Knot of Isis
In many respects the tyet resembles an ankh, except that its arms curve down. Its meaning is also reminiscent of the ankh, as it is often translated to mean "welfare" or "life". Frequently called "the Knot of Isis" because it resembles a knot used to secure the garments that the Egyptian gods wore. Also tyet as buckle of Isis, girdle of Isis, and the blood of Isis.
The meaning of "the Blood of Isis" is more obscure, but it was often used as a funerary amulet made of a red stone or of glass. It is also speculated that the Tyet represents the menstrual blood flow from Isis' womb and its magical properties.
You possess your blood, Isis, you possess your power, Isis, you possess your magic, Isis. The amulet is a protection for this Great One, which will drive off anyone who would perform a criminal act against him.
The symbol can be compared with the Minoan sacral knot, a symbol of a knot with a projecting loop found in Knossos of Crete. The Tyet is also seen in the adventure/mythology series, The Kane Chronicles, where one of the main characters, Sadie Kane, has a Tyet amulet, which she can use to communicate with her mother.
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- Allen, James P. (2014-07-24). Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs. Cambridge University Press. p. 557. ISBN 9781139917094.
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