Shared article: Statues of ancient Egyptian lioness deity Sekhmet uncovered in Luxor

Shared from Ahram Online. Article written by  Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 3 Dec 2017

A collection of 27 fragmented statues of the lioness goddess Sekhmet has been uncovered during excavation work at the King Amenhotep III funerary temple at the Kom El-Hettan area on Luxor’s west bank.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the black-granite statues have a maximum height of about two metres. Some statues depict Sekhmet sitting on a throne, holding the symbol of life in her left hand, while others show her standing and holding a papyrus sceptre before her chest. The head of Sekhmet is crowned with a sun-disk, while a uraeus adorns her forehead.

The mission began excavation work in 1998, and about 287 statues of Sekhmet have been unearthed since then.

You can read the full article here: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/282656.aspx

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Two types of energy put into devotions – love and fear

Although logically I was aware of the concept of different energies in devotional practice I didn’t fully, truly understand it until I experienced it for myself.
In fear (of a situation) we project a desperate energy, and we pray because we need something – security, love, reassurance, a sign, healing, etc. In love we project a far more balanced and open energy, and we pray because we love – because we’re grateful, because we feel blessed, abundant, secure or supported.

There is an energy in devotion, and there are times when everyone needs some help or reassurance. When these moments come it can be easy to get caught up in the fear, but if we can learn to balance it with our love and respect for our Beloveds this can help us to stay better connected to Them in times of upheaval.

In fear we can ‘forget’ about our feelings towards our Deities because the panic is so centred around our own experience. If we can take some time to centre, and try to really feel that love for Them at the same time, it can help. We won’t be projecting so much desperation, helping us to have a more open-hearted, centred connection to our Beloveds even while we are afraid.

They always hear us, but with that love present to balance the fear it can allow for a better connection. It allows us to continue with devotional practice in a more heart-centred way while not pushing down or ignoring our own feelings or situation.

(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2017

One tip for devotional Polytheists – curiosity

If I could give one tip to devotional Polytheists it would be this: cultivate a sense of curiosity. Your Beloved Deities are multi-faceted Beings, so become curious about Them!
Read about Them, connect with Them, ask Them things, choose something about Their myths that interests/intrigues/baffles you and research the heck out of it.

It’s one of the best ways to get to know more about Them, to build a stronger connection, and shows that you honour, respect and love Them.
Be curious about your Beloveds!

(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2017

Is gratitude part of your practice?

It can be hard when we’re going through difficulties to remember to be grateful for what we do have in our lives, but it can make such a difference. When we are truly thankful for the small blessings in our lives it reminds us that the world is not ‘against’ us. It can be all too easy to forget the good when we’re caught up in the less-good.
This also applies to our practice as Polytheists. When things aren’t going so well do you still remember to thank the Gods for what is in your life? When that surprise gift/job/opportunity comes up do you remember to say, “thank you”?

Between March and up until mid-September time I was really struggling, but even in the darkest moments I was still able to find little things to be grateful for – and I don’t just mean in a superficial, ” I suppose I should be grateful/thankful for this” way. I mean on a truly grateful level. I mean on a level where you feel that thanks and gratitude in the depths of your heart.
Sometimes it would literally just be, “thank you for this hot water bottle,” when I was in pain. In moments when I felt lost or didn’t know what on earth was going on with my life I found myself repeatedly saying to my Beloveds, “thank you for being there, thank you for watching over me.” Even when my fears blocked Them out I knew They were still there, and I was (and am) truly, deeply grateful for that.

But the one that came up time and time again was perhaps the most simple, and yet maybe the most powerful: “thank you for existing, and thank you for letting me know You exist.” I felt (and feel) this from the depths of my heart, and not only in darker times but also moments of happiness, joy and excitement.

Do you remember to thank your Beloved Deities even when it’s not a ‘big’ thing? Do you remember to thank Them for all the little things that happen or come into your life? Do you remember to thank Them for being a part of your life? And, most importantly, do you thank Them just for Being?

Gratitude doesn’t cost anything, and if expressed in a genuine and heartfelt manner it becomes a gift and an offering in itself.

Loki’s path: the grey-zone, balance and becoming

Loki is master of the grey-zone. In the Norse myths He walks a fine line between helping and betrayal. For the most part He’s the Retriever, the Gift Giver, the genial Companion. But He is also the One Who arranged Balder’s death (if you go solely by the Eddas – in Gesta Danorum it’s purely Hoder), the One Who understands that all cycles must come to an end in order for new growth and life to begin. In order for Change to be brought about sometimes we have to learn to let go.

Loki is behind every decision for growth that involves radical change and letting go.
In both the metaphysical and literal sense, some things we know and love become what keeps us from stepping into a more transformative phase of growth. To move onto the next stage we have to learn to walk without them.

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New Etsy listings – Sekhmet, Horus and Khepera

I thought it was about time I finally started finding new homes for the Deity statues I’ve amassed over the past few years. I can’t stand seeing Deities unloved and homeless so I have rather a hoard now! I have lots more to list and can only manage to photograph a few at a time, but you can expect to see plenty more in the coming months.
Part of the idea behind the Etsy shop was to become more financially independent by doing something I love, and I hope to better realise this as I move forward. Another reason is that it can be quite hard to find good quality Egyptian statues in the UK, so in some small way I hope to make them more available, thus honouring my Beloved Deities by sending Them forth into peoples’ homes.

For now, due to the breakable nature, weight and subsequently high postage cost of the statues, the majority will be available to UK buyers only. Some of the smaller items I have yet to list may be made available to those outside the UK.

I will still be making prayer strands, which will be available to buyers outside the UK. I haven’t got any to list yet but now my wellbeing is starting to improve I hope to get back to my beads soon.

Anyway, here are the four preloved Deities currently available from my Etsy shop and looking for Their new homes:

Tall Sekhmet statue (28cm) – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/553482180/large-egyptian-goddess-sekhmet-black

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Quote on light and the darkness by Emma Restall Orr

I came across this quote last night and thought it would be appropriate to share in time for Samhain. As we learn to embrace the nights drawing in we learn also to embrace the dark within, the cycle of decay associated with the coming of winter, and the things we have to release or let go of as cycles in our own lives come to their conclusion.

Access to light, day and night, is now considered by most a human right.
To the Pagan, that is ludicrous. More consciously aware of the power of light, and all that it allows, darkness is a profoundly potent word. It speaks of all that is hard to understand within nature, the infinite space of the universe, the energy of the night, of winter, of death, of decay and entropy. There are here no connotations of negativity; darkness is that which necessarily balances and embraces light. It contains those aspects of nature that are not known or not knowable, the void and the density, the mysteries beyond current comprehension. The word expresses all that could happen; in the poetry of Paganism, it is the cauldron of potential, the womb of rebirth, the rich mud in which the seed germinates.

– Emma Restall Orr, Living With Honour: A Pagan Ethics, ch. 2

Friday Finds : Hella items Samhain special

I’m resurrecting Friday Finds, since I haven’t done one for a while. Here are some of my favourite Hella items available on Etsy at the moment:

Hella statue

Hella Statue by L’Artefatto Esoterica (Italy) – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/263238198/hel-hela-goddess-s-statuette

Hella statue 2

by PantheonSkulptur (Sweden) – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/523462209/hel-handmade-gilded-statue-steel-finish  –  I personally can attest to the quality of these – I have a gold Hella from PantheonSkulptur

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