Isis was creatrix, protectress, healer, and deliverer from suffering. She also offered the promise and hope of rebirth and rejuvenation, and this seems to be at the core of her rituals. Initiation into the cult of Isis in antiquity was…
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Geb, the Great God of Earth, and Nut, the Supreme Goddess of the Sky, produced their first offspring, Isis and Osiris, who, while still in their mother's womb, had fallen in love and mated. Isis and her brother/ husband, Osiris, formed a perfect union and ruled the world in peace.
Osiris traveled across the lands bearing volunteer gifts to all people. It was Osiris who sent forth the sun's rays to all parts of the world both on land and sea.
Osiris evoked anger and jealously in his brother, Seth, who plotted revenge. Seth attacked Osiris and treacherously murdered him.
Isis deeply mourned the loss of her brother’s husband, Osiris, traveling the land for many days in search of his body, when she learned that Seth had savagely dismembered the corpse and scattered the parts in various places. She grieved and mourned his loss openly. The unconstrained flood of tears down her divine cheeks fell gently into the Nile
It was the wish of Isis that all people living in Egypt honor Osiris. So she made out of spices and wax many replicas of the body of Osiris. The goddess then called together all the priests from all the regions of Egypt and instructed them to take a waxen image of Osiris back to their various districts and bury it with the rites of mourning.
We learn from this story about endings and death; we learn of faith and commitment; and we come to understand the promise of salvation. The goddess Isis teaches the capacity to feel deeply and to express outwardly the pain brought on by immeasurable grief. We learn to face those difficult moments in our lives when we become separated from our loved ones or when we face the conclusion or ending of something special such as a job, a project, or a relationship. We learn that the aging process and death itself are integral components of the natural cycle. Together, we can grieve with this goddess, knowing that she understands: "
From Isis we also learn forgiveness and acceptance and to cherish those close to us. Isis offers the blessings of faith, hope, and love. Isis teaches us to honor the earth and respect all forms of animal life, for they are manifestations of the divine. The powers of Isis, too, are rooted within the natural world. Her tears over Osiris initiated the yearly inundation of the Nile's water, so vital to all life in Egypt. Isis was the soil of Egypt commingling with the
The many components of the natural world are each sacred, entwined, and interrelated-the seed, the tree, the animal that feeds from the tree, human that feeds from the tree and the animal. Each goes through similar phases of life-birth, growth, death, and return to the eternal womb (the earth), an endless cycle of rebirth and renewal. For those who believe devoutly in the goddess Isis, nature may be manifest in the various gods and goddesses, but in essence they are really only One. By whatever path you take, whatever name you invoke, whatever rite you perform, you honor the One Divine Feminine.
The ancient Greeks called me Minerva; those living on the island of Cyprus worship me as Venus; the people of