I discovered myself to be a great horned owl and marbled cat person after years of examining myself, researching animal behavior and anatomy as well as studying cognitive ethology, and getting to know animal energies. I have constant full-body phantom sensations (I'm a contherian), which pins it down undeniably for me because not many other species have those ear tufts, and the body language they display was of assistance as well because marbled cats move and hold their tails differently from other cats. Then there is the feeling that "I should fly like this" and "my spots should look more like this" just like I know that when I look in the mirror my eyes should be green, my skin white, my hair brown.
Of course, most of that was perhaps redundant in the end because, really, I just know.
I've noticed most people don't take that as a satisfying answer, however, and while the above is all true it's always boiled down to "this is how I exist" to me.
While I'm at it I should probably note that I believe therianthrope is neurobiological and psychological in origin, as I've noticed from skimming the forums that the general assumption here is that we've had past lives. I should also note that this does not mean I don't think it can be spiritual, also. I don't know what comes first
is all. (Then there is the matter of my brain being the how
of therianthrope, not the why
... stupid human curiosity...) But the point is I don't believe in reincarnation.
For information on Sekhmet, here are some links:
a good starting place, basic bio.
one of her temples.
and their forums are a good place to ask specific questions.
has a couple of nice essays.
a devotional site by a priestess of Sekhmet.