Sunday, November 3, 2013
"Thinking Cap"

Sharpie pen on 9x12" bristol board...

I couldn't sleep well last night. After about two hours of tossing and turning, I decided to get up and siphon off some mental restlessness via an intuitive drawing.

The 'thinking cap' has doors on it, showing there's more than one doorway. Julia thought the doors look almost like eyes with eyebrows above them, a way of seeing, as well as entering. Perhaps the 'hat' is like eyeglasses to aid the mind. She thought the pentagram equals "higher mastery".

Julia also thought the hat reminded her of the Royal Albert Hall, with its arched windows, (and where 'the stars' perform). Julia and I had recently watched a concert on PBS that was performed there by the captivating Emile Sande.

After I'd drawn him, I too thought of musical connections, for the 'thinking man' in the drawing reminds me of Boy George and the wild hats and long hair he used to have. I got to wondering what he's up to, and it turns out he's got a new album out. In one song, he asks:

What's the word on the street?
Have I lost my crown?
Will I be king of everything?

I hope the 'Boy' finds a good gateway to overcome the problems that vexed him in the past.

Monday, November 4, 2013
"The Cool Head"

Photo from _Tutankhamun_, text T. G. James, photos A. DeLuca

Why does Ptah wear the blue cap? An idea came to me at work, as I regarded a photo of Ptah from KV57. "Because he keeps a cool head!" Ptah channels the immense Drive of Set, (represented by the Set-headed Was scepter, which he firmly grasps), into productive Creation. An old adage seems particularly true of Ptah: "Slow and steady wins the race." Ptah wears the 'patient' garb of Osiris, so he takes the Drive of Set and tempers it with Patience. If I am persistent, but patient, I will be more effective. So when the work load is demanding (as it is now), it is better not to hurry, but just to do each task calmly.

I futher notice Tutankhamun's statue of Ptah is wearing a feathered garment. Perhaps the feathers are alluding to the falcon-headed Horus, and Ptah's reconciling aspect: "Horus and Seth 'were reconciled and united...their quarreling ceased...being joined in the House of Ptah...'" (from the Shabako Stone, quoted by Simson Najovits in "Egypt, Trunk of the Tree", (Algora Publishing, 2003), page 191)

With Ptah's reconciling nature, the Force of Set is united with the Vision of Horus. To do this, it is necessary to channel that Force upwards, which requires 'the cool head'.

I got another clue in a four line verse in the Universalist-Unitarian hymnal:

Since what we choose is what we are,
And what we love we yet shall be,
The goal may ever shine afar,
The will to win it makes us free.
To the 'Doxology' tune, by William de Witt Hyde (1858-1917)
From Singing the Living Tradition, (Beacon Press, UUA 1993), #374

"Since what we choose is what we are", it begins with this: I choose the cool head.

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