Monday, June 10, 2013

Temple of Sekhmet

Before I recognized myself as a feminist, I identified as a priestess.  Priestessing was a way to connect with others, to work for empowerment, to honor the feminine.  In fact, my bead embroidery developed as a way to make jewelry to wear during ritual.
Outside view of the Temple.  This door opens to the East.

I started going to the Temple of Sekhmet shortly after it was built.  Purposely established on land in the "middle of nowhere," the Temple offered a respite from the bustle of Las Vegas.  I was struggling with my life (as many who are about to turn 30 do) and the Temple gave me a safe place to focus.  Honestly, I cannot put into words what this space meant to me, then,  Continues to mean to me, though I haven't been there in years.
Sekhmet statue in Temple.  She sits in the Southeast corner.
Sekhmet and I had lots of conversations, as I helped around the grounds.  Some talks happened late at night, just her and I and the wind and the stars.  I'd drive from Vegas out to Cactus Springs often, enjoying the view.
View to the South, towards Wheeler Pass.
Sekhmet wasn't alone in the Temple.  There were dozens of statues of other Goddesses.  I painted and decorated a statue of the Norse Goddess, Frigga.  I swear, late at night, you could hear them whispering amongst each other.

Madre de Mundo (Earth Mother)
The Temple defined the woman I was becoming and continues to guide me.  When I left Nevada in 1999, I did so because I knew that I had more to accomplish than I was able to do in staying there.  I promised Sekhmet that if she guided me, if she made the journey possible I would work to empower women.
Top of the Temple, sunset
I feel Her calling me.  I have plans to visit the Temple this summer.  Sekhmet and I are overdue for a long talk.

1 comment:

  1. How lucky you are to have a spiritual home like this, which can speak to you across the distance of time and miles. Even luckier to get to visit it again. I have such a place, and although it's not a "temple" in the sense of Sekhmet's, it is a place that always offers a source of centering and calm, even if I'm hundreds of miles away. I hope your plans to visit the Temple this summer work out!