Isis - Isidis Magnae Deorum Matris

Isidis
Magnæ Deorum Matris
Apuleiana Descriptio


The Goddess Isis by Athanasius Kircher, from Oedipus Aegyptiacus

Isis
Great Mother of the Gods
Described by Apuleius
 
Athanasius Kircher, from his work "Oedipus Aegyptiacus"
Published 1652-1654

Translation, left panel:              Translation, right panel:

The various names of Isis.       Explanations of the symbols of Isis.

Isis                                             A. Divinity, the world, the celestial orbs       
Minerva                                     BB. Way of the Moon, its fluxes, and all forces of
                                                          fecundity
Venus                                        CC. Tutulus, the force of the Moon on herbs and plants.
Iuno                                            D. Symbol of Ceres, Isis, the first ears of corn.
Proserpina                                E. Multicolored garment of fine linen, many formed
                                                        faces of the Moon
Ceres                                         F. The discovery of Corn
Diana                                         G. Dominion of all vegetation
Rhea seu Tellus                        H. Lunar Rays
  (Rhea or Earth)                       I. Spirit of the Nile, adversary of evil
Pessinuncia                              K. Increments and decrements of the Moon
Rhramnusia                               L. Moisture. The force of the Moon
Bellona                                      M. The force of the Moon, Victory and the Divine force
Hecate                                       N. Dominion of moisture and the sea
Luna                                           O. Symbol of the earth, first inventor of medicine
Polymorphus dæmon               P. Fecundity, which waters the land.
   (Spirit of Many Forms)          Q. Lady of the Stars
                                                    R. Nurse of All
                                                    S/M. Lady of land, air and sea





Note: The use of the word ‘dæmon’ during this time period referred to a protective spirit.
 

 
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