September 30, 2019

Since ancient times, divination has held a key place in human history and religious thought. The Neoplatonic philosopher, Iamblichus, said: “Only sacred divination united with the gods truly gives us a share in the divine life, participating in foreknowledge and divine...

September 1, 2019

Below is a link of a video I prepared to accompany a lecture I gave on the subject of Sacred Geometry, Acoustics and Architecture In May 2019 in France.  

https://vimeo.com/334221388

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April 12, 2019

Flower Poem

by Nancy Castille and Nancy Levan

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Thousands of delicate tendrils connect us,

Reach and intertwine, 

Silently pulsing forward,

Tiny anchors on our common story.

We tell this story in the words of flowers.

Names our mothers gave us.

Expressing more than words ever c...

March 24, 2019

Several weeks ago, I was introduced by my teacher, Dr. Kayleen Asbo, to the beauty of the Brahms Intermezzo for Piano in A Major, Op. 118. Kayleen also recounted the tale of the great love and friendship between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann.  After telling the ta...

March 14, 2019

In recent years, the date March 14 (3/14) has increasingly been recognized as “Pi” Day.  Most people that have taken 10th grade geometry understand that the circumference of a circle is calculated as the product of Pi and the diameter of a circle.  Pi is generally unde...

January 11, 2018

When I was a child, I had a book called "The Tall Book of Make Believe".  It was filled with delightful poems, stories, and pictures.  It was always my absolute favorite book.  One day, while perusing the shelves of a bookstore, I saw that same book and purchased it ou...

September 2, 2017

I am of Cajun extraction, the name "Castille" coming from my Cajun father, Percy.  Percy was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana and as far as Cajuns go, he was the real thing.  He grew up in a large, poor family on the bayou.  He did not speak English until he was 8 year...

August 13, 2017

Alexander the Great, young conquering king of Greek Macedonia from the 4th century BCE, was often depicted with his hair in a unique but peculiar hairstyle.  This hairstyle was called an anastole in Greek.  An anastole always involved a dramatic upswing of hair above t...

June 13, 2017

One of the texts that was discovered in the Nag Hammadi desert in Egypt in 1945 was a text in the Christian "gnostic" tradition called "Thunder Perfect Mind".  It is likely that many texts in this tradition were secreted away in caves in the desert to save them from th...

June 6, 2017

This is an illustration of the beautiful song by Jane Siberry called "Then There Was A Shout".  It includes images of me hula-hooping with other descriptive images.

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