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Fellowship of the Golden Dawn

The Order of the Golden Dawn Collegium Spiritu Sancti

Our patroness Het-Heret is Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) for theHouse of Heru (Horus); the sky-goddess of love, beauty, motherhood, foreign lands, mining, dance and music.

The Order of the Golden Dawn Collegium Spiritu Sancti

Het Heret personified the principles of love, beauty, music, motherhood, and joy. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt;worshiped by royalty and Het Heret personified the principles of love, beauty, music, motherhood, and joy.common people alike in whose tombs she is depicted as "Mistress of the West" welcoming the dead into the next life. In other roles she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands, and fertility who helped women in childbirth as well as the patron goddess of miners.

Het Heretis commonly depicted as a cow goddess with bull-horns in which is set a sun disk with Uraeus (splitting serpeants). Twin feathers are also sometimes shown in later periods as well as a menat necklace. Sheis the cow goddess who is depicted from an early date on the Narmer Palette and on a stone urn dating from the 1stDynasty that tales is of a role as sky-goddess and a relationship to Heru (a sun god), is "housed" in her.

The Ancient Egyptians viewed reality as multi-layered in which deities who merge together for various reasons, whilst retaining divergent attributes and myths, were not seen as contradictory but complementary.In a complicated relationship Het Heretis at times the mother, daughter, and wife of Re and, likeAset, is at times described as the mother of Heru, and associated with Bastet.

Hathor - the Eye of RaHet Heret had a complex relationship with Re; she is his Eye and considered his daughter, but later when Re assumes the role of Horus with respect to Kingship, she is considered Re's mother. She absorbed this role from another cow goddess 'Mhtwrt' ("Great flood") who was the mother of Ra in a creation myth and carried him between her horns. As a mother she gave birth to Re each morning on the eastern horizon and as wife she conceives through union with him each day.

Het Heret, along with the goddess Nut is associated with the Milky Way during the 3rd Millennium B.C. when, during the Autumnal&Vernal Equinoxes, it aligned over and touched the Earth where the Sun rose and fell.The four legs of the celestial cow represented Nut or Het Heret could, in one account, be seen as the pillars on which the sky was supported with the stars on their bellies constituting the Milky Way on which the solar barque  (Khufu Ship) of Re(representing the sun) sailed.

It was said that, with her motherly character, she greeted the souls of the dead in Duat and proffered them with refreshments of food and drink. She also was described sometimes as Mistress of the Necropolis. The assimilation of Bat; who was associated with the sistrum, a musical instrument brought with it an association with music. In this later form, her cult became centered in Dendera in Upper Egypt and it was led by Priestesses and Priests who also were dancers, singers, and other entertainers.

Essentially, Het Heret had become a goddess of joy, and so she was deeply loved by the general population, and truly revered by women; who aspired to embody her multifaceted role as wife, mother, and lover. In this capacity, she gained the titles of "Lady of the House of Jubilation," and  "The One Who Fills the Sanctuary with Joy." The worship of Het Heretwas so popular that a lot of festivals were dedicated to her honor than any other Egyptian deity, and more children were named after this goddess than any other deity. Even Hathor's priesthood was unusual, in that both women and men became her priests.



















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