Best-Loved Books

Originally posted on Freeman's Reviews:
Review copyright 2013() Freeman Presson, all rights reserved While I’m waiting to finish something else from my to-be-reviewed pile, I thought I would emulate Polyphanes and write about the contents of my “well-thumbed pile,” my books of frequent resort. Actually, most of these books are not in a pile…

The Setting & Rising of the Temple of Isis

Originally posted on Isiopolis:
The forced closing of the Temple of Isis at Philae during the reign of the Byzantine Christian Emperor Justinian (527-565 CE) is generally considered to mark the end of Egyptian religion. The Temple of Isis (formerly on Philae, now on Agilkia); photo by Ivan Marcialis from Quartucciu, Italy and used under…

Theme Week: Gaulle Edition!

Originally posted on tiaras and trianon:
True, Mme. Vigée LeBrun’s portrait La reine en gaulle went over like a lead balloon with the French public. Their queen had been immortalized in what essentially was her underwear. It wasn’t just the gossamer nightgown that set her critics off; the rose in her left hand gualled* them…

Marcus Aurelius’ birthday

Originally posted on Naturalistic Paganism:
Today is the birthday of Marcus Aurelius.  This Roman emperor (born 121 C.E.) was also a philosopher of Stoicism. This ancient and largely naturalistic philosophy sought serenity within the world of action by concerning oneself only with what was within one’s control: one’s choices. The emperor Marcus Aurelius kept a…

Isis & Magic; Magic & Isis

Originally posted on Isiopolis:
Great of Magic. The Enchantress. Lady of Sacred Magic. What does it mean that Isis bears these (and so many more) titles having to do with magic? What is magic? If you’ve been reading this blog, you already know that “magic” isn’t what the ancient Egyptians would have said. They would…

Delia/Thargelia contest

Originally posted on Beloved in Light:
So even though I have a terrible track record so far of folks participating in contests, I thought maybe that was because I haven’t created the prize way before hand for people to see and feel driven by the want. So this time I have. This was made so…