Aset the Shapeshifter

I had a dream last night where I saw Aset’s image in a book about the King. It seemed to be about another King. I’m not sure, but for some reason If felt insulted and through the book back down on the table.

I walked away feeling completely insulted on Aset’s behalf. Then I felt ashamed at my reaction. I was told “Aset is a shapeshifter.”

Then the dream ended. Aset can appear however She wants to whomever She pleases. She will be whatever They need. Some people need Her as the Mother of Heru and other people need Her as the Great of Magic or the most knowledgeable of the Gods. She is a Mother and can be compassionate and kind. She may not be The Mother as Hetharu is within the Kemetic Pantheon, but She is a Mother Goddess as She is the Mother of Heru who raises Her son alone as a single mother.

She appears as She needs–whatever the task, whatever needs doing–She will do it to accomplish Her goals. With personal experience, it is different for everyone. People are different. People need different things in different ways. As the shapeshifter and cunning woman, She will appear in whatever form, in whatever guise in order to get that message across or have that communication happen.

Personal experience is just that. Personal experience. One’s own personal experience does not negate another. Just as we are different people with different people, so too are the Gods to some degree.

Scholarship, on the other hand, we get to argue about, debating back and forth about what we know so far and what are the most plausible theories and what the physical evidence from archeology and other sources tell us about Her. There is good scholarship and bad scholarship and just sloppy scholarship too. This we can measure. We can say X is when She appeared in this guise or in this hymn or in this way. We can find this and point to it. It is tangible and quantifiable and just there.

We can’t do that with personal gnosis or personal experience. We can only go off of our own experiences and how She appears to us. We can’t say,”That’s not true.” or “That’s not correct!” This isn’t a classroom. There is no right or wrong answer here (with caveats and within reason). She will appear as She needs. I do not get to decide what others need. You do not get to decide what others need. We do not get to decide what others need. She does. She is the Lady of Manifestations, Countless Names and Forms. Stop putting Her in a box. Because all you think you know and all you think you’ve seen, there is so much more to this Goddess than your own musings. We do not get to define who She is or what She does. She is the one who decides.

At the end of the day, Aset is always Aset. She will appear as She needs to Her followers. If they need a mother, they will get one either as the mother of Heru or the Mother of the King, or even as the Classical Isis, the Mother of the World.

I will appear as I need
to whomever calls to Me
You need Isis, if you honor Me in the classical way
But you, dear child, you do not need Her.
You need Aset, the Egyptian Goddess with Egyptian sources that honor Me.
This is your task.
Make Me a shrine of Egypt.
Make Me a ritual from Egyptian sources.
Make a Way for Me to come into people’s lives as an Egyptian Goddess.
This is My task for you.
For this what you need.
I am Aset, the Lady of the Two Lands.
For you and for all that need Me in this way.
I will come to all who need Me.
All who call out My name, I will answer.
I will appear as you need.
Why are you so angry?
Why are you so angry, dear child?
Everyone will understand Me differently.
I am Aset for some.
I am Isis for others.
Does that mean We are the same Goddess?
Yes and No.
I am Aset without Isis.
For you.
For those who call upon Me in My Egyptian form.
By My Egyptian names.
They will get Me this way.
They will get Me this way.
As you do.
As you do.
And you will show them the way.

I need the Egyptian Aset and others need the Classical Isis. And yet others need Aset this way and Isis this way. And that’s okay.

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