For our second Goddess of the Week, we have Isis. She’s the Queen of the Egyptian Pantheon, much like Hera in the Greek, and a rockin’ babe. She’s powerful in her own right, and much like Hera, you don’t mess around with Isis.
Cult Center: There is a temple at Philae, which is in the middle of the Nile.
Represents: Mother goddess, Maternal power in all forms. One bad-ass Mother.
Her Story: She is the child of Nut (Sky) and Geb (Earth). Husband to Osiris (and also his sister– squick, I know, but all these mythos have those wacky relationships. Osiris, after being tricked by his brother Set and cut into little pieces and spread all over Egypt, became God of the Afterlife.
Isis, not waiting for anyone to save her husband, tracked down all but one piece and restored Osiris. She is also mother to Horus, the sky god (falcon-headed one), AND she tricked Ra the sun god into telling her his secret name, thereby giving her power over him.
Isis was central to Egyptian magic and ritual. Hail Isis!