I love to explore the Divine Feminine and write about Goddesses. For a list of those, click on the link: Goddesses. In order to become more balanced within ourselves and, through that, to bring greater balance and harmony to the world around us, we must find greater balance between the masculine and feminine energies within ourselves that each one of us possesses, regardless of physical gender or any other ways of self-identification.
Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom & Sciences
Seshat is the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, astronomy, astrology and writing. Later years saw a decline in her being venerated by the Egyptians and she was made into the consort or also sometimes the daughter of the Ibis-headed God Tehuti (Thoth) who took over more and more of her attributes and power.
Her name means She Who Scrivens and she was believed to be the creator of all writing. Because of this, the invention of the Egyptian alphabet and hieroglyphs were attributed to her. Seshat is therefore also connected to communication, although idle gossip is not her style. Rather, because she was the Goddess of accounting, architecture, astronomy, astrology, building, mathematics, and surveying, she communicates clearly and truthfully.
When Seshat speaks (or writes), her message is that of truth and logic, but it is also tempered with love, as she is a Goddess whose essence is love by the power of definition. Anything divine is love in essence and thus, Seshat aids in the clear communication with others and helps to connect with loved ones, family or friends.
She is also known as Lady of the Stars, which honours her connection to her astronomical wisdom and knowledge. She presided over the Ancient Egyptian ritual of the Stretching of the Cord Ceremony, which pharaoh performed at a building site, so the building to be constructed would be perfectly aligned with the stars, from which, Ancient Egyptians believed, Pharaoh derived his or her divine powers.
Together with Goddess Seshat, the Pharaoh stood with a hammer in one hand and a pole in the other. Seshat, who was holding the same objects in her hands, then pulled a cord that was wrapped between their respective poles.
Seshat was depicted with a seven-pointed emblem on her head. Although it is not sure what this symbol represents, it reminds strongly of a palm tree. However, Seshat was also known as the Lady of the Seven Horns, so there may well be another significant meaning to this.
She holds a palm stem in her hand which has little notches in it and is used to count the passage of time, although this is not the only measurement Seshat is connected to. Being Goddess of accounting and many sciences, numbers and mathematics are always needed in the study and research of these fields.
Seshat is also shown with either a hide over her dress or her dress being patterned like a cheetah’s or leopard’s fur coat and so, she is associated with these two feline animals. In her other hand, she is often holding various tools or a knotted cord that was stretched when surveying land for building.
Mistress of Books
In temple libraries that held the most secret wisdom to which only a handful of priests and Pharaoh and his Queen had access, a Leopard or Panther was guarding these sacred scriptures and it was said that this feline would only allow people through who possessed a pure heart. Those would evil intent would be slain and torn apart. As this guardian animal was of divine origin, as it was believed, it could not be overcome by mere mortals, thus rendering the protection of the written wisdom perfect and infallible.
Seshat was also known as the fairy godmother of Ancient Egypt and the symbol on her head which she is depicted with was thought to be a magic wand with a seven-pointed star. Even before the founding of Egypt, Seshat’s powers over cause and effect, the divinely guided manipulation of energy through conscious will in physical reality was legendary.
She is a sorceress and alchemist and also presides over the essence of cosmic intuition, creating the geometry of the heavens. She is also known as the Mistress of Books who looks after the library of Thoth’s (Tehuti’s) spells and scrolls. As Egyptian mythology is very much based on duality, everything having a feminine and masculine aspect, Seshat could also be considered to be Tehuti’s feminine aspects. While she invented writing, he taught it to mankind.
Seshat is also the patron Goddess of libraries and all writing work, whether in language or numbers. Her energies imbue you with the powers to communicate clearly, see connections and logical conclusions, as well as gifting you with the power to access your divine intuition and inspiration in order to communicate in the best and clearest way possible in order to bring understanding and transfer deeper wisdom and empathy.
In this way, it doesn’t matter whether you do your business accounts or write a fictional book. Whatever you wish to express, Seshat’s energy can be accessed in order to bring about the best results. In fact, she is one of my favourite Goddesses, together with Saraswati, to connect with when I am writing my fictional stories, twenty of which have been published as romance novels already, and more are in the making. If you would like to browse through my author’s page, you can access it here. If you would like to read up on summaries and excerpts, you can do so on my Books page.
When you do your accounts, Seshat can aid to get a grasp on figures and more complex constructs. She will grant you clear sight and support you in communicating your thoughts and feelings clearly, as well as grant you the understanding and deeper wisdom to access those levels of knowledge and wisdom in order to communicate it to others in a way that will stay with them over time. She is also a wonderful Goddess to call upon when inviting guests into your home, as you can create a strong bond with friends and family, or, in your place of work, colleagues, clients and business associates.
On an inner level, Seshat can help you connect to universal cosmic wisdom, your powers of manifestation and make learning, writing and calculating easier for you to grasp and apply.