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Bastet is the animal totem for the Coven of the Catta (Latin for cat). Further back in our lineage the Horse was the animal totem of Sybil Leek’s Coven of the Horsa from the New Forest in England. Before that the Red Dragon was the animal totem of the Coven de la Dragon Rouge in SE France.
Bast from the British Museum
I think Lady Phoebe Athene Nimue and Lord Merlin aka Dr Frederick LaMotte Santee chose the cat as a totem for their Coven back in 1967 for several reasons. First off, the cat has traditionally been associated with Witchcraft for hundreds of years. But i think more importantly it was because they both Loved cats. Lady Phoebe had several cats in her house before she passed. And Dr Santee also had a few pet cats, including one named Bastet who unfortunately died during a fire at his library. And in his will, which i have read, he donated a fair amount of money to the Humane Society, which he had supported all his life.
Green Bastet papyrus – source unknown
And when i think of it i cannot think of one witch i have ever known who has not owned a cat at some time in their life, depending on their living situation.
My Four Bastet Statues
So All Hail and Blessed Be to Our Lady Bastet the Goddess of Witchcraft and of our Coven of the Catta !