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Lily Wight

     Updated for 2015

     Imbolc (pronounced i-MOLK meaning “in the belly”) is one of eight seasonal festivals marked on the ancient calendar known as The Wheel Of The Year.  Imbolc is observed on 1st February each year.

     Imbolc heralds the first stirrings of  Spring as it lies halfway between The Winter Solstice (Yule) and The Spring Equinox (Ostara).  It is a time when days lengthen, new buds and shoots appear and the first lambs are born.

     Imbolc was originally observed by the Gaelic (Irish, Scottish and Manx) people as a vital indicator of a new agricultural year.

     The festival was deemed sacred to the Gaelic goddess Brighid (pronounced breed) the midwife of the year and protector of women, children and newborns. 

     Hearthfire celebrations involved the baking of bannocks; the origin…

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Lily Wight

     Updated 28/01/2014

     It’s almost a decade since Stephenie Meyer’s first Twilight novel was published and here is the last review of our four book retrospective…

     Breaking Dawn is undoubtedly the most mature and entertaining book in the series with more incident, action and horror than all the previous volumes put together.

     Discerning fans might try to excuse, scan or simply ignore Edward and Bella’s nauseating honeymoon and enjoy instead Jacob’s first person narration of the birth of their monster offspring.

     The Twililght Series has always tended to be a little tame and anaemic but by introducing that classic horror staple – the “demon-child” – Meyer invigorates the tale creating, arguably, a better starting-point for the entire series.

     Unfortunately Meyer bungles the ending by rushing the introductions to an influx of interesting new characters and…

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Lily Wight

     Updated 25/01/2014

     We’re three books – and three reviews in – yet The Twilight Saga refuses staunchly to improve or evolve as its little flashes of brilliance are swamped with so much melodramatic waffle.

     Stephenie Meyer obviously missed the writer’s workshop on “show, don’t tell” because those pages of circular dialogue do not equal plot momentum.

     An inspired chapter on Quileute folklore provides too brief a respite and elevation by delivering a tantalising glimpse into a better book that never was.  More of this and less of Bella might have given the saga more depth to match its breadth.

     Meyer has an unfortunate habit of disappointing readers with ideas and plot-strands which fail to flourish.  She denies Bella the opportunity to embrace the fate of The Third Wife thus denying Eclipse…

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     Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot in the Lunatic Spread read by Lily Wight for The Arcade of Arts & Arcana (Winter).

     Begin centre-left and proceed anti-clockwise;

WP_0000111.  The Four of Cups (inverted)

2.  The Ace of Wands

3.  The Ten of Swords (inverted)

4.  The Six of Pentacles (inverted)

5.  THE HANGED MAN (inverted)

6.  The Four of Swords (inverted)

7.  The Queen of Swords (inverted)

8.  The Eight of Cups

9.  The Five of Swords (inverted)

10.  The Ten of Wands (inverted)

Quick Notes

     There is only one Major Arcana card suggesting The Enquirer is guiding current circumstances.  The Hanged Man appeared previously right-side up as a subconscious influence, now he is inverted in the external environment.  His role is evolving, balance is reasserting and The Hanged Man’s control is waning.

     The number of inverted cards is unusually high so a situation is currently at tipping point or in the process of being turned on its head.

     The Suit of Swords dominates throughout the spread suggesting the last stage of effort in action or crisis.

     The Enquirer’s favourite/personal card, The Eight of Cups appears (mirroring another Cup – or Heart – card in position 1.)  This reading involves an important emotional matter-of-the-heart for The Enquirer.

     The Ace of Wands also appeared in the previous spread.  Its motivational influence has now moved into the past.

     There is only one Court Card, or significant “other”, in this spread.  The Queen of Swords is a frequent negative visitor for this Enquirer but her influence has waned.

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1.  The Enquirer / The Present ~ The Four of Cups (inverted)

Realise the need to drop all that has proved disappointing.  This is not a failure but an opportunity to grasp a bright new outlook.  Consolidate new and better emotional foundations.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Ace of Wands

A recent burst of creative energy has already instigated a new productive cycle in work and social activities.

3.  Subconscious Influences (internal/unknown) ~ The Ten of Swords (inverted)

A final surge of courage is required to break traps of defeat and betrayal and gain the edge over old problems.  Stop expecting the worst, turn away from unpleasantness and achieve the freedom to rebuild self-confidence.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Six of Pentacles (inverted)

A practical wish to be more selfish and less generous with a desire for more control and quicker gratification.  Live in the now!

5.  Hidden Forces (external/unknown) ~ THE HANGED MAN (inverted)

The Enquirer is no longer hanging but still tethered.  Emotional blackmail forces masochism so fight restraints imposed by the past, the self and others.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Four of Swords (inverted)

Activity will begin with renewed vigour when The Enquirer accepts that problems will always exist and success is measured not by solving them but by how they are dealt with.  The world outside starts to look more appealing; wake up Sleeping Beauty and be your own hero!

WP_0000117.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Queen of Swords (inverted)

The Enquirer has tolerated this manipulative schemer to keep the peace but boundaries have at last been set to block her controlling nature and negativity.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Eight of Cups

Self-awareness minimises external influences and builds the courage to make better choices.  Move on, follow the heart’s desire and seek a truer path.

9.  Spiritual Forces (upon the environment) ~ The Five of Swords (inverted)

The Enquirer will part from their troubles when a false friend is exposed and disarmed for the sake of peace and harmony.  What feels like a loss is truly a success.  Protect yourself on the road to self-reliance.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Ten of Swords (inverted)

There are inherent difficulties in completing the old and starting the new simultaneously.  Forget patience, release excess burdens and responsibilities and rush to your goals.  A new beginning is tantalisingly close.

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     Brickmeister Eric Stevens, 23, from Rochester, New York deserves awe and respect for constructing this unique Lego gift for his Downton Abbey loving girlfriend…

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Lego Picks every month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.  Click to view them all 🙂

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Lily Wight

     Updated 18/01/2014

     It is nearly a decade since the launch of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga so New Moon, the second book in the series, may already seem like old news to the next generation of teens.  Let’s take another peek under the cover…

     The Twilight Saga becomes increasingly derivative as it seeks for ideas to expand upon its potentially intriguing but ultimately restrictive central romance.

     Things get off to a promising start with Meyer adding a third-party to her ongoing variations upon the classic and reliable “Beauty and The Beast meets Romeo and Juliet” yarn.  Replacing static lust-object Edward with the earthier and charismatic Jacob makes for a more mature and complex romance, whilst the Native American Shapeshifter lore feels original and fresh.

     There is also some vastly improved prose. The stormy build-up to Bella’s…

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**WARNING**  not for little eyes or the easily alarmed

titania     By The Power of Greyskull!!!  Take a look at Dame Judi Dench’s Titania!

     This black and white still of Britain’s best-loved actress “in the altogether” for Peter Hall’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) was deemed so raunchy and shocking that Pinterest took it down!

     Now Lily Wight knows if it’s in black and white AND scripted by Shakespeare it must be Art so there is no shame whatsoever in taking a moment to enjoy Dame Judi’s seldom seen – but mighty fine – Titania 🙂

 

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