I had a dream last night about ritual. And so for today’s offering, I give you a small and very do-able morning rite. This was originally created for our Isis Fest ‘lo those many years ago (well okay, it was four). It was designed for two priest/esses, but I’ve adapted it here for a solo.
I cannot claim that I do this every morning (I wish I could), but it is a beautiful thing to do on weekends or some other period of time that you can devote to daily morning rites. It is a wonderful way to attune yourself to the day and to remind yourself of the spark of Her magic that lies within your awakened image of Her. (You have “opened the mouth” of your sacred image, right?)
For this ritual you’ll need a censer, charcoal, incense, a lighter, a cup and larger libation bowl, pure water or Nile water (see Isis Magic) and your image of Isis, veiled.
The Rite of Awakening
Enter the temple and cross your hands over your heart. Bow to the veiled image of Isis. Light the charcoal and prepare the incense. Pour pure water into the libation cup and ready a larger libation bowl.
Priest/ess: (Singing) Isis is the wisdom that is given in the Boat of the Morning. Isis is the wisdom that is given in the Boat of the Night. Isis is the wisdom that is given in the Boat of the Morning. Isis is the wisdom that is given in the Boat of the Night. Isis, Isis, Isis. (Repeat this until you feel attuned to the Goddess through Her image.)
Priest/ess: (Speaking) A spark from the Heart of Isis resides within this sacred image of the Goddess. I honor that spark from the Heart of the Goddess as I honor Isis Herself.
Stand before your image of Isis and slowly make the gesture of Opening the Shrine (the curtain-opening gesture).
Priest/ess: (Vibrating softly) ISIS. (Speaking) Awaken, O Isis Within, to this beautiful day. Be welcomed into morning! Awaken, O Isis Within, to the joy of the day. Be welcomed into today!
Unveil the image. Then place the incense on the charcoal and elevate it toward the image.
Priest/ess: May Your eyes be opened to the beauty of the day. May Your nostrils be opened to the sweet scent of this spice. May Your ears be opened to the voices of Thy children.
Replace the censer, take up the cup, elevate it toward the image, then pour it into a larger libation bowl.
Priest/ess: May Your lips be opened to the sweetness of this cool water. May Your heart be opened to Your people this day. May Your body, O image of Isis, be opened to the beautiful magic of Isis the Goddess, Ever-Living.
(Speaking for Isis) I am that Golden Morning that arises and shines each day. Splendid are the ornaments upon My brilliant brow. I am the One Who glows in the Sun. I am the Eye of Awakening. I am the Greening of the Earth. I am the Joy of the Day.
(Addressing the Goddess) Awaken in joy, Isis, awaken in joy. Amma, Iset.
If you’d like to hear the tune I use for the chant, click this video. Or better yet, create your own. The more chants we create for Her, the better.