Isis God in Ancient Egypt Isis Appearance: Woman with headdress in the shape of a throne A pair of cow horns with a sun disk Isis was a protective goddess. She used powerful magic spells to help people in need. Isis was the wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus. Since each pharaoh was considered the ‘living Horus’, Isis was very important. Isis with HorusIsis is often shown holding Horus on her lap. Isis is associated with thrones because her lap was the first ‘throne’ that Horus sat upon. This amulet is called the ‘Isis knot’ and is a symbol of protection. A temple was built to honour Isis at Philae. It is still standing today.