Mercury Retrograde Nearly 4000 Years Ago

Astrology 4000 years ago was just as popular as it is now. But when you had your Mercury Retro fuq-ups you had to etch discontent into stone.

 

“…Take cognizance that (from now on) I will not accept here any copper from you that is not of fine quality. I shall (from now on) select and take the ingots individually in my own yard, and I shall exercise against you my right of rejection because you have treated me with contempt.”

This tablet is from nearly 4000 years ago, found in the ruins of Ur, a major city-state in what was Mesopotamia but is now Iraq.  Some historians say it was once the largest city in the world.

The chief deity in this place was “Sin” – their Moon God. He had a beard made from lapiz lazuli and rode on a winged bull. Bulls were everywhere then – in some astrological theories that era was the Age of Taurus. The Queens of Ur had ornate lyres upon which was a bull.

The Moon Gods partner was more associated with the Sun and her name was “Ningal” – which means “Great Lady”. Ishtar/Inanna (represented by the planet we now call Venus) was one of their children.

The City Of Ur Had Astrologers, Spies, Terrace Housing And Priestesses

Ur had sanctuaries, astrologers, poets, cosmologically designed gardens, spies, shrines, terrace housing, cats and priestesses.

Ur means “city of light” and it is the city where we found the world’s oldest known astrological text:  Enuma Anu Enlil.    Their version of Mercury was called Nabu, the God of Water, Wisdom + Writing. No doubt somewhere in these still yet to be totally translated writings is a reference to Mercury/Nabu Retrograde.

And well, Mercury Retrograde and/or bad help happen in any century but imagine dealing with it when the complaint had to be etched into rock and delivered. Every time I see evidence of magic and ancient cities with priestesses or reverence for cats, I think of how anti-fragile a certain style of being is. Astrology 4000 years ago reminds us that somethings remain essentially the same.

Thoughts?

 

Image: British Musuem

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Pegasus
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Pegasus
February 25, 2017 2:38 am

Above the word witch was mentioned which reminded me of Lana Del Ray and her coven, cronies and as many friends as she could muster to plan a ritual for Friday States time were gathering outside Trump Tower to put a hexxy-spell on his Trumpness.

It WAS rumoured that witches gathered on the White Cliffs of Dover to repel the German Invasion.
They were repelled eventually, so it ain’t me laughing at Lana 🙂

Pegasus
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Pegasus
February 25, 2017 2:40 am
Reply to  Pegasus

My grammar is weirding out, might be senior moments popping around me…lol.

Jokerman
Jokerman
February 25, 2017 2:42 am
Reply to  Pegasus

My grammar always seemed to be having a senior’s moment.

12th House Virgo
12th House Virgo
February 24, 2017 7:16 am

I think when we started writing things, which started with economic naggings like this, is when we stopped being magical. I also think that is a really strange thing for a Mercury-ruled type such as myself to write.

I saw an exhibit from the Royal Tombs of Ur years ago and I bought the exhibit book. They had the best jewelry back then…gold, orange, blue…nothing compares to it now.

Skarab
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Skarab
February 24, 2017 8:39 am

I agree with you re the writing and magic – i think it changed us profoundly and robbed us of other more visceral abilities. Plenty of books on that now, lol …oh irony. But then i think we exchanged magic for slavery the minute we started settling down & owning land.

12th House Virgo
12th House Virgo
February 24, 2017 10:08 am
Reply to  Skarab

YES! Even crazier, I remember it. I remember how we tried to resist taxes – at least some of us – and all currency is really a kind of tax and a location. Seems silly to write a book about it although I think about doing that pretty often. I am curious to know who wrote about it although I don’t think I could stand to read it. 🙂

Gemyogi
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Gemyogi
February 24, 2017 1:47 am
Starlush
Starlush
February 23, 2017 5:00 pm

Ur of the Chaldeans!!! Yes this is so fabulous. Where did you find all of this Mystic??!

Sam
Sam
February 23, 2017 4:06 pm

Maybe there was a stone-scribe who the locals went to , instead of DIY messages. the scribe would specialise in complaints. Was probably a scorpio moon, lol.

Sam
Sam
February 23, 2017 4:07 pm
Reply to  Sam

not because scorp moons complain, but more from the shit-list / intel angle.

sphinx
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sphinx
February 23, 2017 3:01 pm

What a great post! I love this blog for bringing me into the current zeitgeist – but my Kataka stellium drags me back into the past both in book and trance state. I crave more of these beautiful illustrations of ancient life perhaps because my NN in Saggi/Jup in the 9th/MC loves to culture vulture too. Graham Hancock whose Magicians of the Gods I am reading convincingly theorises the early Egyptians were the survivors of a great civilisation lost to the great flood (described in nearly every culture) caused by asteroid strike 12, 800 years ago. The caves in Turkey… Read more »

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 4:33 pm
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I think i’ve mentioned this on another thread, but in Stephen Oppenheimer’s book *East of Eden*, he investigates comparative mythology and used genetic, anthropological, linguistic and archaeological evidence to show that nearly every Middle Eastern and European myth motif, including the Great Flood, can be found on the islands of eastern Indonesia and the southwest Pacific – suggesting that the cradle of civilization – was not in the Middle East, as is normally believed, but was in a drowned continent off South East Asia – or Sunderland. Wasn’t there something in the news just recently on how there is actually… Read more »

Veronica
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Veronica
February 23, 2017 9:30 pm
Reply to  Skarab

Original hill- tribe groups in the Southern Philippines have creation myths which reference ‘the Great Flood’, and how survivors floated in giant bamboo vessels…

sphinx
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sphinx
February 24, 2017 3:07 am
Reply to  Veronica

Heya V, been missing you gorgeous! How are things? And here: https://grahamhancock.com/gunung-padang-latest-hancock/ There is apparently sound dating for 26,000 bc. and pyramid in Indonesia according GH. My feeling is that these people were all over the world, there are pyramids and megaliths in so many places and they were undoubtedly excellent maritime people given no one understands how to lift near 1500 tonne megaliths today. Skarab I will def read this guy’s work! Thanks for the mention, really interesting. Yes, also to frozen mammoths with fresh summer dandelions in their tummy. How does that occur without some extreme event? And… Read more »

Veronica
Veronica
February 24, 2017 4:41 am
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Hello Sphinx 🙂
I Have been lurking, but not posting because have two new teaching positions atmo and therefore So much admin/compliance/IT upgrade/ shiz to get my head around that there is like a blood vessel at the back of my head that throbs at night..
It’s very nice to come here to tune into the higher octaves just by reading.

Am so pleased that you are having your new home at last! May it always be full of fragrant smells, crystals and abundant gardens xxx

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 5:42 pm
Reply to  sphinx

If you mean your Merc/ Venus/ and Saturn conjunct in Kataka then yes – that would do it! Where is you asteroid Ishtar? Mine is conjunct Jupe in 1st h. But trans Ishtar is sitting ON my Lilith right now & opp my Jupe-Ishtar. I feel possessed! Today had a very lilith feel to it. Had a very animated convo at the veggie stand today with a harangued shop assistant who started to cry on me & tell me about her creep chauvinist boss – i had this insane urge to leap over the counter and throttle the bastard who… Read more »

sphinx
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sphinx
February 24, 2017 3:17 am
Reply to  Skarab

Cool femme sisterhood consciousness, love it!

Oh my Goddess! I never checked my Ishtar asteroid.
Like you it is conjunct my Jupiter (and Ceres/Juno) in my Piscean 9th!

That’s my power spot!
It is in my grand water trine to Cancerian stellium and my Moon in Scorpio. 🙂

Nice transit, if you are going to be possessed let it be by benevolent goddess types I say.

Sam
Sam
February 24, 2017 7:02 am
Reply to  Skarab

Last sentence : so good. Sisterhood ftw

dark star
dark star
February 23, 2017 2:40 pm

I’m at a brewery named for enki Sumerian god of flowing waters lol. Sumerians invented beer according to the tap person. Enki looks v Neptunian

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 12:14 pm

Since this is a post on Ur, scribes & Mercury, I’ve tried to post a couple of links (unsuccessfully – & awaiting moderation(?)) about the first known author in the history of mankind. Yes, there was other literature at the time but it was all anonymous and none as sophisticated. SHE was called Enheduanna (2285 – 2250 BC) & was a princess, poet & high priestess in the temple of Sin the Moon god at Ur. She was charged with the task (by her father Sargon, King of the Akkadians) of reconciling the gods of the Akkadians with the gods… Read more »

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 1:59 pm
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Now the original post came up (further up)… Sheesh, sorry for the repetition.

Jokerman
Jokerman
February 23, 2017 11:30 pm
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You must’ve urred.

saggenie
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saggenie
February 23, 2017 8:30 am

fantastic

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 5:09 am

While we’re in UR and talking Mercury – planet of scribes – it’s no coincidence that Enheduanna – a princess, poet and high priestess of Nanna, in the city of UR, is the first known author of all literature. Apparently her sophisticated style and psychological nuance were miles ahead of any of the writing of the times. The hymns she wrote to Inanna constitute the earliest written portrayal of an ancient goddess. In their celebration of Enheduanna’s relationship with Inanna, they also represent the first existing account of an individual’s consciousness of her inner life. The first link is to… Read more »

sphinx
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sphinx
February 23, 2017 2:42 pm
Reply to  Skarab

Oh thank you!!! Will be poring over this.
Can’t believe I haven’t found her yet, awesome.

Am reading Hancock’s latest book Magicians of the Gods and just adoring this post and all things ancient and amazing.
My Mercury in Cancer LOVES this study! Where is yr Mercury again?

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 3:25 pm
Reply to  sphinx

You’re welcome!
Yes, this lady is awesome.
I adore ancient history too – Cancer Sun in 9th House with Gem cusp?

To answer your question: my Mercury is in Leo and is atm being trined exact by Venus. And trans Merc is squaring my 8 h Lilith – hence my all consuming curiosity with female scribes atm (also looking up Murasaki Shikibu – considered to be the author of the first modern novel in 1000-1002 AD.) WHY didn’t we learn about these women at school or uni???!!!

Sam
Sam
February 23, 2017 4:02 pm
Reply to  Skarab

because they didn’t “change the course of history” (By starting wars and killing lots of ppl) 🙂 i kno that was a rhetorical question and we know this but I just wanted to feel the satisfaction of writing that lol. it would be a cool history-teaching module for a renegade history teacher to learn their students something useful… balanced reporting of genders in history 🙂 the best history is the history that openly plots the path of greed, or fervent ambition, and weakness, or high ideals of humanity… the chain-of-events stuff and childish pyramid drawing of junior high school history… Read more »

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 6:06 pm
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Hey, i’m satisfied that you gained satisfaction from answering my rhetorical question. The more it gets asked and answered the better. my 2 favourite subjects at school were history & geography despite having the WORST geography teacher EVER. Had him for 3 years. What he did was write all the lesson up on the blackboard & while we copied it down which would take over half an hour, he would go outside and suck on a few fags. Then he’d come back in & read out loud what he had written up on the blackboard for the rest of the… Read more »

Jokerman
Jokerman
February 24, 2017 10:37 am
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Of the sit down subjects Hist n Geog were my faves 2 (must be a Merc/Uran thing). Not only did they don’t do gender well they also disdained racially. Only Roman/Greek and Chinese. No pre-white Africas, no pre-white Americas and strangely no Northern European. And Pi they don’t teach proper geography anymore. Most kids can’t tell you what longitude or a solstice is.

I had a Science teacher like your Geog one. I was in love with my Geog teacher. I had her for 3/4yrs of high school

Saoirse Kirke
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Saoirse Kirke
February 23, 2017 9:55 pm
Reply to  Skarab

Because Burned. Destroyed. Erased.

By the ones pi mentions below.

Sam
Sam
February 23, 2017 4:04 pm
Reply to  Skarab

and thank you scarab, I love this lady… you had me at “princess, poet and high priestess ” ;D xxx

Saoirse Kirke
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Saoirse Kirke
February 23, 2017 9:50 pm
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Omfg thanj you for this

Alouetta
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Alouetta
February 23, 2017 4:17 am

Funny! Nice to know that some things just don’t change. Talk about a slow burn though.

I like this idea of going back to older technologies. Have been thinking of getting the Nokia 3310 that’s bring re-released. I like the idea of having a phone that’s just a phone and my old 3310 was virtually indestructible. Don’t think I’m quite ready for stone tablets yet.

Sam
Sam
February 23, 2017 5:14 am
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yep although my phone is handy my addictive personality and its design to actually be addictive is … bad. have been toying with dumb-phone option for sometime now.

Alouetta
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Alouetta
February 23, 2017 1:05 pm
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Yes! I find it so hard to disconnect. Do I really need to know what the smallest marsupial is at 11 at night? Should I start replying yo work emails while still in bed

Alouetta
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Alouetta
February 23, 2017 1:06 pm
Reply to  Alouetta

*to*

Invicta
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Invicta
February 23, 2017 2:50 am

Ha! That’s hilarious. And there I was stewing about how rapey growth hacking feels yesterday and replying to twitter bot messages “thanking me for connecting- signed bot” that I have a vacuum cleaner and we’re pretty close so I’m not open to another relationship with a machine right now but thanks.” And getting irate about being badgered into leaving five star reviews on Amazon. Isn’t it enough I bought your product? Those reviews are meant to happen spontaneously because the customer feels delighted with a product or service, not because they were harangued into in it. One guy actually wrote… Read more »

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 3:19 am
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<3!

Re writing & editing: I'm jealous of your fab verbosity & free flow. Saturn in my 3rd house of communication really puts the brakes on my fluidity, as it demands that everything has to be precise and accurate – which kind of takes out the joy of free-flow. Trans Pluto now in the 3rd too strips things back even more. Maybe i should just haiku my through.

Invicta
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Invicta
February 23, 2017 7:27 am
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Ha, well I’m thrilled to be the object an anyone’s envy right now for any reason whatsoever!
I’ll take that, gladly.
Thank you

Jokerman
Jokerman
February 23, 2017 4:35 am
Reply to  Invicta

I’ve read 8,472 sentences of yours and I SHNFC.

Invicta
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Invicta
February 23, 2017 7:26 am
Reply to  Jokerman

Lol
What does SHNFC mean?

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 8:22 am
Reply to  Invicta

He has no eye deer.

Jokerman
Jokerman
February 23, 2017 8:39 am
Reply to  Invicta

What she said (still have no fuqn clue). Joke Joyce.

Your thinking is so so so mutable. I learn so much off mutable contributors on here. 7th Haus warning: She has 7 planets in mutable T-Sqs and writers on here help me understand her.

Invicta
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Invicta
February 23, 2017 1:20 pm
Reply to  Jokerman

Ha

Sam
Sam
February 23, 2017 4:16 pm
Reply to  Jokerman

part of the trick is just to let it be I guess. you’ll pick it up as you go along.

Sam
Sam
February 23, 2017 5:13 am
Reply to  Invicta

i think saggitarians are my gurus at the moment.

Invicta
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Invicta
February 23, 2017 7:35 am
Reply to  Sam

I suspect that is the cherished hope of Sagittarians everywhere 🙂
But I’m a Virgo so I couldn’t say for sure 🙂

Sam
Sam
February 23, 2017 4:05 pm
Reply to  Invicta

oh that’s right I keep forgetting sorry 🙂 well you vibe sadge. and then there is La Grande Dame Pegasus

Pegasus
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Pegasus
February 25, 2017 2:29 am
Reply to  Sam

Present and accounted for PI.x
Invicta is free flow of consciousness writing and she writes how i imagine she speaks.Oui Inivicta?
You are gorgeous and DOING it. Give yourself some accolades Champ.x

Saoirse Kirke
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Saoirse Kirke
February 23, 2017 9:47 pm
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Heard and understood. When i was there…a place where i wished i could edit…it stopped me from writing. So i lost ideas,which is what we do…download from source. Im writing by hand,not quite carving in stone though it felt like it, when i was relearning how to do it but the piles of paper… huuuuge. And my penmanship is epic now. If i have a stroke tgeyll find all the gemius instead of four blog entries it took 10 days each to format and spell check. I want to tell 17 year old ellen to just get a fireproof file… Read more »

Sagiquarius
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Sagiquarius
February 23, 2017 1:08 am

Ah! I love this. Esp the Fancy Fuq You! When my parents were getting married, my mom didn’t like her last name (which had been kept by her parents from the fake ID that helped my grandma survive the holocaust). My mom also, however, didn’t like my dad’s last name, so they (read: she!) invented a new family name. She chose Ur. They (she) transliterated it differently from Hebrew, later when they immigrated to N.A. (Canada having responded to the immigration request just a couple of weeks before Australia, actually!). It’s been a slight pain in the ass name where… Read more »

fishgirl
fishgirl
February 23, 2017 1:04 am

Lol, you should start a mystic’s astro-comedy posts section. This could so be a meme!

Jokerman
Jokerman
February 23, 2017 12:07 am

He/She/They had Mars in an Earth sign. I’d like to think Mars in Virgo at 0*; like me.

Cu is the beautiful metal so maybe they had Mars in Taurus.

Universali
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Universali
February 22, 2017 10:56 pm

Lol! I think I should start etching my grievances in stone…much more time consuming than firing off an sms…you gotta be really committed to that message to carve it in rock! Hmm and I bet so therapeutic, by the time you had hammered in every letter I think a great sense of peace would settle upon you. Although my new (handwritten) blog..so not a blog, a journal I guess, entitled D.I.V.O.R.C.E. also brings me a great sense of peace, and giggles. So yeah, therapy but nothing like some muscle smashing precision work…food for thought. A stone journal? Downsides- very heavy,… Read more »

milleunanotte
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milleunanotte
February 23, 2017 12:50 am
Reply to  Universali

Giggling like crazy at this stone-chiselling therapeuti-craft idea. And the stone journal!

Except that a multi-conjunct Sag Rising like me with Merc opp Uranus would drop and shatter it, no doubt.

Then i’d have to find another stone to carve out Fq That Stone Sh*

Universali
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Universali
February 23, 2017 1:12 am
Reply to  milleunanotte

hahah yeah it’s making me laugh too!
There’d be a niche for it somewhere tho right?
Perhaps for bringing out the taurean patience and endurance to really persevere with carving the fqn sh* outta that stone.
Hmm..even the finding of the stones to carve would have a role in the therapeuti-craft….I can see a retreat in the making 😉

Universali
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Universali
February 23, 2017 1:23 am
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Like Yoga Nidra but, well, kind of totally different. Instead of setting your intention of your deepest heartfelt desire, meditate first on that which is your most important heart felt release…curse words are fine but, you know, probably think haiku- you have to chisel every letter.
So contemplate. Think on it. Refine it.
Search the river bed for your stone.
Chisel. Hammer. Chisel some more. Blow off the dust. Wine is allowed. Chisel.
Voila.
Message sent 🙂

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 1:51 am
Reply to  Universali

LOL! I’m so LOVING this for the ridiculous –
but the last bit actually makes sense One could very well do that – then after you’ve carved the stone you could throw it back in the river and let the water do it’s magic thang. Like Tibetan prayer flags but of the water.

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 1:58 am
Reply to  Skarab

Witch flagstones

Scorpy
Scorpy
February 23, 2017 4:21 am
Reply to  milleunanotte

“Fq that stone Sh”. LOL!!!

Omg! That’s me!!!

Moon in Saggo. *waves* AND moon square Uranus.

I hate the idea of setting anything to stone with a mutable moon!! And mars in Virgo (nothing is ever perfect!)

I went to a gallery opening tonight and I’m still annoyed with myself for saying something a bit inappropriate. Gahhhh *slaps forehead*
Get sick of myself being so chatty.

Starlush
Starlush
February 23, 2017 5:07 pm
Reply to  Universali

Touché!

Sam
Sam
February 22, 2017 8:36 pm

oh I LOVE this!
It helps us to de-mythologise the past and to really bring home the fact that we experienced exactly the same problems, happinesses, admin gripes, delivery delays, food procuring, creep-dodging, chit-chatting, lives and loves that will do for as long as we are the human race

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 2:45 am
Reply to  Sam

Yeah me too! Love it. One of the great pleasures of reading novels set in Ancient Egypt by Egyptologist Christian Jacq, are the real recipes for food & unctions that he uses throughout – plus all the labour laws & justice system of the time. You just realise that they had the same mundane issues we have now. I keep thinking that nothing has changed – just the fashion.

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 3:04 am
Reply to  Skarab

and deities.

Jokerman
Jokerman
February 23, 2017 4:38 am
Reply to  Skarab

And music formats.

Skarab
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Skarab
February 23, 2017 5:32 am
Reply to  Jokerman

Let Ray Manzarak (The Doors keyboards dude) take you there.

The lyrics come on at 1 minute into it
( i know how much you hate instrumentals)

Jokerman
Jokerman
February 23, 2017 11:45 pm
Reply to  Skarab

You Golden Skarab, pushin it up hill.
Just not in Heliopolis.

Starlush
Starlush
February 23, 2017 5:02 pm
Reply to  Skarab

Whoa!!!

Cat
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Cat
February 22, 2017 8:24 pm

This is really interesting. I love this bit of information.

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
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Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
February 22, 2017 7:54 pm

Loooove this post for so many reasons 🙂

chronicgir1
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chronicgir1
February 23, 2017 3:35 pm
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Awareness. You crack me up!

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