Goddess Serqet  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"(THIS STATUE OF SERQET PROTECTS THE GREAT TUTANKHAMUN IN HIS SARCOPHAGUS)"

"SERQET (SELGUT, SERGUET) IS THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SCORPION GODDESS OF MAGIC. WE USUALLY FIND HER DEPICTED AS A TALL WOMAN WITH A SCORPION ON HER HEAD, BUT AT TIMES, SHE HAS ALSO BEEN KNOWN TO BE TWO-HEADED--AND APPEARS AS A LIONNESS WITH A CROCODILE WHICH PROJECTS FROM HER BACK. SERQET IS A PROTECTIVE GODDESS; SHE IS ONE WHO PUNISHED THE WRONGDOERS WITH A VENGEFUL WRATH. SHE RULES OVER ALL OF THE POISONOUS CREATURES...ESPECIALLY THE SCORPIONS, THE SPIDERS, AND THE VENOMOUS SNAKES, AND, BECAUSE THE BITES OF MANY OF THESE CREATURES COULD BE FATAL, SERQET WAS ALSO CONSIDERED A PROTECTRESS OF THE DEAD AND WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE MORTUARY RITES.

HOWEVER, HER PROTECTIVE QUALITIES DID NOT ONLY COVER LIFE, BUT ALSO DEATH AND THE AFTERLIFE AS WELL, AND SHE WAS REVERED FOR GIVING BOTH THE KISS OF DEATH AND THE BREATH OF REBIRTH. IN THE UNDERWORLD, SHE HELPED IN THE PROCESS OF THE REBIRTH OF THE NEWLY DECEASED AND ORIENTED THEM AS THEY CAME TO HER, GIVING THEM THE BREATH OF LIFE.

SOME SAY SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF THE SUN GOD, RA; OTHERS SAY SHE WAS HIS DAUGHTER AND JOINED HIM ON HIS NIGHTLY JOURNEYS TO THE UNDERWORLD. SHE IS BELIEVED TO BE THE TWIN SISTER OF NEPHTHYS AND A CLOSE FRIEND OF ISIS. SHE IS THE WIFE OF HORUS AND THE MOTHER OF NEHEBKAU, THE SNAKE GOD WHO PROTECT THE PHARAOH FROM SNAKEBITS. AND, ALONG WITH WITH NEITH, IT WAS SERQET WHO WATCHED THE SKY SO THAT NO ONE WOULD DISTURB AMON AND HIS WIFE; THUS, SHE BECAME THE PROTECTRESS OF THE MARRIAGE UNION. IT IS KNOWN THAT THERE WAS A PRIESTHOOD TO HER IN THE ANCIENT DAYS, BUT, ALAS, NONE OF HER SHRINES OR TEMPLES WERE LEFT STANDING, BUT WE DO HAVE THE FOLLOWING REMEMBRANCE OF THIS GREAT GODDESS.

"I AM SERQET, MISTRESS OF HEAVEN AND LADY OF ALL THE GODS. I HAVE COME BEFORE YOU, OH KING'S GREAT WIFE, MISTRESS OF THE TWO LANDS, LADY OF UPPER AND LOWER EGYPT, NEFERTARI, BELOVED OF MUT, JUSTIFIED BEFORE OSIRIS WHO RESIDES IN ABTU, AND I HAVE ACCORDED YOU A PLACE IN THE SACRED LAND, SO THAT YOU MAY APPEAR GLORIOUSLY IN HEAVEN LIKE RA."

"(INSCRIPTION IN THE TOMB OF NEFETARI) "

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The Muses  

Posted by Stella Clark

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THE MUSES OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY WERE THE DAUGHTERS OF ZEUS AND MNEMOSYNE (MEMORY). IT IS SAID THAT THEY LAY TOGETHER FOR NINE MONTHS, AND ONE YEAR LATER MNEMOSYNE GAVE BIRTH TO THE NINE DAUGHTERS. THESE NINE GREEK GODDESS OF ART AND INSPIRATION HAD A VERY IMPORTANT FUNCTION TO FULFILL--TO INSPIRE POETS AND TO PROMOTE THE ARTS AND SCIENCES. ALL LEARNING WAS UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF THE MUSES AND ANY PLACE DEDICATED TO THEM WAS CALLED A "MOUSEION," WHICH LATER BECAME OUR WORD MUSEUM"." AREAS WHERE SACRED WELLS AND SPRINGS ARE FOUND ARE WHERE THE MUSES WERE MOST VENERATED. THE MUSES REMAIN IMPORTANT TO US TODAY BECAUSE THEY CONTINUE TO CONNECT US TO THOSE ARCHETYPES WHICH ARE STILL EXPERIENCED BY CREATIVE PEOPLE...AND TO ME, THAT INCLUDES ALL OF US BECAUSE EACH OF US IS CREATIVE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

THE MUSES WERE REPRESENTED AS YOUNG MAIDENS WITH FACES--SMILING, GRAVE, THOUGHTFUL--ACCORDING TO THE FUNCTION THEY SERVED. THEY WERE ATTIRED IN LONG, FLOWING ROBES. THEY WERE ABLE TO DANCE WITH TIRELESS FEET AND SANG WITH BRILLIANT VOICES. THE NAMES AND ATTRIBUTES OF THE NINE SISTERS WERE AS FOLLOWS:

CLIO (FAME-GIVER) WAS THE MUSE OF HISTORY. SHE WAS OFTEN DEPICETED WITH A HALF-OPENED SCROLL OR A CHEST OF BOOKS. FROM A UNION WITH PIERUS, THE KING OF MACEDONIA AND BORE A SON, HYACINTHUS, A HANDSOME LAD WHO WAS ONE DAY ACCIDENTALLY SLAIN BY HIS LOVER, APOLLO. FROM HIS BLOOD GREW THE FLOWER THAT BEARS HIS NAME.

ENTERPE (JOY-GIVER) PRESIDED OVER LYRIC POETRY AND MUSIC; HER SYMBOL WAS THE FLUTE. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF JOY AND PLEASURE AND BROUGHT GREAT JOY AND DELIGHT TO ALL THOSE WHO WERE BLESSED TO HERE HER SING.

THALIA (THE FESTIVE) WAS THE MUSE OF COMEDY. SHE ALSO WORE THE COMIC MASK AND CARRIED A SHEPHERD'S STAFF OR A WREATH OF IVY. SHE IS WORSHIPPED BECAUSE THOSE WHOM SHE SINGS PRAISES OF LASTS FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.

MELPOMENE (THE SINGER) WAS THE MUSE OF TRAGEDY. SHE IS USUALLY REPRESENTED WEARING THE TRAGIC MASK AND ENVELOPED IN VINE LEAVES. SHE ALSO CARRIED THE CLUB OF HERACLES. HER CHANTING CHARMS AND INSPIRES HER LISTENERS.

TERPSICHORE (SHE WHO LOVES DANCING) WAS THE MUSE OF LYRIC POETRY AND THE DANCE. SHE ALSO RULED OVER CHORAL SONG; HENCE, SHE IS USUALLY REPRESENTED SEATED AND HOLDING THE LYRE. LEGEND HOLDS THAT SHE MATED WITH THE RIVER GOD ACHELOUS AND BORE THE SIRENS.

ERATO (AWAKENER OF DESIRE) WAS THE MUSE OF EROTIC VERSE AND LOVE POETRY. SHE ALSO CARRIES A LYRE. IT IS SAID THAT SHE TURNS THOSE WHO FOLLOW HER INTO MEN WHO ARE DESIRED AND WORTHY OF LOVE.

POLYHYMMIA (MANY HYMNS) WAS THE MUSE OF THE SUBLIME AND SACRED HYMNS; LATER OF THE MIMIC ART AND STORYTELLING. SHE IS USUALLY DEPICTED AS WEARING A VEIL OR IN AN ATTITUDE OF MEDITATION. SHE IS A SERIOUS LOOKING WOMAN WHO SOMETIMES HOLDS A FINGER TO HER MOUTH AS IF IN DEEP THOUGHT.

URANIA (HEAVENLY) WAS THE MUSE OF ASTROLOGY; HER SYMBOLS WERE THE CELESTIAL GLOBE AND COMPASS. SHE IS USUALLY DRESSED IN A DARK CLOAK ON WHICH STARS HAVE BEEN EMBROIDERED, AND SHE LOOKS UPWARDS TOWARDS THE STARS. AMONG HER TALENTS, IT IS SAID THAT SHE COULD FORETELL THE FUTURE BY THE POSITION OF THE STARS.

CALLIOPE (BEAUTIFUL VOICED) WAS THE ELDEST AND MOST DISTINGUISHED OF THE NINE MUSES. SHE WAS THE MUSE OF EPIC POETRY AND ELOQUENCE. HER MATE WAS APOLLO, AND SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF THE GREAT POETS, ORPHEUS AND LINUS. SHE WAS PERHAPS THE MOST MYTHICALLY INVOLVED OF ALL THE MUSES AND WAS THE ARBITRATOR OF THE DISPUTE BETWEEN APHRODITE AND PERSEPHONE OVER ADONIS.

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