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When I began working with Bast at the beginning of the year, I had no idea why She stepped forward. I am not really a cat person. I mean, I like cats, but I'm not a crazy cat lady (like some people I know. *wink*)
Funny story: At the beginning of each new year for the past five years, I perform a little ritual in which I chose a Goddess energy to work with for the upcoming twelve months. In 2013 and 2014, the Goddess that stepped forward both times (both times!) was Sekhmet. These turned out to be intensely challenging years for me, and in retrospect, I see now how Sekhmet had my back!
Now, I admit I was a bit relieved when Bast came forth at the top of 2015, because hers is a more playful energy. But really? What did these sisters want me to know?
Sekhmet is a fierce protectress of women, guarding Her charges from harm with a ferocity that intimidates the worst of enemies. She defends your honor, and She restores your courage.
Sekhmet is the Queen of self-respect and healthy boundaries. Bast is the Queen of feminine essence and self-love. Where Sekhmet growls, Bast purrs. Where Sekhmet is ferocious, Bast is playful, leading you into ecstatic pleasure. Her name means "ointment jar" and She is known as the Goddess of sensuality, movement and beauty. She reminds you that life is to be enjoyed, that your body is yours to adorn and receive pleasure from.
These two are said by some to be one and the same, only polarized attributes of Her Royal Leonine Goddess. I am beginning to see that you really can not have one without the other.
For women who have been abused, who feel they have somehow lost their power, who feel less than worthy...Sekhmet and Bast want you to know that you are not alone. You are not broken. You are simply, imperfectly perfect.
If you have ever struggled with feelings of low self-worth, these sisters want you to know you are worth defending. You are worthy of pleasure. You deserve to be protected, loved and to enjoy a vibrant life.
If you have ever hidden any part of yourself under a veil of shame, it is time to remove it. Please note that shame is not to be confused with guilt. Guilt is the appropriate response one feels when they have done something wrong. Shame, on the other hand, is an internalized feeling imposed by others for having fallen short of their ideal.
So really, if you struggle with feelings of powerlessness, look to those areas in your life where you are carrying shame and you will rediscover your personal power.
What have you ever felt shameful about?
Your body? Your desires? Your lady parts? Your sexuality?
Wanting too much? Wanting to be loved?
Wanting to feel worthy of respect, pampering, or adoration?
Perhaps you inherited this shame from your parents or grandparents. Or maybe you picked it up from an ill-intentioned teacher, a jealous friend or an inattentive partner.
If you are like many women, this shame has probably kept you from radiating your light. (And let's be honest, THAT is the real shame.)
Know this: it is not too late to take it back! Reach for your power --it is in the darkness, right where you left it. On this dark moon, take back what is rightfully yours!
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.