Divine Mother, that is. Aset. My Mother that I love with all of my heart, mind, soul, body, spirit, ka, ba, etc. etc. I love Her a lot.
(Disclaimer: This post draws a lot on my personal experiences with Aset. YMMV as always.)
Aset is one of those goddesses that so many people want nothing to do with. They’re afraid of Her, intimidated by Her, think She hates them.
I can understand, to a certain extent. The amount of power She has can come off as intimidating! She is the goddess who had literally zero qualms about poisoning the King of the Gods so He would give up His true name to Her. But She didn’t do this on a lark. She got that name so She could help Her son to ascend to the throne. She loved Her son so much that She was willing to take the risky endeavor of poisoning Ra Himself so She could hopefully get His true name. She went to the extremes to ensure the very best for Her son.
In working with Aset (particularly the Weret-Hekau aspect), I have found that this is a myth I keep coming back to. Aset knew there was no other way She would be able to give Her son the true name of Ra without forcing it from Him. She was going to get that name by any means necessary.
“By any means necessary” is a phrase I feel a lot when working with or even just talking about Her. She is calculating. She is ruthless. She is the Queen who will take no prisoners if that’s what She feels will be the best course of action. She is not a coward who will shy away the moment something doesn’t go Her way. She is not the diplomatic sort that will try to avoid stepping on toes and shrug Her shoulders if She doesn’t get what She wants. She will readily stomp on toes, while screaming in someone’s ear and beating them over the head with a baseball bat, to get Her point across. She will use all of her power, all of her cunning, all of her strength of mind and magic, to help those She loves. Her magic can cause gods so much pain that they will spill their deepest secrets. The fact that She can and will cause harm to get what She wants might be scary to some. I get that! The first time I read that myth even made me recoil a little in a sense of “whoa WTF, that’s messed up!” But Her magic can also bring the dead back to life. She is the one who is said to have brought the Nile floods! Her power is overwhelming, but remember that She is so much more than “Head Bitch in Charge.” Can She be like that? Absolutely She can (and I’m saying this in the most respectful way possible).
But take a moment to think about this. Why does She do these things? Why does She show up yelling in your ear? Why does She grab hold of you and shake you and whack you with the Cluebat? Because love. If She comes to you, regardless of whether it’s with a tender hug and gentle words, or yelling through a bullhorn right into your ear, think about how much She loves you! She loves you so much that She wants to see you be the best you can be. And there’s a lot She can do to help you get there, but ultimately, it’s up to you to implement the changes. And if She seems strict, if She seems like She’s angry with you, there’s a good chance She’s seeing something in you that you aren’t, and gentle nudges haven’t worked!
Think about this. If She didn’t care, if She thought you weren’t worth Her time, do you really think She’d bother with you? If anything, She’d probably refuse to have anything to do with you. Why would She, the goddess who has endless power, waste her time making Joe Random spill his morning latte the moment he drives away from the window at Starbucks? She’s got better things to do than looking menacing and causing mischief to make people afraid of Her. She’s got children, loved ones, devotees that She adores, to care for.
She loves you. All of you. But love is not all snuggles and warm blankets and “i wuv you uwu.” Love can sometimes be pushing someone to do their very best. Love can sometimes be yelling and intimidation because you can see someone going down a path that isn’t good for them, or see them acting in a way that doesn’t reflect who they truly are.
And that is Aset. She is love. A lot of the time, it’s tough love. I don’t deny that. And that can be scary. But to all the people who say She scared the piss out of you the first time you encountered Her, remember the emphasis on the love. She loves you so much that She’s willing to take the time to reach out to you, to shake you, to swing the Cluebat. And a lot of the times, in my experience, there’s always a gentle hug, a word of praise, a sense of comfort and care, that follows. Because She knows pushing someone too hard is never good. She knows that sometimes we need a break, sometimes we genuinely need Her to let up a bit, and She understands. The Gods always give us what we need, and if they give us more than we can handle? I’ve never had a time the Gods haven’t come to me when I’ve called to Them for help.
In conclusion, Aset is tough. But She is love. She has high standards for those She loves. She will not lower those standards. But, in my experience, She has never, ever refused to give me a boost when I’ve needed it and asked for it.
May the Great Words of the Weret-Hekau Protect and Guide You Always.
The One Aset Summons