a reply to: Ektar
Ok, so the sloth is you. Laid back, but surprisingly quick and graceful when you're in your element.
Been doing some digging, looks like our old friend Hathor has paid another visit. She's the one that wore the solar disk, held up by horns, here's
a bit about her:
Patron of: the sky, the sun, the queen, music, dance and the arts.
Appearance: A cow bearing the sun disk between her horns, or a woman in queenly raiment wearing the sun disk and horns on her head. Depictions of her
as a woman with a cow's head do not occur until later periods.
Description: Hathor is a very ancient goddess, dating to predynastic times. When dynastic rule began, as Horus was associated with the king, Hathor
was with the queen. Her name translates to "The House of Horus," and so she is associated with the royal family. But also, as the entire world could
be said to be the House of Horus, Hathor can be seen as the mother-goddess of the whole world, similar to Isis.
Hathor's cult is unusual, as both men and women were her priests (most deities had clerics of the same gender as they). Many of them were artisans,
musicians, and dancers who turned their talents into creating rituals that were nothing short of works of art. Music and dance were part of the
worship of Hathor like no other deity in Egypt. Hathor herself was the incarnation of dance, and stories were told of how Hathor danced before Ra when
he was in despair to cheer him up.
Inspiration was also Hathor's bailiwick, and many would come to the temples of Hathor to have their dreams explained or to beseech her for her aid in
creation, much in the same way the Greeks invoked the Nine Muses.
Here's some about the symbolism of the lioness:
The symbolic meaning of lions, as one might imagine, primarily deals with strength.
The fact that it is a nocturnal creature means that the lion is a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought (as night is an ancient
symbol of the subconscious - or dream states).
It's interesting that the lion is considered by many ancient cultures to be a solar animal symbol, however it is primarily a nocturnal creature,
conducting its hunting activity mostly at night. Further, the lioness is considered a lunar animal.
This serves as a symbolic message of balance and sound judgment. In that the lion shares the world of both night and day, the lion bears a message of
prudence to us. In other words, the lion asks us to not overdo in certain areas of our lives. Rather, keep an even mind and an overall balance in our
Other than a symbol for strength, other symbolic attributes of the lion include...
Symbolic Meaning of Lion
In Egypt, the lion represented the ferocious heat of the sun and was seen in the likeness of Sekhmet who is the Egyptian goddess known as the Eye of
Ra. She is the power that protects the good and annihilates the wicked.
In ancient Greece, lions were identified with Dionysus, Phoebus, Cybele, and Artemis because myth indicates lions drew the chariots for these gods and
goddesses. Here, the symbolic meaning of lions revolved around protections and they were viewed as guardians of the dead as well as guardians of
palaces, doorways, shrines and thrones. They were also ultimate protectors of hearth and home.
In Hinduism, the lion is an avatar (embodiment or personification) of Vishnu.
In Buddhism the Buddha sits upon the lion as a throne of consistency, strength and wisdom.
In alchemy, the symbolic meaning of lions is associated with the highly idealistic and prized attributes of gold.
I would say that the lion I saw for you was a LIONESS, which symbolizes the nocturnal, the subconscious. And since it was gobbling up the solar disk-
the crown of the muse goddess. So....are you a practitioner of art or music? Have you had a 'block' lately? For some reason your subconscious is
eclipsing your muse.
Hit me back if this makes sense to you. If not, I'll just put you down as a 'partial'.