Invocation and ritual to the Goddess Sekhmet
A prayer to Sekhmet
Book: Bast and Sekhmet, Eyes of Ra
Author: Storm Constantine and Eloise Coquio
Note from author: The following was translated by E.A. St George and is taken from her booklet Under Regulus.
In our opinion, it sums up Sekhmet’s nature and power.
Behold, I smell the earth before the mighty one.
Behold how I have kept the vigil in the shrine of Sekhmet.
Behold, I am the child, the child of Sekhmet, the lady of the east.
I am with her. I am one with her.
I am Sekhmet and the flames of all those who praise her.
I am the hand of the powerful goddess, wearer of the solar disc. I am the twice beautiful one, more splendid than yesterday.
I am she who goes forth with Ra. I am she.
My hair is the hair of Sekhmet, the golden one. My eyes are the eyes of the lioness.
My ears are the ears of the goddess.
My nose is the nose of she who can sniff out all evil.
My teeth are the fangs, which can devour the darkness
My neck is the neck of the divine goddess.
My hands are the hands with long claws.
My forearms are the forearms of the mighty one.
My backbone is golden and it shines with splendour
My chest is the chest of the mighty one of terror.
Mybelly and back are the belly and back of Sekhmet.
My buttocks are strong, as the goddess .
My hips and legs are the hips and legs of the goddess
My feet are the clawed feet of the lion goddess.
There is no part of me that is not of the goddess.
I am Sekhmet who cometh forth in the dawn.
I am the power of Ra by day.
I shall not be dragged back by my arms and none shall lay violent hands upon me, lest I destroy them utterly.
Nether man nor god shall hurt me, nor shall the living,
Nor shall the holy dead detain me.
Nor shall the demons destroy me in battle, for I am Sekhmet
And I shall eat off their faces.
I am she who cometh forth.
I am yesterday and I am the seer of millions of years.
I am the power of the divine judge.
I dwell in the east.
I am the lady of eternity, the unveiled one.
My name is created to defy all evil.
I am the flame that shineth in the sanctuary.
I am Sekhmet.
INVOCATION OF SEKHMET
Taken from: http://tribes.tribe.net/sekhmetschosen/thread/75a012e4-bc4e-45f6-b723-533e907ad100 Written by: Unknown
INVOCATION OF SEKHMET
O Thou Lion-Headed Lady of Flame,
Horizon of Heaven, Eternal of Name,
Present, potent and perfect one,
Bursting through the force of the Sun,
Mighty of Magic, Daughter of Ra,
Solar Protector, Consort of Ptah,
Illuminator of the Land,
Prowler across the desert sand,
Honored in Mennefer’s temples of stone,
Honored in hearts Thou callest Thine own,
Guardian of the Pharaoh’s reign,
Patron of the surgeon’s domain
Thou who art the Great Devourer
Thou who wields the Scepter of Power,
With the Ankh and the Sa come forth in this hour.
Traversing the Boat of Millions of Years,
Destroyer of those whom Thy Father fears,
Goddess of Pestilence, Scorcher of Earth,
Heralding the water’s rebirth,
Carnage of Cities, Eater of Blood,
With bitter plague and swirling flood,
Wildest in battle, Goddess of War,
Shaking the heavens with Thy mighty roar,
Ferocious avenger, celestial eye,
Searing the cerulean sky,
Lady of Slaughter, show Thy splendor
For us Thou art the Firm Defender
Thou who makes every eye to see
Thou who causes the foe to flee
Enter into the heart of me!
My body invokes Thee, Lady of Flame,
By the secrets of Thy Name,
Sekhem, Sekhem, in flesh and bone
Sekhem, Sekhem, it shall be known,
I invoke Thee by Thy word -
Sekhem, Sekhem, let it be heard,
Sekhem, Sekhem, the magic speech,
Through all the realms this sound shall reach.
My body invokes Thee, Lady of Might,
Let my eyes blaze with mystic sight
Mine is the head of the Lioness-Queen,
All my senses honed and keen,
Leaping swiftly upon my paws,
Striking with my sharpened claws,
Seizing my prey in my savage jaws
I am Sekhmet, Mistress of Dread,
My weapon the arrow, my color is red
I am Sekhmet, Queen of Strife,
And I come forth with the Ankh of life
I am my Father’s most fierce projection,
And I bear the sign of divine protection.
For those who dare to call on me,
I bring the strength to fight, not flee.
Propitiation must be made,
For mine is the healing of the blade,
To sever the useless and the outworn,
To gather the fragments and mend what is torn.
For I am the Great Devourer
And I wield the scepter of power,
Manifesting in this hour.
An Invocation of Sekhmet
“The Powerful, powerful in her existence, She that impurity fears.
The one who’s face is beautiful, remarkable of image, who thrusts back sadness.
The solar feminine disc, radiant, rejuvenating, illuminating the country.
The Mistress of the sky, appearing in her sanctuary.
Sekhmet, powerful against the enemies, inspiring terror in the rebels.
The Mistress of Iunet, entering into her chapel, whirling and dancing in her temple.”
(translated into English by Kerry Wisner, 1999-2000, from the French text “Dendera – I Traduction” by S. Cauville)
taken from: http://www.hwt-hrw.com/Sekhmet.php
Read more on the liteny of Sekhmet on this page.
Invocation To Sekhmet
http://www.vibrani. com/invocation. htm
As it was at Memphis so be it now!
Hear me, I beseech Thee, O Powerful One!
Lady of Rekht, Lady of Pekhet, Lady of Set
Lady of Rehesaui, Lady of Tchar and of Sehert!
Mother in the Horizon of Heaven,
In the Boat of Millions of Years.
Thou art the Great Defender!
Thou art Overthrower of Qetu!
Preserve us from the Evil chamber
of the souls of Hes-hra!
Deliver us from the Abode of Fiends!
O Thou Who Art Sekhmet,
Life-Giver to the Gods.
Sekhmet, Lady of Flame, Sekhmet,
Great One of Magic.
Sekhmet, Eternal Is Thy Name!
O hear me now!
Sekhmet, With Lioness head,
Sekhmet, Whose color is Red.
Sekhmet,Daughter of Ra.
Sekhmet, Consort of Ptah.
Sekhmet, Mighty Is Thy Name!
O, Hear me now!
Sekhmet, Goddess of Pestilence.
Sekhmet, Goddess of Wars,
Sekhmet, Queen of the Wastelands,
Sekhmet, Terrible Is Thy Name!
O, Come to me!
Sekhmet, Destroyer of Rebellions.
Sekhmet, Scorching Eye of Ra.
Sekhmet, Protector, Ruler.
Sekhmet, Holy Is Thy Name!
O, Reveal Thyself to me!
Sekhmet, Mother of the Gods.
Sekhmet, Mistress of the Crowns.
Sekhmet, Thou art called Only One.
Sekhmet, Beloved Is Thy Name!
Possess me now, O Great One!
SEKHMET PRAYER TO OVERCOME ADVERSITY
“O Sekhmet, Source of Strength and Mercy,
I am beset by sorrow and many troubles;
wounded by injustice and the offensive
wrongdoing of others.
Grant me the strength to meet adversity
with quiet courage and unshaken will.
O Sekhmet, Overcomer of All Enemies,
Forgive my weakness and renew my hope.
Place your protective mantle around me,
help me remain steadfast and resolute
in front of my enemies.
Shield and defend me and my loved ones
from the ravages of fear and anxiety.
O Sekhmet, Who Rouseth the People
Grant me the fortitude to show forbearance
to those who would sin against me.
May I allow no trial, however severe,
to embitter my soul and destroy my trust.
May my heart not despair of human good.
O Sekhmet, I praise and honor Thee with gratitude for your help.
PRAYER TO SEKHMET FOR PROTECTION
Composed by Senut for a soldier stationed in Iraq
Lady of the Burning Sands,
Sekhmet, Mistress of Terror!
May no enemy find me,
May no harm approach me,
Your sacred fire surrounds me,
No evil can withstand Your Eye.
Sekhmet’s Own Thoughts About: Hekau, Prayers and Poems
O Goddess Of Mystery…Lady of Enchantment….She Who Renders Unto TheSelf-Awareness, Awareness….Unfold within My Being and perception the understanding needed for complete and utter harmonious integration. Deliver unto Me, Thy Child and Way Opener, by merit of Our union and Love, The energies needed by me at this moment to balance that which is felt to be unbalanced, so that I may return unto Thee, The Source Of Life and Liberty, The Frame Work In Which to Mutiply The Images of Love. May all of My Being be Blessed by this.
SA SEKHEM SAHU.
It is to Thy Work I commit Myself. It is by my Work That Thou hast made manifest Thyself in the World of Wo/Man.
SA SEKHEM SAHU.
Bid Me Your essential Guidance…languish my ails…fortify my inner strength, which is no more than a spark of thine Cosmic Attribute of the same…
SA SEKHEM SAHU…
Render unto Me the alchemical promise of self-transformation… so that Thy Work and Great Commision may be realized to The Fullest Potential. Let not the Dark Darts of Illusion hold sway over me…Purge my being of self-created hatred…and Show me the Ways in Which to reclaim my Whole self. For I AM Your Child, A Child of the Most High, And Lady Of The Deepest pit…She Who Is First Before All Things, Out of Which Being Became…
Dear Sekhmet… Heal Me Now!!!
Taken from the page Rituals and such:
Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans
Sekhmet’s Mid Summer Ritual
7:00 pm, Saturday, July 29, 2006
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Lauderdale,
3970 NW 21st Avenue, Oakland Park, Florida 33309
HPS: Sophia HP: Spelcastor Ritual: Mid Summer. (Mid point between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox) Ancient Egyptian New Year - Month of Sekhmet Festival First Harvest. Banishing/New Beginnings (transition) ritual. Life that dies so that life may live. Honors the Grain Harvests and the Goddesses and Gods of Death and Resurrection. The Full Moon in August is called the Corn Moon. New Moon July 25, 2006 4:31 UT- Full Moon August 09, 2006 10:54 UT Sun is 15 degrees in Leo on August 6, 2006. Halfway between Summer Solstice (Litha) and Fall Equinox (Mabon). This eclectic ritual will be in honor of the Goddess Sekhmet. There will be elements of Egyptian, Wicca, and Strega rituals. Goddess: Sekhmet Her name has also been spelled as Sakhmet and Sekhet. God: Ptah: Consort of Sekhmet. God: Nefertem: Son of Sekhmet and Ptah. Goddess of the North: Uatchet. Earth=Dry+Cold RED G East: Bast. Fire=Hot+Dry YELLOW EI South: Nekhebet. Air=Wet+Hot WHITE A West: Sekhet. Water=Cold+Wet BLACK U In comparatively late dynastic times Sekhet and Bast were identified with forms of Hathor, and were regarded as the Goddesses of the West and the East respectively, just as Nekhe-bet and Uatchet were the goddesses of the South and the North respectively. Each goddess had the head of a lioness, but the body of Sekhet is said to have been draped in a red garment whilst that of Bast was arrayed in a green garment. Alter: Facing the north covered with a red cloth. Decorated with barley, corn, apples Red Goddess Candle placed to the northwest, Green God Candle placed to the northeast. Icons next to each. Pentacle placed in center with the Spirit bowl and candle set upon it. Placed to the north: Utility knife, and Bowl contains stones to represent earth. Placed to the east: Athame, and Bowl contains votive candle (burning) to represent fire. Placed to the south: Wand, Bell, and Bowl contains incense (smoking) to represent air. Placed to the west: Chalice, and Bowl contains purified water to represent water. Other items: Ankh, Censer with chain, bowl of salt, four quarter candles, libation bowl, broom, one utility candle, and cauldron. Mundane tools: Utility knife, sacred bic lighter, candle snuffer. Cakes and Ale: Barley bread and Red beer (root beer and red soda) Drummers: (all who bring drums within the circle area) Drum beat for the gathering. Gunnar will pass out paper and tell everyone to write two things on it. "One that you want to banish from and one that you want to bring into your life." These papers will be burned on the fire. HP: Will make the announcement that it is time to gather for the Ritual. Bard: Aleph the Seeker will speak the Story of Sekhmet. Fire Tender MacMage: will build and start the fire. Procession: Jingles to carry Sekhmet banner and lead everyone into circle. Jennifer to carry CUUPS banner into circle. Chant: Volunteer to lead the chant. "She changes everything She touches and Everything She touches changes" Drummers: Drum beat for the chant. Blessing coming into the circle while smudging: Marty Mc will smudge everyone and say: "Welcome to this Mid Summer rite, may your life always be bright". HPS: lights the utility candle. HPS: "We will have a meditation so we can get grounded before we start" Grounding meditation: Ash the Silent will lead the meditation. "Relax, breath deeply. Take a breath for the count of 3, hold for the count of 3, exhale for the count of 3. Plant your feet firmly on the ground. Think of your feet growing roots into the ground and getting relaxing energy from the earth. Now think of a brilliant white light over your head. That white light is shining down upon you. Imagine that you are being bathed in that white light. That light is pouring down upon you. That brilliant white light is love and healing. Let that light be within you, and you be within that light. You are getting relaxing energy from the earth and love and healing energy from the brilliant white light. Now take a minute and see yourself on a big screen. You are exactly how you want to be. Picture yourself with everything you want, wherever you want to be, surrounded by people who love you. This is the you that you can become. (Pause.) Now when you are ready come back to this place, keep the relaxing, love, and healing energy with you, and open your eyes.". Consecrate the salt and water (HP places point of athame in salt) HP: "As Salt is Life, let it purify us in all ways we may use it. Let it cleanse our bodies and spirits as we dedicate ourselves in these rites to the glory of the Goddess and the God." (HPS places three portions of salt in the water with her athame.) HPS: "Let the Sacred Salt drive out any impurities in this Water, that we may use it throughout these rites." Drummers: Drum beat for casting the circle. Cast the Circle: With blade: (HPS casts the Circle with athame moving deosil.) "I cast the circle round and round, by it's magic we are bound". With water and salt: (Melanie takes up salt water. Follows HPS around the Circle): "Salt and water purify, Strength and Dreams, never die". With incense: (HP takes up censer and follows Volunteer around the Circle.) "Air and fire purify, Imagination and Magick fly". They return to alter and HPS rings bell three times. Invite the Spirit, Goddess, and God of the Universe. HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken". HPS lights the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl from the utility candle. "Hail Great Spirit, Spirit of the Universe, I bid you welcome, join us in this rite and lend us your wisdom". HPS lights the Goddess candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl. "Hail Great Goddess, Goddess of the Universe, I bid you welcome." HP lights the God candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl. "Hail Great God, God of the Universe, I bid you welcome." Invite the elements: HP: "Let's Invite the elements starting with the north". NORTH: - (earth - Goddess Uatchet - Mountain Lioness) HPS: "Let the Drums beat". (Red for north will dance to the alter to use the microphone.) HP: "Let the words be spoken". Red: "Hail Goddess Uatchet of the North and Earth, great Mountain Lioness, I bid you, join us and give us strength. So Mote it be". (HPS: lights the north quarter candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl.) EAST: - (fire - Goddess Bast - Lioness) HPS: "Let the Drums beat". Swamp for east will dance to the alter to use the microphone HP: "Let the words be spoken". Swamp: "Hail Goddess Bast of the East and Fire, great Lioness, I bid you, join us and give us magic power. So Mote it be". (HPS: lights the east quarter candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl.) SOUTH: - (air - Goddess Nekhebet - Winged Lioness) HPS: "Let the Drums beat". (Willow for south will dance to the alter to use the microphone.) HP: "Let the words be spoken". Willow: "Hail Goddess Nekhebet of the South and Air, great Winged Lioness, I bid you, join us and give us insight. So Mote it be". (HPS: lights the south quarter candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl.) WEST: - (water - Goddess Sekhet - Sea Lioness) HPS: "Let the Drums beat". (DeepSeaStar for west will dance to the alter to use the microphone.) HP: "Let the words be spoken". DeepSeaStar: "Hail Goddess Sekhet of the West and Water, great Sea Lioness, I bid you, join us and give us new beginnings. So Mote it be". (HPS: lights the west quarter candle from the Spirit candle in the spirit bowl.) Invite the Goddess Sekhmet: HPS: "Let the Drums beat". HP: "Let the words be spoken". HPS: "As it was at Memphis, So be it now! Hear me, I beseech Thee, O Powerful One! Hail Sekhmet, Bright Mother, Dark Mother... Goddess of rebirth and healing. We call to you, your children call to you. Come, be with us, and give us guidance". "Sekhmet, Lady of the Place of the Beginning of Time, Sekhmet, Whose Essence is Fire, Tempestuous, Forever, Great one of Magick, Grant me success in my endeavor! Blessed be the Name of Sekhmet, Beloved Her Image! Possess me now, O Great One". HP: Says SEKHMET'S OWN PRAYER OF PROTECTION "SEKHMET, Awakener, Lady of Transformations. Great One of Magic, Opener of Ways, One Before Whom Evil Trembles, Protectress of the Divine Order, Over comer of All Enemies, Bring the Strength of your Divine Fire To protect your Beloved Children, Those whom you have gathered to your Breast. Our Hearts are Pure. Our Minds Clear. Let all Here be Accomplished For the Glory of Sekhmet, So we may better Delight in the Breadth Of Your Divine Presence within Our lives. Amen - So Mote It Be" Invite the God Ptah: HP: "Let the Drums beat". HPS: "Let the words be spoken". HP: "Hail Ptah, God of Memphis and life, he who set all the Gods in their places and gave all people, all cattle, and all creeping things that live the breath of life, patron of masons, sculptors, painters, builders and carpenters, consort of Sekhmet, we call to you. Come, be with us, and give us new life". Invite the God Nefertem: HP: "Let the Drums beat". HPS: "Let the words be spoken". HP: "Hail Nefertem, Son of Sekhmet and Ptah we call to you. Come, be with us, and give us joy". Explain the purpose of the Mid Summer Ritual: HP: "We are no longer in Memphis. There is no inundation. This is the first harvest. We now reap what we have sown. A time for rejoicing. We invite you to share our harvest. The first of three harvests before winter is upon us. The first crops are cut in the fields. The plants die as the fields are reaped. Look at the fields of your life. This is the time to look within yourself. Look at what you have sown and are now reaping. You are harvesting the sowing of your past deeds and words. This is the time to cultivate positive deeds and words for the future". HP: "Have you sown well?" HPS: "Have you tended your fields with care?" HP: "What do you fear?" Chant three times by everyone: "Hoof and horn, Hoof and horn, All that dies shall be reborn. Wheat and grain, Wheat and grain, All that falls shall rise again". HPS: Explain the Banishing/NewBeginnings Ritual: "This is a Banishing/NewBeginnings ritual. This is the time to rid yourself of deeds, words, feelings, and emotions that produced ineffective harvest. Now is the time to replace those deeds, words, feelings, and emotions, with ones which will be effective to bring success, happiness and joy into your life. "Everyone has written something on paper that you want to banish from your life and bring into your life. Think hard about what you want to replace in your life and what you want to replace it with. Banish the things that are keeping you from becoming what you want to be. Think about what and who you want to become. Put those thoughts into the paper in your hand. The energy will be in the paper even if nothing is written on the paper. These will be burned in the fire and as they burn the energy will go into the universe. We will start a chant. During the chant when you are ready come forward and light the paper from the candle and drop it into the cauldron to finish burning. As you leave the cauldron then join us as we will then have a spiral dance". HPS: "Let the Drums beat". Drummers: (Drum beat for raising energy during the chanting and the spiral dance. Aleph the Seeker to lead banishing chant as everyone comes forward to burn their paper:) "Magick, Magick, what we claim. Into the Paper into the flame". (Jingles & Max leads in a spiral dance as the drummers' drum.) After the dance is done all say: "And As We Will It, So Mote It Be!" Dedicate the Barley Bread: HPS: "Behold the Bread of Life, Eat of the Bread of Life, that you might live through the long winter's Night". HP: "Eat of the Bread of Life, that you might live through the long winter's Night". (HPS holds athame. HP holds up plate of bread.) (HPS Touches each with athame and puts one in the libation dish.) Dedicate the Red Beer: HPS: "Behold the Red Beer of Life, Drink of the Red Beer of Life, that you might live through the long winter's Night." HP: "Drink of the Red Beer of Life, that you might live through the long winter's Night". (HP Fills Alter chalice and libation dish with the red beer.) Great Rite: (HPS holds chalice. HP places athame into chalice.) HPS: "As the chalice is to Goddess HP: "The athame is to the God HPS & HP: "In like fashion may male join with female for the happiness of both". HPS & HP: (offer each other the bread and red beer.) "Will you share the bounty of the Goddess and God with me?" HPS: "This food is the blessing of the Goddesses and Gods to our bodies. Let us partake of it freely. And as we share, let us remember always that we share with those who have nothing." HPS: "The bread and red beer that is left, offer to Her, Mother Earth, so that Her creatures may live through the long nights ahead". HPS: "Will the volunteers please come forward for the bread and red beer? (HPS and HP hand: cups to Volunteers. ; red beer to Volunteers ; bread to Volunteers.) HPS: "Let the Drums beat". Drummers: (Drum beat while cakes and ale are distributed. Cups passed out by North:Carmen - East:Swimp - South:? - West:?) (Red beer poured by North:? - East:Samantha - South:? - West:?) "Will you share the red beer of life with me?" (Bread passed out by North:Belial - East:Heidi - South:? - West:?) "Will you share the bread of life with me?" (All drink) (All eat) (announcements) Farewell to Nefertem: HP: "Let the Drums beat". HPS: "Let the words be spoken". HP: "Hail God Nefertem. Thank you for being with us tonight, for the gift of joy that you have given us. Hail and farewell. Blessed Be." Farewell to Ptah: HP: "Let the Drums beat". HPS: "Let the words be spoken". HP: "Hail God Ptah. Thank you for being with us tonight, for the gift of life that you have given us. Hail and farewell. Blessed Be." Farewell to Sekhmet: HP: "Let the Drums beat". HPS: "Let the words be spoken". HPS: "Hail Goddess Sekhmet. Thank you for being with us tonight, for the Blessings you have given us, and the gift of guidance. Hail and farewell. Blessed Be." Farewell to the elements HPS: "Let's bid Farewell to the elements starting in the West" West - (water - Goddess Sekhet - Sea Lioness) HPS: "Let the Drums beat". (DeepSeaStar for west will dance to the alter to use the microphone.) HP: "Let the words be spoken". DeepSeaStar : "Hail Goddess Sekhet of the West and Water, great Sea Lioness, Thank you for attending our rite. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the West quarter candle is extinguished) South - (air - Goddess Nekhebet - Winged Lioness) HPS: "Let the Drums beat". (Willow for south will dance to the alter to use the microphone.) HP: "Let the words be spoken". Willow: "Hail Goddess Nekhebet of the South and Air, great Winged Lioness, Thank you for attending our rite. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the South quarter candle is extinguished) East - (fire - Goddess Bast - Lioness) HPS: "Let the Drums beat". (Swamp for east will dance to the alter to use the microphone.) HP: "Let the words be spoken". Swamp : "Hail Goddess Bast of the East and Fire, great Lioness, Thank you for attending our rite. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the East quarter candle is extinguished) North - (earth - Goddess Uatchet - Mountain Lioness) HPS: "Let the Drums beat". (Red for north will dance to the alter to use the microphone.) HP: "Let the words be spoken". Red: "Hail Goddess Uatchet of the North and Earth, great Mountain Lioness, Thank you for attending our rite. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the North quarter candle is extinguished) Farewell to the Spirit, Goddess, and God of the universe: HP: "Let the Drums beat". HPS: "Let the words be spoken". HP: "Hail Great God, God of the universe. Thank you for being with us tonight. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the God candle is extinguished) HPS: "Hail Great Goddess, Goddess of the universe. Thank you for being with us tonight. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the Goddess candle is extinguished) HPS& HP: "Hail Great Spirit, Spirit of the universe. Thank you for being with us tonight, for the gift of wisdom that you have given us. Hail and Farewell. Blessed Be". (the Spirit candle is extinguished) Close the circle: Volunteer to lead in singing (Three times) "The circle is open but not unbroken. May the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart, Merry Meet, and Merry Part And Merry Meet again!" "Blessed Be"