Nephthys The "Mistress of the House" Nebet-het or Nebt-het .
Sister of Isis, Set and Osiris wife of Set
She was depicted as a woman with the hieroglyphs of her name (a basket
and a house on top of each other) on her head, though she was also
sometimes given wings or the form of a bird (the kite), making her a solar
deity, as well as a deity of the dead. In the later period, she became the
mother of Anubis (the god of the dead) through Osiris.
As comforter, she stood at the birth-bed to offer comfort and help with
the birth of new born children - Isis was seen as the midwife. The two
sisters were often together, only being able to be told apart by the
hieroglyph on their heads. Also, like her sister, she was thought to have
great magical powers - she was the Mighty One of Words of Power.
Yet, originally, where Isis was visible, birth, growth, development and
vigour, Nephthys was invisible, death, decay, diminution and immobility.
She was the darkness to Isis' light. Isis was the day, her twin sister the