Wednesday, March 19, 2014
"Cosmic Scalp Massage"

Nut massaging the scalp of Geb?
(Intuitive pen and ink ("Sharpie" pen) on bristol board, 11x14 inch)

Nut arches above Geb, god of the earth,
(as seen in a detail from the Papyrus of Tentamun, 21st Dyn., Bibliotheque Nationale, via Wilkinson's _Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt_, page 106

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I was thrilled earlier to look out our window and see a cactus in bloom,
The Photo Friday theme this week is "Flowering" so I went out with the camera.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

     Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.),
     spiral rings removed after the scan:

I got inspired by Uret, Ramose's sister, a lily holder in Ramose's tomb, TT55 and created a crop from which to draw.

The blue lily, sometimes called a 'lotus', but more accurately known as Blue Egyptian water lily (Nymphaea caerulea), is a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. It is sweetly scented, and Uret would be inhaling its fragrance deeply, thereby rejuvenating herself.

While Uret's bracelet is plain, I gave my lily holder a decorated bracelet, decorated with the hieroglyphs for "Ankh Udja Seneb", or Ankh: "Life", Udja (or 'wedja'): "to be whole/intact"/"Endurance" (aka = "Prosperity") and Seneb: "Health".

Thus, I'm conveying the lily holder is "Flourishing".

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
"Every Breath a Gift"

Every Breath a Gift

If at the point of quiet contemplation,
I bring some vague confusion,
I will let my confusions be.
(I have travelled with them a long way.)

I will listen quietly,
Breathe evenly, deeply.
As I remember my ancient roots,
The old seeds bloom again.

The flowers smell as sweet
As they did to the ancients,
Who inhaled their fragrance fervently.
I inhale the hidden Essence.

Oh, gift of Netjer!
Gift in every breath!
I receive with gratitude,
I release with gratitude.

Inhaling, -------
Exhaling, -------
I am in Balance,
I am in Peace.

Joan Ann Lansberry, 3-26-2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


This ... now,
This, that I can hold in the large hands of my mind:
this moment of grace.
I breathe in spacious Grace,
enough for this moment,

Joan Ann Lansberry, 4-2-2014

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