The ancient Egyptian goddess, Isis, is a goddess of magic, fertility and motherhood, death, healing, and rebirth. The first daughter of the god of the god of the Earth, Geb, and the goddess of the sly, Nut, she was born on the first day of the first years of creation. She is the sister of Osiris, who later became her husband, and Set and Nephthys. With Osiris, she had a son, Horus. In Egyptian mythology Isis is also known as Auset, Eset or Aset, all words that are frequently associated with the word throne.
Isis is one of the most complete and all-encompassing figures of Egyptian mythology and symbolism. Popular throughout the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms of ancient Egypt her worship continued past the end of Pharaohic Egypt. The popularity of Isis in the ancient world led to minor goddesses throughout the Mediterranean gradually assimilated Isis qualities. In Greek and Roman mythologies, the image of Isis became the star of the sea and the patroness of travellers.
As the goddess of the entire life cycle there are no gaps between our own lives and Isis. In mythological terms Is the body, mind, and spirit. She is in everything we see and don’t see. She rules the natural magic and when we connect to her spiritual energies we also evoke our own ability to become one with the natural world around us.
Correspondences for Isis
Symbols: The magical circle, the female body, the universe, the night sky, thrones.
Tools: the wand
Essences and Herbs: Papyrus, willow, lilies, and ivy.
Direction: The centre, Isis rules all the compass directions, elements, and powers.
Animals: Cow, sphinx, swallow, lion, and eagle.
Foods: bread and wine
Crystals: quartz, amethyst and star sapphire.