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     Sci-Fi & Fantasy fans may recognise the title as a quote from Frank Herbert’s Dune.  Everybody else may simply appreciate the opportunity to explore new places from the comfort – and safety – of their favourite armchair or free wi-fi zone.

    This holiday season we are boldly going to Westeros (yes, really) to face the terrors of flight delays, lost luggage and untimely beheading so you don’t have to.

     We recommend that you keep an eye on Matt Copeman’s blog, “It Wasn’t My Fault…”, instead.  Matt is a journalism graduate based in Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.  He’s going places.  Literally.  He’s planning his next travel adventure right now and you could be there too – from the safety of your armchair of course 🙂  Just click the link below to subscribe…

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     How will you celebrate your May Day bank holiday weekend?  You could always get married, jump over a broomstick or get naked and paint yourself red like these folks.

     You can discover the origins and traditions of the Beltane festival by clicking the link below for Lily Wight’s Beginner’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year.

Beltane Fire Festival

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Lily Wight

     Updated 23/09/2014

     The Wheel Of The Year calendar comprises four Celtic fire festivals interspersed with two solstice and two equinox celebrations.  September’s Equinox denotes the height of the Autumn season.

     The Autumn Equinox is named variably as Modron (Mother Goddess) or Mabon (Divine Son) – deities from Welsh Mythology who can be found in The Legends Of King Arthur.

     Modron is a harvest and fertility goddess who shares characteristics with the Roman Ceres.  On the agricultural calendar Lughnasadh (August) is The First Harvest (grains and cereals) and The Autumn Equinox (September) is The Second Harvest (fruits and vegetables).

     At the Equinox the year wanes, yet the harvest is plentiful.   The ancient tribal people of The Western Hemisphere believed their Mother Goddess entered the third trimester of her pregnancy whilst her…

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Lily Wight

     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…

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     This month’s Lego Pick is a slideshow brought to you directly from the imagination of artist Nathan Sawaya…

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     More from Nathan Sawaya in next month’s Lego Pick!

 

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Lily Wight

     Updated 29/04/2014

     Beltane (meaning “bright fire”) or May Day is one of eight festival days marked upon the ancient seasonal calendar known as The Wheel Of The Year.

     Beltane heralds the beginning of Summer as it lies halfway between The Spring Equinox (Ostara) and The Summer Solstice (Litha).  It is a time when daylight hours are long, trees blossom and herding animals are turned out to pasture.

     Beltane was originally observed by the Gaelic people of Ireland, Scotland and The Isle Of Man who performed protective rituals for their crops and livestock whilst The Celtic Tribes of Western Europe and Britain also celebrated mating rituals and male potency.

     Beltane is named for the Celtic Sun God, Bel (Belenos/Belenus) who is associated with West Cornwall, formerly Belerion.  The Romans dubbed him the “British Apollo” and…

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     Updated 15/03/2014

     Ostara (Old High German) or Ēostre (Old English) falls upon 20th March.  It is one of eight ancient Wheel Of The Year festivals denoting seasonal shifts.

     Ostara marks The Vernal (meaning “youthful”) Equinox: the height of Spring.

     Daylight and darkness are balanced at The Equinox, prior to the lengthening of days: a period sometimes referred to as Lent.  It is a time to celebrate fecundity and growth.

     Ostara is named for an ancient Germanic goddess and the month that bears her name; Ôstarmânoth, now April.

     Ostara is a dawn goddess associated to the Greek Eos and the Roman Aurora.  She represents the resurrection of light following the death of Winter.

     Ostara’s totem animal is the hare: a symbol of fertility dating…

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     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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     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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**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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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana is a terribly serious and highbrow blog for arty-types and intellectuals – as proved by the following… 😉

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The year’s best blog posts were selected by readers of Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

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It took seven months and approximately 40,000 Lego bricks for Romanian artist Mihai Marius Mihu to create The Nine Circles Of Hell from the Literary Classic Dante’s Divine Comedy.

     Where will you end up?

     ~ Visit the previous post for another unique interpretation of The Divine Comedy ~

1. Limbo, Lego Hell.  Mihai Marius Mihu. 

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     The year’s best blog posts were selected by the readers of Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

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     We hope you find this month’s Lego pick horrifically good!

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The Bridge That Spans The Brook Sir Nadroj

Next Post 29/10/13 (18.00 GMT) ~ Lily Wight’s Guide To The Wheel of The Year: Halloween

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     Greetings Blogsprites!  Its October and autumn is well and truly underway.  This month folk at home, by the Land of Green Ginger, will be looking forward to our annual travelling fair and the usual Halloween celebrations.

     Here, at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana, there’ll be things to make you go “ooh” – cute gifs, Lego art, the latest installment of our Wheel of The Year calendar – and things to make you go “AAAaaaarrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!” – a whole month of grim, gothic and generally spooky vamp things (or vampy spook things if you prefer) including art, books, graphic novels and the odd jack o’ lantern.

     Carved pumpkins won’t be the only form of illumination this month as we’ve also received a lovely Shine On blog award from http://modernoracletarot.com/.  If you enjoy the Tarot posts you find here you’ll enjoy Ronda Snow’s work too.

     Last, but not least, a huge thank you to 7,798 subscribers who read this blog over 9 syndicated sites and helped Lily Wight achieve a daily hits personal best with 3,427 visitors on September 17th.  Keep those comments coming everyone x

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     Updated 23/09/2014

     The Wheel Of The Year calendar comprises four Celtic fire festivals interspersed with two solstice and two equinox celebrations.  September’s Equinox denotes the height of the Autumn season.

     The Autumn Equinox is named variably as Modron (Mother Goddess) or Mabon (Divine Son) – deities from Welsh Mythology who can be found in The Legends Of King Arthur.

     Modron is a harvest and fertility goddess who shares characteristics with the Roman Ceres.  On the agricultural calendar Lughnasadh (August) is The First Harvest (grains and cereals) and The Autumn Equinox (September) is The Second Harvest (fruits and vegetables).

     At the Equinox the year wanes, yet the harvest is plentiful.   The ancient tribal people of The Western Hemisphere believed their Mother Goddess entered the third trimester of her pregnancy whilst her divine consort prepares his descent to the wintry underworld.

     According to Arthurian Legend the fallen King Arthur is transported to Avalon, the “Isle Of Apples” to await his rebirth – an echo of the story of the dying god.  The Autumn Equinox is the best time for apple-picking and the fruit has come to have many sacred and mystical associations.

     Apples are used for a variety of regional folk customs, games and recipes at this time of year.  Slicing an apple across the middle reveals a pentacle or star – the symbol of man in harmony with the elements.

     Why not celebrate your Harvest Festival with some apple bobbing or by indulging in some candy apples?

 

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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.

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     A bumper Lego treat this month in-keeping with our Star Wars theme…

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There will be some fun, cool and silly Star Wars stuff throughout the month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana so don’t be a stranger 😉 xx

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     Some people dance around Maypoles or enjoy a day-trip to the seaside, if you’re a film fan however the Bank Holiday Weekend is all about May The Fourth or National Star Wars Day!

     Yorkshire-based special events company, Hullywood Entertainment will be hosting another of their famous Movie Buffs Collectors Fairs in the airy atrium of Prospect Shopping Centre (Kingston upon Hull, UK) on Saturday 4th May from 10am – 4pm.  Special guest, Ian Whyte – all seven-foot one of him – will be meeting guests and signing autographs.  Ian played the iconic Predator in Aliens vs. Predator (2004) and The Space Jockey in franchise revival Prometheus (2012).  Genre fans will also know him from Clash Of The Titans (2010) Harry Potter (2005) and his first dramatic role as Gregor Clegane “The Mountain That Rides” in HBO’s award-winning TV Show, Game Of Thrones.

     Britain’s Got Talent favourite, The Entertainer-nator – who reached the live semi-finals with his Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation – will also be putting in an appearance, releasing his “Keith Lemon Clone” and treating fans to a few new characters.

     As well as the usual specialist stalls selling Movie, TV, Sci-Fi and Fantasy collectibles and memorabilia there will be opportunities to take photographs with a Back To The Future Replica DeLorean and a scaled-down Tim Burton style Batmobile complete with Hullywood Entertainment’s own Mini-Joker.  You can  get up close and personal with an amazing Captain Jack Sparrow Lookalike-Impersonator and view a variety of rare movie-themed props and exhibits.

     Ian Whyte will be supported by The UK Predators costume group.  The UK Garrison will be attending with a variety of costumed characters from the world of movies, games and television and, if you’re experiencing any problems with the paranormal, you’ll be able to consult costumers from the UK Ghostbusters.

     Attending Movie Buffs: May The Fourth in fancy dress is positively encouraged.  Children who attend the event in Star Wars themed costumes will gain free entry and there will be plenty of folk from the Hull Cosplayers group to show you how it’s done.

     The event marks the fifth anniversary of Hullywood Entertainment’s launch and The Force is sure to be with them!

Links for event information

Official Website  http://www.moviebuffs.co.uk/MovieBuffs/Home.html

Send a friend request on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/hullywood.crew

Follow on Twitter  https://twitter.com/HullywoodCrew


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Lily Wight

     Updated 20/05/2014

     Maleficent is currently scheduled for a May 2014 release with Angelina Jolie all set to do for Evil Fairy Godmothers what Charlize Theron did for Wicked Stepmothers in Snow White And The Huntsman!

     Here are the latest pics to peruse while you are waiting...

     Fairy Tale fans might also like to click the smiley and scroll down for the picture album Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales 🙂

 

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     Updated 19/03/2015

     Ostara (Old High German) or Ēostre (Old English) falls upon 20th March.  It is one of eight ancient Wheel Of The Year festivals denoting seasonal shifts.

     Ostara marks The Vernal (meaning “youthful”) Equinox: the height of Spring.

     Daylight and darkness are balanced at The Equinox, prior to the lengthening of days: a period sometimes referred to as Lent.  It is a time to celebrate fecundity and growth.

     Ostara is named for an ancient Germanic goddess and the month that bears her name; Ôstarmânoth, now April.

     Ostara is a dawn goddess associated to the Greek Eos and the Roman Aurora.  She represents the resurrection of light following the death of Winter.

     Ostara’s totem animal is the hare: a symbol of fertility dating back to prehistoric times.  The hare was admired for its enthusiastic mating rituals and it’s associations to moon goddesses and the female reproductive cycle.

     Eggs are an ancient symbol of renewal, fertility and life-force.  They can be decorated to represent the wishes we hope will manifest in the coming summer.

     Eggs were used to play a number of festival games such as treasure hunts, races and relays (our modern egg and spoon race).

     Ostara is a solar festival so bonfires, hearth fires and candles can also be lit.

     The daffodil or “harbinger of Spring” is the traditional flower of the Ostara festival.

 

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     Why not lose yourself in another stop motion short film?

     Lost Things (2010) written and directed by Angela Kohler and Ithyle Griffiths.

     Music “Sleepwaking” by A Fine Frenzy.

 

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     18/12/2013 TOP BLOG POST     

It took seven months and approximately 40,000 Lego bricks for Romanian artist Mihai Marius Mihu to create The Nine Circles Of Hell from the Literary Classic Dante’s Divine Comedy.

     Where will you end up?

     ~ Visit the previous post for another unique interpretation of The Divine Comedy ~

1. Limbo, Lego Hell.  Mihai Marius Mihu. 

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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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     Updated 20/05/2014

     Maleficent is currently scheduled for a May 2014 release with Angelina Jolie all set to do for Evil Fairy Godmothers what Charlize Theron did for Wicked Stepmothers in Snow White And The Huntsman!

     Here are the latest pics to peruse while you are waiting...

     Fairy Tale fans might also like to click the smiley and scroll down for the picture album Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales 🙂

 

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