February 11, 2016
Today marks the death of Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal (1829- 1862) who had bright red hair. She was a poet, model and the wife of Dante Gabriel Rosettti. Hair conveys energy, magical power, the external soul and love. One of my favorite ghost stories about Elizabeth is that when she passed away, Dante Gabriel Rosetti was so devastated that he buried his book of poetry in her beautiful red hair. About a year later, he wanted that book of poetry so he had her dug up and exhumed his book of poetry. When her went to look at the poetry, right in the middle was a big red hair. The painting shown here, who Elizabeth Siddal was the model for, is Sir John Everett Millais's Ophelia
February 10, 2016
This is the Feast Day of Saint Paul’s shipwreck off the Malta coast. The image to the left is from the Collegiate Church of Saint Paul’s Shipwreck in 60 AD. Shipwreck conveys tragic fortune. Another incredibly spiritual place to visit is Malta. We were there in 2011 and I remember walking the streets early in the morning and feeling the very spiritual side of the town.
February 9, 2016
This is the feast day of Saint Apollonia of Alexandria who was martyred in 249. She is usually shown with pincers including a tooth and a palm branch. The pincers complete with a tooth signifies that she had her teeth knocked out when she was hit. Pincers convey pain, removal and martyrdom. Have you ever been to Alexandria, Egypt? I know it is difficult to get there now because of the political climate but worth a visit. We were there in 2000 and I remember it as a very spiritual place. After all these years I keep remembering the city.
February 8, 2016
February 7, 2016
This is the birthday of Henry Fuseli and the work to the left is called “The Nightmare”. Fuseli was born in Switzerland and spent the majority of his life in London. As a painter, he preferred the supernatural. A woman conveys the passive principle in nature, receptiveness, the changing and intuitive and submissiveness.
February 6, 2016
February 5, 2016
Today is Saint Agatha’s Feast Day. She lived in the 3rd century and was martyred in Ctania in Silicy. Legend has it that she was a good family and she rejected a high-ranking suitor Quntinian. He indicted her as a Christian and tortured her including crushing and cutting on her breasts but miraculously restored by Saint Peter. She was also rolled naked over fiery coals and she died while being carried back to the dungeon. Palm branch conveys victory, Christ’s victory over death and martyrdom to attain heaven.