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It will be made Whole.

The goddess Isis is the Great Goddess of Egyptian religion, a powerful sorceress and protectress, Who represents the power by which the Pharoahs ruled. In heiroglyphs, Her name incorporates a throne-symbol, and this attribute was often depicted on Her headdress. She is the daughter of the earth God Geb and the sky Goddess Nut, and sister to Osiris, Horus the Elder, Seth, and Nephthys.

Isis was married to Her brother Osiris, the God of grain. Their brother Seth, the red-haired God of chaos and the desert was jealous, and to be rid of Osiris tricked Him into lying down in a coffin, which was then nailed shut and thrown into the Nile. Upon learning this, Isis searched for Her husband, finally finding Him in Phoenicia. When He returned to Egypt, Seth again attacked him, violently cutting His body into thirteen pieces.

This time Isis reassembled the pieces and with help from Anubis, the God of the dead, Osiris was enbalmed, wrapped in linen, and magically restored to life, thus beginning the tradition of mummification. The death and resurrection of Osiris were celebrated throughout Egypt with rites of mourning and rejoicing, just as Tammuz, beloved of Ishtar, and Adonis, beloved of Aphrodite were celebrated in other parts of the Mediterranean and Middle East. The Egyptian legend has its own spin, however, in that Osiris remained in the Underworld to preside as King, and through the rituals of mummification the dead were guaranteed an eternal life.

Isis was sometimes confused or conflated with Hathor and depicted with Her cow-horns and the sistrum.

In later periods the worship of Isis spread from Egypt to Greece and Rome, and there is even a temple of Isis in Pompeii. In Egypt, Isis was honored until the 6th century A.D., and statues of Isis suckling the child Horus became the iconographic basis for statues of the Virgin Mary with the Jesus-child on Her lap.

This card indicates willingness and an ability to turn around a bad situation through determination and skill.

Alternate spellings: Au Set, Eset

Titles: Divine Mother, Mistress of the West, Queen of the Earth, Mistress of the Pyramid, Lady of Truth (with Nephthys), Perfect of Throne, Giver of Life, Mistress of the Tomb of Osiris

For the earlier version of Isis, go here.

I've also done another version of Isis, as part of a commission.

Both this design and the earlier version are available on prints through deviantArt (the older version here, the newer here) and on greeting cards through Zazzle (the earlier here, the later here).


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