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Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet

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An intriguing glimpse of Sekhmet's many guises, as seen through multiple ways of knowing. Academic and personal essays, ritual, meditation, art, and poetry, combine to reveal a distinct picture of Sekhmet to each reader.

Featuring writings from:

Normandi Ellis, Margaret Atwood, Nicki Scully, Barbara Hand Clow, Hank Wesselman, Chandra Alexandre, Katlyn Breene and Genevieve Vaughan


From the introduction by Normandi Ellis and a terrific poem by Patricia Monaghan though a multi-page list of the names of the goddess to poems by Galina Krasskova and Margaret Atwood, this is a lovely book. Anyone who loves Sekhmet will want to have this book on her shelf. -- Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. , freelance book editor and author of Pagan Every Day, Finding New Goddesses, andGoddess Meditations.


This richly textured anthology of poetry, scholarly essays, memoir, mediation, and art celebrates the multi-faceted Egyptian warrior-goddess Sekhmet. Empowering, intoxicating, life-affirming, each entry in this volume offers fresh experiences and insights, both scholarly and personal, on the complex nature of Sekhmet. Heart of the Sun provides an essential resource for serious scholars of mythology, spiritual practitioners, and anyone interested in exploring how ancient wisdom can inspire and illuminate our path forward.  --  Cristina Eisenberg, conservation biologist and mythology scholar, is the author of The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity.


 Powerful, beautiful inspirational -- Heart of the Sun is a joy for the mind and heart. --  Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods and Supernatural.


Part invocation, part pilgrimage this beautiful anthology takes readers on a journey through space and time  – from the shores of the Nile in ancient Egypt to the searing Nevada desert where a 21st Century temple to Sekhmet stands in the middle of sacred land. The irony couldn’t be richer. One hour north of Las Vegas and in close proximity to a U.S. air force base, a state prison, and a military bombing range, the temple is a socio-spiritual-political haven, blessed by Yucca Mountain, that pays homage to the fierce, compassionate and complicated lion-headed dark Goddess who is both creator and destroyer.  The anthology combines scholarly articles with poetry, rituals, guided meditations, and a brief herstory of the temple’s origins. From the opening introductory essay on Sekhmet’s Egyptian origins to Margaret Atwood’s stunning closing poem, this volume will appeal to readers familiar with Sekhmet and those who have no prior knowledge of this powerful and transformative Goddess.  --  Mary Saracino, author of the novel, The Singing of Swans (Pearlsong Press 2006), and co-gatherer/editor of the anthology, She is Everywhere! Writings in womanist/feminist spirituality (iUniverse 2011).


A feast of poems, hymns, invocations, guided meditations, translations, inscriptions, testimonies, channelings, rituals and short essays mostly, but not exclusively, by women who have been personally and passionately touched by an ancient goddess in contemporary times. For those who love Sekhmet ‘the powerful female’ among the neter of Egypt, this book is invaluable. For those who do not know this ‘Mistress of Life’, this work presents the invaluable as a meaningful and restorative goddess for today’s world – and one with a name!-- Michael York, author Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion


Heart of the Sun is wonderful collection of personal stories, poetry and connection to Sekhmet and Her Temples in Egypt and now in the Nevada desert. They range from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts about Sekhmet and experiences in Her temples there, to Genevieve Vaughan's experiences of Sekhmet in creating the Temple of Goddess Spirituality in Nevada. They include inspiring poetry and invocations of Sekhmet, chanellings of Her words, and contemporary manifestations of Her powers. If you want to know more about Sekhmet and Her rich and varied qualities, and the life of one unique Goddess Temple way out in the desert this is a book for you. -- Kathy Jones, teacher, healer, initiator, writer, ceremonialis, Priestess of Avalon in Glastonbury England, and the founder of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple, the first formally recognized Goddess temple in Europe for perhaps 1500 years.,


Heart of the Sun is an inspiring account of the mythology surrounding the goddess Sekhmet of ancient Egypt.  Do not think that 'mythology' always means 'false belief.'  Rather, as this book shows, a myth can be a powerful message that springs from the deepest sources of human wisdom, with as much importance today as in ancient Egypt.  Great myths are ignored at great risk.  Read, listen, and learn the timeless wisdom Sekhmet has to share. -- Larry Dossey, MD, Author ofThe Power of Premonitions, Healing Words, and Reinventing Medicine.


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