The Goddess Isis

Temple of Athena the Savior

If somebody were to take a poll of the most popular Goddesses in modern Paganism, I’d wager that Isis would be one of the highest ranking, somewhere with Hekate, Artemis and Bridged. Yet, some of Her basic functions are misunderstood. Nowadays Isis is most often depicted with Her horns-and-disk headdress, but in antiquity she was shown with a throne atop Her head. After all, Isis, or Aset in the native Egyptian, is the feminine of the word for “Throne”, hence “Female of the Throne”, i.e. “Queen of the Throne”. Aset is a very ancient Deity. Some believe that She was originally a Nubian Goddess Whose worship spread to Egypt very early on. First mentions of Her name begin in the Fifth Dynasty (2494 to 2345 BCE) of the Old Kingdom. Aset was originally a somewhat obscure Deity. She was a protector of the Pharaoh and symbol of his power. The…

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