August 2019 Bastet Perfume Society: Pan

The Story of Pan

BY THERAPEUTIC PERFUMER KATE BECKER

Pan is the bearded, goat hoofed, horned, half human, half goat Greek God of the wilderness. He is the therianthropic Greek goat God of all nature. Pan’s deep connection to the natural world is profoundly needed in our current time. Since the ancient past, his mirthful yet wise ways have intrigued the hearts of many artists and mystics. Pan links us to our own animal nature and awakens our connection to the wild and untamed. He lives in dells and grottoes, woods and water, and represents the uncivilized divine masculine - primal and often lustful. 

The focus of August’s Bastet Perfume is for the archetype of Pan to ignite a healthy instinct, connect to the wildness within us, and fine-tune our relationship to our mother planet; where we can find the deep healing we all long for. Pan Bastet Perfume was created to evoke the alluring musky scent of flora and fauna. Forestry notes are folded in with balsamic Amber - Moroccan Rose Absolute and rare, hypnotic Oud create a majestic balance.

Pan’s Influence on the Ancient Greeks

With his reed flute, Pan reigns over all things wild and rustic, watches over hunters, shepherds and their flocks, and resides in the mountains, meadows, wooded glens and fields. Pan can be found spending time in nature with other forest deities and the wood nymphs. Pan is an energetic, lusty god, said to be unsightly in appearance, entertaining, and creative. He is associated with the season of Spring, along with fertility and lust. Sometimes Pan is connected to the Greek god Dionysus; God of wine. Because of this, he is sometimes depicted with grapes in his hair. The ancient Greeks who worshipped Pan did so in the forest and nature, rather than in the city temples like his Greek counterparts. Ancient Greek hunters worshipped Pan by offering him part of their successful hunting bounty.

Create a Pan-inspired Alter

If you would like to honor Pan or set up an altar for him, you can do so in your own home! Gather flora and fauna from nature, bake something sweet, like honey cakes for his forest nymphs, light green candles. Play Pan a bit of music and adorn your altar with his favorite things like wine and grapes.

Setting Intentions with Pan

Quiet and clear your mind, perhaps after a quiet morning moment, shower, or meditation. Apply Pan Bastet Perfume to your solar plexus (upper abdominal region) which is the energy center of the body. When we are disconnected from nature, self love, and music we may suffer symptoms of worry, anxiety, and fear. These feelings can manifest into stomach or digestive disorders when unbalanced.

To help heal the solar plexus, call upon Pan and set an intention to reconnect to the natural world. When you set the intention, do not mistake it as a wish or prayer. Rather, it’s an acknowledgment of your current energy status and desire for transformation to begin a new course. Setting intentions with Pan as your guide, will help shift your thoughts and energies to concentrate on your personal internal power and animalistic nature. To encourage this connection, walk barefoot in a grassy knoll, meadow, or forest. Practice affirmations of self-love and focus on the positive thoughts that will help you fulfill your intention to be one with nature, your carnal sexuality, and a music-loving soul.


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