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     Hello Blogsprites,

     It’s a little later than promised – so much to post about this month! – but here is my own personal Tarot reading offering insight into general trends from September through to the end of October (Samhain in the Celtic calendar).

     Do feel free to offer your comments, no experience required 🙂

1.  The Inquirer In The Present ~ The Knight Of Wands.

     In my previous spread for Lughnasadh The Ten Of Swords appeared in the first position depicting an unhappy soul trapped in a box of swords.  I am – for want of a better expression – clearly out of my box!  The Knight stands at a crossroad.  He can be gullible and prone to hastiness.  He is brandishing a brilliant idea but has no idea where to go or what to do with it.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Four Of Wands.

     Work and domestic partnerships have dominated since Midsummer.  Stability is important but sometimes stifling.  The Knight Of Wands suggests it is time for a (cautious) breakthrough adventure.

     Cards 3,4 and 5 represent the “inner” portion of the spread; pertaining to personal thoughts and feelings.

3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The Seven Of Pentacles.

     At Midsummer this card appeared in position 7 – The Surrounding Environment.  This tells me I am powerfully influenced by external circumstances, perhaps too much.  The Seven represents traditional feminine wants and needs, the virtue of patience and the comfort promised by practical and material success.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Two Of Pentacles.

     The desire to be an effortless multi-tasker!  Pentacles frequently dominate the 3 and 4 positions in my spreads; a constant reminder that I can get “stuck-in-the-mud” with earthy practical issues whilst harbouring the potential to turn myself into a piggy bank!  (Would someone give me a shake or fetch a hammer, please?)

5.  Hidden Forces ~ Temperance.

     This Major Arcana card feels like a blessing!  If The Two Of Pentacles (4) represents a struggle for balance in the mundane world then Temperance represents enlightenment through achieving balance in a metaphysical sense.  Temperance takes all the elements of a life; home, family, work, friends, romance, dreams, etc. and creates a potent chemical reaction by re-combining them for a better result.  Harmony through endeavour is on my side.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Six Of Cups.

     This card appeared in exactly the same position in my last spread!  It represents a “blast from the past” and it would seem to refer to a very specific joyous event.

     Cards 7,8 and 9 represent the “external” portion of the spread; pertaining to the world about me.

7.  The Surrounding Environment ~ The Magician.

     Balance is a recurring theme throughout this reading.  The Magician is discovering how to utilise his skills to effect his environment in a positive way.

He must learn to see past the illusions of negative influence and there is a warning here not to allow external circumstances to crush inner serenity.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~  The Eight Of Pentacles.

     This card might be called “The Apprentice” (The Magician is a kind of apprentice too!)  I have definitely begun a new and exciting project but I could benefit greatly from the right mentors, guides and teachers.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ Death.

     I have a very healthy relationship with Death.  In my last reading Death was my Final Outcome (position 10) the transformation that allowed me to break out of that box (see above 1.  The Knight Of Wands).  The power to maintain and continue this transformation now surrounds me alongside that other great Force: Temperance.  The Magician and the apprentice nearby suggest the beginnings of radical change through hard work.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Hierophant (drawn upside down).

     Another Major Arcana card hammers home that October is an important time for me.  Death and The Hierophant side-by-side represent a profound transformation of beliefs and the opportunity to be truly unorthodox.

     Undergoing trials with temperance leads to wisdom and balance.  We must not shun or fear change because it is new and hard.

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     Only five sleeps until Halloween, Blogsprites!

     Here are some amazing images from the Gallery album ~ Grand Guignol.  Click them to see more…

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     …  Martyrs?

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     It gives me great pleasure to present the following Blogsprites with a Kreativ Blogger Award.  Congratulations everybody x

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     Award etiquette can be needlessly complicated so here are my refined, abridged and preferred Blog Award Rules.

     1.  Display the award certificate on your website.

     2.  Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.

     3.  Present 7 awards to deserving bloggers.  Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.

     4.  Post 7 interesting facts about yourself.

 

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     First came the Vampires, now Werewolves are rampaging through The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana Gallery.

     If you are brave enough click on the homepage Gallery tab or the pictures below…

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     Updated 16/09/2014

     The episodic structure and super simple YA-style prose mire a book worth reading for its genius premise: pensioners battling the supernatural in UK Goth Capital, Whitby.

     Magrs inventively homages all the genre classics with warmth and wit whilst Brenda and Effie disguise cracks in an episodic narrative with the sheer force of their personalities.  Two great roles for Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren perhaps 🙂

     A silly, frothy yarn perfect for Sunday tea time telly.

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     It’s all treats and no tricks at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana this month!

     The new image album, Grand Guignol, is now available to view via the Gallery tab at  https://lilywight.com/ or just click the pics for a fast pass 🙂

     Here are a few vampires to get you started…

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      Kill List?

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A wonderful post about the Celtic origins of Halloween with a bedtime story thrown in.  Sweet dreams, Blogsprites.

Chrissy Derbyshire

The wheel of the year turns to October. We notice the chill in the air, the earlier dark, rain and rust-red leaves. In the supermarket, oversized boxes of gummy ghosts and snakes take their place next to spiderweb garlands, vampire teeth and pointy hats. Pumpkins are selling out quick, soon to be grinning gargoyles on the doorstep and hearty soups on the stove. Hallowe’en is a much-maligned holiday in our modern times. It is a widely-held misconception that the holiday originated in America as an excuse to sell cards and costumes – that it is both a recent development in our folklore, and a cynical one. Neither of these is true. Hallowe’en originates from Celtic Britain. It stems from a culture that believed in magic and took it seriously, a culture for whom Faeryland and the Land of the Dead were interchangeable, and for whom, on certain auspicious days, the…

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     Updated 09/09/2014 

    H.P. Lovecraft’s longform novel makes a fine introduction to the author’s original mythos and recurring themes but, like Poe before him, the style and structure of his weird tales has not aged well and demands patience from modern readers.

     The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward reads much like a dry historical legal document and Lovecraft’s obsession with architecture is interesting but not thrilling.  The lazy dénouement owes much to Dracula – and vampire fans might catch the name “Ferenczy”: a major player in Brian Lumley’s superb Necroscope series.

     Lovecraft’s short fiction is far more satisfying but completists and occultists will love this nonetheless.

     View a trailer for The Resurrected (adapted from The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward)…

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     Updated 21/08/2014 

     Kim Newman’s Glastonbury set tale of a year 2000 millenium apocalypse may have passed its sell by date (without incident) yet still offers a gorily fun interpretation of The Book of Revelations for horror fans who enjoy the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker, James Herbert and Brian Lumley.

     There is a comfortable soap-opera quality to the slow-burn character-building of colourful locals and visitors but, in the final act, as chaos descends, the diversity of their living nightmares causes a loss of focus.

     Some of the sexual-horror is just plain nasty and there is a missed opportunity to explore the dynamics of cult religions with more intelligent depth.

     As an entry into the sub-genre of supernaturals versus psychic spies it makes a sufficiently fun but hardly a life-changing read.

     Newman can do better.

     Click the smiley to find out where 🙂

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     Updated 12/08/2014

     A short sharp review of Once…

     James Herbert does little to shift his low-brow Stephen King associations with this perfunctory foray into the world of faerie.

     A spooky house and a missing testament provide Scooby Doo plotting while flat characters and shallow research create a strangely uninvolving tale of mixed-up folklores.

     Frequent sexiness will keep you reading but Herbert’s work remains dogged by seventies style misogyny.

     If you’re a Herbert fan you’ll love it regardless, but this is lazy work.

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     Disney, Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski are hoping to find some pirate gold once more with this supernaturally-tinged Western adventure.

 

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     Park Chan-Wook’s English language début promises to be an alternative vampire yarn written by Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller.

     Click the smiley for more information 🙂

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     It’s October, Blogsprites!  The Witching Month.  The season of Samhain (that’s sow – inn to non-Celts) or Halloween!

     All this month Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana will be dedicated to things Gothic, Supernatural and generally pant-wetting so grab your favourite comfort-cushion and join me behind the settee.

     Art, books and movies will be here as usual, I may just get around to posting that Autumn Equinox Tarot spread and I’ve got 7 lovely Kreativ Blogger Awards to give away.

     Keep following, keep sharing and look me up on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for blog post notifications and extra trick or treat goodies xxx

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Is anyone else VERY excited about The Lords Of Salem trailer?

 

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Every year the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead brings us some beautiful artwork. Star Wars fans will love these illustrations from American graphic designer John Karpinsky in his Day of the Dead inspired Star Wars characters. The collection of illustrations includes several popular characters from the popular Star Wars franchise.

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Amazing Tim Burtonesque Pokémon. A perfect start for a Gothic October!

 

Banana Scoop

Crazy awesome artist Hatboy, had combined something truly awesome.  Tim Burton gothic style art and Pokemon.  Luckily, this guy is from my generation and he seems to be using the first 150 as his content material.  As you can see from above, he takes a popular Pokemon type and redraws them with Tim Burton trademark creepy features and distinct art style…I can’t seem to find another word for it besides gothic and I keep wanting to use Corpse Bridey/Nightmare Before Christmasy.  You can check out the entire gallery through his link where he does way more than some of the ones I featured here.  Go on below to check out the rest of my favorites.

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