Isis is more than an archetypal mother, such as the Virgin Mary. She must resurrect her husband by collecting and reassembling all his chopped up body parts, and then protect her infant son from his evil uncle until her son grows up.
She was worshiped in ancient Egypt until the time of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar in the Roman Empire, and one of her nicknames was “oldest of the old.”
Here is another story about her: “Isis and the Seven Scorpions” (Murray, 1920).
Isis was going to see Thoth, and became very tired. She stopped at the home of a rich woman named Glory, who shut the door in Isis’s face because of the scorpions who traveled with Isis. Then Isis went to a poor woman’s home where she was welcomed. Her scorpions got together, and one of them stung Glory’s child in retribution. Isis heard Glory’s crying and healed the child with a magic spell. Glory then donated her wealth to the poor woman as atonement.
What aspects of the divine feminine other than motherhood can you see in this story?
Murray, M.A. (1920) The scorpions of Isis. Ancient Egyptian Legends. Retrieved from http://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/ael/ael09.htm
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