The Birth of Hathor
In the Egyptian traditions, today is the birthday feast of the Goddess Hathor. Hathor is a very ancient Goddess, pre-dating the times of the Pharaoh dynasties. Horus was associated with kingship, and Hathor was associated with the queen.
Her name translates to “The House of Horus,” for it is upon Her breast that the Sun God comes to sleep every night. But also, as the entire world could be said to be the House of Horus, Hathor is considered a Mother Goddess of the whole world, similar to Isis.
Music and dance are essential in the worship of Hathor, for She is the very incarnation of dance. She is also a Goddess of love, fertility, and motherhood, helping women in childbirth.
In addition, Hathor is patron Goddess of miners and of foreign lands. Sometimes, She is also depicted as a white cow, giver of life, creator of the Universe, and Great Mother nurturer.
Hathor’s cult was unusual because both men and women were Her priests (most deities had clerics of their same gender). Many of them were, in their own right, gifted artisans, musicians, and dancers who used their talents to create rituals that were amazing works of art.
Inspiration and divination are also Hathor’s gifts. Many would come to the temples of Hathor to have their dreams explained or to beseech Her for aid in their artistic endeavors, much in the same way the Greeks invoked the Nine Muses.
So how might you celebrate the many gifts of wonderful Hathor? How can She inspire and guide you?
For a more modern celebration, today is Raksha Bandhan, the joyful Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.
Also sometimes called Rakhi, it is celebrated on the Full Moon of the Hindu month of Sravana in India.
On this day, every sister ties a rakhi (a bracelet and literally “the thread of love”) to her brother’s wrist and feeds him sweets. In exchange, the brother pledges to protect her from every peril, offering gifts and treats in return. It is a time for much merriment and gift-giving.
It also commemorates any sibling-like loving, protective relationship between males and females who might or might not be biologically related.
If you have a brother or sister, or a platonic friendship that you care about, tell them so, and maybe schedule some playtime with them.
And may all brothers around the world step up as strong, gentle men who honor their sisters and women friends.
The Full Moon in Pisces
And speaking of Full Moons, why yes. So it is!
Blessings of the Full Pisces Moon, which also happens to be the first of three consecutive Full Super Moons. And it opens the gate to the two powerful eclipses coming in September. Here’s some additional astrological insight from the always beautifully wise Lorna Bevan.
In various cultures, this Moon is known as the Green Corn Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, the Barley Moon, Ripe Berries Moon, Black Cherries Moon, the Lightning Moon, and the Wood Cutter’s Moon. To name a few.
I hope you will dance and rejoice under this final Full Moon of Summertime (or Winter, for our friends south of the equator).
May this day be sacred.
May you be blessed.