Posted by: Isidora | December 9, 2018

Awakening the Feminine

I am pleased to tell you that one of my essays has been included in a new anthology curated by Karen Tate. My essay is called “The Path of Sacred Magic & the Goddess,” and those of you who know me will not not at all surprised at that.

The book as a whole is a collection of essays looking toward the future of the Goddess movement and how it can help us change our world for the better. Can we achieve the ambitious goals discussed by the authors in this book?

You can check it out here.


Awaken the Feminine Cover

It won’t be easy. Can we do it?

Posted by: Isidora | September 21, 2018

Late is better than never

Just a note to tell you how wonderful each of you who joined me for the Isis Magic classes this past semester is. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You inspire me. You make me do research to answer your very excellent questions. You have experiences that are different than mine and make me think of things I hadn’t considered. You make me work hard to figure out how to share all of this with you. And, oh yes, yes, yes. You teach me; we teach each other. Which really is the best way, don’t you think? I am humbled by your dedication, your Work, and your love of Her. May She bless you abundantly. And may She kick your ass when necessary (I say this only because one of the most recent comments on my blog was about Isis the Ass-Kicker…which She will do. I love You, Isis. Thank You, Isis.) And if I may say so, each of you has kicked MY ass this past semester and I am so thankful for it.



Posted by: Isidora | January 27, 2018

Isis Magic classes are FULL

Hello, all…Isis Magic classes are now full and the magic begins…thank you so much for your interest and love.

You are invited to join me for Isis Magic classes starting this March, 2018.

Please read the information below, and if this seems like something for you, I’d be thrilled to have you with me on this journey with the Great Goddess Isis.

(And if you know someone who might be interested in these classes, would you please do me the favor of sharing this with them? Thank you so much!)


Nefertari makes offering to Isis

  • 1 class per month
  • Spring to Fall, 2018
  • 1st class is March 25, 1 pm (As a group, we’ll figure out the rest of the class dates/times at this first class.)
  • Open to women and men 18+
  • Classes held in private temple in Portland, OR

ISIS—Mistress of Magic, Divine Mother, Goddess of the Green Earth, Queen of the Mysteries, Goddess of Women and Sacred Sexuality, Lady of Hermetic Wisdom. Isis is one of the most well-known, well-loved,  mysterious, and powerful Goddesses of all time. Come learn more about this Great Goddess and explore Her Living Magic with others during this series of 6 intensive classes.

  • Develop and deepen a relationship with the Great Goddess Isis
  • Participate in meditations, exercises, and rituals
  • Learn powerful techniques for connecting with Goddess
  • Discover new methods of personal growth and transformation
  • Increase your magical and priest/esscraft skills


Before signing up for these classes, please have:

  • An interest in Isis
  • Done a bit of reading on Goddess in general and/or Isis in specific
  • Participated in at least a little bit of ritual, solitary or group

For the classes, you will need:

For questions:

To register: please complete this form.

Classes are with M. Isidora Forrest, author of Isis Magic, Cultivating a Relationship with the Goddess of 10,000 Names, and Offering to Isis, Knowing the Goddess through Her Sacred Symbols. Classes are sponsored by the Hermetic Fellowship.



Posted by: Isidora | January 7, 2018

The dancing woman now really dances


This is just one of 24 prehistoric Goddess gifs created by Nina Paley that are free for all to use. You can find them here

This figure has been called a Dancing Woman, a Nile Goddess, a Bird Goddess, and probably some other things that I’m not thinking of right now. Well, she’s certainly dancing now, thanks to artist Nina Paley.

If you know Isis Magic, you might also recognize her posture as the “Wings of Isis.” It is a posture that can be used to invoke, thank, and commune with Isis. So, I like to think of this ancient figurine as a priestess invoking her Goddess, imitating the protective and powerful wings of Isis.

Here’s a brief excerpt from Offering to Isis about this posture:

The open wings of Isis can also be related to a posture seen in images of the ancient Egyptian Bird Goddess. This is the posture of the famous Neolithic statuette of a so-called dancing woman with her arms raised in an open curve above her head, and which has become a popular amulet among modern Goddess worshippers. The same posture can be seen in the Goddess figures that ride in the curved boats that were a favorite motif of pre-dynastic Egyptian pottery and petroglyphs. According to Egyptologist Louis Breasted, the posture is typical of Egypt. And although these ancient figures do not have obvious wings, their unwinged but upraised arms foreshadow the winged, upraised arms of Goddesses seen in later Egyptian art. Nevertheless, the beak-faced figures are identified as Bird Goddesses, so perhaps the wings are implied—or they may indicate that the figures represent human priestesses who are imitating their Bird Goddess. Whatever the case, the “wing” stance is a posture of great antiquity and numinosity and many researchers consider it to be characteristic of the Divine Feminine.

May Isis spread Her wings for you today and enclose you in Her feathered embrace.

Posted by: Isidora | November 24, 2017

Isis Thanksgiving leftovers

As you might expect, I have alerts set up for all kinds of Isis-related topics. Every now and then, something interesting comes up. On this day after Thanksgiving, I’d like to share a couple of them with you.

Isis Magic is FAST


That’s Isis Magic out in front.

The other day, an alert came across for “Isis Magic” that amused me. Turns out there’s an Isis Magic that isn’t a book, but rather, an Australian racehorse. She’s a five-year-old mare with a 57% “win percentage” and a 64% “place percentage.” So she’s a winning horse, too, and is supposed to be able to run very fast for a very long time. Isis has endurance! I have no idea how Isis Magic got her name, but I sure would like to know. Anybody have an inside information on that?

New Isis temple uncovered in Egypt


Workers building a housing project found an Isis temple. Scary seeing that shovel scooping up pillars with hieroglyphs.

Earlier this month, workers who were building a residential project in the area of Tell Atrib near Egypt’s Banha City unearthed the remains of a pharaonic Temple of Isis. Tell Atrib is in the southern delta, about 30 miles north of Cairo. In Greek, it was known as Athribis. In ancient Egyptian it was Hwt-ta-ḥry-ib, “the place over the heart”.  The heart of Osiris was supposed to be located there.

The city may have been established as long ago as the Old Kingdom, but our physical evidence so far only comes from the 12th dynasty. It was once capital of the 10th nome, Kem Wer, the “Great Black One,” named for the sacred black bull that was kept there and associated with Osiris, the black-faced Lord of the Dead. The city was most prominent in the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.


The Temple of Isis in the Place over the Heart

However, the earliest Deities of the Heart City were Khentikhety, a crocodile God, Who was said to have found the heart of Osiris and watched over it, concealing it beneath His own heart. Khentikhety is paired with Khuyet, a winged Goddess Whose name means “Protector.” Eventually, Khentykhety was assimilated to Horus. I haven’t found out for sure yet, but it would seem reasonable that Khuyet would have been assimilated to Isis, though we also have at least one reference to Khuyet protecting Isis Herself.

And that’s what I’ve got for now!

Except for this PS from my publisher, who has asked me to remind you that Isis Magic (the book, not the horse) is available from Abiegnus House…and makes a great gift for any Isis-interested folks on your list. Just click on the book on the right. Thank you so much!




If you’ve been trying to purchase Isis Magic from Amazon and run up against the message that the book is unavailable, please purchase it from the publisher, Abiegnus House. We are currently having some issues with Amazon that may not be resolvable. (Amazon is engaging in some practices that seem to be designed to push out small publishers. Sigh.)

However, the book IS available from the publisher—and at the same price as it was on Amazon.

Just click on the book on the right and the link will take you to the publisher’s site where you can purchase the book.

Thank you and so sorry for the inconvenience.

Oh…and if you wouldn’t mind, would you please let your friends and folks in your social circles know that the book is still available from the publisher? Thank you so much!

By the way…if you’re in the Portland, Oregon area. I plan to do some Isis classes starting in March that will go until Fall Equinox. To be made available soon. So be thinking on that. I’ll let you all know when I’ve got the details worked out. This will be the first classes in quite a few years. I’m a bit nervous. And excited!

A priestess making offering; photo by Victor Keppler

Under Her Wings,


Posted by: Isidora | March 28, 2017

Do you hear what I hear? The Call of Dionysos…

Hello, lovelies!

This is for those of you in the Portland, Oregon area who are in on the secret that…just as Isis is my Goddess, so Dionysos is my God. This is a call for Bacchants to take part in a Fall Equinox Festival, Sept. 14-17 at Ffynnon this year. Here’s the official spiel:

Have you heard the call of Dionysos?

Thiasos (group) forming now for ritual parts in 2017 Fall Equinox Festival (Sept 14-17, 2017). If He has called you, if He has claimed you, then come explore that call and claim with us. Learn more about Dionysos, trance dance in His ecstasy with your sisters and brothers of the thiasos. Your commitment? Meet once a month, likely on a Sunday afternoon, at The Hallows (private home with a grapevine in the backyard—yes!) in NE Portland; be open to learning and gaining new experience; then serve at the Festival in September. Thiasos size is strictly limited, so think about it now. Then if you’re still interested and if you can make the commitment of time (we cannot emphasize this enough; we need your physical presence), then contact Isidora Forrest (aka Klea) at: Put “Bacchant” in the subject line.

I am looking for Bacchants of all ages and genders (sorry, you will need to be 18+ as there will be wine). As it says above, you must commit to a physical presence monthly at my house. You will come to know Him, His Mysteries, and you will practice your part in the Festival.

Group is limited in size, so email me ASAP if you want to/can/desire/are inflamed to be a part of our mad group.

I love you.

Now enjoy some Bakchic eye candy that should inspire you:

Okay? So email me. Right away…group starts meeting in April.



Posted by: Isidora | December 18, 2016

Goddess 2.0 book now available

Hello, all!

I am pleased to let you know that one of my Isis articles in included in a new anthology entitled Goddess 2.0, edited by Karen Tate. And wow, am I in some good company, indeed. Here’s the list of contributing authors:

Anne Baring, Starhawk, Carol P. Christ, Riane Eisler, Barbara G. Walker, Cristina Biaggi, Elizabeth and Robert Fisher, Shirley Ann Ranck, Bob Gratrix, Patricia ‘Iolana, Nancy Vedder-Shults, M. Isidora Forrest, Karen Tate, Amy “Amalya” Peck, Linda Iles, Andrew Gurevich, Charlotte L. Cressey, Delphine DeMore, Tabby Biddle, Trista Hendren, and Harita Meenee.

I am humbled that my work will appear alongside the work of these outstanding women and men.

The collected essays in Goddess 2.0 are intended to show us a way forward from where we find ourselves now, guided by the Divine Feminine by whatever name you know Her. In my case, of course—and perhaps yours, too—She is Isis, and my essay is about “Isis and the Path of Sacred Magic.”

Yes, you can get it on Amazon. You can also get it at editor Karen Tate’s site…actually for less than on Amazon. (By the way, none of the contributors are making any money. Costs mainly go to cover publication.) Here’s what the cover looks like:


I invite you to check it out in the hope that it will offer some end-of-the-year inspiration. Many blessings and may you remain, Under Her Wings.


Posted by: Isidora | November 12, 2016

Beautiful Mourner, Weep with Me

This is a gift the priest/ess brings before the Beautiful Mourner, Isis the Weeper Who Transforms: an invocation offering of mourning.

I offer You, Isis, my mourning for there is nothing else I can do with it. How is it that something so empty can be called pain-full? I am abandoned in an ocean of pain so deep that there is nothing else. My tears are nothing but more salt for that bitter sea. My grief is nothing but a hole in my belly. I cannot breathe. I have no breath. There is no air. My mind is blank, unable to receive the words that are pushed at me. My heart? I have no heart.

Mourning is what we do when the loss is so great that we can do nothing else. Each of us who mourns has her or his own share of this hollow pain. But it is the pain of one human being at one time, in one place. You, Isis, You hear the cries of the world. You feel each heart breaking, You know every human cruelty.

The sorrows of a Goddess are deep. What then is my mourning compared to Yours?

Listen, O Isis, to the words of Mourning: “I am offered unto Isis for She is the Well of Mourning. She absorbs me and takes me into Her vastness. I am dissolved in infinity. I am mixed with all things. I am reborn as a child. I am the mystery of suffering. I am Mourning.”

Unto You, Isis, I offer my mourning and all things beautiful and pure. M’den, Iset. Accept it, Isis.

Talia Took's new image of Isis mourning. You can get prints of this work here.

Thalia Took’s newest image of Isis mourning. You can get prints of this work here.

Right now, like so many of us, I mourn.

Right now, like so many, I am angry. I fear.

And right now, our Goddess hears us. She knows our hearts. She, too, has mourned. She, too, has raged. She, too, has feared. She understands us when we bring our hollow hearts and roiling bellies to Her.

She will hear us, hold us, advise us. In time, She may even heal us.

But before that healing, we must feel what we feel. The God has died and He must be mourned. We can share the burden of our feelings with others who mourn with us. We can share them with our Deities, with Her. Yet at some point, the mourning time will pass. And what will we do then?

If we would follow Her, then what we must do is rear the fatherless Child. We must take action. We must continue our Work. And perhaps we will find that we need to take up new work. There are rights that we thought we had won that will have to be defended—or even won back. If we join together we can do this. Let us not despair.

Instead, let us renew our dedication to our Deities and our spiritual work for this will strengthen our souls. Let us support progressive institutions with our dollars. Let us join with others in progressive organizations to work for the change we want to see.

Our Goddess is strong and practical; let us follow Her in this wisdom.

And on a final and yes, practical, note, here are some suggestions from Slate for some very specific things we can do once our mourning period has passed.

Posted by: Isidora | July 2, 2016

New article in a new book is out!

I’m popping my head out of my cave because one of the things I’ve been working on in Isiopolis’ downtime has finally come to fruition.

Those of you who know me may know that in addition to my Isiac and Dionysian devotions, I am also a Hermetic Adept. I was asked to write an article about that Work for a new book from Azoth Press called LIBER SPIRITUUM: A Compendium of Writings on Angels and Other Spirits in Modern Magick. The publisher’s info on the book is below, but I wanted to give you a more personal intro to my article.

This was a hard article for me to write because it was to be about my personal Adept Work and I tend to be very private about that. It’s more self-revelatory than I generally am in this blog. You see, many years ago, the Archangel Raphael asked me to be His priestess. Yeah. Weird, I know. So I spent 40 days exploring that possible relationship as part of my Adept spiritual Work. This article is about what happened during that 40 day exploration.

Yes, I’m still working on the next Isis and Egyptian magic book, too. (It will be a while, but I think you will like it.) For now, I wanted to let those of you who may be Hermetically inclined as well know that this new project is now available.

Below is info on the book from the publisher:



The book is available for order through the online bookstore, Miskatonic Books ( The 500-copy hardbound edition retails at the excellent price of $59.00, and the 32-copy deluxe leather-bound edition at $379.00.

About Liber Spirituum:

For Liber Spirituum: A Compendium of Writings on Angels and Other Spirits in Modern Magick, Azoth Press has assembled a group of nine of the foremost writers in the field of ceremonial magick, representing a depth of devoted study and practical expertise spanning the Western Magical Tradition from the Greek Magical Papyri to the Solomonic grimoires, from the Golden Dawn to Thelema, from Theurgia to Goetia, from Qabbalah to Rosicrucianism. In this beautiful volume, obviously designed for the practicing magician, these teaching adepts share their insights, experiences, tools, techniques, and even new rituals, all focused on a central concern of magical praxis, communication with those Spiritual Beings from Gods to Angels to Demons with whom the magus must become truly and transformatively familiar.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Opening a Book of Spirits
by Adam P. Forrest

The Place of Mingled Powers: Spiritual Beings in the Magical Lodge
by John Michael Greer

Patrons and House Gods: Building Lifelong Relationships with Your Spiritual Guardians
by Aaron Leitch

The Evocation of Metatron: A Golden Dawn Z-2 Ritual
by Charles Chic Cicero & Sandra Tabatha Cicero

The Prayer for Success
by Jake Stratton-Kent

Lay Thy Tongue Upon My Heart: Forty Days of Ritual Communion Between a Pagan Adept and the Archangel Raphael Tipherethel
by M. Isidora Forrest

Substance Through Spirit: A Reflection on Magical Evocation and Talisman Construction
by Bryan Garner (Frater Ashen Chassan)

Kalein tous Theous: Divine Invocation in the Late Neoplatonic Tradition
by Jeffrey S. Kupperman

Evoking Zodiacal Angels
by Scott Michael Stenwick

The hardbound edition is limited to 500 copies. Printed in two colors throughout, with 2-color illustrations, bound in faux leather silk-touch cloth. Foil stamp on both the front and back boards, with a full color frontispiece by acclaimed artist Caniglia.

The deluxe leatherbound edition is limited to 32 copies, with satin ribbon sewn-in marker, custom endpapers, and housed in a handmade tray case.

6×9 inches

256 pages

More about the Liber Spirituum can be found at

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