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Archive for December, 2012

     Fairies, Fey, Phaeries, Fay… call them what you will because we love them all at The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

     Return To The Faerie Realm Of Lily Wight, first posted on 31st May, was this year’s top post; the one that featured a very alternative Alice and earned this blogger the nickname “Macabre Cutie”!

     Click the link for another peek and rummage through the May 2012 archives for more fairy treasures.

     https://lilywight.com/2012/05/31/return-to-the-fairie-realm-of-lily-wight/

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     Click the picture for a review of Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana’s year on Facebook.

     Send a friend request while you’re there for access to exclusive material 🙂

The Eight Of Cups (detail) Deviant Moon Tarot ©Patrick Valenza.

https://www.facebook.com/yearinreview/lilywight

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     Sherlock Holmes is enjoying something of a Renaissance of late so it’s hardly surprising that Young Sherlock Holmes ~ Victorian Cinematograph #2 (17/6/2012) should take the second spot in the Post Of The Year list.

     By clicking the link you can read a review, watch the whole movie on YouTube and catch up with news of a forthcoming remake!

     https://lilywight.com/2012/06/17/young-sherlock-holmes-victorian-cinematograph-2/

     If you are a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch I’m sure you’ll enjoy this great image, borrowed from The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana Gallery (click the tab at the top of the homepage or the picture itself to go exploring)…

     … and finally click not to miss news of Benedict Cumberbatch Cast As Sauron In The Hobbit!

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana is presenting just one Blog Of The Year Award for 2012.

     Renard Moreau is a gifted and conscientious blogger with a unique ability to speak directly and warmly to his readers.  Renard has wit, wisdom and an ability to see beauty in many things.  His blog is infinitely varied, always entertaining and enlightening by coincidence just when you need it to be.

     Renard is unlikely to be interested in or effected by this award, but his blog is heartily recommended just the same and hopefully that will make him *smile* 😉

     http://renardmoreau.wordpress.com/

     For more information click the article below ~ Blog Of The Year 2012 For Lily Wight.

     Merry Christmas Everyone! xxx

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     There is FREE ENTRY at The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana Gallery all year round!

     Enter via the tab at the top of the homepage or click the pics to see more…

Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales

Puppets & Marionettes

Automatons

Victoriana

Grand Guignol

Middle-earth

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     Movie news, reviews and curios made August the busiest month of the year at The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana.

     You might like to check-out or re-visit the following;

     Top Lord Of The Rings Spoofs 🙂

     Fifty Shades Of Grey Cast ~ Introducing Matt Bomer As Christian Grey 🙂

     Black & White Alice In Wonderland (1915) ~ View The Full Movie Here 🙂

     A Whole Month Of Movie Recommendations 🙂

     Back in August movie-fans worldwide were still reeling over the tragic mass-shooting that took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.

     Evidence is still being collected and hearings continue while James Holmes remains in custody.

     Click the link for the latest news from the New York Post http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/batman_shooter_asked_for_notebook_N1pYnPEN2CpK6jrt9JkBPL

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     Virgin Blogger (published 27/2/12).

     Maybe innocence rallied support, or perhaps it’s because it has the word “virgin” in the title.  Whatever the reason The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana’s very first blog adventure made it into the top five posts of the year list…

“Dear Blogsprites,

     I always thought that keyboards were for making music and that hard-drives were arduous road-trips.

     As soon as I start to navigate my way around the lovely WordPress I will launch my Mission Statement.

     In the meantime here is a lovely picture…”

     The “lovely picture” refers, of course, to The Eight Of Cups from Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot.  A picture, that for many, has become the “face” of Lily Wight.

     I can never thank Patrick enough for graciously granting his permission to use this image.  You will always find a link to the Deviant Moon website in the sidebar at www.lilywight.com.

The Eight Of Cups (detail) Deviant Moon Tarot ©Patrick Valenza.  See Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana.

The Eight Of Cups, Deviant Moon Tarot ©Patrick Valenza.  See www.lilywight.com

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     It was during Middle-earth month that The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana chose to drop the bombshell that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Sauron – as well as his well-publicised role of Smaug – in The Hobbit Trilogy.    https://lilywight.com/2012/11/21/benedict-cumberbatch-is-sauron/

     I can now reveal The Hobbit’s new-look Legolas – a fantastic mini-spoiler in action-figure form!

     Orlando Bloom will be reprising the role that made him an overnight sensation alongside Lee Pace as Legolas’ father – King Tranduil Of Mirkwood.

     The costume has a regal military look, more structured and formal than the travelling clothes seen in The Lord Of The Rings.  The organic, Japanese-inspired styling is reminiscent of the armour worn by the Elves during The Last Alliance of The Second Age, the battle featured in the prologue to The Fellowship Of The Ring.

     Another surprise is the invention of flame-haired Elf Maiden Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) a character created by Peter Jackson and his writing team.  Tauriel is rumoured to enjoy a romantic spark with Aidan Turner’s Kili!

     Why not just buy the action figures and make-up your own movie 😉

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     It is always encouraging when your website’s monthly theme inspires other bloggers.

     Puppets and marionettes took over in July and Sherry Key posted this wonderful illustration of Crazy Marion.

     Don’t forget to pay regular visits to The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana Gallery for new pictures and old favourites.

 

 

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     If you dust-off June in The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana’s Archives (head to the sidebar on the homepage) you’ll find Pre-Raphaelite strumpets, naughty vintage movies some ridiculous facts about the Victorian Era and a popular post on that favourite guilty pleasure – Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (click the link to read the original post).

     Perhaps it was Eiko Ishioka’s demonic raw-muscle armour that made the post so popular.  You can see it again here along with more of Ishioka’s Oscar-winning costumes for Gary Oldman…

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     Samhain (or Halloween) was the original Celtic New Year’s Eve so it is fitting to consider this the last spread of the year and take a look back at readings from previous festival days.

     The deck – as always – is Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot.

Samhain Tarot Spread at www.lilywight.com

     Centre left then anti-clockwise

     1.  The Inquirer In The Present ~ The Ace Of Pentacles.  The inverted Ace suggests uncertainty and a lack of focus in both the cards and the inquirer.  There is a strong, yet thwarted, desire to grasp control of the environment without any sense of fulfillment.  The card suggests false starts and false happiness.

     Card readings throughout 2012 charted the evolution of dramatic change with The Ace Of Pentacles first appearing as a positive internal influence back in May.  The momentum to make major life-changes has waned and The Inquirer seems to be hanging on to the wrong things.

     2.  Past Influences ~ The Six Of Swords.  The Inquirer felt trapped in an environment of conflict and wished to escape and find peace.  There is however a clear assertion in the card’s inverted position: “I choose to stay with my problems”.  There is hope that patience and determination will improve close relationships and end feelings of solitude.

     3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The Sun.  This Major Arcana card represents an absolute surrender to joy that is childlike in its pure and unfailing trust in happiness and renewal.  The bright light within is more than a match for the difficult challenges and unwanted circumstances that surround it.

     This is the first and only time this card has been drawn this year.  A reminder that, in the depths of winter, there is nothing more vital than the light inside!

     4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Seven Of Cups.  Throughout 2012 desires have tended towards the tangible and practical but The Seven is a card of imagination and daydreams.  The Seven first appeared as an external intangible force in March, suggesting an evolving feeling that has become a specific wish.

     Combining mental control with creativity to achieve better balance will reveal that happiness can come from many places (and not necessarily the cup you’ve chosen!)  The adjacent Sun insists that true joy resides within.

     5.  Hidden Forces ~ Temperance.  Here she is again!  The Major Arcana’s symbol of metaphysical harmony appearing as a personal guardian in exactly the same place as the previous Mabon spread (September).  This is a tough spread but The Sun (position 3, within) and Temperance (without) empower and protect the artist (position 4) against all that life can throw at her.

     Strive constantly for balance and trust the higher self.

     6.  Events To Come ~ The Devil.  The Devil encourages us to become the best version of ourselves by testing our mettle.  He also warns us that things may not be as they seem and gives us the opportunity to change course before it is too late.

     When a permanent or pleasurable situation turns sour we tend to fall-back on our baser instincts.  It is temperance that counters the mundane desires and low behaviour that accompany trying times so thank goodness she appears in position 5; reminding The Inquirer they have everything they need to pass the coming tests.

     7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Eight Of Cups.  Lily Wight herself has appeared but upside-down!  Lily has seven full cups behind her but she still seeks that elusive eighth cup whilst constantly looking over her shoulder!    Such a futile endeavour costs emotional strength but wisdom will be found in rest and stillness.  The Inquirer has an opportunity to change their usual responses and to reflect upon what is good and solid in life.

     8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Hierophant.  This is a highly contentious Major Arcana card.  In the last spread he appeared upside-down as “The Final Outcome” suggesting an unorthodox – even dogmatic – stance was required.  Here he suggests a charismatic male authority figure, at best a guide and teacher, at worst someone repressive and controlling.

     Throughout the year the influence of others has been predominantly negative and of too much import with the exception of August (when there was lively and convivial company during a period of leisure).  The Inquirer has been constantly encouraged to rely on their own resources and trust in both their own judgement and metaphysical order.

     9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Moon.  It is interesting that both The Sun (upright, masculine, internal) and The Moon (upside-down, female, external) appear in this spread.  Temperance (often equated to The Angel Michael) and The Devil (The Angel Lucifer) might also be regarded as opposites.  By conflicting and cancelling each other out these pairs add to the confusion and lack of focus indicated by The Ace in position 1.  They also suggest problems for partners with different lifestyles.

     The inverted moon warns The Inquirer to be alert for disillusionment, fear and betrayal which could lead to depression.  Intuition itself is being tested (thanks to The Devil!) and the best way through is to adjust expectations and keep a firm grip of reality.  (The Ace Of Pentacles in position 1. is depicted doing just that but unfortunately the card is upside-down so The Inquirer is hanging-on to the wrong reality!)

     2012 has offered up a continual struggle against circumstances.  The Moon suggests we must accept things the way that they are before we can change them.

     10.  Final Outcome ~ The King Of Cups.  In the most literal sense The King Of Cups is a mature, free-thinking professional man.  Born under a water-sign he is emotionally deep but prone to be secretive and unpredictable – such attributes are intensified due to his proximity to The Moon.  It appears that The Inquirer is waiting for information or a decision from this man.  

     Overall the cards express a continuing push and pull of confusion whilst highlighting the potential for self-fulfillment; blessed by Temperance and burning brightly within.  Whatever will the Yule reading bring?

     Catch-up With 2012 Tarot Readings You May Have Missed

     Click the links below the pictures to read the previous posts and please feel free to leave your comments and observations …

Imbolc (February) 2012.

Imbolc (February) Tarot Reading ~ Shown Here For The First Time

Ostara/Vernal Equinox (March) 2012.

https://lilywight.com/2012/03/28/lily-wights-spring-equinox-tarot-reading-with-deviant-moon/

Beltane (May) 2012.

https://lilywight.com/2012/05/19/lily-wights-beltane-tarot-spread-your-thoughts-welcome/

Litha/Midsummer Solstice (June) 2012.

https://lilywight.com/2012/06/21/summer-solstice-2012-tarot-reading-lily-wight-with-deviant-moon/

Lughnasadh (August) 2012.

https://lilywight.com/2012/08/18/lily-wights-lughnasadh-tarot-spread-with-deviant-moon/

Link To Mabon (September) 2012.  The Eight of Cups, Deviant Moon by Patrick Valenza.

https://lilywight.com/2012/10/27/tarot-spread-for-the-autumn-equinox-2012/

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     You try to generate great copy for your readers but what do people love?  Cute Kittens!

     Soooooooooo Cute, It Hurts My Eyes, No Kitties Nooooooooo (first posted 4/5/2012) came in at number 4 in the top-rated post countdown.

     The kittens won the most stars but their doggy rivals, The Cute Pugs, came close and clocked more views.

     Which gif is cutest?  You decide…

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     There’s a galaxy full of Star Wars features – like this one: https://lilywight.com/2012/05/25/darth-vader-has-a-throbbing-saber/ – right here at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

    Head to the sidebar to search our archives but, before you go, take a look at these amazing Day of The Dead inspired Star Wars sugar skulls, a super trooper and a Skywalker song spoof…

     …and finally…

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     July’s Magickal Thing ~ A Parade Of Puppets & Marionettes (published 3/7/2012).  Click the pic to read the post…

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     Dark Fairy Tales & Faerie Lore enchanted everyone at The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana throughout 2012 https://lilywight.com/2012/04/01/the-wonderful-world-of-froud-aprils-magickal-thing/.

     Brew yourself something strong, sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the rare gems recommended in the posts Pitch Black & Fey On Film…

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/07/pitch-black-fey-on-film-beauty-the-beast-2-cannon-movie-tales-1987/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/08/pitch-black-fey-on-film-beauty-the-beast-3-1976-with-george-c-scott/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/09/pitch-black-fey-on-film-beauty-the-beast-4-hot-film-and-television-news/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/11/pitch-black-fey-on-film-beauty-the-beast-5-have-you-seen/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/13/pitch-black-fey-on-film-little-red-riding-hood-1-inspired-fan-trailer/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/15/pitch-black-fey-on-film-little-red-riding-hood-2-scary-music/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/18/pitch-black-fey-on-film-little-red-riding-hood-3-christina-ricci/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/20/pitch-black-fey-on-film-4-little-girls-are-not-so-easy-to-fool-these-days/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/22/pitch-black-fey-on-film-snow-white-1-a-tale-of-terror/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/24/pitch-black-fey-on-film-snow-white-2-the-fairest-of-them-all/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/29/pitch-black-fey-on-film-happy-ever-after/

 

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     Throughout December Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana will be inviting you to open an Advent Calendar of highlights from the blogging year.

     We’ll be looking back through the site’s monthly themes; from Fairy Tales, Books, Victoriana and Puppets to Film, Art, Middle-earth and The Macabre.  New readers will have a chance to catch-up with some posts they may have missed while old friends can join a trip down Memory Lane and add to their comments.

     There will be a countdown of The Arcade’s Top Rated Posts Of The Year – you might be surprised by what’s included – and a Tarot reading from Halloween (the original Celtic New Year).

     There are seven Wonderful Team Member Readership Awards to present and one talented Blogsprite will find a Blog Of The Year Award 2012 in their online stocking on Christmas morning!

     Let the countdown commence!

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     I am thrilled and incredibly grateful to receive the online blogging community’s Blog Of The Year Award 2012.

     There is a pleasing synchronicity to accepting this award on the day I renewed my website and blog’s domain name: so I would like to thank InkAshlings http://inkashlings.wordpress.com/ for presenting me with the award and awakening motivation and inspiration for 2013!

     As a special festive treat I will be presenting a single much-coveted Blog Of The Year Award to one lucky Blogsprite on Christmas Day – Good luck 😉

     Click below to learn more about the Blog Of The Year Award

     http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

     https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/

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