Isis Unveiled

By: Carl Teichrib; ©2002
This month Carl Teichrib’s article focuses exclusively on Isis and the cult of the goddess. Today goddess veneration is still very much alive and well, and images of the goddess in various forms can be identified in numerous places.
Symbols are oracular forms–mysterious patterns creating vortices in the substances of the invisible world. They are centers of a mighty force, figures pregnant with an awful power, which, when properly fashioned, loose fiery whirlwinds upon the earth. —Manly P. Hall, Lectures on Ancient Philosophy, p.356. (Manly P. Hall was one of the most influential occultists of the last century. He was recognized as a leading figure in the quest for mystical knowledge, and is considered one of the greatest Freemasons of the last one hundred years.)

According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, “symbol” can be defined as “a mark or charac­ter taken as the conventional sign of some object, idea, function, or process.” The New Age movement and the occult–which, in many ways, are one and the same–have greatly employed the use of symbolism. I find it disturbing that while the historical and contemporary “marks” of occultism can be found throughout our modern culture, we no longer recognize their spiritual implications. However, just because the average person doesn’t know the meaning of occult symbols, it in no way negates their significance. As Manly P. Hall stated, “They are centers of a mighty force, figures pregnant with an awful power…”

The fact remains, occult symbols have never lost their meaning. Today, New Agers and practitioners of the occult still employ their use, just as mystics have throughout the ages.

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This part of this multipart series on occult symbols focuses exclusively on Isis and the cult of the goddess. The reason for this singular look at Isis is simple: throughout history, Isis and various forms of goddess worship has played a significant role in our world’s reli­gious and cultural makeup. Today, goddess veneration is still very much alive and well, and images of the goddess–in various forms–can be identified in every state and province.

Inscribed in the temple of Isis; “I, Isis, am all that has been, that is or shall be; no moral man hath ever me unveiled. The fruit which I have brought forth is the ‘sun’.”

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Isis is the “divine mother” of ancient Egypt. She was known as the great goddess of magic and “universal nature,” and used her powers to raise her dead (and dismembered) husband Osiris back to life (Osiris was represented as the Sun, he also ruled the underworld). As “Virgin of the World,” Isis birthed Horus, the Egyptian god of the sun and moon, day and night. Metaphorically speaking, Isis is the celestial mother of the Sun (son) of god. It was her son, Horus, who eventu­ally killed Typhon, the Egyptian devil. And, according to legend, Isis–mother of all–remains eternally virgin. She is often portrayed “as the virgin with child,” and is regularly depicted as one crowned with a lunar orb and the horns of a bull.

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Goddess veneration of the “virgin with child” has been a central belief for various societies throughout history, including some aspects of Chris­tianity. Indeed, many leading occultists see striking parallels between the Roman Catholic “Virgin Mary”–the “Queen of Heaven”–and the goddess Isis. And the comparison is startling. Presently, Roman Catholicism holds Mary to be eternally virgin, just as Isis was. Catholicism also contends that Mary was without sin, making her into a type of “god.” In fact, there are some who claim that Mary is the “fourth person” within the Trinity. This belief is linked to Catholicism’s claim that Mary now has a direct say in mankind’s salvation through her (Catholic) role of co-redemption and mediation. Hence, the elevated Mary becomes a “goddess” in the Catholic faith, just as Isis was a goddess in the pantheon of Egyptian deities. And just as Isis was (and still is) called “Mother of the World” and “Queen of Heaven,” so too Mary is now exalted with these same titles.

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While the Roman Catholic/Isis comparison shows a tangible link between Catholicism and the mystery religions, Mary as Biblically understood shows little connection. Yes, Mary was the virgin mother of Jesus, Son of God, but she never remained a virgin. Mark 6:3 actually lists four of Jesus’ brothers and mentions sisters as well. The Biblical Mary was also sinful. Romans 3:23 makes it clear that “all have sinned”–which would in­clude Mary. The only exception to this rule is found in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:15 is one example among many that attests to Jesus’ sinless character). Nor does the Biblical Mary play a direct role in mankind’s salva­tion, rather, the Bible makes it clear that Christ’s death and resurrection was a completed act. As Jesus Himself said, “It is finished.” He didn’t say, “It’s finished, subject to the continuing work of Mother Mary.”

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So how is Isis as a symbol used today? While finding an actual statue of Isis may not be as easy as finding the “all seeing eye,” goddess symbols are prevalent throughout America. The great seal of Vir­ginia features the Roman goddess Virtus. The Statue of Liberty is a goddess representation, with her sun-ray spikes an allusion to the headgear of the Colossus of Rhodes, a monument to the Sun-God Helios (interest­ingly, Auguste Bertholdi, the creator of the Statue of Liberty, was seeking a commission to construct a giant Isis statue holding a torch overlooking the Suez Canal). From the goddess atop the downtown Indianapolis circle monument to the embossed goddess figures upon state and provincial legislative buildings, goddess symbols are well rooted within mod­ern America. And now a group of New Agers has started the “Goddess 2000 Project,” which seeks to have a goddess statue or other depiction “on every block.”

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Internationally, the Fellowship of Isis–an organization “dedicated to honoring the reli­gion of the Goddess in Her many forms”–has chapters across Germany, the United King­dom, and the US. It’s global headquarters is located in Clonegal Castle, Ireland. Presently, the Fellowship of Isis offers an entire program of correspondence studies, rites, rituals, prayers and degrees to those wishing to advance within the goddess mystery religions.

The secret doctrine of Isis, her mysteries and powers are, according to Manly P. Hall, purposely hid from the average person. Ac­cording to occult sages, properly understand­ing the spiritual depths of Isis requires initia­tion, study, and commitment. Hall explains in The Secret Teachings of All Ages, “…the great spiritual truths hidden from the world by the ignorance of the world, and the keys of the secret doctrines of the ancient philosophers, are all symbolized by the Virgin Isis. Veiled from head to foot, she reveals her wisdom only to the tried and initiated few who have earned the right to enter her sacred presence…”

The figure of Isis can also be used to manipulate the black arts. Hall states, “The figure of Isis is sometimes used to represent the occult and magical arts, such as necromancy, invocation, sorcery…” Hall continues by linking Isis and the order of Freemasonry, “In one of the myths concerning her, Isis is said to have conjured the invincible God of Eternities, Ra, to tell her his secret and sacred name, which he did. This name is equivalent to the Lost Word of Masonry. By means of this Word, a magician can demand obedience from the invisible and superior deities.”

Obviously, the importance of Isis and the accompanying symbolism of goddess adora­tion is vital to understanding our society’s obsession with goddess worship and the occult in general. In our attempt as Christians to comprehend the roots of the New Age movement, we must be aware that Satan has tirelessly thrust the deities of ancient Egypt upon man­kind for thousands of years. Ultimately though, it doesn’t really matter if “she” is called Isis, Diana, Virtus, Cybele, Rhea, or Mother Mary, the concept is always the same–the lifting up of a pagan goddess as a replacement for the true God.

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. — Exodus 20:2-3.

Carl Teichrib is a Canadian based researcher and writer on globalization and the occult. He can be reached by emailing: cteichrib@email.com.

 

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