Today’s post is short as I have my head and keyboard buried in working on a talk I’m preparing for another part of my magical life. Enjoy. I snorted when I found this out…
This is a lesson in not seeing what’s right before your eyes. (For me, I mean.)
I have seen this image, well, forever. But I never knew what it actually was. As far as I was concerned, this was just a Roman fresco of Our Lady Isis as Isis-Fortuna, complete with Her requisite steering rudder and cornucopia of plenty. I never knew what the tiny, naked human flanked by either helpful or dangerous snakes (not sure which) was supposed to be doing.
The Goddess is indeed Isis. And the tiny, naked human is taking a crap.
This image comes from a Roman public toilet. The Latin above it says “cacator cave malu(m).” It means “shitter, beware the evil.” So Isis-Fortuna is there to protect anyone using the public toilet because anytime they used one, they were exposing themselves to a whole lotta evil infection and parasites and general uncleanliness. I’m not going to go into the yuck (though there’s plenty of yuck to ancient Roman public toilets). That’s not the point.
The point is, you’ve always got to look deeper and understand the context…because it’s not always obvious.
That said, I hope Isis was able to help keep the evil away from all those ancient shitters.
If this doesn’t convince people that She truly cares about ALL of our lives, down to the most intimate and, well . . . not normally depicted in art forms, I don’t know what will. She DOES care, even about the aspects of life we’d likely not even talk about to anyone other than the doctor (She IS, of course, the Healer beyond all others!).
😉 love this!
Good reminder! About looking closer, I mean. 😉 I’ve seen one of these public “restrooms” in Ephesus, but it also had a water through running in front of the “thrones”, and supposedly there was a stick with a sponge on the end that could be dipped in the through before passing it on to the next user… Not exactly sanitary!
This is actually quite brilliant, remarkable reminder about the omnipresence of the Divine Mother