Bast, the cat lover

It is the protection of cats, women and children. The ancient Egyptians celebrated his feast day on October 31 with merry making, music, dancing in the streets and drinking with friends – the type of holiday we will soon see.

A great week-long festival was held in the holy city of Bubastis attracting pilgrims from all over the country to celebrate on the river banks and in the streets of the city. Herodotus mentions that the population rose to 700,000. Sadly, Bast and its feast day are not observed nowadays but you can say that Hallowe’en was first celebrated as a festival of Bast.

He holds the mysteries of the cat in his power – those magnetic animals with a strong power to attract or revolt. Let’s all agree, we love cats and we can’t stand them. Historically, the cat was first endowed with archetypal power in Egypt where it was considered a sacred animal. Because the cat is identified with Bast and he is widely known for his portrayal of a woman with a cat’s head. When the cat twists with its head to touch its tail, it creates a circle, the symbol of eternity, the symbol of the goddess in whatever form she chooses.

Bast is the eastern goddess of the sun, moon, truth, light, heart, fertility, wealth, fertility, abundance, home, music and dance. He is the god of love and protection of women, small children, and house cats.

Bast is the owner of the Eye of Horus, the sacred utchat. Over time, the utchat has been associated with cats and the cat has the same personality. Egyptian women used these cow amulets as fertility symbols, praying to have many children like cats.

Our modern names for cats are derived from the word utchat: cat, chat, cattus, gatus, gatous, gato, katt, katte, kitte, kitty, etc. Indo-European words for cat: pasht, past, pushd, pusst, and puss

The Wildcats of Egypt originally lived in the ditches and hills along the river. As time went on, people began to grow wheat and other food and stored it for a long time, rats and other food began to grow. The wild cat was revered for its ferocity and rapacity, qualities used to keep rocent people under control, qualities similar to the lion. How blessed the Wildcat was to the Egyptians!

The land cats we know today are all descended from the felix sylvesteris, the Wildcat of Africa and a friend of the Egyptian farmer. And so began the long homemaking process. As the cat is identified with Bast, so Bast has been popular since 1000 BC. The hunting spirit is respected, but the gentle side of the cat is as a loving mother who loves her pets.

The ancient Egyptians really appreciated the beauty of wild animals, they took the dangerous aspects of the animals and turned the ferocity into something safe. Their gods had animal qualities like the precision of a hawk and the strength of an ox. So we see in Bast the grace and beauty of a cat, agility, strength, speed, and deadly claws. She has the beauty, patience and love of a domestic cat, and the ability to inspire the strength of a lioness.

He has the gift, like all cats, to look deep into your soul.

And it’s easy to see why Bast has been associated with fun, music and dance for millennia. Just imagine your comfort-seeking cat wanting to be petted and chewed. Cats also love to play, with their movement and training as a musical accompaniment, enjoying the coordination of movement.

Today, ruins mark the happy city of Bubastis, the proud building that once stood as nothing but blocks. However, Bast’s name remains. For at least 5000 years many people have praised his name. Many people do that today.

Honor this ancient Egyptian goddess. Light the green candle, his sacred color, and love the cat, his beloved animal. When you’re talking to a cat, remember that you’re talking to a little god, and someone Bast loves.

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