Not too terribly long ago, when you looked up “Isis” just about anywhere, She was defined as an Egyptian Fertility Goddess and perhaps as “the ideal mother.” But that is only part of Her story.
Today, I am happy to find Her most often named first as the Goddess of Magic, followed by (Her many) other aspects. For it is Isis’ command of the primordial power of heka—magic—that exemplifies Her Divine creative power.
Today, when we look up “Nephthys,” we most often find Her defined as the Goddess of Death, Darkness, and, often, Protection. But that is only part of Her story.
In Egyptian myth, as you know, Isis and Nephthys are Divine Sisters. The Egyptian world was big on duality: the Two Lands, the Two Riverbanks, the Two Crowns, Kemet/Deshret (Black Land/Red Land), Order/Chaos (Ma’et/Isfet), Night/Day, Osiris or Horus/Set…and Isis/Nephthys.
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