The Seven Hathors acted as the fates, speaking the manner of a child’s death at its birth, along with other, usually unpleasant predictions.
Sometimes called “the old ladies,” they were seen as fortune tellers, so some times magic spells were invoked to close the mouths of the seven Hathors and prevent them from foretelling the future. They seemed to be linked with not only fortune telling, but to being questioners of the soul on its way to the Land of the West.
Their names were
- Lady of the House of Jubilation or Lady of the Universe
- Mistresses of the West: Sky-storm and You from the Land of Silence
- Mistresses of the East: You from Khemmis and “Red-hair
- Ladies of the Sacred Land: Bright Red and Your Name Flourishes through Skill
The Hathors were shown as a group of young women playing tambourines and wearing the disk and horns of Hathor, or as a group of cows, often following a bull. During Ptolemaic times (when Greeks ruled over Egypt), they were identified with the Pleiades.
These goddesses were worshiped in seven cities: Thebes, Heliopolis, Aphroditopolis, Sinai, Momemphis, Herakleopolis, and Keset.
- http://www.hethert.org/hymnsprayers.htm#Hymn of the Seven Hathors