The ancient Egyptians placed great value on cats. They protected the crops and slowed the spread of disease by killing vermin of the lands.
Bastet personified the playfulness, grace, affection, and cunning of a cat as well as the fierce power of a lioness. The rituals performed in her temples are designed for healing, protection, and insuring fertility that were sensual, full of music and dancing.
The Egyptian goddess Bastet embodies the idea that all is feline and feminine. Her gifts are cat-like in nature, includes the refusal to be pushed around and an insistence on the freedom of expression.
She teaches us to relax and never waste energy, appreciate luxuries of beauty and perfume, and to live with grace.
Bast leads us to accept the true nature of things, ourselves included, and reminds us to remain unswayed by the opinion of others. Her name implies that under the sweet and precious surface lies the heart of a predator.