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could be compared to the bell used by the Catholic Church during mass, the ringing of which concentrates the attention of the believers onto the holy moment and also has the function of keeping away all that is unholy. That bell has its origin in the cults of lsis and Mithra. In her left hand Isis carries a golden bowl, which is the most central and important symbol, its meaning corresponding to the vessel mentioned earlier in connection with the waters of Styx. This golden bowl resembles a jug. It is, as we will see later, a symbol of Osiris. In Roman cults, everything to do with underworld gods was associated with the left hand. It was always the left hand which sprinkled the flour over the sacred sacrificial animals when they were consecrated to the gods of Hades. Contrary to that, everything which had to do with the upper gods was connected with the right hand. For Apuleius, the goddess is holding something in her hand which symbolically announces the next step in the process, which is still unconscious: the realization of the Self, which goes beyond the realization of the anima. It resembles a mysterious veil over something which one does not yet know. She carries the potentiality for the realization of Osiris in her hand and says: Behold, Lucius, I am come; thy weeping and prayer hath moved me to succour thee. I am she that is the natural mother of all things, mistress and governess of all the elements, the initial progeny of worlds, chief of the powers divine, queen of all that are in hell, the principal of them that dwell in heaven, manifested alone and under one form of all the Gods and Goddesses. At my will the planets of the sky, the wholesome winds of the seas, and the lamentable silences of hell be disposed; my name, my divinity is adored throughout all the world, in divers manners, in variable customs, and by many names. For the Phrygians that are the first of all men call me the Mother of the Gods at Pessinus; the Athenians, which are sprung from their own soil, Cecropian Minerva; the Cyprians, which are girt about by the sea, Paphian Venus; the Cretans which bear arrows, Dictynnian Diana; the Sicilians, which speak three tongues, infernal Proserpine; the Eleusinians, their ancient Goddess Ceres; some Juno, other Bellona, other Hecate, other Rhamnusia, and principally both sort of the Ethiopians which dwell in the Orient and are enlightened by the morning rays of the sun, and the Egyptians which are excellent in all kind of ancient doctrine, and by their proper ceremonies accustom to worship me, do call me by my true name, Queen Isis. Behold I am come to take pity of thy fortune and

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