Goddess Isis is an Egyptian Goddess of thousand names. She was worshipped all over ancient Egypt and her worship has spread also to Greece. Name Isis is a Greek version of name of this Goddess. Her name in Egyptian would sound more like Iset (Ee-set) or Eset (Eh-set). Translation of Her name would be „the throne“. She also was depicted with the throne as her crown. Although Eset was associated with the king I believe her name isn’t about the seat of power but has much deeper meaning. The throne is only a symbol of true power and sovereignty. It is an inner state of being represented by the independence freedom kindness caring love and nurturing. Goddess Eset was and still remains to be Goddess mother with many talents powers and gifts and that is the reason why Eset was called Goddess of thousand names. The throne of power also represents everything that transcendence to death. Her husband and also twin brother Osiris is a ruler of the underworld where she travels every night to be with him through the magic of dream trans. Through this association she also represents the power that transcendence life and death the power that remains with us when we die. The symbol of heart has been very important for Egyptians. They even mummified it separately from the rest of the body. It represented everything pure of the person. Eset represents the purity and power of heart. Heart is a portal and vessel for all love and true sovereignty. Goddess Eset was a daughter of Nut (Goddess of sky) and Geb (God of Earth) she was one of quadruplets. According to myth Eset has spent eternity in womb of Nut with her three siblings Goddess Nebthys God Osiris and God Set because their older brother Re felt threatened by new siblings and feared they would take his throne. He separated his parents Goddess Nut and God Geb and created the space between them where Earth now is. He refused to let Nut to give birth to his siblings in his time. All thunder and storms and violent winds are the birth pains of Nut who had to carry her children for eons. Eset and her siblings have grown up to adulthood in Nut’s womb. God Set grew angry and bitter because of what was happening. Eventually God Re has lost five days when he played dice with his brother Thovt. Thovt has agreed to give those five days back to him if he let Nut to give birth to her children. Those five days are called Epagomenal days at the end of July when annual floods come. The floodwaters of the Nile represent the broken waters of Nut when she was giving birth to her children. Each day one of her children was born. Eset was born on fourth Epagomenal day 30th of July. The weather was beautiful sun was shining and huge bright star Sirius was shining brightly in the sky that day. Eset’s birthday was celebrated by dancing singing and dramatic plays in her beautiful temple at Philae. It also was celebrated as a form of a festival when her boat Isisi Navigium was carried around. Priestesses and priests also threw golden coins they made themselves and other golden items in Nile waters during the festivities. Another very important festival is called Night of Eset’s Tears. It is night when Eset mourned the loss of her husband Osiris. Osiris was killed by his brother Set. This night was celebrated on 14th of June. Muslims celebrate this night to this day and they call it Letat Al Nuktah. Women put pieces of dough outside over night. Each piece represents one member of the family. If the dough has cracks in it in the morning the member of the family will be healthy and well. If it doesn’t it is considered to be a bad omen.
Another wonderful celebration dedicated to Eset was happening on 7th of October where her statue or her most precious picture was carried from one temple to another. The journey was carefully planned and priestesses and priests offered fortune telling on the way to the temple.
Goddess Eset was associated with many symbols. Her main symbols would be a Tjet also known as “Buckle of Isis” or “Blood of Isis” and star Sirius. Tjet could have been connected to woman’s sanitary cloth that would explain its connection to blood or it represented the magic of the knot. Goddess Eset was among other 10 000 things a wonderful magician. Tjet also represented resurrection and rebirth and was used in funerary rites. Eset was also matron of many things to name at least few it would be midwifery alchemy magic dreams divination love healing dancing singing and night sky in connection to star Sirius.
Main place of worship of Eset was in Philae beautiful temple on an island on the river Nile in Egypt.
All myths of Eset represent the different aspects of life. I believe that Nebthys Eset’s sister is Eset’s mirror and shows how talents and all that we develop is very much dependent on conditions of life we choose for ourselves. I think her myths also show the journey to sovereignty the behavior one should adopt to get to the point of being independent loving and caring… true priestess. Goddess Eset never gives up in Her myths even though her misfortunes are great and ordeals considerable. She fights to succeed protects her son Horus. She freely shows her grief her love her tears her wrath and her happiness. Eset truly is an inspiration for all women who worship her. To me she represents sovereignty and what it actually means to be sovereign… what it means to be a strong woman in all her glory what it means to be her priestess. Eset was highly regarded valued and worshiped not only in Egypt but also in Greece and other parts of the world. Her worship has survived to this day in many parts of the world.