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Em Hotep!

My heart is with me

and it shall never come to pass

that it shall be taken away.

I am Nebt en Abw.

I live in Ma'at

and I have my being in truth.

I live by my word

and my heart doth live.

I am Sesheta, the seven horned one;

namer of names, keeper of the akashic records,

mistress of the library,

Goddess of writers and scribes,

she who dwells in the heart,

who dwells in the centre of the body.

I live by saying what is in my heart,

and it shall not be taken away from me.

My heart is mine,

and it shall not be wounded.

No terror shall subdue me.

I have committed no sin against the gods;

I shall not suffer defeat;

I shall be victorious.

I open the door of heaven.

I govern my throne

and I give new birth to myself.

I am not the Child who trod the path of yesterday,

but I am Today.

I am she who is unborn

and the gods, with rose-bright countenances

are with me.

The Book of Coming Forth By Day

The Recorder of Years


Seshat - Wikipedia

In Egyptian mythology, Seshat (also spelled Safkhet, Sesat, Seshet, Sesheta, and Seshata) was the Ancient Egyptian goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and writing. She was seen as a scribe and record keeper, and her name means she who scrivens (i.e. she who is the scribe), and is credited with inventing writing. She also became identified as the goddess of architecture, astronomy, astrology, building, mathematics, and surveying. These are all professions that relied upon expertise in her skills. She is identified as Safekh-Aubi in some late texts.

Mistress of the House of Books is another title for Seshat, being the deity whose priests oversaw the library in which scrolls of the most important knowledge was assembled and spells were preserved. One prince of the fourth dynasty, Wep-em-nefret, is noted as the Overseer of the Royal Scribes, Priest of Seshat on a slab stela. Heliopolis was the location of her principal sanctuary. She is described as the goddess of history.

In art, she was depicted as a woman, with a stylised papyrus plant above her head. The papyrus symbolised writing because the ancient Egyptians wrote on a material derived from papyrus. The papyrus plant, her symbol, was shown as having six spurs from the tip of the central stem, making it resemble a seven-pointed star.

Usually, she also is shown holding a palm stem, bearing notches to denote the recording of the passage of time, especially for keeping track of the allotment of time for the life of the pharaoh. She also was depicted holding other tools and, often, holding the wound cords that were stretched to survey land and structures.

She frequently is shown dressed in a cheetah or leopard hide, a symbol of funerary priests. If not shown with the hide over a dress, the pattern of the dress is that of the spotted feline. The pattern on the natural hide was thought to represent the stars, being a symbol of eternity, and to be associated with the night sky.

As the divine measurer and scribe, Seshat was believed to appear to assist the pharaoh in both of these practices. It was she who recorded, by notching her palm, the time allotted to the pharaoh for his stay on earth.

Seshat, the Egyptian goddess of wisdom, in her papyrus headdress and wearing her leopard skin - relief from Karnak Temple

Seshat assisted the pharaoh in the stretching the cord ritual. This ritual is related to laying out the foundations of temples and other important structures in order to determine and assure the sacred alignments and the precision of the dimensions. Her skills were necessary for surveying the land after the annual floods to reestablish boundary lines. The priestess who officiated at these functions in her name also oversaw the staff of others who performed similar duties and were trained in mathematics and the related store of knowledge. Much of this knowledge was considered quite sacred and not shared beyond the ranks of the highest professionals such as architects and certain scribes. She also was responsible for recording the speeches the pharaoh made during the crowning ceremony and approving the inventory of foreign captives and goods gained in military campaigns. During the New Kingdom, she was involved in the Sed festival held by the pharaohs who could celebrate thirty years of reign.

Later, when the cult of the moon deity, Thoth, became prominent and he became identified as a god of wisdom, the role of Seshat changed in the Egyptian pantheon when counterparts were created for most older deities. The lower ranks of her priestesses were displaced by the priests of Thoth. First, she was identified as his daughter, and later as his wife. However, as late as the eighteenth dynasty, in a temple constructed during the reign of Hatshepsut, there is an image of the pharaoh directing Thoth to obtain answers to important questions from Seshat.[1] After the paring with Thoth the stylised papyrus of Seshat was shown surmounted by a crescent moon, which, over time, degenerated into being shown as two horns arranged to form a crescent shape, but pointing downward (in an atypical fashion for Egyptian art). When the crescent moon symbol had degenerated into the horns, she sometimes was known as Safekh-Aubi, meaning she who wears the two horns. In a few images the horns resemble two cobras, as depicted in hieroglyphs, but facing each other with heads touching.

Mercury Talisman Altar with Sesheta and Djehuti

Mercury Talisman Altar with Sesheta and Djehuti
Mercury Talisman Altar with Sesheta and Djehuti

Three reasons to love Sesheta

1. "Mistress of Books"

2. "Foremost in the Library"

3. "Namer of Stars"

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The Papyrus of Ani

Hymn to Hathor

Hathor, lady of the West,

who is in the great land, lady of the holy land,

Eye of Ra in his brow, beautiful of face in the boat of millions of years,

Seat of peace, worker of truth within the boat of the praised ones,

She who will make the great sacred boat to sail forth in truth.

The Papyrus of Ani, Chapter 186

The Instructions of Ptah-Hotep

Be not proud because thou art learned; but discourse with the ignorant man, as with the sage. For no limit can be set to skill, neither is there any craftsman that possesseth full advantages. Fair speech is more rare than the emerald that is found by slave-maidens on the pebbles.

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      Ellen Brundige 

      7 years ago from California

      I can't believe I never stumbled across you on Squidoo before. You may recognize my old web handle, which I've used since 1993: Sepdet, which of course should be Sopdet. I was tripped up by an early hieroglyphic dictionary.

      Your poem is lovely. I wish we had more visionaries on Squidoo.

      Ankh 'em Ma'at.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed reading about you and loved the photo of you in your poodle skirt.

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      Tony Payne 

      10 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens, I am interested in Egypt and Sumeria, pretty much anything ancient. 5*****

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      Sesheta LM 

      10 years ago

      Thanks Sally! I'm having fun :)

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      10 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Great to learn more about all the related subjects, and to see your photo as a girl!




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