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My renditions of the full crew from Journey to the West!

Work for the Year of the Monkey King show, which opens TOMORROW, Aug 27 at Sketchpad Gallery! Hope to see some of you monkeys there! >:3

More info on the show at the event page, HERE!!

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MODERN MYTHOLOGY:   HECATE

A mysterious divinity, Hecate was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy.  She also represents the dark side of the moon, or the Harvest Moon, and is associated with many things including childbirth, nurturing the young, gates, walls, doorways, and sometimes even change.  

10 Wicked Creatures From Native American Folklore.  

Every culture has its fair share of mythological creatures. From ghost stories whispered around a campfire to cautionary tales told to keep children in check, people have been creating myths for centuries.

We all know about beings such as dragons, the Minotaur, and even kappas, but not much is known of the creatures that originate from Native Americans. Even more interesting are the tales that can be traced back to each individual tribe, creating a collection of creatures from all kinds of cultures from America. Some creatures are kind and passive while others are more ferocious in nature.

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Introducing my two new hard enamel pins! 

The first design is based on my Selkie illustration. — “Male selkies are described as being very handsome in their human form, and having great seductive powers over humans. They typically seek those who are dissatisfied with their lives. If a someone wishes to make contact with a selkie male, they must shed seven tears into the sea."💧

The second design is based on my Hufflepuff Badger illustration. As a Hufflepuff myself, I’ll definitely be wearing mine to show some Hufflepuff Pride but I also love the folklore surrounding the badger — "In folklore, the badger is regarded as the keeper of stories in the animal kingdom and was revered for its wisdom, strength, courage and persistence. In the past, the badger was also thought to have magical powers as it was nocturnal." 🌿

I’m over the moon with how they turned out. 

They’re listed in my Etsy shop already so if you fancy picking one (or both) up, you can HERE

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Witch Tip

Remember that witchcraft has no defined style. It can look like anything. It can look like elegant altars to gods and goddesses. It can be a messy kitchen full of drying herbs and fresh vegetables. It can be shelves brimming with books and journals. Or witchcraft can be small windowsills with crystals and plants. It can sigils hidden under furniture. It can be pockets overflowing with shells and stones. Witchcraft is personal and beautiful. Don’t let anyone or anything belittle your craft.

Flora for the Zodiac

The signs as various myths and legends surrounding the origin/creation of certain flowers (not the flowers directly associated with each zodiac sign).


ARIES // Amaryllis (Greek) – A love struck maiden longed for the handsome Alteo, but he was cold to her. In a desperate gesture, she pierced her heart with a golden arrow and walked to visit him every day. On the thirteenth day, beautiful scarlet flowers bloomed along the path from every drop of her blood. Alteo fell in love with her, and her heart was healed.

TAURUS // Rose (Greek) – Chloris, the goddess of flowers, found one of her beautiful nymphs dead in the woods. She cried, and turned body into a flower. She asked her husband Zephyr, the wind, to blow the clouds away so Apollo could shower her in sunlight. Dionysus added nectar for fragrance, and Aphrodite added pure beauty, then named it for her son, Eros, and hailed her the “Queen of Flowers”.

GEMINI // Foxglove (Celtic) – Foxgloves from “Folks Glove”, as in fairy folk. Fairies would hide in the bell blossoms and wear them as petticoats, caps and gloves. If you pluck the foxglove, it angered them and they may play tricks in revenge! Fairies would give the flowers to foxes so they wouldn’t get caught raiding chicken coupes. With the magic gloves on, they could steal eggs without making a sound.

CANCER // Pārijāta (Hindu) – Pārijāta was a princess who fell in love with the sun god, Surya. However, he left her for another. When he deserted her, the princess became hopeless and committed suicide. From her ashes grew a tree. Unable to stand the sight of the lover who broke her heart, the flowers only bloom at night under the eyes of the moon, and she sheds them like tear-drops before the sun rises.

LEO // Sunflower (Greek) – The nymph Clythia was in love with the God of the Sun, Apollo, but he shunned her and courted a princess. Jealous Clythia told the king who, furious at the princess, buried her alive. Saddened, Apollo went back to heavens without a word. She lay on the ground distraught for nine days, watching him, hoping for a single glance. Clythia wasted away and became a flower, whose petals still follow his chariot across the sky each day, waiting for forgiveness.

VIRGO // Aster (Greek) – When the god Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the men constantly at war, the goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star. Her wish was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the loss of lives. As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower sprung wherever they landed.

LIBRA // Anemone (Greek) – Chloris, the goddess of flowers, was married to Zephyr, the god of the west wind. Zephyr fell in love with a beautiful nymph that served Chloris named Anemone. Jealous and angry, the goddess banished her to keep them apart, and Anemone died of a broken heart. Zephyr resurrected her as a flower. She withers every winter but returns every spring to greet Zephyr with open petals.

SCORPIO // Peony (Chinese) – Queen Wu was disheartened to see only winter jasmine in her garden. She wrote a poem to the goddess of flowers asking her to make everything bloom that night instead of waiting for spring. The next morning, all flowers flourished except the peony, which refused to bloom out of season. She was offended and banished it. Once gone, it bloomed beautifully. Furious, she ordered it to be burned – however the next year, the burnt peony grew back. With black petals.

SAGITTARIUS // Pa'u-o-Hi'iaka (Hawaiian) – When Hi'iaka, the goddess of island nature, was a baby her older sister, the Volcano goddess Pele, left her on the beach while she went fishing. Due to a storm, Pele was gone for a very long time. When she returned, she found flowering vines had grown over the baby to shield her from the sun. Hi'iaka now wears them as a skirt to protect her on adventures and in the forests.

CAPRICORN // Aconite (Greek) – As one of his twelve labors, the hero Hercules was sent to fetch the three-headed dog Cerberus from the underworld. With the help of Persephone, he was successful. The spittle of the beast dripped upon the rocky earth, and from it sprang the first aconite plant. The purple wolfsbane flowers are elegant, but it’s leaves and roots are deathly poisonous.

AQUARIUS // Iris (Greek) – The goddess Iris would bring messages to the gods across the sky, appearing to mortals as a rainbow. She acted as the link between the heavens and earth, where she left irises of many colors, the three upright petals symbolizing hope, valor, and wisdom. If purple Irises were planted over the graves of women, it would summon the Goddess, who would guide the dead in their journey.

PISCES // Water Lily (Brazilian) – When the moon goddess, Jaci, hid behind the mountains, she’d take beautiful girls with her and turn them into stars. Naiá, a girl who loved the goddess, dreamt of becoming a star, so she roamed the mountains every night. While resting by the lake, she saw the moon’s reflection, dove into the water and drowned. To reward Naiá for her sacrifice, Jaci turned her into a star different from all the others – the star of the waters.

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MODERN MYTHOLOGY:   THE MORRIGAN

The reaction of most people to the presence of The Morrigan is fear because her presence is said to bring with it the aura of death. When she is near, the doorway of death is visible. The portal is composed of silver branches creating a doorway against the darkness. Beyond the door lay the worlds of incarnation.

strzyga aesthetic

a female demon somewhat similar to vampire in Slavic folklore. People who were born with two hearts and two souls and two sets of teeth were believed to be strzygas. according to belief, only one of their two souls would pass to the afterlife; the other soul was believed to cause the deceased strzyga to come back to life and prey upon other living beings. These undead strzyga were believed to fly at night in a form of an owl and attack night-time travelers and people who had wandered off into the woods at night, sucking out their blood and eating their insides.

So I was just talking about the differences between how ninjas are portrayed in Japanese folklore versus how they’re portrayed in popular culture, and one of the topics that came up was so-called “ninja magic”.

Basically, while popular culture depicts ninjas performing supernatural feats of stealth and swordsmanship, the folkloric version is rather different. Basically, ninjas in folklore are reputed to be able to evoke magical effects from specially prepared potions and powders through the use of complicated hand-signs and invocations. The effects of these formulas can range from controlling fire, to turning invisible, to paralysing enemies at a distance, and even stranger feats.

Then it hit me: ninjas go unarmoured, wield staves and daggers, and cast formulaic spells that must be prepared in advance and have verbal, somatic and material components. This leads to one of two possible conclusions:

1. Ninjas are D&D wizards; or

2. D&D wizards are ninjas.

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Jos mun tuttuni tulisi- Finnish folk poem (Kanteletar, Elias Lönnrot, 1840)

I’m a bit late but still: Happy National Poetry Day! 

This poem is one of my absolute favorites. I like the imagery and the meaning. It’s a poem from the point of view of a woman and it depicts the anxiety love brings since passion could lead to sex, an unwanted pregnancy and therefor shame. According to Satu Apo’s book “Naisen Väki” wolf, snake and blood symbolise man’s masculinity and the threat the passion for him poses to a young woman.

part in English

“If the one I know were to come, 

Were I to see the one I’ve seen, 

To him I’d stretch out my hand, 

Were a snake coiled in his palm,

Upon his lips I’d press a kiss, 

Were his mouth filled with wolf’s blood;”