Egyptian Gods and Your Family – Part 1: Aset (Isis)

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by Eric Cooper

Egypt was a magnificent city of power a few thousand years ago.  A merchant’s paradise and a traveler’s dream, it should come at no surprise that when the tourists returned to their homelands, they brought with them the Egyptian Gods.  Aset (Isis) was the most prominent goddess throughout the ancient world and the beginning of the first six or so centuries.  Aset found her home in temples throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and as far away as the British Isles.  She is known as The Goddess of 10,000 names, The Queen of Heaven, and many more.  “Aset” literally translates to “Queen of the Throne” – depicted by the throne she wears on her head.  Her hieroglyph, on the other hand, translates to “Female of the Flesh” – indicating she could have been mortal (a godly form for the Queens) and then deified.

The most versatile goddess around, she is known for her gift of magic, healing, wisdom, love, empathy, and so much more.  What does this mean for your family?  It means that in any situation, Aset is an asset!  Below you will find Her correspondences, as well as an easy application.

Name: Aset (ee-set) – Egyptian; Isis (eye-sis) – English
 
Correspondences:
Magic: Death and mourning, Creativity, Creation, Healing, Wind/Air (when she is winged), Passion/Lust/Sex, Familial Love, and Romantic Love.
Mundane: (both objects and animals): Owls, Moon, air, water, silver, green, myrrh, cedar, dragon’s blood.

Practical Applications:

Sibling Vs. Sibling – They’re gonna kill each other!
Aset constantly fought with Set, her brother (after all, he did dismember her husband).  On the other side of the coin, she was almost always paired with her sister, Nephthys.  As true friends and confidants, Nephthys was never far from Aset’s side.  Of course, siblings can sometimes be of the Aset/Set variety (read: silly bickering) rather than best friends. 

What You’ll Need (for 2 fighting kids*):

  • Piece of white paper (two sided) apx. 2″ x 5″
  • Green marker/pen/colored pencil
  • Silver or green thread/ribbon

What To Do:

  • Take the white paper and hold it (any way you’d like)
  • Close your eyes and visualize the conflicting children sitting together and actually being quiet, calm, and courteous.
  • Hold the visualization as long as possible.
  • After the visualization is finished, take the piece of paper, and on one side, write the name of one of the children, while quietly saying:

    “Green as grass
    And good to grow
    The seeds of love
    Isis sows”

  • Write the other name on the other side, repeating the chant.
  • After you’ve finished, roll up the paper, and tie with a piece of thread or string – it will look similar to how one would roll up a scroll.
  • Place somewhere central in the house (kitchen, mantle, someplace where the family usually is), but out of sight.

*For more than two kids, you could use a triangle (3), square (4), or a pentagon (5)

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