Isis was part of the Ennead of Heliopolis with Her parents being Nuit and Geb while Her siblings are Sutekh (Set), Nebet-Het (Nephthys/Her twin), Heru-Wer (Horus the Elder), and Wesir (Osiris who is also Her husband). She is considered greatest of all Goddesses as Her worship was spread all over Europe and survived past the fall of Egypt, which is very interesting to read about! From Egypt all the way to Britain!! Her worship continued under the guise of the Black Madonna which can be seen in statues as the Madonna is seen suckling Her son just as Isis was seen suckling Horus. Her major cult centers were Philae and Abydos. Her most important temples were at Beh Beit El-Hagar in the Nile Delta and on the island of Philae in Upper Egypt. She was considered the mother of all pharaohs as Her symbol was the throne which typically is found upon Her head. Apparently Isis means “the throne”.
She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden, though she also listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats, and rulers.She is seen usually as a beautiful woman with magnificent clothing who had either a vulture headdress, or a disk (with horns) or throne upon Her head. Sometimes She is portrayed with wings or nursing Heru-sa-aset (Her son). The vulture headdress gave Her an association with Ma’at, although She could transform into a Kite (then called “The Wailer”, “The Screecher”, or “The Mourner”). She eventually took over attributes of Nuit and Hathor which can be seen in some of Her own attributes and appearances.
She was personification of the Complete Female, the Complete Goddess, or the Triple Goddess in one being. Eventually She became known as Queen of Heaven. Herodotus and even Alexander the Great identified Her with Ceres and Demeter which supposedly made Her more relatable to the Greeks. She was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magick. She adopted Yinepu (Her nephew and the son of Her husband) as well as protected Heru-sa-aset when He was growing up.
She is the Goddess of motherhood, magick, fertility, women, mothers, children, wisdom, witchcraft, medicine, justice, strength, regency, alchemy, agriculture, and the ritual of life. She taught the secrets of magick, medicine, and agriculture to men with Thoth. She also tricked Ra into revealing His real name by having a snake bite Him, and not saving Him until He revealed it. Thus She gained the power of magick and of Ra. She’s also known as the protectress of the dead and Goddess of children. She had central role in Egyptian magick spells and rituals, especially those of protection and healing. She can also be considered a Moon Goddess.
The people loved Her and Osiris as They spent some time living among the people and teaching them. I’ll delve more into the myth and resurrection of Osiris and Isis’ role within that myth when I do a post on Osiris who I personally adore. He is my patron God. Short summary is that Set(h) murdered his brother and scattered His body parts around the land which Isis then proceeded to collect them along with Her sister, Nephthys. Then with the help of Yinepu and Thoth, She resurrected Him.
Aset is more wisdom and magics-based whereas Isis (who has a more Greek/Roman Flavour) is more centered on Motherhood. I actually got this thought which I can agree with to a degree from a youtuber. I will do my best find that video again so I can credit her.
Epithets to Her were: “The One Who is All”, “The All Goddess”, and “The Lady of Ten Thousand Names”. Cymbals, tambourines, bells, and the sistrum were used to invoke Her and some of Her symbols were the throne, the sun disk with cow horns, knots and the sycamore tree.Some say that the 17th of July is Her birthday which was known as the “Night of the Cradle” while March 5 is Her feast day. Animals sacred to Her are kites, scorpions, snakes (cobras), and geese. Scents that would be good to make either an oil for connecting to Her or for incense would be balsam, amber, cedar wood, sandalwood, cinnamon, and sweet orange. The following make great offerings to Her: Myrrh, flowers, honey, crescent-shaped breads, fruit on trees, dark and sweet wine, libations of milk or rose water.
I know this is a very brief overview but She is an amazing Goddess who is incredible and very powerful! She has so much information about Her that I could do several posts about Her and might eventually in the future.
Pagyptsian’s Isis video which is no longer available
I do not own the picture featured and do not know the artist.
Brightest of Blessings,
The Autumn Witch