Isis & Thoth

I thought I would explore some of the bogs here and see what the collective intelligence complex has to offer on the topic of Thoth, or Hermes as he is sometimes known in later Greek literature. Much of this will be known already by readers with a background in esoteric knowledge, but for those readers with no former exposure to the Egyptian deity, or demiurge; This should be new:

Isiopolis

Isis & Thoth (far left and right) aid Horus on the famous Metternich Stele Isis & Thoth (far left and right) add Their magic to Horus’ on the famous Metternich Stele

Ancient Egypt’s two Great Divine Magicians are Isis and Thoth.

Interestingly, both went on to have rather illustrious careers outside Their native Egypt as key players in the Western Esoteric Tradition; Isis as THE quintessential Goddess of esotericism, Thoth as Hermes Trismegistos, THE quintessential teacher of esoteric wisdom.

In fact, the two Divine Magicians have always had a close relationship. Although in earlier Egyptian tradition, Isis is the daughter of Geb and Nuet, Earth God and Sky Goddess, by Plutarch’s time (1st century CE) he is able to say that “many have related that she is the daughter of Hermes,” that is, of Thoth. One inscription calls Her the “vizier and daughter of Thoth.” J. Gwyn Griffiths, one of my favorite scholars, says the two Deities were probably thought to have a family relationship because both were known to be exceptionally wise.

Thoth, Thrice Great Thoth, Thrice Great

A Hermetic…

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