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Prayer to Osiris – Day of the Dead

A dedication to those who have left the mortal realm and are traveling through the veil today to visit the living; it is the “Day of the Dead.”

Prayer for removing displeasure from the heart of the god against the deceased person

The deceased shall say, “Wash away my sins, Lord of Truth; destroy my transgressions, wickedness and iniquity, O God of Truth. May this god be at peace with me. Destroy the things that are obstacles between us. Give me peace, and remove all dissatisfaction from thy heart in respect of me.”  ~Chapter XIV Book of the Dead  hg0401hg0402 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invocation of Bastet

Beloved Bastet, mistress of happiness and bounty, daughter of the Sun God,

Slay the evil that afflicts our minds as you slay the serpent Apep.

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With your graceful stealth anticipate the moves of all who perpetrate cruelties and stay their hands against the children of light.

Grant us the joy of song and dance, and ever watch over us in the lonely places in which we must walk .

~Ancient Egyptian prayer

Blessings of the Light

 

The Laws and Ideals of Ma’at

Ma’at is the goddess of truth, justice, divine order, cosmic order and balance. She is depicted with wings of a vulture, her special animal, and the feather of truth in her headdress. She also carries an ankh, the key of life, and sometimes a scepter. Ma’at can be traced as far back as the Old Kingdom. She is the daughter of Ra, sometimes even referred to as the “eye of Ra.” Her equivalent and husband is Thoth, and her opposite is her brother Set. The Goddess Ma’at was most cherished by the rulers of ancient Egypt, and most of them were referred to as “Beloved of Ma’at.”  Pharaohs would carry an effigy of Ma’at seated as a sign that he represented her regime.of truth. She was the personification of the cosmic order and a representation of the stability of the universe.

Ancient Egyptian culture was centered on order, everything had its place in the world. This included religion, society and seasonal changes. Ma’at represents the concept of balance and order she was the one that kept the stars in motion, the seasons changing and the maintaining of the order of Heaven and Earth. The opposing force of this was known in ancient terms as “isfet” or chaos. Ancient Egyptians considered the desert beyond the Nile River to be chaotic; while the area close to the Nile was considered orderly. Together, these two forces brought balance to the world in which they lived and was an important part of everyday Egyptian life.

Ma’at is almost always shown wearing the feather of truth on top of her head. The feather came to be the hieroglyph “Shu” meaning truth. According to the Papyrus of Ani and The Book of Coming Forth (Book of the Dead) every person would be judged before Ma’at to determine whether they were truly good and able to move on to the afterlife. The feather was weighed against their soul while they stated the 42 Negative Confessions.

The 42 Negative Confessions of Maat, as translated by E. A. Wallis Budge, are:

1. I have not committed sin.
2. I have not committed robbery with violence.
3. I have not stolen.
4. I have not slain men or women.
5. I have not stolen food.
6. I have not swindled offerings.
7. I have not stolen from God/Goddess.
8. I have not told lies.
9. I have not carried away food.
10. I have not cursed.
11. I have not closed my ears to truth.
12. I have not committed adultery.
13. I have not made anyone cry.
14. I have not felt sorrow without reason.
15. I have not assaulted anyone.
16. I am not deceitful.
17. I have not stolen anyone’s land.
18. I have not been an eavesdropper.
19. I have not falsely accused anyone.
20. I have not been angry without reason.
21. I have not seduced anyone’s wife.
22. I have not polluted myself.
23. I have not terrorized anyone.
24. I have not disobeyed the Law.
25. I have not been exclusively angry.
26. I have not cursed God/Goddess.
27. I have not behaved with violence.
28. I have not caused disruption of peace.
29. I have not acted hastily or without thought.
30. I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern.
31. I have not exaggerated my words when speaking.
32. I have not worked evil.
33. I have not used evil thoughts, words or deeds.
34. I have not polluted the water.
35. I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly.
36. I have not cursed anyone in thought, word or deeds.
37. I have not placed myself on a pedestal.
38. I have not stolen what belongs to God/Goddess.
39. I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased.
40. I have not taken food from a child.
41. I have not acted with insolence.
42. I have not destroyed property belonging to God/Goddess

In recent years, a list of 42 Positive Ideals were written by a group of priestesses as a parallel or balance to the Negative Confessions.

As a follower of Aset, and Ma’at as an aspect of Aset, it is beneficial to repeat these 42 ideals in the morning and evening, as way to encourage these ideals in oneself.

The Ideals of Ma’at:

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Invoking Ma’at

Egyptians were urged to invoke the goddess Ma’at for righting wrongs and helping truth emerge from any situation. Invoking Ma’at also brings one back to the primal beginnings of earth, finding common ground, balance, and to embody righteousness.

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One invocation using a feather, smudge, amethyst, ankh, and rose oil as ritual implements:

Ma’at I call upon you for the Winds of Justice. (feather and smudge)
Ma’at I ask that you let my heart be purified and may the Scales of Justice bring balance into my life.
Pick up the ankh, holding in dominate hand; the amethyst in receiving hand.
Join with Ma’at, bringing her into your mind’s eye. You may either speak, or simply think of what areas you need Ma’at to address. Make sure that you let her know how you honestly feel and give all details as best you know them. Stop and listen, and don’t disregard ideas that may come, accept all that comes to you. When you are finished bow to her and thank her.
Pick up the rose oil and anoint the third eye area saying I anoint my mind and inner eye to greater truths.
Anoint your heart saying I anoint my heart of all impurities.
Anoint your feet saying I anoint my feet to walk the paths of growth.
Anoint your hands saying I anoint my hands to work for peace and harmony.

Go forth with Ma’at in your heart and soul, working for peace, harmony and embodying righteousness.

 

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Nut and Geb

The sky is Nut’s body, arching from horizon to horizon. Geb is the Earth, lying beneath her. During the day, Nut and Geb are separated, but each evening Nut comes down to meet Geb and this causes darkness. If storms came during the day, it was believed that Nut had come closer to the earth.

“Goddess of the Infinite Night, Lady of the Starry Realm; Spread yourself over me so that I am protected beneath your reach; Guide me on my spiritual path; Allow me to access the knowledge of your infinite realm; Show me the mysteries that are exposed to all but hidden due to ignorance.”