Some Names don’t have myths that have survived the times, or perhaps they weren’t written down. In this instance, it is up to us to use our experiences with the Names in order to fashion the new canon and our own modern mythology.
Bast and Mut share the epithet of “She Who Shines in the Horizon.” I strongly associate her with the colors of royalty, purples, pinks, deep reds, and golds. With this information, she is the Dawn and Dusk to me, the one who brings the royal colors to the sky.
After the long battle with the Uncreated One, red blood fills the sky. Bast-Mut steps forward in procession above the horizon, painting the sky in pinks and purples to please Ra, welcoming him into a new Zep Tepi.
After the day is over, she stalks back over the horizon, painting the sky once again, following Ra into the night.
It’s this bit of beauty that brings a smile to all who see it. When you see the purple colors, think of the joy you feel inside in appreciation of such a natural wonder. Think of Bast-Mut stepping across the sky in her dress of glorious hues.
I am gathering these from my Tumblr from moments where I sat and just felt Mother.
The Joy of Bast-Mut is not the same as the Joy that Hethert holds. Hethert is dancing and music and celebration. Extroverted Joy. (In personal experiences)
Bast-Mut’s joy is more of an Introverted Joy. The Joy of gentle self-care, the Joy of making somebody smile, the Joy you feel when you snuggle a loved one or relax in a sunbeam.
I get the Joy of the Queen when I’m pampering myself and when I’m feeling confident and beautiful. When I’m enjoying myself putting on makeup. When I’m rubbing nicely scented lotions on myself, or using a facial roller or sheet mask.
But Bast-Mut also enjoys music and dancing and sistra, but only if you are enjoying yourself as well.
“Don’t be afraid of my love, for it is my gift to you, and joy is the means in which it takes shape. Take that inner joy and bundle it tight and remember it when things get dark. It glows like the SUN. It glows like Ra breaking the clouds away.”
The Royal Cat embodies what it means to be the Divine Feline. A Lioness, Queen of Cats, upon a throne of embellished gold. Her crown shines in the light of dawn, her dress of red linen echoing the rosy hues of the morning glow. She knows what She wants, but She is ever patient. Her knowing gaze looks right into your very core, and you are filled with warmth and love. She wants for you to listen to your heart, and to fill it with joy and confidence. Love yourself. Treasure yourself. You too are Divine.
AKA Why historical attestation isn’t always the holy grail.
I have something to admit. I’m addicted to finding anything rooted in history that may mention or give me insight into Bast-Mut. Once I get the itch, I’ll dig into the deepest parts of Google in order to see what I can find, even if just a brief mention of “Mut-Bastet.” I occasionally get jealous of those who have parent deities who have a long history and many records and myths. It’s the woe of somebody who worships an “odd-god.”
To be fair, Bast isn’t particularly unknown, and neither is Mut. The downside falls in the destruction of Per-Bast (Bubastis), so we don’t really have much to go on. Mut is very prominent, but Bast-Mut is NOT Mut, not completely. If there existed any record at all of Queen Bast of Bubastis, it’s gone now. We have small hints of Mut-Bast over in Waset (Thebes), but primarily that was Sekhmet-Mut town.
When I get into my heavy “research mood,” I really have to try to remind myself of one simple thing:
Trust in my own experiences.
What am I hoping to gain by finding my Mother in historical texts? Maybe an epithet here or there, but that is probably all I’ll possibly find. What this research won’t tell me is how the ancients perceived Bast-Mut, nor how they experienced her. You won’t find that stuff in any scientific material. You have to live it. Nothing I’ll find will replace any experience I’ve shared with Mom.
For those of you in the same shoes, it will do you well to remember this. This is your path, and you will not find that in any Oriental Institute Publication.
It’s been a little over three years since my Shemsu naming. This is a name with big shoes to fill, and I’m finally starting to grow into it and fully understand what it means to be a soldier of my Mother.
I’ve done a lot of thinking over the years regarding this name and how it reflects me and my duty to both Netjer and the community in which I took my vows. When I was first named, I was this meek little thing flanked by three powerful and protective Names. It is now that I’m realizing just what being a soldier of a Queen entails.
On occasion, I’ll find myself doing some research on the literal roles of soldiers in Ancient Egypt. I like to take in all the information available and see how it applies to me. Something I discovered kind of stuck with me; When there is no war, soldiers were often out helping the community, building, farming, and taking on other helpful tasks. They were always taking action for the betterment of the whole.
This is a word that is increasingly important to me.
Bast-Mut, as Queen, is one to direct. I am taking action on her behalf. Not only am I fighting in the name of ma’at, I am also expected to work with the community and help when necessary.
As I considered that, I also realized I had already been working on helping out the community. I was, and am, getting more involved, and it fits my role perfectly.
(In meme speak: I protecc and attacc, but most importantly I give bacc)
For those who are new to the Kemetic path, things can be quite daunting. Where do you start? Where do you go?
It’s okay to be confused! We’ve all been there, me included. I’ve gotten questions much similar to the ones above lately, and it has inspired me to write a short post in order to give people a starting point. This won’t be extensive, it’s just a way to get your feet wet!
So take a breath now and think.
Consider what brings you to your interest in the Kemetic faith. What gods are pulling you, if any? This is a good time to write a small journal and get your thoughts down if you wish! Just know that you’re not doing anything wrong if you are unsure about these questions, they are simply reflection. Even so, it’s a helpful exercise!
Here are the basics:
Live in ma’at. This is the most important part of this faith.
Communicate with the gods. Even if you can’t set up a shrine, try to speak with them. Greet Ra in the sunrise. Greet Djehuty/Thoth in the moonlight.
Research. There is so much to learn! You can read up on a particular god, or you can read about making shrines.
Participate in the community. Be it on Tumblr or elsewhere, it’s very good to interact with others who share this fatih! You can learn a lot from one another.
I found that keeping a blog or a journal was an excellent way to keep me on track and to put my thoughts in order. Your mileage may vary, but just know that this is your path. Make it how you want! Start slow, work up, and enjoy the process.
If you have further questions, please leave a comment!