Updated: Jul 24
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
From Skye Alexander´s ¨Your Goddess Year¨ book:
Dates for inviting her: July 10-16
Thousands of years ago, the ancient Egyptians honored the goddess Isis and her husband, Osiris, at the festival of Opet. This holiday recognized the revival of Osiris after his death and celebrated the Nile RIver´s annual flooding, thus it marked a time of rejuvenation, renewal, and rebirth. This week, we too, honor Isis as one of the most important members of the Egyptian pantheon.
The best known story of Isis tells us the goddess´s brother Set was jealous of the power her husband, Osiris (who was also Set´s brother) held in Egypt, and so he murdered him. If that was not awful enough, Set cut Osiris´s body up into fourteen pieces and scattered them all around Egypt in order to prevent a proper burial.
Isis, however, would not give up. With the help of her sister Nephthys, she scoured the country until she had collected all of Osiris´s body parts, except one, his penis. Using her magical skills she fashioned a temporary wax penis and managed to revive Osiris long enough for him to impregnate her with their son, the powerful god Horus.
Isis´s role in Egyptian mythology extends beyond her familial circumstances. She is also considered a protector deity who guarded the pharaohs. early artists depicted her as a mother goddess nursing Egypt's rulers. Furthermore, she guided the souls of the deceased into the afterlife, her magnificent wings offered protections to those making this heavenly journey. Thus, isis stands as a symbol of everlasting life and love´s power over evil. Legends tell us the cow was sacred to Isis, as were the scorpion and the snake. She is also shown with hawks, doves, swallows, and vultures, even with a vulture lying on the top of her head. She is most frequently pictured with great wings spread wide to shelter her people.
Best known for her devotion to her husband, the god Osiris, Isis can help you respect the sacred nature of a primary partnership. If commitment is a problem for you or your mate, ask Isis to help you learn to trust and value the bond between the two of you, without sacrificing yourself. If you feel you are giving over too much of your power to your partner, or that your family members are critical of your relationship, draw upon Isis´s courage to stand your ground. The bravery and determination she displayed after Osiris´s murder can offer strength to widows who are grieving the loss of their mates. The goddess assures you that love never dies and your loved ones are safe in the afterlife.
Images of Isis often show her holding an ankh, a symbol of eternal life, which suggests her participation in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The hieroglyph has been interpreted in many other ways, including as a representation of the union of male and female energies, the circular portion signifies the vagina, the cross below it the phallus.
This week you can mark the goddess´s holiday and bring light into the darkness. According to some sources, the ancient Egyptians placed oil lamps on tombs to help the souls of the deceased find their way to the afterlife.
(Note: use common sense precautions when lighting candles and lanterns, making sure to burn them in a safe place, in fireproof holders, away from curtains, furnishings, and other flammables. Do not leave burning candles unattended.)
1.- Get as many candles as you like, and go to a special spot where you can relax.
2.- Light each candle passing the light along, to symbolize your connectedness.
3.- Put some instrumental music on.
4.- Think of a loved one who has passed away, and invoke Isis. Take your time remembering him/her/it.
5.- Let Isis know if you have a certain issue with your partner or prospect and let her know, ask her for guidance.
6.- Keep silence while listening to the music.
7.- Thank Isis and trust.