Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.
~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi
According to some forms of calculation (because there are several and they are all rather complicated for modern era reconstructionists), today is an important sacred feast day of the Goddess Isis.
She is the partner and true love of Osiris, and mother of Horus; She is the guide of all wives, mothers, healers, advocates, and teachers.
Isis, the great Egyptian Goddess of rebirth, remains one of the most familiar images of empowered femininity of all time. The Goddess Isis was the first daughter of Geb, God of the Earth, and Nut, the Goddess of the Overarching Sky.
Isis was born on the first day between the first years of creation, and was adored by her human followers.
Unlike many of the other Egyptian deities, Isis loved spending time among Her people, teaching women how to grind corn and make bread, spin flax and weave cloth, and how to tame men enough to live with them (an art form for which many of us would welcome a refresher course!)
Isis taught Her people the skills of reading and agriculture and was worshiped as the Goddess of medicine and wisdom.
Honor Her today with scents of tamarisk, lotus, balsam, amber oil, cedarwood, sandalwood, cinnamon, and sweet orange.
In Her name, adorn yourself with jewelry of silver, gold, ebony, ivory (heirloom antiques only, please), obsidian, lapis lazuli, and scarabs. Wear Her celebration colors of silver, gold, black, red, cobalt blue, and green.
Blessed is She, great of sunlight, Who illumines [the entire land with] Her rays…
~ from a hymn to Isis, Egyptian New Kingdom era (16th century to the 11th century BCE).