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Postby Jakob » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:22 am

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The object of love at every given moment in time.
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Re: Isis

Postby demoralized » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:42 pm

It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is
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Re: Isis

Postby Jakob » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:14 pm

demoralized wrote:It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is

Concisely: $
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Re: Isis

Postby Dan~ » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:50 pm

Where's the content for this thread?
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Re: Isis

Postby Jakob » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:36 am

Excuse me?

Where is the moderation in the other forums? Whats with all the tolerance for the most banal and depraved bigotry and the immediate moderators attacks on well intended concise threads? Why are you asking me this when I have a thesis in the OP?

I have content in each of my two posts. Where is your justification for inserting yourself in this thread with an accusation?

Furthermore, I figured you for someone not too foolish to have some respect for such a goddess, and such a definition.


Did you even think about it?
Rhetorical question - of course you didn't. Or you'd be contemplating Isis right now.

Here, Ill help you.

Go watch this video and absorb al its content, then come back with a relevant question.

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Re: Isis

Postby Dan~ » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:53 am

Jakob wrote:Excuse me?
Where is the moderation in the other forums? Whats with all the tolerance for the most banal and depraved bigotry and the immediate moderators attacks on well intended concise threads? Why are you asking me this when I have a thesis in the OP?

That was not a warning, it was a question between you and me.

And I am not in control of the other mods and their territory.
I was inactive because i thought the place would take care of itself.

I have content in each of my two posts. Where is your justification for inserting yourself in this thread with an accusation?

It was meant as a request and a question, not a accusation.
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Re: Isis

Postby Dan~ » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:23 pm

I appreciate your video.
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Re: Isis

Postby Jakob » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:23 am

Alright man, that wasn't necessarily self evident though. Plus, I think I made a very strong definition. Deceptively simple. Try to imagine how that works. The object of all love. Enormous contradictions, tensions that can't manifest - - dark matter ?!
But here is some more content. I could rephrase all this but it is deeply vested knowledge.

Patheos wrote:A star that keenest of all blazes with a searing flame and him men call Seirios. When he rises with Helios (the Sun), no longer do the trees deceive him by the feeble freshness of their leaves. For easily with his keen glance he pierces their ranks, and to some he gives strength but of others he blights the bark utterly. Of him too at his setting are we aware.”

– Aratus, Phaenomena 328 ff (trans. Mair) (Greek astronomical poem C3rd B.C.)

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Bronze statue of Isis nursing Horus, Egypt, 600-30 BCE. Credit: Science Museum, London.

L0057110 Bronze statue of Isis nursing Horus, Egypt, 600-30 BCE The Egyptian god Isis was worshipped as the mother goddess, the goddess of fertility, and was married to Osiris. Osiris was murdered by Isis’ brother but was brought back to life long enough to conceive a son, Horus. Horus avenged his father’s death and became king. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Egypt made: 600-30 BCE

Here in England, it is hard to imagine the importance which the Dog Days and the heliacal rising of the star Sirius (the ‘Dog Star’) had in antiquity. We have finally had a bit of sunshine here in Somerset today, and I escaped my desk to spend a bit of time contemplating the marvellous power of Helios in my urban garden, and then remembered: we are now officially in the Dog Days. It is not always that obvious in the UK though! I also pondered the associations between the Goddess Hekate, dogs and the Dog Days – and indeed the Dog Star “Sirius”. Here are some of my musings and observations on the subject.





What are the Dog Days?

The Dog Days are traditionally the 40 days leading up to the heliacal rising of Sirius, being the period of 3rd July to 11th August. These are considered to be the hottest days of the summer – especially in the regions around the Mediterranean sea, where Sirius has long had a major role in mythology, religion and agriculture. For the Egyptians the rising of Sirius was essential, marking the inundation of the Nile and the start of a new year. Sirius, which was also known as Sothis, was closely linked to the Greco-Egyptian goddess Isis (Aset). Some ancient writers, notably Plutarch, wrote that this star was thought to be the soul of Isis. In her new book Isis: The Eternal Goddess of Egypt and Rome (forthcoming 2016) the author Lesley Jackson[2] writes that:

“The star Sirius is in the constellation of Canis Major (the Great Dog) and is also referred to as the Dog Star. It is the brightest star in the sky but, more importantly to the Egyptians, its heliacal rising coincided with the start of the inundation. A heliacal rising is when the star reappears in the east just before sunrise after being invisible for a period. In Egypt in 3,000 BCE this occurred at the summer solstice; now it is about six weeks later.[3] “At the same time that the Dog-star rises…the Nile also in a sense rises, coming up to water the land of Egypt.”[4] The reappearance of Sirius brought the hot ‘dog days’ of the summer. From the earliest times New Year was considered to start with the inundation because it was so critical to the country. “
Isis and Hekate

Outside of Egypt, Isis became very closely associated with dogs, there was even a statue of Isis riding a dog in a temple in Rome, and there is mention of a dog sitting beneath the throne of Isis in the same region. Lamps and coins with depictions of Isis during the Roman period make further links between Isis and dogs which are likely to have been inspired by her conflation with Sothis. Isis was also accompanied by the jackal-headed Anubis, but because the jackal was virtually unknown to the Romans, they simply referred to him as dog-headed.

“Hekate with three heads and six hands, holding torches in her hands, on the right side of her face having the head of a cow; and on the left side the head of a dog; and in the middle the head of a maiden, with sandals bound on her feet.” (Drawn on a flax leaf)

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cartari hekateHekate is sometimes said to have the face of different animals, including that of a dog and is frequently associated with dogs, depicted with dogs; some also believe that when invoked the sound of barking or howling dogs heralds her arrival.

“Then, earth began to bellow, trees to dance
And howling dogs in glimmering light advance
Ere Hekate came.”
– The Aeneid, Virgil

Sirius can be said to be further linked to Hekate through the story of the goddess Diana and Orion. Hekate and Diana have long been conflated, and some would say that Diana is simply the Roman version of Hekate. It is of course more complex than that, but it is clear that Hekate and Diana’s myths and worship were often conflated throughout antiquity, just as Hekate and Artemis (the Greek Goddess of the Hunt, also linked to Diana) were often conflated. A brief overview of the myth is recounted by the author Payam Nabarz[5], writing in his book Stellar Magic (2009), where he also shares other interesting snippets of myths associated with Sirius, as well as a modern ceremony:

“The star Sirius or the Dog Star is part of the constellation Canis Major (Great Dog), in Greek myths he was seen as Orion’s hunting dog. After the death of Orion, Diana placed Orion’s dog in the sky at his heel to help with the stellar hunt. The star Sirius is part of the winter triangle; the two other points of the triangle are the star Betelgeuse in Orion and the star Procyon in Canis Minor. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, can be located in the night sky by following an imaginary line from the three stars of Orion’s belt to the left and down. The star Sirius is one of the oldest constellations described by man; the Fire Star is one of the stars in the Babylonian A Prayer to Gods of the Night (circa 1700 BC).”

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Recoloured detail showing Canis Major in Monoceros, Argo Navis, l’Atelier de l’Imprimeur, Pyxis Nautica by Alexander Jamieson. Published in his Celestial Atlas, February 1822.

Apuleius named Hekate in his Metamorphoses (better known as ‘The Golden Ass’) in the late second century CE as one of the many goddesses who appeared as semblances of Isis, “to others Bellona and Hekate and Rhamnusia”,[6] . The conflation of Hekate and Isis is one which had been largely ignored, until 2009 David Rankine and I included a short chapter about this connection in our book Hekate Liminal Rites; since then I have been contacted by numerous people wanting to find out more. As I also had a love of Isis, I gathered more information and clues to this connection between Hekate and Isis over the years. Rather than being an unlikely and strange conflation, the merging of these two goddesses is natural and obvious.
Isis-Hekate is depicted as one super deity on numerous Egyptian coins. She is pictured as triple-faced, with solar horns and the solar disk later shown on images of Isis, when she usurps the cow-headed Hathor. Hekate, like Hathor, is sometimes depicted with the head of a cow, and sometimes with that of a bull. Both Hekate and Isis are often depicted with serpents, Isis with the uraeus and Hekate a snake, though not a cobra. There are depictions on gem stones showing Isis-Hekate in triple form holding serpents, torches and swords. And completing the association between Hekate and Isis, an inscription found from Kamiros (Rhodes, Greece) is dedicated to Hekate and Serapis, the latter being more often linked to Isis, as a Hellenised form of her brother-husband Osiris.

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Hekate holding a baby, similar to images of Isis holding Horus
Hekate holding a baby, with a dog by her feet.
Hekate is shown holding a child, showing her in the role of “mother” or as “Kourotrophos” (nurse-maid) (see image to the left, of an votive statue of Hekate currently in a museum in Bulgaria) much like the typical depictions many readers will be familiar with of Isis holding her baby Horus (see image above of the bronze image of Isis holding Horus) . The goddesses both share an association with magic, and both goddesses can be described as wisdom goddesses, sharing certain roles in common, notably that of ‘saviour’.

Hekate has strong associations with the stars. Her mother, according to mythology, is the star goddess Asteria, who is linked to shooting (falling) stars, as well as with divination by stars (astrology) and the night sky. Today both Isis and Hekate continue to be celebrated around the world. They also continue to be linked through experiences modern Priests and Priestesses have, and I shall leave you with this example from the essay Following Her Moons (Extracts from a Travel Journal) by Andrea Salgado Reyes in the anthology, Hekate: Her Sacred Fires which I edited in 2010. In it the author writes about an experience she had on 23rd May 2009 in L’Isle-Adam (France); whilst her account is not entirely based on historical accounts of the deities she names, it has validity in the 21st century as an experiential account of how the Goddess is experienced now:

“A presence appears while I am writing some notes for a course. I challenge it, demanding its name. The presence grows stronger until I feel the whole room vibrate with its energy and psychically see a large form appear, as tall as the room is high. It is female and dressed in a simple cream robe. Spontaneous writing:

“I AM the light-bearer, the Luciferian force, the maiden with the shining torch, beloved of the Gods and beloved of the Titans. I am Hekate beneath the Earth, Demeter on the land and I am the mother of all, the sky goddess Isis, Hekate and Demeter are one goddess. Three aspects and one child, the sacred Persephone who represents humankind.”

– Andrea Salgado Reyes, 2009


Correspondences:

Sirius A : beryl (stone); dragonwort, mugwort and savin (herbs); and the tongue of a snake.

Sirius B: Agate (stone); marigold and pennyroyal (herbs).

Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky
On summer nights, star of stars,
Orion’s Dog they call it, brightest Of all,
but an evil portent, bringing heat
And fevers to suffering humanity.

– Homer in the Iliad

Welcome to the Dog Days!


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The Arc de Triomphe seen across the Champs-Élysées, the path of which can, when the Sunset is aligned with it, be drawn through the Sun to arrive at Sirius. Many cities have been "occidented" like this.

But all this is merely the reverence of Isis throughout our age of cognizance. How should someone of this day and age, who is sought out by Isis, develop his or her understanding? I can help, if the person is ready to go deep, which means in full understanding as well as fully emotionally engaged. This is what I see as valuing-proper, total engagement all across the world-tree. The world exists in all sorts of way at once. Most paths prescribe one or three elements to the equation to come to rest inside of. But some gods defy such manageable terms, and Isis is one of them.
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