||[Aug. 6th, 2008|07:40 pm]
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.
Even as a kid, I was always fascinated by Ancient Egypt. We always had cats around our home, whether our own or neighbor cats. My background consisted of my mom who went to Lutheran school when she was in Germany, but she started taking up New Age beliefs after coming to the U.S. My dad had no religious background. As a child, I had participated in some Christian church activities on an irregular basis, but never really felt that I fit into it at all. I felt that the One-God belief was too narrow and limiting, for me at least, although I did not understand why at the time. While I was in college, I befriended some Wiccans. While I liked the idea of "do no harm", I found it rather vague when they referred to the Goddess. It was through a combination of soul searching over the years after dealing with some personal crises that I started dreaming of a cat-headed woman that I have since then learned was Bast. Initially, I thought I was "losing" it, as it went against everything I was taught, but decided to read up on Her and find out more. I was reassured once I knew what She was all about. I had gotten some flak from some people who don't understand and I don't live in an area where I come into contact with other Bast or other Egyptian deity believers. As a result, I don't really talk about it with others unless they are close friends or fellow pagans. I have some pagan friends who are fairly understanding, though.
I know what you mean. That is why I branched out from Wicca, Wicca was just my first exposure, but I too felt that it was rather vague in regards to the Goddess. I too felt the interest in Ancient Egypt, to this day, even though it is a religious movie, I still watch the Ten Commandments every Easter just because it is about Egypt.
I too usually like to watch movies that have Egypt as part of the theme or story, but there are not too many. I never did watch Ten Commandments, but may have to rent it one weekend.
I do not know of many Egyptian movies myself. Other than the Ten Commandments, I know the animated story of Joseph, as well as Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical of it, and the 1st two Mummy movies. That is as far as my knowledge of movies with an Egyptian theme go.
::shrug:: She's always been there. My earliest memory is of warm, cat, and purring -- and Her presence.
*smiles* That is a wonderful first memory. Bast truly does watch over her children.