Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I is for Isis

Although ancient Egyptian culture has never been of any particular interest to me, I have always felt drawn to the Goddess Isis. Perhaps it is because she is such an all-encompassing Goddess. She is the Goddess of medicine, wisdom and magic. While many Gods and Goddesses are aligned with a certain compass direction, Isis is aligned with the center and rules all directions, as well as all elements.

Isis is the only Egyptian Goddess to walk among her people daily, teaching the skills like weaving and baking. Her husband Osiris taught agriculture. Together they had a son named Horus, who became known as the sun God.

I don't keep a permanent alter up in my home because I have no space, but occasionally when I want to feel more connected to my higher power I will erect an alter on top of my dresser. When honoring Isis, my alter is set up with a vase of lillys, a painting of an eagle, a stuffed lion and a few small quartz crystals. I also leave offerings of bread and wine. Isis is also represented by the woman's body, so I have been looking for some artwork of the female form to add to my alter.

Blessed Be
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  1. Very interesting. Like the painting.

  2. What a beautiful image! My ABC post today is for Iris, another Goddess.
    Kisses from Nydia.

  3. Saw a few irises, but this was the 1st Isis. well done.

  4. Interesting! I remember Saturday Mornings when I was a kid, watching The Secret of Isis on TV, but that was all I knew about her until I read this post.

    Great post!

    On behalf of the ABC Wednesday Team, Thanks for joining us this week. Hope to see you back next week too!


  5. Interesting and informative!

  6. She's always been one of my favorites, as well! Lovely image.

  7. i never thought about isis that way. plus, now i dont feel so bad for setting up a quick take down altar in my kitchen...

  8. I've been a daughter of Isis since I was a small child. I watched the TV show and wondered why everything about Isis was so familiar. I've spent many hours exploring ancient Egypt and the other gods and goddesses in the Egyptian mythos but I've always felt closest to Isis.

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