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Saturday, January 29, 2011

When Isis Wept for Egypt

How is it that I have no words to speak of the trouble in Egypt? I look for a healing light within me to cast as a balm upon the open wounds I see. I look to my Isis statue (black basalt) and, oddly tonight, I see it. Running like a gash across her forehead, dried white salt falls as if it were blood or tears of the goddess. In truth, the marks may have been made by holy water, during the last 30 days; but the symbol strikes me with its poignancy now.

On December 21, prior to my meditation with Isis (lunar eclipse at winter solstice, if you recall), I went to my altar to work with an Isis crystal and found it had broken, resting as it was all by itself in the case. I put the broken wand upon the altar and left the room to find matches for the candle. I did not intend to use the wand. When I returned the wand moved by itself, rolled off the altar and the other half of the crystal broke. It occurred to me that that something was afoot, that a life I had known had just been irrevocably broken.

Two weeks later on the day of the solar eclipse in January, during the Coptic Christian celebrations of Christmas, we learned of attacks against the Alexandrian congregation. And now 30 days later at the full moon in January, these shadows that passed over Egypt are passing again across the hearts of every one of us as we watch the demonstrations in Cairo. Much larger darkness looming over Egypt, but it breaks my heart to be its witness. 

Inside my head, I hear the keening of Isis, the wail for the shattered body of her husband, the wail for the brother who takes arms against another brother, the calling down of some good to come from out of all this sorrow.  And in that moment, while Isis grieves, Horus is conceived. He is the healing to come.

I believe that healing is coming to Egypt, and I believe that change will accompany it. We are watching an aeon turning. The divine exists in all things, even in the broken crystal, a broken body, a broken country, a broken heart.

Imagine. A new constellation has arrived, Ophiuchus, the wounded healer who holds the head and the tail of the serpent in his two hands even as the snake encircles his waist. He is the Islamic snake charmer Al Hawaa, the Greek father of medicine Asclepius and the Egyptian god of healing Thoth.  Wisdom comes from the hero's battle with Apophis and Set. We must pass through the trial that eventually leads to a new understanding and brotherhood.  

How can we respond to the change? Stand still in the midst of its challenge. Hold out your hands and fill them with light. Know that truth is always more than one thing. Hold the opposition while you stand in balance. Bless what your heart tells you and what you do not yet know. And with your light-filled hands offer the highest and best to the Creator of All, who in Infinite Wisdom already knows the prayer in your heart and will answer it.


  1. Thanks for sharing your voice and insight. Last night I saw the Belt of Orion as Osiris stands erect still. Today the world holds the heart of Egypt in its transition. Hotep.

  2. Normandi,

    My fellow traveller, thank you for sharing your wisdom.

    You have inspired me to create my own blog:


  3. I often have few words. But love to pray then live the prayer.
    Last year saw a log that reminded me of Isis and Love, holding the world together.
    Beautiful Blog and insight. Thankyou!

    Kind Regards and warm thoughts,

  4. Reading this reminds me of a vision in 1997 - the year I went to Egypt with a group, only to be at the temple of Queen Hatchepsut ONE day before terrorists attacked a bus of tourists. When I had returned home, a sudden vision washed over me like the Nile itself when I stood in my home, looking at the papyrus painting of Ma'at I had brought with me -- I heard these words, "Protect my Egypt, Protect my home, Save my temple magic, Protect my Egypt." Now, I know that message was meant both for then and now, again. With my high heart shall I do my best to do just that in whatever way I can in both worlds.

  5. I'm surprised there haven't been more posts. All my Egypt friends share your sentiments - as I do.

  6. Still praying for the Egyptians to continue to exhibit great courage in the face of difficulties. We send the love of Ma'at and the breath of Isis to our friends.

  7. In my meditations I continue to send out love and solidarity to the courageous Egyptians who are continuing to take a stand for justice. It is not only Egypt that they are protecting!