Due to the uniqueness of the southern Australian weather at this time of year, especially when attempting to fit in seasonal observances that originated from the Northern Hemisphere, the recent Lughnasadh rite saw a step taken away from the more "traditional" into something that more closely echoed what was happening within the landscape around us. Coming on the end of an early heatwave (where temperatures hovered over 40C for almost of week), the sight of an annihilated garden left the concept of "bringing in the harvest" rather far from our minds. A substitute was needed for this time of year and the one who naturally came to mind was the Egyptian lion-headed Goddess, Sekhmet.
Lady of Rekht, Lady of Pekhet,
Lady of Set, Lady of Rehesaui,
Lady of Tchar and of Sehert!
Known as "The Mighty One", Sekhmet was considered to be one of the most powerful of the Egyptian Gods who meted out divine punishment in her capacity as "Eye of Ra" where she almost destroyed human kind. This "destructive" aspect of Sekhmet is often what is needed in order ot "burn" away the unwanted and unnecessary in order for new life or a fresh perspective to come through.
During the evocation* to Sekhmet, the distinct shift in energies was felt, not only by myself but also by at least one other participant. Each line of the evocation contained a particular epithet or aspect associated with this powerful Goddess and as they were stated, the energy shifted all that more. Images and thoughts appeared within my vision, a sign from the Goddess that a connected was being made and that more than what was being oftered tonight was desired.
Working with deity offers up different experiences for each person and what appeared to me the other night is not an unusual occurrance for me. It is also not uncommon for me to get a "message" or "sign" from a deity I am actually not all that familiar with, seeking a bit of acknowledgement in this modern age.
A simple rite of lighting a candle before an image found on the internet or within the pages of a book on art or mythology, the forming a mantra from their names or epithet, a bit of time spent researching their myth and the legends in which they appear in are just some of the ways to keep the knowledge of the Gods alive.
Sekhmet, Life-Giver to the Gods,
Sekhmet, Lady of Flame,
Sekhmet, Great One of Heka,
Sekhmet, Eternal is Thy Name
* I personally would refer to the calling to Sekhmet at the commencement of the rite as an "evocation" as opposed to an "invocation" as the the latter refers to calling the deity into one's self as opposed to her presence manifesting within the sacred space.