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Sekhmet Temple
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THROUGH THE YEARS, I have enjoyed visiting very special places in anticipation of writing the yearly Sites of Awe article. This year something different happened. While digging through my archives, I found this piece written in 2004, and decided to share it, along with an update from a phone conversation with a Priestess of the very captivating Sekhmet Temple.

Well, I found myself in Las Vegas, Nevada, celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary with my family, when I learned about, and decided to visit, the Sekhmet temple in the Mojave Desert. After all, what better place to put a Sekhmet temple in the United States of America than in the desert?

As I approach, I see that the temple is quite small. The building stands only about 12-15 feet tall, with a large piece of metalwork on the top. The walls appear to be made of stucco and there are arched entrances located on more than one side.

The Sekhmet Temple’s website is filled with more information on Goddess Spirituality and happenings at the Temple. Truly a site rich in information can be found at www.sekhmettemple.com

As I approach, I see that the Sekhmet Temple is quite small. The building stands only about 12-15 feet tall, with a large piece of metalwork on the top. On the southern wall there is a beautiful statue of Sekhmet. She is decorated with red fabric and has flowers, candles and offerings at her feet
On the western wall is altar to Our Lady of Guadalupe which is clearly a living shrine to this manifestation of the Mother To the north is Madre del Mundo, flanked by pillar candles and potted plants.
On the eastern wall, I’m fascinated to see a number of Goddess images from various cultures—a European Venus of Willendorf, Egyptian Isis, Tara and various others. In the center of the temple is a fire pit, and above it the ceiling is open, with a metallic ornamentation (appears to be copper) that was visible from outside.
Fairy altar is one of the many favored altars for visitors to visit on the temple grounds. The temple gounds include the Labyrinth which was designed by Morganne Baum.








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