One of the things I’ve been looking at lately is the continuity between the ancient Egyptian nature and worship of Isis and its later expression when Her religion spread throughout the Greco-Roman world.
There are many such points of continuity, in my opinion, but one that caught my attention recently is Isis’ enduring expression as a Lady of Light.
The ancient Egyptians held Festivals of Lights in which the entire town or city would light oil lamps that would burn throughout the night—entirely equivalent to our own stringing of lights at Halloween or Yule. (My imagination sees Egyptian neighbors vying with each other over elaborate displays of lights.)
The historian Herodotus (5th century BCE) writes about such a Festival of Lights at Sais, the city of Neith. He says:
“At the times when they gather together at the city of Sais for their sacrifices, on a certain night they all…
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A powerful symbol of light and fertility, The Sun heralds a season blessed with joyous enlightenment, robust health and emotional harmony.
As the glorious rays of cleansing sunrise spill light into the shadows of your heart and life, so the warmth must reach into your very bones and energize your spirit.
It is time to let the inner sun at the core of your being shine for all to see, bringing warmth, light and harmony to others, and by doing so to connect with the consciousness of the universal mind.
The Sun also beckons you to see beyond the noise and clatter of human reality and become aware of the vastness and generosity of the cosmic soul.
A union with the wonder of life. Bliss. Health and happiness. Spiritual teaching. A rare heart. Transcendent joy. Access to the divine.