“I” is for Isis, an Ancient Egyptian Goddess with Serious Magic – A to Z Challenge

My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.


“I” is for Isis

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Isis depicted with outstretched wings (wall painting, c. 1360 BCE)

A powerful, ancient Egyptian goddess, Isis, used magic to help those in need. She was (and is) worshiped as the ideal mother and wife and as a patroness of magic.

The Romans adopted her and  today she continues to be widely worshiped around the world by pagan groups, including the modern Goddess movement and inter-faith organizations such as the Fellowship of Isis.

One of the Isis Myths

During the Greco-Roman period people believed,

“… the Nile River flooded every year because of the tears of sorrow which Isis wept for [her husband] Osiris. Osiris’s death and rebirth was relived each year through rituals.” (Wikipedia)

The name Isis means throne and that is why her headdress looks like a throne.

You can find invocations for Isis on-line. I know this because I researched it for my first book, Covert Danger. In it, an Egyptian sorceress calls on Isis for her  magic. I have to say, some of the chants I ran across gave me the chills.


Reference and photos credit: Wikipedia


MY A-2-Z INTRO TO WORLD MYTHOLOGY

anubisA is for Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death who weighs your heart

B is for Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of Fire who terrifies me

C is for Cronus, Leader of the Titans, Father of the Greek Gods

D is for Dragons, Chinese Dragons

E is for Ekeko, God of Good Luck and Abundance

F is for Freya, Norse Goddess of Love

G is the Gitche Manitou, The Great Spirit

H is for Hell – Is it Around the Corner?

I is for Isis –


 

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest stories are in the Gambling Ghosts Series: A Highland Ghost for Christmas, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day, Confessions of a Pirate Ghost and The Biker Ghost Meets his Match. An anthology of the novellas will be coming out this summer. Currently she is working on Midnight Magic, A Ghost & Abby Mystery, the first book in a spin-off series from her Viking ghost story. Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, playing Mah Jong and drinking good coffee. You can chat with her on social media: You can find all her links on her website - http://jo-anncarson.com

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