Sekhmet is one of the oldest known Egyptian deities. She is very closely associated with Hathor. Her name is derived from “sekhem’ and it means power or might. Sekhmet is often translated as “She who is powerful”. The Egyptian texts show that Sekhmet had good and bad aspects. What makes Sekhmet very interesting to me is that some scribes stole a story about her in an ancient Egyptian text and put it in the bible.
If you are familiar with my work, you know that all Goddesses are nature or an aspect of nature. This is why she has good and bad aspects. Nature is beautiful, but can also be destructive. To understand who she really is you have to know the true history of this world. In Lemurian Magic I showed you the war of the gods. Mother Nature having enough of this war caused the earth to spin uncontrollably and move out of it’s orbit. When the disaster was over Egypt and other civilizations were settled. The pyramids and sphinx were built at this time with the remaining technology. This happened at about 11000 BCE. When the earth had calmed down and stabilized the sun was rising between Virgo and Leo. The sphinx was built at this time and had the head of a goddess(Virgo) and the body of a lion(Leo). Egypt was going to be a matriarch. If you didn’t want to obey by these rules, you could go somewhere else. This is why Sumer was a patriarch.
Sekhmet is the goddess of the age of Leo. The lion became a symbol in Sumer for the sun, but it also was a symbol of kingship. The lioness became the goddess Sekhmet in Egypt and this was a perfect symbol for Egypt. Lions, like all nature, are a matriarch. The females hunt at night and this makes the lioness a symbol of the moon. If you have read my God(s) post you know the Egyptians venerated the moon most of all. The Pharaohs used her as a symbol of war because lioness are hunters and the power of nature is awesome. The lion has become the symbol of Judah, specifically the line of David and Jesus. The lioness also became the symbol of the female bloodline in Egypt. The Talmud refers to Mary as the lioness of god. So basically both of these are showing the royal bloodline from Egypt.
Which brings me to why she is the most destructive of the goddesses. In an ancient Egyptian text, called The Destruction of Mankind, Ra(the sun) is angry at mankind for not preserving balance and justice(Maat). The vengeful goddess Sekhmet goes after people and the earth’s fields ran red with human blood. The people of Egypt devised a plan to pour pomegranate juice in beer to stain it blood-red. They poured the beer and red ochre into the Nile flooding the fields with blood. Sekhmet gorged on the beer and became so drunk she slept for three days. Since she is linked with the moon, sleeping for three days has to do with the new moon. The Egyptians celebrated this every year on the feast day of Hathor/Sekhmet. They drank red beer and poured red ochre in the Nile turning it blood-red. This is the story stolen by bible scribes and put in the Old Testament as one of the plagues of Egypt. All they have done is make it a vengeful male god. Just to show you how far we have come as a human race, they still do a very similar celebration in Chicago to this day. Every year on St. Patrick’s day people in Chicago drink green beer and turn the Chicago river bright green. Today they do not celebrate appeasing a vengeful goddess. It is much more civilized than that. Today they celebrate St. Patrick killing all the serpents in Ireland. The killing of the serpents was not the reptilian snake, it was the Druids. If you are familiar with my work, you know how deep the connection is between Egypt and Ireland.
Sekhmet usually has the uraeus symbol and solar disk. When she is standing she usually has the papyrus scepter. All of these are symbols of Lower Egypt. Lower Egypt was the Hyksos pharaohs and it is where all the patriarch religions come from. How does this very early goddess of Upper Egypt become part of Lower Egypt? It all goes back to the father of Tuthmoses and Akhenaton, Amenhotep III. This pharaoh was trying to keep Egypt united. He used her because she represented the moon, but had the solar disk and other Lower Egyptian symbols associated with her. She was feared in Egypt because she was the symbol of Mother Nature that brought an end to the war of the gods. The war caused the imbalance and nearly caused the extinction of the human race. Her also being a symbol of the moon tells me that the legends and myths about the moon bringing an end to the chaos are correct(See Lemurian Magic). Her sleeping for 3 days may literally mean a new moon. Did it take 3 days for people to come out of hiding once the chaos had stopped?
As I have stated before, the Hyksos pharaohs of Lower Egypt did not understand the true meaning of the gods and goddesses of Egypt. They wanted monotheism, control of the masses and females(especially young girls) to be nothing more than sex slaves. Tuthmoses and Akhenaton were Moses and Aaron in the bible(see Patriarch Pharaohs). Sekhmet is nature and sometimes she is shown seated on a throne. Seated Goddesses and Gods in Egypt symbolized fixed and embodied archetypes. Things you can not change. Certain rules cannot be broken in this fleshy existence. The patriarch scribes who wrote the bible did not understand the true meaning of the Gods and Goddesses of Egypt. They just took certain aspects of the Gods and Goddesses and used it to create their book for control. What they thought was a vengeful Goddess was actually aspects of nature, but they took this and put it on a bearded man to make money and control people. I see Sekhmet as the Goddess who will bring balance if you don’t have it, but if you have balance she will make it seem like your life is purrrrfect.