Wednesday Vignette – Two Ladies

Wadjet and Nekhbet

Wadjet, depicted as a cobra, was the protective deity of Lower Egypt, whereas Nekhbet – the vulture goddess – watched over Upper Egypt. Together they established laws, protected the country, its people, and its rulers, and promoted peace.

After the unification of Egypt, the crown of subsequent pharaohs consisted of the depiction of two deities whom – despite their physical differences and their representation of two separate, yet united regions – were always worshipped individually, as well as together. Contrary to most other freewheeling, shapeshifting gods of the time, the Two Ladies remained distinct from one another, and still managed to rule together in sustained peace. That’s quite the achievement!

Just think about it… I think we need some new deities to help us heal ourselves and this polarized, fractured world. Maybe we should engage the Two Ladies to come to our rescue? You know, build bridges over gaps, stitch together our torn and frayed ethnic and cultural fabrics, and make us celebrate our universal sameness instead of our differences. Then, after all the crazy has been dialed back, and the appropriate time-outs have been doled out – then they could lead our motley masses into a future where the focus is on facts, fairness, and fearlessness. Now, wouldn’t THAT be nice?


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Two Ladies

  1. Brennie lee says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice. A little Sekhmet for justice and healing perhaps?

    • annamadeit says:

      Right, that would be nice too. Although I might argue that Sekhmet is currently sent to punish us, as we seem hellbent on destroying our world. May Ra step in and save us from ourselves – and from the wrath of Sekhmet…

  2. Sajda Afifi says:

    Yea i agree with u actually.. The pharaonic system of ruling the country was excellent.. We should learn from them

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m not entirely convinced it was good for all, but I’ll go as far as to say that I think the world needs a benevolent dictator to get us out of our self-made binds. I don’t trust anyone to successfully and fairly pull that off, though, so I think we’d better stick with democracy – as best we can.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sajda! 😀

  3. Tina says:

    It would be nice, though I’m a big beliver in taking responsiblity for our actions, which most humans (myself included. ahem) have some trouble doing. Love these photos–the angle and lighting are perfect! Joining in today–thanks for hosting!

  4. Peter Herpst says:

    A nice dream of unity but I don’t think the nature of our species has changed much since the beginning of time and is not likely to do so. Weren’t there Hebrew slaves in Egypt around that time?

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh yes, and probably Nubians and others, too. No, the Two Ladies operated within a highly stratified society. It wasn’t all good. You called me on my cherry-picking, and I happily admit to doing it. It’s all a nice dreamy escape, which doesn’t account for all the complexities of our current reality. And probably not of the age back then, either. Our current, chattering malice tires me out!

  5. Kris P says:

    Learning from the past should be on everyone’s agenda. It seems the lessons there are all too easily dismissed or forgotten in our current world, where the focus always seems to be the current moment. I have a WV this week addressing peaceful migrations across the border:

    • annamadeit says:

      I heard on the news the other day that a focus on civics and government classes will be reintroduced in our schools. Not sure if it was nationwide or just a state somewhere, but either way I love it. The concern (a very legitimate one, mind you) was that people are so ignorant, they no longer understand how to put their voice to work in a productive way – they are not familiar with the avenues, channels, and ways available within democratic system, as it has been weeded out of a generation of school curriculae. Thus, they feel apathetic and powerless. I’m thrilled for whomever will get that back!

  6. hb says:

    Something meaningful to meditate on this first day of Spring. Thank you.

    I see it is two ladies sharing power that made the unity possible. More ladies in power might help.

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