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     Updated 28/02/2014

     Would you believe that Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana is two years old today or 2,344 comments, 411 posts and over 10,500 subscribers old today!

If you are already a blog author or reader, or you are thinking about becoming one, a glance below – at this site’s very first technophobic and mildly apologetic post – will prove that award-winning, international blogs can evolve from humble origins and perseverance to recommendations by best-selling authors.

     Would you like to re-share the moment you lost your blog virginity?  Lily Wight will show you hers if you show her yours 😉

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     Dear Blogsprites,

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

     As soon as I…

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     The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

     Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 50,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana would like to wish each and every one of you a magical Yule and a prosperous New Year!

     At the time of writing over 9,500 readers subscribe to this blog across 9 social networks.  Thank you for almost 72,000 visits and over 2,000 comments – we promise you lots more treasures and curiosities throughout 2014.

     In September Lily Wight achieved a personal best daily hit rate when an incredible 3,454 visitors dropped by – that was quite some party – so what are you waiting for?  Head to the homepage sidebar for details on how to follow Lily, you’re all invited 🙂

**MERRY CHRISTMAS**

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     The wise and insightful Kathy Hughes, from Turtlephoenix, has been kind enough to introduce our own cartomancer, Lily Wight to the Oracle Of Shadows & Light.

     This enchanting fortune-telling deck, comparable to The Tarot, was devised by Lucy Cavendish and Jasmine Beckett-Griffith.

     Kathy (KH) drew a four card Hidden & Revealed Spread for Lily (LW) and you can see the results below…

Position 1.  What Is Hidden? ~ Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch

KH:  This little girl is your inner child.  She is asking you to count your blessings.  I have the feeling that when you are overwhelmed you forget your inner resources; your impeccable aesthetic sense, your childlike sense of wonder and play and, in low self-esteem moments, you forget your purity and kindness.

LW:  The mournful expression on the ghost girl’s face perfectly captures my tendency to put myself last on my list of priorities.  The modern world is demanding and complex so it’s easy to feel lost, small and insignificant.  Your compliments have helped me to feel better already!  I need to take better care of my inner child.

KH:  She also wants to remind you that you don’t exist in a vacant field.  If you did you wouldn’t be so busy.  You have loved ones to delegate tasks to.

LW:  The Ghost is insubstantial; not really present.  This card has touched on the difficulties of feeling morose and disconnected.

Position 2.  What Is Revealed? ~ Carnivorous Greenhouse

LW:  Another hostile environment!

KH:  You are an extremely curious person who wants to drown in awesome, beautiful things.

LW:  Oh yes, I think my blog reflects that, but those particular “lilies” look dangerous.

KH:  You have trouble saying “no”, because you are a kind, loving person who wants to nurture everyone.

LW:  I sometimes get called “Mama” at work because I try to look after everyone.  Those plants look likely to bite the hand that feeds!  I went to the library recently to look for a book about learning to say “no”, but I didn’t take it out because I thought I’d be too busy to read it ~ that’s sadly ironic.

KH:  If your own sanity and health don’t convince you to give yourself a break and learn to say “no” maybe this will:  if you spread yourself too thin you can’t give your loved ones or interests the attention they deserve.

LW:  I need to weed out the plants that are likely to bite.  Perhaps I’ll go back for that book after all.

Position 3.  Why Am I Drawing This To Myself? ~ The Angel Of Time

LW:  The background looks like the background of my blog.

KH:  I look at The Angel Of Time’s eyes and I see a woman who likes a challenge.

LW:  If I’m the Pumpkin Patch Ghost on the inside then this is who I would like to be on the outside.  I feel at my strongest when I’m free to write and work on my creative endeavours, but the card says I’m working too hard.

KH:  You like to study everything and get to know everyone.  You want to make time your bitch (pardon my language)!

LW:  You’ve got me.  I’m a control freak.  I come from an academic background.  It defines me more than anything else.

Position 4.  What Should I Do Now? ~ Angel De Los Muertos

LW:  Now that is synchronicity!  Dia De Los Muertos (the Mexican Day Of The Dead/All Souls’ Day) is my birthday.  I already feel this card is telling me to simply be true to myself.

KH:  When I see the Angel De Los Muertos in this spread I see her as the opposite of the Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch.  They are very helpful to each other.  Angel De Los Muertos is warm and extroverted and Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch is cool, introspective and shy.  They balance each other.  If you take time to be introspective, to sit and do nothing, or take a long walk, or do some quiet yoga, colours will be more vibrant to you, textures warmer.

LW:  There is a very consistent and specific message in this spread.  I try to do too much and end up feeling lost and misused so life is a constant struggle for balance.  The cards evolve to show me at my best and suggest I could actually achieve more by taking on a little less.

KH:  You’ll be better able to separate the gems from the beans in terms of how you want to spend your time and enjoy your active times more because you will know yourself better.

LW:  Separate the gems from the beans – I love that.  Thank you so much, Kathy.

     If you would like a reading from Kathy Hughes contact her via the following;

     https://turtlephoenix.wordpress.com/

     https://www.facebook.com/Turtlephoenix?fref=ts

NEXT WEEK ~ Tarot Masterclass With Kathy Hughes & Lily Wight #2

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     The wild imaginings of mixed-media artist and cartomancer, Patrick Valenza have more than earned a permanent place in Lily Wight’s Gallery.

     If you would like to know more about the gracious artist who lent this site its header and avatar and devised the Tarot deck that features in regular readings then step through the looking-glass…

http://www.deviantmoon.com/wordpress/

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     Ha-ha, I’m it!

     My fine fellow blogger, Crazy Goblin managed to catch me before I made it to safe ground so now I must answer his questions – because you know what Christina Rossetti said about Goblin Men…

Q.  Have you ever been made redundant from your job and how did you feel about it?

A.  Thankfully, no.

Q.  If you were interviewing someone for a writing job, what 3 qualities would you look for and why?

A.  I would ask; do you live in a garret and have a laudanum habit?  Are you psychologically traumatised?  Can you hit a deadline?  Yes to any one of those three gets you the job.

Q.  What is your favorite board game and why?

A.  I hate board games.  Competition makes me anxious and I still have nightmares about Operation.

Q.  When you look at the stars, what do you see?

A.  Galaxies far, far away...

Q. When you look at the ocean, what does it remind you of?

A.  A big blue wobbly thing that mermaids live in.

Q.  How do you overcome writer’s block?

A.  A change of scenery  (which is just an excuse to head for a different coffee shop).

Q.  If you could say 3 encouraging things to another person, what would they be?

A.  I love you, in a million years time who is going to care?  And no, your bum doesn’t look big in that…

Q.  Do you prefer to write your stories/books/poetry/prose/articles on paper first, then type them up and edit them, or do you like to type them straight into your computer to edit?

A.  Despite having romantic notions about a quill and parchment everything goes straight on the laptop.  I didn’t learn to touch-type for nothing.

Q.  Do you like writing in one genre or more?

A.  I’m a fan of the darkly fantastic but that is a vast and multifaceted thing.  I enjoy entrail-draped gimp dungeons AND cute fluffy bunny rabbits.

Q.  As a writer, do you think actions speak louder than words?

A.  Definitely.  Words are tricksy.

Q.  What is your favorite quote and why?

A.  If there’s nothing wrong with me then there must be something wrong with the universe.

     So, scramble everyone because if I tag you it’s your turn to copy what you see here…

http://philipwardlow.com/

http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

http://masternickroberts.wordpress.com/

http://gothicheartsandbatwings.wordpress.com/

http://gingerfightback.com/

http://cindyknoke.com/

http://thefirstgates.com/

http://theyearofhalloween.com/

http://emikochan13.wordpress.com/

http://wilsonkhoo.wordpress.com/

http://blurppy.com/

     Ha-ha!  You’re it!  😉

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

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     Send a friend request to Lily Wight on Facebook for more exclusive content!

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     Hi Blogsprites,

     

     If you are lucky enough to live in Hull, East Yorkshire, U.K. you can head to the New Theatre this week for Horrible Histories.

     The Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians are too good for kids, so borrow someone else’s and get yourself along.

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     I hope you enjoyed movie month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana 🙂

     I would like to say a huge thank you and send virtual hugs and squeezes to the bloggers who presented www.lilywight.com with the following awards;

Sunshine Award presented by http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com/

Sunshine Award presented by http://stayforaspell.wordpress.com/

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     Summer blockbuster season is well underway so, throughout August, there will be a red tip-up seat waiting for you at Lily Wight’s cinematograph.  I will be sharing and musing upon thirty days of eclectic viewing and hoping for your comments and recommendations as always.

     August’s Magickal Thing, a top recommended link, will be appearing in the homepage sidebar all month, so I hope you check it out.

     Also this month I have seven shiny One Lovely Blog Awards to give away and I will be posting my Tarot spread for Lughnasadh.

     Last, but not least, I would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful On Oxnard Shores for presenting me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  I will strive to continually deserve it xx

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     I would like to present some Very Inspiring Blogger Awards to the Blogsprites listed on the honours roll below.

     Please check-out their blogs and take a little time to get to know them as I have 🙂

     Congratulations everybody, keep those comments coming! xxx

http://loonyliterature.com/

http://anthonysramblings.wordpress.com/

http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

http://philipwardlow.com/

http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/

http://kyotzeta.com/

http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com/

     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.

     Keep dropping by at https://lilywight.wordpress.com for a month dedicated to petrifying puppets and macabre marionettes!

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     Another post you might enjoy 🙂

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     Hello Blogsprites,

     

     If you like rude and musical puppets (who doesn’t ?)  I can recommend Avenue Q at Hull’s New Theatre (UK)  from tomorrow night until Saturday 7th July 2012.

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     This May Day reading, with Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot was insightful as always; a timely reminder to trust one’s instincts and take more care over prioritising.

     Turning over this site’s “personal” card  (position 10.) The Eight of Cups, shouldn’t be a surprise by now but it is always a pleasant surprise to see “Lily” shunning the negatives, stepping bravely forward on her creative path and chasing the dream!

     Please feel free to leave your thoughts on this spread, you don’t need to be an expert, the pictures tell a story, so have a go and leave your comments.

 

     1.  Inquirer/The Present ~ The Queen of Cups (centre left then anti-clockwise)

     2.  Past Influences ~ The Five of Pentacles

     3.  Subconscious Influences ~The Three of Pentacles

     4.  Secret Wishes ~ The Six of Pentacles

     5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Ace of Pentacles

     6.  To Come ~ The Two of Pentacles

     7.  Environment ~ The Page of Wands

     8.  Influence of Others ~ The Knight of Wands

     9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Page of Cups

     10.  Outcome ~ The Eight of Cups

 

     You can read about this site’s approach on interpreting the Tarot by following the link below.

      Naked Tarot.

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     With The Olympics on the way The Brits have gone sports mad!

     Reading and athleticism seldom go hand-in-hand but, believe it or not, there are actually books about sport and a literary awards ceremony devoted to them.  Who knew?!

     You could however just prepare for The Olympics by dusting off your old copy of The Iliad 😉

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     Fight Club fans will recognise Chuck Palahniuk’s recurring themes and jet-black humour as sex addict Vincent explores the world of self-help groups, mental illness and random, petty criminality.

     The forthright narrative swings between realistic grit and surreal farce as Vincent chokes on his own sh*t, both literally and metaphysically. It is hilarious and heartbreaking by turns.
     Palahniuk loves a modern American loser and hurls the reader deep into the messed-up psyche of another hero trying to redefine masculinity in a world of adverse rules and chaos. It’s not for the easily shocked, but it’s a gem.

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     I have read Steven Erikson’s first four Malazan novels and would like some advice as to whether or not to continue.  You can read my reviews (published over the last two weeks) on my homepage.

    Your thoughts folks …

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     Hello Blogsprites!

     It’s book month at The Arcade of Arts & Arcana so I’ll be featuring a favourite author, Margo Lanagan, in the Magickal Thing section of the sidebar throughout May.

     Click the pic to discover Tender Morsels …

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Another worthy recipient for Lily Wight’s Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations!

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     Keep visiting my Gallery for new carefully selected images.

     Just click the pic …

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