Symbols: seven-pointed star or flower atop a pole, palm branch, writing pen and palette, papyrus scrolls and books.
Seshat was an ancient goddess of writing and measurement. She was also the patroness of mathmatics, architecture and record-keeping. Though she shared these duties with her husband, Thoth, Seshat was primarily a royal goddess. As early as the Dynasty II, Seshat was shown with the pharaoh stretching a cord to measure the dimensions of a new temple. To grant the king immortality, she recorded the name of the king of the leaves of the Tree of Life, which grew near where she lived. Also, she calculated the days of the king's earthly life and marked the number on the notched palm branch which she carried.
Throughout Egypt's history, Seshat was shown recording the number of captives and other booty taken during the king's military campaigns. She also recorded the goods brought back to Egypt from Punt during Hatshepsut's famous expedition.
Seshat was portrated as a woman wearing a dress and the priestly leopard skin. In her hands she holds the notched palm branch or the scribe's pen and palette. On her head she wears her headress which resembles a star or flower atop a pole or a bow.
Seshat carried many titles, such as "Lady of Builders", "Mistress of Books", and "Foremost in the Library".
Brilliant! Thanks Coralie, I am shall certainly be calling on the Goddess Seshat for help with my muse :-) Blessings
Fascinating! I certainly need her power as I try to finish with taxes this season!!
Love and Harmony
She does have a number of wonderful attributes. Good luck with that Schay.
Very interesting, Coralie. I love all things Egyptian. What a great title "The Mistress Of Books." Really makes a statement. And I didn't know that leopard skin was considered priestly. I'm drawn to beautiful animal skins--leopard, tiger--they resonate with me. (I only buy artificial ones, of course) I believe that I've had at least one life in ancient Egypt--probably more. Blessed be, dear heart, Love and Light, always, Dot
I learned more about this Goddess than I knew before too and you prompted this discussion when you mentioned about aligning to Goddess to assist with your writing. That spark of sharing that ignites things as we share in our sacred circle here is why I decided I wanted to stay and continue to enjoy what we are all co-creating here.
Here is a quill as an offering from one writer to another.
Peace, love and bright blessings always.
Bless you for these lovely and meaningful posts, dear Coralie. I'm humbled, as well as gladdened that I promped this discussion, and I gratefully accept the generous offering of your quill. I love the phrase above, and have taken the liberty to change the words around a little. How about...
YOU ARE THE BEAUTIFUL GIFT, SO ENJOY YOUR LIFE.
Yep, as an unabashed, self proclaimed goddess (as we all are) I believe we should be the best gift that we can give ourselves. Blessed be, dear heart, Love and Light, always, Dot
Bless you for your sweet words, dear Schay--but you are the gift--you put words together so beautifully and weave them into such lovely, poignant sentences. Yes, it is so interesting to read what our sister Goddesses write. We are all blessed to have each other, and to have our dear Coralie, who made these Goddess Groups possible.
I love the picture, Schay--the lady and the swans--it brings to mind the story of the ugly duckling. I imagine most of us feel "unbeautiful" at times, like we just don't "measure up." But if we remember--the duckling didn't know it was a swan. Like the duckling, we are all beautiful swans (beautiful Goddesses) in the making--we just have to realize our Goddess-ness, and accept it with grace, dignity, and appreciation.
Love and Light, always, Dot
Thank you, Dot. Yes I think we all feel like ugly ducklings at one time or the other. I certainly know that I have. What you said is EXACTLY true...we just have to realize we are goddesses and accept it.
I would love to hear your stories about the lilies sometime. I love reading your stories. I used to have a lovely little pond garden with pretty water lilies growing in it. I loved taking care of it and the flowers around it. So peaceful and beautiful.
Love, Light and Harmony
I appreciate the comments about the ugly duckling and agree. Women are frequently programmed to feel that way because of how their bodies are objectified. Throughout history art depicts the types of bodies that were "in"...and "out" and attempting to measure up can be lead to devastating results.
The only way to counter the outwardly directed drives many women become entrapped in is by embracing the Goddess within and allowing that energy of love, receptivity and inner beauty transform how we see ourselves and others. Once we know that the true beauty lies within our outer persona becomes something we decide for ourselves at any age and stage of life.