Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Quote

"I am all that is, was or ever will be."

 Words of Isis inscribed on the Temple at Sais, Egypt

Monday, July 28, 2014

The story of Isis.

The the Sun god Ra ordered Shu (Air) to separate Nut (Sky) from her brother/lover Geb (Earth), he also declared that Nut should never have children in any month of the year. Thoth , the god of wisdom, won from the moon, in a game of draughts, one seventy-second part of its light. It was during these days, that belonged to no month, that she bore Osiris, Horus the Elder, Set, Isis and Nephthys. Osiris and Isis fell in love and mated while still in Nut's womb and became man and wife, her sister Nephthys married Set.

Together with Osiris, they ruled Egypt and taught the people all the basic skills of civilisation. Set, however, was envious of his brother, and conspired to kill Osiris, nailing his body in a coffin and throwing it into the Nile. Isis traced the coffin to Byblos in Phoenicia, where the currents had carried it. However, a tamarisk tree had grown around it, and King Malacander had built the trunk into his palace. Isis, in disguise, first became the nurse to the kings son and later his queen. Isis revealed herself to Malacander, who granted her a ship to take the coffin back to Egypt.

On her journey back to Egypt, she hid in the Nile Delta marshes near Buto, to conceal herself and the body of the dead Osiris, with whom she had become magically impregnated. Set, however, discovered the body and tore it asunder casting the fourteen pieces throughout the kingdom. Isis, undertook a journey to recover the disembodied parts of her husband/lover. At each place, as she found one of the parts, she performed a burial ritual and set up a stela marking its place, hoping to deceive Set into thinking that all the parts were buried in separate places.

In time, Isis recovered all the missing parts, except the phallus of Osiris, which Set had thrown into the Nile and had been eaten by a crab. Isis was able to fashion a new one, and magically restored Osiris's body by anointing it with precious oils. She was thus to become the inventor of embalming. Osiris, now fully immortal, became the King of Amenti, the realm of the dead, while Isis in due course gave birth to Horus the Younger.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Quote

Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes have recurred over and over, in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess Venus from the sea of our unconscious.

Joan D. Vinge

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Virgin Mother

 Who is that goddess to whom men should pray
    But her from whom their hearts have turned away,
    Out of whose virgin being they were born,
    Whose mother nature they have named in scorn
    Calling its holy substance common clay.

    Yet from this so despised earth was made
    The milky whiteness of those queens who swayed
    Their generations with a light caress,
    And from some image of whose loveliness
    The heart built up high heaven when it prayed.

    Lover, your heart, the heart on which it lies,
    Your eyes that gaze, and those alluring eyes,
    Your lips, the lips they kiss, alike had birth
    Within this dark divinity of earth,
    Within this mother being you despise.

    Ah, when I think this earth on which we tread
    Hath borne these blossoms of the lovely dead,
    And made the living heart I love to beat,
    I look with sudden awe beneath my feet
    As you with erring reverence overhead.

George William Russell 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Magical Prayer

From beneath me arises the energy of the Earth, my home and my foundation.
From above me pours down the light of the Sun and the enchanting Moon.
To my right hand flows the strength to control and direct, the power of magic.
To my left hand comes the skill to divine and to heal, the source of blessing.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Goddess Quote

At the beginning of life, we are all female, born through and from the Mother! Blessed be the Great Goddess!

Laura Quintrell

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nyai Loro Kidul

John Reihnard Weguelin

Nyai Loro Kidul is the legendary mermaid queen and goddess of the South Seas. She only exists in Indonesia, nowhere else in the world. It has been said that She was the mortal daughter of an ancient king of Java who lived in the 6th century who had been banished from his home by Her wicked stepmother. She is also the mythical spiritual consort of the Sultans of Mataram and Yogyakarta. The following tells Her story:

She lives in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Java.  She rules over a luxurious underwater realm at the heart of the sea where She is attended to by a court of beautiful sea spirits. She is often depicted as a mermaid with long flowing green hair which is  filled with shells and seaweed.  She is, indeed, a force to be reckoned with.  It is She who controls the violent waves of the Indian Ocean. Hence, the Javanese people never wear green while in the water for fear of offending Her.  Young, handsome men fear falling victim to Her seductive charms for it is believed that She seeks them to serve in Her undersea realm. 

In ancient times, She may have been the mortal wife or daughter of the King of Java, a queen who taught Her husband how to gain the power of the spirits so he could rule wisely....and who then fell victim to spite and jealousy.  The king's concubines, jealous of Her beauty, used black magic to turn Her into an ugly hag, and, because of Her ugliness, ordered Her to leave the palace.  For a time She wandered aimlessly through the forest, but when She came to the ocean, She stopped to rest, falling asleep.  She dreamed that She would be cured of Her ugliness if She threw Herself in the water and drowned.  She did so and from thereon, became the powerful Goddess of the Sea.  

Right up to the present, fisherman pause to ask Her for her mythical protection before sailing the seas that She rules. Failure to do so could result in harm.  According to local popular beliefs, whenever a handsome young male bather is missing, the goddess has snatched him and taken him under the sea. Devotees gather on Her shores on Thursday evenings to seek guidance, offer petitions, and request prophetic dreams.