Bast (Bastet) is the cat headed or lioness headed goddess of protection, joy, beauty, dance, music, fertility, perfume, and the guardian of the home. She is the Wife of Atum or Ptah. She is the Mother of Ma’ahes, Nefertem, Anubis and Mafdet. Bast-Mut is a goddess formed from the two goddesses, Bast and Mut. Bast-Mut shares the attributes of both Bast and Mut. Bast-Mut is the cat headed goddess of royal power, protection, magic, music, perfume, motherhood and love. Bast-Mut is the Wife of Amun-Ra and the Mother of Khonsu. Within this book, you will find modern poems, rituals, prayers and ancient hymns to the goddesses, Bast and Bast-Mut.
There are many Eyes of Ra celebrated at this time of year: Aset, Nebet Het, Nit, Sekhmet, Mut, Sekhmet-Mut, Bast, Bast-Mut, Hethert and Tefnut just to name a few. An Eye of Ra is a title of many ancient Egyptian goddesses who protect the sun god, Ra with magic, weapons and flame. They are the solar goddesses whose journey reflects the shortening and lengthening of days of the seasons of the year. This is the time of Their return.
So light candles and lamps. Offer water, milk, beer or wine. Offer food and drink to the Goddess as She returns from Nubia.
Let there be light, laughter, reverence, love, strength and peace throughout this time of year. To all the F words: Faith, Family, Friendship, Forgiveness and Forever.
Have a blessed holiday. Blessings of the Goddesses to you all!
Mothers’ Night (Modranecht) is a holiday celebrating the Mothers, a group of ancestral, prosperity and abundance-giving goddesses called the Disir or Matronae. This celebration was on eve or day of the Winter Solstice. Frigga is also honored on the 12 Days of Yule along with other Northern European Gods and Goddesses.
Frigga (Frigg) is associated with the Disir/Matronae and is honored on this night. (Freyja can also be honored here too, but this is about Frigga, so).
Frigga (Frigg) is the Germanic Goddess of the home, hearth, family, childbirth, weaving, spinning, craft-work, artisans, wisdom, folk magic and fate. She is the Queen of Asgard, First of the Goddesses, Mother of the Gods, Queen of Heaven, Wife of Odin, and Mother of Baldr. She is a seeress as well and is the only one besides Odin himself who can sit on Hlidskjalf and see throughout all the Nine Realms.
She is also the Goddess of the Ancestral Mothers (Disir) and Norns. She weaves the clouds and thus, the weather. She is the Goddess of the Orion’s Belt.
Blessed Mothers’ Night (Modranecht)! Blessed Yule!
Festival Names: Procession of Aset, the Bright One, Mother of God a.k.a. Aset Luminous
Day: 4th Shomu, Day 2.
On my calendar this festival falls on July 2.
This festival commemorates Aset’s nightly search by torchlight for Her husband Wesir. Candles, lamps and torches were lit for the Goddess. Papyrus boats were launched in temple lakes. The boats had prayers written on them with a light source to guide the way.
On Aset’s shrine you could have: an image or statue of the Goddess, a source of light from candles, lamps, LED candles or electric candles and offerings.
You will need paper and a pen or pencil or marker (not red). You will also need a tealight and a lighter.
Write a letter, telling Aset things you are thankful for. Then on the other side, write a letter to Aset asking for things you need. This paper later gets folded into the boat (start folding: thank you side up).
After the paper boats are made, fill a bowl, bathtub or sink with water. A tealight is placed in each boat and they are put in the water. The tealights are lit and the boats float on the water until the candles burn out. (Please keep fire safety in mind).
Thank You/Gratitude Letter Ideas
Other Things She has helped you with
Ideas of Things You Need
Vaccine for Covid 19
Healing from Grief
Fortitude and Strength
Remember to eat the offerings when you are done. And extinguish the candles.
Aset is a goddess of sovereignty, kingship, magic of all kinds, life-power, personal power and authority, writing, words, gaining knowledge, honoring one’s ancestors, ancestral lineage and traditions, dreams, family relationships, self-love, alignment of the souls and healing. She is also a goddess of Heaven, starlight, the night sky and the star Sopdet (Sirius).