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Returning to see Sekhmet

I travelled to London for the last weekend of the Feminine Power exhibition at the British Museum. My favourite Goddess statue happens to be located at the Museum on permanent display. I made a special pilgrimage to see her about 16 years ago and I was rewarded then by a photo I took which shows light emanating from her mouth.

Returning to see her this weekend was emotional and supercharged; when I connected I felt like I had been plugged into the mains. You can feel the energy coming from her in waves when you stand in her presence. Please go with respect if you visit, she's fierce, but I love her. By 'chance' a gentleman and his wife were beside the statue when I walked up and he said, "She's the best thing in this Museum". I am inclined to agree.

The Ancient Egyptian myth around Sekhmet is that she is a daughter of the Sun God Ra. This is why she is usually shown with the Sun disc around her head. Her name means 'The Powerful One'. When humanity was causing trouble Ra sent his fierce daughter to mete out some Divine vengence - which she did with great ferocity. Her rage knew no bounds. Ra realised she looked likely to wipe humanity out altogether and tricked her into drinking a lake of beer that had been dyed red to look like blood. This potent brew sent her off to sleep and when she woke the rage had passed. After this episode she was better able to control her anger and became a healer Goddess known as the Mistress of Life.


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