ISIS: Symbols & Sigils

ISIS: Symbols & Sigils

Goddess Symbols of Isis

Full moon, images of madonna and child, rivers (especially the Nile) and the ocean, hair braids, cattails, papyrus, knots and buckles, stars, the ankh symbol, throne, the rattle, diadem headdress (circular disk with horns), cow, wings, milk, perfume bottles, and March 5 (feast day)

Sparrow hawk or kite, crocodile, scorpion, crab, snake (especially cobra), geese

Cedar, corn, flax, wheat, barley, grapes, lotus, balsam, all flowers, trees all green plants

Tamarisk, lotus, balsam, amber oil, cedarwood, sandalwood, cinnamon, sweet orange

Silver, gold, ebony, ivory, obsidian, lapis lazuli, scarabs

Silver, gold, black, red, blue, green


Isis is depicted as a woman wearing a long sheath dress with and empty throne on her headdress. This symbolized her husband’s absence following his death and her role as seat of the power of the pharaoh. Alternatively, she is also seen as a woman with a headdress of a solar disc and horn. More rarely, she is a woman with the head of a cow.

In some forms, she is a woman with outstretched wings making her the goddess of the wind. Often she is shown with her child son, Horus, with a crown and a vulture. She is also often seen as a woman holding a lotus. In the heavens, her symbol is the star Sept (Sirius).