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Dear Amun: Egyptian Gods for Modern Times

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 6, 2017, 5:43 PM

Thoth, the Persuasive Speaker



Anyone with even a passing interest in Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses knows that Thoth is the Ultimate Intellectual.  He is responsible for the creation of writing, laws, and medicine, and he is linked to the creation of the calendar.  In one cosmogony, he is said to have created himself.The ibis-headed god of writing, medicine, laws is also the god of persuasive speaking.

Why do we need persuasive speech?

After all, we have Persuasive Pictures.  Turn on the news and you don’t really get news:  you get weather, traffic, sports, politics, and how many people got murdered yesterday.  You get clips from important speeches and interviews, delicately plucked at the moment of peak ripeness to fuel editorials from the talking heads–the pundits and their kin–who, with practiced gravitas, do their best to convince you and hundreds of thousands of other viewers that This is the Truth, the Way It Is, Really. 

In writing this particular blog I looked at the deep division in our society and asked myself, “Is persuasive speech even worth pursuing right now?  Who’s going to listen?  Why bring this aspect of Thoth up at all?” 


The answer:  for the same reason that your English teacher tried to pound the importance of making a persuasive argument in the first place.  You might need it during an interview, pitching a new project to your boss, making a bid for a huge contract, or trying to get your spouse to let you buy that huge TV you’ve been wanting. 

Our government leaders must be able to make such speeches.  They must be able to convince other the leaders of other countries, our own Congress and Senate, and us that what they are doing is right for our country and the world.



Now to the creative visualization portion of this blog:

Envision the person or persons who need to make their best argument during stressful times.  Now gentle, graceful ibis-headed Thoth enters your line of sight.  He places his hand on the shoulder of the person needing the assistance:  if it’s you, imagine the weight of his hand. He breathes the fire of inspiration and strength of conviction into them–into you.  Imagine him with you–with them–as you make your argument, pitch your project, or with the President speaks to other world leaders on issues that will impact us all.  His presence is very calming:  you will remember everything you need to remember and your speech will be steady and strong. 

You don’t have to believe, just follow directions.”

the Witch Doctor “True Stories”




  • Listening to: Soundtrack for "Rogue One"
  • Reading: The Geology of Egypt
  • Watching: my husband balancing the checkbook
  • Drinking: water
Tiger Bride (Nearly) Complete
I say "nearly" because I'm trying to give her a tail and still casting about as to how to do that.  Since I last posted she now  has her dress completed, her elaborate over coat added, a veil, and bangles that were made from cheap human bangles that I cut into thirds and bent around her wrists.  I wanted to do rings on her paws, but, just like henna, it wasn't happening with a tiger.  :)  On to the groom!
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Bride Close up With Veil
Our bride now has her veil and all her jewelry, including a necklace.  Much of the jewelry comes from one necklace that I cannibalized.
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Tiger Bride Three Quarters
The bride's outfit was hand sewn, and is made from a silk Indian outfit my daughter donated to this cause.  Because I can't do bullion.  Not that fast, anyway.  She is actually wearing bangles up to her elbows. 
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Tiger Back with Veil
I did a lot of research on Indian bridal gowns and accessories, and one thing that struck me was that the brides weren't afraid to add a splash of another color, whatever suited them.  This was a scarf we found at the Salvation Army.  I added decorations in the form of the little gold medallions, each with a bead at the center.  These were sewn, As was the gold trim.  I also chose this veil because it allows the hair ornaments to be visible.
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Sophia Kelly Shultz
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"Holy-sh*t-Madame-the sky-is touching-your-nose" trippy!

I hadn't realized that it's been YEARS since I'd written that profile!

I guess that's because I've been kept very busy for those years. However, a long-awaited update:

I've been published: The Stone Circle Oracle, which can be found here-- www.schifferbooks.com/the-ston…

I will be published again! This time you can find the art in the slide show to your left. The deck will be all male energies, with characters drawn (literally) from Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Biblical, and Ancient Near Eastern traditions.

I have had three paintings published in the We'moon on the Wall calendar, which is nationally distributed. They are "I Rise Up, Not Without Help," "Badger Knows All in the Earth, Hawk Knows All in the Sky," and "Figure THIS One Out!"

Despite all this, I'm still not famous. LOL

The Springer Spaniels are still springy.

I'm still camping at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary, and am on the Board of Directors, the gods help me.

My daughter is now about to turn 22, the gods help me even more!



Current Residence: Pennsylvania USA
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Dear Amun: Egyptian Gods for Modern Times

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 6, 2017, 5:43 PM

Thoth, the Persuasive Speaker



Anyone with even a passing interest in Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses knows that Thoth is the Ultimate Intellectual.  He is responsible for the creation of writing, laws, and medicine, and he is linked to the creation of the calendar.  In one cosmogony, he is said to have created himself.The ibis-headed god of writing, medicine, laws is also the god of persuasive speaking.

Why do we need persuasive speech?

After all, we have Persuasive Pictures.  Turn on the news and you don’t really get news:  you get weather, traffic, sports, politics, and how many people got murdered yesterday.  You get clips from important speeches and interviews, delicately plucked at the moment of peak ripeness to fuel editorials from the talking heads–the pundits and their kin–who, with practiced gravitas, do their best to convince you and hundreds of thousands of other viewers that This is the Truth, the Way It Is, Really. 

In writing this particular blog I looked at the deep division in our society and asked myself, “Is persuasive speech even worth pursuing right now?  Who’s going to listen?  Why bring this aspect of Thoth up at all?” 


The answer:  for the same reason that your English teacher tried to pound the importance of making a persuasive argument in the first place.  You might need it during an interview, pitching a new project to your boss, making a bid for a huge contract, or trying to get your spouse to let you buy that huge TV you’ve been wanting. 

Our government leaders must be able to make such speeches.  They must be able to convince other the leaders of other countries, our own Congress and Senate, and us that what they are doing is right for our country and the world.



Now to the creative visualization portion of this blog:

Envision the person or persons who need to make their best argument during stressful times.  Now gentle, graceful ibis-headed Thoth enters your line of sight.  He places his hand on the shoulder of the person needing the assistance:  if it’s you, imagine the weight of his hand. He breathes the fire of inspiration and strength of conviction into them–into you.  Imagine him with you–with them–as you make your argument, pitch your project, or with the President speaks to other world leaders on issues that will impact us all.  His presence is very calming:  you will remember everything you need to remember and your speech will be steady and strong. 

You don’t have to believe, just follow directions.”

the Witch Doctor “True Stories”




  • Listening to: Soundtrack for "Rogue One"
  • Reading: The Geology of Egypt
  • Watching: my husband balancing the checkbook
  • Drinking: water

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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Professional

Happy year of the fire monkey and many blessings on your house


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Ephaistien Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your art!Heart 
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Melalina Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'd like to welcome you to :iconspirit-of-the-yoruba: Your gallery is wonderful. I look forward to seeing your Orisha art in the group.
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GueparddeFeu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!

Welcome in my group :iconarcheology-mythology:!=D
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PGwainbenn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Thanks for the fav!
You do some great work!
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SuzannePetito Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Hi, Sophia   I tried to reach you on FB yesterday when I saw that you had received your decks.  I hope you remember me from CT-CW conference in November, where I purchased your deck from you in the vendor's room.  If you need my address, you can e-mail me at hecate21stcentury@hotmail.com and I'll send it to you.  Please let me know when you get this.  Thank you, Sophia.
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badgersoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
ACK!!  I just saw this!!  Did I ever send you the deck???
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Rambling-anthology Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Writer
Love the ID Pic.
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