It felt as if I had been taken by the scruff of the neck, sat down in front of the computer and instructed to write. The Osiriad was one of the strangest experiences I have ever had with words. I had long wished to see some order put into the scattered myths of ancient Egypt. We know so many of their stories, but for the most part, they stand alone, fragmented and disconnected from each other and therefore making little sense. I thought I should do the research and try putting at least some of the better known stories in order.
I never got the chance. I found I was playing catch-up with the research, fact checking translations of documents written five thousand years ago, carved on pyramids or tucked away in funerary texts.
What emerged was the story of Creation, a spotlight on the workings of natural law and a surprising look at the sophisticated and intimate knowledge of many modern sciences, presented in story form using the symbols of an ancient faith.
There is a deep understanding of what we now call psychology, cosmology… even a foreshadowing of quantum theories. But the tales in which these glimpses arefound are not dry and dusty, but still gleam with all the colours of a vibrant inner life. The Egyptians were not hiding their knowledge or reserving it just for the intellectual and social elite… these were the tales known in every household. What you understood from them would match your knowledge… or make you think. The stories would lodge in memory and be transmitted, heart to heart, gaining depth and insight as it was handed down.
And perhaps, at the same time, thousands of miles away, our own bards, storytellers and wise-folk were teaching in the same manner. Just as we do today, through the moral choices that make up the background of so many of our stories.
I write The Osiriad some years ago now. It is Isis, the Mistress of All Magic, who tells the story. The book needed a facelift, has been re-edited and has just been re-released as a second edition, now available via Amazon worldwide.
Myths of Ancient Egypt
In the Two Lands of Ancient Egypt, a mythical history has been preserved. It begins with the dawn of Creation itself and spans one of the greatest stories ever to capture the heart and imagination of humankind.
In this retelling, it is Isis, the Mistress of all Magic herself, who tells the story of the sacred family of Egypt. In forgotten ages, the gods lived and ruled amongst men. Many tales were told, across many times and cultures, following the themes common to all mankind. Stories were woven of love and loss, magic and mystery, life and death. One such story has survived from the most distant times.
In the Two Lands of Ancient Egypt a mythical history has been preserved across the centuries.
“We have borne many names and many faces, my family and I. All races have called us after their own fashion and we live their stories for them, bringing to life the Universal Laws and Man’s own innermost heart. We have laughed and loved, taught and suffered, sharing the emotions that give richness to life. But for now, I will share a chapter of my family’s story. One that has survived intact through the millennia, known and remembered still, across your world. Carved in stone, written on papyrus, I will tell you of a time when my name was Isis.”
Review of The Osiriad, first edition.