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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press (August 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564145689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564145680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's defiantly a must have! ...
M.L. Benton Publisher, Echoed Voices Magazine
The book is pure devotion you can feel the authers love for the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt.
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Honestly, I think the book's a 'throwaway'- ie, not really worth the read.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
CIRCLE OF ISIS
By Ellen Cannon Reed
The title is decieving becasue the book is not all about Isis and thats the big reason I ordered this book. But I understand why she called it the Circle of Isis for her love of Isis is so strong. I think Egyptian Wicca would have been more appropiate. Now Mrs Reed doe not claim that she is recreating the magick that the ancient Egyptians used, she states that she is adopting the Egyptian pantheon into her Wiccan beliefs. She gives the experience that she had with the Egyptian deities and the experience that her coven had with them as well. You will find magick in this book but not spells like "to get a lover" or to "to heal a burn" the magick you will learn is with the deities. She gives some wonderful information on quite of few of the gods and goddesses major and minor deities. She gives you recipes for oil and incense for diffrent deities. Also she gives out guided meditations on meeting the deities and ritual on how to contact them. She gives out rituals that are suitable for solitary practice and rituals suitable for a group of people. there are wonderful hymns to the gods and goddesses, instructions on making an Egyptian wand, sistrum, kilt, scarab, wax and ushbati figures and more. She also includes Hierogyphics and their translations and other stuff as well. I honestly could not put this book down I was so fascinated with it. This book is indeed interesting. The book is pure devotion you can feel the authers love for the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt.
Im giving it 4 stars
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "diranda" on January 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
The New Page Books revised edition of "Invocation of the Gods" has been long awaited by several people who loved the original. Ellen herself was interested to get a revised edition printed so it is wonderful that it finally is available.
If you're Wiccan and are interested in the Ancient Egyptian Pantheon, get this book first, before you get any other (especially any Llewellyn publication). While not another "Introduction to Wicca" book, this is an excellent resource for information regarding the Ancient Egyptian Pantheon from a Wicca perspective.
The section on Bast is definitive, the best information on this Goddess that I have read. Ellen shows a Goddess who is focused on protection and silence rather than a "fluffy kitty Goddess" like most people seem to think She is. She has even written, published only in this New Page version, a "Charge of Bast" that will knock your socks off if you're a Bast-focused person.
Ellen offers insights on other deities that are fresh and exciting, as much now as they were when this was first published.
She offers poetry, crafts, guided meditations and "contact rituals", indexes and information about festivals. There are the recopies from the original as well as new ones. Updates include an Ancient Egyptian glossary of names and words and an Internet Links section, as well as updated addresses and contact information for catalogs.
The rituals are refreshingly simple and written for this book. There is no pseudo-archaic language and the rituals and poetry are also simple and lovely.
The only things I miss about this edition are Ember's incenses and the beautiful black and white -interior- artwork that appeared in the Llewellyn "Invocation of the Gods".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Mentor on December 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
I just bought this book and liked the fact that's easy to read and understand. The god profiles are based on personal experience rather than encyclopedia entries. There are even gods mentioned in this book that I didn't know existed. And the practical knowledge isn't bogged down in complex terms. This book is good for experienced witches or Wiccans that wish to explore the Egyptian pantheon without necessarily recreating the Ancient Egyptian worship style. It is also easy enough for beginners who want to learn magic through an Ancient Egyptian lens.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DeerWoman on August 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Despite the implications of the book's subtitle, Reed's overall emphasis is not on ancient Egyptian-based spellwork, but on dedication to the Gods of Egypt's pantheon. Then again, Reed is known to me as an author for whom magic and religion are deeply tied (just read her book The Heart of Wicca). She makes that view quite clear within the first chapter: "The magic you will find here is more than ways to cast spells. It is the magic of growing closer to the Gods, the magic of learning the Mysteries of the Universe" (16).

While Reed shows definite consideration to revering Egyptian Deities in ways conducive to how the ancient Egyptians viewed Them, she freely acknowledges that she and her coven have no intentions of reconstructing ancient Egyptian religion; ancient knowledge is set in the context of modern Wiccan practice, and she makes no apologies for that.

Most of this book is dedicated to introducing various ancient Egyptian Deities to the reader. These introductions are fairly comprehensive in regards to more well-known Deities, e.g. Osiris, Isis, Horus the Younger, Ra, Anubis, Amen, etc. and they include both historical information on how They were perceived and worshipped in ancient times as well as how these Gods have personally interacted with Their modern followers. What originally caused me to purchase this book was the segment on Nephthys/Nebt-Het. Although Her name is well-known, most books say little of Her other than listing Her relationships to other Gods. I was particularly impressed with the quality and quantity of Reed's writings about Her. The thing that especially caught my attention was a song/poem for Her, which, in my opinion, beautifully captured Her essence. Many of the other Gods she introduces also have song/poems to illuminate Their natures.
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