GODDESS OF A THOUSAND NAMES
(Note: there are so many stories on the web and to choose the best to be represented here was kinda hard, but alas I chose this story which is appealed to me as it was part of my studies I did on Egypt.)
One of the most important Goddesses of ancient Egypt is Isis. Originally known as Aset or Eset in Egypt, Isis being the Greek form. A moon goddess, she gives birth to the sun, creates and sustains all life, and is the saviour of all people. The Isis cult spread from Alexandria to all the Mediterranean countries especially Greece and Rome after the 4th century BC. It reached its peak in the 3rd century BC and died out in Rome due to the spread of Christianity by the middle of the 6th century AD. The last Egyptian temples to Isis closed around 550 AD. On her Temple in Sais is inscribed ‘I, Isis, am all that has been, that is or shall be; no mortal man hath ever me unveiled’
Early in Egyptian history Isis absorbed the attributes of all the primitive and local Goddesses. Goddess of countless names, Isis is the Great Mother mostly identified with Demeter Hera and Selene, as she is patron of the moon, agriculture, divination motherhood, protection, re-incarnation, initiation, fertility, purification and domestic life. To the Greeks Isis was known as Demeter and to the Romans as Ceres. Her Latin name being Stella Maris or ‘Star of the Sea’
The name Isis is associated with the word for throne and her original headdress was
a representation of an empty throne chair belonging to her murdered husband Osiris. As the personification of the throne, she was an important source of the Pharaoh’s power. Other symbols linked with Isis include the tat, the girdle or 'knot of Isis', which represents her regenerative powers. She was often shown with her musical instrument, the sistrum, a kind of rattle. In addition she may be shown with the sistula, a breast-shaped container for milk, and a jug for carrying the holy waters of the Nile.
Isis is commonly portrayed with protective winged arms, meaning ascension, one of the only Egyptian winged deities, and with the moon perched upon her head, she is occasionally shown with a cows head or horns.
She is a sacred part of the holy trinity along with Osiris her husband, and Horus her son and is also linked with the phoenix, female bird of resurrection. The symbol of Isis in the sky was the star Sept [Sirius]. Its appearance marked the beginning of a new year and announced the flooding of the Nile, which indicated renewed wealth and prosperity of the country. Isis possesses the powers of a water goddess, an earth goddess, a corn goddess, a star goddess, Queen of the Underworld and woman. Goddess of medicine and wisdom.
Isis possessed great skill in working magic. As mistress of word she not only used words of power but had knowledge of the way in which to pronounce them so that whatever had the words addressed to them would be compelled to fulfill her bequest.
Isis colours are white and gold and cobalt blue, the colours of royalty and comfort.
Crystals and stones for Isis are pearl, coral lapis geodes and moonstone. Incense for Isis are myrrh, rose, iris and eucalyptus.
Festivals were held in the spring and autumn to honour Isis but the most prominent was the Night of the Teardrop on 16th June. This was a festival of remembrance to honour the losses of Isis and her eternal mourning for Osiris.
Isis was regarded as the ever-faithful wife, and mother, and constant mourner. In this role she was often represented as a Kite accompanied by Nephthys, her sister, also as a Kite, the two of them shown watching over the Canopic jars, or perched at either end of a coffin.
It is said that the priestesses of Isis could control the weather by braiding and releasing their hair. Isis taught the art of making magical knots and blowing on them to humans. The Goddess Isis, unlike other Egyptian Goddesses, spent time among her People, teaching women how to grind corn and make bread, spin flax and weave cloth, and how to tame men enough to live with them. Isis taught her people skills of reading and agriculture.
Her priests were called the mesnui meaning smiths, and worked with metals. As with many ancient cultures, these priest-smiths were said to receive their magick from secret connections with the Goddess and the female forces of Nature.
Isis has played an important role in the development of modern religions. During the 4th century when Christianity was taking hold in the Roman Empire her followers founded the first Madonna cults in order to keep her influence alive. Some early Christians called themselves Pastophori, meaning the shepherds or servants of Isis, which could be where the word Pastor originated. The influence of Isis is still seen in the Christian icons and the ancient images of Isis nursing the infant Horus influenced the style of portraits of mother and child for centuries including those of the Madonna and Child found in religious art.
Read the Aretalogy of Isis at:http://www.philae.nu/philae/aretalogy.html
Stones, Minerals & Fossils Sacred to the Goddess Aset (Isis)
CORAL: (Energy) = receptive; (Planet) = Venus; (Element)
= Water, Akasha; (powers/attributes/uses):
Healing, protection, peace and wisdom. I keep pieces of white coral from Mexico on my Shrine to Aset.
EMERALD: (Energy) = receptive; (Planet) = Venus; (Element) = Earth; (powers/attributes/uses):
Love, money, mental powers, psychism, protection, eyesight. Cleansing, clairvoyance, and all types of seeing. Memory strengthener, truth-promoting, remembering inner knowing.
LAPIS LAZULI: (Energy) = Receptive; (Planet) = Venus; (Element) = Water; (powers/attributes/uses):
Healing, joy, love, fidelity, psychism, protection, courage. I use these beautiful and receptive stone constantly in my meditational practices and on my Shrines. Stone of truth to be open in all ways. Tranquility, positive manifesting. Attributes of the night sky with golden stars. A stone of Isis and Nut. A must have stone.
STONE: Selenite ~ CHAKRA: ALL, Spine/Kundalini
Attuned to the highest plains, one of the best conductors of light energy. Wands used during crystal healing. HIGH vibrational. AMAZING STONE! Get some if you can find it.
MOONSTONE: (Energy) = Receptive; (Planet) = Moon; (Element) = Water; (powers/attributes/uses):
Love, divination, psychism, sleep, gardening, protection, youth, dieting. Good fortune, nurturing mother love, mystery of the feminine, beauty, Goddess energy, attuned to lunar and water activities. Stone of Isis.Also another stone that I have several of and use almost constantly in my practices. This is an excellent stone to put with your Tarot cards or Runes or any divination method, as it will improve the vibrtational frequency of the cards and your readings will be incredibly insightful. Anoint your stones with Frankincense if possible.
MALACHITE: (Energy) = Receptive; (Planet) =
Venus; (Element) = Earth, (powers/attributes/uses):
Purification and drawing out of negative emotional blockages, pulling up of things that need to be released. A stone of Isis.
AMETHYST: (Energy) = Receptive; (Planet) = Jupiter; (Element) = Water; (powers/attributes/uses):
Dreams and lucid dreaming, Overcoming addictions/alcoholism, healing, psychism, peace, love, protection against thieves, courage, happiness. Spiritual awareness, meditation, psychic enhancement, protection during spiritual work, sobriety.
CARNELIAN: (Energy) = Projective; (Planet) = Sun; (Element) = Fire; (powers/attributes/uses):
Protection, peace, eloquence, healing, courage, sexual energy. Energy flow and vitality, creativity, past-life recall, emotional warmth, courage, happiness, self-esteem, memory. A stone of Isis. A Beautiful stone polished and in the raw state.
AQUAMARINE: (Energy) = Receptive; (Planet) = Moon; (Element) = Water; (powers/attributes/uses):
Psychism, peace, courage, purification. Calming, soothing, alleviate fears and phobias. Attributes of the ocean, tranquility and communication with sea life.
QUARTZ CRYSTAL: (Energy) = Projective and Receptive!; (Planet) = Sun, Moon; (Element) = Fire, Water; (powers/attributes/uses):
Protection, Healing, psychism, power..... this incredible stone can be used for any other stone!!! Directs and amplifies energy to be used for manifesting, healing or meditation. Channeling, retrieving/storing information of all types. Another MUST HAVE stone. Stone of Isis. I have collected MANY crystals and points over the years and these are my absolute favorite stones. You can do virtually anything with them and they work excellently with EVERY chakra (shen) energy center!!
RUBY: (Energy) = Projective; (Element) = Fire; (powers/attributes/uses):
Wealth, protection, power, joy, anti-nightmare. Happiness, healing, devotion, courage, passion, romance, enthusiasm, excitement. Energizer. Attracts romance.
SAPPHIRE: (Energy) = Receptive; (Planet) = Moon; (Element) = Water; (powers/attributes/uses):
Psychism, money, love, meditation, peace, defensive magick,healing, power.
TURQUOISE: (Energy) = Receptive; (Planet) = Venus, Neptune; (Element) = Earth (powers/attributes/uses):
Protection, courage, money, luck, love, friendship, healing. Balance, strength, energy, wisdom and serenity. One of the most versatile of the power stones. A must have stone.
Sacred food of the Goddess Auset
AUSET (Isis) & AUSAR (Osiris), both being Agricultural and Fertility aspects of Neter, claim nearly everything as Sacred Food.
As Goddess of Orchards, all fruits grown on trees are sacred to Her. Palms are sacred to both Aset and Asar, as are dates and coconuts (an excellent Lunar symbol food, by the way). Palm hearts, however, would NOT be an appropriate offering, since followers of Aset and Asar were forbidden to destroy a cultivated tree, and the removal of the edible palm heart kills the palm.
Breads of all kinds were held in high esteem by the Ancient Egyptians, and make ideal offerings. Frequently breads were baked in special shapes for offering purposes, and Auset Herself was said to bake offering loaves for the Great God (Ausar). One charming custom required flat, round loaves of bread with little human-shaped ears pinched into the center, to encourage the God or Goddess to hear
the supplicant's prayers.
Although it offends modern whole-grain preferences, the Egyptians valued pure white bread above all other kinds, and prayed for an endless supply in the Afterlife. Crescent-shaped rolls were also used as offerings. If your morning breakfast includes a croissant, you are eating a bread sacred for its lunar connatations. The Egyptians had dozens of different types of loaves, many with special ritual purposes that are, unfortanately, obscure to us today. Onions were a staple food of the Egyptians, and workers were often partially paid in onions. Garlic and leeks were also widely consumed, and garlic was used in many medicinal compounds.
Lettuce was considered to be Sethian in
nature -- Set's garden was said to have contained a great deal of lettuce,
which he valued for its supposed aphrodisiac properties. The clergy of the
Temple of Isis at Philae were forbidden to eat lettuce. Another Sethian food
plant was the watermelon, which was believed to have sprung up when Set, in the
form of a bull, was pursuing Isis with the intent of raping Her. She escaped
and Set, still in his bull form, spilled semen on the ground. From this
ejaculation the watermelon was created. Honey was frequently used as an
offering, as well as an ingredient in incenses and medicines. Both Aset and
Asar were associated with bees and bee-keeping. One of Auset's Titles was
Lady of the House of Bees.
Good, nourishing food of all kinds was sacred. Although some members of the priestly classes adopted vegetarian diets, this was not universal. Others abstained partially or completely from wine.
At Pompeii, the priests appear to have followed a plain diet, if the remains of their last lunch are any indication. Buried in the ash after the eruption of Venuvius in 79 CE, the table at the Temple of ISIS held eggs, nuts, and fish. Feasting was an important part of the Temple services, especially at the temples of Serapis. His temples, which almost invariably had a shrine to Isis or were fully shared with Her, often maintained banquet facilities. These were used by guilds of lay worshippers, who met regularly in the temple precincts for a good meal and fellowship with other worshippers. The menus for these meals, based on surviving cost listings, were extensive (as well as extensive), but appear to have been very popular.
Wine was produced from early times in Egypt. At first, it was almost exclusively produced on temple lands for the use of priestesses and priests, similar to the many Christian monasteries which still produce wine from their vineyards. The common, secular folk drank mostly beer. By the Greco-Roman period, wine was in general use throughout the Mediterranean region, frequently produced from vineyards established with rootstocks brought from Egypt.
Temples sometimes produced vintages for local distribution or international export. Terracotta labels designed to hang about the necks of wine vessels are often found with Isian symbolism, indicating temple use or use by worshippers at home. Not surprisingly, these artifacts are most frequently found in the rich vine-producing regions of France and Germany, which even in ancient times maintained renowned vineyards. Some of these are still producing today, and occasionally yield a statue or other artifact of ISIS. A wine-cup belonging to a shrine of Isis on the island of Paosin the Agean Sea has a long inscription to "Isis the GREAT" dated with charming precision to October 26. 73 CE.
Later associations between ISIS and DIONYSUS, God of Wine and Ecstasy, further strengthened ISIS' role as Lady of Wine. Dark, sweet wines were traditionally held to be most sacred to Her. A wonderful modern wine which meets these requirements is Mavrodaphne, a Greek wine produced in districts where the worship of ISIS existed from early times. It is created from vines which grew near Knossos in Crete, where ISIS also found worshippers. Be warned, however: sweet wines are strong wines, and drunkenness was specifically forbidden in the temple Rites of ISIS.
Milk was also sacred to ISIS (as a cow Goddess) and a recipe for the sacred "Milk of ISIS" still survives. This pink-tinted, sweetened milk represented the healing, nourishing milk provided by ISIS for Her son Horus and to the pharaohs as Her Divine sons. Milk was carried in Isisian processions in a situla (a breast-shaped pail), which allowed a stream of liquid to spill onto the earth as a consectrated and consecrating offering.
Symbols of the Goddess, Aset
ANKH: This powerful symbol of Life is Universally known, but Aset is a Creatrix Goddess and a Producer and Giver of Life. She is the Bringer of Change. The Ankh is a very appropriate symbol to use in Ritual to draw on all Her Strength and Her Awesome Powers of Life and Death and the Eternal life of all things.
HORNS: As ASET is the Great Cow (also an aspect of Hwt-Hrw) and as symbols of crescent moons, the horns can also be used as a gesture such as what is done with the magic mirror dance in deTraci Regula's book, Mysteries of ISIS.
LAMP OR LANTERN: Aset is an Infinite Ray of Light in the Darkness..She Lovingly Shines Her Light on us all because She is Mother to all of us. Any representation of a light, lamp, candle, etc. is a symbol of Her Great Light and Her Great Love.
MOON (CRESCENT OR FULL): As the Goddess of the Moon, Her Mighty Powers are legendary. Even though in fact, Aset did not become a Moon Goddess until after the Ancient Egyptian civilization was gone into the dust and silent tombs...She was always more of a Solar Goddess. She like Hwt-Hrw has been called the Eye of Ra. She is the Great Goddess of Intuition, Dreams, Wisdom, Peace and Healing...all things I can usually attribute to the awesome power of the Moon. She is always Great and Powerful, but Her Powers are magnified on the night of the Full Moon, if you are seeking Her help in these areas.
SCARAB: Another ancient symbol of Aset. I used to wear a scarab ring for luck and protection, but now I wear a small scarab pendant with an ankh in the middle because of the close association they have with ASET.
SISTRUM: A beautiful instrument to utilize in Rituals at all times. I start my day with the Morning Rite and shake my sistrum at the four quarters as well as the four cross-quarters to purify my Temple and then I shake the sistrum all over myself and to banish from myself any negativity or useless emotions. I love to dance for the Most Great Goddess Aset with my Bast-handled sistrum!
SERPENTS: Snakes and all serpents have long been associated with Aset.
THET KNOT (OR TET KNOT/KNOT OF ISIS): Truly Her symbol along with the Throne, and personally my favorite one. I love my Tet necklace with the two supporting Djed-pillars, symbols of Asar.
Throne: A very common symbol of the Great Goddess Aset. The Throne is shown on top of Her head and is sometimes alone or on top of the Solar disk and Crescent Horns that also appear quite often in reference to Her.
WINGS: Also a very popular symbol of Aset. She is called the Winged Mistress, She of the Protective Wings and many other Names that speak of Her Powerful, Protective and Mighty Wings.
Isis is the fourth of five children of the Earth God Seb (also known as Geb) and the Sky Goddess Nut Osiris, Horus, Set, Isis, and Nephthys.
As a young woman Isis wished to increase her magic powers and to do this she devised a plan. Isis tricked the Great God Ra into giving her his secret name.
Isis obtained some of Ra’s saliva and by mixing it with dust Isis made an invisible venomous snake and by saying certain words of power over it She made it bite Ra as he passed by.
Ra was poisoned and not knowing the nature of his wound and being weak and about to die he was unable to heal himself. Isis offered to heal Ra if he gave her his secret name. Ra agreed thus giving Isis his knowledge and magical power. Isis used words of power to remove the poison from Ra’s body and he recovered.
Isis later married Osiris and when Seb and Nut abdicated the throne of Egypt, Isis and Osiris took over rulership. Osiris King of the Earth, became a kind and gentle ruler and was loved by his people. He taught them agriculture, gave them laws to live by and showed them how to worship the Gods. After civilising his people Osiris journeyed to Memphis leaving Isis to rule for him. Isis ruled Egypt and was equally loved by the people as she too ruled justly and fairly.
Osiris’s brother Set was jealous and wanted the throne for himself. Whilst Osiris was away, Set plotted against him. Set and his 72 followers devised a plan. Set secretly obtained Osisris’s measurements and had a magnificent chest made that would fit only Osiris. Set then invited Osiris to a banquet and offered the chest to anyone that would fit into it. Osiris suspecting nothing and trusting his brother, layed in the chest.
Set quickly nailed the lid shut and sealed it with lead to make sure Osiris couldn’t get out. Set then along with his fellow conspirators threw the chest into the River Nile, and by doing so claimed the throne as his own.
The chest eventually washed up at Byblos and a Tamarisk tree grew around it. The Chest containing Osiris’s body was found when the tamarisk tree was cut down to make a pillar for the palace of the Phoenicia King of Byblos.
Isis set out to find the body of her beloved husband Osiris. The search took her to Phoenicia where she met Queen Astarte.
Astarte not recognising the goddess hired her as a nursemaid to her infant son. Isis became very fond of the young boy and decided to bestow him with immortality.
Part of the ritual was to hold the baby boy over a fire. The Queen entered the room and seeing her son in the middle of the fire instinctively pulled the child from the flames thereby undoing the magic of Isis that would have made her son a god.
In explanation Isis revealed her identity and told Queen Astarte of her quest to find her husbands body. Astarte realized the body was hidden in the Tamarisk tree in the centre of the palace and told Isis where to find it.
Isis proceeded to bring Osiris back to life. By using magic words taught to her by Thoth she created light with her hair, turned herself into a kite [in some stories she is portrayed as turning into a sparrow hawk] and with the wind from her wings brought Osiris back to life long enough to conceive a child by him. Isis hid the chest containing Osiris body in the swamps belonging to Buto the cobra goddess. She remained with Buto until her son Horus was born.
Set refused to give up the throne and whilst hunting one day he found the chest containing Osiris’s body. And while Isis was away Set had Osiris’s body cut up into 14 pieces and scattered them throughout Egypt. When Isis returned she was grief stricken and immediately began her search for the parts of her husband Osiris. She found all the pieces apart from Osiris’s penis which had been eaten by a Nile crab.
With the help of her sister Nephthys, Isis joined the body parts together and fashioned a new penis out of clay. Along with Anubis, Thoth [Lord of Divine Words], and Horus, Isis performed the first rites of embalming and the rite of rebirth giving Osiris eternal life. Osiris then ascended to Duat the abode of the dead where he became Lord of the Dead. Osiris being a good husband and father often came to look after his wife and son.
Isis hid her son from Set, again in the swamps of Buto, until Horus was strong enough to avenge his father. To make him strong Horus was exposed to many dangers. He was attacked by wild beasts and poisoned by scorpions. Always the magic of Thoth and Isis saved him. As he got older, Osiris came to teach him how to use weapons, so that Horus could eventually claim the throne which was his by birth and take his revenge upon Set.
The way Isis tricked the Great God Ra
In all theologies especially those of early peoples and among primitive societies today the name of the deity is an important aspect of their nature. Not only is the name symbolic of the deity and their power but also the pronunciation of that name brings forth their dynamic essence to work that power. Also on the human level an individual’s name is considered to be a vital part of a person and identified with their essence or soul. Therefore the name can be used magically to work an influence upon them. For this reason a person will have two names, one by which he is generally know and his real one which is kept secret so that he wont fall into his enemies power.
Therefore whoever knows the God/dess real name has control over him/her thus using their power.
In ceremonial magic spells the deity or spirits name is called to bring forth the spirit, which then must do the magicians, desire. This is how Isis was able to attain Ra’s power. It is not known what Ra’s real name was only Isis was to know this and only so that she would cure Ra of the poison. Since Isis created the poison only she could recall it thereby blackmailing Ra.
A widely used technique in sorcery is to obtain something from the body of the victim or intimately associated with him by contact which would contain his essence, this is the reason Isis used saliva from Ra mixed with dust to form the snake which poisoned him.
To know more:
Extract from the page Ressurection of Isis: http://www.resurrectisis.org/
The resurrection of Isis is
a labour of love
This is not a scientific study. This is not a scholarly thesis. This is a
synthesis of ancient history, myths, legends, art, and religious symbolism. The
goddess Isis was once a real person. She was the ancestral mother of a world
wide family of "divine" kings. Traces of that ancient mother goddess WorldFamily
WorldCulture civilization are still evident in the legends, languages, and
cultures of civilizations all over the world. Militant monotheism dehumanized
the Pagans, demonized their gods, and destroyed their civilization in a violent
power struggle to gain control of Rome. This website endeavors to retrace that
ancient mother goddess civilization and restore Isis to her rightful place in
history. But more importantly, this website does not engage in merely retracing
the past, this website is dedicated to fostering a WorldCulture civilization of
This page is a must see!
Study about the blessed Goddess:http://www.witchschool.com/member/course.asp
Magic and Isis:http://www.philae.nu/philae/aset.html
(Just a few ideas, search on the web for more)
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