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Sailing of Bast [May. 25th, 2015|02:23 pm]
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shadokitty
In 4 days, we have the Sailing of Bast. I was wondering how people here plan to honor Her on that day?
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Greetings [May. 25th, 2015|02:19 pm]
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shadokitty
Hello all. I have been away for a long time, but wanted to let everyone know that I am back, and hope we can get this group active again.
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Egyptian Festivals [Apr. 24th, 2011|05:01 pm]
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shadokitty
[Current Mood |contentcontent]
[Current Music |Under A Violet Moon by Blackmore's Night]

Hi everyone. I wanted to share this with the group. I was doing research on Egyptian Festivals to see which days would be sacred to Bast and I found this link of Egyptian Festivals. Among the other festivals in Ancient Egypt, it also tells which days were sacred to Bast.

http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/ideology/festivaldates.html
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Greetings [Dec. 31st, 2010|02:08 pm]
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shadokitty
[Current Mood |curiouscurious]
[Current Music |The radio]

Greetings to all the members of this community. Your friendly neighborhood maintainer here. I have just recently returned to Live Journal and would like to see this community become active again. To that end, if anyone has any topics they would like to discuss or know more about, feel free to ask. I will be glad to research anything. I will start. Even though I am a follower of Bast, and a pagan, I don't know much about the Kemetic festivals. Could anyone enlighten me?
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Twas the Evening of Samhain (Yoinked from naedyschannirra) [Oct. 27th, 2008|05:07 pm]
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ericsilverbear
’Twas the evening of Samhain, and all through the place
Were Pagans preparing the ritual space.
The candles were set in the corners with care,
In hopes that the Watchtowers soon would be there.
We all had our robes on, as is habitual
And had just settled down and were starting our ritual
When out on the porch there arose such a chorus
That we went to the door, and waiting there for us
Were children in costumes of various kinds
With visions of chocolate bright in their minds.

In all of our workings, we’d almost forgot,
But we had purchased candy, we’d purchased a LOT
And so, as they flocked from all over the street,
They all got some chocolate or something else sweet.
We didn’t think twice of delaying our rite,
Kids just don’t have this much fun every night.
For hours they came, with the time-honored schtick,
Of giving a choice: a treat or a trick.
As is proper, the parents were there for the games,
Watching the children and calling their names.
“On Vader, On Leia,
On Dexter and DeeDee,
On Xena, on Buffy,
On Casper and Tweety!
To the block of apartments on the neighboring road
You’ll get so much candy, you’ll have to be towed!”

The volume of children eventually dropped,
And as it grew darker, it finally stopped.
But as we prepared to return to our rite,
One child more stepped out of the night.
She couldn’t have been more than twelve or thirteen.
Her hair was deep red, and her robe, forest green
With a simple gold cord tying off at the waist.
She’d a staff in her hand and a smile on her face.
No make-up, nor mask, or accompanying kitsch,
So we asked who she was; she replied, “A Witch!
And no, I don’t fly through the sky on my broom,
I only use that thing for cleaning my room.
My magical powers aren’t really that neat,
And I won’t threaten tricks; I’ll just ask for a treat.”
We found it refreshing, so we gave incense cones,
A candle, a crystal, a few other stones,
And the rest of the candy which might fill a van
She turned to her father, a man dressed as Pan
And laughed, “Yes, I know, Dad, it’s past time for bed,”
And started to leave, but she first turned and said,
“I’m sorry for further delaying your rite.
Blessed Samhain to all, and a magical night.”

Copyright (c) 1999 by Cather Steincamp
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Meditations [Aug. 17th, 2008|06:06 pm]
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shadokitty
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Hi, friendly neighborhood maintainer here. Just thought I'd throw out another topic for discussion. Does anyone here have a certain meditation that helps them feel closer to Bast?

Me, what I do is I'll sit down either in a chair or on a floor, and place a cat gargoyle and a statue of Bast in front of me and concentrate my energies. I find it helps a lot as many times I feel much more calm and renewed after the meditation. I always close it with a small prayer of thanks to Bast.
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Discovering Bast [Aug. 6th, 2008|07:40 pm]
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shadokitty
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |Godzilla Theme]

Hi everyone.

I was just wondering, how did everyone here discover Bast as part of their life, or for those who are new altogether, what made you interested in learning more about her?

Since this topic is my idea, I'll go first. For me, it may have started ever since I was a kid, though at the time I did not realize it. I was just always a cat person at heart. That was different from other boys as most were dog people where I grew up. Then fast forward many years till my mid 20s, when I discovered Wicca from a professor at college. Studying it, I thought I had found my path, though I have since branched out to a more general pagan outlook than just pure Wicca.

One day, I was doing a meditation, and I felt a warm presence near me. Something told me it was my Goddess, and I discovered that it was Bast letting me know She was watching over me.

Since then, I have never looked back, being a devoted follower of Bast.
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Books [Aug. 2nd, 2008|02:59 pm]
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shadokitty
[Current Mood |curiouscurious]

Hi, your friendly neighborhood mod here. This community has been rather quiet of late, so I thought I would make a post in hopes of generating some more discussion.

I have recwently been reading a novel called the World Tree, in the Daughters of Bast trilogy. While it is a fantasy novel, and fiction, I would consider it historical fiction, given that it is set in the area of Gaul and Saxony when Christianity was beginning to take hold in Europe. A very good book if any one wishes to read it.

What I was wondering if anyone out here has read any other books, be they fiction or nonfcition that make them feel closer to Bast, as I have been these past few days from just reading this book.
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Hi!! [Jun. 25th, 2008|05:41 pm]
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saerundis
[Current Mood |happyhappy]

I am so glad to have found a community devoted to Bast. I have been Her devotee for... going on three years now, I think. It has been such a rewarding experience! I would love to share more, but my time at the computer has come to an end for tonight. Just wanted to poke my head out and introduce myself. :) Will post more again soon, hopefully.

I'm looking forward to making many friends here. I feel like I've found family. ^_^
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Affinity with catkind [Feb. 2nd, 2008|07:48 pm]
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irukai
In describing my spiritual affinity for cats to people, sometimes I feel like I need to explain that I'm not a furry. I'm not a cat. I'm a human who feels a calling to be a friend of cats. I definitely feel a sense of responsibility/stewardship toward them and don't in any way have any sense of identification as one. I wear cat items (jewelry, even socks) as a reminder of this connection.
It used to be that I sought cats out - scanning neighborhoods I was in for feline occupants, and the like.

Now they seek me out. In my neighborhood, I have made friends with several cats whom I know by name. On my walks, they come up to me.

Recently in a bookstore I'd never visited, I was standing there showing my used books to the manager and a few employees, when a large, fluffy cat came up and introduced himself to me. He must have been thinking, "Aha! New person whom I've never seen before! More attention!", but people close to me notice the affinity and how it's gotten stronger over the years. When I'm at a home of someone who has very shy cats who normally don't come out, frequently they'll come out and start loving on me, and the person will comment that the kitty never does that for strangers.

Of course I'm very close with the cats I have, but I'm not surprised anymore when strange cats appear in my path out of nowhere and sometimes even leap into my arms when I bend to pet them.

I used to have cat statues (a Bast, and a blue glass cat) that were among my collection of religious objects. I don't know what happened to them. I have glass cat candleholders though.
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