An ancient Egyptian goddess, Sekhmet is often portrayed as a lioness, symbolizing her ferocity in battle. Sekhmet was one of the most important goddesses of Egypt and is often mentioned in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Sekhmet was also an important deity to the Greeks and Romans, who called her “the Eye of Ra”. Learn more about this intriguing goddess with these 10 facts!
The name Sekhmet Goddess means “Powerful One”
Sekhmet was the ancient Egyptian goddess of healing, magic, and war. Sekhmet is a member of the Heliopolitan Ennead of gods, as well as a member of the Osirian Triad. Sekhmet Goddess was the daughter of Ra, the sun god, and was believed to have taken the form of a lioness. Sekhmet Goddess is depicted in art as having an extremely potent voice and could use spells to heal humans or animals as well as manipulate the weather. Her chief worship shrine was on the island of Kebara in the Delta. The Sekhmet Goddess was everywhere, from the sky to the land. Sekhmet even had a cult temple of her own in Thebes. Sekhmet Goddess stars were Ptolos (the Greek god of healing) and Hemera (the Egyptian goddess of the dead). These were especially close together in the sky, and the two would often align for Ra to speak with the dead. Sekhmet was seen as both a protector and a destructive force. The Sekhmet Goddess was reviled by the majority of ancient Egyptologists and pagans. However, some worshipers tended to view the Sekhmet goddess as a protector, seeing her as an intermediary between the living and the dead. To protect the people and keep the forces of nature in balance, Sekhmet is also depicted as creating storms, sometimes with strong hurricanes and tornadoes. Her original home was the desert, where she is sometimes shown riding a sand dune or in a flood. Sekhmet was heavily linked with the idea of evil. Her eye, which protruded from her forehead, was often depicted as a snake, snake eyes are commonly associated with evil and deceit. In general, she is often depicted as a powerful being and a mother goddess. The worship of the Eye of Ra was nationwide. The goddess is currently often worshiped by many different ethnicities around the world, as people have encountered her in many different places across the globe. Due to her association with water and storms, many believe she to be related to the British Isles’ famous Scottish goddess, Fortuna.
Sekhmet was the daughter of Ra and his wife, Hathor
Ma’at was the goddess of truth, justice, balance, order, and harmony. Sekhmet is depicted with an ostrich feather, the symbol of her role as a mediator. Ma’at was born from the tears of Ra when he wept after the death of his wife, Isis. According to Egyptian Sekhmet mythology, Ma’at accompanied Ra and Anhur in their hunt. When Sekhmet spotted a young eaglet, she offered it an apple. The young bird refused the forbidden fruit, but she promised that if it turned its head towards her, she would drop something sweet. Soon Sekhmet saw a ribbon of blood running down towards the ground. As soon as Sekhmet touched it, she saw it was justice itself. She dropped the apple, which she was later allowed to eat. Moses, the prophet, later in his life, accompanied Ra in hunting. But when the two gods were nearing the river, Ra spotted a three-headed fish on the riverbank. He commanded, and a rainbow formed to separate the two of them. Anhur dispelled it, but then Ma’at appeared before him in a magical nightdress. She pulled down the three-headed fish’s spear with her foot and carved Ma’at’s name on its head. Through the centuries, Sekhmet became one of the most important Egyptian and Greek goddesses. Sekhmet also became a major figure in Hindu tradition. Read more about how she became one of the most popular goddesses in both cults with these facts! Thoth, often translated as ‘The Scholar’, is one of the rulers in the Book of magic. After Ra had mourned his wife for nine years, he was visited by Thoth. The god reassured Ra that everything would work out for the best without his help. Thoth told Ra that Ra’s task was to find out the key by reading the sun. Then he would guide Ra to where he should position the constellation sun. While Ra sat under a tree, Thoth explained the meaning of the sun symbol and the eight letters that marked the path to Ra.
Sekhmet took on the form of a Lioness
In the time of the Old Testament, the prophet Daniel interpreted a dream for King Nebuchadnezzar. In the dream, the king saw a statue that was made of four metals. Each metal stood for a different kingdom. In the dream, a stone cut without hands struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and broke them into pieces. The growth of these areas, representing the four kingdoms, was a foreshadowing of the Messiah. The Contra Magna of Josaphat would be a fulfillment of his prophecy in the Old Testament, the Site of the Holy Grail would be a fulfillment of the promise Daniel received from the prophet Samuel, and Christ would perform his second miracle. 100 years after Samuel’s prophecy, Christ would raise his daughter, Mary to the status of a queen of the United Kingdom of Israel. When she married a Roman (although not a god), she blessed the nation of Israel with this kiss: And all Jerusalem were glad, and they did rejoice and exult, saying, Holy one of God, God of Jacob, God of Isaac: Have mercy upon us, O Lord, according to Thy great love. Here’s a modern example that celebrates the Black history, women at work, and Black-owned businesses: The Women’s Day at Grindhaus is an annual celebration of women in marketing and tech. Every year, they take over 10,000 different women’s voices from CEO on down to event attendees sprinkling #DearWomen. The Balrog of Bashkir is a mythological creature said to reside in the turbulent regions of Central Asia. Stories have been passed down through history, and it is in all of them that the word “Balrog” is first mentioned. rumor has it that Balrogs possess great courage, but also great cunning and the ability to hide their faces. No one has ever seen one. The image is adapted from The Balrog of Bashkir [A Short Story of Legend]. The original epic, written in the 5th century, is ubiquitous throughout many Central Asian lands which had substantial trade with the West. Modern-day banks are sometimes called “Roger Marketing Banks.
Sekhmet was associated with fire and war
In Greek mythology, Eris was the Goddess of Chaos and Strife. Her Roman counterpart was Discordia, and her Greek opposite number was Harmonia. She was a daughter of Ares (Mars) and Aphrodite (Venus) and sister of Deimos (Terror) and Phobos (Fear). Eris was most probably the sister of Cassiopeia or Cybele. Eris (also spelled Eurydice) is mentioned in Greek texts as an especially violent and boisterous Goddess. She probably had a huge temper and much-reduced social rank. Though that is not proven, there is a popular theory she was consorting with or becoming intimate with the wrong persons. The violent personality of Eris was very popular with the Middle Eastern and Asian communities, who imbued Eris with a violent personality too. According to legend, Eris was a daughter of Ares and Nyx, sister to Eurystheus and Kenebra, daughters of Theseus and his mate Penelope. Eurystheus was an especially violent and egregious husband, who beat his own children and injured his own wife. Just like Eris, Penelope suffered from Eurystheus’ violent outburst, and eventually killed herself, and there is a widely held belief that Penelope’s death opened the door to chaotic times. It appears this violent tale of two mothers opened the door for any number of Goddesses with chaotic personalities and names… At least seven of the brightest Goddesses in Egyptian mythology were named “Eris” or “Agenir”. Sheshkig (sometimes spelled as Shamhat) is the only one in early texts who are not identified as a wife who killed her own children. It is actually argued that the text is confusing Eris with another Egyptian Goddess, Anat-Hathor. Some scholars argue that Anat-Hathor and Eris were sisters. Some of the Egyptian Goddess names sound somewhat similar to the English word “strife” or “conflict”. Here are some examples of Egyptian Goddesses who had similar names: 1) Ani-Sheshkhe (sometimes spelled as Achin-Sheshkhe), a Priestess of Ptah-One. -She supposedly had 7 sons and was the Goddess of Now and Forever.
Sekhmet Goddess symbol was a red, solar disk
Nefertiti was the queen of Egypt. Her husband was the pharaoh Akhenaten. They had six daughters together. Despite having such a successful reign, Nefertiti lived in misery, striking one of the few Greek philosophers, Philostratus, as idiotic for having the audacity to teach women to be philosophers. Sekhmet would be no worse than any other Egyptian, deluded by her husband’s dreams. Unfortunately, his followers were in high gear, and they decided to cut off her head. Her body was later dismembered and disfigured beyond recognition. Sekhmet’s head was reattached to her body later, where it remains to this day. Read more fascinating facts about Nefertiti in my post here: Ryan Denison is a Grief Counselor in Tulsa, OK. He’s on Twitter @RyanDenison. Grief counseling is one of the most popular ways individuals are reaching out for help these days. When Ryan embarked on this work, he didn’t know of the sacrifices people were making and the depths of suffering they were going through. The bottom line is this: there is simply no way to comfort someone after they have experienced a loss. We have only our words to lean on when we’re trying to understand our loved ones. The best way we can help them is through self-reflection and remembering how we reacted when they encountered a challenge. Attachment may be the problem, in our minds, but it is a human response as well. To learn more about Ryan Denison visit his LinkedIn profile here. Sekhmet, or the Eye of Ra, was a vital Egyptian deity that charted the course of life on earth. It was believed to be an integral part of life and believed that the Eye always watched over the head of whoever was being honored. Sekhmet became so important that it actually accompanied Ra in death. Grab a Goddess Sekhmet Towel if you enjoyed this article!
A classic, all-purpose unisex tank. A timeless classic intended for anyone looking for great quality and softness.
• 100% combed and ringspun cotton
• Tri-blends are 50% polyester/25% combed/25% ringspun cotton/rayon
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz/yd² (142.40 g/m²), triblends: 3.8 oz/yd² (90.07 g/m²)
• 30 singles thread weight
• Side-seamed, unisex sizing
• Blank product sourced from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, or the US