Obviously, I hardly ever post here anymore. As of last week, I’m a Theravada Buddhist. Buddhism is what I began studying at the beginning of 2012 but took a detour into Sanatana Dharma and just pretty much took off from there. It was needed though – had to work on some things in my life and the detour helped greatly with that.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with this account as of yet. I’ll probably eventually close it. If I follow your blog, I’ll continue to follow it on my other account. I will not be opening another spiritual blog though. This blog will be closed the end of this month.
From the 3rd Millennium BCE, Bast was depicted as either a fierce lion or a woman with the head of a lion. During the 18th Century, Bast began to be depicted as a woman with the head of a cat. By the 22nd Dynasty, she became the quintessential Kemetic cat-Netjert with the domestic cat becoming her sacred animal in the Middle Kingdom.
“Later her image grew tamer: she became a cat carrying the sun, or a cat-headed woman who bore on her breastplate the lion of her former self.” – Patricia Monaghan
Most commonly depicted as a woman with the head of either a cat, lion, or large desert cat, she is often depicted holding the Ankh, Papyrus Wand or Was-scepter.
“Note that by “desert cat”, we do not mean the approachable domesticates as we now know them. This is the feral cat of the desert, a calculating hunter and survivalist that was far from the (relatively) sweet-tempered creature that stalks neighborhoods today.” – S. D. Cass
Bast is often depicted holding various emblems.
- Aegis – symbol of divine protection
- Ankh – represents the breath of life and Lower Kemet
- Was-scepter – signifies strength
- Sistrum – sacred rattle used to evoke and banish spirits
“While Bast is perhaps better known as a domesticate, Her representation as a lion or desert cat did not cease with the advent of Bast-as-a-housecat. Images of Bast as a lion-headed figure holding a was-scepter (from the Hall of Osorkon at Bubastis) or with a lion’s mane and holding the Eye of Ra can be found throughout Egyptian art from the Late Period on. Bast is even shown in one particular Late Period depiction wearing the Double Crown (the red and the white “nested” together) and suckling the Pharaoh — perhaps an allusion to Per-Bast (Bubastis)’s political rise during that period.” – S. D. Cass
- Bast, Carnaval. [Accessed: 2 August 2014]
- Cass, S. D. Bast: Depictions, per-Bast: The Domain of Bast, 1996-2010. [Accessed: 2 August 2014]
- Hill, Jenny. Ancient Egyptian Gods: Bast, Ancient Egypt Online, 2010. [Accessed: 3 August 2014]
- Monaghan, Patricia. The Book of Goddesses & Heroines, Llewellyn Publications, Minnesota, p. 49.
- Saunders, Chas. and Peter J. Allen, eds. BAST: Goddess of Protection from Egyptian Mythology, Godchecker/CID, 5 March 2013. [Accessed: 3 August 2014]
- The Gods of Ancient Egypt – Bast, Tour Egypt. [Accessed: 3 August 2014]
Posted in Deities, Studies
Tagged 18th Century, 22nd Dynasty, Aegis, Ankh, Bast, Bubastis, Charles Saunders, Desert Cat, Double Crown, Eye of Ra, Hall of Osorkon, Jenny Hill, Kemet, Lion, Lower Kemet, Middle Kingdom, Papyrus Wand, Patricia Monaghan, Per-Bast, Peter J. Allen, S. D. Cass, Sistrum, Was-Scepter
My family, we opened our gifts yesterday (which we do every year). So today I’m just going to relax. Whatever you celebrate, enjoy yourself.
The weekend before last, I had my first smudging experience. I normally do a spiritual cleaning of my altar room every few weeks, but I had never smudged before. I thought it would be something worth trying. Of course, I did research first and then bought the smudging supplies.
The smudging supplies were purchased from Incense Warehouse. I bought the 5 Directions Smudge Bundle Mini – 4″ (White Sage, Desert Sage, Cedar, Lavender and Copal), the Abalone Shell and the Wooden Abalone Tripod.
In the picture, the supplies are on my new divination table, which I bought a couple of weeks ago at a flea market for $16.00. I plan on covering the top of the divination table with either black or red cloth (haven’t decided which color).
FYI: I have come to a point in my spiritual journey where my altar room is private – off limits. I used to post pictures of my altars on my old blog but won’t be doing that anymore. Any pictures I post of items I buy/have bought for my spiritual room will be photos taken before they were consecrated.
Posted in Spiritual Practice
Tagged Abalone Shell, Cedar, Copal, Desert Sage, Divination Table, Flea Market, Incense Warehouse, Lavender, Smudging, Spiritual Cleaning, Spirituality, White Sage