Bast-Mut

Bast-Mut is a syncretization of goddesses Bast and Mut, creating Bast in her role as Queen.  This syncretization of was primarily found in Karnak/Thebes, and in Isheru in the temple of Mut, where she is mentioned in an inscription upon a doorway: “Mut, the lady of Isheru-Bastet.” There is also mention of her as an inscription upon a column: “Mut, the lady-Bastet resident within Isheru."  While these inscriptions are mostly damaged and a bit vague, it helps to see that she was mentioned historically. Bast-Mut can take the form of a feline-headed woman with the double crown, a seated cat with a cobra, or even a seated lioness with a uraeus modii crown.

Alternately, she also appears in temple images labeled as Mut-Bast.  In two of these depictions, she appears both as a lioness-headed woman with the solar disk, and as a humanoid lady who looks much like Mut.  We know that this is her based upon the hieroglyphic inscriptions included with the imagery.  They are the same deity, however the name that comes first is the deity the one divined will best understand.

Bast-Mut is still Bast, but she is also Mut.  For 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 goddess, and you'll get an idea of how Bast-Mut can be.  My Bast-Mut is very much like Bast, except as Queen.  Even though she is equal of both deities, she reads a lot more as Bast to me, bearing the traits of Mut.

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 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 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.  She'll let you know if you're going down the wrong path with a raise of the brow, or a bap like a mama cat scolding a kitten.  She is often subtle, but can definitely be as loud as she wants to be given the situation

Representation

  • Lioness-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

I've only included some of my favorites.

  • Lady of Heaven
  • Lady of Light
  • Lady of the East
  • She with Great Strength
  • The Cobra of Ra
  • She Who Dispels Darkness
  • Bast Who is Mut in Isheru
  • Devouring Lady
  • The Devouring (Flame)
  • The Fiery/Flaming One
  • The Light Bearer
  • Invisible Paw
  • The Mistress of Joy
  • The (reigning) Queen
  • If She Comes, She is Great

Family

  • Wife of Amun-Ra
  • Mother of Khonsu
  • Mother of Mafdet

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
  • Tigers Eye
  • Labradorite
  • Carnelian
  • Malachite
  • Jade
  • Amber
  • Gold
  • Green
  • Deep Red
  • Royal Purple
Scents
  • Sandalwood
  • Lotus
  • Vanilla
  • Jasmine
Activities
  • Self-Care
  • Perfumery
  • Singing and Music
  • Working with Cats

Festivals 

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

III Akhet | October
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
29 -  Bast and Sekhmet Protect the Two Lands

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

(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.

 

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

OIP 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