Incantation to Bau-Gula – A Sonnet, April Ekphrastic Challenge

Jane Cornwell

Bau-Gula Goddess of dog and healing
Sweet mother of seven holy daughters
Bless this supplicant before you kneeling
Protect her from the hunting soul slaughters

Caring healer of the lonely broken
Queen of the tempest, grower of green herbs
Accept this crafted clay offer token
Teach her magic to dark demons deter

Lady of shelter and transformation
Star of divine knowledge and bringer of life
Lend her your holy regeneration
Let her understand your sage advice

Bau-Gula Goddess of dog and healing
Evaporate this depressive feeling

©RedCat

Kudurru, boundary stone. Kassite period, 15th-11th century BCE
Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg), CC BY-SA 4, via Wikimedia Commons

I’ve always loved ancient mythology. So on the top of my head I can name several Goddesses that usually are portrayed with dogs or wolves.
Artemis, the greek Goddess of hunt and moon, Diana her roman equivalent. Hecate the greek Goddess of witchcraft and the underworld, that later has a triple aspect. From my native Norse mythology Hel Goddess of death and ruler of the Underworld which gates are guarded by Garm.

As I looked at Jane Cornwell’s art work I thought of two things, Tolkien’s elves (because of the headpiece) but that didn’t lead to any inspiration. And a Goddess with a dog. As I googled it I was unusually lazy and just wrote, Goddess dog, in the search field. Expecting to refresh myself on Artemis and Diana. Even though the dog looks way too kind to be either a dog guarding the gates of Helheim or a hunting dog.

In the – others have asked section – there was the question: Is there a Goddess of dogs? Curious as I am I opened the question and ran across Sumerian Bau and Babylonian Gula, whom I never heard of before so I kept on reading. And found this. 

“Her iconography depicts her always with a dog, sometimes seated, and surrounded by stars. She is associated with the underworld and transformation.”

World History Encyclopedia

After that I just had to read more so that I could write something inspired by Bau/Gula. And spent a happy hour or so chasing more information, even reading parts of A History of Sumer and Akkad – History of Babylonia vol. 1 by Leonard William King from 1910 that I found on Project Gutenberg

And then wrote an incantation on Sonnet form.


To see all art and read all poems for today go to The Wombwell Rainbow.

To read other Sonnet’s by me click here.


To read other poetic ritual pieces check out:

Mother of Creation – An Invocation

December Moon – A Prayer

Solstice Prayer

Breath Deep, Breath Slow – A Mantra

Keep – A Mantra


Fragment Bau
Louvre Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Jane Cornwell


likes drawing and painting children, animals, landscapes and food. She specialises in watercolour, mixed media, coloured pencil, lino cut and print, textile design. Jane can help you out with adobe indesign for your layout needs, photoshop and adobe illustrator. She graduated with a ba(hons) design from Glasgow School of art, age 20.

She has exhibited with the rsw at the national gallery of Scotland, SSA, Knock Castle Gallery, Glasgow Group, Paisley Art Institute, MacMillan Exhibition at Bonhams, Edinburgh, The House For An Art Lover, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Compass Gallery, The Revive Show, East Linton Art Exhibition and Strathkelvin Annual Art Exhibition.

Her website is: https://www.janecornwell.co.uk/

April Ekphrastic Challenge – GloPoWriMo 2021

December Moon – A prayer (2019 Re-post)

Photo by Joonas kääriäinen from Pexels

30th December 2020
Tonight’s the last full moon of 2020. The Wolf Moon. The Elder Moon. The Moon of long midwinter nights.

Re-posting a poem from last year. This one made it into my Book of Shadows! :-)


Long night moon, last light
before midwinter
Lend your shine
to the crown on the maiden
Guide her steps
as she seeks the shadow hidden self

Wolf moon, silver light
upon dark lands
Lend your clear sight
to the eyes of the mother
Guide her hands
as she steers her den and pups through winter

Elder moon, eternal light
keeper of mysteries
Lend your divine wisdom
to the heart of the crone
Guide her words
as she teaches the young and prepare to move on

© REDCAT

2019
Written for this years last full moon on December 12th.

Also posted to Pantry of Poetry and Prose #8 at Poets United.

Rolf Dietrich Brecher from Germany [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Solstice prayer – 21 December (2019 Re-post)

© RedCat

I burn this so it may die within me
Leaving fertile ashes
where new life-pattern can grow

I burn this to signify re-birth
To give the seeds sown space
and nourishment to grow

I burn this to signify my Will set
Writing my pain,
Finding peace
Dancing with soul
Showing passion
Self-loving in heart
Accepting philia

© REDCAT

Written for the solstice ritual of 2019.

The unusual and artistic image below, made using a technique known as “solargraphy” in which a pinhole camera captures the movement of the Sun in the sky over many months, was taken from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope on the plateau of Chajnantor.
Read more on the linked source page.

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