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Gems of the Goddess

Isis:  Healer, Mother, Egyptian Goddess

Isis was a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship was adopted by other20ancient cultures such as Rome.  She was the wife and sister of Osiris, daughter of Seb and Nut and mother of Horus.

Worshiped as the ideal mother and wife, patron of nature, magic and sailors; friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, the downtrodden, as well as listening to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers.   Isis was known to be compassionate to all, no matter what their social class.  Isis also is known as the goddess of simplicity, from whom all beginnings arose, and was the ruler of bread, of beer, and of green fields.

Isis is also known for teaching humanity the basic skills to build civilizations.  She came to represent the powerful attributes of faithfulness, love, inner beauty, psychic insight and spiritual awareness.  Isis was a very powerful healer.  She received much of her power by creating a cobra to bite Ra, whose power was based on his secret name.   Isis told Ra she would help him, only if he told her the secret name.  Ra, dying, did tell her, thus opening the healing powers available to him.

She is also known as a very powerful healer based on the story of her healing her husband Osiris after his brother Set murdered him because of jealously.  Set had passed the throne to Osiris and Isis but regretted it and wanted the throne for himself.  When Osiris returned from a battle, Set and his followers had a banquet and invited Osiris.  During the banquet, Set brought=2 0out a chest and said whomever could fit in it would receive it as a gift.  Osiris stepped inside and of course, it was a perfect fit.      Set and his followers nailed it shut and threw it in the Nile.

The chest floated to the island of Byblos.  It washed ashore and a tree grew over it.  When the tree was cut down to make an altar for Phoenician King, it gave off a beautiful scent.  Isis received word of it and went to her husband.& nbsp; She brought him back to life with magic from Thoth and they conceived a child – Horus.

Isis stayed in Byblos until Horus was born.  While Isis was away one day, Set found Osiris’s body and he cut the body into 14 pieces.  Isis found all the pieces except one; Osiris’s manhood had been eaten by a crab in the Nile.  With help from other Gods such as Anabus, Thoth and Horus, Isis created first rites of embalming and Rite of Rebirth, giving Osiris eternal life.

Isis was also involved with trying to help Horus regain the throne.  After much debate by the council, and after Isis shape-shifted to trick Set to confess Horus should be the rightful heir to the throne, a competition was created to see who would rule.

During the competition, Horus and Set changed into Hippos and were crossing the Nile.  Isis threw a magical spear and hit Horus by accident, who came out of the Nile and insisted she heal him, which she did .  After Horus went back in, Isis threw the spear again and hit Set.  Horus was so angered at her interference that he cut off her head.  Ra found of the situation and asked Thoth to help.  Thoth replaced Isis’s head with a cow’s head.
Isis is known as a great mother and did everything she could to protect her son Horus.  However, a lesson to learn from Isis is to know when the be involved with helping their child and when to step back.  Isis may have thought she was helping but she was causing chaos during the competition.   The teaching here is to use good judgment when dealing with those you care about.

Isis can help with magic, harvest, dreams, divination, perspective, faithfulness, love, spirituality and destiny.  She can help you by speaking to you in dreams.  You can also invoke her to create powerful healing and working with the downtrodden.

Isis’s feast days are January 9, March 5, August 17 (Isis’ birthday) and November 12th.  Her colors are white, cobolt blue and gold.  Stones to use when working with Isis are Pearl, Cobalt, Moonstone, Bloodstone and Lapis.
Working with Isis is like working with someone who is like your mother.  She has strong nurturing, caring and healing energy.   Isis is here to help you – make sure to work with her during the times that your need to give or receive healing, create nurturing or help with grieving.  Isis is here to help and heal.