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Hathor is the ancient Egyptian sky and mother Goddess Whose husband (or son) is the falcon-headed sun God Horus. Her name literally means "House of Horus" as the sky is the dwelling of the sun. Cows, as emblems of nourishment, are sacred to Her, and She usually is shown with some bovine attributes: either a cow's head on a woman's body or cow ears, and long horns on Her head that enfold the sun disk, like the arms of the sky embracing Her beloved.
Hathor is also Goddess of women, love and joy, music, dance, celebration and beauty. She protects women and is present whenever they beautify themselves. She blesses women with fertility, and many of the ritual objects associated with Her also have an erotic significance, and in fact the Greeks identified Her with their Aphrodite.
Hathor saw both the newly born and the newly dead to safety—at the birth of a child, seven Hathors came to give the child its fate; and She is said to welcome the dead to the Gates of the West with bread and beer.
Hathor symbolizes a space of celebration and beauty, with great joy welling up and becoming evident, like the sun rising. She symbolizes coming into a time of happiness and comfort, safety and relaxation.