|Loreon Vigne, standing in front of the Isis Chapel, Isis Oasis
The 42 Ideals of Ma'at of the Temple of Isis
A Positive Confession for the Present Day
Founder, Temple of Isis, Geyserville
venerate Ma’at within the Isian community as the personification of Truth, Justice and Right Action. Her Laws create
Divine Order out of Chaos and anarchy, and are the sacred and redemptive precepts by which we in the Temple of Isis strive
The 42 Laws of Ma’at were revealed to Priests and Priestesses in ancient Egypt and codified by them
over 5000 years ago. They are a comprehensive set of spiritual and moral laws as valid to us today as they were to worshipers
of Isis so many millennia ago. These Laws command our love and respect for the life, dignity and Goddess-given rights of all
living things, as well as imposing upon us divine obligations and duties toward them, and our precious planet. By their observance
we reflect the light of Isis upon the world, fusing virtue with justice, and aligning individual rights with righteousness.
Today, in the Temple of Isis, we honor the Goddess Ma’at, beloved of all ancient Egyptians. The Translation
of Her ‘Laws,’ as they are called, we have now changed to ‘Ideals,’ which may be closer to the meaning
of just what they were. It seems that they were a guide to a better way to live. A kind of self help program. Those
who were living during ancient times attempted to use these guidelines knowing that the entire society would fare better if
they had a kind of code of behavior. It was part of being a civilized human. Upon death one was expected to know how to recite
these ideals and to have lived by them. The example of the Feather of Truth being weighed beside the heart of the deceased
is a powerful one.
How had one lived their life? If one had done do so in an exemplary manner, that person would
be rewarded by having a beautiful afterlife. Otherwise, persons who had lived in a way contrary to Ma‘at, would be totally
destroyed by a horrible beast.
These concepts in many ways echo the sentiments of a host of religious beliefs from
around the world. It is indeed common for most human beings to want to do good. Yet there are many who ignore this natural
phenomenon of our soul. I use the word soul for the ancient Egyptians did not put much significance on the brain, for them
intellect came directly from the heart.
‘Know thyself,’ ‘know thy soul,’ ‘know thy
heart,’ and ‘know thy purpose’ - this is what they believed. Somehow, even today, it still sounds so right.
Thousands of years later, these laws offer insight into a deeper spiritual understanding.
The Laws of Ma’at
were re-written and updated from the ancient texts by a panel of nine of our Temple of Isis Priestesses while traveling together
in Egypt from November 22 to December 22 in 1995. They were re-written for use in the Temple of Isis as a Positive Confession,
instead of in the older form, which is called the Negative Confession. We preach no rigid dogma wthin the Temple of Isis.
We embrace all races and genders, and follow the positive and benign principles of the renowned international Fellowship of
Isis, out of which, the Temple of Isis was born.
Let us go over the 41 Ideals of Ma’at once again, starting
our examination with the first one. We have been changing them a bit from the time since we were first inspired to re-create
them for the present day from their older form. The ancient Egyptians listed the first Law of Ma’at as “I have
not done iniquity.” We had changed it in 1995 to “I honor virtue” but later felt the word ‘virtue’
was a bit old fashioned, and may not be the right principle. We instead quickly added ‘kindness’ but I realized
that we already have the Ideal, ‘I am kind’ and therefore we still needed to find a different principle to honor.
I meditated on this for a time, and the best I came up with was ‘I honor Enlightenment’ or ‘I honor Higher
I consider the first law very important. It needs to encompass just the right sentiment,
for within the Laws of Ma’at are all the components that promote a life of purity, harmony and sanctity. “Ma’at
is a philosophy, a spiritual symbol as well as a cosmic energy or force which pervades the entire universe.” (Muata
In the end, we decided to keep ‘I honor virtue’ as the first Ideal of Ma’at of the Temple
of Isis. ‘Virtue’ is the opposite of vice which made me think ... why not a ‘virtue president’ instead
of a vice president? Just a thought ...
The 42 Ideals of
Ma’at of the Temple of Isis
A Positive Confession
for the Present Day
1. I honor virtue
2. I benefit with gratitude
3. I am peaceful
I respect the property of others
5. I affirm that all life is sacred
6. I give offerings that are genuine
7. I live in truth
8. I regard all altars with respect
9. I speak with sincerity
10. I consume only my
11. I offer words of good intent
12. I relate in peace
13. I honor animals with reverence
14. I can be trusted
15. I care for the earth
16. I keep my own council
17. I speak positively of others
18. I remain in balance with my emotions
19. I am trustful in my relationships
20. I hold purity in high
21. I spread joy
22. I do the best I can
23. I communicate with compassion
24. I listen to opposing
25. I create harmony
26. I invoke laughter
27. I am open to love in various forms
28. I am
29. I am kind
30. I act respectfully of others
31. I am accepting
32. I follow my inner
33. I converse with awareness
34. I do good
35. I give blessings
36. I keep the waters pure
37. I speak with good intent
38. I praise the Goddess and the God
39. I am humble
40. I achieve with
41. I advance through my own abilities
42. I embrace the All
About the Author: Loreon Vigne is a member of the ArchPriesthood Union of the Fellowship of
Isis, in which she has long been both a member and an ordained priestess. She founded the Temple of Isis
at Geyserville, California in 1996. The Temple of Isis is a legally recognized church which offers legal minister status
for FOI priesthood members. Loreon writes: "We
honor the Goddess Isis, who equates with Mother Earth, and has been worshipped longer than any other deity known on this
planet." Loreon also owns and manages the property named Isis Oasis in Geyserville, a retreat center which houses
two active temple buildings, the Isis Chapel and the Main Temple. http://www.isisoasis.org/temp1/docs/about.htm
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