Saturday, 11 January 2014

Altar to Heket

After Ellen's comment on my last post, I looked into the Egyptian Goddes Heket a little.  The connection between frogs and fertility, given the hundreds of eggs they lay, isn't really surprising.  It is also said that her priestesses were trained midwives, which is pretty cool.  I love the idea of childbirth being seen as a sacred moment, to be helped by spiritual and trained women who are honoured for their role.

The idea of a frog-headed goddess of childbirth fits well with the Egyptian approach to deity, though I'll admit it's quite tricky to paint a beautiful frog goddess :D  I'm thinking of taking on the challenge, as part of my art-therapy.  Anyhow, I found one image I like a lot, from Sarah Cuypers and printed out and laminated it to put on my altar.  Seemed like a good time to do an altar overhaul, changing the colours, stones and so forth.

I now have my Heket image between two Kali images.  I decided to keep Kali on there, as she is very good for releasing fears, which is something included in every hypnobirthing book and meditation I've found!  My goddess figurine is turned to show the labyrinth in her belly, which also feels appropriate.

In terms of stones, I chose green, like a frog's skin, but also the colour of new life.  I have a gorgeous green egg, and three, varied green stones, one mixed with red - a bloodstone, appropriately enough.  My altar cloth is a scarf I was given last Christmas: I like the watery blue for the environment of a frog, and a baby in the womb; the pink for the lifeblood that flows to the baby; the green that echoes Heket's colouring; the purple for spiritual support...

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  1. Your altar is lovely and I think Heket is a great focus. Wish I could send you this statue to add:
    http://dianasculpture.com/
    Have you thought of working with clay or sculpey material on a small scale?

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    1. that is a beautiful gentle looking statue

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    2. Totally agree with Ellen, what a lovely statue! I've done a few things with sculpey-type material, but not for a while… :)

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  2. I feel privileged to have contributed from such a great distance to this beautiful altar. I hope it will give you great comfort and support

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion, Ellen. I'm sure it will give me support :)

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  3. What a beautiful altar and I love the image of Heket! Do I see two cards from the Tarot of the Sidhe there too (one looks like the it might be The Maker Queen)? May the blessings of Heket, Kali, and the Sidhe be with you for as long as you need them and beyond.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! And yes, the two Tarot of the Sidhe cards are from my new moon reading (http://www.neopaganpriestess.com/2014/01/new-moon-in-capricorn.html). I always leave them on my altar for the lunation, as a reminder :)

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  4. Beautiful! I love it. I wish you the best with your up coming birth. New life is so wonderful. x Bridgett

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    1. Thanks, Bridgett :) Have been getting a lot out of connecting with Heket!

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