"Hathor, a nourishing great mother goddess, is the Egyptian mother of all gods & goddesses. Usually portrayed as a cow, she is a sky goddess, the queen of the heavens; the sun emerges from her womb & the moon from her breast. She is the goddess of love, mirth, beauty, & sensual pleasure, as well as the protectress of all women. In her other guise, shown here, she is lady of the night & queen of the underworld. With her lion's head, Hathor assumes the role of destroyer & giver of death. In her leopard skin she is the goddess of fate & fortune & typifies the ferocity & swiftness of this animal, a night prowler & watcher. Hathor is a strong embodiment of the many sides of existence. Creator, sustainer, destroyer, she encompasses all. Hathor reminds us that we, too, must acknowledge all parts of ourselves, that what we might call destructive is sometimes necessary to allow our creativity & compassion to flourish."