Hi wonderful people,
last night in my dreams I was visited by / I had a vision a man-lion creature with an ‘Egyptian’ or Pharao-like shape. Initially it slightly scared me, and I asked ‘what do you want from me?’ I felt a sudden warm wave, my heart Chakra opening and bursting in energizing flames and heard the word ‘Love’.
Then the vision disappeared.
As I woke up I felt strong and inspired, but I had no idea what/who I had seen exactly. Bastet, the cat-goddess of Egypt popped in my mind, albeit I was sure that the image in my vision was clearly a lion, not a cat, and a male lion. Nevertheless Bastet was my only clue and I started my research from there. I quickly found out that Bastet had a god son called Miysis (also spelled Mihos, Miysis, Mios, Maihes, and Mahes) which was a lion-headed god with a human body! His name means “he who is true beside her”. He was seen as a lion prince, the son of Re (Sun) and of Bast, the feline goddess. Images of statues you can also find on the web confirmed me that was indeed what/who I had seen.
Considered to have powerful attributes, feline deities were associated with the pharaohs, and became patrons of Egypt. The male lion hieroglyphic was used in words such as “prince”, “mashead”, “strength”, and “power”.
Despite his aggressive aspect, Maahes was also thought of as a protective deity. He helped protect Ra from Apep as he traveled into the underworld night and defended the pharaoh in battle. He was also considered to be the guardian of sacred places and a protector of the innocent.
He is first mentioned in the New Kingdom, and some Egyptologists have suggested that Maahes was of foreign origin… and this was as far as I was directly able to follow the trail… until Jyothi had the idea to look at other lion-men-gods in other ancient pantheons. So we started looking at the Hindu gods and we came across Narasimha.
Narasiṁha is often visualized as having a human-like torso and lower body, with a lion-like face and claws. Vishnu assumed this form on top of Himvat mountain (Harivamsa). He is known primarily as the ‘Great Protector’ who specifically defends and protects his devotees in times of need. Vishnu is believed to have taken the avatar to destroy the demon king Hiranyakashipu. (sounds like Ra and Apep, right?). But wait, there’s more.
Narasiṁha is also a protector of his devotees in times of danger. Near Śrī Śailaṁ, there is a forest called Hatakeśvanam, that no man enters. (protector of the innocent and of sacred places…)
Being a combination of man (the best of higher creatures) and lion (the best of lower creatures) Narasimha represents the best of creation. Incidentally this also proves the omni-presence of God. Narasimha is especially the embodiment of valor. His mantra is said to be very powerful, capable of destroying enemies and exorcising evil.
I believe this energy is the same as Archangel Michael, which came to me in one of its oldest pre-christian iconic representations. I don’t personally have much association with the traditional ‘winged’ angel figure, but I do hear and see angel’s signs and messages, especially coming from Nature and animals. Also, I have always been fascinated by Egypt and I love cats (we have 3 at home…).
In any case, looking at Archangel Michael: he is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel, once as a “great prince who stands up for the children of your people”. (again, very similar to Maahes and Narasimha)
In the New Testament Michael leads God’s armies against Satan’s forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. (slaying daemons)
Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. (protector of the pharao, anyone?).
With this premise to my day, we felt compelled to pull a card from the Archangel Michael Oracle card deck by Doreen Virtue, which you can see in the photo. It feels so fitting, I believe many people need this message of getting rid of their fears and stored up anger, open up to loving themselves, and others.This begins with accepting ourselves, and letting go of negative self-talk. Let’s not be hard on ourselves; let’s appreciate and Love all that we are, with all of our weirdness and beautifully special uniqueness.
PS – Info above reseearched, derived, recombined and interpreted my own way from a couple of different sources:
5) the book “Hindu gods and goddesses” by Swami Harshananda