both had the lioness heads.
Her symbols are the lioness, cobra and Urjat (the eye of Horus).   To work with her, let her help with getting rid of anger and dealing with vengeance for a situation but it’s important not to get carried away.  Handling a situation properly will help you see the lessons of the experience much clearer than deal with problems when you’re in a temper.  She helps to transform the anger – letting you be safe to express yourself but stopping you from getting consumed by the fire.
Connecting with Sekhmet is easy – use interactive ways to do so.  Take a shamanic journey or work on doing some interactive meditations.  She is there to help you heal from your demons while acknowledging and facing them.

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