• Yolanda McAdam

Truth, Justice and Harmony

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While the Full Moon is still in Libra I’d like to offer a meditation on the Egyptian goddess

Ma’ at (pronounced May et).

Ma’at is the goddess of truth, justice, harmony, and balance (a concept known as ma’at by the ancient Egyptians). The goddess is portrayed as a winged woman with a white ostrich feather on her head. This feather was an integral part of the Weighing of the Heart of the Soul ceremony in the afterlife where the heart of the soul of a dead person was weighed in the scales of justice against Ma'at's feather.

Ma'at came into being when Ra spoke the world into creation and her spirit of harmony and balance infused the world.

The principle of ma’at in ancient Egypt referred not only to the need for balance in all things but also the need for right attitude. The goddess herself was more of a concept or principle than a deity with a story like Isis for example. This means that people honoured her not by building temples but by living in accordance with the highest principles of truth, justice, and harmony. Ma’at, therefore, was the model for human behavior.