Working with Isis
As a magician I have found honouring Isis through Heka (magic in the Ancient Egyptian tradition of Kemetism) has benefited my life immensely. Having being called into service by Isis as my first and foremost Patron I have come to learn her multifaceted approach to working with Heka can be used in this modern day from things relating to prosperity, health, protection, success and love.
In part 1 of this blog post, I have just touched upon the magnificence that is Isis, Mistress of Magic and I encourage you to further get to know her more intimately through her myths as well as honouring her in ritual and the practice of magic in her name.
Simple Invocation and Ritual to Isis Mistress of Magic
Start this rite just before sunset.
Altar faces east and has some unlit incense, a blue candle, anointing oil, a bowl of rose water, Isis statue and an offering (simple items such as bread, water, wine can be used) for Isis placed upon it.
Begin by standing with both arms relaxed by your side before your altar.
Light some incense and then draw the Invoking Ankh followed by the Invoking Eye of Horus before you, behind you, to your left, right, above, below and within you.
Light the blue candle.
Take the rose water and sprinkle it over the Isis statue. Now take the anointing oil and anoint the statue of Isis on the third eye area of her forehead.
Lift both hands and arms from your elbows up before you, with palms facing upwards and say:
“Dua-ur-ntr Anedj-Rak Ne-fer A-set.”
(Adorations and greetings to you beautiful Isis.)
Repeat the following Hymn to Isis:
“Ra is in celebration!
The heart exults in joy
For your heart is soft and sweet O Goddess!
Isis Queen of the World and Her son Horus
He is King upon the Throne of His Father
Governing both poles
The Seat of Geb is in Her possession
The function of Atum is in Her hand
The strength of Mentu is in Her grasp
The divinity who produces the beginning
And fills the Sky and Earth with Her perfection
This Crown who bright in Gold appears
Auguste is Her sign
Lives in the House Divine
Sovereign of the Gods of the Sky
Queen of the Gods of Earth
Falcon also of Gods of the Tuat
The Mistress of Bright Glory
On the Throne is Her command
It is the one Her heart desires
Who is chosen to ascend the Throne
Without violence they ascend the Palace
One call, one desire to see
The Honour of the Country and everything whole
It is by Her order that the Temple is blessed
With the return of Her brother!
Her name is pronounced and the world is loyal to Her”(1)
Cross hands over chest in Osiris Position and meditate, pray or send Isis a petition of askance.
After this is completed place the offering to Isis before her statue and say:
“Ho-tep A-set” (Peace and Offerings A-set).
Farewell Isis by repeating the following:
“O Holy Blessed Lady
Constant comfort to humankind
Whose beneficence and kindness nourish us all
And whose care for those in trouble is as
A loving Mother who cares for all Her Children
You are there when we call
Stretching our your hand to put aside
That which is harmful to us
Untangling the web of fate in which we may be caught
Even stopping the stars if they form a harmful pattern
All other deities
Whether bountiful or merciless
Do reverence to Thee
For it is Isis who rules the world
Stamping out the powers of evil
Arranging the stars to give us answers
Causing the seasons to come and go
Commanding the winds to move ships
Giving the clouds to water the growing seeds
So that we may have food
If I have one thousand mouths
And one thousand tongues in each
Still I could not do justice to Thy Majesty
Yet I will forever remember your help in my time of need
And keep your blessed image deep within my heart.”(2)
Let blue candle burn all the way down (Note: Never leave a lit candle unattended.).
Leave offering on altar for at least 24 hours and use appropriately.
(1) Traditional Hymn to Isis taken from a wall at her Temple in Philae.
(2) Prayer from Om Sety at the Abydos Temple.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2012 (First appeared ion Axis Mundi, Issue 53, July 2012)
Waters of Life, A Devotional Anthology for Isis and Serapis, Bibliotheca Alexandra 2009
Offering to Isis, M Isidora Forrest, Llewellyn Publications 2005
Isis in the Ancient World, R E Witt, The Johns Hopkins University Press 1971