"Isis" Set of Six Parchments
This gorgeous set of parchments illustrates the story of Isis, Osiris, Horus and Set
Isis or in original more likely Aset who was a goddess in Ancient Egypt whose worship spread throughout the world. She was worshiped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the matron of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden, and she listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats, and rulers.Isis is the goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility.
Isis is also known as protector of the dead and goddess of children from whom all beginnings arose. In later times, the Ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile River flooded every year because of her tears of sorrow for her dead husband, Osiris. This occurrence of his death and rebirth was relived each year through rituals. The worship of Isis eventually spread throughout the Greco-Roman world, continuing until the suppression of paganism in the Christian era.
(Information adapted from the Wikipedia entry on Isis.)
In Greek mythology the Erinnýes ( literally "the angry ones") or Eumenídes (literally "the gracious ones" but also translated as "Kind-hearted Ones" or "Kindly Ones"), or Furies or Dirae in Roman mythology, were female chthonic deities of vengeance, or supernatural personifications of the anger of the dead. A formulaic oath in the Illiad invokes them as "those who beneath the earth punish whosoever has sworn a false oath".
When the Titan Cronus castrated his father Uranus and threw his genitalia into the sea, the Erinyes emerged from the drops of blood, while Aphrodite was born from the crests of seafoam. According to a variant account, they emerged from an even more primordial level—from Nyx, "Night". Their number is usually left indeterminate. Virgil, probably working from an Alexandrian source, recognized three: Alecto ("unceasing", who appeared in Virgil's Aeneid), Megaera ("grudging"), and Tisiphone ("avenging murder").
(Information adapted from the Wikipedia entry on Erinyes)
"Alecto" one of the Three Furies
Alecto means "the implacable or unceasing anger" She is one of the three Erniyes in Greek Mythology. She is said to be the daughter of Gaea and the sister of Tisiphone and Megaera. She is endowed with the task of overseeing moral crimes such as untamable anger, especially against other mortals. She is also responsible for the punishment of mortals who commit crimes against the gods.
"Megaera" (Last of the three Furies)
Megaera means "grudging" and is one of the trio of Greek sisters known as the Erinyes. She is known to be "the jealous one" and the cause of jealousy and envy. She is said to punish people who commit crimes, especially marital infidelity. Like her sisters Alecto and Tisiphone, she was born of the blood of Uranus when Cronus castrated him. In modern French (mégère) and Portuguese (megera), derivatives of this name are used to designate a jealous or spiteful woman. In modern Greek, Italian and Russian, the word megera indicates an evil and/or ugly woman.
"Rhiannon" Welsh/Celtic Underworld Goddess Set of Ten Parchments
Worshiped by the Welsh, Rhiannon is the embodiment of life, death, and rebirth. Her name comes from "Rigantona", which means "great queen." She is a shape-shifter and often appears as a white horse. Goddess Muse, she is present in your creative life with three birds who can sing you alive or dead. She has also been known as Lady of the Lake. She is a Queen of Darkness and Night, a reminder of the thin line between life, death and rebirth. She is a demanding goddess who asks us to honour our instincts, intuition and the animal spirits of our nature. She assists in creative endeavors, loves song, and bestows great abundance on those who honour her.
In Egyptian mytholofy, Anuket (also spelt Anqet, and in Greek, Anukis) was originally the personification and goddess of the Nile river, in areas such as Elephantine, at the start of the Nile's journey through Egypt, and in nearby regions of Nubia. Her temple was erected on the Island of Seheil. Since the flooding of the Nile is what nourishes the fields, she gained her name, which means embracer, in the sense of the Nile embracing the fields. Her titles were similarly appropriate to this, including giver of life, nourisher of the fields, and she who shoots forth (in reference to the flooding).
Ceremonially, when the Nile started its annual flood, the Festival of Anuket began. People threw coins, gold, jewelry, and precious gifts into the river, in thanks for the life-giving water and returning benefits derived from the wealth provided by her fertility to the goddess.
(Information adapted from the Wikipedia entry on Anuket)