Satis

Satis

She Who Shoots Forth; She Who Runs Like an Arrow; She Who Pours

ALSO KNOWN AS:

Sati; Satet

Satis, Lady of the Frontier, is a Nile River spirit entrusted to maintain balance and peace at the Nile’s first cataract, the traditional border between Egypt and Nubia. She maintains balance and harmony between the two lands. She is a beautiful, erotic goddess as well as a warrior. Satis may be Anuket’s mother, daughter, or sister. She is associated with the annual Nile floods. It was believed that every year, on the Night of the Teardrop, Isis shed one single tear, which Satis caught in a water pot. This tear began the Nile deluge.

Because of her associations with sacred waters, Satis is also identified with funerary rites. She provides the water that cleanses the deceased, enabling them to transition to their next incarnation. The living may invoke Satis for spiritual cleansing and to wash away shame, humiliation, feelings of degradation, and sin. If petitioned, Satis also pours out blessings of protection, security, love, romance, happy sex, and fertility.

ICONOGRAPHY:

Satis wears the crown of Upper Egypt flanked by gazelle horns.

ATTRIBUTES:

Ankh, scepter, arrows, vessels of water

ELEMENT

Water

Creatures: Antelope, gazelle

Star: Sirius

SACRED SITES:

• The ancient frontier city of Swenet, now called Aswan

• Satis had a shrine on Elephantine Island.

• Her name may be related to Setet Island (Sehel Island).

SEE ALSO:

Anuket; Isis; Khnum; Qebhut

SOURCE:

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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