Decided to do some semi-devotional kinda drawing seeing that I’m getting back in contact. Practiced some falcon head studies, based on the Aussie Peregrine subspecies (F. p. macropus) which are quite stocky, robust birds whose teardrop and eyeliner markings are solidified into a mask.

I really love the bottom one, I might polish that up into the sidebar image.


Things that make You go Hmmm…

My cloud of anti-discernment persists, and the Sirs are finding new ways to get messages through. Most recently, it’s the “from the blind side of nowhere” approach, as demonstrated here.

Scrolling through my dash, flicker across this post by igamuinacra. Completely unrelated to anything and *ahem*. Both of them, at the same time, staring hard.

I am way too hard on myself (thanks mental illness) and They know, and They won’t let me forget it.

Falcon-headed war-god of the Theban district.
Montu enters the pantheon under the expansionist rulers of Thebes c.2000 BC. A number of the kings of Dynasty XI display the local allegiance to this militaristic deity by bearing the name Montuhotep (‘Montu is content’). From now on Montu becomes the embodiment of the conquering vitality of the pharaoh. The quasi-historical narrative of the fugitive court official, Sinuhe, set in Dynasty XII describes how, after slaying the champion of a Syrian tribe, he raises his war cry and gives praise to Montu. At the beginning of Dynasty XVIII a ceremonial axe from the burial equip-ment of Queen Iahhotep represents Montu as a fierce, winged and crested griffin, an iconography clearly influenced by the same Syrian origin as that which inspired Minoan artists at Knossos. Over the griffin the pharaoh Iahmose ‘beloved of Montu’ slays a foreigner.
Montu’s consorts are a Theban goddess Tjenenyet and the solar goddess Raettawy.
In the later period Montu is associated with a sacred bull called Buchis whose distinguishing features are a white hide and black face. On the edge of the desert at Armant is the burial place of the bulls (known as the Bucheum) and of the cows who were the ‘mothers of Buchis’. On present archaeological evidence sacred bulls were buried from the reign of Nectanebo II (Dynasty XXX) to the time of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
The cult centres of Montu in the Theban nome, from north to south, are at:
1 Medamud (ancient Medu) – north-east of modern Luxor – where a sanctuary founded by Senwosret III (Dynasty XII) was expanded during the New Kingdom and Graeco-Roman period.
2 Karnak, where a precinct for Montu ‘lord of Thebes’ lies north of the main temple of AMUN.
3 Armant (Hermonthis), originally the major sanctuary from the early Middle Kingdom to the Graeco-Roman era. Luckily the ruins were drawn by early nineteenth-century visitors to Egypt before the temple was used as a quarry for stone for a sugar factory.
4 Tod, where during the Middle Kingdom the temple of Montu ‘lord of Djerit’ received from Amenemhat II (Dynasty XII) four ‘treasure chests’ of diplomatic gifts from Syria, the Aegean
and Mesopotamia, now displayed in the museums of Cairo and Paris. The scant ruins are of Graeco-Roman date.
—  The Routlege Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
Martial Arts and other news.

Not sure if I posted it here, but I’ve recently started up martial arts again!

I went for the first time in ages yesterday and it was ruddy brilliant. The dojo is run by a family, it’s been in the family for two generations now, there’s a really great atmosphere and the morality is great as well. Not once was I given any kind of special treatment ‘as a girl’. I’d probably be able to get away with wearing a binder there when I eventually get one.

Now I’m super psyched to do it, and start weaving it in with my riding and general fitness programs. It all melds in really well! This will also have devotional repercussions, I’ll have to write a post about it some time. I really want to spar with someone, and go for a jog/walk!

I’m also getting hints that when I start swimming a certain toothy someone might want me to make a space on the altar…

Until then,
Ales out!