Joe gave me a Goddess on Wednesday.
It was this very interesting day. I found myself up as usual at 6am but with a very strong mood already upon me. No time to rev up for the day, I was already fretful, teary, profoundly disturbed. An actor was a victim of a hate crime in West Hollywood last week. He’s a gay man, and he was walking home with his groceries when men jumped out of a car and beat the shit out of him. That’s horrific enough. But when I heard the police said they couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything about it, and NO one helped him home, I was freaked. I thought we were better than this in LA. There has been more and more of this in the news. Plus the OWS movement…well, I am beside myself. Something is happening in my soul and I am not sure what it is but I need to do something.
So I started to talk about it on FB and Twitter. Man did I get crap for that. I saw the President on the news in the gym and thought about the shit he takes from everyone in the US everyday, and I tweeted him a message. I got shit for that too. So I tweeted again. And I am going to keep tweeting him. And posting on Facebook. I am not sure what form this will all take but I have to do something.
All this emotional posting took the starch out of me. I hadn’t mentioned anything about the past couple of days to Joe. He was coming over for dinner and I was SO looking forward to that. Now I was drained and teary, down, and stressed out. Hardly the Picture of Fun a guy wants to see for dinner.He came anyway, bearing steaks and a Goddess.

Her name is Sekhmet. She’s the the lioness-headed Egyptian Goddess of war and destruction. Her name means ‘she who is powerful’. She is known as the Eye of Ra. She is the power that protects the good and annihilates the wicked. Sekhmet is the wrathful other half of Hathor, the goddess of joy, music, dance, sexual love, pregnancy and birth. With leonine head, female human body and the strength of her father, she is the noontime sun — intense blinding heat. She was given titles such as the One Before Whom Evil Trembles, the Mistress of Dread, and the Lady of Slaughter.
Sekhmet was believed to protect the pharaoh in battle, stalking the land, and destroying the pharaoh’s enemies with arrows of fire. An early Egyptian sun deity also, her body was said to take on the bright glare of the midday sun, gaining her the title Lady of Flame. It was said that death and destruction were balm for her warrior’s heart and that the hot desert winds were believed to be her breath.
Sekhmet was sometimes called “Nesert”, the flame, and was a terrifying goddess. However, for her friends she could avert plague and cure disease. She was the patron of Physicians, and Healers and her priests became known as skilled doctors. As a result, the fearsome deity sometimes called the “lady of terror” was also known as “lady of life”. Sekhmet was mentioned a number of times in the spells of The Book of the Dead as both a creative and destructive force, but above all, she is the protector of Ma’at (balance or justice) named “The One Who Loves Ma’at and Who Detests Evil”.

The statue is 3 1/4 inches high. She’s made of green faience and is over 3000 years old. Leave it to Joe to find something so extraordinary, and so powerfully inspirational, and to give it to me on such a day.
Sekhmet and I have some work to do. I’ll keep you posted.