isis; osiris

  When you look at religions, 90% of them have 3 main characters that are glorified.. or somewhat of a ‘Triune God or Trinity’. Egyptians had Isis, Horus, Osiris. Christians have Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Hindus have Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Judaism has Abrahm, Isaac, Jacob. Ancient Babylonians had Semiramis, Tammuz, Nimrod; and the list goes on and on and on. When you look back on these Trinities, each of these 3 deities(entities) served a particular purpose: CREATOR, PRESERVER, DESTROYER. For example in Hinduism, Brahma was the Creator - Vishnu was the Preserver - Shiva was the Destroyer. The universe operates in 3′s. Things start, persist, then stop.

  Another place that we see this factor of 3(Trinity), is in the Zodiac. We’ve got 12 zodiac signs and they are divided under 3 distinctions: Cardinal (creator), Fixed (preserver), Mutable (destroyer):
Cardinal signs are the initiators. They love to start NEW adventures, love to jump into things headfirst, they love taking the lead on things, and they’re usually the most outgoing. They are the CREATORS because they’re the first, the generators. {Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn}
Fixed signs are the stability. They often have a solid foundation, confident, they’re able to see things through, strong, often hard to change their minds, and they really know how to make things last. They are the PRESERVERS because they are determined and resolute. {Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)
Mutable signs are the chameleons. They’re all about change. They may easily get bored with being in a certain situation for too long, and they want to experience all of what life has to offer…even if sacrifices have to be made. Change and growth is a necessity for them. They are the DESTROYERS because the old must go!..and it’s in with the new. {Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces}.
So as we see in the zodiac, the idea of a Trinity also exists.

  Some ancients also say that 3 is the first sacred number, and the first perfect number. 3 represents the Pagan Trinity. It is represented geo-metrically in the triangle, and spiritually as the Third Eye Of Hinduism. Number 3 points to the intellectual and spiritual order, the divine qualities in cosmos and people. The holy mantra “Om” includes three letters, AUM, signifying three different states of development. 3 is a very mystical and spiritual number featured in many folktales as well; (3 wishes, 3 guesses, 3 little pigs, 3 bears, 3 billy goats gruff, etc.)

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Mythology Moodboard: Egyptian mythology

Nut - Goddess of the sky, she symbolizes the firmament and is considered as the mother of all celestial objects. She is the mother of Isis, Osiris, Seth, Nephtys and according to some versions, Horus and the daughter of Shu, personnification of air and Tefnut, goddess of moisture, moist air, dew and rain.

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Nut is the Egyptian goddess of the sky and all heavenly bodies. Envisioned as as star-covered woman arching over the earth, Nut is the barrier separating the forces of chaos from the ordered cosmos in the world and is considered to be one of the oldest deities in the Egyptian pantheon.

As the mother of Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephthys, Nut is regarded as the mother of the gods and of all things living. She and her husband Geb are considered to be the givers of food and water, not only to the living but also to the dead. In this role she is seen as a protector of the dead. 

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hynpos’s myth event: favorite egyptian deiity pair/group or myth creature

And for this reason the Egyptians embalmed dead and set the bodies away beneath towering pyramids of stone and deep in the tomb chambers of western Thebes, so that the blessed souls returning from Amenti should find them ready to enter again, and in them to live for ever on earth under the good god Osiris, Isis his queen and their son Horus.

Painted wooden box from Ancient Egypt, used to hold either ushabtis or canopic jars.  On the side shown, the goddesses Isis and Nephthys venerate a djed-pillar (representing the backbone of Osiris).  Artist unknown; ca. 850-700 BCE (Third Intermediate Period).  Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.  Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.

Nut Aesthetic

Nut was the Egyptian sky-goddess, whose body created a canopy over the earth. Her body arches across the sky, wearing a dress decorated with stars. She was the sister and wife of Geb, the god of the Earth. She was also the mother of Isis, Osiris, Nepthys and Seth. The ancient Egyptians believed that at the end of the day, Nut swallowed the sun god, Ra, and gave birth to him again the next morning.

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STORYTIME: A few months ago, when I decided to add DEITIES artwork to my eternally-WIP portfolio site, I realized that the best way to save gallery space, was to combine the pairs of colors tests onto a single canvas. Doing so helped condense the image count for that portion of my gallery and even tidy up some layouts, and I ended up liking the results!  

However, I debated for the longest time whether or not the updated color tests were worth posting again since… I’m essentially sharing fairly old artwork in a different format >> But then I figured ehh, why not. At least for this version, everyone can view their deity- and animal forms side by side, and this one can be directly linked to the blog from the start o)7

With that said, I did cut out a few details from some of them to make them fit, so anyone can view the original deity forms HERE and the animal forms HERE.

Additionally, all the character designs are being gradually “updated” as I practice drawing them. Their respective tags, along with a larger supporting cast of deities, can be found on the Characters page of the project blog.

At some point, I hope to revisit these and draw updated references and/or model sheet for the main cast. But until then feel free to view and share these early color tests, and thanks again for everyone’s continued support!

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These two rocks are my most precious. On the right is a rock I picked up while visiting the great pyramids. I looked down and it seemed to be smiling at me. (It’s hard to tell in this photo but the scratches sort of look like a smiling skull). It felt like a gift from Osiris.

On the left is a piece of granite from the island that now holds the temple of Philae, the Egyptian temple dedicated to Isis. Having them on my altar makes me feel so much closer to my matron and patron deities.

Following on from my previous Chinese Pantheon Map, the Egyptian one! The Egyptian pantheon is actually incredibly complex in that, while it fits or more standard family-tree structure than the Chinese Smite pantheon, there’s a lot of variation in the mythology.

Many of the Egyptian gods are at times considered aspects of other gods or feature in different places or are married to or born from different people thanks to an incredibly long time period and a wide degree of localisation of worship.

It is, for example, possible to consider Ra his own great-granddad. Sort of.