All About Bast-Mut

Bast-Mut is a syncretization of goddesses Bast and Mut, creating Bast in her role as Queen.  This syncretization was primarily found in Luxor (Thebes/Karnak/Waset) and at Isheru lake, where Mut was prominent.  She also appears in temple images labeled as Mut-Bast.  In many of these depictions, she appears both as a lioness-headed woman with the solar disk, and as a humanoid woman.  We know that this is her based upon the hieroglyphic inscriptions included with the imagery.  Bast-Mut and Mut-Bast are both the same deity, however, in the Kemetic Orthodoxy Rite of Parent Divination, the Name that comes first is the god that the one divined will best understand.  For the sake of continuity, and for personal affiliation, I will be calling her as Bast-Mut throughout the page.

Syncretization?

Bast-Mut is still Bast, but she is also Mut.  As an example, let us say that Bast is the color Red and Mut is the color Blue.  Syncretized, they form the color Purple.  This creates a whole new color that you cannot separate.  In this fashion, she gets equal parts of both goddesses and forms it into one.  Spend some time researching both goddesses, and you'll get an idea of how Bast-Mut can be.

Disclaimer: Much of the information listed below falls under UPG, or Unverified Personal Gnosis.  These are offerings I feel she likes, songs I associate with her, and other tidbits I find important towards understanding Bast-Mut.  Much of my knowledge of her comes from both personal experiences and those of others who experience her.

Working with Bast-Mut

This is my personal experiences with her, and they may differ from yours or from that of others.  However, this is a good guideline to start with if you are new or haven't met her yet.

When you first decide to introduce yourself to the Queen, it's important to be formal and respectful.  Only in spending more time and experiences with her are you allowed to loosen formalities a little.  She is warm and loving, like the sun beaming down in a caress. A nice offering goes over well, as well as honest intentions and being present and respectful in her presence.  She is kindly like Bast, a lover of joy, rich things, and perfumes, but she is Queen and more directing rather than acting. There is a regal air about her, and she tends to be more on the formal side of things.  Share your meals with her, speak your mind, and be open and honest.

Bast-Mut is like the sun. The warmth and glow of her love shines down and embraces you, never burning. For she is the sun gently kissing the horizon, the one you can glimpse out of the corner of your eyes, still hot and bright, but tender. Regal is her splendor that dusts the clouds in the royal hues of purple and gold. The sky glows for her.

Representation

  • Feline-headed woman with double or uraeus modii crown.
  • Lioness, or other big cat.
  • Domestic cat with cobra between her paws.
  • Depicted with the Solar Disk as Mut-Bast.
  • Shown in humanoid form as Mut-Bast.

Patronage

  • Empowerment
  • Self love
  • Protection
  • Leadership & Royalty
  • Living in the Moment
  • Inner Strength

Epithets

*Historically Attested for Bast-Mut

  • Mistress of Isheru*
  • Lady of Charm*
  • Sweet of Love*
  • Cat in Karnak
  • Werethekau of Thebes
  • Lady of Heaven*
  • Lady of Light
  • Lady of the East
  • Mother of Mothers
  • She with Great Strength
  • The Cobra of Ra
  • She Who Dispels Darkness
  • Bast Who is Mut in Isheru
  • The Light Bearer
  • Invisible Paw
  • The Mistress of Joy

Family

  • Wife of Amun-Ra
  • Mother of Khonsu
  • Mother of Mafdet (UPG)

Offerings

Food
  • Dark Chocolate
  • High Quality Meat
  • Sushi
  • Fruit
  • Bread
  • Brie Cheese
Drink
  • Chai Tea
  • Catnip Tea
  • Cream Liqueur
  • Cool Water
Stones and Colors
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Labradorite
  • Carnelian
  • Malachite
  • Jade
  • Amber
  • Gold
  • Greens
  • Deep Red
  • Royal Purple
Scents
  • Sandalwood
  • Lotus
  • Vanilla
  • Jasmine
Activities
  • Self-Care
  • Perfumery
  • Song and Dance
  • Volunteering

Festivals 

I Akhet | August
28 - Offerings to Amun, Mut, and Khonsu of Isheru

II Akhet | September
10 - Appearance of Bast of Ankhtawy
O - New Moon to Full Moon - Opet Festival

III Akhet | October
2 - Return of Mut
20 - Procession of Bast Lady of Ankhtawy in front of Ra

IV Akhet | November
15 - Feast of Sekhmet and Bast before Ra
16 - Feast of Sekhmet and Bast of Isheru

I Peret | December
3 - Feast of the Drunkenness of the Eye of Ra
13 - Feast of Bast
20 - Procession of Bast
21 - Bast Guards the Two Lands
O - Winter Solstice - She is Led Back
29 -  Bast and Sekhmet Protect the Two Lands
30 - Boat Procession of Mut, Lady of Isheru

II Peret | January
18 - Feast of Bast in Bubastis

III Peret | February
13 - Feast of Bast

IV Peret | March
4 - Great Festival of Bast/Day of Chewing Onions for Bast (2 days)

II Shomu | May
16 - Feast of Bast

III Shomu | June
13 - Feast of Bast of Memphis
29 - Feast of Mut

(Please refer to the Kemetic Calendar to see when dates fall.)

Sources and Additional Reading

Siuda, Tamara. The Ancient Egyptian Daybook. Portland: Stargazer Design, 2016. http://www.egyptiandaybook.com/

Galan, Jose M, et al., editors. Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2014.

“Cat Goddess Bast and the Goddess Mut.” The Great Cat , LA Vocelle, www.thegreatcat.org/cat-goddess-bast-and-the-goddess-mut/.Hays, Christopher B. “The Egyptian Goddess Mut in Iron Age Palestine: Further Data From Amulets and Onomastics.” Journal of Near Eastern Studies, The University of Chicago Press, 2 Oct. 2012, www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/666652.

Gray, Zachery. The Intrepid Wanderer's Guide to Ancient Egyptian Goddesses. Intrepid Spirit Books, 2008.

Hart, George. A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. Routledge, 2004.

Appearances

Oriental Institute Publications (OIP) Vol 116 - Reliefs and Inscriptions at Luxor Temple - Volume 2 - The Facade, Portals, Upper Register scenes, columns, marginalia, and statuary in the colonnade hall
Plate 144

Oriental Institute Publications (OIP) Vol 93 - Medinet Habu - Volume VII - The Temple Proper - Part III - The Third Hypostyle Hall and all rooms accessible from it with friezes of scenes from the roof terraces and exterior walls of the temple
Plate 558

Oriental Institute Publications (OIP) Vol 83 - Medinet Habu - Volume V - The Temple Proper - Part I - The Portico, The Treasury, and Chapels Ajoining the First Hypostyle Hall with Marginal Material from the Forecourts
Plate 261