January 28, 2011

Nebet-Ankhtawy

Posted in Bast at 12:44 pm

Nebet-Ankhtawy
© 2011 Natalie Baan

Beautiful Nebet-Ankhtawy,
come with Your fire to guard me!
O fearsome Nebet-Ankhtawy,
unsheathe Your claws to protect me!

Neither a male nor a female thief
shall assail me while You watch over me!
Neither a male nor a female snake
shall assail me while You watch over me!

Beautiful Nebet-Ankhtawy,
rising like Ra in Zep Tepi!
Radiant Nebet-Ankhtawy,
until the dawn You bring light for me!

Neither a male nor a female thief
shall assail me while You watch over me!
Neither a male nor a female snake
shall assail me while You watch over me!

O Mistress of life and prosperity!
O Great Bast! Nebet-Ankhtawy….


Notes: Written in October 2010. Nebet-Ankhtawy is a title of Bast, specifically in Her role as guardian of the great necropolis at Mennefer. Neither a male nor a female…: this echoes a number of traditional Kemetic spells, which protect against “a male dead, a female dead, a male enemy, a female enemy,” etc. Zep Tepi: the First Time, the moment of creation.


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