Pagan Portals - Isis
Transcending cultures and time to meet ancient Egypt's universal Goddess of magic, life, and death.
Isis has a history spanning millennia and an influence stretching across land and sea. She is a Goddess who transcends time and geography, remaining one of the most popular Goddesses from the ancient world to this day. The book explores Isis' mythic journey and how she became the Goddess we recognise today.
Striking a balance between the old and the new, Pagan Portals - Isis provides an historical account of her mythology and worship alongside modern Pagan perspectives and offers the reader tools for Isis' contemporary veneration.
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Olivia Church’s outstanding book is the perfect introduction to the history and worship of Isis. Church writes authoritatively about the goddess, giving readers a thorough yet accessible grounding in Egyptian documentation and archaeology before exploring how Isis changed over time. The academic content of the work is presented with rigour and clarity, showing Church’s deep understanding of her topic. Each chapter finishes with the content being refocused through a contemporary Pagan perspective, making the work come alive in our modern spiritual context. The final section, where Church explores how Isis could be worshipped today, gives the piece a very practical feel and encourages the reader to explore Isis through their own practice. As someone who only had a passing knowledge of Isis, this book gave me a deep appreciation for the goddess and has inspired me to find out more. ~ Andrew Anderson, author of The Ritual of Writing
Olivia’s knowledge on ancient Egypt and it’s mythology comes in second only to her passion for the subject, which the reader can almost taste as they digest her words. Intellectual, educational and exquisitely presented. ~ Mandi See, author of Eclectic Wicca: A Guide for the Modern Witch
The Egyptian goddess Ma’at was the Goddess of Truth and Balance but her name also refers to achieving balance in the universe (as opposed to chaos). To my mind this book serves Ma’at as much as Isis, aiming for a welcome balance between scholarly sources and contemporary Pagan perspectives. It informs the readers that the original Egyptian name of Isis was Aset but also provides suggestions for performing contemporary rituals dedicated to Isis. Isis is both ancient and timeless. Olivia Church writes with the mind of a scholar and the heart of devotee! ~ Imelda Almqvist, international teacher and author of three books including Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit for Life and Sacred Art: A Hollow