Seshat, The Scribe

The Record Keeper

The Queen of Feminine Spirits

Seshat is the Goddess of Libraries, all forms
of Writing and the Measurement of Time.

She was an architect building by the
measurements of sacred geometry.

The name Sashet, Seshet or Sesheta means
'The Female Scribe', 'Sesh" meaning scribe.

She wears a leopard skin dress.
The symbol over her head is a seven-pointed star or a rosette.
above which is a pair of inverted cow's horns suggesting a crescent moon.

Safekh-Aubi (Sefekh-Aubi) is a title that came from Seshat's headdress, that may have become an aspect of Seshat or an actual goddess. Safekh-Aubi means 'She Who Wears the Two Horns' and relates to the horns that appear above Seshat's head.

Her headdress was also her hieroglyph which may represent either a stylized flower or seven pointed star on a standing goddess that is beneath a set of down-turned horns. The horns may have originally been a crescent, linking Seshat to the moon and hence to her spouse, the moon god of writing and knowledge, Thoth.

Seshat is said to be Tehuti's / Thoth's female counterpart, consort, and father. She was often depicted as his wife by the Egyptians. As reality is based on duality - one could consider her the feminine aspect of Thoth. This of course links her with the Goddesses Isis, Nephthys, all being the same soul. The Egyptians believed that she invented writing, while Thoth taught writing to mankind. She was known as 'Mistress of the House of Books', indicating that she also took care of Thoth's library of spells and scrolls. She is the patron of libraries and all forms of writing, including census & accounting work.

Seshat was the only female that has been found (so far) actually writing. Other women have been found holding a scribe's writing brush and palette - showing that they could read and write - but these women were never shown in the act of writing itself.

From the Second Dynasty onwards, she helped ritualized laying of the foundations of temples and the ceremony known as the stretching of the cord (referring to the mason's line used to measure out the limits of the building). She was known as Mistress of the House of Architects. She was personal god of the king, aiding and assisting him. She was said to record all of his preceedings and his accomplishments.

The Pyramid Texts reference her as 'The Female Scribe' and 'The Lady of the House'. Nephthys is also refered to in the Pyramid Texts as 'Seshat, Foremost of Builders'. She is the Egyptian goddess of the dead. Daughter of Geb and Nut. Sister of Isis, Osiris and Seth. According to one tradition, she was also the mother of Anubis by Osiris. Her principal sanctuary was at Heliopolis. Along with Isis, she was one of the guardians of the corpse of Osiris. Depicted in human form wearing a crown in the form of the hieroglyph for house. Sometimes depicted as a kite guarding funeral bier of Osiris.

No temple has ever been found in her name. But in a temple constructed during Hatshepsut's reign, queen Hatshepsut is shown directing Thoth to speak to Seshat to get the answers to his questions. On the Slab Stela of Prince Wep-em-nefret, from the Fourth Dynasty, he is mentioned as the 'Overseer of the Royal Scribes', 'Priest of Seshat'. Supposedly at a later time, the priesthood of Thoth took over the priesthood of Seshat.

Thoth is the same soul as Hermes, the Magician. Seshat bore the title 'Egyptian Fairy Godmother'. Her magic wand with its seven pointed star was the symbol which represented the source of all creative ideas. Her powers of cause and effect for any affectation were legendary before the founding of Egypt.

Seshat was the essence of cosmic intuition, creating the geometry of the heavens alongside her partner Thoth.