The Hidden Almanac for
Friday January 23rd, 2015
Episode 214
Previous episode: 2015-01-21
Next episode: 2015-01-26


It was on this day that the Gallery d’Authentique opened another controversial show. It is also the birthday of James Mahoney. It is the Feast Day of St. Rhoda, and in the garden, there is still an untapped ley line.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is January 23rd, 2015.

It was on this day in 1933 that the Gallery d’Authentique displayed Charlie Abnett’s controversial art piece, “The Vivisectionist” which consisted of dozens of organs dropped haphazardly on pedestals and painted white. Horrified investigations revealed that all the organs had been sourced from butcher shops, and while they were quite grisly, no actual wrong-doing had taken place. The Vivisectionist ran for five days, after which the flies became excessive and the artist was told to get this mess out of the gallery because it was starting to stink.

And it is the birthday in 1860 of the theologian James Mahoney, whose translations of many of the holy texts are still in use today. Mahoney’s Highland Gospel is frequently held up as the pinnacle of the translator’s art. This would undoubtedly be more interesting if Mahoney had led a scandalous life, but in fact, he apparently was completely blameless. He ate sardines and toast and was in bed by 8:30 for every night of his adult life.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Rhoda of Minden, patron of enchanted frogs. Legend has it that she encountered an enchanted frog which required the kiss of a maiden to return to his human form. Being a nun, Rhoda refused to yield to the frog’s advances and instead set out to bring him to the Lord. The frog eventually converted and spent his life being carried to Mass by St. Rhoda in a specially prepared box with an inch of water on the bottom. St. Rhoda is represented as a woman wearing gray robes, carrying a frog in her hands. Both she and the frog are haloed.

In the garden, I have received another letter from CharmX, who are now offering me money to place a ley-line tapping station in the Hidden Almanac Test Garden. I have rubbed the letter with chilis and set it on fire. If there is any justice, and if my sympathetic magic skills still persist, someone at CharmX is having a difficult time in the bathroom. This is a petty thing to do, and yet I feel enormously better for having done it.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for January 23rd, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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