Discovery of Padibastet

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South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

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Excavation of the open court of the Mayor of Thebes and Fourth Priest of Amun, Karabasken (TT 391) started in 2013. Three years of work in the court yielded a large amount of exciting discoveries. One of the most important ones was the discovery of the lost High Stewart of the God’s Wife, Padibastet. Padibastet re-inscribed the entrance doorframe and vestibule of the tomb of Karabasken. In addition his stela was carved on the west wall of the sun court of the tomb. The research of our team member Dr. Erhart Graefe identified this previously unknown High Stewart as the grandson of Pabasa A bearer of the same titles and owner of TT 279 in North Asasif. Most of the owners of the beautiful monumental tombs of the North Asasif bore the same title. Yet Padibastet reused a Kushite tomb in a different necropolis. It must be evidence of his…

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Poetry and Mystery: “Women” by Evelyn Scott

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By Yaroslav Gerzhedovich By Yaroslav Gerzhedovich

“Crystal columns,
When they bend they crack;
Brittle souls,
Conforming, yet not conforming–
Mirrors.

Masculine souls pass across the mirrors:
Whirling, gliding ecstasies–
Retreating, retreating,
Dimly, dimly,
Like dreams fading across the mirrors.

Then the mirrors,
Stark and brilliant in the sunshine,
Blank as the desert,
Blank as the Sphinx,
Winking golden eyes in the twinkles of light,
Silent, immutable, vacuous infinity,
Illimitable capacity for absorption,
Absorbing nothing.

Have the shapes and the shadows been swallowed up
In your recesses without depth,
You drinkers of life,
Twinkling maliciously
Your golden yellow eyes,
Mirrors winking in the sunshine?”

Gustave Moreau, "The Victorious Sphinx" Gustave Moreau, “The Victorious Sphinx”

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Animal Spirits: The Heron & The Falcon Revisited

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Through the Peacock's Eyes

falconOn my recent trip to Mount Shasta, I had two animal spirit encounters, not during my hikes, but on the drives beginning and ending my trip. On the drive north towards the mountains, I saw three falcons perched on fencing along some farmlands within the span a few minutes. The day before I had read a blog post (sorry, can’t remember whose), which focused on the symbolism of the animals in some of the Tarot cards, particularly the Nine of Pentacles, which has a falcon in it. I took a mental note of this because this month I had and have been getting the Nine of Pentacles nearly every day in my personal daily spread. It also came up in at least half of the September Monthly Tarotscopes and in this week’s Weekly Oracle Card Reading (see videos below).

mucha2I have written about the symbolism of the falcon before…

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Seeing Through the Mist

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Matrignosis: A Blog About Inner Wisdom

I spent the first half of my life in a mist, blind to all that is truly sacred. A spiritual seeker from the age of 17, I had plenty of ideas about what was sacred, but they came from other people. Only very rarely did I actually experience the sacred for myself. Then I discovered the symbolic meaning in dreams and myths.

Myths are cultural expressions of humanity’s relationship to the gods. While not necessarily literally true on the outside, myths are always true on the inside because they address the truths of the soul. Dreams are personal myths. Imaginatively exploring the symbols and themes of our dreams to gain insights into our personal issues, then seeing how they are addressed and resolved in cultural myths, can help us grow our spirits and recover our souls.

In A History of God, former nun Karen Armstrong says, “The only way…

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