A monument to The Great Blak Mamma of Creation in feline form,
particularly as Hathor. Hathor apparently has more representations
than any other Kamite deity. And no wonder, for She is one of
the oldest forms of Creation's Great Blak Mamma. European
writers nearly always give the impression these different representations
are separate independent goddesses. Not true. They are attributes
of One Great Ageless Ancient Goddess, "The Great Black Mother."
Hathor's many forms included the Sycamore Tree of Life,
Celestial Cow from whose Udder flowed the Milky
Way, Bovine Woman, Serpent, "The
Great Menat", Papyrus, Lotus and a
variety of WildCats. Cats were Kamit's most sacred animals. Cats were so
sacred in Kamit, that any person who killed one was condemned
to death. Feline forms represented only royalty. Indeed, the
concept of royalty and the word royalty itself are derived from
the Sun, imaged as feminine Ra-t (Sungoddess) and masculine Ra
(Sungod). Hathor was sometimes called the "Eye of Ra."
Cats are the most regal acting, dignified behaving, marvelously
snooty animals on Earth. Kamites associated the cat with the
Moon, a most adored symbol of the Great Mamma as the Queen of
Heaven. The Cat was sacred to Ast (Isis), carved on Her holy
sistrum. The "Sphinx" was identified
with Hathor, Afrakan prototype of the Goddess of Love
called Aphrodite by the Greeks and Venus by
Regarding Hathor, Wallis Budge wrote: "She
was, in fact, the great mother of the world, and the old, cosmic
Hathor was the personification of the great power of nature which
was perpetually conceiving, and creating, and bringing forth,
and rearing, and maintaining all things, both great and small.
She was the "mother of her father, and the daughter of her
son," and heaven, earth and the Underworld were under her
rule, and she was the mother of every god and every goddess."
with cow-ears and Menat hair
as The Great Celestial Cow Goddess of ancient Egypt. From Her udders
flow the MilkyWay....and the Nile Inundation, hence her connection
with Sevak (Sirius, Dog Star). The Cow Goddess is also an image
of Mehat-Weret, meaning ''The Great Flood.'' Mehat-Weret
represents the waterways in the heavens.
Other feline identities
of Great Mamma included:
- Bast: Personification
of the Soul of Ast (Isis). (Bast = Ba-Ast or soul [Ba] of Ast?
Soul is from SOLar. Leo is identified with Sol, the Sun). Worshipped
as the Soul of Ast in the Kamite city of Pa-Bast (Bubastis),
mentioned in the Bible as Pibesth (Ezekiel 30:17). Identified
with Mut. Represented the milder heat of the sun. Regarded a
personification of the Moon in dynastic times.
- Bast-Hathor: The
Sphinx-Lioness, symbolizing the Destroyer.
- Sekhet: The
Great Mamma in Her solar form. Personified the fiery energy of
Nature and the burning, fiery heat of the sun, in contrast with
Bast. Represented the "spirit" of alcoholic fermentation.
Designated the "force or energy of the gods, astonisher
of mankind." Her name also means "bee." Goddess
of sweetness and pleasure, literally "Goddess of the Honeymoon."
[Kuhn LL, 253] Represented in certain Kamite texts as Ancestress
of Hue-manity. "Sekht, who was the ark personified, the
primitive bearer of gods and men." [BB1, 449] The words
CAT and SHOCK may be from Sekhet (seCAT, SHEKet).
Goddess of Sexual Passion, saluted in The Ritual as the Supreme
Being, The Only One. To Her, the eight gods offer words of adoration.
[AE 250, 698] These "eight" plus Herself are the Ennead
(Nine), source of the cat's legendary "nine" lives.
- Sekmet: "The
Powerful." The lion-headed huntress or "Sphinx"
who was Hathor's Destroyer aspect. Ruler of Fire and solar power,
with the head of a lioness and body of a woman. Sekmet was also
the Kamite name for planet Venus.