The Annunciation

You shouldn’t believe everything you’re told.  The reality of it is not what you think. It’s not something people in polite company should want to talk about, never mind tell their children. It should have never been made into some kind of fairy story.

Candlemass 2nd February

Bede records in his Reckoning of Time (A.D. 725) the use of candles at the Feast of Purification was common in his day.  (Latin Text) [O]n the feast of St Mary, the whole populace with the priests and ministers goes on procession through the churches and the city neighbourhoods, all singing devout hymns, and carryingContinue reading “Candlemass 2nd February”

Today’s Reading – Four of Swords – 20.01.2022

Today’s card – taken from Tarot of Mystical Moments – by Catrin Welz-Stein Like the more traditional card here we have our protagonist lying horizontally, but not on a tomb, she’s not a knight, or the effigies of a knight, she is, may I suggest,  not dead, but a young woman/girl lying, well more cradle,Continue reading “Today’s Reading – Four of Swords – 20.01.2022”

The Annunciation

I wanted to share with you a small piece called ‘The Annunciation’, that I wrote last year and which has been published by a small non-profit online magazine called The Cauldron This is the link if anyone would like to read it. There are some other amazing stories, poetry and non-fiction in there too. WhyContinue reading “The Annunciation”

March 22nd – Madonna dei Sette Veli (Foggia, Apulia, Italy) The Madonna of the Seven Veils

Macha BY MONICA MCCLURE All my feelings are different and this one is the most Of all places here where women once retired from the men for fear of boring them I am so bloody in my own bath of wild hairs that I couldn’t possibly join you tonight for that colonial thing Heroin or whoreContinue reading “March 22nd – Madonna dei Sette Veli (Foggia, Apulia, Italy) The Madonna of the Seven Veils”

October 6: Our Lady of All Help, France (1640)

  The Cleaning Lady It’s her job to clean up after Things Go Wrong. The mattress where he soundly slept, twisted up in the blue and grey sheets, the lace-ends frayed and tied together. Holes by the toes that defied any needle and thread rest his red shoes, scrunched between the fabric , searching forContinue reading “October 6: Our Lady of All Help, France (1640)”

October 4th – Our Lady of Vassivière, Auvergne, France (1374)

Transfiguration of the Black Madonna (excerpted from Zenith) **  Gypsy Goddess; Gypsy Saint Black Madonna, full of snakes, let your crescent down. Wield the sickle, rush the milk, and salt the serpents’ mouths. Golden bangles, black milk snakes—these adorn your arms. Blue sky cloth cut for (you) Sarah, Sarah Black, Madonna Shadow, cut for goddess saintContinue reading “October 4th – Our Lady of Vassivière, Auvergne, France (1374)”

September 29 – Our Lady of Tongres, France (1081)

“Eden” by Emily Grosholz In lurid cartoon colors, the big baby dinosaur steps backwards under the shadow of an approaching tyrannosaurus rex. “His mommy going to fix it,” you remark, serenely anxious, hoping for the best. After the big explosion, after the lights go down inside the house and up the street, we rush outdoorsContinue reading “September 29 – Our Lady of Tongres, France (1081)”

September 27th – Our Lady of Happy Assembly Le Laus, France (1664)

The Hour Dylann Roof Sat In The Church by  Denice Frohman I. By now, you know their names, their cheekbones— the tender hands they offered when you walked in. You know the quivering strength of prayer and the art of making God listen. How faith can summon weary backbones into pyramids. And you know that graceContinue reading “September 27th – Our Lady of Happy Assembly Le Laus, France (1664)”

September 26: Our Lady of Victory at Tourney (1340)

O’ powerful Nike, by men desired, with adverse breasts to dreadful fury fired, Thee I invoke, whose might alone can quell contending rage and molestation fell. ‘Tis thine in battle to confer the crown, the victor’s prize, the mark of sweet renown; For thou rulest all things, Nike divine! And glorious strife, and joyful shoutsContinue reading “September 26: Our Lady of Victory at Tourney (1340)”

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