Years ago I performed a ritual invocation at Samhain with this haunting, visionary rendition of Hildegard Von Bingham's "O Successores Fortissimi Leonis" by the group Vox, recorded in the early 1990's at my "Rites of Passage" Gallery in Berkeley, California. The Invocatioin was done with 4 women in a circle, facing outward, turning the circle and with gestures of offering. It was one of the most beautiful and powerful moments of my life.
I played the piece again today, and was delighted to find it had been uploaded on UTube. Von Bingham's vision and prayers reach across the ages to touch us here.
Illumination from the Liber Scivias
showing Hildegard receiving a vision
and dictating to her scribe and secretary
Hildegarde herself created a drawing, or illumination, in her manuscript Scivias (Know the Ways), circa 1140–50, of her defining vision, in which the great span of the universe revealed itself to her in a trance as “round and shadowy…pointed at the top, like an egg…its outermost layer of a bright fire.”**
** "The Dinner Party" by Judy Chicago, Brooklyn Museum of Art https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/dinner_party/place_settings/hildegarde_of_bingen