Sekhmet

Statue Ancient Egypt

Sekhmet Healing is inspired by the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet. The sun is the giver of all life and plants convert light to food and medicine for humans and animals. Sekhmet was depicted with a solar disc on her head. She holds the ankh, symbol of life and fertility. A fierce powerful goddess her power and might reminds me of the courage, endurance and strength of the mother to protect and heal her family.

In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet (/ˈsɛkˌmɛt/[1] or Sachmis (/ˈsækmɪs/), also spelled Sakhmet, Sekhet, or Sakhet, among other spellings, is a warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. It was said that her breath formed the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare.

Sekhmet is also a solar deity, sometimes called the daughter of Ra and often associated with the goddesses Hathor and Bast. She bears the Solar disk and the uraeus which associates her with Wadjet and royalty. With these associations she can be construed as being a divine arbiter of Ma’at (“justice” or “order”) in the Judgment Hall of Osiris, associating her with the Wadjet (later the Eye of Ra), and connecting her with Tefnut as well.

She was envisioned as a fierce lioness, and in art, was depicted as such, or as a woman with the head of a lioness, who was dressed in red, the color of blood. Sometimes the dress she wears exhibits a rosetta pattern over each breast, an ancient leonine motif, which can be traced to observation of the shoulder-knot hairs on lions. Occasionally, Sekhmet was also portrayed in her statuettes and engravings with minimal clothing or naked. Tame lions were kept in temples dedicated to Sekhmet at Leontopolis.

While throughout history Her outer form and persona have altered according to the cultures that embraced Her, Her core essence remained unchanged. For the ancient Egyptian Sekhmet, the lion/human form comes from the lion-headed ones of Sirius. In Egypt, the lion represented the ferocious destructive aspect of the heat of the sun. She is known as the power that protects the good and annihilates the wicked. She is the bringer of justice, a guardian and the goddess of the sun, war, destruction, plagues and healing. She is also sometimes seen as a daughter of Nut, the sky and Geb, the earth.

Sekhmet’s name comes from the Ancient Egyptian word sekhem, which means “power or might”. Sekhmet’s name is thus translated as “the (one who is) powerful or mighty”. She also was given titles such as the “(One) Before Whom Evil Trembles”, “Mistress of Dread”, “Lady of Slaughter” and “She Who Mauls”.

It is understood that the Egyptians inherited their knowledge of Sekhmet from Atlantis, who in turn, received Her from Lemuria. She is also said to have been embodied in the Babylonian Ishtar, who appears in the Bible as Ashtoreth, Anath, Asheraah, or Esther, the Queen of Heaven; and the Goddess Kore who was prevalent in many world religions. In the ancient Near East she was called Anat, Ashtoreth and Astarte. In Tibet Sekhmet is known as Senge Dong-ma, lion-headed dakini, “Guardian of the Secret Tantric Teachings.” She is called Simhavaktra, in India where she also has a male reflection in the lion-headed incarnation of Vishnu, Narasimha. Pure shakti, she is also closely related to lion-mounted Durga, “Keeper of the Flame.” In fact, another Egyptian name for Sekhmet is Nesert, which means “the flame” and She is known as the “Bringer of Fire” and the ‘Opener of the Third Eye” through the raising of the primordial power from the base of the spine.