|Goddess Path, Issue #009-
Gathering the Goddesses!
Cool Kitten and The Original Party Girl
This Issue:Table of Contents
1. The Goddess Bast
2. Favorite Familiars
3. Gather the Goddesses While Ye May
4. Is This What You've Been Waiting For?
5. Can't Ever Have Enough: More Women's Humor
The Goddess Bast: The Egyptian Cat
Bast, Egyptian goddess of the rising sun, was much admired
for her warm and playful nature, not to mention her fierce protective nature. An ancient
egyptian goddess, Bast (also known as Bastet) was worshipped for centuries. The Greeks,
noting their similarities, referred to her as the "Egyptian Artemis".
Many statues of Bast have been excavated. She is depicted as a shapely
woman with the head of a cat. In her myths Bast takes on three forms...as a woman, as
half-cat, and in a fully feline form. Bast, as the rising sun, rode with her aged father,
the powerful Sun God Ra, protecting him during his ride through the sky. Then at night
when Ra was defenceless in the dark, Bast turned into a cat to protect him from the snake
Apep who sought to usurp Ra's power.
||Domestic cats themselves were worshipped as incarnations of the goddess Bast. In
addition to being the patron goddess of cats, Bast was associated with all things sensual
and pleasurable including music and dance (any graceful movement), childbirth and
mothering, and all things feminine, especially perfume.
Being the goddess of all things
that give pleasure, it's only natural that Bast's annual festival was a riotous affair....
except with thousands of revelers floating down the Nile, drinking, dancing, gyrating, and
shouting to the townspeople on the bank.
|Like any kitten, no matter how soft and playful, Bast could, if need be,
bare her teeth and claws to ward off a threat. She was known as a healer and as the
protector of the home. Statues of Bast were often used to ward off all manner of evil
spirits, snakes, thieves, illness, and even fire.
Bast offers to teach us to refuse to
take things too seriously, to luxuriate in our grace and sensuality, and to never waste
To read more about the Egyptian goddess Bast use this link.
The temple of Bast was filled with her beloved cats, and Artemis never
left home without her hounds. Pets, whether cats or dogs, play an important role in our
lives and can actually be important instruments in our spiritual growth. . . only one of
the reasons they are often referred to as "familiars".
While doing my research on the goddess Bast, I ran across a couple
of websites that had a page devoted to commemorating beloved cats who had "gone to be
with Bast". Visitors were invited to post information and pictures of their pets.
Still grieving the recent loss of my buddy Zak (whom Bast had blessed with
twenty years of life), I posted a page. Interestingly, visiting the page seems to have
helped me adjust to the loss.
I mentioned this to a friend whose canine companion seems to be on his
"last leg", and she thought it a wonderful idea. So we're thinking about adding
a webpage (or perhaps two) honoring the goddesses Bast and Artemis and the animal
companions whose lives our visitors would like to commemorate.
Any interest in the idea? Would you like to post an entry
telling about the pet you loved? If so, start thinking about it, searching for a photo,
and please let me know you're interested . . . if there's enough interest, I'll start work
on the page.
Is This What Some of You Have Been Waiting
While reviewing our website statistics in
preparation for Goddess Gift's monthly progress report, I noticed that more than half of
the subscribers to The Goddess Path Newsletter have yet to take the Goddess Quiz and
receive their Goddess Report.
A sad state of affairs for those of you who have
been missing out, since those who have taken the Quiz have consistently sent us "rave
Is this what you've been waiting for?
From time to time we allow our loyal readers a
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Those of you who've already gotten your reports can
use the same link to order a gift certificate for a friend. Our way of saying thanks for
your patience while we "worked out the kinks". (They won't have to suffer
through the old, cumbersome process of ordering them... it's now much improved!)
A Gathering of Goddesses
Last month, I promised you a new page full of ideas about how to have a
"Goddess Party" and invited you to send in your experiences and ideas. So
many wonderful ideas came to me, but alas, my computer woes got me hopelessly behind
schedule so the page is still "under construction". . . but it WILL be up next
month, I promise.
And just so you want be horribly disappointed, I'll share with you this
email that I received. It says it all so beautifully:
|-- Dear Sharon,
My family owns a vacation home in the
Pocono Mountains, and for several years a group of my dearest friends and I take over the
house during the Pennsylvania Wine Festival.
We came from four states, bringing presents of medallions, t-shirts,
bumperstickers, cards and more. We gather together, enjoy the wine, share our
laughter and sorrows and our advice, and draw strength from the different traits that each
This year, our theme was Celebration of the Goddesses. Before the event we had
email discussions to select our special names. We chose individual names that we felt
represented the wonderful wisdom or special "gift" of feminine strength that
each one of us brings to the group.
Since I am the central point through which everyone has met over the 20+ years, I was
named Goddess of Friendship. Our youngest friend is in her early 20's, balancing
full-time school, full-time work and a full-time social schedule, so she was christened
Goddess of Energy. Another friend has taught us to always spoil ourselves, that we are
allowed to do so, and she was voted Goddess of Fine Things.
Likewise for our Goddess of Laughter (even though she tells terrible jokes!), Goddess
of Nature (teaching us that we are one with nature both environment and our animal
friends), Goddess of Secrets (learning to protect our inner self) and Goddess of
Perseverance (for never giving up no matter how tough it gets.)
I think that our gathering will now be known as the Goddess weekend, and the gifts of
Friendship, Laughter, Energy, Perseverance, Secrets, Nature and Fine Things are what get
us through each year. What a wonderful celebration of true and lasting friendship!
Our Goddess ritual still spills over into our every day lives. When
any of us need energy, laughter, friendship or any other strength, we bond together via
email, visits, and phone calls to get each other through whatever challenges we face or
joys we share. We never thought we'd be trendy too!
Darlene, Goddess of Friendship
Just Can't Get Enough of
It! More Women's Humor
Whatever Ails You: Modern Medicines for
ST. M O M M A'S W O R T
Plant extract that treats mom's depression by rendering preschoolers
unconscious for up to six hours.
E M P T Y N E S T R O G E N
Highly effective suppository that eliminates melancholy by enhancing the
memory of how awful they were as teenagers and how you couldn't wait till they moved out.
P E P T O B I M B O
Liquid silicone for single women. Two full cups swallowed before an
evening out increases breast size, decreases intelligence, and improves flirting.
D U M B E R O L
When taken with Peptobimbo, can cause dangerously low IQ, resulting in
enjoyment of country western music.
D A M N I T O L
Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to hell for up to 8 hours.
F L I P I T O R
Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage and the
urge to flip off other drivers.
M E N I C I L L I N
Potent antibiotic for older women. Increases resistance to such lines
as,"You make me want to be a better person ... can we get naked now?"
B U Y A G R A
Injectable stimulant taken prior to shopping. Increases potency and
duration of spending spree.
Extra Strength BUY-ONE-AL
When combined with Buyagra, can cause an indiscriminate buying frenzy so severe the victim
may even come home with a Donnie Osmond CD or a book by Dr. Laura.
J A C K A S S P I R I N
Relieves headache caused by a man who can't remember your birthday,
anniversary or phone number.
A N T I-T A L K S I D E N T
A spray carried in a purse or wallet to be used on anyone too eager to
share their life stories with total strangers.
N A G A M E N T
When administered to a husband, provides the same irritation as nagging
him all weekend, saving the wife the time and trouble of doing it herself.
|Note: Author not known, circulated widely in emails.
Please let us know if you know who originated this.
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(remember our goal of joining the ranks of the 75,000 most popular websites). We crossed
over on August 20 to 74,319 but apparently have back-slid, and just keep
"hovering" ...over, then under, then over the mark.
Thanks to all of you for your constant support and enthusiasm. We could
never have done it without you!
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