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Final day of the Isia

Aset Dreams of Her Lover
Today is the Hilaria, the last day of the Isia, when Isis finds and revives her beloved Osiris.  This concludes seven days of ritual observation.  Each day I performed morning devotionals, evening meditations, read Isis-specific books, and abstained from alcohol and sexual activity.

The week was interesting.  It had been some time since I meditated daily.  The alcohol abstention was hardly noticeable, but the sexual abstention had me really agitated the last two days.  As for the reading, I learned some new things from Hadot about the motif of the veil of Isis.  I'll give a review when I finish the book.  I also read the Instructions of Ptahhotep (Old Kingdom) and the Instruction Addressed to King Merikare (from a period transitioning into the Middle Kingdom).

Unlike my ADF work, this Isian work is not very flashy or emotional.  It's a baseline, a foundation.  That's what Isis has always been for me.

I dressed my Isis statue in new ways for the week.  Below are pics from the search for Osiris (first 6 days) and the finding of Osiris (7th day) respectively:


The Search for Osiris


The Finding of Osiris

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erl_queen
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Those are extremely beautiful shrines! And that Isis statue is amazing!
brandondedicant
Nov. 8th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah, I searched long and hard to find a statue I liked. ;-)
dubhlainn
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
You should put these up on pimp_my_altar Brandon, they are gorgeous!
brandondedicant
Nov. 8th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
I already have. ;-)
iarra
Nov. 7th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
I've never had too much of an interest in Egyptian religion, but since I was in middle school the image of winged Isis has always pulled at me.
brandondedicant
Nov. 8th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Huh. To tell the truth I have never had much interest in Egyptian religion either! Just Isis. Everything I know about the Egyptian way is only because of her. ;-)

Edited at 2008-11-08 02:24 am (UTC)
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