Sekhmet Ends the World

Opening Offerings

Anpu Offerings
Dua Sekhmet Dua Aset
Dua Sekhmet, Dua Sekhmet
Dua Sekhmet Dua Net
Order in My…

Sefech Ba Ra
Sekhmet was the daughter of the sun god, Ra, and was among the more important of the goddesses who acted as the vengeful manifestation of Ra’s power, the Eye of Ra. Sekhmet was said to breathe fire, and the hot winds of the desert were likened to her breath. She was also believed to cause plagues, which were called her servants or messengers, although she was also called upon to ward off disease.

In a myth about the end of Ra’s rule on the earth, Ra sends the goddess Hathor, in the form of Sekhmet, to destroy mortals who conspired against him. In the myth, Sekhmet’s blood-lust was not quenched at the end of battle that led to her destroying almost all of humanity. To stop her Ra poured out beer dyed with red ochre or hematite so that it resembled blood. Mistaking the beer for blood, she became so drunk that she gave up the slaughter and returned peacefully to Ra. The same myth was also described in the prognosis texts of the Calendar of Lucky and Unlucky Days of papyrus Cairo 86637.

In other versions of this story, Sekhmet grew angered at the deception and left Egypt, diminishing the power of the sun. This threatened the power and security of the world—thus, she was persuaded by the god Thoth to return and restore the sun to its full glory. 

During an annual festival held at the beginning of the year, a festival of intoxication, the Egyptians danced and played music to soothe the wildness of the goddess and drank great quantities of wine ritually to imitate the extreme drunkenness that stopped the wrath of the goddess—when she almost destroyed humanity. This may relate to averting excessive flooding during the inundation at the beginning of each year as well, when the Nile ran blood-red with the silt from up-stream.


Sekhmet was the daughter of Ra, and another incarnation of the goddess Hathor. When Ra decided he was going to destroy mankind, Hathor turned into Sekhmet, a bloodthirsty being who unleashed her rage and violence on humans in return for their indifference and disobedience to the gods. She wrought havoc on the earth, almost destroying all of mankind, drinking the blood of the dead and dying as she went along. Finally, Ra realized that he made a mistake but he could stop Sekhmet. He devised a plan to turn a brew some beer and dye it red, and poured it onto the ground below. Sekhmet thought the beer was blood and drank it all, causing her to become drunk and eventually pass out. When she awoke, she was the kindly Hathor again. This episode is thought to explain the flooding of the Nile each year when it runs red with silt, and Sekhmet swallowing the river back to keep it from destroying Egypt. Many traditions of this story, however, separated the two beings from one another at this point. Hathor went back to Ra, but Sekhmet remained as well, continuing to cause war and fire wherever she can find an opportunity.

Sekhmet was also associated with desert winds, both pleasing and unpleasing, depending upon her moods. She was thought to bring natural disasters as well, and the ancient Egyptians often held festivals with lots of alcohol to keep her inebriated and thus, appeased. Festivals were often held at the end of a battle or war, too, in order to keep the bloodshed from beginning again.

“The good god, the lord of action, Neb-Ma’at-Re [Amenhotep III], Beloved of Sekhmet, the Mistress of Dread, who gives life eternally. The son of the God Re of His own body, Amenhotep, ruler of Waset (Thebes), Beloved of Sekhmet, the Mistress of Dread, Who gives life eternally.”

— Inscription on a statue of Sekhmet

But in spite of the fact that She is sometimes ‘destructive’, Her qualities as Healer, Mother and Protector are often overlooked. In the realm of Ancient Egyptian Medicine, almost all healers and surgeons of Ancient Kemet would most certainly have fallen under Sekhmet’s jurisdiction. Sekhmet was mentioned a number of times in the spells of The Book of the Dead:

The Chapter of Driving Back

The Slaughters Which are Performed in Hensu My belly and back are the belly and back of Sekhmet. My buttocks are the buttocks of the Eye of Horus.

The Chapter of Giving a Heart to the Osiris

May the goddess Sekhmet raise me, and lift me up. Let me ascend into heaven, let that which I command be performed in Hikuptah. I know how to use my heart. I am master of my heart-case. I am master of my hands and arms. I am master of my legs. I have the power to do that which my KA desireth to do. My Heart-soul shall not be kept a prisoner in my body at the gates of Amentet when I would go in in peace and come forth in peace.

The Mennefer Triad – Nefertem, Sekhmet and Ptah

The Osiris Whose Word is Truth I have made supplication to the Khati gods and to Sekhmet in the temple of Nit, or the Aged Ones … I have approached with worship the two Khati gods and Sekhmet, who are in the temple of the Aged One [in Anu].

The Chapter of Opening the Mouth

I am the goddess Sekhmet, and I take my seat upon the place by the side of Amt-ur the great wind of heaven.

100 Names of Goddess Sekhmet

Ra Sekhi Kemetic Reiki:
Vol 2 pg 76 Adorations to Sekhmet

Pert M Heru compiled by Sebai Maa
pg 100
pg 210 Chapter 11 vs3
I am Sekhmet, I rest upon the pedestal in the great wind magnanimous sky I am.

Goddess Book by Sebai Maa
Story of Djehuty and HetHeru
pg 73-78

PMH vol 1 Sebai Muata Ashby
pg 157-158 vs 8-10

A-nuk Sekhemit hems
a her m imt-urt
naf aahta
ent pet nuk
Sahyt urt her ab
bau anu ar hekau
neb medtu
neb djedu
er a sut aha Neteru
er ze-n pauty
neteru demdyu

pg 158: What does Sekhmet Provide? vs 24-29
her Djed n a zen
Djed in zenu-f
Hem-f di zhm arat
khau zen-k
set auau m dju an Arit
chanty m zerhu
kasty has m HetHeru
in rf Netart tem smam n
s-remteju hert
Djed in Hem
Neter pu atyu m-hetep
HetHeru ari ten
Djed in Netart
ten ankh-k n-a iu Sekhmit n
remteju iu naim

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