Isis, Goddess of Love
Mother of Life
Isis is known by many names and titles. Mother of Life, but also Crone of Death. The One Who Is All, Isis the All Goddess, even Lady of Ten Thousand Names. Indeed, Isis is so revered that many feel she is the one true Egyptian Goddess, and all others are reflections of her.
Mother to Horus, the one clever enough to gain Ra's secret name. Some even feel she started as a human and this feat launched her into the realms of the Gods and Goddesses. None of the stories presented here should be seen as set in stone.
Each area of ancient Egypt saw Isis in a different light. As pharaohs rose and fell so did she. But even today Isis calls to us with her magic and alluring beauty. I strongly feel Isis has been calling me to this lens. May she forgive me if the work is less than perfect. May she bless all visittors who enter in.
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Hymn to Goddess IsIs
She is the first daughter of Nut and Geb.
She is both sister and wife to Osiris.
She is the mother of Horus.
Her colors include, white, gold, colbat blue, and fiery red.
She is a lunar goddess, yet can wear the solar crown.
PS The Lady on my hearth.
Isis is the first Divine Mother. From prehistory she was seen as the divine mother of Horus, the god of the day. Some also claim she is the mother of Ra, coming before all gods. She has the aspects of all goddesses, and is considered the strongest among all the Egyptian pantheon.
Even today she managed to snag the number one spot in TIME magazine's list of the top ten Earth Goddesses. See her shine HERE.
Crone of Death
One of the most famous tales about Isis may explain this title. She was married to her brother Osiris, and together they ruled Egypt wisely. They taught people useful crafts such as harvesting grain and weaving cloth. When Osiris have to leave Egypt for any reason, Isis ruled in his stead.
Seeing this made his brother Set jealous. Why should Osiris be king? So he had a beautiful box designed and threw a lavish party. He made sure to invite Osiris. The beest thing about the bash? That amazing box would go to the man who fit inside.
Now that box may have been a wee bit magical because it fit only Osiris. His brother Set and his men locked him inside, some say after murdering him. Then Set threw the box into the Nile. When Isis heard of this, she shaved of her beautiful hair and put on mourning clothes.
As she searched for the box it floated down the Nile, coming to rest against a tree in Byblos. The tree immediately grew around the divine coffin as Osiris was a vegetation god. Hearing of this, the king of the land ordered the tree cut down and put in his court for him to enjoy.
Isis tracked the tree down but went into the palace, not as a goddess, but a servant. She would each night put the young prince into divine fire, while she circled the tree as a swift. On the third night the queen entered the room. Seeing her son on fire, she screaming, costing him immortality.
Isis revealed herself, and begged for the body, woman to woman. She was given the body, which she took home to Egypt and hid in a swamp. But Set learned of it, and killed his brother a second time, but severing the body into fourteen pieces.
The distraught Isis had to search along with the other gods and goddesses for him. When she found all the pieces at last, she assembled them, becoming a goddess of mummification in the process. With the help of the ever loyal Anubis and many others, of course.
But his maleness was missing, so she again crafted with clay, this time making a working replacement. Still, she hovered protectively over the body as a kite while Osiris lay helplessly. No longer would Set have a chance to hurt him.
With the help of Thoth, god of magic and wisdom, she reanimated Osiris. Although he had to leave to rule the underworld, she conceived a child with him, nonetheless. Many now believe she rules the underworld at his side, and that Osiris through her power, lives again.
Or is this yet another form of Isis? Now old, and greeting the dead to the paradise of eternity? Wrapping them in the arms of a loving mother in joyous welcome?
Isis rules over fertility and pregnancy. She is the only one able to bring life back to Egypt each year by the resurrection of Osiris. And she is fertile like the Nile itself, able to bring forth children. Her rites, like those of many other fertility goddesses included grown men and women setting a good example for the earth.
Isis can still be called upon by women today for aid in fertility. She would also rule over the act or procreation in this role.
Goddess of Magic
There is debate as to where exactly Isis came from. Some say as a goddess she always had been with us, waiting for man to find and name her. But some say that she once was human. Human? One tale says yes, indeed she was. More beautiful than any woman who walked the earth, Isis had it all. Strolling by the Nile, she made the river seem inferior by comparison. Looking into mirrors she say her dazzling beauty reflected back to her, pleasing the beautiful woman.
She was also the most gifted woman to ever use magic. When Isis called, the gods answered. Not even the Egyptian priests could match her. Nor could they match her wisdom. For Isis knew beauty and youth are fleeting. Mores the pity as she had the courage of a lioness as well.
So it is no surprise that when Ra started to fail humans, Isis dared to do something about it. Everyone else was terrified. For even in his old and feeble form, Ra was still the sun god. That he was now neglecting mankind despite all the sacrifices made to him by the priests was his divine will.
Isis knew of ways to get to the path where the sun god walked, and dared to go there. Concealed she watched as the now dottery old god drooled on himself. Well that explained why he was no help to humans. Silent as an asp she walked behind him on the path, using a vail to collect that divine discharge.
In her magical haven Isis mixed the saliva with clay from the path, creating an asp. She breathed life into the creature, then returned to the path. As can be guessed, the asp bit Ra, leaving the sun god in terrible agony.
None of the gods or goddesses could help, for only Isis could undo her own magic. She told Ra she would cure him, but only for his secret name. Her refused at first, but being a god could not die, so his agony deepened. In the end he told her.
With a triumphant shout, Isis rose into the air, magnificent wings on her back. For the name contained power, and she was now a goddess. True to her word, she cured Ra and was welcomed into the pantheon.
The story does not exist to make Isis seem bad and Ra seem good. But to explain how the sun weakens at certain times. Ra was often though to start as a young babe at dawn and become a feeble old man at night. It also shows how we sometimes have to step forward and take responsibility when those in power no longer do so.
Lady of the North Wind , Winged Goddess
These are may bot be official titles, but Isis is both. She is the wailing goddess, mourning her beloved Osiris every year. As the wailing winds whip Egypt, the ancient Egyptians belieived it was Isis, wailing, and seeking Osiris once more.
Remember early pagans often thought holy dramas were reenacted on a cyclical basis. Her wings helped in this sacred search, but they had another purpose as well. Her wings served to shelter those who served her. A loving mother, she would enfold them safely in her wings.
- Altar of IsIs, Goddess & Queen
Queen IsIs who is known to the Greeks as Demeter She Who is known to the Romans as Ceres May you be honored by this altar
Mother of Life
There are many reasons she may wear this title. Some claim it is Isis who gave birth to Ra, and set the sun god in the sky. Lunar mother to a solar god, she gives life to all who live on the planet.
Some say she is the first Goddess, giving birth to all the others, and to humankind. Others may point to her resurrection of Osiris. Yet still the title may refer to her role as the patron of motherhood. She is after all, the mother of Hathor, and often pictured suckling him.
Also, in her spring festivals, she tows a boat with the waters of life on the Nile, bringing Osiris back to life. Through her, the god of vegetation lives again and the land becomes fertile.
Wonderful video about Isis
Lady of Ten Thousands Names
This title shows many things. First, Isis is so beloved, she does have countless names. Secondly, she is seen as every goddess. She has all the aspects, she is everything they are and more/ Ruling over everything, she has many titles. Even today new titles and praises are being created for her.
Goddess of Love
Isis was and still is considered a goddess of love. Remember she had erotic rites, and therefore most likely had temple prostitutes. She also rules over romantic love as well. What could be more romantic than the story of Isis and Osiris?
A good way to build an altar to ask for love would be what you find romantic, like rose petals, pink hearts, and so forth. My Isis adores pink, though that isn't a given color for her. A nice touch would be an Egyptian symbol, even just a picture.
You could try an Isis knot, one of the symbols of her magical powers in hireglyphics.
Making an Offering
An offering doesn't have to be a grand affair, but it is nice to know the things she likes. An altar cloth in one of her colors (blue, white, gold) or a color you sense she desires. A libation of rose water, milk, or another refreshing drink.
The fruit of any tree, flowers, pleasing scents such as perfume or incense. Keep in mind Isis is different for everyone. For some she will ask for very different offerings. Mine has asked for hot cocoa, complete with marshmallows, milk, and whipped cream.
Just keep your Isis happy and she will bless you with her presence. You may also offer flowers in her color, or unusual flowers. Such as the last flowers left in fall, flowers found in winter, or the earliest flowers of spring.
To begin, cast your circle. You may light a candle in one of her colors, I like to use white for purity of intent. Offer the scents food, even music. Anything played on finger cymbals, sistrums, or a tambourine pleases her.
Pray to Isis, speaking from your heart, don't be afraid to mention your needs, no matter how small. Once you feel she has heard you partake of the libation and food, reserving some to offer to her.
Finish your ceremony as you wish, close the circle, thank Isis for hearing your prayers.
Evoking The Mother Goddess - Isis
Please note: I am not a member of the Golden Dawn, nor anywhere near an expert on Isis, this came about because my sweet Isis so desired it. You can always make a paste of the ingredients and anoint yourself before a shower. Enjoy and Blessed Be!
Two or more white tea candles
Prepare the soda (Coke, Pepsi, whatever) with a bit of chocolate syrup. As you stir in a clockwise motion ask Isis for her blessings. This will foam a wonderful muddy brown color, the color of the Nile at the spring floods.
Take into your bathing area, offering it up. Yes, you can be nude while you do this. Have no shame before a fertility goddess. Draw your bath, adding cocoa powder, coffee, and sugar, along with bath gel.
Tell Isis you honor her beauty and womanhood with the bath gel. You honor the color of the Nile with the coffee. You offer cocoa powder for beauty, Nile color, and love. Sugar is for her sweetness and sweet blessings.
Light the candles, and incense. Take in the heady beauty of the lights and scents. Indulge all your senses. Bathe in joy, thanking Isis for her abundant gifts. See the bath waters as the fertile Nile, washing and embracing you.
Don't be surprised if Isis herself appears, pleased with you. She may use her wind to flicker the candles or scent. She may let you feel, see or hear or presence. But know that she is there, and loves you. She will encourage you to also perform needed bathing tasks. Washing your hair, shaving, etc. These were luxuries given to us by the gods. Indulge!
Isis asks I remind you to not be afraid to ask for anything, no matter how small or large. Never feel greedy or ashamed when asking for wealth, worldly goods, or a lover or mate. She is the goddess who is everything, she understands your desires for the joys this world can offer.
After your bath you may either allow the candles to burn down, or gently blow them out. Remember she is the wind, she doesn't mind in my experience your imitation of her healing winds. Make sure to indulge in some body oil, pleasing scent, or other pampering.
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