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  • Nov 24, 2020

    Samhain wasn’t looking good when I got him. He was bone dry and covered in scale. I cut everything back and left him outside hoping he would come back. Looks like he did! I’m happily surprised.

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    [and] Like a thousand other commanders on a thousand other battlefields, I wait for the dawn. - Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek Nemisis.

    #Talon King#Deathlord #Veteran of the Fourth War #of the Iron Vanguard #the Agent Champion #Guardian of Cenarius #Ambassador#Artisan#Farmer #unholy death knight #alchemist#darkspear troll#Shadowlands Hype#Samhain #the other side #beyond the veil
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  • 🎃Samhain 31st October 


    Samhain,commonly pronounced “Sow-enn” (sow-rhyming with cow) means “summer end” it is the pagan new year. Samhain falls halfway between the Autumn equinox and the Winter solstice on 31st October.


    Names: Samhain / All Hallows’ Eve / Hallowe’en / All Souls Night


    What we celebrate: This is the Pagan new year and night of the dead, when the spiritual world has its thinnest veil. Samhain is the third of the three harvest festival sabbats and the last festival of the Holly King. This sabbat honors the year’s last harvest— anything harvested after Samhain belongs to the fay and is not to be eaten by humans. We honor our ancestors with offerings and dumb suppers. We invite them to feast with us.


    Magical Workings: Spiritual awakening, communion with the dead, psychic abilities, success and bounty, divination, ancestral work.


    Decorations: Jack o’ lanterns, witches, werewolves, moons, gourds, costumes, brooms, pumpkins, candy, squash, bails of hay, dried leaves, bats, lanterns, cobwebs, apples, corn husks, and candles.


    Gods/Goddesses: Hades, Hel, Demeter, Hecate, Lilith, Baba Yaga, The Morrigan, Maeve, Kali, and Crone Goddesses.


    Colors: Orange, Brown, Gold, & Scarlet.


    Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Flowers, Herbs: Apple, Marigold, Cypress, Ferns, Pumpkin, Heather, Nuts, Hazel, & Sage.


    Crystals, Gemstones, Stones: Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Carnelian, & Bloodstone.


    Incense:

    2 parts Sandalwood

    1 part Orange Peel

    1 part Mace

    1 pinch Cinnamon 


    Oil:

    4 drops Pine Oil

    2 drops Frankincense oil

    2 drops Patchouli oil

    2 drops Lavender oil


    Mix in a bottle. Anoint on altar and candles.


    Oil: #2

    3 drops each :

    Rosemary

    Pine

    Bay

    Apple oil

    2 drops Patchouli oil.

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  • (This is my first attempt at making a variant human for 5e, I wanted something that i felt had more of a Celtic feel, what do you think?)

    Type
    : Humanoid
    Age; Maturity: 15 years, Maximum: Shy of one century.
    Size: Medium
    Average Height: Between 5 feet and 6 ½  feet tall.
    Average Weight: 110 to 220 lbs
    Suggested Alignment: Any

    Ability Modifiers: +1 to any two of the Following, Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom or Charisma

    Speed: 30ft (6 Squares)

    Rebel Song [Cultural]: You come from a storied human culture often said to be most at home, drinking, fighting and singing, uoften all at once.  Having been raised in such an atmosphere, you are proficient in one Martial Weapon of your choice and One Musical Instrument of your choice.

    The Rocky Road [Ancestral]: Your people have always had themselves to rely on in the hardest of times, as such some things just come natural to you.  You Have proficiency in one Skill of your choice and you have proficiency with one Set of Tools of your choice.

    Weary [Cultural]: Your people tend to live on the threshold of the known world, and the realm of some other worldly creatures.  Your people have an odd blend of Respect and Mistrust of these beings, your songs, your poems even your history tend to be written in the language of said people.  
    You may add one Exotic language to your list of languages known (Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic, Deep Speech, Infernal, Primordial, Sylvan, Undercommon, etc)

    Languages: Common, and the language of their home nation if not already listed.

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  • Ohmgosh there is a Halloweentown!! Best map of this game by far

    #ac valhalla #assassin’s creed valhalla #samhain#glowecestrescire #literally besides Vinland Norway and a select few towns this game is so ugly compared to the others #just a bunch of broken churches ew #I miss odyssey
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  • do you celebrate the sabbats on the same days as the north (yule in december) or do you celebrate by the solstice dates (yule in june) ??

    personally i celebrate with the northern hemisphere just because it’s easier with decorations and non pagan family but i like both and would like to do a bit of both

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  • painting on top of old art 2 stay awake except the first it was a sketch for an ask
    all from 2018 except Samhain, og is from 2017

    #crow's art#digital art#art#drawing #artist on tumblr #digital painting#dsquad#elias#samhain#azazel#sun jeok #i think i will go sleep now (standing emoji) #u can see i clearly gave up for jeok fofdjfd #fun fact: dsquad is actually dick battalion but u know #hehe
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  • Smashing Pumpkins have a new song called “Wyttch” and it’s cool and all but they pronounce Samhain wrong

    #I only learned the correct pronunciation recently myself tbh. #but. still. #smashing pumpkins#Samhain
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    On November first was Samhain (summer’s end).

    “Take my tidings: Stags contend; Snows descend—Summer’s end!

    A chill wind raging, The sun low keeping, Swift to set O'er seas high sweeping.

    Dull red the fern; Shapes are shadows; Wild geese mourn O'er misty meadows.

    Keen cold limes each weaker wing, Icy times-Such I sing! Take my tidings.”

    Graves: First Winter Song.

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    The herd led close to home. People enjoy a time of leisure after the toils of harvest. The fires of thanksgiving to Baal for their harvest are dowsed before the night of October 31st. New and sacred fires created by friction, called “forced-fire.” They produced the fire by using a spindle and a wheel. The wheel was turned from east to west, a symbol of the sun. The sparks were caught, the alter is set ablaze, and they light the hilltop fires. The next morning of New Year’s day, November 1st, the priest takes the fire and disperse it to light the people’s hearths. All the ceremonial fires extinguished. The sacred fire protects the home that it warms for the year. The altar in Ireland was Tlactga, on the hill of Ward in Meath. Their live sacrifices burned in the new fire, especially black sheep. The struggles of their death and the look of the creature were omens for the future year.

    Side Note:  Samhain is a sacred day of the death of the sun and pays sacrifice of death to the evil powers.

    ***Edit: I apologize for not accurately summarizing this part. I wanted to give credit to the author and in their words. The connection between Baal and Celtics are given in the following passage from the book:

    “ Cæsar provides them with a galaxy of Roman divinities, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Minerva, who of course were worshipped under their native names. Their chief god was Baal, of whom they believed the sun the visible emblem. They represented him by lowlier tokens, such as circles and wheels. The trefoil, changed into a figure composed of three winged feet radiating from a center, represented the swiftness of the sun’s journey. The cross too was a symbol of the sun, being the appearance of its light shining upon dew or stream, making to the half-closed eye little bright crosses. One form of the cross was the swastika.“

    Disclaimer: This post is a summarization of the book. The book is available in the public domain and may contain some historical inaccuracy. I summarize the book to the best of my ability. If you would like to add information, advise a current article/book, and/or critically analyze the book, it is welcome. Thank you. 

    Upon further research, I have found more information about the name Baal and the association with Celtic Religion. Several older historical books use the term Baal/Beal-agh/ and Belus/Belanus/Baal. They received this information from the Roman Empire’s written account. Unfortunately, the Irish/Celtic did not have a written language system in place during the time. (I am aware they had a form of writing system Ogham, but that is another long discussion of its origin and how it was used at the time.) After finding these books, it sounds to me that Romans wrote their account of their experience, and that is the oldest account found. I will say that it seems the Romans wrote this with misinterpretations and propaganda against barbarians, a justification to make themselves better. (FYI, Roman called most European tribes barbarians except Greeks of course. This topic was very interesting in learning about Roman’s interpretation. While it proves the inaccuracy and outdated, it is still something we should learn about.

    Here are the two books that I found:

    The Scottish Gael or Celtic Manner as preserved among the highlands by James Logan, written in 1831. James Logan was apart of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Published at London : Smith, Elder, and Co., 65, Cornhill.


    Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions By James Bonwick F.R.G.S, written in 1894. Anthropological Institue. London: Griffith, Farran & Co. part of Tozzer Library and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Harvard University
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  • Rupert’s Tales: The Wheel of the Year - Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, and Ostara

    Come along with Rupert the rabbit as he again travels through the Wheel of the Year. In this second book of adventures, he learns about tolerance, respect, and acceptance, and discovers how people celebrate seasonal holidays in the forest where he lives. The tales (one for each season – Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, and Ostara) set the stage for our furry friend to understand the importance of the seasons and that remembering love and laughter is always wise. He learns about decorations, songs, symbols, and how important the sun and its warmth really are. Join Rupert as he meets a new fairy friend and lots of girls and boys. Find out how someone very special steals Rupert’s heart! Perfect for teaching sacred Pagan practices and beliefs to young children being raised within varied traditions. Rupert’s Tales are stories for all children, everywhere!

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  • I know I missed my Samhain post shut up

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    The druids were careful to keep their lore a secret for the most part. They forbid writing it down and only passed it through word of mouth. They taught the immortality of the soul passes from one body to another at death.

    “If, as those Druids taught, which kept the British rites, and dwelt in darksome groves, there counselling with sprites, When these our souls by death our bodies do forsake. They instantly again do other bodies take-”

    Drayton: Polyolbion

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    The Druids believed the last night of the year, October 31st, the Lord of Death gathers the souls of the people who died in the passing year and condemned to a life as an animal in the next life. The Lord of Death will then decree what form they will take on for the year to come. Gifts and prayers could be dedicated to the Lord for a lighter sentence.

    Side Note: The worshiping of the sun were dedicated to it’s nearest likeness, fire. They used it in their ceremony.

    Disclaimer: This post is a summarization of the book. The book is available in the public domain and may contain some historical inaccuracy. I summarize the book to the best of my ability. If you would like to add information, advise a current article/book, and/or critically analyze the book, it is welcome. Thank you.

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  • some full moon photos from the night of our first performance by coven members Matthew Gover and Tory Vazquez.

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    Last Halloween Art! ~ These were my decorations for the house. What? Did you just think I would stop with the Nature-fact goodie bags and species headstones? 😅

    (I had so many kind names make day complimenting how fun these were😁, which almost made the clean up worth it on my writsts 😭. Also facts I learned while using washable paint:…some of it is easily “washable”, and some of it is “washable” - with effort. But use baking soda and water, with maybe some detergent and it comes off clean!)

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