Norton, Rosaleen

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Name
Norton, Rosaleen Gender: F
Rosaleen Miriam Norton
born on 2 October 1917 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Dunedin, New Zealand, 45s52, 170e30
Timezone ONZT h11e30 (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 07°55' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 19°35 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 19°21'



Portrait of Rosaleen Norton 
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Rosaleen Norton
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Biography

Australian artist and occultist, a witch who used the craft name of Thorn.

She practised pantheistic Neopagan Witchcraft or Wicca which was devoted to the god Pan. She lived much of her later life in the bohemian area of Kings Cross, Sydney, leading her to be termed the "Witch of Kings Cross" in some of the tabloids, and from where she led her own coven of Witches.

Her paintings, which have been compared to those of British occult artist Austin Osman Spare, often depicted images of supernatural entities such as pagan gods and demons, sometimes involved in sexual acts. These caused particular controversy in Australia during the 1940s and 50s, when the country "was both socially and politically conservative" with Christianity as the dominant faith and at a time when the government "promoted a harsh stance on censorship." For this reason the authorities dealt with her work harshly, with the police removing some of her work from exhibitions, confiscating books that contained her images, and attempting to prosecute her for public obscenity on a number of occasions.

She died on 5 December 1979 from colon cancer in Sydney, still worshiping Pan; a pagan until her death.

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Events

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Pan's Daughter: The Strange World of Rosaleen Norton", Neville Drury. Collins, 1988.

Categories

  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (painter)
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Other Occult Fields (Wicca)

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