AMEN. Magic word interpreted as “let it be” in Hebrew, used to evoke divine response to a prayer. Such words often began as deities’ names. This may have originally invoked the Egyptian god Amen (Amun), “the Hidden One” – the sun in the belly of his Mother before his rebirth at sunrise.Its hieroglyphic symbol meant a pregnant belly.
Barbara G. Walkers, “The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets”
When I find myself in need of comfort, I love to listen to The Beatles’ song Let It Be. I am always touched by the song’s profound message of acceptance and peacefulness. The story behind the song actually resonates with the symbolism of the Great Goddess as the great comforter. Paul McCartney was going through a very rough patch when he had a dream in which his late mother, whose name was Mary, and who had died when Paul was 14, appeared:
So in this dream… my mother appeared, and there was her face, completely clear, particularly her eyes, and she said to me very gently, very reassuringly: “Let it be.” It was lovely. I woke up with a great feeling. It was really like she had visited me at this very difficult point in my life and gave me this message: Be gentle, don’t fight things, just try and go with the flow and it will all work out.
I am aware that scholars are debating whether the word amen actually originates from the name of the Egyptian god. But I am really fond of this theory. Amun’s name meant “the hidden one,” his name might have originated from a word which meant “water,” which reinforces his symbolic connection with the Great Mother. He was often depicted as a ram or a ram-headed man, which of course suggests Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac: a divine child that emerges out of the waters of the collective unconscious (like the sun rising every morning). In the Pyramid Texts he is said to “protect the other gods with his shadow.” I think Amun is symbolic of the dark, shadowy moments right before the dawn, when there is no way of telling what will be born, and we can just open ourselves to the new by saying “let it be.”
Vladimir Kush, Sisyphus