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Satis, She-Who-Runs-Like-an-Arrow.
Alternate meaning: To-Sow-Seed.
[to Whom the twenty-fifth day of December, day 359, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Egyptian: She shared a temple in Abu (City of the Elephant), (Elephantine to the Greeks), with Anuket, The-Clapser and Khnum, Moulder. She was worshipped in the extreme south, Her favorite abode was on the island of Seheil (Siheil).
Description: Archer Goddess of hunting, fertility and love; Queen of the Deities; Lady of Elephantine; Princess of Upper Egypt; Eponym of the first nome of Upper Egypt: Ta Setet, the Land of Sati; She Who lets fly the force of the river; Goddess of the life-giving flood; Guardian of waterfalls and cataracts; She Who spreads water over the land; She Who stands at the entrance to the Underworld; She Who uses water from four vases to purify the deceased as shehe enters the kingdom of the dead.
Perhaps originally Goddess of the hunt.
To Whom Sacred: antelope; ankh; the white crown of Upper Egypt flanked by horns; bow and arrows.
Iconography: She is portrayed holding the ankh, wearing a vulture headdress and the white crown of the southern Egypt flanked by two long antelope horns. She often holds arrows and a bow in Her hand. She is also represented as pouring out the waters of the Nile and spreading them over the land.
Male Associates: consort, Khnum. She is also called his Daughter, though at other times She is considered the Daughter of Ra.

Source: Ions EM 106; Larousse NLEM 37; Lurker GSAE 104; Mercatante WWEM 136.
Anuket, The-Clasper
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Alternate meaning: She-Who-Embraces.

Geography/Culture: Egyptian: especially the Sudan. The center of Her worhip was at the present Aswan. As well as associated with all of the islands in and near the First Cataract, She was particular connected with the islands of Seheil (or Sahel -- which was consecrated to Her), Elephantine and Philai.
Linguistic Note: without the vowels Her name is transliterated as 'n(k with a dot below)t. The most plausible origin for this name is from the Egyptian verb (i with a comma above)n(k with a dot below), to embrace. Perhaps a reference to Her islands embraced by the branching arms of the river. However the Semitic `nk, necklace, is suggestive; the river rushing by forms a necklace round the islands, or the islands resemble a string of jewels.
Description: Goddess of waters, especially the Cataracts, and the source of the Nile; She Who clasps the river bank and presses the Nile between the rocks of Philae and Syene; She Whose embrace during the annual floods fertilises the fields; Goddess of lustiness.
To Whom Sacred: gazelle (perhaps by association with the speed of the waters rushing by Her islands); red parrot; feathers; the color red; crown of feathers.
Iconography: She is generally represented with a Nubian headdress and seen as non-Egyptian. She is also described as wearing a crown of feathers (perhaps those of a red parrot); this maybe a description of the Nubian headdress or perhaps an alternate headdress.
Male Associate: Lover, or consort, Khnum, Moulder, the ram god. He was worshipped with Anuket, The-Clasper, and Satis, She-Who-Runs-Like-an-Arrow.

Source: Bernal BAv2 100-3; Ions EM 106; Larousse NLEM 37-8; Mercatante WWEM 12.
Anquat, {She-Who-Embraces}.
Alternate meaning: To-Embrace.

Geography/Culture: Egyptian.
Description: She Who produces fertility in the waters.

Source: Mercatante WWEM/11.
Onka, {The-Clasper}.
Alternate meaning: Of-the-Heights.

Geography/Culture: Greek, from Egypt: Especially Greek Thebes in Boiotia. There is a district called Onkeion in Arkadia in which, near Thelpousa, the river Ladon breaks up to form islands.
Linguistic Note: it is suggested that the etymology of Her name comes from that of the Egyptian Goddess 'nkt, that is Anuket, The-Clasper, above. {It is for this reason I have given a first meaning of Her name as, The Clasper.}
Description: Goddess of water regulation and land reclamation.
Tradition links Her to the divine Cow Who led to the founding of Thebes.
To Whom Sacred: cow.
Male Associate: Kadmos (Cadmos). On the exact spot where the divine Cow he was following lay down he sacrificed Her to Athene, (thereby instituting the worship of Athene-Onka). This became the center of the Greek city of Thebes which he subsequently founded.

Source: Bernal BAv2 100-1.
Sothis, Provider.

Geography/Culture: Egyptian.
Linguistic Note: perhaps from ancient Egyptian Sepdi, provisions, providing supplies.
Description: The Great Provider; She Who regulates the flow of the divine Nile; She Who rises with the sun in the eastern sky at the exact time of year when the Nile floods are due to inaugurate the agricultural year (the new year's day of one of the Egyptian calendars); She Whose energy animates the universe.
Note: in fact a slight imprecision in the calculation of the year's length (which we adjust with the extra day in leap years) caused a sothic cycle lasting 1460 years.
Invocations, Pleas, Hymns and Other Homage to HER: Sothis.
To Whom Sacred: dog; the dog-star, Sirius.
Iconography: She wears a star on Her head. Or, as Isis-Sothis, She rides a dog side-saddle (as shown on some coins from the Greek Imperial mint of Alexandria).

Source: Ions EM 19; Lurker GSAE 114; Mercatante WWEM 136; Schwaller de Lubicz HB/ 18, 388.
worked on: November, May 1995; February 1992; July 1991.
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