Isis enfolds those who need her in her wings
Who is Isis the Goddess?Isis is the Egyptian goddess of magic, marriage, healing, and motherhood. She wears a throne on her head and sometimes has wings. Isis is the mother of Horus and wife of Osiris.
The goddess Isis was originally worshiped in ancient Egypt. Later, the Romans also worshiped Isis, and her popularity spread through the Greco-Roman world.
The name Isis actually means throne. That's why when you see images of the goddess Isis, she's usually depicted wearing a small throne on her head as a crown. The reason behind this is that Isis was the religious personification of the power behind the pharaoh's throne. Often, the pharaoh could be shown as a child seated upon the goddess's throne.
The myth of Isis begins with her birth. She was the daughter of Geb (the earth god) and Nut (the sky goddess). She married Osiris (god of life, death, and rebirth), and they had a son together by the name of Horus (god of war).
One day Set (god of evil and storms), attacked her husband, Osiris. The two male gods were brothers. Set had always been jealous of Osiris, and their family feud finally came to a head. Set hacked Osiris to pieces and scattered the pieces of his body all over the earth.
"I have come to be a protector unto thee. I waft unto thee air for thy nostrils, and the north wind which cometh forth from the god Tem unto thy nose. I have made whole for thee thy windpipe. I make thee to live like a god. Thine enemies have fallen under thy feet. I have made thy word to be true before Nut, and thou art mighty before the gods."
~ Egyptian Goddess Isis quote, the Book of the Dead
Isis Goddess Keywords:MAGIC * MOTHER * THRONEIsis Image:Isis can be depicted several ways:
- With the wings of a bird
- Wearing a crown in the shape of a throne
- Holding her young son, the pharaoh on her lap
Isis sometimes wears or carries the following:
- A lotus flower (represents the sun and power over the sun god, Ra)
- A sycamore tree (the tree of life)
- An ankh (the sign for life)Isis Qualities: SUPPORTS THE DOWNTRODDEN * LISTENS TO THEIR PRAYERS
Isis Famous Magical Act:
Isis put the body of her husband Osiris back together after Set chopped Osiris to pieces and threw the pieces to the far corners of Egypt.
It is said that Isis possesses the strongest magic of any Egyptian deity. She is called upon in most Egyptian magic rituals because her powers of healing and protection are unsurpassed.
Isis Star association:Isis is associated with a heavenly star called Sirius (Sopdet). The star's appearance in the sky ushered in the New Year. This is fitting, as Isis is a mother and symbolizes births and new beginnings.