So I was digging through some of my various BoS’s earlier this evening, the ones I still have anyway, looking for some of my Tarot notes as part of my Imbolctide resolution to relearn/regain my skills and knowledge with the Tarot… I was at least at the point where I didn’t need to leap for my copy of Eden Grey’s Complete Guide to Tarot (note to self, add to suggested reading)…
Anyhow, in searching through these artifacts of my Witchcraft I found a booklist for a Pagan reading group that never quite got off the ground. One of the books listed was R. E. Witt’s Isis in the Ancient World, which is a wonderfully in depth book about Isis as she was worshiped over the entirety of the ancient times she was worshiped… it also shows how She was not only in a three way competition with Christ and Mithras for the hearts and minds of the Roman peoples; this book also shows just how much She and Her worship influenced the Christianity that eventually followed it.
I spent a short Alaskan Summer developing a bit of a serious relationship with the Lady of Beer and Bread, for personal reasons. This book helped me a lot in that particular quest.
So, of course having found a reminder of this fabulous book, I wanted to add it to the Suggested Reading section here at Chrysalis. So I go over to Amazon.com to get the bibliographic information… because I like to give folks enough tools to track down the books on their own rather than just a direct link to a bookseller… mainly because I like to encourage folks to support their local Pagan bookseller…
Anyhow (again) I go onto Amazon and what is sitting there on the we suggest this book window but Isis in the Ancient World?!?
Now normally, I try to maintain a certain healthy skepticism. I haven’t, despite what you may think from some of my ‘bouncing off the gods’ posts, had all that many woo-woo experiences in my time as a Witch. So while a part of my waking mind wanted to say…
“Well, now this could just be a coincidence, don’t get all X-files about it or something!”
That part of my gut, and heart, and my younger self said…
“Hmm… this is interesting… and we were feeling like we should have said something more about the Goddess in our little evangelical rant the other day… maybe this is a nudge?! This feels like a nudge!”
I had to agreee with…well essentially myself, that it did indeed feel like more than mere coincidence. But if it was a nudge, who exactly was nudging?!
Is it the Threefold Lady of the Moon, Goddess of the Witches?
Is it the Throne of Kings, Isis?
Or is Brigid, Lady of Learning and Inspiration nudging me in some needed direction during this her Holy time?
Or perhaps as we are approaching Her upcoming modern festival Aphrodite is pushing me toward poetry, one of my first loves?
For myself I shall contemplate these questions and keep sillent for the moment. To meditate and cogitate and to post and poetize and theorize on the morrow.
Peace, Love, Mischief and Wisdom unto you and yours this Imbolctide,