While the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand has been postponed:
LOS ANGELES, CA—Andy Whitfield, who plays the title role in Starz Original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," announced today he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately in New Zealand. Source
I wondered, how many knew that Spartacus was an actual person, or so legend says. Said to be a Thracian slave, he led an uprising against the Roman Government back in 73 B.C.
His wife was a priestess of Orpheus–Dionysus, and just like in the series, she had visions. In a dream, she saw the Orphic serpent wrapped around Spartacus’ head. This meant he would do great deeds and would die a hero’s death. And, alas, her prophecy was brought about when Spartacus led a revolt against the Romans, and even though it was soon brought to an end, he was given a King’s sacred death.
Pretty interesting, hu?
Wishing Andy Whitfield lots of healing and prayers. Here’s hoping he makes a speedy recovery!
Imagine living with your partner and the love of your life of 25 years. Then imagine your partner suffers an injury and is hospitalized against his will, separating you from your loved one during the last three months of his life. Then to add insult to injury, the county decides to auction off your and your partner’s partners personal belongings.
This is a real situation. This happened to Harold and Clay, and Clay Greene is fighting for the basic financial and medical rights he and his partner should’ve had.
You can read more details about this court case here.
It is rightfully a LGBT rights issue, but even more importantly it is a civil rights issue. The trial date has been set for July 16 of this year, and funds are being raised in support.
You too can support by either donating directly to NCLR via the above link, or purchase a book from an author who will be donating funds towards the case at All Romance eBooks during the month of May: HERE.
Although my books are among those whose proceeds will be donated this month to the cause, I urge you to support by buying anyone and everyone’s books. Most if not all of us are LGBT authors who either write LGBT and/or are in the LGBT community ourselves. I myself am both.
Someday blog posts like mine will no longer exist, but until the next social revolution comes we must do what we can to help people to stand up for their rights as human beings.
Enekpe – African Goddess of Family. Enekpe is the Guardian of Destiny, particular within the familial blood line. It is said Her worshipers went to war, and were threatened with extinction. Enekpe offered Herself as a sacrifice in order to save Her people. She was buried alive on the field of battle, and Her tribe was saved, their linage blessed by Her blood for eternity.
My blood is made from your water
my body from your earth
my heart from your fire
my breath from your wind.
I am made from the women and men who came before me.
I call to you Enekpe, and give thanks for my ancestors
who fought for my existence.
I honor their sacrifices and their offerings.
I call to you Enekpe, in gratitude and thanksgiving
For the piece of you that lives within me,
Your divine spark will carry on in my body and spirit
Along with the gifts of my ancestors
To nurture the hearts of the family who will rise from my flame and ashes.
There’s one place left if anyone else would like to come.
It looks like being a very deep and exciting weekend. On the Friday night we go to Arthur’s Stone for the Nigredo, the death and rebirth, lying within the chamber, taking the journey the goddess and the god give us. We will be going into the dark of the Moon, the darkness of the womb. This is likely to bring us deep visions and insights as we spend time in the chrysalis becoming Butterfly Soup.
On the Saturday morning we rise up into the Albedo, through the Peacock’s Tail, and visit the Lord and Lady where their statues till uphold the rood-screen in Vowchurch church. this part of the process is about the bringing together of the pairs of opposites, exampled for us by the Lord and Lady. Re-membering ourselves, putting ourselves back together, is vital to becoming whole.
Saturday afternoon we walk the Troy Town,the ancient British labyrinth that symbolises the journey within and the journey out into service in the outer world. The Lord and Lady figure again here and we will sing the Fith Fath song and tell the tale of Shining Brow … reminding ourselves of how the goddess tests and tries the god to make sure he is up to the task of guarding her.
Sunday morning we go up to Dinedor, the place of the ancient serpent-mound and serpent path down to the river Wye … the name “Wye” refers to the mother-water, the mother-river. There, we plait the red-white-black cord, the triplicity of the Celtic tradition that symbolises the
3 faces of the goddess – smith/healer/poet
3 cauldrons that empower the life within us
3 phases of change – death/life/birth
And we make our promise to Otherworld, to help, to live with and alongside all the realms, so making the Alchemical Wedding …
Contact me if you’d like to come.
Elen Sentier … behind every gifted woman there’s usually a rather talented cat … writer artistgardenershaman