The Goddess Sekhmet, is one Goddess I adore. The funny thing is, she exhibits different sides to her personality and functions as the Goddess Bastet too, but mainly because they are feline. Another fact of history, shows us that not only is she often connected to Bastet but to the Goddess Hathor as they both came from Lord Re’s right eye.
Let me break it down now! In the Beginning long after Re created the heavens and the earth, long after he birthed Shu and Tefnut, Geb and Nuit, he needed a right hand man, or in this case Goddess to be his sort of manager though the Goddess Ma’at got that role already. Re took out one of his eyes and it morphed into Hathor. Re sent Hathor on her first job, to find Shu and Tefnut, because they were told off for making love wayyyy to much, thus leading them to run away. When she came back with the couple she noticed another eye had grown in her place. Now, what would you do if your bedroom was given to a total stranger? I’d flip out big time, and that’s what she did. She flipped! However, through her anger, she wept and the tears became the first humans.
Re felt bad, one for not letting her know her eviction was up and two she was his child and consort. He turned her into an enraged cobra and sat her on his head like a crown to rule with him, by his side (sort of) for all eternity. Aww!! Cute right?
So anyway, the eye that grew in Hathor’s old place was Sekhmet. Okay, this is where the myth gets all weird…
At some point in time, the people of Egypt stopped worshipping the Gods. Re felt shame as they were his creations and he loved them so. The people decided to stop worshipping the Gods, once and for all. On hearing their plans Re sent the Goddess Hathor to try and talk sense into them using love, happiness and kindness. The people didn’t listen and neither did they care. Another question, what would you do if someone you love isn’t listening to something important? You’d flip out! So Hathor flipped out, she morphed into Sekhmet, who then went on a major killing and cleansing spree to show the wrath of the Gods. The people finally obeyed and began to pray. Now, the fucked up thing is, Sekhmet was still seeing red and wouldn’t stop. Re came down and made her a drink with red ochre, which made her so drunk she passed out and morphed back into Hathor.
The colour red had its many meanings and uses, but for this tale or two, red symbolises death and health in the sense of saving lives. Though Sekhmet is one of Egypts War deities, there is a lovely side to her. That of a caring mother who will stand up for her children, even if it means killing Mrs. Perfect at the PTA meeting. She won’t ever back down, she is someone you can ask for help when the world seems to crash around you.
I suffer from depression and have done for years, for me Sekhmet makes me feel like my world isn’t so small after all. I think about the moral of each myth and they help me smile everyday just by thinking about situations. If Sekhmet can be fierce in getting her point across (without the killing) I know I can be too. Sekhmet makes me feel strong and valued as a person. Who makes you feel valued?
Em Hotep x