Level 6: Priestess of Isis Intensive Training

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Here you are…

Welcome to the halls of Level 6 in your Priestess of Isis Training! You’ve spent so much time with Isis and she’s spent so much time with you over these past months and her presence in your life, both spiritually and physically, is felt more deeply.

In this level you’ll focus on ritual, the kitchen/garden of Isis, divination, and becoming the Oracle of Isis. If these last two areas are new to you, it’s ok. Please feel free to reach out with any questions along the way.

As you go deeper into the training, there is more work required. Remember that there is no time frame other than what is established between your Self and Isis. Go at your pace but don’t stop working. It is an “intensive” for a reason. It’s a way of life that changes as life goes along but a time of life that needs to be experienced to build a solid foundation. Once you finish the program, you will still be learning and walking with Isis in your own special way. Use this special time to gain clarity as you move forward.

Let’s get started!!

Daily workings

 Journals

I would like you to continue recording your amazing journey with Isis in your Daily Journal.  The Dream Journal is also encouraged for your work in this level. 

I’d like for you to use your Daily Journal to document all of your ritual experiences, invocations, and your honest feelings.  It is not a place to sugar-coat your less-than-beautiful self!  Isis loves all parts of you, even the grumpy or whiney side…she is a mother, after all, and understands everything and is there to support your entire process of becoming her Priestess.  Know that there is no judgment from Isis – or me – by revealing your true thoughts and feelings. 


Morning Rite to Isis

I would encourage you to continue offering your Morning Rite to Isis each day, as well as continuing to add in an offering to her each day.  This may also be a wonderful time in your journey to begin a more traditional practice of bathing and adorning and offering offerings to the ka of Isis through her statue. If you have a statue of Isis at your altar, open it each morning, bathe the Goddess, anoint her with oil and incense, sing her Morning Prayer, and give her an offering.

Evening Rite to Isis

This is a rite that you had the opportunity to begin exploring in Level 4 and again throughout Level 5. Continue this rite throughout the rest of the training.  This is the time to incorporate a more traditional practice as you have in the morning, but in this instance you are putting the Goddess to bed. Remove her adornments, offer her incense, place a special cloth on her for her journey through the night and “close the door” to her sanctuary. Journal any changes you experience or adjustments you feel led to make


Feasts of Light:  The Hierogamos of Hathor and Horus p 118

This level begins to focus on your role as the oracle of Isis and you will need at least one deck of tarot or oracle cards to work with.  Using the spreads given in the book or one of your own choosing do a reading for your Self once a day at the beginning of the day to reveal what Isis wants you to be aware of that day or perhaps there is a bigger issue you have a question about.  Journal all of your answers, cards pulled, and an analysis for them at the end of the day.

As you feel more comfortable, offer to give a reading to a friend or family member and document the results.

Workings to do Once during Level 5

Isis Magic Rituals

  • Causing Sothis to Rise in the Temple Ritual, p 506  

  • Becoming the Beloved p 469

  • The Oracle of Isis, p 489  This is a channeling exercise and should be practiced once a week

  • Practice an appropriate rite for the season

Mysteries of Isis: rituals

  • From ch. 14 choose recipes provided in the book or sacred ingredients to prepare your own recipes and prepare a sacred meal, perhaps during the new or full moon. Journal how you chose your ingredients and prepared the meal with Isis in your kitchen.  You can do this as a solitary practice or with a loved one or family members who may or may not be aware of the significance of the meal to you. Isis was a shape-shifter and revealed herself when it was important. She knew when it was appropriate to share who she was. Listen to her guidance

Readings

  • Isis Magic: chapter 14

  • Passion of Isis/Osiris: Part 2 (ch 5, 6) Complete Process 4 part 1, 2

  • Mysteries of Isis: ch 18, 20

  • Feasts of Light: Choose two chapters based on the Egyptian calendar and complete the activities in each one

  • Feasts of Light:  The Opet Festival p 16

  • Feast of Hathor and Min, p 12 -- complete each activity

Make a stole for ordination

The Stole

  "Along with natural simplicity, the modern Priestess needs her insignia. For although uncrowned Priestesses perform tasks... it is fitting that ritual acknowledgement should be made of their nominal worth. Symbols are the interconnecting language of souls." -- Lady Olivia Robertson, Fellowship of Isis

Origins

Theories on the actual origin of the stole worn by members of the clergy vary. Some researchers are of the opinion that articles worn by present day priests and priestesses were developed out of items of dress worn by the populace of the Roman Empire. The stole has been variously linked with the stola of ancient Rome (even though this garment was actually a tunic), the tallith, which is worn during prayer by the Jews, and the orarion, a neck cloth worn by clergy in the ninth century. Other scholars believe that the stole originated as a mark of distinction for deacons and was later adopted by the higher orders. There is a good case for the mitre (the tall episcopal head-dress) having possible Egyptian origins. Although historical evidence is lacking, similarities of appearance say a great deal. The higher ranking members of the ancient priesthoods had raiment conducive to their offices and it would be a reasonable guess that the origins of modern priestly vestments go back further than the Roman Empire.

Physical Measurements and Ritual Function

"With this stole I hallow thy heart." ---- Lady Olivia Robertson

A stole is a strip of material approximately one and a half yards long and four inches wide. The middle area (which rests on the nape of the neck) and the two ends are usually ornamented with a symbol of spiritual significance and the two ends are fringed. It can be decorated along each side with embroidery or appliqué of appropriate images and symbols. Silk is the most common material used, although for purposes of practicality in cleaning and care, a rayon/polyester blend is a sensible choice. I like silk regardless. Whatever type of material is chosen it is important that it drapes well.


Do not pick a fabric that is too stiff and therefore will not hang gracefully. Be careful about the fabric type and choose one that feels comfortable to the skin. The choice of color, adornment if any, and the selection of fabric is left up to the discretion of the candidate. Use your intuition about what feels right for you. The overall length should be adjusted to body height, and the fringe should reach to the upper or mid thigh. The color, shape and materials used in the construction of clerical vestiture all have significance. Silk, metallic threads (especially gold) and gemstones are used extensively.


In the Middle Ages pearls, jewels and bells were threaded onto the fringe of the stole. Superficially, this does give a rich, majestic appearance which adds to the atmosphere while performing rituals and devotions. But the choice of these materials has a greater function. Silk, metallic threads, gold and gemstones (both for their color and internal crystalline structure) are highly effective in maintaining and conducting charges of etheric energy.


It should be mentioned here that the materials used in your clerical vestiture be appropriate and also sensible. Their overall appearance and cost should reflect your best effort, without producing financial hardship. Effort and giving of one's best are the crucial factors.


During ordination investiture with the stole represents sanctifying the heart.


The stole rests upon the back of the neck in the throat center, which is ruled by the Tattwa of Akasha, the elemental force of Spirit. Energy enters the stole at the nape of the neck and flows downward to the heart center. Here it is activated by the force of True Compassion and Spiritual Love. This is symbolic of the first direct experience of divinity the human soul attains.


The vestments that you have been asked to make during your training have a distinct and practical use. They enable you to receive the benefit of divine force during devotions and while performing ritual, which is then passed from you to all the participants and observers of the rite, or to simply flow outwards from you back into the Oneness of Spirit from whence it came.

"Isis, Lady of Fire,

You stand behind me radiant as a thousand suns.

Daughter of Ra, The nape of my neck is made open to You.

Light flows from Your Heart to my heart.

Your vessel welcomes You, Lady of Flame..."

---From a hymn written by Linda Iles based upon a meditation dedicated to Isis Pharia


Resources and References:

  • Isis, Lotus of Alexandria Lyceum -- Linda Iles, Siti Ade

  • C.W. Leadbeater, The Science of the Sacraments

  • Olivia Robertson, Ordination of Priestesses and Priests


Level 6 Checklist

Daily:

  • Keep journal of rituals and experiences

  • Keep dream journal as dreams come

  • Perform Morning Rite

  • Perform Evening Rite

  • Keep daily journal of card readings and analysis each day

One time:

  • Make a stole for ordination

  • Offer reading for someone and journal results

Reading

  • Isis Magic: chapter 14

  • Passion of Isis/Osiris: Part 2 (ch 5, 6) Complete Process 4 part 1, 2

  • Mysteries of Isis: ch 18, 20

  • Feasts of Light: Choose two chapters based on the Egyptian calendar of your Now and Present Time and complete the activities in each one, add notes to your journal

  • Feasts of Light:  The Opet Festival p 16

  • Feast of Hathor and Min, p 12 -- complete each activity



Within the halls of the Temple of Isis at Philae

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Level 6 Rites and Rituals

Isis Magic Rituals (to do once)

  • Causing Sothis to Rise in the Temple Ritual, p 506  

  • Becoming the Beloved p 469

  • Practice an appropriate rite for the season

  • Once a week

    • The Oracle of Isis, p 489  This is a channeling exercise and should be practiced once a week

Mysteries of Isis Rituals (to do once)

  • From ch. 14 choose recipes provided in the book or sacred ingredients to prepare your own recipes and prepare a sacred meal, perhaps during the new or full moon. Journal how you chose your ingredients and prepared the meal with Isis in your kitchen.  You can do this as a solitary practice or with a loved one or family members who may or may not be aware of the significance of the meal to you. Isis was a shape-shifter and revealed herself when it was important. She knew when it was appropriate to share who she was. Listen to her guidance

 
 

The Holy of Holies within the Temple of Isis at Philae

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