Today on Summer Solstice we celebrate the Wandering Goddess!
As part of this celebration I set out offerings to her, Sekhmet in my case, and lit incense for her. I was inspired to write a bit in celebration of today that can be used throughout the year for whenever you need it. The basis of this comes from a message from Sekhmet when I first began to work as a priest. Also will be posting this on my blog. Enjoy!
“When you are afraid, wear my flowers,
When you are unclean, wear my scent,
When you are troubled, hold to my shrine,
When darkness would take you,
Raise your voice to me and I will fill you with light.”
Let us break this down into the four instructions
“When you are afraid, wear my flowers”
This can be seen as using flowers offered to Sekhmet as accessories. It can also relate to dedicating a piece of jewelry, accessory, or clothing that you interpret as her ‘flowers.’ Flowers were offered to the gods often and anything that you interpret as ‘flowers’ can be used this way. For example I have a ring with flowers on it and a necklace made for me that I refer to as ‘Sekhmet’s Flowers.’ Be creative! Once dedicated to Sekhmet the item can be worn to help remind you that she is there and on your side.
“When you are unclean, wear my scent”
This phrase relates to ritual purity on many levels. For me, it relates to physical purity but also the mental-emotion purity that can be hard to attain. So at those moments wearing her scent relates to burning incense for her, dabbing a bit of her oil on, and so forth. These are items offered or dedicated to her.
“When you are troubled, hold to my shrine”
To me this one is rather obvious. When you are troubled by something go do senut, or make an informal space for Sekhmet and take a moment to reach out. Or even just mentally reaching out to her in prayer or meditation. When you are troubled she is there.
“When darkness would take you, lift your voice to me and I will fill you with light.”
We all have trouble and sometimes get overwhelmed. To me when I feel like this I sing. So this relates to singing for Sekhmet and just getting it out. But reading prayers out loud is also good. Just hearing yourself talk can help too. But it get out. And for the record, Sekhmet has never been picky on what song I ended up singing. If Your Happy and You Know it works just as well as our usual Sekhmet song.