The inclusive nature of independence

Bast

Sometimes, there might be particular personal/spiritual attributes we’re trying to develop, or life is persuading us to fine-tune. On those occasions, we can choose to work with the goddess that represents that quality. For example, in Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards, Bast is the Egyptian goddess of independence. Because independence is a skill that my life circumstances seem to be giving me time and space to learn, I sometimes meditate with the Bast card in my hand, so that I can pick up on the vibration of that particular goddess and the insights this can bring. By working with Bast energy, I’ve come to understand that my task is to learn how to be a whole person, able to function physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually as an autonomous being. This isn’t meant to be understood as an incitement to egoic separatism; quite the opposite. It’s my belief that all sentient beings and non-sentient forms are part of one Whole; the same Earth and universal energies flow through all of us. Independence, therefore, implies self-awareness, balance, inclusion, personal responsibility and unconditional love.

Excerpt from “She Who Is Unto Herself”

“Bastet shows us the eternal sacred quality of the feminine, along with the beauty of a feral protectress. She reminds us that solitude and independence shows strength, but also that unity in relations binds our souls.” Quote taken from: Gems of the Goddess on paganpages.org

7 thoughts on “The inclusive nature of independence

  1. My personal beliefs resonant with this sentence of yours: “It’s my belief that all sentient beings and non-sentient forms are part of one Whole; the same Earth and universal energies flow through all of us. Independence, therefore, implies self-awareness, balance, inclusion, personal responsibility and unconditional love.” We are all ONE!

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  2. A wonderful, rich article Sam that helps me to appreciate why the goddess Hekate has been so significant to me in recent years. At first, I found myself fascinated by her name alone, and then slowly over the years, I felt myself guided by her deeply, healing wisdom. Until barefoot in the grass, I too, like her, became a witch who learnt to listen in. I even wrote a poem about her … ‘Becoming Hekate.’

    I love your description of the goddess Bast and own several packs of Goddess Cards, and appreciate how beautiful they are to work with, to behold and what a great way of learning about each goddess. I have discovered many new goddesses since I purchased the cards and also love all Jean Shinoda Bolen’s books on Goddess mythology, especially her books for older women. Warm greetings, Deborah.

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    • Thanks so much, dear Deborah, for your kind words and very rich and interesting feedback. The concept of the “goddess” comes up in many circles, philosophies and spiritual paths, and I’ve found it fascinating to discover that people’s understanding of what a goddess is varies from viewpoint to viewpoint. Although my research is limited, even the small amount of searching around I’ve done has made me realise that when people speak of “goddesses” they’re often talking of quite different – or perhaps “complementary” would be a better word – conceptualisations. I find it fascinating. Joyful greetings, Sam 🙂

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