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. The invocation was done at my "Rites of Passage" Gallery in Berkeley, California, in honor of the approach of Samhain, the last harvest festival, the time to homor the Beloved Dead, and also the time when "the veils between the Worlds are thin". The Invocatioin was done with 4 women in a circle, turning the circle with gestures of offering. It was one of the most beautiful performances I've done, well remembered.
I recently played the piece again and was delighted to find it had been uploaded on UTube. Von Bingham's vision and prayers reach across the ages to touch me again, on the unimaginable Internet. I just felt like sharing it again, here.
|From "The Dinner Party" by Judy Chicago|
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