Egyptian Goddess of Love: How to Work With Hathor For Love & Passion
There are no Egyptian goddesses quite like Hathor. If you’re looking to bring more love and passion into your life, consider working with the gorgeous Egyptian Goddess of Love. Here, we teach you how to start a magical relationship with Hathor including how to set up her altar, provide appropriate offerings, and perform rituals in her honor.
Who is the Egyptian Goddess of Love, Hathor?
Hathor was the Egyptian goddess of love similar to the Greek’s love deity Aphrodite. Hathor’s worship dates to the Old Kingdom between 2686 and 2181 BC. Her cult was widespread during this time because of multiple pharaohs’ dedication to her. There were more temples built in Hathor’s honor than any other ancient Egyptian goddess (yes, even more than Isis)!
To those who worshiped her, Hathor brought love, fertility, passion, protection, health and abundance. She was also a guardian of mothers and children. The Egyptian Goddess of Love was most often depicted as a cow or as a woman with a bovine-horn headdress. She was associated with the sky, the stars, and water. Sources say there were many Hathor goddesses and not just one, i.e. the “Seven Hathors” of Middle Kingdom fame. Hathor was a Mother Goddess who gave birth to the Sun every dawn.
How to Start Working with the Egyptian Goddess of Love
You can work with Hathor, the Egyptian Goddess of love, for increased love and abundance in nearly every aspect of life. Working with or worshiping a new deity can sometimes be confusing or complex. But it doesn’t have to be! If you’d like to bring Hathor, the Egyptian Goddess of Love, into your life and spiritual practice, here we show you how!
1. Study Up!
The first and most important step in connecting with Hathor is to study her mythology and history. Get to know who she was in the eyes of the ancient Egyptians. Read about her temples in ancient Egypt, look at her depictions on temple walls and on pottery, read any myths in which she’s featured and any books written about her in modern times. Study and research as a preliminary way to get to know her. It also shows respect to her and her original culture.
2. Set Up Her Sacred Space
In the process of getting to know the Egyptian Goddess of Love, set up a sacred space or altar in her honor. This can be a small shelf, a tabletop, or even a portable altar in a basket or box. Hathor was the goddess of love, so think all things LOVE when decorating. The colors red or pink and a representation of Hathor (statue or picture) should be minimum. A white or red candle dedicated to Hathor and an incense burner would also be beneficial.
3. Provide Appropriate Offerings
When I provide offerings to a particular deity, like the Egyptian Goddess of Love, I always research first. I like to look up any plants or stones associated with the goddess, as well as plants and foods associated with the ancient Egyptians. Here are some appropriate offerings for Hathor:
- Incense: myrrh, cinnamon, cedar, and rose
- Foods: figs, dates, bread, cheese, butter, beer, wine
- A cup of fresh water
- Candles: dedicate a red, pink or white novena candle and light it in her honor
- Herb-infused and essential oils like rose, chamomile and jasmine oil
- Stones: turquoise and malachite (Hathor was known as the Lady of Turquoise): place these stones on her sacred space or as offerings to her
- Metals like gold and copper
Communication is number one in establishing a relationship, right? So use this knowledge when it comes to working with the Egyptian Goddess of Love! When you light her candle, talk to her. Thank her for her watchful eye, the love she gives, and for her beauty. Find passages from Egyptian mythology to read about her and to her. This may be the highest form of flattery! Write poetry or your own stories to honor her.
5. Rituals to Honor and Invoke the Egyptian Goddess of Love
Truthfully, every act of love is a ritual in honor of Hathor. Be sure you are physically clean and spiritually cleansed before approaching Hathor. The Ancient Egyptians believed their gods could only be approached if you were clean. Many priests and priestesses also wore white clothing. If you want to perform rituals to specifically honor Hathor OR to invoke her, here are a few ways:
- A ritual cleansing bath with rose petals, jasmine and lavender including prayers in Hathor’s honor (Hathor was linked to water and the Nile River)
- If you’re an artist or crafter, create art with cows and bovine horns dedicated to the Egyptian Goddess of Love (creativity is a reverent form of offering)
- Ask her to send you a message while performing a mirror, ink or oil scrying session (these were traditional methods of divination in Ancient Egypt)
- Crafting and drinking an herbal tea using herbs from ancient Egypt and add a little milk (sacred to Hathor)
- Rise and greet Hathor at dawn, since she’s known to birth the morning sun; you can also use this time to invoke her loving, fertile qualities and birth those hidden aspects of yourself
- Romantic love and passionate intimacy can be knowingly dedicated to Hathor (stand at her altar and tell her beforehand!)
Why Call On the Egyptian Goddess of Love?
Hathor has many amazing qualities and her magic runs deep. If you’re looking for more love or passion in your life, this Egyptian Goddess is perfect to invoke. She will also be a fierce guardian of your children and home. Her mothering nature will nurture your soul and promote healing of your inner child. Hathor has been known to grant fertility to women who struggled in ancient Egypt. And when you need a mother who will fight for you, Hathor will do just that.