Faience Cat
Ancient Egypt - 26th Dynasty

Vivid blue faience cat seated on a base and wearing a collar

Sacred animal to the sun god Ra and Bastet. The earliest Egyptian depiction of the cat took the form of three hieroglyph symbols, each representing seated cats. These formed part of the phrase ‘Lord of the City of Cats’ inscribed on a stone block from El-Lisht that may date as early as the reign of Pepy II, 2278-2184 BC. The Egyptian word for cat was the onomatopoeic term miw. 


Limestone Cat Statue
Ancient Egypt, 26th Dynasty
663-525 BC

Brown limestone seated cat, with a smaller cat seated in the front, on a base with hieroglyphs.

Cats were sacred to the ancient Egyptians because of their hostility towards snakes.

Cats were also the symbol and domestic pet of Bastet (Bast) and the sun god, Ra. The earliest Egyptian depiction of the cat took the form of three hieroglyph symbols, each representing seated cats. These formed part of the phrase ‘Lord of the City of Cats’ inscribed on a stone block from El-Lisht that may date as early as the reign of Pepy II, 2278-2184 BC. The Egyptian word for cat was the onomatopoeic term miw. 

Sometimes I’m still very skeptical about how the netjeru try and contact you. By that I mean, when there’s signs I don’t know whether it is a sign or things just happen on coincidence. I mention this now b/c lately almost every thing I do Re comes to mind or something reminds me of him. I literally battle with myself if I’m making things seem like a sign because I want it to be ooorrrrr its super legit.        

I suppose I’ll just take it as signs and introduce myself. What can it harm?

Ancient Egyptian hollow bronze seated cat statue with traces of green patina. Cats were the sacred animal of the Sun God Ra. The earliest Egyptian depiction of the cat took the form of three hieroglyph symbols, each representing seated cats. These formed part of the phrase ‘Lord of the City of Cats’ inscribed on a stone block from El-Lisht that may date as early as the reign of Pepy II, 2278-2184 BC. The Egyptian word for cat was the onomatopoeic term miw. 26th Dynasty.

blub-blub-huge-beach asked:

Do you know of any gods/goddesses that are associated with cats/felines?

Hello there friend.

I can indeed provide a list of deities that have associations to cats, I would suggest you look into their stories and such in order to decide which one is the one you are looking for.

Bast - Ancient Egyptian cat goddess. She was depicted as both a lioness and a domestic cat, with both holding associations of their own regarding her. As the lioness she defended the pharaoh and sun god Ra. As the cat, she was a devoted mother and goddess of fertility.
Maahes - Ancient Egyptian lion god. Son of Bast. Devourer of the guilty and protector of the innocent.
Sekhmet - Ancient Egyptian lioness goddess. Fierce opposition of Bast, bringer of disease but also goddess of doctors and surgeons, as well as women.
Mafdet - Ancient Egyptian goddess, often depicted as a cat or mongoose. Protector against snakes and scorpions. Also known to bring the hearts of wrongdoers to the pharaoh.
Freya - Norse goddess of love and fertility. She rode a chariot pulled by two cats the size of lions. Cats are known to be sacred to her.
Hecate - Greek goddess, said to have escaped the monster Typhon by assuming the form of a cat. Said to have a special fondness for them afterwards.
Ceridwen - Welsh goddess of wisdom, was attended by white cats who carried out her orders on Earth.

There are probably many more, so I suggest you dig around if none of these call out to you.

With luck, Magpie.

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Duat - The Ancient Egyptian Underworld

To understand Duat we cannot just relate our current concept of Hell with it. The ancient Egyptians connected many different realms together, with blurred boundaries between them. It wasn’t just a matter of dying and then going to either heaven or hell. 

And actually, Duat was midway between earth and the afterlife. Yes, it was filled with scary creatures and difficult obstacles, but it was not where a soul went to stay for all eternity. 

Again, we must be reminded of the fact that the ancient Egyptian religion was not standardized throughout the land with let’s say one specific text that applied to all adherents. Many religious beliefs and practices were specific to their locale and had their own deities.

And then there would be a more general state religion that the king would take part of. 

Because of this, the different texts that explained different beliefs and practices were not considered an absolute. They mixed and mingled, some being evolutions of older texts and some just waxing and waning in popularity.

And so it was with the concept of the underworld… 

But for the sake of coherence, we will take a look at the most prevalent ancient Egyptian belief about the land of the dead.

geography & mythology of duat

In ancient Egyptian cosmology, the earth was thought to be flat and oval-shaped, and surrounded by oceans. Underneath this earth lay the vast expanse of the underworld, which also had the primordial waters of Nun running through them. 

For more on Nun and the primordial state of the universe before and during creation, check out the ancient Egyptian creation myth.

The Serpent Apep

The landscape was akin to the earth’s but with a more malevolent flavor.

There were trees, mountains as well as rivers, but also lakes of fire, dark caverns, evil spirits and serpents.

The ruler of the underworld was the God Osiris. Osiris was actually the King of the Earth prior to becoming “Lord of Duat”. But then his brother Seth murdered him out of jealousy… and although Isis, together with other helpful deities, tried to restore her beloved husband, he could only be revived on earth for a day and then had to become the Osiris of the Underworld.

Lord of the Underworld Osiris

But Duat was graced by many other deities as well as inhabited by other supernatural creatures.  Some were helpful to the deceased on their path through the underworld and judgment, while others could be harmful and provide challenges for the deceased to overcome.

the nocturnal journey of ra

Sun God Ra on his Solar Barque

Although earlier I said that many of the texts that describe ancient Egyptian religious beliefs were not constant, with different spells in them being used in different ways and in different sequences, there are two that were actually set. They were used in sequence and followed particular themes. 

Those were the Book of Gates and the Book of the Amduat. Together they were called “Guides to the Hereafter”

These texts describe the nocturnal journey of the Sun God Ra, from when he would dip into the underworld with the setting of the sun until he rose the next day on the opposite side. The ancient Egyptians mapped out what his journey looked like during that time.

This would also become the same journey that the deceased would take right after burial. 

The journey was divided into 12 hours, with each hour representing an obstacle that Ra had to complete in order to move onto the next. They include searching for the tomb of Osiris, facing his enemy Apep, navigating through the difficult realm of Sokar, and fully regenerating to come out as the rising sun from the eastern horizon.

Demons of the Gates of Duat

For the deceased each hour acted like a portal into the next, with gates in between.

Each of the gates had a demon guarding it.

To pass through each gate, the name of the demon had to be recited correctly. 

If passed through, the deceased would be allowed in to the Hall of Judgment for the Weighing of the Heart Ceremony, one of the most beautiful of all ancient Egyptian myths in my opinion.

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This Week - April 16th, 2015

April 16th, 2015

Join us for our weekly show featuring all Chicago music, Thursdays from 6-8pm on 88.7FM WLUW or streaming online at!

 Sun God Ra – 6:00pm

Sun God Ra is the sonic weight of the Universe. It is the sound of the world made audible. Cosmic energy distilled into music. Sounds of the Sun. Hail Ra.

History Now – 6:30pm

It began at a mansion in Muncie, IN, and has taken seven years to come to this point. History now is the story of a group of friends that have gone through everything together, from deaths to new beginnings, from one part of the country to another, from old friends to new ones.

After recording their self titled debut EP at Ball State College in Indiana, the singer Kyle Jaromin, bassist Eric Taylor, guitarist Boaz Walker, and drummer Joseph Stanley set off on a whirlwind of shows and festivals, slowly building a loyal local fanbase. By the spring of 2009, though, things began to shift as Stanley decided to leave the band. All three remaining members moved to Chicago, one by one, and after some time off, eventually crossed paths with local drummer Ryan Quilty.

Razorhouse – 7:00pm

The musical horizon is wide open for Panick after Codex Du, and he’s not one for routine. He has kept the Razorhouse lineup fluid as he recruits musicians for an upcoming tour. Everything else is equally wide open, as he promises: “new music, new film and video projects; a gallery show or two and lots of exploration. I’m just doing what I’ve always done, building forts and looking for others who wanna play.”

 B. Forrest – 7:30pm

Hailing from the swamps of Chicago, guitarist and songwriter B Forrest’s palette of audible paint contains the colours blues, folk, love, and soul. His debut album entitled “Back to Bodhi” (due out February 2015), was a seed turned tree at the end of last year. The album was recorded among some of Chicago’s finest musicians at The Coach House. It is through singing that the soul is freed from the flesh, so join him in praise, because Buddha believes in thee.

This Week – April 16th, 2015 was originally published on Radio One Chicago


Main Egyptian Deities 
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From the beginning of time, there was only the watery chaos, called Nu. Ra, the sun god of the city of Heliopolis rose up from the Chaotic waters with his thoughts and will. With no place to stand in the watery chaos where he appeared, he created a hill. With the creation of the hill, it represented as the coming of light into the darkness of Nu.Since he was the only god in the world, he want to create more gods, but without a mate he can not reproduce, so he made a union with his shadow.