Isis is arguably the most popular of all the goddesses, she has been worshiped for approximately 4500 years ( with origin dates varying from 2700- 2500 BCE.) She is representative of beauty, love, abundance, marriage, fertility, healing, the power of the Moon and of the Afterlife. I almost want to write that she is the Goddess of everything, because she almost is. Her worship was born in Egypt, more specifically the Nile river valley. The Goddess Isis is known by many names: Aset, Ast, Usert, and Eset are just a few. In other pantheons scholars and devotees have been known to liken her to the Goddesses Venus, Oshun, Demeter and Hera.
Isis was both human and goddess. This is similar to the philosophy of the New Orleans Voodoo, Haitian Vodou, and Santeria/Lucumi religions. Individuals that are powerful enough in life will cross over into the realm of the divine as Gods.
Isis’ history tells us she was a queen. Legend tells of her kingdom and her great realm. Even Queen Cleopatra tried to attach her identity to the cult and power of Isis. Isis’ connection with the moon is part of her domain as the ultimate divine power of the feminine. She has universal appeal for pagans ancient and new. History of Egypt written by Samuel Sharpe in 1885 describes an Isis throne covered in “yellow and gold,” and accompanied by garlands of ivy and grapes. Isis is said to shine with the power of the moon, but is also associated with Sirius, the dog star. Clearly her sacred reach spans the heavens. Ancient Egyptian mythology describes her as sister to Nephthys, wife and sister to Osiris, and mother to Horus.
Isis’ attributes are many, as you would expect with a Goddess that has been worshiped for thousands of years. The gemstones associated with Isis are amethyst, bloodstone, coral, emerald, lapis lazuli, moonstone, ruby and turquoise. Sacred animals for Isis are cow, cats, lions, scorpions and the Sphinx. Her most sacred symbol is the Ankh, similar to amulets made for her from bloodstone and called the “Isis knot.” Her popularity continues today, many may remember the 1975 TV series about her, I even had the Isis underoos. Many women don Isis wings, a wondrous costume accessory that mimics her winged majesty. Her fabulous glory continues on today, here’s to another 4500 years of the Goddess !!
Isis Blessing – from The Fellowship of Isis
In the Names of Isis and Osiris
May all beings be Blessed:
Spirits and Humans,
Animals, birds, reptiles,
Fishes, insects, plants,
Rainforests, the Earth,
and all her Sacred elements.
Invocation of Isis – from The White Goddess website
I, Isis, am all that has been, that is, or shall be.
I, who made light from my feathers, The wind from my wings,
No mortal man ever hath me unveiled, until now!
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