I’ve been thinking a lot of ways I can give myself a bit of “oomph” in my spellworking in reference to my writing. My rituals have fallen to the wayside in the wake of my many projects—between writing several books at the same time (what? I have ADD) and ebook formatting and working a full-time day job, I have little time or inclination to practice magick. So, how can I harness my own powers for the good of the writing, thus improving my writing prowess AND working on maintaining my direct line to the spiritual? I need to research, and research fast.
From where does this need stem? From the fact that I’m notorious for procrastinating. I’ve considered having the word legally added to my name. Anytime I HAVE a break in the madness, all I want to do is sit on my ass and stare at the television screen—to turn off my brain and just veg. My poor mind works overtime times three. That’s a lot for one girl. I’m almost positive my recent bout of viral chest infection was brought on by all of the stress I place on myself.
I figured I would start by identifying a goddess of writing. I already knew of a few “gods” of writing, but come on—I’m a female. I’m 95% percent positive my muse is a woman. Without further ado, I give you SESHAT, goddess of writing, astronomy, astrology, architecture, and mathematics. (Smart woman. Day-um.)
Seshat is the feminine consort/counterpart/wife/child of Thoth the Scribe, he who wrote the story/program of humanity’s journey through time. She is a Magician, as is Isis, Thoth, Hermes, etc. Seshat bore the title ‘Egyptian Fairy Godmother’. Her magic wand, with its seven pointed star, was the symbol which represented the source of all creative ideas, consciousness. Her powers of cause and effect for any affectation were legendary before the founding of Egypt. – (all quotations from this site) http://www.crystalinks.com/seshat.html
What’s that? A magic wand? Holy cannoli, I have a magic wand! It doesn’t have a seven pointed star at its point (instead, a clear quartz arrow-ish thing), but knowing now what that star represents, maybe I should add one? I could use a little “source of all creative ideas and consciousness” at my beck-n-call.
With this combination of a magic wand and cause and effect, could Seshat help me in my quest to be a better witch and writer? Let’s move on.
The Egyptians believed that she invented writing, while Thoth taught writing to mankind. She was known as ‘Mistress of the House of Books’, indicating that she also took care of Thoth’s library of spells and scrolls. She is the patron of libraries and all forms of writing, including census and accounting work. Seshat was the only female that has been found (so far) actually writing. Other women have been found holding a scribe’s writing brush and palette – showing that they could read and write, but these women were never shown in the act of writing itself. As goddess of writing, she was seen as a scribe, and record keeper, and her name itself means (she who) scrivens (i.e. she who is a scribe).
I’ll be damned. A woman invented writing! Are we surprised? (Um. No.) Not only did she create writing, she actually wrote. Seshat was a writer! She was also a patroness of libraries, and I might as well OWN a library. Nearly 3k books in my collection, and my friends request to borrow them so often I ought to give them library cards. So, okay, my name doesn’t mean “she who writes”, but it means “evergreen”, and that is a tree, and paper is made from trees, and we write on paper! (Grasping at straws? Who?)
The plot thickens! What more?
Her headdress was also her hieroglyph which may represent either a stylized flower or seven pointed star on a standing goddess that is beneath a set of down-turned horns. The horns may have originally been a crescent, linking Seshat to the moon and hence to her spouse, the moon god of writing and knowledge, Thoth.
What a coink-i-dink. I love the moon. She is my goddess, coo-coo-ki-choo. I think I need a patroness just like Seshat.
She is frequently dressed in a leopard-skin, a symbol of funerary priests, because the pattern of the skin represents the stars, both a symbol of eternity, and associated with the moon.
Read: leopard skin. Heather’s brain: Um, ew. But, then, it goes on and I say: “Ohhhhh. Represents stars. Eternity. The moon. I get it. Totally okay leopard skin situation.”
Wait! There’s more! This is where it gets FREAKY.
No temple has ever been found in her name. But in a temple constructed during Hatshepsut’s reign, queen Hatshepsut is shown directing Thoth to speak to Seshat to get the answers to his questions.
A few days ago, Andrew and I were being lazy on the couch. We’ve both become addicted to our streaming Netflix on the Wii. He picked out a 5-part series on Ancient Egypt and then promptly fell asleep. I, however, got sucked in as the narrator introduced me to this amazing QUEEN of Egypt named Hatshepsut. She was an activist, a feminist, and a daring, successful leader—the only successful female reign in Egypt. They told a few anecdotes—learned from the walls of her temple—and suddenly, I was struck with the idea for a book.
So, how strangely marvelous that I choose SESHAT to study within days of a glaring book idea for HATSHEPSUT, only to learn this multi-talented goddess is pictured in prominence on said Queen’s temple wall! Of course, because Hatshepsut was a female, she’s often depicted with male characteristics on her temple walls. Ridiculous, isn’t it? Good ole patriarchy can be found in all sorts of historical places.
Needless to say, it seems I’ll be building a close, personal relationship to a certain Egyptian goddess of writing. As I learn how to speak to and connect with Seshat, I’ll be sure to keep the blog updated. Heck, just by DOING SO, I may actually blog more than once a month 😉
Maybe—just maybe—a little communion with Seshat will push me to be a better writer.