personification of the soul

bastet · goddess of cats, fire and pregnant women

Bastet was the goddess of fire, cats, of the home and pregnant women. According to one myth, she was the personification of the soul of Isis. She was also called the “Lady of the East”. As such, her counterpart as “Lady of the West” was Sekhmet. The goddess Bastet was usually represented as a woman with the head of a domesticated cat. However, up until 1000 BC she was portrayed as a lioness. Bastet was the daughter of Re, the sun god. It may have been through him that she acquired her feline characteristics. When Re destroyed his enemy Apep, he was usually depicted as a cat. As portrayed as a cat, she was connected with the moon

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if you met the personification of your mind, would you be friends with them? if they spoke to you the way you speak to yourself, would you ever talk to them again? would you let them offer you advice? how far would you trust them?

if you met the personification of your soul, of who you are on your best days, would you want them to stay? would you forgive them for being flawed because you know they are trying? would you try and help them be whole or would you tell them to get it over? would you love them, even broken?


Charon, the ferryman of Hades,

he was the son of Nyx (the personification of night) alone, sometimes of Nyx and her brother Erebos (the personification of darkness). It was Charon’s duty to ship the souls of the newly deceased over the rivers Stxy (and Acheron), that divide the world of the living and the world of the dead. His wage was an obolus, a coin, that was placed in the mouth or on the eyes of the deceased. Souls, who could not pay the fee, or those whose bodies were left unburied, had to wander the shores for one hundred years

The butterfly, in Japanese culture, is the personification of a person’s soul; whether they be living, dying…or already dead.

Decided to draw Gyobu, perhaps at a tea gathering with Mitsunari or maybe plotting strategies with Hanbei. The real Gyobu was said to have worn a cloth mask over his face to hide his illness.