|Pearl of Great Price PN||1.||FLOEESE the Moon, Earth, and Sun in annual revolutions (Book of Abraham facsimile 2:5); in the Times & Seasons Flo-ees-Flos-is-is, as “the moon passing between her [the Earth] and the sun” (T&S, IV:373, Nov 13, 1843), and Phelps & Parrish:
"Flo-ees: The Moon–signifying its revolutions, also going between, thereby forming an eclipse. Flos-isis: The sun in its affinity with Earth and Moon–signifying their revolutions showing the power, the one has with the other."
Possibly hypothetical Egyptian *prw-is(i), “come-and-go; orbit, revolve,” or the like (cf. Psalm 12:8, Deuteronomy 28:6, Acts 9:28, etc.). Note the horns and disk (moon and sun) on Hathor-Isis, as she goes forth in her prt, “epiphany, coming forth, heliacal-rising,” as Sothis-Spdt (“Sirius”), with the annual rising of the Nile and the beginning of the new year in May-June, leading to full Inundation by September (Abraham 1:24). Her prt is her “power of resurrection” as well as her appearance by “procession,” formed from pri, “manifest, reveal; come out, burst forth, be issued; go up, ascend,” and nominal forms such as prw, “motion, procession; outcome, result,” pr, “emergence,” and prt, “fruit, seed” (cognate with Hebrew para, peri; cf. Isaiah 11:1 yaṣa “come-forth” ∥para “grow” = 2 Nephi 21:1). Cf. possible variation here on Prt-Spdt (Sothis), e.g., *prt-Зst, “Epiphany-of-Isis; Coming-forth-of-Isis; Ascent-of-(the goddess)-St,” or the like (as Neith also). In each case, the final -t- is silent (Aramaic אסי, Coptic -ēse, Greek –ēsis, ʼIsi-, ʼIsis, are later forms strikingly like the termination of Floeese and its variants, as well as the “medium” named Kli-flos-is-es, which see).
MSS variants Floese, Flos-isis, Flo-ees, Floisis, Flo-ees-Flos-is-is.
- W. Phelps and W. Parrish, Egyptian Manuscript #1 = “Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language,” 30.
- Bleeker, Egyptian Festivals, 21,95; cf. J. G. Griffiths, Origins of Osiris (Berlin, 1966), 61.
- Lichheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, I:210 n. 13, during the Middle Kingdom.
- C. J. Bleeker in Urbach, Werblowsky, eds., Studies . . . Scholem, 49-50.
- Variants include Floees, Floeese (both lined out), and Flo-ees-Flo isis (J. Smith letter to James A. Bennett, Nov 13, 1843, LDS Archives MS d 155, Box 2, folder 6, sheet 2, page 4; see publication of letter with some alterations in Times & Seasons, IV/24 [Nov 1, 1843], 372-375); Westendorf, KHw, 46.