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06 September 2011 @ 04:21 pm
My altar to Hathor  
Hello all! i'm new to this group and glad to be here!

i am a worshiper of Hathor, and after a year of not speaking to her, i have decided it's time to get back in touch with the wonderful goddess who never left my side.

so today i prettied up my altar to the Golden Lady. Enjoy!

The front view of my altar. i'll go into more details about what's on my altar in the next picture. i picked the lapis lazuli background and the red and gold altar cloth because all these colors are sacred to Hathor.
Behind the altar are all pictures i really enjoy and seem to represent Hathor and her attributes.


The top view of the altar. A statue of Hathor in the center flanked on both sides by white candles. The bag on the left holds white sage. The little bowl in the center holds water (Which my cat Shiva likes to drink from. Hathor incidentally finds this quite humorus.) On the right is a gold necklace and a mirror.


Close up of my statue of Hathor.


 (from left to right) A dancing girl, two women enjoying each other ( as i;m a lesbian, this is my representation of both love and sex), Hathor herself with the words "Oh Hathor, may your merciful face be towards me." underneath, Hathor as a cow in the paprus reeds as The Lady of the West (more on that further down), and Hathor as a cow-headed woman playing the sistrum and dancing.


The bottom part of my altar. This holds a framed picture of a bound and kneeing woman with the words "Gift of Submission" beneath (i am into BDSM and in a consensual M/s relationship with my Mistress) so this represents our love and relationship. In front of that is my Lelo, as sex is sacred to Hathor. And to the right is the book "Offerings to Isis". It's the closest i could find to Egyptian rituals, and since i believe at some point Hathor and Isis were merged, it works the same.

i'm only going to put the close up of two of the most important pictures to me from the background.


This has always been one of my most favorite pictures i have ever found depicting Hathor. she was one of the only Egyptian deities to be pictures full faced. The prayer underneath was an actual Egyptian prayer to Hathor.


One of the pictures from the background of my altar is Hathor as The Lady of the West. This picture is important to me, because i lost my younger brother a year ago on the 14th and this is to remind me that Hathor greets all those who have passed on.

 
 
 
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K'Ehleyr: cleopatra in goldkehleyr on September 6th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
the book "Offerings to Isis". It's the closest i could find to Egyptian rituals Sounds like a very interesting book!! I have to see if I can find it :-).
Thanks for sharing your altar with us :-)!
K'Ehleyr: AJ omgyayzkehleyr on September 6th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you so much :-), if the Swedish store doesn't have it I'll order it from here :-D!!
lughnie: Moon_Waterlughnie on September 6th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Simple yet very thoughtfully done- beautiful!
beauty_n_niqab: purplebeauty_n_niqab on September 6th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you. i also just taped up the pictures so i could change them as the seasons pass.
Astrocat: Sekhmetlady_astrocat on September 7th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I really love the pictures you've chosen. The one of Hathor's face is really lovely. I have a Sekhmet altar that is a bit similar (lots of reds and golds and I have a lesbian statue on it to celebrate love and sex)

Thanks for sharing the link to that book in an earlier comment - I'll definitely be checking it out!
beauty_n_niqab: Haruka and Michirubeauty_n_niqab on September 7th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!

Sekhmet is a goddess/aspect of Hathor i have great respect for, she is not a deity i have much interaction with.

i would love to see your altar though, any chance you;ve posted it here?
Astrocat: Sekhmetlady_astrocat on September 9th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
I haven't actually posted it, but I just took a picture.. it's gotten a bit cluttered as of late (organization is not one of my talents, ha ha). Anyway, color is important to me, so I use lots of gold/red/yellow items on the altar, and I use blue incense in the spiral burner in the center.

There are some nude statues (Sekhmet partly represents (to me) powerful female sexuality and pure, fiery passion), so it's NSFW:

http://pics.livejournal.com/lady_astrocat/pic/000f8y5c


Love your icon, btw! :D

beauty_n_niqab: Hathor red dressbeauty_n_niqab on September 9th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
lovely!

and i absolutely LOVE the kneeling woman on the right..where did you find it? i would like to have one of my own. :)

i work for myself, so for me, anything is safe for work lol..others however.. :)

Glad you liked my icon..i;m also a huge Sailor Moon fan.
Astrocat: Sekhmetlady_astrocat on September 11th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The kneeling woman was a resin kit from a really awesome Japanese company called "Miniature Park". I bought it several years ago (also the standing woman on the left) - I just did a search and it looks like they still have it. It's a bit pricey, but it's fairly large and it's very well made so it's super easy to put together. You do have to paint it, though. Here's the site (she's WJ-403 there...second to last on the page):

http://www.miniature-park.com/search_result_e.php?search_maker_id=354&search_category_id=22&search_sort=&visible=&page=1

And I love Sailor Moon - I was always a big Mercury fan :D
Maureenhauntingsaudade on September 10th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
You should post this altar. It's fantastic! Do you know who the artist is for the image of Sekhmet?
Astrocat: Sekhmetlady_astrocat on September 11th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! :D I'm not sure who the artist is (I can't make out what the signature is), but I'll see if I can find out.. I don't think it was originally intended to be Sekhmet in particular, but the image just fit so well to me! I have to go to work in a few minutes but I'll see if I can get a bigger picture of it soon.
Maureen: Electricityhauntingsaudade on September 12th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing your post! Thanks!
Astrocat: Sekhmetlady_astrocat on September 13th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm sorry this took me so long, but I just got a bigger picture of it:

http://pics.livejournal.com/lady_astrocat/pic/000fa2k2

I can't quite make out the signature...Reneé B-something? I found it in a little shop in Virginia Beach a while back, although I can't remember where exactly...

If I can find out more, I'll let you know :)
Maureenhauntingsaudade on September 10th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
I love your altar. It's very intimate and I think Hathor would appreciate it quite a bit. =)
Thanks for sharing.
beauty_n_niqab: purplebeauty_n_niqab on September 10th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oh i know she appreciates it. She's quite the talkative goddess.
beauty_n_niqabbeauty_n_niqab on September 10th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
and I don't mean that in the crazy way it sounds lol! i just mean Hathor and i are on good terms.
Maureenhauntingsaudade on September 12th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Hahaha no worries, I don't take it as crazy. I have similar experiences with other gods! =)
aeryngaiaaeryngaia on September 13th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
I really like how you have pictures along with prayers upon your fabric. It adds a really personal touch which is my favorite thing to see in anyones altar posts.
beauty_n_niqab: obesiancebeauty_n_niqab on September 13th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
Thank you. That prayer means a lot to me. There are several others i will probably add on there as time goes by..both personal and historical ones i have come across.
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