- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Career Press (August 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1564145689
- ISBN-13: 978-1564145680
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I always wanted this book and when i got it, i was excited. Worth the price. Now i have to find the Book of the dead which my ex threw out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mydnight
Very nice. Some good ideas and meditations ways to get to know the Gods/ess. Well put together.Published 5 months ago by bunnyparadise
Reed's information and narrative style are equally indispensable. Thank you, Ellen Cannon Reed for writing this BOS.Published 5 months ago by max
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