Egyptian Goddesses

Egypt had many Goddesses that were highly revered by it’s people. The study of Egyptology has long fascinated the world, and there are many great books available on the subject. The Pharaohs consulted the Goddesses. Cleopatra took Isis as her own Goddess. On a whole there is perhaps more Goddess Lore related to Egypt than to any other country in the World. We are blessed that so much has been preserved by Egypt and that it’s history was so rich.

Isis was worshiped as the Great Mother Goddess for over 3000 years by the Egyptians. She was the Goddess of Fertility, and was present every day at sunrise and with every new and full moon. Isis is the force of love that creates new life from old. She was married to her brother Osiris. When Osiris was murdered by their jealous brother Set and his body scattered in fourteen directions, Isis searched for the pieces of her lost love. The power of her love for Osiris brought him back to life briefly and they conceived a child Horus, the falcon headed God. Together Isis and Horus brought Set to justice for the murder of Osiris.

Maat was the Egyptian Goddess of Truth. All of Egypt’s Laws and Justice revolved around the wisdom of Maat for many centuries. The Pharaohs consulted Maat in all dealings. She was perhaps at one time the most powerful and revered of all the Egyptian Goddesses, though there is little reference made to her compared to many of the other Egyptian Goddesses.

Bastet was the Egyptian Cat Goddess. Bastet, also known as Bast or Ubasti was primarily worshiped in the ancient city of Bubastis on the Nile Delta. Like Isis, Bastet was a Goddess of Fertility. As the protector of cats, Bastet was also an the Goddess of the Hearth. During the New Kingdom (1539-1075 BC), she became associated with Sekhmet, the lioness Deity of War. Bastet was also worshiped as the spouse of the creator God, Ptah-seker-ausur. Bastet was often portrayed with a Sistrum (ancient Egyptian percussion instrument) in her right hand. The city of Bubastis celebrated it’s festival of Bastet each year with an estimated 700,000 people each year. Excavations in the area where Bubastis was located have uncovered cemeteries with a large numbers of mummified cats and cat figurines, which were perhaps dedicated to Bastet during her festival.

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