(in Egyptian mythology). Judge of the dead, and potentate of
the kingdom of the ghosts. This brother and husband of Isis was
worshipped under the form of an ox. The word means Many-eyed. Osiris is the moon, husband of Isis.
“We see Osiris represented by the moon, and by an eye at the top of
fourteen steps. These steps symbolise the fourteen days of the waxing
moon.” —J. N. Lockyer, in the Nineteenth Century, July,
1892, p. 31.
Osiris is used to designate any waning luminary, as the setting sun,
as well as the waning moon or setting planet.
Osiris is the setting sun, but the rising sun is
Horus, and the noonday sun Ra.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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