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Goddess of: War and destruction, strong feminine sexuality
Name means: “to be strong and violent”
Also Known as: Nesert (Flame), Great One of Healing
Symbolism: Lioness, Cobra, Eye of Horus
Sekmet was presumably created by Ra as a weapon of destruction because his people were disobedient to him. After she unleashed her destruction, the people of Egypt feared another attack, and decided to create a ritual in order to keep her happy. There were 700 statues involved, and the Egyptian priests were meant to perform this ritual in front of a different statue every morning and every afternoon, year round. However, her origin story has been debated, and many believe that she is much older than Ra, while others insist that he is her father.
Sekmet is pictured as having the head of a lioness on a woman’s body. She is considered the crone of the trinity: Hathor, Bast, Sekhmet.
Sekmet has a terrible reputation, but many women of great power generally do. She is associated with Kundalini, which is strong feminine sexuality brought forth as psychic energy, also called “shakti” (power of the individual) which is a Hindu word derived from Sekhmet.
It is interesting to note, though, that she also stood for Healing, and her priests/priestesses were said to be the greatest healers in Egypt. Also associated as a Goddess of Love in some circles, she had the power to destroy with her flames, but was also a protector of the dead.
Sekhmet is said to be helpful nowadays to modern women to help them with protection, Banishing negativity, helping one overcome rage, an aid in depression, helping to discover courage, sexual energies and standing up for oneself.
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USA TRIATHLON NAMES 2011 USA PARATRIATHLON NATIONAL TEAM
2011 USA Paratriathlon National Team
Scout Bassett, TRI-2, Los Angeles, Calif.
Robin Caruso, TRI-4, Ridgefield, Conn.
Michael Johnston, TRI-5, San Diego, Calif.
Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt, TRI-6, Philadelphia, Pa.
Beth Price, TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.
Sarah Reinertsen, TRI-2, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Joel Rosinbum, TRI-4, Portland, Ore.
Aaron Scheidies, TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.
Melissa Stockwell, TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.
Craig Vogtsberger, TRI-3, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Patricia Walsh, TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.
All of these athletes have amazing stories and obstacles they had to overcome. Truly incredible!
via Vulture Magazine:
This is actually a new category. First time ever. I guess there were a lot of write-in ballots, and, um, well, t-the prom committee asked me to read this. “We’re not good friends. Most of us never found the time to get to know you, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t noticed you. We don’t talk about it much, but it’s no secret that Sunnydale High isn’t really like other high schools. A lot of weird stuff happens here. But whenever there was a problem or something creepy happened, you seemed to show up and stop it. Most of the people here have been saved by you or helped by you at one time or another. We’re proud to say that the class of ‘99 has the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class in Sunnydale history, and we know at least part of that is because of you. So the senior class offers its thanks and gives you this. It’s from all of us, and it has written here, “Buffy Summers, Class Protector”.