A Level II Final Project for The Sacred Three Goddess School by Adept Melita Artemis Moon
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Hathor (hwt-hr) is Egyptian for "Horus Enclosure" and Greek for "Mansion of Horus".
Hathor is considered the mother, daughter and wife of Ra. Her sisters are the Goddesses Bastet, Sekhmet (twin) and Maat. Her brother is the God Thoth.
Hathor, like Isis, is considered a Mother Goddess and is the Egyptian Goddess of love, joy, fertility, foreign lands, women, motherhood, helping women in childbirth, music, dance and the miners.
Hathor is commonly depicted as a Cow Goddess with head horns in which is set a sun disk with uraeus (serpent). Other times she is shown as a beautiful woman bearing the same sun disk and horns. Twin feathers are sometimes shown in her later periods as well as a menat turquoise necklace.
Hathor may be the Cow Goddess who is depicted from an early date on the Narmer Palette and on a stone urn dating from the First Dynasty that suggests a role as Sky Goddess and relationship to Horus, who as a Sun God is "housed" in her.
Hathor is considered one of the most important and popular deities of Ancient Egypt. The Cult of Hathor predates the historical period and is difficult to trace.
Hathor was worshipped by royalty and common people alike in whose tombs she is depicted as "Mistress of the West" welcoming the dead into the next life. She was worshipped throughout all of Egypt.
The temples and chapels dedicated to Hathor are as follows:
The Temple of Hathor and Ma'at at Deir el-Medina, West Bank, Luxor
The Temple of Hathor at Philae Island, Aswan (Columns depicting Hathor)
The Hathor Chapel at the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. West Bank, Luxor
The Temple of Hathor at Timna Valley, Israel
The ones devoted to the Egyptian Goddess were mostly artisans, dancers and musicians as they engaged in what were her sacred arts. She was worshipped by men and women alike. Tales were often spoken of the Goddess about how Hathor would bring happiness to Ra with her dancing. She was invoked to inspire the artist(s).
Hathor occasionally took the form of the "Seven Hathors" who were associated with fate and fortune telling. It was thought that the "Seven Hathors" knew the length of every child's life from the day the child was born and questioned the dead souls as they travelled to the land of the dead. Her priests could read the fortune of a newborn child, and acted as oracles to explain the dreams of the people. The people would travel for miles to beseech the goddess for protection, assistance and inspiration. The "Seven Hathors" were worshiped in seven cities: Waset (Thebes), Iunu (On, Heliopolis), Aphroditopolis, Sinai, Momemphis, Herakleopolis, and Keset. They may have been linked to the constellations Pleiades.
The Seven Hathors
Symbols/Animals: cow, lioness, falcon, cobra, hippopotamus, sistrum, musical instruments, drums, pregnant women, mirrors, cosmetics, menat necklace
Hathor with Menat Necklace
Blue and red candles
Horus horns (as per my picture below)
Symbol of the Heart
Symbol of Music
Symbol of Fertility/Childbirth
Preferably hold this ritual on a Full Moon
Cast the circle
"I call in the Great Mother Goddess Hathor,
Goddess of Love, Fertility, Childbirth and Music,
These are your rituals."
"Hathor, please bless us all in our creativity,
Not just in love and music
But in all our endeavours for the greater good."
"Hathor, please bless and protect all the children on this Earth
And all the Mothers who conceive and bear them.
Please bless the ones who wish to conceive
And guide them through a comfortable birth.
May they have no fear and may they experience your healing love, Great Mother."
"May we dance to the beat of your love!"
"So Mote It Be!"
Play any form of instrument, dance and sing.
"I/we send this positive energy out to heal this earth."
Close the circle.
The Author dressed as Hathor at the Witches Ball, Sydney, Australia, 2015
Hathor of Dendera, great is your name
Lady of the Universe, the power is yours
Lady of the Sky, perfect in grace
Mistress of the West, source of all pleasures
Mistress of the East, fount of delight
Red Hair, Bright Hair, hear our prayer
Daughter of Re, raise up our hearts
Mansion of Horus, send us your blessings
Lady of Byblos, come and be with us
Lady of the Sacred Land, come to us
Lady of the Southern Sycamore, come to our call
Lady of the Headland of Manu, come and refresh us
Lady of the House of Jubilation, fill us with joy
You from Khemmis, may you be near us
You from the Land of Silence, bring us peace
Mistress of Turquoise, show us your beauty
Eye of Re, look down on us, shine on us
Storm in the Sky, send us your light
Great Wild Cow of the Marshes, may you sustain us
Twin Sister of Sekhmet the Lioness, be lenient, spare us
Mistress of Nubia, may we rejoice in you
Hathor the Golden, Lady of Heaven, great is your beauty, great is your
Hathor Rising, by Alison Roberts
Temple of Hathor Hieroglyphics
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