Queen of Everything
She of 10,000 Names
The Mt Shasta Goddess Temple dedicates August to Isis.
Isis is the mystical Egyptian goddess of 10,000 names. In the ancient world, her name (meaning “throne”) was appended to the names of many deities in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Her worship was vast, and her medicine potent. The Good Queen who cares for the land, its rulers, and its people is known for a wide variety of powers: the power of magical utterances, the power of water and rain, the power of the stars, of alchemy, of raising beings from the dead. She is goddess of fertility, magic, and transcendent wisdom. There is nowhere on Earth where Isis is not welcome, because she is in the heart of every living being. She is the double helix of our DNA, the rising of the dog star Sirius, and the rains which bring relief and nourishment as well as destruction. She is a justice bringer and a leader, and she teaches us to stand up for ourselves and those who are less fortunate.
Ideas for honoring isis, queen of queens:
-treat a woman who is going through a hard time to a spa day
-take an active role in local organizations or government
-speak aloud the many names of goddesses worldwide
-stand in your power at work or in social situations
-volunteer to help someone with literacy, resume-writing, job applications, or citizenship paperwork
-visit a river and make offerings of flowers
-collect vials of rain for use in spellwork
-read biographies of women leaders
-spend some time educating yourself about ancient alchemists and their ways
-support a working mother or single mother with some free childcare or housecleaning help
Praise for isis
I am Nature, the universal Mother, mistress of all the elements, primordial child of time, sovereign of all things spiritual, queen of the dead, queen also of the immortals, the single manifestation of all gods and goddesses that are. My nod governs the shining heights of Heaven, the wholesome sea-breezes the lamentable silences of the world below. Though I am worshipped in many aspects, known by countless names, and propitiated with all manner of different rites, yet the whole round earth venerates me. The primeval Phrygians call me Pessinuntica, Mother of the gods; the Athenians, sprung from their own soil, call me Cecropian Artemis; for the islanders of Cyprus I am Paphian Aphrodite; for the archers of Crete I am Dictynna; for the trilingual Sicilians, Stygian Proserpine; and for the Eleusinians their ancient Mother of the Corn.
Some know me as Juno, some as Bellona of the Battles; others as Hecate, others again as Rhamnubia, but both races of Ethiopians, whose lands the morning sun first shines upon, and the Egyptians who excel in ancient learning and worship me with ceremonies proper to my godhead, call me by my true name, namely, Queen Isis. I have come in pity of your plight. I have come to favor and aid you. Weep no more, lament no longer; the hour of deliverance, shone over by my watchful light, is at hand! ...
-Found in The Transformations of Lucius, Otherwise Known as the Golden Ass, Chapter 17
The shamanic animal for August is Cow
Cow represents nourishment, motherhood, gentle power, collectivism, family, noble kindness, and compassion. Our Full Moon journey for members evokes these themes.