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Our Coloring Page for today shows Livia Drusilla, the wife of Augustus Caesar, the first Emperor of Rome. Livia is often spoken of as the first Empress, although technically that title did not exist at the time. In the great culture clash between the Roman Empire and the Hellenistic world that occurred in the early part of her life, Livia was the opposite number to the Hellenistic Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. Unlike Cleopatra, whose name is still a household world, Livia is much less…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on December 1, 2015 at 4:55pm — No Comments
Our Coloring Page today shows Queen Zenobia, who lived around 270 AD. Zenobia was the Queen of Palmyra, a break-away state within the Roman Empire, who famously challenged Rome to carve out her own short-lived Palmyrene Empire. Zenobia’s full name was Julia Aurelia Zenobia. Zenobia is thought to have been related to Julius Aurelius Zenobius, a Palmyrene noble and Roman citizen who served as Roman Governor in the years before Palmyra sought independent status. Zenobia claimed to be descended…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on November 30, 2015 at 3:18pm — No Comments
I know it may seem like a bit of an odd topic for a pagan forum, but bear with me.
When I originally left christianity, one of the many details that put me off of that path was the way modern America treats Christmas. Because of the bad taste it all left in my mouth, even with the understanding that Yule was the base of many Christmas traditions, I really never felt right going along with the pagan aspects of the holiday. I would participate in gifts and family diner out of the need…Continue
Our Coloring Page today is a piece I did in 1991 for the Chicago Peace and Music Fest. That was twenty-four years ago! Where does the time go? The picture was intended to capture the laid back feeling of the event. Although originally intended for a specific festival, I think it nicely captures the festival spirit in general.…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on November 23, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments
Our Coloring Page today shows Grandmother Spider. The picture is the black and white version of the Justice Card from the Tarot of Hekate, as included in Rev. Don's Pagan and Magickal Clip Art. Grandmother Spider is an ancient Native American Goddess, Who figures in the legends of several peoples. These different peoples have different understandings of Grandmother Spider. The story of Grandmother Spider as I know it is that She brought the Sun to Earth. She did this by covering the sky in a…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on November 20, 2015 at 3:06pm — No Comments
Our Coloring Page today comes from Rev. Don's Pagan and Magickal Clip Art. It is an early draft for the "Body" card for the Tarot of Hekate, before the present design was created. The picture is intended to show the joy of incarnation and the simple pleasure of life itself. In times like these it is good to take a moment to remember the miracle that is Life, and treasure it for its own sake.…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on November 17, 2015 at 4:18pm — No Comments
. The Five Mystic Secrets, written by my late mother Blv. LaVeda, was the first major discussion of Correllian beliefs put in print for a public audience. The book organizes Correllian ideas of about "God, the Universe, and Everything" as five "Mystic Secrets" or "Five Sisters". The Five Sisters are these: Knowledge, God,…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on November 16, 2015 at 6:48pm — No Comments
Our Coloring Page today shows Sei Shonagon, one of Japan’s most famous authors. Sei Shonagon was born around 966 AD. Sei Shonagon is a “Courtesy Name”. Sei Shonagon’s actual name is thought to have been Kiyohara Nagiko. She was the daughter of Kiyohara no Motosuke, a government official and well-known poet from a family of poets. Kiyohara no Motosuke gave his daughter an unusually good education for a woman of the time, ensuring among other things that she was fluent in Chinese which was the…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on November 12, 2015 at 3:12pm — No Comments
Our Coloring Page today shows Cleopatra Thea Philopater, commonly called Cleopatra VII. Cleopatra is one of the most famous people in all of history. Virtually anyone who is likely to be reading this will know her name and the basics of her story already. Why is Cleopatra so famous? For one thing she was the last active Pharaoh of Egypt (her son Caesarion held the title for a short period between her death and his own). The office of Pharaoh was a three thousand year old institution, and the…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on November 11, 2015 at 3:33pm — No Comments
We were all very saddened to learn of the crossing of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. Carl Llewellyn Weschcke was the chairman of Llewellyn Worldwide press, was known for the American Council of Witches, Gnosticon, and many other achievements, and has been called the "Father of the New Age". Carl's was a…Continue
Our Coloring Page today shows the great naval commander Artemisia of Halicarnassus, who lived around 480 BC. Queen Artemisia was the Satrap of Caria (of which Halicarnassus was the capital) under the Persian Empire, and a favorite of the Persian King Xerxes I. Caria was a Greek kingdom in what is now Turkey, which had become part of the Persian Empire in 545 BC. Following their normal pattern, the Persians allowed the royal family of Caria to continue to rule as Satraps under the Persian…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on November 10, 2015 at 3:02pm — No Comments
Why? Because if I'm burning incense for a ritual that I would not burn for enjoyment, I feel like I did it wrong.
Also, I really like to burn things.
1 tablespoon sassafras, finely powdered
1/4 teaspoon ginger root, finely powdered
2 drops almond oil
2 drops cherry oil
4 drops spearmint oil
Enough water to shape.
Mix everything but the water in a small container. Slowly add water a little at a time and mash with…Continue
I was curious and asked a question in a secret Facebook group that the coven I'm in has. I asked if Lightning was Fire or Spirit? One of our witches asked if it couldn't be both? Another mentioned the scientific aspect that it comes up from the earth first. I contemplated this and I think Spirit spoke to me. Out came all this, which I did share with them as well. I wanted to share it with people here as well, in hopes that maybe it might be inspiring.
Lightning is power. It is the…Continue
Added by RavenLX on November 1, 2015 at 10:06pm — No Comments
Our Coloring Page today is another older piece from Rev. Don's Pagan and Magickal Clip Art. This piece was done in 2000 specifically as an illustration for the first comb-bound version of the First Degree Lessons. I wanted the book to be as richly illustrated as possible, and in the end there were as many illustrations as there pages. This picture illustrates the passage from the Vangelo Delle Streghe where the God takes on the role of turning the Goddess' spinning wheel, a metaphor for the…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on November 2, 2015 at 1:51pm — No Comments
Added by cori.l.nichols on October 29, 2015 at 4:43pm — No Comments
1) Ditch the “mystery religion” mentality that has pervaded these movements over the last centuries. If we tout ourselves as those who love all things in nature, what right do we have to deny others the same right and access to the same resources and contacts that we ourselves rely on?
2) Share knowledge, do not hoard it.
3) Do not refuse membership based on something only skin deep. Consider each applicant to your coven/temple seriously.
4) If you must turn…
Here is another Coloring Page from Rev. Don's Pagan and Magickal Clip Art. This piece was done in 1995. It shows the ancient Egyptian Deities Ra, Isis (Aset or Iset), and Thoth (Thehut, Djehuti). Ra was the Sun God and was long the chief God of the nation, Isis was a Goddess of life and magic and many other things, and Thoth was the God of Wisdom. These three were connected in various ways, not least in that part of Isis' magical power came from knowing the secret name of Ra, and Thoth had…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on October 27, 2015 at 2:22pm — No Comments
I did not attempt to put out any Coloring Pages while at the Parliament, because it was just too much to manage. But I am happy to resume our daily Coloring Page today. This Coloring Page is a composite of several older pieces from Rev Don's Pagan and Magickal Clip Art. The three little Witches were done for various purposes between 1991 and 1994. I have combined them into a single picture here. As Samhain draws near, the image of the Halloween Witch looms large. To me she is the Goddess of…Continue
Added by cori.l.nichols on October 26, 2015 at 7:52pm — No Comments
I have just returned from the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, and what a wonderful event it was! Not only did I attend, but a number of Witch School Alumni and I had the great privilege of addressing the Parliament. The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the world’s premiere religious interfaith event. The Parliament is a global organization and is associated with the UN, playing an unofficial but very real role in policy shaping for…Continue
Added by M. Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell on October 25, 2015 at 7:24pm — No Comments