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The Lion Roared


I’m just sneaking this under the wire for my day at the blog… family issues came up and I’ve only just arrived home. Still, I wanted to get this story up for you all, and I certainly hope you enjoy it!

It has some disturbing and violent pieces, so I’m placing it behind a cut, if you’d rather not read a creepy-kid horror story… 😉
Continue reading The Lion Roared

Springtime? April Fool’s!


Now I’m not saying that it’s going to dump a foot of snow on anyone in the next 36 hours, but I am saying a large chunk of North America saw March come in with a lamb’s breath… and those of us ninnies that follow old wives’ tales like baby ducks know that means March is going to go out like a lion.

Here in southern Manitoba, the sky is clear, there is a nice breeze and most if not all of the snow has melted, leaving large puddles for the young ones to splash in. And it has been warm enough to splash without parkas! Sadly, my teenagers were splashing in the puddles so I know. All too well. Teenagers splashing in puddles are far more messy than toddlers, I’ve found.

Old wives’ tale or not, there does seem to be some truth behind it. March in the northern hemisphere has extremely changeable weather, it’s just common knowledge. I know of two old wives’ tales (besides the lamb and the lion) that my grandmother used to recite every year. It seems they play out, every year, too.

March winds bring April showers to help grow the young May flowers.

If it rains in March it will rain in June.

I know the origin of April Fool’s is not related to the Lamb/Lion tale, but really, how could one not see the correlation? Who doesn’t become relieved that winter is over, pack away the winter gear after weeks of sunshine and warmth, only to be fooled on April 1st (or thereabouts) by snow and ice? April Fools!

I’ll be back later today to share my Lion and Lamb story with you!

Jodi Lee is publisher and editor in chief of Belfire Press and The New Bedlam Project.

Pagan Holidays for March 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2010

Is everyone ready to step back in time again and see what our Pagan Ancestors were doing???? Let’s see who outdoes who….Rome or Greece, even though we have so many others this week who will be throwing in their finest of rituals, festivals, observances and celebrations. So let’s go….

Monday (moon-day), March 22

The day of the Moon

Rome is going to kick us off this month with their Cult of Attis, who happens to be the lover of their Goddess Cybele. The Cult would walk through the fine streets of Rome, carrying pine tress which have fallen…mourning Attis’ demise.

The French will be giving thought to their alchemist Nicolas Flamel who died on this day in 1417.

Tuesday (Honor-day)  March 23

The day of Honor

Rome is going to kick off Tuesday as well, as their Priests honor Mars and Saturn by performing The Dance of Salii. The dance was said to force the Spirits of Winter into leaving the city, in order to provoke the growing of crops. And let’s not forget about the God Mars, for whom the dance brought forth in order to encourage men to sign up for Rome’s army. The Salii consisted of twelve people, all from noble families. The 13th person was a Magister, who led the dancing and singing.

And here comes the Norse, having their fabulous festival of Summer Finding which was all about the light (Spring & Summer) prevailing, or taking dominance over the darkness (Winter). This was their observance to honor the Great Goddess of Ostara!

Even North-Western England will not be silent this Tuesday as once, all raised for an observance for their God Cocidus, who happened to be a deity of the forest and over hunting. For historical notes, an alter for Cocidus had been discovered in a place called Ebchester.

And in Egypt, we would have a wonderful festival for the timeless Goddess Isis on this day!

Wednesday, (Wisdom-day)  March 24

The day of Wisdom

The Great Brittan Goddess Albion is sacred on this day, even though Albion is said to go back much further (2nd CE) than when Great Britain used her fabulous image on their coins.

The Norse will be giving this day to their God Heimdall who guards the light and Bifrost Bridge–(the path which joins heaven and earth).

Thursday( strength-day), March 25

The day of strength

Rome will be having a grand celebration today called the Festival of Hilaria in honor of their Goddess Cybele.

The English will be having the Lady Day. On this day, they say the Good Goddess shall take the God of Spring to her bed.

In many parts of Britain during medieval times, today was once considered the first of the New Year. They made it sacred to Nuada— who was the God of poetry, magic, medicine, beauty, childbirth, and the oceans. His names were also Nudd and Ludd, and his sword, Fragarach, was considered to be one of four sacred and wonderful treasures of Tuatha de Danaan.

In Egypt, the Day of the Shining Ones of Heaven, was honored today.

Friday (love-day), March 26

The day of Love

Welsh will be having a celebration called Mabon ap Modron, who happens to be their fertility god. (Another Spring fling)

Today Persia will be having a festival of the birth of Zarathustra or Zoroaster, their King of Bactia. He was credited for inventing magic, and for enlightening the world with his theories of worshipping a god without the use of visual idols. At this date (our current one) archeologists believe that Zoroaster was actually two different men, a Babylonia astronomer who lived around the time of 2460 BCE and an actual Persian King living around the time of 590 BCE. However it should be said that the teachings of Zoroaster are still held high in many parts of Europe and the Middle East.

Saturday (Reckoning-day), March 27

The day of reckoning

Rome will kick off the weekend, the same way they did the week with their public celebrations of Liberalia or their God of wine and nature, Liber. Then, the public affairs will move to more private rituals called Bacchanalia.

Even though Bacchanalia was outlawed by the Senate in 186 BCE, historical records show that it was an orgy of mythical extent. Don;t worry though, even though the Senate up and made a law against it, the participants of Rome didn’t seem to listen lol.

In the Egyptian‘s calendar, today was Smell the Breeze day. Now what does that say to you? Slow down and smell the roses!

Sunday (Sun-day), March 28

The day of the Sun

Greece will finish off the week by celebrating the Birth of Artemis, their Goddess of the Moon.

But the Roman’s will have the final say as well, having their festival called the Sacrifice at the Tombs as they honor all those who have departed this realm for another.

I don’t think people in Rome will get anything done at all this week, do you?

Wishing Pagans and non-Pagans a blessed and productive week…


March: Pagan Artist of the Month: Nix Winter

When I first met Nix Winter, I knew him as an Author, but slowly, I began to realize that’s not his only talent. Then, once someone suggested I contact him for the Pagan Artist of the Month, I became floored—literally—at just how much of an Artist he is! Nix Winter is an artist by natural means (drawing, painting, etc) but also, a photographer, a photo manipulator, and a digital master.  So this month, I will be proud to show off Nix’s talent (his many pictures) in our Pagan Holiday posts…so make sure to catch those as we move towards April.


The Interview:

C.H. Scarlett: Tell us about the Pagan that lives inside of Nix and do those beliefs inspire your fabulous art?

Nix Winter: Labels are so limiting. They give us comfort as they define our world like borders on a map. I started my spiritual path as a Christian. It was so constricting, so linear. There is so much guilt in my experience of that path anyway. I found a book by Starhawk and my life opened up!

Over the nearly two decades since then, I’ve found I don’t believe in a particular deity. I believe in a connection to the universe, to energy that binds us all together. What brings me good, is good for the community. When I give to the community, it comes back to me.

Lately I think.. that I am a song, my being physical and soul, the path of my life. All the parts, living brings forth a kind of song, like whales or the harmony of stars.

C.H. Scarlett: When did you first discover your talent?

Nix Winter: I don’t know that I’ve discovered something within myself that isn’t with anyone I just love trying things, seeing beautiful things. Maybe there’s something in all of us that strives be bright and vivid so that other people can see us.

C.H. Scarlett: What is the process behind most of your art? What mediums do you use?

Nix Winter: My process is incredibly varied. At the most basic, I’m just looking for some way to say what I need to say. As for mediums, I use all different kinds. I’ve enjoyed photography, digital art done in Photoshop, Painter and Manga Studio. I work with acrylic, water color, pastel, Copic markers, colored pencil, ink and brush, and even a little air brush.

For me creating some visual representation of an idea or a feeling is about trying to be one with it. I guess I’m trying to turn my soul inside out, leave a print of it like with Silly Putty getting an image off of a cartoon strip. It’s really easy… just put color to surface, let it tell you where it should go.

C.H. Scarlett: What artists and or musicians–and songs– if any, inspire you and why?

Nix Winter: Oh I love art! I love Georgia O’Keefe, Degas, Monet, Kishimoto, and Clamp. I saw an exhibition of Micheal Angelo at Seattle Museum of Art. Amazing stuff, not because it was so perfect, but because it was pretty normal, way been than I can do, but still sketches. He tried to burn up all his sketches and drawings at the end of his life to help the myth that his work was inspired by God.

I saw this amazing piece by Yoko Ono that bent my mind. It was so simple. Just a block of wood, a hammer on a chain and a bowl of nails. The art formed as viewers took a nail and banged it into place. It was ever changing, always unfinished. All art, if we know it or not, is like that…. we make something and we show it to the viewer and in the viewer’s mind new concepts, meanings, understandings are added, deleted, shifted.. and this piece of art becomes born a new for each person that internalizes it.

I love Japanese art a lot and I listen to mostly Japanese music. Sometimes music gives me ideas for stories or art, but mostly it’s my buffer, my protector.

C.H. Scarlett:  That’s awesome. I haven’t heard anyone mention Georgia O’Keefe as being an inspiration in forever. I adore her work too. Everyone you mentioned, is fabulous—and sadly, some are not spoken of so much anymore with artists. Refreshing.

Now, tell me, if the world was created in the image of your imagination, what would it be like when we woke up tomorrow and seen it with new eyes?

Nix Winter: Oh goodness! You’d probably have to read my books for that. It’s changing, growing. Sometimes my imagination is pretty dark, so it might not be so nice. I think the world we’ve got is very fantastic and we don’t use half of what we’ve got!

C.H. Scarlett: If someone would like to commission your talent, where can they findhousesilver you? What are you open for—Book covers, Graphic Novels… what?

Nix Winter: I do a lot of book covers 🙂 I used to have a commission page up on my site, but I don’t now. I work mostly through loveyoudivine for cover work, but I’ve done one cover for Freya’s Bower too. If someone did want art from me, they should write and ask. 🙂

C.H. Scarlett: Any new projects in the future or plans?

Nix Winter: Oh yes! I have a cover I’m working on for Jaime Samms. I need to finish covers for Cain and Shelly, The Pet 11. I want to work on a graphic novel and I have so many candidates for what I should do. I just got my copy of Immortal Fire. I was really proud of that project. I did all the covers and wrote a short story for it as well.

My work: www.nixwinter.com




I would like to thank Nix for allowing us to show him off!!!

C.H. Scarlett