Saturday, 31 December 2022

Happy New Year – Ma'at came into my orbit recently …

 

Ma'at is the goddess, who personified the ancient Egyptian concepts of:

                  truth,             balance, 

                           order,             harmony, 

                                             law,                morality, 

                   and justice  

as well as bringing order to the world from chaos …



Goddess Ma'at


Her roles in reminding us of the necessities of being decent, helping and co-operating with others in 2023 … 


... seem to me to be well worth remembering … if only we could pass these ideals across to the many despicable rulers, who seem to want to cause harm to other human beings …



I know we all do what we can to help others … and wish you all a very Happy New Year as 2022 turns into 2023 …




Hilary Melton-Butcher

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39 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Seconded!!! All the very best, Hilary. YAM xx

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well said. Happy New Year!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I hereby nominate you, Hilary, for a new position to be created at the United Nations, "Special Ambassador for Human Decency and Respect for All." It is sadly overdue. In the meantime - all the very best for 2023. I hope it will be a fabulous year for you. Hugs - David

hels said...

I think Ma'at has too many reponsibilities. Just looking after truth and justice across the world would be exhausting enough for one goddess.

It is 2023 here already :)

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

That's a lot of responsibility and multi-tasking - even for a female deity!
All the best for the coming year.

Elephant's Child said...

What an essential (and sadly overworked) diety. Thank you - and Happy New Year.

Janie Junebug said...

That's a lot of responsibility. Happy New Year!

Love,
Janie

Anabel Marsh said...

Happy new year, Hilary!

Liz A. said...

Happy New Year.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Yam - many thanks ...

@ Alex - great ... you've endorsed Ma'at's concepts ...

@ David - that's high praise ... very much appreciated ... oh how I wish it'd come true.

@ Hels - we just need to be positive for ourselves and others ... some people are able to achieve so much ...

@ John - yes it is isn't it ... but I'm sure she'd be able to delegate and oversee life's improvements ...

@ EC - yes poor woman would need to be ultra with it - butI'm sure she'd cope ... and as you say she's essential ...

@ Janie - many thanks ... given a chance she'd cope ...

@ Anabel - same to you ...

@ Liz - many thanks ...

Thanks everyone - let's all hope this year will be easier for the world's population - with thoughts as 2023 gets going ... cheers Hilary



Dan said...

Perhaps the best we can do is to live a good life and hope we lead by example.

Happy New Year, Hilary!

mail4rosey said...

Hi Hilary! I am here to wish you a very Happy 2023!!

John Holton said...

Happy New Year, Hilary!

Sue Bursztynski said...

Wasn’t Ma’at a goddess of justice? I vaguely recall reading that court cases might have been held in her temple? Or was that just a novel?

Anyway, happy New Year to you!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Dan - yes you're right there ... live in the moment as best we can for ourselves, family and others - exactly ... lead by example.

@ Rosey - great to see you ... thanks for popping by - I appreciate it!

@ John - lovely to see you ...

@ Sue - yes, I mentioned Justice in the post ... so you're right. I need to look at Greek deities and their history ... and know I must come back to the posts you wrote - probably nearly 2 years ago. This year is my year of reading ... my intention ...

Thanks so much to you all for your Happy New Year wishes ... I do so hope the same for us all, and many downtrodden peoples - it's been great having you around. Cheers Hilary

Jacqui Murray said...

I am befuddled how man should rule our communities. Nothing seems to work well!

Happy New Year, dear efriend.

DMS said...

Wonderful wishes for 2023. I think we can all do with more kindness and it starts with us. Hoping people will treat each other with more gentleness and kindness in this new year. :)
~Jess

Rhodesia said...

So well said.
A very Happy New Year to you. May it be a healthy, peaceful and happy year. Cheers Diane

Joanne said...

Yep. I agree. We'll see how it goes in 2023. Keep the light shining in your posts. Thank you.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Jacqui - I know ... befuddled is a good word - we need freedom of speech, kindness to others ... but I'll get very muddled - if I go on! Another aspect for you to build in to your clan's storyline ...

@ Jess - thanks ... New Year messages now-a-days seem challenging to be appropriate ... but you've endorsed my thoughts ... while your story telling is always a delight.

@ Diane - thank you ... you too have a healthy year over 'La Manche', while I look forward to your French and SA posts ...

@ Joanne - thanks ... I can't not be of a positive ilk - it's the only way ...

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments - here's to a happier world ... cheers for now! Hilary

Annalisa Crawford said...

She sounds like the perfect goddess for us to learn from. Happy New Year to you.

Sherry Ellis said...

Happy New Year! Those are all good qualities to strive for!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Annalisa - yes she does doesn't she ... and her ideas and persona has lasted over 4,000 years - she'll be around for a while ... I hope today's leaders and thinkers will take her concepts on board ...

@ Sherry - thanks ... great to see you ... and yes they are good qualities to strive for ...

Happy New Year to you both ... cheers Hilary

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Beautifully put, Hilary. Best wishes to you and yours in 2023. I'm trying to remember how long it's been since I first read your post. I think it was the early millennium, at least. Happy 4th New Day!

H. R. Sinclair said...

Happy Happy NEW YEAR!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for telling us about Ma'at. I love learning about Egyptian goddesses. We surely do need to remember the concepts she embodied.

cleemckenzie said...

We need to pay some attention to Ma'at, and maybe she'll help us out this year. Great post, Hilary.

Deborah Weber said...

How lovely to invoke Ma'at and invite those energies into 2023! May we all do our part to make our world a kinder, gentler, more just, more evenly-resourced, and nurturing place for all.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Happy New Year, Hilary! Let's pray 2023 will be the best, yet!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Joylene - thanks ... we've been around together a looooonnnng time ... when you visited the UK - when was that?! Next week I go into my 16th year on the blog: amazing!

@ Holly - thanks ... great to see you ...

@ Chrys - so pleased you enjoyed this post on Ma'at ... I want to learn more about the Greeks this year ... it's on my list of 'to dos' ...

@ Lee - I hope Ma'at will lead some guidance to those in power ... and for us all to remember. I too hope she'll help us out this year - we certainly need it ...

@ Deborah - thank you ... I hope she complies for the world - while in the meantime as you mention we must do what we can to help our world be kinder, gentler and more just, more evenly-resourced, and nurturing for the world as a whole.

@ Teresa - good to see you ... I do hope life eases up for us all, and particularly in those parts of the world - where life is hard ...

Thanks so much - Happy New Year to you all - cheers Hilary

Bish Denham said...

Here's to you, Hillary. I so agree with every single word. Ma'at should be our guide as we go into 2023 and continue into this century.

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy New Year!
All the best for 2023, Hilary!

Keith's Ramblings said...

Firstly, let me apologise for not visiting your blog recently. I always got an email each time you posted, but they stopped arriving and I, therefore, assumed you were taking a break! Wrong!

If only we'd all listen to Ma'at, perhaps she should tap her stick on the ground a little harder!

Have a wonderful 2023 Hilary.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Hope you have a very happy 2023!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Bish - lovely to see you ... thanks - I thought Ma'at was a good find, albeit she's been there for over 4,000 years, for 2023 and on ...

@ Michelle - thanks so much ... I'll be over soon ...

@ Keith - yes I know - a number of blogs I follow have fallen off the radar - and I must do something about it ... a couple of bloggers are looking at how they handle their followers - I'll be looking at my own system in about 2 weeks ... i.e. mid January ... and catch people whose blogs I've been missing off my list.

I suspect I'd rather not have the earth moved here - we've enough going on, yet we could do with some of her fairy dust ...

@ Elizabeth - so good to see you - thank you ...

Great to see you all and I do so wish the world will have an easier life ahead - humans can live together: peacefully and happily ... that I wish for. Cheers and Happy New Year - Hilary

Sandra Cox said...

We could certainly use Ma'at to make an appearance today, couldn't we, Hils?
Hope your holidays were happy.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Thanks Sandra ... we most certainly could use Ma'at making an appearance and sticking around for a while; I had a lovely time over the seasonal festivities ... and I hope yours was too - cheers Hilary

Rhodesia said...

Wishing you all the very best for 2023, may it be a healthy year full of fun.
Take care Diane

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks Diane - you enjoy yourself down south ... sunny Southern Africa - the best! Happy times to us all and a healthy year full of fun - as you rightly recommend - cheers Hilary