The First Thing was a flower. A beautiful notion, is it not?
Because of this, the sacred blue lotus (technically a water lily) was a symbol of regeneration. The flower’s blue-purple petals opened each morning to reveal a golden center, like the sun rising each day.
Blue lotuses were given as offerings to the Goddesses and Gods, not only for their beauty and as symbols of rebirth, but also for their association with purity. At Isis’ Temple at Philae, a carved relief shows a procession in which large bouquets of lotus and papyrus flowers are offered to the Goddess while the accompanying text explains that the flowers are being used to purify the temple. The lotus was such a common offering that the hieroglyph of a long-stemmed lotus came to be used in one of the Egyptian words for “to offer.”
A number of the formulae in the Egyptian funerary literature, such as the Book of Coming Forth by Day, enable the deceased to become a blue lotus so that she or he could arise into a new life just as the lotus flower arises pure and fresh into each new morning.
As a Goddess Whose quintessential power is rebirth and regeneration, Isis is closely connected with the beautiful blue lotus. In fact, there are several surviving statues that show the head of the Goddess emerging from the center of the primordial lotus. The lotus often appears as part of Isis’ headdress, particularly in later periods. By the time the worship of Isis expanded beyond the borders of Egypt, the lotus flower of Egypt came to be almost exclusively associated with Isis.
As Isis Magic is close to being reborn, I thought I’d reprise the Blue Lotus meditation video from a while ago. The meditation in the book is longer than this three-minute video version, but it will give you a taste and perhaps refresh you like the breath of the blue lotus at dawn.