The Opening of the Mouth derives its name from its use in the funerary liturgy. It was recited before the mummy as its mouth was forcibly opened so that the deceased would be given voice in the underworld. Its usefulness to the living is that it helps develop the power of Maa Kheru, or 'right speaking'. This is a power that is essential in the mastery of Heka, or practical magick.
Begin facing west, with the ritual dagger in hand.
Un re-a an Ptah, uau netu, uau netu, aru re-a an neter nut-a.
I arefm Djewhty, meh aper em heka, uau netu, uau netu, en Suti sau re-a.
Khesef-tu Tem uten-nef senef sai set.
Un re-a, apu re-a an Shu em nut-ef tui ent baat en pet enti ap-nef re en neteru am-es.
Nuk Sekhet! Hems-a her kes amt urt aat ent pet.
Nuk Sakhu! Urt her-ab baiu Annu.
Ar heka neb t'etet neb t'etu er-a sut, aha neteru er-sen paut neteru temtiu.
May Ptah give me voice, remove the wrappings! Remove the wrappings which the lesser
gods have placed over my mouth.
Come unto me Djewhty, bearer of Heka, full of Heka, remove the wrappings! Remove the
wrappings of Suti which fetter my mouth.
May Tem turn back those who would restrain me.
Give me voice! May my mouth be opened by Shu with that divine instrument of iron with
which the gods were given voice.
I am Sekhet! I watch over the heaven of the west.
I am Sakhu! I watch over the souls of Annu.
May the gods and their children hear my voice, and resist those who would silence me.
Take the ritual dagger and trace a vertical line in the air to the west, in a smooth downward motion.
Turn to the south and trace a vertical line in the air.
Turn to the east and trace a vertical line in the air.
Turn to the north, and trace another vertical line from top to bottom.
I am the flame which shines upon the Opener of Eternity!
The Opening of the Mouth was traditionally used to begin every religious and magickal ceremony. Its practise was universal and continuous throughout Dynastic Egypt.