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     Is it gif time already?

     There is a eye-meltingly cute gif every month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana, just search through the archives for more…

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     So far this month we have dared to peek through the looking-glass at some strange and beautiful interpretations of Beauty And The Beast and Little Red Riding Hood – now its Snow White’s turn.

     The images below have been added to the permanent album “Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales”.  Head to the Gallery tab to peruse them all…

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Beauty & The Beast

Little Red Riding Hood

 

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana is proud to present the following talented bloggers with their very own Shine On awards!

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     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.

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2013-05-23-073     A brave and determined Yorkshire schoolboy is set to cycle an astonishing 75 miles to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (registered charity no. 1103253).

     Lex Stephenson, age 13, will be taking part in the Capital To Coast Cycle Challenge on Sunday 30th June 2013, starting at The London Eye and finishing at Brighton Pier.  Lex will be riding as part of a four man team, The Crazy Wheeler’s, with his Dad, his Uncle and his sixteen year old cousin.  The Wheelers were inspired to take part in the fundraising challenge after losing a family member to Pancreatic Cancer suddenly last year.

     Lex hopes his 75 mile journey will raise awareness of the vital need to fund research into cures for all types of cancer.  In 2004, when he was just four years old, Lex was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and underwent a gruelling three years of continual chemotherapy treatment.  Despite great discomfort and long stays in hospital Lex continued to ride his bike regularly and believes that fresh air and exercise helped him to stay fit and keep positive throughout his illness and recuperation.  Lex remains in remission and celebrated the end of his treatment with a Star Wars Fundraising Party for Children With Cancer UK (registered charity no. 298405).

     During the last forty years survival rates for Childhood Leukaemia have risen from few to 80% whilst survival rates for Pancreatic Cancer remain low at just 3%.  Lex is now focusing his continuing fundraising efforts towards helping to beat a deadly disease in need of greater awareness.

     You can read about Lex’s bike ride challenge and support him with an immediate donation via the link below.  If everyone who reads his story shares it and donates £1 Lex will be well on his way to reaching his fundraising target.

Donate here ~ http://www.justgiving.com/Lex-Stephenson

Thank you 🙂

Related Links

Children With Cancer UK ~ Lex’s Story

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Website

Capital To Coast London To Brighton Charity Bike Ride Website

PLEASE SUPPORT LEX ON HIS CYCLE RIDE  ~ http://www.justgiving.com/Lex-Stephenson

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     Updated 24/06/2014

     The ancient seasonal calendar – known as The Wheel Of The Year – has reached Litha (meaning “wheel”) also known as The Longest Day, Midsummer and The Summer Solstice.

     Litha marks the height of the sun’s powers at the middle of the year before the inevitable shortening of daylight hours.

     Midsummer has been observed since Neolithic times.  It held special significance to the Scandinavian, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon people and is still celebrated throughout The Northern Hemisphere today.

     Litha was a time to urge the growth of crops in the hope of a plentiful harvest.  A wheel would be set on fire and rolled downhill to “warm” the fields, a practice first recorded two thousand years ago.

     Golden-flowered  Midsummer plants, such as Calendula and St. John’s Wort were collected for their healing powers.

     According to ancient polytheist traditions The Antlered God – and his localised variant, The Green Man – reaches the height of his powers at the midpoint of the year whilst his Goddess consort carries the promise of renewal conceived during May’s Beltane celebrations.  This seasonal courtship was adapted by William Shakespeare in his play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

     At Midsummer those living in the far Northern Hemisphere experience White Nights or The Midnight Sun as there is little if any darkness.  Families celebrate by heading out into the countryside; staying awake, lighting bonfires, feasting, drinking and enjoying saunas.

     Many stone circles throughout The United Kingdom are aligned to dawn at Midsummer and considered sacred to solar deities such as the Celtic Bel.  Celebrants gather at Stonehenge each year to drum the sun down at dusk and then up at dawn on The Longest Day.

Related Articles

Imbolc ~ The Beginner’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year

Ostara, The Spring Equinox ~ The Beginner’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year

Beltane ~ The Beginner’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year

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     No, not the one with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton but this rather more magical Korean twist on a classic Fairy Tale…

     There’s a great movie you might have missed every month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana.  Catch-up with what you’ve missed and subscribe (see the sidebar) to make sure you see them all ~

The Librarian

Virgin Territory

Lotte Reiniger’s Fairy Tales

Azur And Asmar: The Princes Quest

Immortal

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     So here it is, our first look at the next installment of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth multiplex pleaser.

     Despite the portentous dialogue snippets it seems much lighter than The Two Towers – a fellow sufferer of middle movie syndrome – and more action-oriented than it’s predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

     When The Hobbit was first mooted Jackson declined the director’s chair, fearing perhaps that his confidence and experience would lead him to “do a George Lucas” and start tinkering self-indulgently and retconning his screen creation to its detriment.

     Alterations and additions are always necessary when adapting a story from one medium to the next but they are only truly successful if they integrate seamlessly with the original author’s vision:  we have a trailer that looks more like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit than Tolkien’s.

     If Jackson wants to make an Elf movie wouldn’t he be better adapting The Silmarillion?  Poor old Bilbo scarcely gets a look-in as we are treated to tree-running Timotei models who skid into shot with the enthusiasm of sugar-dosed kids on polished floors.  Back in his Rings days Jackson wisely cut leaked scenes of “Action Arwen” kicking Orc at Helm’s Deep after incurring the wrath of Tolkien fans.  Now it is hoped those same fans will accept original invention, Tauriel – a red-haired female Wood Elf who has achieved warrior status decades before poor Éowyn has to sneak off to Minas Tirith in drag.

     The biggest surprise is the full close-up reveal of Smaug’s head.  Despite the opportunity to allow the art department’s imagination to run riot the trailer delivers a very conventional-looking dragon – unless he’s hiding a serpentine body or a clockwork limb.  This may be a way to get the critique over and done with so, by December, audiences can relax and enjoy the flying, fire-breathing and vocal stylings of Benedict Cumberbatch.

     We revealed here some months ago that Cumberbatch had been cast as  Sauron The Necromancer (link to the article below) yet, whichever evil nasty he is portraying New Line seem desperate to keep Cumberbatch’s contributions under wraps.

     It’s nice to catch a glimpse of Luke Evans although such a pivotal character might have warranted a bigger fanfare and what about “sexy” Dwarf Kili – and all the other supporting Dwarves for that matter.  We need a longer trailer, but share your thoughts on this one while we wait…

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Sauron – Click to read.

Annatar ~ The Many Faces Of Sauron – Click to read.

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     The following “lunatic” spread features Patrick Valenza’s cheeky Deviant Moon Tarot; an inspiring deck with a wicked sense of humour!

     Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments box below…

1.  The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The Queen Of Cups

The imaginative and empathetic Queen has much in common with The Enquirer; suggesting she is currently content, following her heart, being true to herself and achieving the right balance to stop that full cup from spilling over!  The Queen has much love to give and is inclined to take control of relationships but she is easily hurt and must choose her companions carefully.  With any tendencies to be secretive or possessive kept in check The Queen is at her most perceptive.  It is a time to nurture emotional fulfillment and finish what others have started.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Emperor

In the previous reading The Emperor appeared as a negative wish but he has lapsed into the past and been transformed into something positive suggesting valuable lessons have been well learned.  The Enquirer has become more inclined to shoulder responsibilities instead of wishing them away and has found a better balance between remaining independent and accepting advice.  The Emperor has triumphed over any ill-will directed at The Enquirer (see positions 3. and 5.) so self-confidence is renewed and ambitions return.  Solid foundations exist for a successful future.

3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The 6 Of Cups (inverted)

Painful emotional ties to the past have created an emotional drain.  Negative nostalgia saps energy and threatens depression by compromising The Enquirer’s ability to make positive choices for the future.  The Enquirer is encouraged to let go of the past and open their heart to new possibilities.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Four Of Pentacles

The Enquirer harbours a desire to thoroughly organise the financial and practical side of their life.  Financial security is hoped for; a wish to live well and make provision for the future.  The Enquirer knows how to value money but not idolise it, they are cautious in good measure and wise to resist the miser at their shoulder.

5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Three Of Wands (inverted)

Indecisiveness, heeding bad advice and an inability to resist negativity have secretly thwarted The Enquirer for some time.  The Three Of Wands, combined with The Six Of Cups (position. 3) has chipped away at creativity and productivity so The Enquirer feels as though they are “being tested”.  This card comes with some very good advice; “When your heart speaks, listen.  If something doesn’t serve you, drop it.”  The Emperor’s lessons (position 2.) are more than a match for these hidden forces!

6.  Events To Come ~ The Lovers

A crossroad is coming and a choice must be made: to stay the same or make a change.  Life-changing choices come with great risks but the payoff is happiness and emotional fulfillment for those who follow their hearts.  This card signifies union and the joining of opposites.  The Enquirer will soon devote themselves to whoever is sacred in their life.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Four Of Swords

The recurrence and positioning of Fours in the spread suggest a stable and peaceful environment in which to grow, a place where past difficulties can be laid to rest and new vigour will arise.  The Four Of Swords represents a period of indulgent respite.  Suffering and tension will be laid aside.  The Enquirer can revel in this interlude following The Lovers union.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Six Of Wands (inverted)

The Six Of Wands indicates a joyous celebration, it can never be a “bad” card, the inversion simply suggests a delay in the outcome.  Others may not respond, participate or adapt as expected to The Enquirer’s happiness but this can not diminish it or the knowledge that difficulties have been transcended.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Seven Of Cups (inverted)

The Artist combines creativity with hard work, trusting his instincts and learning where to focus his vision without distraction.  In this happy time he brings a small warning to keep a firm grip on reality because what The Enquirer wants and needs is right in front of them.  Prioritise what is real and be mindful of how the inverted Six Of Cups and Three Of Wands have caused distraction and stirred defeatism in the past!

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Six Of Swords

This card literally depicts a journey over or near water.  It is a significant break to mark the end of a trying time and a reminder that the world can be a beautiful place.  Action does not have to be aggressive and retreat does not have to mean defeat – an entirely positive “escape” is forecast: a journey into a more productive phase.  The Enquirer is on the right course.

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     There are some brand new images of Little Red Riding Hood available now at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana Gallery.

     Here are a selected few to fire your imagination, click the link at the end for more…

View the full collection here

Browse the Gallery here

 

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     This month’s Lego fix features Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty & The Beast and a rather startled Little Mermaid.

     Just hover over the images for extra information…

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     It is time to pay a visit or re-acquaint yourself with The Arts & Arcana Gallery!

     Throughout the month we’ll be adding some astonishing and thought-provoking new images to the album Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales beginning with Beauty & The Beast.

     Only the finest art finds a place in The Arcade’s permanent collection.  You’ll discover the Gallery tab at the top of the homepage or click the link at the end of the post to explore.  Please leave your comments and share your favourites…

Click here to see more unique interpretations of Beauty & The Beast

Click here to explore The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana Gallery

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     We are still waiting for Summer at The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana so many thanks to the Blogsprites who sent some shiny awards instead!

     Thank you to The Matticus Kingdom for the Shine On blog award and to Sheryl’s bloggy blog for the Sunshine Award – they’ve really brightened the place up 🙂

     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana will be presenting seven Shine On awards later this month…  will there be one for you?

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