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and birthed all life
Then, out of my love for you
I gave you my beloved mate, Osiris
Lord of vegetation
God of the grain
to be cut down
and born again
I nursed you through sickness with my healing arts
I made you clothes and invented weaving and spinning
I watched over your first steps
helping you grow from infancy to maturity
I was even there with you
at the end
to hold your hand
and guide you to immortality
You were All
and I gave you all
and to you I was All
Isis, Great Goddess, All Mother
Mythology: Isis (pronounced eye’sis), also known as Au Set (“exceeding queen”) and Isis Panthea (“Isis the All-Goddess”), was worshiped in many places including Egypt, the Roman empire, Greece and Germany.
“This ancient Egyptian goddess Isis is here to help us reclaim our own inner voice and true wisdom. She encourages us to trust our inner knowing and to have the courage to bring it forth with confidence in our world.” – Katherine Skaggs
When her beloved Osiris was killed then dismembered and scattered by her brother Set, Isis searched out the pieces and reassembled them.She found all but his penis, which she replaced with one of gold. Through use of her magic and healing arts she brought Osiris back to life then conceived, through his golden penis, the Sun God Horus. When the temples of Isis were turned into Christian churches, Isis with baby Horus on her lap became the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
Meaning of the Card: Isis has appeared in your life to tell you it is time for mothering.
Have you been giving all your mothering energy away without keeping some for yourself? Have you taken on a new project or just had a new baby? Do you feel that something needs extra mothering, but you aren’t up to it? Did your own mother or caregiver give you the mothering you needed? Isis says that it is important to get the mothering you need in order to heal past wounds. Everyone needs to be mothered, regardless of whether you are a maiden, mother or crone.
Ritual Suggestion: Journey to Isis:
Find a time and a place when and where you will not be disturbed.
- Sit or lie comfortably with your spine straight and close your eyes.
- Take a deep breath and release it with the sound “ma”.
- Take another deep breath and let go of all you are holding onto as you sound “ma”.
- Now take a deep breath and, as you release it:
SEE, SENSE or FEEL yourself on a smooth clear river in a small boat.
It is a warm, sunny day and the boat is rocking you gently back and forth, back and forth. You lie in the boat on soft cushions while the boat carries you along.
Allow yourself to surrender to the warmth of the sun and the motion of the boat.
The sounds of the water lapping against the boat send you into a blissfully relaxed state.
You are now able to ask:
“where do I need mothering?”
You see, feel, or sense a time in your life, when
you needed to be mothered and didn’t receive what you needed.
Allow any feelings that come up to be expressed.
The boat drifts into a landing and stops.
You sit up…
Before you is the Temple of Isis.
- You get out of the boat and walk up to the Temple.
- Take off your shoes and enter theTemple.
- It is dark inside, except for an oil lamp which burns in the entryway.
Find a spot where you feel comfortable and put the oil lamp on the ground,
then sit before it and call Isis.
Goddess Isis appears and asks you:
“What do you need?”
You tell her of the time in your life when you needed mothering
and ask her to mother you…
- Give yourself over to her…
- Take in her divine mothering, till you feel full and satiated.
- Isis asks you for a gift and you give it to her with an open heart.
- When you are ready to leave, thank her.
Isis vanishes. You pick up the oil lamp, return it to its place, and leave the temple.
The boat is waiting for you. You get back into the boat.
The boat drifts into the river and heads back.
You drift with it feeling relaxed, revitalized, and at peace.
The boat lands on the opposite side of the river.
Take a deep breath, release it slowly and,
when you feel ready, open your eyes.
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4GGL thanks Daily Goddess for this ritual.
The above is excerpted exactly from The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky
and the illustrations are by Hrana Janto.
For more information on their work, please visit their websites:
Thank you, Amy Sophia Marashinsky and Hrana Janto!
4GGL thanks Katherine Skaggs for her artwork.
Katherine Skaggs is a visionary artist, intuitive, author, teacher, spiritual counselor, shamanic practitioner, entrepreneur and painter of souls. Learn more about creating an Goddess Isis altar here >
4GGL thanks Maja Sommersted for her artwork.
“Art has always been a big part of my life, for me art became a way of communicating when I did not speak the language. I was born in Denmark and lived there for the first six years of my life. My parents desire for adventure brought us to Africa and later to England, before we settled in the US when I was 14 years old. I have a great appreciation for the Colorado blue skies and snowy mountain tops and consider this beautiful place my home. My husband is a Colorado native and we are blessed with three beautiful daughters. We all enjoy the outdoors; hiking and camping, taking lots of photos and painting plein air.”
“This series of oil paintings is about motherhood: the magic of pregnancy, the challenge of birth, the sweet nurturing of babies, and the emotional transitions of becoming a mother. These paintings are bold and colorful, expressive and symbolic, as well as hinting toward the cosmic and the future.” – Maja Sommersted