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Bast and Sekhmet: Eyes of Ra Kindle Edition
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I would recommend it because there are no other books on the subject that I have found. It fills a gap. I think this deity is sadly overlooked, perhaps because of the "mad cat lady" prejudice that abounds today.
It is largely written from personal experience, which is either good or bad depending on your point of view. If you are looking for someones experiences with these deities there is plenty of it here. It is not the most academic book on Egyptian lore you could find so more serious minded scholars may find it short in archaeological and historical factual content. However this book is written from and intended for spiritual practitioners rather than historical scholars.
There are personal contributions from people who have been working with this energy which I have found both interesting and useful.
If you are looking for an introduction to or guidance on attuning to and working with these deities/energies I would recommend this book as being a good place to start.
If you love cats, and want a cat based spirituality, buy this book.
If you like spirituality books based on personal experience, buy this book.
If you love ancient Egyptology, like facts, love Sekhmet are a total Egyptomanic and get a bit picky when it comes to statements which cannot be proven by the authors, don't buy this book.
My main problems when it came to this book where;
They are just scared of Sekhmet. That bugged me. I love Sekhmet she is the rage and the healing that comes after, she is the warrior and the first aider. And this book protrayed Sekhmet as 'a bit scary and we don't like her and we hide from her. We like cats. Lets go collect some whiskers for our cat spells!' Seriously I paid good money for this book?
I don't own a cat, and I don't really like cats that much. Therefore all the spells in the back about protecting your cat where wasted on me. Part way through the book it decribes how when you start working with Bastet you will see a lot of cats on the street... if you look for cats you see them, they are pretty much everywhere.
The actually factual Egyptology was shaky at best, but when it was there it was all quoted from Budge anyway and that was in the what I found annoying dictionary of cat gods, because I've got a dictionary of Ancient Egyptian gods anyway.
The only thing I liked and found useful in the whole book was a recipe for oil for Sekhmet. Which I then found was on the authours website anyway.
That's a point all of the 'useful' info is on the website. If you can bare with the horrible graphics, [...] If you look hard enough, the website is actually more up to date than the book.
So in my opinion this book was a total waste of money, and I've dubbed it the 'catlady chronicals', it is something I can image the catlady from the Simpsons having in her library. I wish I hadn't brought it. Waste of money.
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