Blessing: Hathor is the goddess of love, joy, beauty, and life at its fullest and most intense. She is concerned with all aspects of a woman’s life – youth, marriage, pregnancy, and beyond – and is a fierce protector of the individual. She is a gentle and kindly friend to the deceased, and guides them into rebirth.
Epithets: The most comprehensive list of Hathor’s epithets available on the ‘net can be found at Hethert.org. Anything short of linking here would have simply been duplication.
Equated with: Aphrodite, Hera, Persephone, Nyx, Sekhmet, Isis, Sekhmet, Nut, Venus, Astarte, Ishtar, Inanna, Anat.
Associations: cow, sistrum, menat, horns, solar disc, hawk, blue, gold, red, turquise, roses, mirror, myrtle, clover, benzoin, sandalwood, apple, beer, wine, grape vine,
Festivals: Festival of the Beautiful Reunion (21 Epiphi) Birthday of Hathor (12 Phaophi) Festival of Hathor-Isis (Winter Solstice) Festival of Inebriation (20 Thoth) Lagunophoria (11 Tybi) Festival of the Valley (7 Payni)
Ways to honor: Love. Dance. Sing. Play music. Cultivate states of ecstacy. Enjoy life to its fullest.
Ancient hymns and poetry
Temple of Aphrodite-Hathor in Egypt by Herodotus
The sistrum and its powers by Plutarch
Modern hymns and poetry
Song of Hathor by Lykeia
Hymn to Hethert by HineniHetheret
To Hathor by Phillupus
Modern devotional texts