- Attributes: Creation, Magic, Love
- Symbols: Wings, Wild Goose, Ankh
- Place: Egypt
|Image of Isis|
Daughter of the Goddess Nut and Geb, Isis came from the star Sirius to care for people and educate them. The Goddess Nephthys is her sister. Her brother and lover, The God of Underworld and Afterlife Osiris, came from the constellation Orion. The myth tells that Osiris was killed by another brother, The God of Chaos Set. Isis, saddened by the loss of her love, tore her clothes, posed as a normal person, and set out on a journey to find the body of Osiris.
Upon arriving in Phenicia, Isis became the maid of Queen Astarte who did not recognize her as Goddess in the beginning. After her identity was discovered, Isis told Astarte her story and the queen revealed that the body of Osiris was in the palace. Isis took the body of Osiris back to Egypt to be buried. However, Set, upon learning that the Goddess had found the body, succeeded in stealing it and breaking it in fourteen parts.
Isis did not give up and went in search of all the parts. It did not take long, and she gathered almost every part, only missing the penis of Osiris. With her magic, Isis replaced her lover's penis with a piece of gold. Still using her magic, Isis brought Osiris back to life and managed to bear a son, The Sun God Horus.
Love and MagicIsis's determination to find his lover's body, and later his parts, shows us how important it is to fight for what we love. Even though she could not find the penis, Isis relied on her powers to make an artificial one which worked normally. This shows us that no matter what the barrier we face, it is always possible to overcome it.
Isis is portrayed carrying an ankh, an oval-shaped cross on its top. This symbol symbolizes the life and magic of Isis, able to bring life back to a body.
There are no rules or ready-to-use recipes to summon any Goddess in Wicca. The summoning rite comes from within the self. When we study each Goddesses' myth and symbols we can have suggested some ways to summoning them.We can summon Isis at times when we need sentimental support, the strength to continue our journey, or at times when we need to rely more on ourselves. The myth of Isis can be summarized in three stages: loss, pain and overcoming. In all the difficult times of our lives we go through these three steps.
A good way to connect with the Goddess is by mounting an altar for her, placing the ankh as a symbol and symbolizing her feathered wings. From there it is necessary to think about the moment you are going through and ask Isis to bring her magic so that you find the best way to overcome this moment.
It is important to stress that summoning Isis will not make your pain disappear instantly. The Goddess will help you find a way to overcome the obstacle, but the task will also depend on you.
The Goddess Tarot
The great Egyptian Goddess of fertility is a powerful symbol of the alchemical transformation suggested by this card. Only she had the secret name of Ra, the ruling God, giving her unlimited magical powers.
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