In the 1970s the only places to encounter Sekhmet were museums, ancient Egyptian ruins, scenery in old movies, Egyptology tomes, and John and Yoko’s apartment in NYC. Today online we can buy Sekhmet icons, jewelry, statues, books, throw pillows, fine art, and a beer. A lineage of priestesses, tattoos. game and movie characters, band names, a temple in Nevada, yet many of her followers report first meeting her in a dream.
Informed by research that has included interviews with devotees we’ll contrast ancient and modern visions of Sekhmet. Reports of Sekhmet statues moving in museums are common so we’ll look to Iamblichus for insights into the possible existence of living statues. We’ll ponder the nuances of deities, metaphors, egregores, and archetypes, and how they relate to what Robert Anton Wilson called reality tunnels.
Ronnie Pontiac‘s new book American Metaphysical Religion (Inner Traditions) is both a comprehensive menagerie and a curio cabinet of esoteric Americana. Manly Hall’s research assistant, screener, and substitute lecturer for seven years, he has produced award winning documentaries, and has written for Invisible College Magazine, Metapsychosis, Occult of Personality, and the original Reality Sandwich.
Dr. Amy Hale is an Atlanta-based anthropologist and folklorist writing about esoteric history, art, culture, women and Cornwall in various combinations. Her biography of Ithell Colquhoun, Genius of the Fern Loved Gully, is available from Strange Attractor Press, and she is also the editor of the forthcoming collection Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses from Palgrave Macmillan. Other writings can be found at her Medium site https://medium.com/@amyhale93 and her website http://www.amyhale.me.
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