Happy Feast of St. Pauline

January 26 celebrates the operatic soprano, biographer and Cyprian Saint Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, who passed beyond the Diamond Gate on this day in 1860. It is called the Feast of St. Pauline because of the title of her erotic memoirs, Pauline the Prima Donna, a sacred text of Cyprianism.

John Collier's Venusberg

John Collier’s Venusberg

She was a favorite of Richard Wagner who cast Her in several roles, including having Her be the first to play Venus in his TannhäuserCyprian tradition speaks of an erotic photograph of Her which might have been the inspiration for John Collier’s VenusbergThe original Daguerreotype was much more explicit than Collier’s masterpiece. Incidentally, Collier claimed that the necklace on the Venus in his painting was a “lily among flowers”, which Cyprians know to be a reference to the Seal of Paphia.

Celebrate today by lying naked and listening to opera, specifically Tannhäuserreading from St. Pauline’s memoirs, or better yet – having sex with your Italian voice instructor.

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About frankyvivid

Franky Vivid is a poet and burlesque producer from Chicago. He is married to burlesque star Michelle L’amour, with whom he co-founded the international literary salon Naked Girls Reading in 2009. For four years he was the curator of the Everleigh Social Club in Chicago, an experiment in using Cyprianism to inform the operation of a private arts club. Vivid is a Freemasonic Knight Templar and founder of Paradise Garden #7. For more on Cyprianism and a continuing discussion about elements of The Seed and its underlying Philosophy and Practice, visit him at www.cyprianism.com.
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