Years and years ago I studied for two summers in Berlin. While I was there, I visited Charlottenburg Castle. It’s a nice day trip and quite lovely. Being a photographer, I took a few photos for a book I eventually published, “Numinous Places,” and now, as my husband is working on his next book of Dionysian poetry, putti…little cupids…keep coming up, both in his poetry and just in conversation as he’s been writing. It made me think of this particular photo, a close up of a bit of the molding in the ballroom at the Castle. It looks to me like these putti are having some fun that’s not quite safe for work. lOL.
Anyway, I’ll shortly be making this image into greeting cards so I figured I’d give y’all a sneak preview here.
Dver over at Forest Door is selling a very special book. It’s filled with liminal, numinous things, wisps of magic, doorways to other places. There are only a few available for sale, so if you want one, don’t wait.
Check it out at the link below. They’re really cool.
“Let me tell you a story.
Many years ago, my spirits told me that I would eventually learn to integrate my magical practices and artistic pursuits, that I would begin making “spirit-worker art.” This concept appealed to me but I had no idea at the time how it would actually manifest. I knew it wasn’t just a matter of making witchy-looking stuff (there’s enough of that anyway) but rather a deeper level of utilizing Art to open Doorways. Eventually I came to rely more directly on certain spirits for artistic inspiration, and began seeing an increase in ability too – what They wanted made, got made, even when I didn’t think I possessed the necessary skills. There were masks, and puppets, and many glamourbombs.”
Read the rest here: Spirit-Worker Art – A Story About A Very Special Book
I’ve been reading the early Church fathers quite a bit for some of the graduate classes I’m taking. Last night, I found myself greatly enjoying one particular book and I thought “some of these lines would make a great cento.” I decided to take seven of the Church Fathers, write a Cento for each based solely on one of their works and fit them into the seven deadly sins schema. *G* Here is the first. Kudos if you can not only tell me who it is, but what work this is from:
I came to Carthage
and all around me hissed
a cauldron with illicit loves.
Clouds of muddy concupiscence
filled the air.
The soul fornicates.
I rushed head long into love
by which I was longing to be captured.
I was glad to be in bondage,
tied with troublesome chains.
I loved to suffer
and sought out occasions
for such suffering.
I pursued a sacrilegious quest for knowledge,
which led me down to faithless depths
and the fraudulent service of devils.
How I burned, how I burned
with a longing to leave earthly things
and fly back to you.
My error was my God.
Who am I?
(from lines: 3.1,2.2, 2.14, 3.1,3.4,3.5,3.8,4.12)
“Latin is the best thing that ever happened to humanity. It leaves you zero room for nonsense. You don’t have to be a genius. But it requires laser-sharp concentration and total maturity. If you don’t know what time of day it is, or what your name is, or where you are, don’t try Latin because it will smear you on the wall like an oil spot.”
–Reginald Foster (Quoted in this piece).
Exactly why it should be required in middle, high school, and college!