Isis was the daughter of Deb, god of the Earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. She is widely dignified as the feminine epitome for creation, fertility and motherhood. History and mythology has blessed her with a plethora of names and roles, but what remains unaltered is her image as a divine creator as well as a fierce destructor. Isis literally meant throne, and as a personification, she was one of the most powerful deity on the throne.
Her strong character unveiled gradually after she lost his beloved brother and companion Osiris. Osiris, who was murdered and cut into pieces, was reincarnated by Isis. Her immense power and strength has been quite a topic to talk and know more of. Recollecting shattered body pieces and bringing back to life is in itself enough to give a sneak peek of her divine powers. There is much more than this that she did was famous for throughout. Let’s get to know the most surprising facts about the Isis goddess in Egyptian mythology.
1 Why does Isis have a special respect/acclamation
Isis was worshiped in almost all the parts of Egypt, the Roman Empire, Greece, and Germany. Osiris was her beloved. He was murdered by his brother Set, who spread his pieces all over Egypt. Isis wanted them and gathered them again. She found all, except her sexual organ. It was replaced with a gold member. Through the magic and healing arts, Osiris was brought back to life. They then had a child together- The solar child Horus.
2 Which festival is celebrated to mark the Isis-Osiris love saga
The Egyptians celebrate a festival known as the Night of Tears. It has been preserved by the Arabs as the June festival of Lelat-al-Nuktah.
3 What message does the goddess Isis convey
Isis is the goddess of the moon and the Mother of Nature. Her message is that for this world to continue to exist, everything that is created must one day be destroyed. Isis determines no everlasting harmony, with good always in the rising. She wants the conflict between the powers of growth and destruction always to exist. According to her, the process of life walks on these opposites.
The process of life is not identical with the well-being of the form in which life at this moment manifests, but to the spiritual realm on which the material manifestation is based.
4 What were the two aspects of the goddess
Isis, both in the form of nature and in the form of the moon, had two aspects. She was creative, mother, nurse of all and also depicted as a destructive diety.
5 What does the name Isis mean
The name Isis means “Queen of the throne” and was also called “Maat”, the ancient wisdom. This corresponds to the wisdom of the things as they are and how they were, the inherent and inborn ability to follow the nature of things, both in the present form and in their predictable development, a relation to the other.
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6 Does the story of Isis and Osiris have a textual reference
In Egypt, the worship of the moon preceded that of the sun. Osiris (god of the moon) and Isis (the moon goddess) sister and wife of Osiris, the mother of Horus, the young moon god, appear in the religious texts before the fifth dynasty (plus or minus 3000 years of the Christian era). It is difficult to make a concise study of the meaning of the cult of Isis and Osiris.
Osiris was the spirit of nature, conceived as the Nile or as the moon. It is assumed that he controlled the periodic floods of the river. He was the god of moisture, fertility and agriculture. Set, his brother and a foe, devoured him. Set was said to have joined a black Ethiopian queen to aid him in his revolt against Osiris.
7 What hierarchy did Isis’s husband and Set have in the Underworld
Set was the Lord of the Underworld. Hades was the place where the shadows of the dead awaited the rebirth, perhaps corresponding to the Catholic idea of purgatory. Osiris was the god of the Underworld in this sense. Tartarus is the hell of the ill-fated, and Set was the Lord here.
8 What early myths surrounded Isis and Osiris
In the earliest forms of the myth, Osiris was the moon and Isis the nature, Urikitu, the Green of Chaldean history. But later she became the moon-sister, mother and wife of the moon god. It is in this cycle that this primitive myth of nature began to take on a deeper religious significance. Men began to see in the story of Osiris (who died and went into the underworld, and was then restored to life by the power of Isis) a story of man’s inner life that would transcend the life of the body on earth.
9 Isis’s husband tales in The Book of the Dead
The Egyptians were a very tangible people of mind. They conceived that immortality could be attained through the power of Osiris in a completely materialistic way. This was the reason behind them keeping the bodies of those who had been brought to Osiris, through initiation, as the “Book of the Dead” tells. He in fact believed that as long as the physical body persisted, the soul, or Ka, would also have a body in which to live in the Land of the Blessed.
10 What was the birth reality of Isis and Osiris
Isis and Osiris was twin brother-sister. They had sexual relations while in the womb of the mother. It was from this union that Horus was born.
When Osiris became king, he freed the Egyptians from a very ancient existence. He taught them farming and making wine, formulated laws, and instructed how to honor their gods.
11 How did Set hatch the conspiracy against Osiris
Set symbolized the desert heat and uncontrolled lust. He planned to catch Osiris and drive him away. He got a barrel made of the size of Osiris. Then he invited all the gods to a great feast, having hidden his seventy-two followers nearby. During the festival, he showed his barrel to all, and promised to give it to the one who would fit in it. One by one all entered, but it adjusted only to Osiris.
The hidden men appeared and quickly sealed the lid of the barrel. They took him and threw him into the river Nile. He floated away and reached the sea. This event occurred on the seventeenth day of Hator (November) in the eighteenth year of Osiris’ reign. He lived and reigned through a cycle of twenty-eight periods or days. He was the moon and had a new cycle every twenty-eight days.
12 Who took Isis to his beloved Osiris
Anubis was a dog, and the son of Nephthys and Osiris. He took her to the place where the coffin stood on the beach in the country of Byblos. There was so much of growth that there emerged a tree that around the barrel. The king of that country had the tree trimmed and from his trunk made a beam for the ridge of his palace, without even imagining that it contained the barrel.
In order to recover her husband, Isis made friends with the ladies of the queen of that country and ended up as a nurse of the prince.
13 Who were the King and Queen who helped Isis
The names of the king and queen are: Malec and Astarte, or Istar. She ended up revealing himself to the queen and begged for the trunk of the tree that contained the body of Osiris. Isis removed the barrel from the tree and carried it with her back home. When she arrived, she hid the coffin and went to his son Horus to help her bring Osiris back to life.
14 What did Isis do with the discovered body parts of Osiris
Isis went on to look for body parts. She traveled far, found one or the other parts, and made a sanctuary in that place. In total, she gathered thirteen pieces together by magic. The only part that wasn’t found was the phallus. She then made an image of it and sanctified the phallus. In its honor, the Egyptians till today keep a feast called “Phallophony”, which means to carry the phallus.
15 What was the myth behind the fight between Osiris-Horus and Set
Osiris was from the underworld and appeared to the Horus-elder. He trained him then to avenge himself of Set. The fight was long, but at last Horus brought Set bound for his mother. This is the summary of the myth.
16 How did the life of Isis and Osiris affect the Egyptian ceremonies
The ceremonials in Egypt were related to the life events of Isis and Osiris. The death of Osiris as well as the wanderings of Isis and its regrets, had a noticeable role. The final mysteries of his rebirth and the public demonstration, procession, the emblem of his power, and the image of the phallus, completed the ritual.
It was a religion in which the emotional participation of the sadness and joy of Isis took place prominently. It became one of the religions in which liberation was attained through the emotional joy which the worshiper felt with God.
17 Isis as a women protector
She was highly thought of as the protector of women in particular. Being the life giver, she presided over life and death, and protected women during childbirth. Not only this, she also comforted those who lost their loved ones. In Isis, women found the support and inspiration to carry on with their lives. Isis proclaimed to be in ancient hymns the goddess of women and endowed her followers with powers equal to those of man.
18 Isis as the Black goddess
The fact behind Isis being directly associated as black goddess is with the mourning period of Isis (death of Osiris). At that time, she used to wear black or she herself was black. The black statues of Isis also had another connotation.
In Plutarch’s view “its statues with horns are representations of the Crescent Moon, whereas the statues with black clothes meant the occultation and the obscurities in which it follows the Sun (Osiris), aiming for it. As a result, they invoke the Moon for love affairs and Eudoxus says that Isis is the one who decides them.”
At winter solstice, the goddess turned to a golden cow, covered in a black suit. She was carried seven times around the dead Osiris Shrine. It was a representation of the wanderings of Isis, who traveled across the world mourning his death and searching for parts scattered from his body. This ritual was a magical procedure to prevent drought from invading the fertile regions of the Nile.
19 Isis and Horus
Much known to all of us is the story of Horus, the son of Isis (the goddess of Egypt). Isis is worshiped as a very old maternal deity. She is also represented with a disk of the sun (or moon) in the head, flanked to the right and left by two horns of cow. The cow was and is used in many cultures as maternal symbol. Isis was respected as the great beloved and she married her twin brother Osiris. Her love for him was above all else.
In the ancient Egyptian rituals, Horus had very important power and used it to animate the body of the dead whose members had been reunited. Horus is also invoked to prevent the action of the reptiles that are in the sky, on the land and in the water, the desert lions, the crocodiles of the river. He still plays the role of the healer god. His magic diverts the arrows from the bow, appeases the anger of the heart of the agonized being.
Isis is seen as the lady of healing, restorer of life and source of healing herbs. She was adored as the lady of the words of power as her incantations made diseases disappear. Isis has the magical power that Geb, her father and the god of the Earth. Geb offered to protect her son Horus.
Isis can divert the effect of the poison, and provide air to those who need it. Any person who calls the mother to his rescue will never be harmed. She appears in our life to say that it is time to meditate.
20 The Veil of Isis
Isis’ costume was only obtained through initiation. It was multicolored and could be used in many religious ceremonials. The multicolored veil of Isis is the same as of Mayas. It is familiar to the Hindu thought. It represents the ever-changing form of nature. The basic idea is that the Creative Spirit was clothed in material forms of great holiness. Also the whole universe was done as the manifestation of the Spirit of the Creator.
An anthem to Isis-Net expresses this idea of veil of nature that hides the truth of the mystery of human eyes. Net was a form of Isis, and was considered as Mother of all, being of both male and female nature. The text in which this hymn is recorded dates from about 550 BC but is probably much older.
21 Dance of the Seven Veils
The Dance of the Seven Veils has its origins in ancient times. The priestesses used to dance in the temple of Isis. The dance wasn’t ordinary but a strong, beautiful and enigmatic one. It reveres the elements of life and nature, and imitates the steps of animals and deities in integration with the universe. The heart of the ballerina is as light as the feather of the Maat Goddess, and that is exactly why the veils are necessary. It is from them that the gods serve to subtle the woman’s body.
When the veils of Isis are removed, they convey teachings. When the dancer wears two veils, it tells us that the body and spirit must be harmonized. The Temple Dance with three veils honors the Trinity of the gods of Ancient Egypt: Isis, Osiris and Horus. The Palace Dance, with four veils represents the pursuit of security and stability. When the ballet is withdrawn, it shows us how beneficial is the detachment from material things. In the Dance of the Seven Veils, each veil corresponds to a degree of initiation.
22 What is the concept of Seven Veils
The seven veils represent the seven chakras in balance and harmony, seven colors and seven planets. Each planet possesses qualities and defects that influence the temperament of the people and the withdrawal of each veil represents the termination of the most harmful aspects and the joy of its qualities.
23 What do the seven colors of Seven Veils signify
Red marks the liberation from the passions and victory of love.
Orange is a mark of the release from anger and feelings of anger.
Yellow symbolizes liberation from ambition and materialism.
Green marks health and balance of the physical body.
Blue is to symbolize serenity.
Lilac symbolizes transmutation of the soul, and the liberation from negativity.
White denotes purity and the encounter of Light.