“O Thou Beautiful one of Truth, Balance, and Order!”
These were the words that jumped out at me this morning during my ritual time with Ma’at. She is, indeed, known as the Goddess of Truth, Balance, and Order, representing the essential principals of Justice.
These qualities are ones I seek in my life. Already Ma’at is bringing a greater sense of order and well-being into my personal experience, and surely she will also guide me toward truth and help me in establishing a balance and harmony in all that I do.
Unlike many Egyptian deities, Ma’at is sometimes seen as more of a concept than as an actual goddess. Her name itself literally meant truth in ancient Egyptian, and she personified this quality. Ma’at represented balance and justice, all that was right, and all that should be. Ancient belief held that if Ma’at did not exist, the universe would return to a state of utter chaos and formlessness. Ma’at, there, might be considered the “glue” that holds our world together.
Without doubt, the qualities of truth, balance, order, harmony, and justice are essential elements of a successful society. At a personal level, these qualities are earmarks of a life well-lived.
For the Egyptian believed that the universe was above everything else an ordered and rational place. It functioned with predictability and regularity; the cycles of the universe always remained constant; in the moral sphere, purity was rewarded and sin was punished. Both morally and physically, the universe was in perfect balance.
Because of Ma’at, the Egyptians knew that the universe, that everything in the universe, worked on a pattern, just as, later on, the Greeks called the underlying order of the universe logos (meaning, order, pattern).
“In the beginning was the logos, and the logos was with God and the logos was God.” – John 1:1
- From Egypt: Ma’at, Goddess of Truth, Balance, Order
In coming weeks, I will be posting on the topics of Truth, Balance, and Order, sharing thoughts and personal experiences as I continue my comsic dance with the goddess Ma’at.