Isis - Isidis Magnae Deorum Matris
Magnæ Deorum Matris
The Goddess Isis by Athanasius Kircher, from Oedipus Aegyptiacus
Great Mother of the Gods
Described by Apuleius
Athanasius Kircher, from his work "Oedipus Aegyptiacus"
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
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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