Maat is our guide for the moonth that arrives on January 27, 2017 and follows the Soul Shaping Path of the Star
This face of Justice:
Ellen Lorenzi-Prince’s Dark Goddess Tarot brings Goddesses from across cultures to life with not only beautiful images but powerful words. In her Dark Goddess Tarot companion book she introduces us to Maat:
Maat or Ma’at is the ancient Egyptian goddess of truth, balance, law, morality, and justice. All of these ideals are one and the same in her. The ancient Egyptians deeply believed in the holiness, unity, and equilibrium of the universe. The goddess Maat sets and continually maintains the order of the stars and all the worlds, lest the powers of chaos overtake creation. She stands behind the Sun, Re himself, as the guiding principle of life. Humanity participates in this divine, cosmic harmony through correct civic and ritual behavior.
Ellen hears Maat say to us: Speak only what is true.
Feather and heart are Maat’s symbols. She weighs the hearts of those who have died and as long as the hearts are not heavier than Her sacred feather they are allowed to pass into paradise.
The feather is a symbol connected with air, and air is the conduit through which words come to us. The heart is the home of Love. Maat’s balancing of feather and heart calls us to center the words that come from our mouths in Love. Her Love is not romantic, but the force that bends chaos to order, lies to truth, and the destruction of death to the soul’s re-birth.
This space of this Justice: Temples dedicated to Maat were rare. She was instead invoked with small statues in other temples particularly those of the sun Gods to serve as inspiration for the God-aspiring Pharaohs to be just rulers. Her priestesses would paint a feather on their tongues to dedicate their speech to Maat. Maat was not confined to any one place. Her place is on the tongues of those who would serve Her.
In the afterworld, the newly dead must speak as well and make their case to Maat for passing into eternal life. The 42 Negative Confessions were said to show how they had lived a life reflecting Maat, including:
I have not closed my ears to truth.
I have not committed adultery.
I have not made anyone cry.
I have not felt sorrow without reason.
I have not assaulted anyone.
I am not deceitful.
I have not stolen anyone’s land.
I have not been an eavesdropper.
I have not falsely accused anyone.
I have not been angry without reason.
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