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The ancient Egyptians called the place in which the Ka, the souls of the dead, awaited reincarnation “the beanfield.” In the sixth century BC, as we saw above, Pythagoras the originator among other things of the word philosophy who use various religious themes to illustrate his teachings, refused to escape his murders by crossing a beanfield. He was acting in conformity with a major taboo. To his disciples, as to those who adhered to Orphic believes, eating beans denoted devouring one’s own parents, and fast causing serious interruption in the cycle of reincarnation (where as in many primitive systems of thought the practice of cannibalism permitted assimilation and was a kind of reincarnation). –A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat
Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a superstition or religious belief for your protagonist involving a bean field.
Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about reincarnation?
Art Prompt: Bean field
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the symbolism of the bean field in ancient societies.
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Chance is a funny thing and it is easily mistaken for portent. –Faitheist by Chris Stedman
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which the conflict arises from a character misreading a chance occurrence.
Journaling Prompt: Have you ever made the mistake of taking a random event as a sign?
Art Prompt: Chance
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a random occurrence you thought was a sign.
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During his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Henry conducted an affair with Mary Boleyn, Catherine’s lady-in-waiting. There has been speculation that Mary’s two children, Henry and Catherine Carey, were fathered by Henry, but this has never been proved, and the King never acknowledged them as he did Henry FitzRoy.In 1525, as Henry grew more impatient with Catherine’s inability to produce the male heir he desired, he became enamoured of Mary Boleyn’s sister, Anne, then a charismatic young woman of 25 in the Queen’s entourage. Anne, however, resisted his attempts to seduce her, and refused to become his mistress as her sister Mary Boleyn had. It was in this context that Henry considered his three options for finding a dynastic successor and hence resolving what came to be described at court as the King’s “great matter”. These options were legitimising Henry FitzRoy, which would take the intervention of the pope and would be open to challenge; marrying off Mary as soon as possible and hoping for a grandson to inherit directly, but Mary was considered unlikely to conceive before Henry’s death; or somehow rejecting Catherine and marrying someone else of child-bearing age. Probably seeing the possibility of marrying Anne, the third was ultimately the most attractive possibility to the 34-year-old Henry, and it soon became the King’s absorbing desire to annul his marriage to the now 40-year-old Catherine. It was a decision that would lead Henry to reject papal authority and initiate the English Reformation. –Wikipedia
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based in a royal court full of intrigue.
Journaling Prompt: Do you believe that the church and the state should both be involved in marriage?
Art Prompt: Anne Boleyn
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of the King’s Great Matter and how it has affected the world to this day.
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The Shroud of Turin or Turin Shroud (Italian: Sindone di Torino, Sacra Sindone [‘sa?kra ‘sindone] or Santa Sindone), a length of linen cloth bearing the image of a man, is believed by some Christians to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth, although three radiocarbon dating tests in 1988 dated a sample of the cloth to the Middle Ages. The shroud is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, northern Italy. The Catholic Church has neither formally endorsed nor rejected the shroud, but in 1958 Pope Pius XII approved of the image in association with the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus…
…The image on the shroud is much clearer in black-and-white negative than in its natural sepia color, and this negative image was first observed in 1898 on the reverse photographic plate of amateur photographer Secondo Pia, who was allowed to photograph it while it was being exhibited. A variety of methods have been proposed for the formation of the image, but the actual method used has not yet been conclusively identified. Despite numerous investigations and tests, the status of the Shroud of Turin remains murky, and the nature of the image and how it was fixed on the cloth remain puzzling. The shroud continues to be both intensely studied and controversial. –Wikipedia
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving a mystery around a religious relic.
Journaling Prompt: Are mysteries surround religious relics important to your faith or not? Why?
Art Prompt: Shroud of Turin
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the history of the Shroud of Turin.
Photo Credit: Shroud of Turin on Wikimedia
Wolves populated Nero’s court, Flavia had learned. At first, they’d seemed friendly—concerned for the poor virgin held hostage in the palace. But swiftly Rome’s aristocracy had turned, circling her with hungry eyes, hearts pounding with envy, drooling for her devastation. –Suzanne Tyrpak, Vestal Virgin: Romantic suspense in ancient Rome
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a vestal virgin in Nero’s Rome.
Journaling Prompt: Have you ever felt like you were being held hostage? How did you feel about the situation?
Art Prompt: Held hostage
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about vestal virgins in ancient Rome.
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In the common law of crime in England and Wales, a common scold was a species of public nuisance—a troublesome and angry woman who broke the public peace by habitually arguing and quarrelling with her neighbours. The Latin name for the offender, communis rixatrix, appears in the feminine gender and makes it clear that only women could commit this crime.
The offence, which was exported to North America with the colonists, was punishable by ducking: being placed in a chair and submerged in a river or pond. Although rarely prosecuted it remained on the statute books in England and Wales until 1967. –Wikipedia
Fiction Writing Prompt: Create an offense for your story that is gender-specific. Include a punishment that is specific to this offense.
Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about punishments, whether legal or cultural, that are specifically anti-woman?
Art Prompt: Public nuisance
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of patriarchy and choose one example to illustrate your feelings about it.
Photo Credit: The Ducking-Stool from Curious Punishments of Bygone Days (1896) on Wikimedia
A papal conclave is a meeting of the College of Cardinals convened to elect a new Bishop of Rome, also known as the Pope. The pope is considered by Roman Catholics to be the apostolic successor of Saint Peter and earthly head of the Roman Catholic Church. The conclave has been the procedure for choosing the pope for almost a thousand years, and is the oldest ongoing method for choosing the leader of an institution.
A history of political interference in papal selection and consequently long vacancies between popes, culminating in the interregnum of 1268–1271, prompted Pope Gregory X to decree during the Second Council of Lyons in 1274 that the cardinal electors should be locked in seclusion cum clave (Latin for “with a key”) and not permitted to leave until a new Bishop of Rome had been elected. Conclaves are now held in the Sistine Chapel of the Apostolic Palace. –Wikipedia
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set during a papal conclave.
Journaling Prompt: How do you believe spiritual leaders should be selected or determined? How is that done in your spiritual practice?
Art Prompt: Papal conclave
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the intrigues surrounding one of the papal conclaves.
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Native societies did not think of themselves as being in the world as occupants but considered that their rituals created the world and keep it operational. -Marshall McLuhan, College and University Journal, Volumes 6-7, American College Public Relations Association, 1967, p. 3
Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a ritual for your story’s culture or a personal ritual for one of your characters.
Journaling Prompt: What is your most important ritual?
Art Prompt: Ritual
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about one of your rituals.
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St. Triduana devoted herself to God in a solitary life at Rescobie in Angus (now Forfarshire). While dwelling there, a prince of the country having conceived an unlawful passion for her is said to have pursued her with his unwelcome attentions. To rid herself of his importunities, as a legend relates, Triduana bravely plucked out her beautiful eyes, her chief attraction, and sent them to her admirer. Her heroism, it is said, procured for her the power of curing diseases of the eyes. –A Calendar of Scottish Saints by Michael Barrett
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a woman who tries everything to get rid of a stalker.
Journaling Prompt: What is the most extreme thing you’ve ever done to try to achieve a goal?
Art Prompt: St. Triduana
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about St. Triduana.
Photo Credit: Richard Milnes on Flickr
- (transitive) To predict or foretell something.
- (intransitive) To make a prediction.
- (transitive) To have a presentiment of; to feel beforehand; to foreknow.
Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.
Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about predicting the future?
Art Prompt: Make a prediction
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.
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