Celebrate the Divine Feminine Message Board › Reflections from Sekhmet
San Mateo, CA
Shannon led the goddess circle honoring Sekhmet, the powerful Egyptian lion headed goddess of transformation, empowerment, and healing. Sekhmet was the mighty protectress of the pharaoh even in death and was called upon in battle. She was tasked with upholding Ma’at, divine order. Sekhmet is a solar Goddess portrayed as a woman with a lion’s mane; this combination of feminine and masculine traits is a symbol of her ability to bring transformation by unifying polar opposites and bringing in greater consciousness.
There is one myth which shows Sekhmet in a very different role – as uncontrollable destroyer, which is a myth that must be interpreted to understanding its deeper meaning. In this legend, the sun god, Ra, called upon Sekhmet to put down a human rebellion against the gods. Fueled by blood-lust, Sekhmet went on a prolonged rampage. Finally, Ra tricked her into drinking beer mixed with intoxicants, which resembled the blood she coveted. When Sekhmet awoke from her drunken stupor, she had transformed into Hathor, goddess of love, beauty, and motherhood.
Shannon shared her interpretation that this story represents the steps of personal transformation, mirrored in the Yogic process of kundalini awakening and the modern day Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In order for us to achieve self actualization, first we must clear our negative complexes and transform them into positive traits that support our higher selves.
In this circle, Shannon led us through two visualizations. In the first, we encountered the goddess in her lion form, on the wild grasslands of the southern savannah. We then participated in an exercise in which we identified the chains we had bound ourselves with. In the final visualization, Sekhmet slashed through those chains, setting us free.
This fierce goddess presents us with the possibility to transform ourselves, to set ourselves free from old habits which no longer serve us and bring greater unity to our entire being. When you need a change, consider opening yourself to Sekhmet’s powerful energy.