The dancing woman now really dances

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This is just one of 24 prehistoric Goddess gifs created by Nina Paley that are free for all to use. You can find them here

This figure has been called a Dancing Woman, a Nile Goddess, a Bird Goddess, and probably some other things that I’m not thinking of right now. Well, she’s certainly dancing now, thanks to artist Nina Paley.

If you know Isis Magic, you might also recognize her posture as the “Wings of Isis.” It is a posture that can be used to invoke, thank, and commune with Isis. So, I like to think of this ancient figurine as a priestess invoking her Goddess, imitating the protective and powerful wings of Isis.

Here’s a brief excerpt from Offering to Isis about this posture:

The open wings of Isis can also be related to a posture seen in images of the ancient Egyptian Bird Goddess. This is the posture of the famous Neolithic statuette of a so-called dancing woman with her arms raised in an open curve above her head, and which has become a popular amulet among modern Goddess worshippers. The same posture can be seen in the Goddess figures that ride in the curved boats that were a favorite motif of pre-dynastic Egyptian pottery and petroglyphs. According to Egyptologist Louis Breasted, the posture is typical of Egypt. And although these ancient figures do not have obvious wings, their unwinged but upraised arms foreshadow the winged, upraised arms of Goddesses seen in later Egyptian art. Nevertheless, the beak-faced figures are identified as Bird Goddesses, so perhaps the wings are implied—or they may indicate that the figures represent human priestesses who are imitating their Bird Goddess. Whatever the case, the “wing” stance is a posture of great antiquity and numinosity and many researchers consider it to be characteristic of the Divine Feminine.

May Isis spread Her wings for you today and enclose you in Her feathered embrace.

A Blessed Nativity

Best wishes for Nativity!

The shining Janya before the cave says: This night shall a Child be born that shall be the Daughter of Light and the Princess of all the world. A Child is coming that shall carry the light of Dea into every part of Creation; even to the most desolate of the places of darkness. Rejoice, poor wanderers of the earth and exiles from the house of your Mother, for to you shall come a Guide and a Deliverer.

Read all about the Nativity of God the Daughter

Read about the sun and the spiritual meaning of midwinter

A Blessed Nativity

Best wishes for Nativity!

The shining Janya before the cave says: This night shall a Child be born that shall be the Daughter of Light and the Princess of all the world. A Child is coming that shall carry the light of Dea into every part of Creation; even to the most desolate of the places of darkness. Rejoice, poor wanderers of the earth and exiles from the house of your Mother, for to you shall come a Guide and a Deliverer.

Read all about the Nativity of God the Daughter

Read about the sun and the spiritual meaning of midwinter

Isis Thanksgiving leftovers

As you might expect, I have alerts set up for all kinds of Isis-related topics. Every now and then, something interesting comes up. On this day after Thanksgiving, I’d like to share a couple of them with you.

Isis Magic is FAST

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That’s Isis Magic out in front.

The other day, an alert came across for “Isis Magic” that amused me. Turns out there’s an Isis Magic that isn’t a book, but rather, an Australian racehorse. She’s a five-year-old mare with a 57% “win percentage” and a 64% “place percentage.” So she’s a winning horse, too, and is supposed to be able to run very fast for a very long time. Isis has endurance! I have no idea how Isis Magic got her name, but I sure would like to know. Anybody have an inside information on that?

New Isis temple uncovered in Egypt

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Workers building a housing project found an Isis temple. Scary seeing that shovel scooping up pillars with hieroglyphs.

Earlier this month, workers who were building a residential project in the area of Tell Atrib near Egypt’s Banha City unearthed the remains of a pharaonic Temple of Isis. Tell Atrib is in the southern delta, about 30 miles north of Cairo. In Greek, it was known as Athribis. In ancient Egyptian it was Hwt-ta-ḥry-ib, “the place over the heart”.  The heart of Osiris was supposed to be located there.

The city may have been established as long ago as the Old Kingdom, but our physical evidence so far only comes from the 12th dynasty. It was once capital of the 10th nome, Kem Wer, the “Great Black One,” named for the sacred black bull that was kept there and associated with Osiris, the black-faced Lord of the Dead. The city was most prominent in the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.

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The Temple of Isis in the Place over the Heart

However, the earliest Deities of the Heart City were Khentikhety, a crocodile God, Who was said to have found the heart of Osiris and watched over it, concealing it beneath His own heart. Khentikhety is paired with Khuyet, a winged Goddess Whose name means “Protector.” Eventually, Khentykhety was assimilated to Horus. I haven’t found out for sure yet, but it would seem reasonable that Khuyet would have been assimilated to Isis, though we also have at least one reference to Khuyet protecting Isis Herself.

And that’s what I’ve got for now!

Except for this PS from my publisher, who has asked me to remind you that Isis Magic (the book, not the horse) is available from Abiegnus House…and makes a great gift for any Isis-interested folks on your list. Just click on the book on the right. Thank you so much!

 

 

 

Tamala and the Day of the Dead

The final festival before the Nativity season celebrates Death as perhaps the most mysterious of the Mysteries of Life. The image here represents Catrina, a central figure in the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. Though relatively recent in this elegant form, Catrina embodies a folk-tradition of the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl, Lady of the Dead, Keeper of the Bones. The festival is celebrated with altars to the honoured dead, with sugar skulls and crossed-bone buns, and with grave-visiting. Though the idea of death is very much to the forefront, it is far from a sombre festival and includes dressing-up and dancing. Read about the inner meaning of Tamala

Tamala and the Day of the Dead

The final festival before the Nativity season celebrates Death as perhaps the most mysterious of the Mysteries of Life. The image here represents Catrina, a central figure in the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. Though relatively recent in this elegant form, Catrina embodies a folk-tradition of the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl, Lady of the Dead, Keeper of the Bones. The festival is celebrated with altars to the honoured dead, with sugar skulls and crossed-bone buns, and with grave-visiting. Though the idea of death is very much to the forefront, it is far from a sombre festival and includes dressing-up and dancing. Read about the inner meaning of Tamala

The Three Fates and the Day of Werde

The Three Fates hold the threads of life and destiny. In the Greek tradition they are the Moirai: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. In the Scandinavian tradition they are the Norns: Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld. In Déanic religion, the three fates are considered to be a single Janya named Werde, who has three Persons: Maia, Werde and Kala. Maia is the Spinner, Werde the Weaver and Kala the Cutter. Three of the months of the Déanic Calendar are named for these Three Persons. The Day of Werde is celebrated as part of the Mysteries of Life season. Read more about the three manifestations of Werde.

The Three Fates and the Day of Werde

The Three Fates hold the threads of life and destiny. In the Greek tradition they are the Moirai: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. In the Scandinavian tradition they are the Norns: Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld. In Déanic religion, the three fates are considered to be a single Janya named Werde, who has three Persons: Maia, Werde and Kala. Maia is the Spinner, Werde the Weaver and Kala the Cutter. Three of the months of the Déanic Calendar are named for these Three Persons. The Day of Werde is celebrated as part of the Mysteries of Life season. Read more about the three manifestations of Werde.