Nicole DiMucci Potts is a self taught henna artist and owner of Scarlet Bee Henna, and has practiced the art of henna for 17 years. She taught the Magical Art of Henna as an instructor at the 2015 Henna Intensive and Retreat in California, and will be returning as an instructor this year. Nicole’s henna based artwork was recently published in Three Hands Press’s A Rose Veiled in Black. Nicole has been a member of O.T.O. since 2008, and is currently serving as a Priestess for her community. Professionally, she works in education, currently for Austin Community College, and raises her very magical four-year-old daughter.
Presentation: Adorning the Great Goddess: Henna as Magical Devotion
The art of henna is growing popular in contemporary global culture as a form of body adornment, but has a long history of use as a magical tool for protection, blessing, and manifestation. Even as henna has gained mainstream attention in the West, it continues to be used in traditions and celebrations all over the world. Henna is thought to have originated geographically in Egypt, but through trade and cultural influences has spread regionally to North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Near East, South Asia, and Indonesia. Its magical use is tied not only to the traditional patterns and symbols that adorn the skin, the rites into which that adornment is incorporated, and to the religions and cultures of these regions, but arises also from the plant itself, energetically manifesting the bearer’s intent as it dyes the skin.
Through her work as an artist serving her community and as a magician, Priestess, and martial artist, Nicole DiMucci Potts has used henna as a primary ally in her magical and spiritual work. Although the nature of that magic is conditioned by the specifics of any given working, her use of henna is intimately tied to devotional work with the Great Goddess Babalon. Drawing both on her own experience, using examples from her own art, and on the broader field of research, Nicole will discuss henna as a magical substance and its traditional use in both historical and contemporary global cultures. Specifically she will explore the use of this plant ally as an aspect of Women’s magic, devotional priestess work, and in the manifestation of one’s Will.