The Mysteries of Isis - 9/11-9/18


Exploring the Sacred through the Ancient Goddess Isis

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Note to all:

May Isis spread Her wings of protection over all of us at this challenging time.

Set has slipped out of his chains and the forces of violence and oppression are running wild.

Osiris the Beloved, the Good, the Beautiful Being, has again been torn asunder into a thousand times a thousand times a thousand pieces;

Isis, gather us together, make Osiris, and us, whole once more.

Great Isis, whose successor on Sicily is Saint Agatha, patroness of firefighters, please bless and protect all those, policemen, firemen, emergency workers of all kinds, and the unsung citizens who have lost their lives fighting to help and protect us.

Isis, Great Physician, guide the hands and minds of our medical personnel as they strive to heal.

Isis, Great Queen, Isis, guide our leaders to take right action in this time of challenge.

Isis, great Goddess, goddess of the throne, protect and strengthen this nation which gives so many of your modern followers the freedom to live and believe as we will.

Isis, Leader of Armies, if there is no better way, may those sworn to protect us by force of arms be wise, strong, and unerring in their conquest of our enemies.

Isis, bless us all; comfort those who sorrow, those who have lost their loved ones as You have, those who are injured, those who are weary.

Isis, divine Mother, please reach down and hold the hands of your children, who are all of us.

September Eighteenth
-- Father to Son: An Unusual Inheritance of War
-- Isis Radiance Rite
-- More from New York
September Sixteenth
-- Sending Spiritual Energy
-- More from Michael
-- Isis Victrix Incense recipe
September Fifteenth
-- Additional meditation information
-- Isian participation in Christian and other religious ceremonies
-- Report from New York City
September Fourteenth
--A few words on Isis as a Goddess of War
--Attunement for Isis Victrix Rite
--Report from New York City September Thirteenth
--Dion Fortune and the Battle of Britain
--Thomas Burnett and the fight against evil

September Eleventh
--Prayer and Special Meditation for the protection of the US
--Isis Victrix Rite
--Chant
--The Shield of Isis

September Eighteenth

Looking at the traumatic events of the past week, I was struck by the oddness of the coincidence that a son of a previous president should be sitting in his father's place so quickly. Given the curious circumstances of the election, it seems especially odd that heaven and earth seemed determined that this particular individual would take the presidential seat for this period. It is nothing other than the son of a king inheriting an incomplete war from his father, along with an intimate knowledge of the forces and mistakes of the Gulf War. In an elected democracy, this is even more bizarre. Believe me, I have no great desire to try and see in George W. Bush an avatar of Horus, or an Osirian influence in his father, but on the spiritual level, this issue of relatedness seems too odd to ignore. If we do see terrorism as an emanation of Set, which I do, then here we have a father and son pair set in opposition to it, one empowered (the son) and the elder now "in the other world", retired from the position. For my part, I am happy to see this as we know that Set's forces have been defeated before by this configuration. So, now, where is Isis? I don't think that she is appearing in a human female form, though Queen Elizabeth, with her wise and noble actions this past week on behalf of the U.S., could conceivably be taking on that aspect as Lady of the Throne. Instead, I see Isis in the concept of Lady Liberty, in the statue of Liberty. September Sixteenth

The question of whether we should be mentally sending white light, positive loving images, or positive energy to the terrorists has come up elsewhere. It is my feeling that this is not appropriate to do so. As with many things, each must make that choice, but my reasons for not engaging in this particular method are the following:

-- it creates a potential TWO-WAY link between the meditator and extraordinarily dark forces
-- it directly interferes with individuals, in violation of most magical principles, rather than calling down the healing, protective, and defensive spiritual forces and letting those forces determine how to best work in this sphere
-- Most of our adversaries already have children, families, places and people they have loved - -one suicidal terrorist was described as being very eager to get home to see his baby daughter some months before the attack - none of these very real, personal influences have been able to break through to their hearts. Our 'foreign' energy, if it is perceived at all, will be perceived as an attack, if anything.
-- The potent and ancient negative forces behind these individuals may well be able to make use of such generalized benign energies for their own purposes.
-- If it were to succeed - what then? If Osama or others step forward and sincerely say that they're "truly sorry" - is that good enough?
Do we believe them?

It is my belief that efforts of this type are better directed at helping to empower a shield of protection over the US and the rest of the united world, and in bringing forth the just power of Isis and Horus and all other positive spiritual powers to aid us. Those who are uncomfortable with Isis as a warrior goddess can work with her as a goddess of magical barriers and protection.

From the Rev. Michael Smith in New York City: "It has been a quiet day here in NYC. Everyone seems to mostly spiritually focused today. Many churches, and other houses of worship are doing something this afternoon. Our own Prospect Park will be the site of a large public prayer gathering at 5 PM. People are coming together, fostering hope in each other, supporting those who are grieving (which in this case includes everyone here in the City of New York and by extension our Nation and the Free World) It is encouraging to see this public outpouring of Spirit...

I decided to check on what other pagans are doing here in NYC. I'm not finding a whole lot on the Web - though maybe I'm just missing them. So I am assuming, folks are doing workings on their own or are joining the interfaith gatherings. Circle Sanctuary has some wonderful ideas in their Lady Liberty section.

Today during the Victrix Rite, I felt a group of people standing behind me in a crescent formation reaching far back, rows and rows...lending support...not sure if they were on this plane or another, but it was definitely a supportive feeling."

In another communication, Michael also points out that division is a favorite tool of Set, very literally in the case of Osiris, who is chopped to bits to destroy his power. It is Isis who can bind him back together and his power, though changed, is again functional and he is "himself" again.

Michael has also created this incense recipe:

Isis-Victrix Incense

This formula may be used during the Victrix Rite and at any other time you feel the need for defense, strength and the Presence of Isis as Warrioress.

Take equal parts of:

Frankincense
Dragon's Blood resin
Benzoin powder
Cloves
Grind and mix the dry ingredients. Moisten with drops of Peppermint and Pine essential oils. You may wish to charge this mixture with a Ritual Blade or Sword, in the Name of Isis-Victrix. This incense is potent so use it sparingly!

September Fifteenth

In performing the Special Meditation below, I noted a change in the color of the energy; our nation's borders now seem to be protected by crimson. I just completed a meditation after reading in "Battle of Britain". Dion Fortune spoke of the red-garbed angelic presences defending the borders, and that they could be "seen" as a moving red form over the imagined boundaries of the nation. I found this interesting as both you and I have connected strongly with the idea of the energy "moving" or fluxing. So I decided to see if similar presences could be perceived for us, and they very clearly can, over both the continental US and Hawaii. The red color looks like someone has gone over the border with a red marker, and then it becomes obvious that this presence is in motion. Looked at as "individuals" they are robed and cowled in red, with grey chain mail, and swords; they stand along the borders facing outwards. Previously, in performing the Special Meditation, I got the image of three bars of power coming from the UK and settling on the East Coast of the US. I didn't understand these at the time but these may be the bars of the "triangle" of rays of power that Fortune's group perceived, in red, blue, and purple, representing the war king with his sword, the peace king with his scepter, and the purple representing what Fortune refers to as the Master Jesus and the Cup, which Fortune points out is also the symbol of Isis. Geburah, Gedulah, and Tiphareth for the cabalistically inclined. However, those rays have not taken on color for me yet but remain a grayish tone. I would be interested in receiving reports on this meditation from any who are performing it. While, as Americans, our primary focus should be on the protection of America, simply because we are most easily in accord with the national vibration, once the protective images for the US are clearly established, extend that protection to the rest of the world. Now that the US is so galvanized, the next attacks may well occur elsewhere, where security may not be as acute, as revenge for the support of the US. I have also received questions from Isians and those of related faiths on what they should do if they suddenly find themselves in a spontaneous prayer circle or other religious ceremony at work or elsewhere. My advice is to participate as wholeheartedly as you can! This is an important part of contributing to the awakening of the group mind and soul which is occuring everywhere in the US right now. If we don't participate in the national ceremonies, which are admittedly Christian in flavor, we reduce the potential influence of our particular spiritual energy as part of the greater stream of American spirituality. I am practicing what I'm "preaching" here - my knees have not yet recovered from a visit to the local Catholic church for the noontime service of remembrance yesterday. I have much more respect for the relative springiness of older Catholics. While I am careful not to look too closely into the history of the saint for which the church is named, fearful of what I may find, the vestments, the names of Mary, the incense, the Latin - all are more familiar than unfamiliar to those of the faith of Isis. The national crisis trumps everything. It is a battle between good and evil, one which Isis knows as well as Jesus. Doctrinal differences, even those which may seem to be as severe as those between the Christian faiths and ours, have to be put aside. If one wishes, or needs to for the space of a ceremony, virtually all of Christianity can be seen as an outgrowth of the Osirian and Isian core beliefs. Guidelines:

-- Participate as much as you can in the words and actions, particularly if your silence, lack of participation, or lack of motion would be obvious and a distraction to others. An ankh is a cross after all. -- If the parts of the ceremony include statements which deeply offend you, such as blaming "pagans" for this crisis, ignore them. Think calmly that what is being said is not true. Your mere presence in this situation can act to diminish this misconception, even without saying a word about your beliefs. If it is obvious that the energy of that particular place is truly incompatible with you or your beliefs, leave at the first logical and unobtrusive opportunity in the ceremony; "I'm feeling ill" is an honest exit line if you need one. -- In the case of at-work ceremonies, if something offends you, use your judgement. In most cases it will be best to bear with it, but truly negative other-faith statements may need to be countered in a pleasant way -even if only by speaking something like "I hope that all good people of all faiths join together in this time of crisis." -- If you are asked if you are part of the particular faith group, say no but that you are joining in a spirit of patriotism and dedication to the good in mankind, and that you hope your presence will be accepted there. If questioned further, share as freely as you like, but this is not a time for reverse evangelism. Michael Smith reports from New York City:
"It's been relatively quiet here today - thank Goddess - though the grim work over in Lower Manhattan continues. J. went over to volunteer today but was turned away as they have all the humanity they need right now. She did say the smoke was burning her throat as she called me from a payphone on the street. We can smell it strongly here so have to keep windows closed on the West side of the house. I just wish to thank any who tuned in a 12 PM ET - there was an incredible surge of energy through the Crystal during the Victrix Rite. It is inspirational and moving that many are focusing upon our city here with loving, healing, protective intentions...it is heartening and awakens hope. I also want to alert everyone, that prayers of protection should be offered to Isis and Anubis as the dogs - bless their brave hearts and souls - that are assisting in the Search (more Isian imagery) are being cut and injured on the sharp metal of the rubble. We call upon the Great Anubis to protect, heal and strengthen His faithful four-footed children in their selfless tasks... There has been an unbelievable outpouring of donations to NYC - overwhelming the centers receiving them. Thank you to everyone who is giving to our city. We thank you for this tangible giving of love and concern, as well as your equally powerful prayers, thoughts and meditations." September Fourteenth

In speaking with a friend last night, I again found surprise that Isis can be seen as a Goddess of War. Those who have my book know I touched on this aspect of the Goddess there, but even in the basic myths of the Osirian cycle, Isis' potent bellicose nature is obvious. She trains her son to fight against Set; she joins Horus in battle; later, she, momentarily overcome by premature compassion, heartily regrets setting Set free to continue his ravages. At Aswan and Philae, Isis was the magical protectoress of the borders, 'more effective than millions of soldiers', as Queen Cleopatra II wrote to her brother the king and whose words were inscribed on Isis' temple. Her son, Horus, is melded with the elder Horus, the hawk god of war.

And why does Isis battle? What in Her eyes is sufficient reason to take this drastic and dangerous step? When the forces of chaos overcome those of order. When Set and a gang of thugs can triumph by deception. When the innocent are harmed, not only by our enemies, but by our inattentiveness and lack of action.

There are those who believe that, for people of spiritual awareness, our only effort should be to pray for peace. I too am praying for peace, after my prayers for a just victory over the forces of chaos and the restoration of Ma'at in our hearts and in the world.

Isis was called on to protect ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire; the United States is the true spiritual and philosophical inheritor of all three. We chose a giant obelisk to honor our first President; our public buildings are in the design of the temples of ancient Greece and Rome. Our emphasis on freedom of an unprecedented kind on the face of this Earth, of inclusion of all like-minded nations and races, is not only inherited from Greece and Rome, but is the full flowering of the seed that was planted by those cultures. Our culture is in many ways and places flawed, but they are flaws on the face of greatness and we will correct each of them in time.

This is a time of purification, consolidation, and clear vision. The collapse of the two towers has cleared more than the New York skyline; it has cleared our eyes.

The Rev. Michael Smith lives near the site of the World Trade Center, and is performing the Isis Victrix rite (see below) daily at noon, Eastern Time. He also meditates each morning at 6am, and invites anyone to tune in with him.

He writes: "I can't BEGIN to convey the atmosphere here...yesterday (against my better judgement) I went into Manhattan with T.(he had to register for a continuing French grammar class he's been taking - I was shocked by the continuing lack of security! We waltzed right in - I kept thinkin' I coulda been the mad freakin' bomber and no one looked twice! Scary...) - I think I went along more outta fear for him than anything. As the subway went out over the Manhattan Bridge (if you can get a map it might be helpful to picture things - I remember doing Noon-Time Rites ON the train describing the Towers in at least one of my journal entries to you...we're THAT close) I could feel a collective angst hit me. J. had gone in on Wednesday and she felt it heavily and she claims to not be especially psychic. She was very concerned it would hit me heavily at closer proximity. She was right...

As we crossed the bridge in full view of the devastation and rising smoke, I openly, but quietly prayed to Isis for the souls of the dead, the families and friends grieving and for the protection of those risking their lives to search and hopefully rescue more lives...I was kinda appalled that many people just went about business as usual: not looking up from their papers, or grooving from their discmen...oh well, can't expect everyone to change overnight. Once in Manhattan, the train CREPT thru the tunnel...stopping several times, with a/c and lights dipping...very scary...our subway lines from Brooklyn are the most heavily effected, other than those going directly or nearly under the area of destruction...at one point things were shut down because the trains are causing dangerous subterranean vibrations effecting the damaged buildings...hon, I'm stayin' put in Brooklyn for as long as I can! We had 60 phony bomb scares yesterday! Not sure HOW much of this news is reaching you via the media?

There is an absolute pall over the city deTraci...you can see it and feel it...at one point I literally buckled, getting dizzy and faint, with a sharp pain in my left knee...my head throbbed all the way home to Brooklyn...and when home I fell into a deep nearly uncontrollable sleep for nearly 2.5 hrs! Even here at home I find I need to be under heavy shields - and even then it's impossible to keep it all out....I can only imagine what those in the fray are going through...Goddess protect and strengthen them all...

Last night we had a VIOLENT thunder storm (T's Grandmother's apple tree was struck down completely! I didn't particularly care for that happening so close! Paranoid that I may be, I have known for years, that for SOME of us, when you serve Isis, you automatically become a Setian target) - I woke in the dark to lightning and thunder...whispering a prayer in to the darkness that Isis win this battle - THIS time. She expressed yesterday that She has some kind of "regrets" (can Deities have regrets???) for having let Set go free in Eons past. But that it is part of the Universal Plan - not sure WHAT that means exactly....

Anyway, dear Sister, I take up the work our Goddess has laid into my hands here - and our hands as Her priestesses and priests throughout the world..." - Michael Smith

September Thirteenth, 2001

In looking through Dion Fortune's "Magical Battle of Britain", a collection of excerpts from the letters she wrote to guide her associates during that dark time, my attention was called to the letter dated of September 12th, 1942. This was near the end of the sequence of weekly letters, number 133, just three away from the final letter of that part of the series. The meditation subject for that date fifty-nine years ago is "The formation of a nucleus of spiritual chivalry", and it seems to apply well to what humanity around the world was feeling yesterday, as the full impact began to sink in and the stories of heroism began to rise out of the rubble. Who can not feel a similar nucleus of spiritual and physical chivalry forming in the story of Thomas Burnett, a passenger on the doomed United Airlines Flight 93, who through a series of cell phone calls with his wife grew increasingly determined to take action against the hijackers when he learned of the attacks on the World Trade Center. He is reported to have told his wife "I know we're all going to die -- there's three of us who are going to do something about it" but she begged him to just sit down and not draw attention to himself.

Thomas Burnett said "No."

What heroic actions followed that statement we may never know, but we do know that plane was the only one to miss its target, plunging into the ground southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

There are those who say that we are at the beginning of a Third world war, but I disagree. I believe that we are continuing the most recent fight against darkness which began with the First World War and continued through the Second and Cold Wars, and on into Vietnam, where America, realizing it was embroiled in an unjust war, so recoiled with horror at itself that we willingly and collectively lay down our swords in the attempt to do no further harm, with the result that we were avoiding just conflicts, prematurely ending others, and, worst of all, learning to ignore the cries of the oppressed who once looked to us with eyes of hope.

September Eleventh, 2001 Note to all:

May Isis spread Her wings of protection over all of us at this challenging time.

Set has slipped out of his chains and the forces of violence and oppression are running wild.

Osiris the Beloved, the Good, the Beautiful Being, has again been torn asunder into a thousand times a thousand times a thousand pieces;

Isis, gather us together, make Osiris, and us, whole once more.

Great Isis, whose successor on Sicily is Saint Agatha, patroness of firefighters, please bless and protect all those, policemen, firemen, emergency workers of all kinds, and the unsung citizens who have lost their lives fighting to help and protect us.

Isis, Great Physician, guide the hands and minds of our medical personnel as they strive to heal.

Isis, Great Queen, Isis, guide our leaders to take right action in this time of challenge.

Isis, great Goddess, goddess of the throne, protect and strengthen this nation which gives so many of your modern followers the freedom to live and believe as we will.

Isis, Leader of Armies, if there is no better way, may those sworn to protect us by force of arms be wise, strong, and unerring in their conquest of our enemies.

Isis, bless us all; comfort those who sorrow, those who have lost their loved ones as You have, those who are injured, those who are weary.

Isis, divine Mother, please reach down and hold the hands of your children, who are all of us.

SPECIAL MEDITATION

At this time, all of those whose hearts are attuned toward Light, toward balance and goodness, and of whatever faith born or chosen, all are needed to help heal and protect. Please take time to imagine a great sphere of light radiating out over the United States, protecting all within it in safety, protecting from all dangers, both without or within, saturating the land with divine love, awareness, and watchfulness. Imagine it as impenetrable and functioning and then leave the image to do its work. The forces of chaos can not and will not triumph.

The Isis Victrix rite which follows I wrote a number of years ago, but it seems all too apt tonight. Draw a circle of light around you or what you wish to protect. If the danger or distress is associated with a specific direction, face that direction and say the following. You may substitute "us" for "me": I call on the Light of Isis and the power of Isis to protect me and mine;
From all things of darkness,
From all manner of unjust attack.
Those who mean me harm,
You shall not pass this barrier!
Those who cause me pain,
You cannot pass this barrier!
The Light of Isis stops you!
The Power of Isis stops you!
I glow with the Light of Isis!
I speak with the Power of Isis!
No evil shall pass, no evil shall enter!
Isis stands by me, She raises the copper harpoon!
She is my protector! She battles for me!
Isis the Ever-victorious, She battles for me!
Horus stands by me, he raises the copper harpoon!
He is my protector! He battles for me!
Horus the Great Warrior, he battles for me!
You shall halt, you shall cease your attacks,
You shall lose this unjust battle against me!
Your weapons shall fail you, your weapons shall turn against you!
Isis is my protector, She battles for me!
Horus is my protector, he battles for me!
She of the Ten Thousand Names,
Protects me in Ten Thousand Ways.
Isis is my protector and She shall overcome you!
Horus is my protector and he shall overcome you!
Be gone! Be away!

Clap your hands to end this rite. Eat a light snack to calm yourself, or follow it with a purification shower.

Here is a (very!) little chant, created while passing the waiting lobby at a local hospital. This is best using the "ee-zus" or "ee-sus" pronunciation of Isis rather than the more common "I-sis". Say it several times and it has an interesting effect of tickling the third eye:

Ease us, Isis,
Ease us all

The Shield of Isis


The Shield of Isis is a simple, fast invocation to call upon the protection of Isis.
It is very specific in its use, and very potent in its results. Here's how to use it.

When confronted with a fearful situation, say to yourself "I need the Shield of Isis".

A fearful situation can be anything that causes you legitimate anxiety at that moment; this is NOT a general protection rite. It is intended for emergencies or situations that seem potentially dangerous. It is also acceptable to use it in situations where you feel as if your environment is out of control, or that the energy or "vibe" is just not good.

After you have said the words "I need the Shield of Isis", if the shield is truly necessary, you will feel that it has "clicked in". From that moment on, be very alert to your inner voice. You may receive a clear instruction, such as "Before entering the intersection, look both ways" or something equally mundane. Listen and ACT on the information you are given.

When the dangerous situation or fearful feeling has passed, say "Thank you." out loud.

This seems simple, but it is very, very powerful.

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