I was not always the rather melancholy Sophia Lucifer, and Sophia Lucifer in her various personas was not always as forbidding as she is now. When I first came to Pagan Space last November I was…Continue
I would first like to define my terms, for the words "soul" and "self" are ambiguous in English, and receive different technical definitions in different religions, esoteric systems, and schools of…Continue
[I refer to myself as Astarte in the following monologue because I was using the name Astarte on Pagan Space at the time I wrote it.]My answer to the question above is quite simply No, I do not…Continue
The International Astronomical Union redefined the boundaries of the constellations in the night sky as long ago as 1930, and "added" a 13th constellation to the zodiac, Ophiuchus, the Snake Bearer.…Continue
Pythia has not received any gifts yet
We all know how a character in a film can linger in our imagination more than the real people we know. So it is with Manon in the movie “Manon des Sources” (Manon of the Spring). We behold in her more than a beautiful young woman. As a goatherd she is Aphrodite. Most of us did not know that the goat is sacred to the goddess of love. But that is the archetype; and that, perhaps, is why goats are evil and sheep are good. The sheep obey the Good Shepherd. The…Continue
Terry Heckler, a Starbucks employee, is supposed to have found the original twin-tailed mermaid in a 16th century Norse woodcut from an “old marine book”. The first Starbucks logo reproduced this image without changing it in any noticeable way; later versions of the logo are progressively less sensual. With her noticeable breasts and belly and provocatively split tail this mermaid or one similar to it appeared in two medieval Italian churches, in Otronto and…Continue
In the painting below Vishnu reclines upon Ananta, the serpent of many heads, while Lakshmi massages his feet. This is a favorite scene for Hindu artists. They tend to portray it in the same manner, as if through a child’s eyes. Children accept whatever they see. It might take a child’s naiveté to fully enter into the charm of this scene. Otherwise it can seem very strange.
I had an idea about Vishnu’s feet. Why are…Continue
I never learned how to use Photoshop and created these art pieces on Presentation, which is part of the free WPS office suite. Presentation is almost identical to the more popular PowerPoint. Most people who are comfortable with computers can quickly teach themselves the handful of basic skills needed to do the kind of work I have done here.
The first piece is called "Ishtar Mourning for Tammuz". The goddess of the…Continue