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Bast

BastBast (or Bastet, or Pasht) was the Egyptian goddess who appeared in cat form. The Egyptians highly revered cats; the word for cat, mau, also denoted light and was cognate with the word for mother.

The cat is a lunar animal and also a solar animal representing the power of the sun as reflected in nature. Since the cat is an earth animal, Bast is also an earth mother goddess, a giver of life and abundance. In touch with her wild, instinctual nature, she also is a protector of women during childbirth.

Like a cat, she is fiercely independent and belongs to no one but herself. Bast is one of the more joyful goddesses; her elaborate festivals in the town of Babustis were renowned for their joyful dancing. Embodying a cat's gentler aspects, Bast is a personification of life and fruitfulness. The quintessential life-affirming mother, she reminds us to be playful and relaxed like a cat and to find occasions to celebrate life.


From GODDESS KNOWLEDGE CARDS,
Susan Eleanor Boulet Trust. Text by Michael Babcock.
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February 2004
Table of Contents
February
Daykeeper Home
Saturn and the Democratic Candidates
Alex Miller-Mignone:
The 4 Horsemen of the Bush Apocalypse
Crystal's Pisces New Moon Prayers—Precipitate a Golden Era
Daily Success Guide
February 1 through 29
Monthly Astrological Influences, February 2004
General Sun Signs,
February 2004
Libra/Scorpio Moon Cycle Report
Retrograde Watch—
Ceres Direct
February Skywatch
Goddess of the Month: Bast
Books Reviewed:
Llewellyn's New A to Z Horoscopes
Astrology Favorites: Dane Rudhyar
Sign of the Month: Aquarius—Maya's Sun Sign Archives

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