I am Sekhmet, Songstress of Amun – that is the artist-name I have chosen for myself. The reason for this choice lies in the connection to ancient Egypt that coloured the experience which first inspired me to pick up a guitar and start writing songs at the age of 33.
I was raised to consider myself tone-deaf and congenitally incapable of ever doing anything creative that involved music. I never learned to read and write music and was the only child in my school that didn’t even learn the recorder. Poetry and creative writing, visual arts, yes, but writing and composing songs? No, that wasn’t supposed to be my patch.
It came as a bit of a surprise to discover that I had all this music inside me wanting out, that my poems suddenly had tunes to them, and that I felt compelled to pick up a guitar and try out what happened when I changed the tuning, held down, picked and strummed different strings in certain patterns until they made the sounds I could hear in my mind. It was an amazing and empowering experience!
Sekhmet is the goddess of warfare and healing and her name literally means 'She Who Is Powerful'. She appears as a lioness, which is also my star-sign. Choosing hers as my artist-name gave me a sense of home-coming and reclaiming my power and identity as a Leo woman – something my Mum had a problem with me being: as I was growing up I frequently heard 'Leo-men are lovely, but Leo-women are self-centred drama queens'. Some people are made to feel the wrong sex, I was the wrong star-sign; or the wrong sex, depending which way you look at it.
Now, I am not blaming anyone else for my life's traumas, they were all necessary experiences on the path to myself, the very self that Sekhmet, the powerful lioness, helped me discover. I am empowered by identifying with her, and thank her by dedicating my work to her.
To be a "Servant of Sekhmet", the ancient Egyptian expression that came to denote "Physician", means to be a healer, transformer, remover of all that is unwholesome, defender of light and the heavenly order, as well as a catalyst for personal development and enlightenment.
I hope to prove myself worthy of the title "Servant of Sekhmet" through my life's work, expressing spirit through the arts, singing the praises of the Amun, the Hidden One.
Sa - Sekhem - Sahu
Spirit - Power - Enlightenment