cosmic cycle

Moon Signs & Menstrual Cycles

Since the moon is so closely linked with femininity and fertility and some women can even calculate their next period by the cycle of the moon, I decided I’d look into how the moon’s sign and house can affect a woman’s period. I tested it on myself and some friends and so far, it seems pretty accurate. Let’s see what you all think :)

*Check your moon sign/moon house, stellium, and dominant sign*

Aries/1st: break outs, migraines, heavy flow, enhanced irritability, might lash out on anyone and everyone, most likely to be asked “are you on your period?” (bc emotions are so easily seen)

Taurus / 2nd: indulgence in comforts, increased appetite, notices every little flaw about self, bubble baths and face masks help to soothe them

Gemini / 3rd: moodiness, unpredictable start date and end date, becomes less talkative, changeable flows, increased restlessness

Cancer / 4th: just wants to stay home, extremely emotional, increased everything, may have problems with reproductive organs, tender breasts, stomach bloat

Leo / 5th: becomes dramatic and needy, demands to be pampered, easily provoked, creative outlets may soothe them

Virgo / 6th: flu-like symptoms, increased anxiety and tension, cannot function normally at work/school, painful cramps and muscle aches

Libra / 7th: becomes socially distant but also really needy, leans on partner or close friends for support, unbalanced emotions, complains about symptoms, indulges in foods and luxuries

Scorpio / 8th: intense pains and flows, increased emotional sensitivity, wants to be alone, may have problems with reproductive organs or cycles (especially if the moon has negative aspects)

Sagittarius / 9th: definitely NEEDS their space and free time, becomes argumentative and hot-headed, is more blunt and outspoken than usual, traveling and reading may soothe them

Capricorn / 10th: depression and pessimism is likely, withdraws from everyone, continues to act like everything is fine, is more stressed and overworked than usual

Aquarius / 11th: erratic cycles, unpredictable flows, on edge and anxious, extreme mood swings, insomnia, cannot relax

Pisces / 12th: becomes lazy and emotional, constantly fears symptoms mean something bad, constantly thinks they may be leaking, crying spells, sensitivity, weird/vivid dreams

For all the witches out there- make your own pendulum chart! It’s super fun! Mine isn’t perfect as you can see but I put a lot of work into it and putting my energy to it makes it all that more powerful. Instead of bonding with a chart you bought, there is always the option of just making your own so it’s innately infused with your energies.

The circle is the symbol of divine energy, a feminine touch that embodies compassion, manifestation, and infinity. It’s cyclical, encapsulating new beginnings, connecting with seasonal and lunar transitions. The planets, chakras, and our breath cycle is circular. A cosmic flow that connects us to karma and goddess. The scared circle is protection, creation, balance, and evolution and saturated in mysticism. The druids used circles to strength their intuitive presence, symbols of the cosmos. Stone circles were scattered across the highlands, wells of ancient magick.

El Juício Final, Louis Cattiaux

“The extreme humiliation of  death is the compulsory entry to the splendour of heavenly life, for earthly  separation is the beginning of heaven manifested.”  -
Louis Cattiaux

: Cattiaux has made this painting using a particular iconography, allowing us to understand the mistery of the spiritual body:
In the middle of the night, illuminated by a nocturnal sun on which lies the celestial mother and after a mountain range which separates the scene from the profane world, a section of earth is illuminated by the miraculous event of the “tree man” breaking off his tombstone and growing towards the sun of midnight; they are made of the same essence, of the sun he has born and to the sun he shall return.
The “tree man” is “life” hapening again. The new man germinates as a tree.
It should be given attention as well to the texture of the canvas, the branches or the fingers of the resurected are painted in such a way that demonstrates a living being emerging towards the light coming along with two flowers, a red one and a blue one, whom germinate between the dead cross; one represents severity and another represents mercy.
In the background, pointing the vanishing point of the canvas, the morning star “closes” the cosmic cycle with the sun and the moon on that sacred night.
This painting of Louis Cattiaux shows us, through the tradtional iconography, the truth that arises from the dark earth. The hermetic philosophy teaches the same way that the truth is not only found on heaven but it is also hidden within the earth.

I am currently engrossed in a book called, ‘Encounters with Star People: Untold stories of American Indians,’ by Ardy Sixkiller Clarke. It is the second book I have read by her and she is, by far, one of my favorite authors on this subject. The stories are incredible and I feel compelled to share them all with you. Instead, I will relate one briefly here and hope that you can read her book for yourselves.

An elder, named Harrison, from the Northern Plains Indian Tribe told a tale of a crashed craft witnessed by his grandfather in 1945. He, himself, was also shown the craft later by his grandfather. He says, “It was a long cylinder about 30 feet wide and 60 feet long.” Most of it was stuck in a butte, which was later flooded by the Army Corp of Engineers to build a reservoir. The inhabitants of the craft spoke to his grandfather, saying they could camouflage the craft and make it appear as part of the landscape. They said they were from a star system in the Taurus constellation, calling their planet Enyan. “Gramps said they were voyagers and traveled the universe observing life on other worlds. They had been coming to earth for thousands of years observing, collecting data and noting changes,” Harrison said. He was allowed to go inside the craft with his grandfather, observing sleek gray metallic walls, seats that envelope around you when you sit in them, strange markings, which he likened to hieroglyphics, beneath buttons and knobs. The government came to the reservation some time afterwards, cordoning off the crash area, claiming to be building a reservoir. His grandfather believed they had found the ship and had taken it away.

This and many more incredible stories are contained within the book. I often wonder what other stories are left untold by the indigenous of other nations, what encounters the people of our planet have had with Star people.

Sources: 'Encounters with Star People: Untold Stories of American Indians,’ by Ardy Sixkiller Clarke.

The Mayan Ouroboros: The Cosmic Cycles Come Full Circle

In The Mayan Ouroboros, the much-anticipated follow-up to his bestselling Serpent of Light, spiritual researcher Drunvalo Melchizdek reveals for the first time what Mayan elders have told him about this period. In this book he explains how to prepare for this transition to a new 13,000-year cycle by learning how to move out of our brain and into our hearts. He shares the Mayan insight of the importance of our heart connection to our survival and ability to thrive during these times.



Why Science Will Never Know Everything About Our Universe

“The Universe itself may be finite or may be infinite; the jury is still out. But one thing is certain: the part that’s accessible to us is finite. Even with the expanding Universe, even with all the galaxies and stars and planet and molecules and atoms and subatomic particles in it, there’s only so much we can access. And those limitations – the total numbers of particles and the total amount of energy available in the Universe – means there’s only a finite amount of information we can determine about our cosmos. For the first time, we can quantify that, and begin to infer which things we might never understand.”

As we peel back the layers of information deeper and deeper into the Universe’s history, we uncover progressively more knowledge about how everything we know today came to be. The discovery of distant galaxies and their redshifts led to expanding Universe, which led to the Big Bang and the discovery of very early phases like the cosmic microwave background and big bang nucleosynthesis. But before that, there was a period of cosmic inflation that left its mark on the Universe. What came before inflation, then? Did it always exist? Did it have a beginning? Or did it mark the rebirth of a cosmic cycle? Maddeningly, this information may forever be inaccessible to us, as the nature of inflation wipes all this information clean from our visible Universe.

Go find out why some things are inherently unknowable on this special edition of Starts With A Bang!

The dancing Shiva is known as Nataraj.

The term ‘Nataraj’ means ‘King of Dancers’. This cosmic dance of Shiva is called Anandatandava, meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy:
•Shrishti - Creation.
•Sthiti - State, or preservation.
•Samhara - Destruction.
•Tirobhava - Illusion.
•Anugraha - Release, Emancipation.

In the form of Nataraja, Shiva depicts all of these elements.

Shiva has four arms:
•He holds a Damaru or a drum in his upper right hand. It symbolizes sound originating creation or the beat of the drum is the passage of time.
•He holds fire in his upper left hand, which characterizes destruction. Mostly accepted as destruction of all that is bad. Both these hands are on the same level or, on the same line. This shows that creation and destruction are both equal.
•The lower right hand shows Shiva’s protection from both evil and ignorance to those who follow the righteousness of dharma. This gesture is known as the Abhaya Mudra.
•The lower left hand is pointing towards His feet. It signifies upliftment and liberation. It also points to the left foot with the sign of the elephant which leads the way through the jungle of ignorance. Here, the attention is drawn towards the fact that life is graceful.

His right foot is pressed downward, expressing Tirobhava, or illusions in life; whereas, the left foot is drawn upwards, depicting Anugraha, or release from the illusions of the world towards enlightenment. The right leg is at the middle of the figure, which shows the preservation of a state, or Sthiti. It also holds down a demon, which can be perceived as the demon in all of us that shall be suppressed.

As in Hindu scriptures, “It is a continual dance of creation and destruction involving the whole cosmos; the basis of all existence and of all natural phenomena.”

The Black Sun

“I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red”

~ Revelation 6:12

“Not only ancient mythological images but the modern scientific concept of the ‘black hole’ is a symbol of the Black Sun. A black hole is understood as the result of the infinite gravitational compression of solar matter to a central point or ‘singularity’. Surrounding this singularity however is a spherical enclosure or ‘event horizon’ beyond which no light can escape from the gravitational pull of the singularity – making it invisible or ‘black’. Gravity itself can be understood as the ‘dark’ counterpart to light – a ‘black light’ radiating inwards from a circumference to a centre at infinity.

The New Gnosis becomes a more accurate representation of the Black Sun if we represent it as a black hole – the mental enclosure being an ‘event horizon’ in physical space-time awareness surrounding a gravitational singularity which leads into the unbounded realm of psychical time-space surrounding the space-time cosmos.

The singularity concentrated at the centre of the Black Sun as ‘black hole’ is a tunnel or ‘wormhole’ through which awareness can travel to re-emerge as an expansive, ‘white hole’, spreading out what Seth called a “positive field” of matter. The rhythmic alternation of outward and inward movements of energy and awareness – between the larger circumference or tissue capsule of any consciousness, its mental enclosure and the ‘singularity’ at its core – all these are also represented by the different swastika symbols of the Black Sun – as are the centrifugal “bursts” or lightning bolts of energy that result from the centripetal compression of awareness within the mental enclosure.

The Sanskrit word chakra, used today to refer to an ‘energy centre’ in the human body, actually means ‘wheel’. The swastika in all its variations is an example of the Black Sun understood and represented as a rotating chakra or wheel, comparable to a black hole whose massive gravitational force (‘black light’) brings the entire cosmos into rotation around it and eventually sucks it in, only to recommence a new cycle of cosmic creation.”

~ Peter Wilberg; Black Sun - The Occult Power Within All That Is

Dark Souls Lore Ramblings #6

Well dang. That went off better than expected. Glad to see so many people still interested in my Dark Souls theories! So, @invokingbees got me thinking on this one, and I’ve kind of been itching to do it. Because if there’s any subject that needs more lore theory it’s:

The Dead

Out of all the Lords, Nito and the Death Soul are the most mysterious. I can’t even compare them to anything in Demon’s Souls. There were skeletons and undead in DeS, but they were clearly explained as being resurrected by demon magic. (Well, most of the undead on the Isle of Storms were ancestral guardians, but the ghosts were roused up by necromancers.) Nito was famously the first boss developed for the game, and occupied the end of the Painted World of Ariamis. His whole aesthetic seems to embody not just Dark Souls but modern dark fantasy in general. But all that’s just supplementary.

Most of what we have on Nito is just open to debate. Even his name in the opening cinematic can be interpreted differently - “Nito, the First of the Dead”. Get ready kids; we’re about to make lore out of grammar. Generally, it’s assumed that in the Age of the Ancients, nothing died; the Everlasting Dragons were not subject to the laws of life and death. The First Flame brought that disparity, and Nito represents the ‘death’ side of the equation. The most basic reading of ‘First of the Dead’ is that Nito was the first person (?) to die after the First Flame came into being, instating him as the Lord of the Dead by default. This isn’t entirely without precedent; in Hindu mythology, the god of the dead, Yama, was the first man to die and descend to Naraka. In Japanese mythology, Izanami became goddess of the underworld after she died giving birth to fire.

But there’s another interpretation that I’m more fond of. You’re all probably familiar with if you’ve watched DaveControl’s series of lore videos. ‘The dead’ is definitely plural, but ‘the first’ is by no means exclusively singular. In other words, Nito might not have been the first person to die, but the first people to die. Imagine how long the Everlasting Dragons ruled. Long enough to get a name like ‘Everlasting’, that’s for sure. And all the while, there were those little pygmies/Hollows living underneath them. Some of them must have been worn out; carried on well past they’re expiration date, run ragged, mortally wounded, etc.

When the First Flame brought the disparity of life and death, those Hollows that were supposed to die long ago were finally able to give up the ghost. That mass of death was the First of the Dead; the first generation of beings to die. And that generation formed into a collective that would become Nito. Maybe the First Flame pulled them together, maybe they volunteered in thankfulness for finally being able to die; I dunno’. But Nito’s design is like a whole mass grave stuffed into a single being, and that design choice is what makes me think of Nito as a plural being.

And of course there is the final interpretation, which is just that Nito is the most eminent of all the dead. No other skeleton is bigger and badder than he is, and therefore he is numero uno, so to speak. I’m not really on board with this idea, mostly because the Dead don’t really seem to be a force outside of Nito. There’s no signs of skeleton or necromancer faction existing as its own power. There are creatures like ghosts and zombie dragons, but it looks like they arise spontaneously. So Nito being named ‘First of the Dead’ and inheriting his Lord Soul solely because he is powerful doesn’t really add up. But if the origin myth from the beginning of Dark Souls is just that, a myth, and death did exist before the First Flame, then that would probably be the most likely origin for Nito.

I do have one more theory of my own, but it’s only something of a pet theory, and it doesn’t even really explain anything about Nito. When Nito dies, he goes basically t-pose and falls backwards, exactly the same as the giant sentinels in Anor Londo. Now, it’s more likely that the giants are based off of Nito considering Nito came first, but it does illustrate that Nito and the giants are roughly the same size. Also, the location that Nito lives in is the Tomb of the Giants, filled with giant skeletons and the huge sarcophagi. That alone is interesting to me, because it seems to indicate that Nito has some connection to the giants. What if, when the First Flame was divvying out Lord Souls, it chose a member to be representative of each of the major races? Gwyn represented the Lords, the Witch of Izalith was, well, the witches, and Nito was the representative of the giants. (And humans got squat because we’re all weird little Lord mutants anyway.) It doesn’t really add anything, but it might be some explanation as to why Nito chose the Tomb of the Giants to make his domain in. Or maybe it’s nothing.

So what is it that Nito does exactly? What’s his function and goals in the Dark Souls cosmology? From a rough glance, Nito appears to be the custodian of the closest thing Lordran has to an afterlife. It’s been noted elsewhere, bute an interesting detail about the Way of White is that it lacks any aspect of a life after death. The closest thing it has is the secret doctrine of ascension through the rite of kindling (which, incidentally, Nito also controls). Working from that, my guess is that the Way of White either has no afterlife at all, preaches that death is a reward, or has a very bleak, purgatory-like afterlife like the Jewish Sheol or Greek Hades. Outside of Lordran proper, this might take the shape of an spiritual afterlife, but it stems from the actual catacombs and Tomb of the Giants. People in Lordran would bring their dead to the catacombs and commend them to Nito’s care. With no real afterlife, physical remains might have been more important as they were all that was left of a person. Nito’s job was to watch the dead and make sure their corpses weren’t defiled, or at least that they didn’t leave the designated ‘land of the dead’.

Nito is also portrayed as death itself. If nothing else, his weapon is a big ol’ scythe like the Grim Reaper’s got. I think this is more of a mythical image built around Nito than his actual role. As the keeper of the Land of the Dead, he eventually became associated with death itself, becoming Lordran’s own version of the Grim Reaper. And if we’re assigning roles to the Lord Souls, then Nito is the keeper of the Death Soul. But what does that mean exactly? Is Nito directly responsible for death in the Dark Souls universe? Nito’s Lord Soul states that he ‘administers the death of all manner of being’, while the Gravelord Sword Dance states that Nito ‘quietly oversees all death’. So Nito himself does not do any actual psychopompery like the traditional Grim Reaper; he’s just the manager. He watches death from his tomb, able to see all across the world, and through the Eyes of Death, even across worlds.

But there’s a part of me that can’t help but wonder if maybe Nito really is Death itself, and he’s just… quit. Look at the state of Lordran; everything that dies normally has already died. The graveyards are overflowing. Corpses are everywhere. The last humans are Undead or some kind of mutant. Even the animals are more like zombies than living things. What would Death have to do in this world? There’s nothing it would be able to do. Death has failed. Nothing in this world dies properly anymore. So Death would just give up; retire, go dormant, call it quits. The universe of Dark Souls is so out of balance that even the Grim Reaper has run out and faded away. To quote the great man, “And with strange aeons, even death may die.” It’s more a romantic, poetic notion than an actual explanation as to what Nito does, but maybe that’s why I like it. Think of it as a mood-piece to describe why Nito is moping around in that giant coffin.

So I guess I’d be kind of skipping some important details if I talked about Nito being the general manager of death and I didn’t talk about how he actually administers death and watches over it i.e. the Gravelord Servants. Nito’s covenant trades in the Eye of Death. When I first read the description of the Eye of Death, I thought it was some massive apocalyptic event in Nito covenant, like an event horizon of death where everything would die and the cosmic cycle would be reset like the coming of the Dark. But then I realized; no, it really is just squishy eyeballs you pluck off black phantoms (and basilisks; we’ll get to the basilisks).

Mechanically, when a Gravelord Servant pops an eye, it causes black phantoms to appear on a neighboring world, with a black soul-sign leading back to the Gravelord Servant’s world. How I interpret this from a lore point of view is that the Gravelord Servant uses some kind of necromancy inherent to the Eye of Death as a component to essentially punch a hole through the Dark. Like I’ve talked about before, the Dark isn’t just a part of the cosmic cycle, but also an ominipresent force that separates worlds from one another. This hole gives black phantoms that inhabit the Dark, or maybe just wandering Darkwraithes, the opportunity to invade a world and dispense death indiscriminately. The resident of the disrupted the world can follow the ‘hole’ back to its origin through the black soul sign. If the Gravelord Servant can be killed, the effect of the Eye of Death wears off. If the Gravelord Servant wins, they claim the other Undead’s eye as an Eye of Death.

So why does Nito want the Eyes of Death? My theory is that Nito is an overseer of death, just like he’s described in his Lord Soul. But he wants to see more death, not just the death in his version of Lordran. Nito, beyond the other Lords, is aware that there are alternate worlds all around Lordran. The Eyes of Death show Nito the life, and subsequent death, of whoever they were pulled from. Undead in particular, who have died countless times, would be an endless source of fascination to Nito.

One last detail I want to talk about with Nito; miasma. In the Age of Ancients, Nito’s contribution in the war against the Everlasting Dragons was ‘a miasma of death and disease’. This is even reflected in the Gravelord Sword, which inflicts toxic damage. It’s hard to know just exactly how much damage this miasma actually did to the Everlasting Dragons, but the broader implication was that Nito, as Death, was necessary to finally bring death to entities that were neither alive or dead. Miasma is another name for ‘bad air’, stemming from the bad air theory of disease which predated our current germ theory. Bad air was carried on night winds, around corpses, in swamps, etc. and if breathed in, would cause sickness. It was kind of a step between germ theory and the idea that disease was caused by curses and evil spirits. Bad air is why plague doctors wore their famous masks, which contained perfume and herbs to create ‘good air’ to counteract the disease.

Asian countries had a very distinct relationship with miasma theory; namely, it was believe that southern Asian countries were rife with miasma, to such an extent that the Chinese Imperial court used to banish disgraced nobles to southern territories as a kind of death sentence. This belief probably stemmed from diseases like malaria and dysentery being more present in southern China. This idea would migrate from China to Japan, where miasma would be perceived of as a kind of poisonous gas in mysticism and medicine.

What’s that all got to do with Nito? Nothin’. Just a nifty fact. Interestingly, though, it’s not the first time the Souls series has used an outdated model of disease as a character point. Maiden Astraea in Demon’s Souls was called foul and unclean because she used disease and lived with the disease. In the Medieval European world view, disease was a curse from God or evil spirits, brought on by defying the will of Heaven. So Demon’s Souls had the spiritual theory of disease, and Dark Souls had the miasma theory. Who knows. Maybe if the Souls team keeps going in this direction they might make some other game that features medicine and sickness. Maybe something about blood borne diseases?

Nito, though, is not the only lord of the dead. He has competition; weak, weak competition. Lurking in a giant sarcophagus, Pinwheel jealously hordes the Rite of Kindling he stole from Nito. The proximity of Occult items and the presence of skeleton wheels in the Painted World of Ariamis implicate Pinwheel in the Occult Rebellion, possibly even as its instigator. I’ve considered the possibility that Nito stays in his coffin so much because he was weakened by Pinwheel in the Occult Rebellion, but there’s nothing to really back that up. Pinwheel did steal the Rite of Kindling, however, which itself raises all sorts of interesting questions.

I remember when I first encountered Pinwheel. I began forming all sorts of crazy theories about him and his place in the Dark Souls story. I thought that the statues all around The Catacombs were the leftovers of a lost civilization, the keepers of the dead under Nito. And that would make all the mini-Pinwheels in front of Nito’s barricaded tomb his priests! And Pinwheel was the renegade necromancer, who turned on his brothers!

But, nope. Tragic backstory. Lone man trying to bring back his wife and child. Wound up fusing with them to keep them alive. Those things in front of Nito’s tomb? Holograms. It’s always holograms. And the statues are just some Dungeons and Dragons-esque traps Pinwheel set up to keep people from disturbing his research. Which is still kind of cool. I guess. But it really seems counter-intuitive as, judging from all the skeletons hanging around his lab/sarcophagus, torture and experimentation are core to Pinwheel’s research. You’d think he’d want a bunch of Undead guinea pigs wandering into his clutches.

It actually took me a while to parse out why exactly Pinwheel wanted the Rite of Kindling. You have to kind of break it down into its core components to make any sense of it. In Dark Souls, Kindling refers to sacrificing Humanity to a Bonfire in order to make the Bonfire grow larger and, consequently, give an Undead more Estus. Now, let’s assume for a minute that Estus is an extension of the Bonfire; literally drinkable First Flame. (Which always conjured up images of mixed drink with Capri Sun and whiskey for me.) The First Flame, and therefore the Bonfire, are living things. When they are given Humanity, they are fed and able to grow. So, in essence, the Rite of Kindling is the ritual for transforming Humanity into life energy. I think what Pinwheel wanted out of the Rite of Kindling was that secret; how to turn Humanity into life. With that knowledge, he could use Humanity to resurrect himself and his family. When Undead, or really ANY given passerby came in (like, oh say, clerics from the Way of White), Pinwheel would capture them, torture them, dissect them, and try to surgically remove their Humanity for his experiments. That is what all the skeletons hanging around Pinwheel’s sarcophagus are; the poor bastards who wound up being fodder for his mad magic experiments.

Pinwheel’s not the only necromancer, of course. Around him in the Catacombs are these Undead necromancers animating skeletons willy nilly. It’s kind of hard to say where these guys came from or who they are. They only appear in the Catacombs before Pinwheel, so I like to think they’re connected to him somehow. Maybe they were his accomplices from the Occult Rebellion, and they’re still hiding out with their ringleader? Or maybe they’re Pinwheel’s students, who learned how to steal power from Nito with him, and now they make a ‘living’ underground. Or, maybe they’re just random Undead who went Hollow and raising skeletons is how they deal with it. Also they’re holding heads, which are also necromancer heads? But not Undead necromancer heads? It’s confusing.

But the rank and file of the dead are still good old fashioned skeletons. It’s kind of a shame that you can’t summon a skeleton for yourself, because they’re apparently pretty simple in construction as near as I can tell. Skeletons are not Undead; they might not even be entirely undead given their nature. They’re closer to constructs like golems as near as I can tell. The remains of dead humans (and giants) are infused with the animating energy of Soul, and act on the infuser’s will. It’s certainly also possible that they arise spontaneously whenever the world’s flow of Soul is out of balance. So, y’know, like in every Dark Souls game. The fact that we don’t see any ‘zombies’ i.e. undead constructs with fleshy bits on them, other than the undead dragons, is kind of interesting to me. It could indicate that the recently dead aren’t used for necromancy for some reason. Or maybe it indicates that there are no recently dead; again, everything in the world that can actually die did so long ago, and now all that’s left are Undead.

There’s a couple of notable skeletons I want to talk about. (Gonna’ savor that sentence for a minute. That sentence about talking about skeletons with people on the internet… Ok, ready to go.) First and foremost, everybody’s favorite rock and rollers, the Skeleton Wheels, or Bonewheel Skeletons depending on who you ask. How can you not love these guys? They’re so full of vive, so full of vigor, so full of such a lust for life. I mean they drift on their own wheels. You could make an AKIRA send-up poster of them. Anyway; my working theory is that these guys are creation of Pinwheel. First and foremost, they have the obvious ‘wheel’ connection to one another. Second, they’re only found in Lordran proper outside of Pinwheel’s lair. And third, their only other location is in the Painted World of Ariamis, along with other Occult artifacts, building off the idea that Pinwheel was a ringleader in the Occult Rebellion.

What I think is that Pinwheel got himself a surplus of skeletons, dead adventurers and such, and he started using the remains for experiments, just to see what he could do with them. It even shows you how he killed them; the breaking wheel was a medieval torture device used to break people’s limb, or to display them on after they’d already been killed. You might remember the giant baby man from Berserk using it, which hey! Also happens to have a bunch of resurrected corpses rolling around on torture wheels! So what if Pinwheel decided to put up some wheeled Undead or clerics as a warning? And then, for whatever reason, he decided to take it a step farther and his warning a little more lethal? And that blueprint for a kind of monster would stay embedded in Lordran’s necromantic lore long after Lordran stop being Lordran, which explains why Bonewheels appear in later games. (Well, aside from being series mascots, of course.)

The skeletal beasts are where that construct nature of the skeletons I was talking about earlier really makes itself apparent. They’re clearly the same creatures as the giant skeletons, but built wrong somehow, like they’re missing some bones and had to make do with what was left. Or like their arms and legs were mixed up and they’re just dealing with it as best they can. Doesn’t seemed to have dampened their mood at all. This guy’s still smiling about everything.

Finally, we’ve got these walking dead baby jokes. I’m gonna’ level with you, I have no idea what is up with the fetus skeletons. Why are they so deep in the Tomb of the Giants? You only encounter them in the one area right before Nito’s Tomb. The closest thing that comes to mind is how there were literal undead abortions in front of the Maiden Astraea in Demon’s Souls. Like the other residents of the Valley of Defilement, the aborted fetuses were thrown downriver with the shit and the garbage. Astraea cared for them as she cared for the other diseased residents in the Valley, and kept them close to her. Maybe it’s the same with Nito? A sentimental part of me likes to think that Nito had a soft spot for dead infants. They had so little life, and now an eternity of death. So he takes them under his care and watches over them in particular, always close to him. He really is Papa Nito after all.

So, sorry this lore rambling is coming at you so late. I started it right after my last one and then… kind of got a job there for a while. Which was exhausting. But, I’m back to my unemployed ways and hey! Spooky scary skeletons just in time for Halloween! Also, do yourself a favor and if you liked my lore rambling here, checking out my pal @invokingbees lore theories about Bloodborne!

an infinite cosmic cycle
in which we all get a chance
to become