pax6  asked:

Hi there, stumbled upon your hilarious blog last night and just wanna firstly say thank you for exposing these terrible tattoos- I see so many more bad than good tattoos these days- and secondly to ask would it be disrespecful/unlucky to get a tattoo of the goddess Ma'at? I've been toying with the idea for a while because she is such a majestic figure but don't want to invite demons into my life either. Thank you!

You’re welcome!

As for Ma’at— I’m not Kemetic, but since she’s epitome of order and harmony, my inclination is that she’s probably safe as long as you’re the sort of person who strives to uphold Ma’at the principle.

On the other hand, here is an article on tattooing in Egypt and Mesopotamia to keep in mind if you’re doing it for ritual purposes.

Do any Kemetic followers want to weigh in?

orangeworms  asked:

Learned something new today: Most spiders have eight (8) eyes but some may have no eyes or even have twelve eyes! What determines the number of eyes a spider has? Also, trip down memory lane: Mr Henry J. Waternoose. P.S. NatGeo's news article, Spider Sense: Fast Facts on Extreme Arachnids, is really cool. The more you know, eh? :)

It’s because development of eyes are controlled by the pax6 hox gene, in spiders genes code for it in pairs as they are bilateral. They often have them in groups of four, so you can see how mutations can result in having 0,4, 8, or 12 eyes. This complicates Muffet who has five eyes, with 1 in the middle of the head.

Animals that live in dark caves do not need eyes, so when mutations occur in cave dwelling species that result in the eyes not forming correctly, it prevents that population from being able to survive very well outside of the cave, but inside the cave species without eyes use up less of their resources maintaining eyes and neural cords to them. The same thing happens for the genes associated with pigment. With less sun light, there is no need for pigment in cells to absorb and reflect the harmful UV rays.