Early Feminist Margaret Fuller & Isis

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Almost from the moment I began to think about my own spirituality, I intuited that I needed the Divine Feminine, the Goddess—a Deity in Whose image I, a woman, could be considered to have been created.

I joyfully credit feminism with offering not only me, but our society as a whole, the freedom to consider that Deity not only could be feminine, but had been for a very long time. Like maybe forever. With this freedom, in time, I found what my soul and spirit needed in Isis.

Indeed, I have always considered Isis’ myth to be a pretty strongly feminist tale, especially for its day. I’ve written about that here.

As it turns out, Isis has been inspiring feminists for quite a long time. Only recently I discovered that Margaret Fuller, a journalist and prominent early women’s rights advocate, also had a thing for Isis. More on that in…

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THE MYTH OF OSIRIS, THE REIGN OF OSIRIS ON EARTH

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THE MYTH OF OSIRIS,
THE REIGN OF OSIRIS ON EARTH


the Emperor Nero making adorations and playing the sistra in honor of Isis and Osiris enthroned; before the King is represented the Child God Ihy (son of Hathor and Horus), standing on the Sema-Tawy (lotus and papyrus entwined, the symbol of the union of the Two Lands) and playing the sistrum and the menat-necklace. From the interior wall of the Pronaos of the Temple of Hathor at Iunet

Osiris, together with Isis, reigned on Earth during the ancient times of the kingdom of the First Dynasty of Gods on Earth (corresponding to the Gods of the Ennead of Iunu-Heliopolis), many millennia before the I Dynasty of human Kings, as testified by the egyptian priest Manetho in His work “Aigyptiaka” (Manetho, fr. 1, from the Armenian version of eusebius, Chronica; Manetho, fr. 3, from…

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Prevent a Hangover Ancient Egyptian Style

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New Year’s seems like a time of resolutions and big insights (or not) into the past and dreams for the future. Some of us just don’t want to get too drunk or sick at tonight’s party. So to add some levity (and much needed humor) this New Year’s Eve, learn how to prevent getting a hangover according to the Ancient Egyptians!

Use this spell on your beer:

Ancient Egyptian Magical Texts, translated by J. F. Borghouts, offers this spell to cure what ails you.

Hail to you Lady of Hetepet (Hathor, goddess of drunkenness)! There is no restraining Seth when he has set his heart on conquering a heart in that name of his of “Beer,” to confuse a heart, to conquer the heart of an enemy, a fiend, a male ghost, a female ghost, etc. This spell is said during the drinking of beer; to be spat up. Truly effective, (proved) millions of times!

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Millions of satisfied (drunk) customers? Who knows? I do have a bottle of red wine I’m offering to Sekhmet tonight (I’m sure She’ll love it.) Regardless I’ll be drinking on a full stomach chased with lots of water just to be on the safe side!

Here’s the original post which includes truly nasty hangover recipes and cures from the ancient world from Greece to Mesopotamia. Makes you almost not want to bother drinking if you’d have to eat raw owl eggs and fried canary to “cure” your hangover.

The Broken Scorpion

I recently bought a statue of Serqet, a replica of the goddess’s statue in Tutankhamun’s tomb. The statue already had lost her scorpion, but she was beautiful so I purchased her anyway. When I received the package it wasn’t encased in foam like many statues, but was wrapped like a mummy with newspaper and packing tape. It would have been more fitting to open a statue of Osiris that way!

As I finally freed her from her newspaper wrappings, however, I heard something rattling inside.

No, it wasn’t a scorpion.

One of her arms had broken off at the elbow while the base had broken clean away from the statue at the ankles. I thought about returning the statue, but then I became determined to mend it. I was certain I could fix her. It was time I had to fix my desktop statue of Isis anyway who had lost her crown during a recent drop from her file cabinet perch.

Some people swear by Goop, but I used jeweler’s epoxy which takes awhile to set, but it doesn’t stink up the house.

I mixed the resin (red tube) with the hardener (black tube) and started with the easy project, attaching Isis’s crown.

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I had to hold the crown in place while the glue set (about 5 minutes). During that time I started an impromptu crowning prayer to Isis. The Catholics have a crowning ceremony to the Virgin Mary statue in May so I used this as my way to “crown” Isis.

Prayer:

I crown you, O Isis

My Mother

My Queen

My Goddess

Great is your love

For all your children.

Receive your crown

From your daughter

As a sign of my devotion

And love for You.

I didn’t have a prayer for Serqet as I tried to fix her statue. It was very tricky and I needed all my concentration not to botch it up. I first attached her arm and held the statue and her forearm for at least 10 minutes. As the minutes ticked by and I grew impatient for the glue to dry; I started a meditation. I thought about how countless other statues were broken by time and religious fanaticism. We have the capacity to destroy many beautiful things, but also we have the power to mend what was broken.

As Kemetics we are searching through the pieces left by time. We try to put them back together, but some of the pieces are still missing. Instead of abandoning the broken pieces, we instead start mending, add our own unique blend – a glue so to speak – that wasn’t authentic to the ancients but speaks to us. We bring our culture, our history and our personalities to our worship and our relationship with the gods.

Finally I let go of Serqet’s arm (and it held). I thought about how through the Kemetic faith the gods are finally able to reach out to us. They have arms in which to embrace us and hands to touch our lives again. As I went on to attach the rest of the statue to the base I thought of how they have feet on the Earth again and have a presence in this world through us.

Here is the end result:

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Kemetics – mending what was broken 2,000 years ago.

My Epigomenal Days; Isis & the Winter Solstice

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A very warm, peaceful, sacred, and Happy Winter Solstice to you all.

This is most definitely not the time of the ancient Egyptian end-of-the-year epigomenal days. However, from Winter Solstice to the New Year are my epigomenal days—not only because these are the end-of-year days of our modern calendar, but also because I am on much-needed vacation from now until the beginning of next year.

That being the case, let’s talk a bit about the epigomenal days, including some ways to celebrate the end of the year with Isis.

Since today is the solstice, you might invoke Isis the Mother and celebrate the birth of Her Holy Child Horus. If you missed the post about Horus’ winter solstice birth from a couple weeks ago, you can read all about that here. Since both Isis and Horus are especially known as protective Deities, you could ask Their protection for yourself…

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Isis – Mistress of Magic (Part 2 of 2)

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Working with Isis

 As a magician I have found honouring Isis through Heka (magic in the Ancient Egyptian tradition of Kemetism) has benefited my life immensely.  Having being called into service by Isis as my first and foremost Patron I have come to learn her multifaceted approach to working with Heka can be used in this modern day from things relating to prosperity, health, protection, success and love.

In part 1 of this blog post, I have just touched upon the magnificence that is Isis, Mistress of Magic and I encourage you to further get to know her more intimately through her myths as well as honouring her in ritual and the practice of magic in her name.

Simple Invocation and Ritual to Isis Mistress of Magic

Start this rite just before sunset.

Altar faces east and has some unlit incense, a blue candle, anointing oil, a bowl of…

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A Sign of Stability: The Djed

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If there is any symbol that has become synonymous with Osiris it is the Djed pillar. The connection between Osiris and the djed became so important that by the New Kingdom, the deity would often be shown as a djed entirely.

But what is the history of this symbol? What can we learn about Osiris through the djed?

Early Origins

According to Griffiths (pg 41), the djed wasn’t originally tied to Osiris. It was its own symbol before it got sucked into the Osirian cult. It is believed that the djed was originally a bundle of reed stalks or papyrus that had been tied together. The four cross-bars that you see on the pillar are considered to be papyrus flowers that poke out from the various stalks that are tied together. It’s possible that the idea came from archaic housing methods, where the entirety of the house/tent rested upon a…

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