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Adder Stones (sometimes also called hag stones, witch stones, serpent’s eggs, snake’s eggs, Glain Neidr, Milpreve, adderstanes, Gloine nan Druid, aggry, or aggri) are stones, usually smooth or glassy, with a naturally occurring hole bored straight through it, typically from water erosion or natural damage.

That said, there are no shortage of stories claiming these stones have a more unnatural origin. One claims that they are formed from the hardened saliva of a great number of serpents, massed together, and the holes are from their tongues. Another claims the stones are actually the heads of snakes.

Adder stones feature prominently in Welsh mythology and Druidic culture. They were believed to have magical powers and thought to protect people from a gamut of problems, ranging from eye diseases, evil charms, nightmares, whooping cough, and snake bites. It was also believed that if you looked through the hole in an adder stone, you could see through the disguise of a fairy or witch.

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The History of Middle-earth \ Dragons

“Dragons lived throughout the First, Second, and Third ages of Middle-earth and may have lived longer. They were originally bred by Morgoth during the first age to serve as gigantic shock troopers and mobile artillery. The first dragon ever seen in Middle-earth was Glaurung, the father of dragons, who Morgoth used to great effect during the fourth and fifth battles in the War of the Jewels. Like most of the creatures made or twisted by Morgoth, they were capable of reproducing naturally. Dragons were sometimes referred to as serpents, great Worms, or simply Drakes, with the first two specifying the Wingless Dragons.

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Horned Serpent (Represents the mind; Favours scholars)
Named by Isolt Sayre, after the great horned river serpent that has a jewel set into its forehead. 

Wampus (Represents the body; Favours warriors)
Named by argumentative but fiercely loyal Webster Boot, after his favourite magical beast, the Wampus; a magical panther-like creature that was fast, strong and almost impossible to kill.

Pukwudgie (Represents the heart; Favours healers)
Named by James Steward, after the fiercely independent magical creature, the Pukwudgie.

Thunderbird (Represents the soul; Favours adventurers)
Named by an intelligent but often temperamental boy Chadwick Boot, after his favourite magical beast, the Thunderbird, a beast that can create storms as it flies.

Zodiac Houses: Virgo/Slytherin/Horned Serpent

They know a lot about many things, sometimes it’s too many things. If a stair creeks or a floorboard shifts, they remember that there are many terrible things that go bump in the night. 

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Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Horned Serpent:  Named by Isolt Sayre after the great horned river serpent that has a jewel set into its forehead; Horned Serpent house is sometimes considered to represent the mind of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Horned Serpent favours scholars.

Thunderbird:  Named by Chadwick Boot after his favourite magical beast, the Thunderbird, a beast that can create storms as it flies. Thunderbird house is sometimes considered to represent the soul of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Thunderbird favours adventurers.  

Pukwudgie:  Named by James Steward, after the fiercely independent magical creature the Pukwudgie; Pukwudgie house is sometimes considered to represent the heart of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Pukwudgie favours healers.

Wampus:  Named by Webster Boot after his favourite magical beast, the Wampus; a magical panther-like creature that was fast, strong and almost impossible to kill. Wampus house is sometimes considered to represent the body of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Wampus favours warriors.

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animated gals - Bai-Niang, the snake spirit
白蛇伝 / Hakujaden (The Tale of the White Serpent)

Oct. 22nd, 1958
Japan
Taiji Yabushita, Kazuhiko Okabe

filed under: Japan, 1950s, supernatural

1837 was a busy year for Champ sightings. Among all those that sighted the creature in Lake Champlain was the crew of a railroad and even a county sheriff named Nathan Mooney. The railroad workers described Champ with silver scales. 

After the large amount of sightings, P.T Barnum wanted in on the action. He offered $50,000 to anyone that could capture Champ, claiming that he wanted the “hide of the great Champlain serpent to add to my mammoth World’s Fair Show.”

Ilvermorny Headcanons

•ok, so whenever the presidential election rolls around all hell breaks loose. i mean these kids know their damn politics and especially the horned serpents (canadian students are bewildered at our elections)

•the school even has their own mini election like a lot of no-maj schools

•the fact that no-maj discrimination didn’t carry over from europe is actually amazing though because all the purebloods are really open to no-majs and really interested in their lives and vica versa

•friendships that involve one person from each house are actually the best because they balance each other out perfectly

•pukwudgies just know where the kitchen is and how to get into it. it’s pretty much protocol to know where the kitchens are if you’re a pukwudgie

•and they’re always willing to take anyone who’s upset, no matter what house, there because everyone knows that food is the best remedy. they’re known for being healers. not necessarily the doctors kind but also but the bomb ass ‘i know exactly how to cheer you up’ friend

•pukwudgies are great at comforting

•horned serpent and wampus are good at giving advice

•although it’s against the rules, on the 4th of july EVERY student is outside after curfew partying. the teachers don’t even care bc they’re partying with them

•a ton of magic fireworks. A. TON.

•the annual 4th of july football tournament (thunderbirds are the reigning champs even though everyone always bets on wampus) they also play quidditch

•they also play a ginormous game of infection, and everyone has the time of their lives.

•it goes on for hoursssss.

•thunderbirds tend to hide in trees or somewhere really creative.

•horned serpents have got the whole thing planned out with bribes for people not to tag them and know exactly how to throw people off their trail.

•pukwudgies aimlessly wander around the grounds but are super careful and somehow never get caught… (how ft??)

•wampus students treat it like mission impossible i am not kidding. they’re checking around corners, they’ve got spies on the inside, some kids have invisibility cloaks (against the rules!!), small telescope they stole from the astronomy class to see where the infected are, dressed in all black even though it’s day time, and they all stick together in like groups of 12-15. the groups have a mix of gender and year and everyone gets along so damn well (mostly. there’s always at least ONE group that despises each other). they do this because if you were trying to infect someone and you see a group of 12-15 kids who are labelled as ‘warriors’ charging at you and screaming, you’re gonna do the smart thing and run the hell away. however if the infectors get a group together to go after the wampus kids, they run. like fast as lightening and screaming at the top of their lungs in fear (they claim it’s excitement. it could be both). the older students throw younger/shorter ones over their shoulder because “no one gets left behind!!!”

•there is no reigning champion because no house has won the game for more than 2 years straight

•but their 4th of july party has nothing on their canada day party

•even though the majority of the students are american, they go ALL OUT for canada day. everyone there lives canada and the over the top party has been an ongoing joke for YEARS

•they’ve even got kinder eggs •all the portraits are in on the joke and sing O Canada all day

•wampus and pukwudgies actually make the worlds greatest friendships hands down

•cranberry pie. so much cranberry pie. every single day

• instead of head boy and head girl it’s student council and the whole school votes on the president (democracy boom)

•the candidates put up signs all over the school and jinx the competition’s signs

•horned serpents and thunderbirds both have a deep love for reading

•a lot of students spend some of their summer at cape cod

•taco tuesday (thunderbird students absolute favourite)

•april fools is a mess. i mean some students are scared to leave their dorm because the probability of getting run over by a sprinting desk is too high and not worth the risk

•each house has like a million chants that they yell during matches.

•the night before matches is spent teaching the first years the chants. and the older students will honestly stay awake the entire night if that’s how long it takes because learning the chants is like becoming apart of their family and seeing the little kids looks of complete happiness as they realise ‘this is home’ is too great to miss

•horned serpents have the best chants. wampus chants involve A LOT of yelling and leaves them all hoarse. thunderbirds always start a wave during their chants. pukwudgies roast the other team during their rants with their impeccable rhyming skills

•forget all the times i said years instead of grades. they say grade at ilvermorny

•ice hockey is also really big. the major teams that the students supports are the Boston Bruins (ilvermorny homestate they have to support them) and the Montreal Canadians (@ canadian students) and since the teams have a huge rivalry, when hockey rolls around, tension GROWS. students wear all the teams apparel when they play and it’s great!!!!

•canadians and kids from upstate new york being heartbroken about not being able to get their tim hortans

•the library is actually the most amazing place. even if a student hates to read, they love the library. it smells amazing and it’s warm and quiet and it offers a euphoric state for anyone really

•thunderbirds have the forest memorised (they’re not even supposed to be in there but screw it)

•horned serpents are amazing negotiators

•biggest house rivalry is horned serpent and pukwudgie

•i’m sorry but there has to be rap battles. pukwudgies are good because of their ‘impeccable rhyming skill’, but wampus is the absolute best because they are relentless

•everyone loves their dunkin donuts (some kids still miss their tim hortans)

hope you enjoyed this!!! add some more if you want :)

Long ago when the earth was new and unspoiled, there lived a thriving people in a fertile valley. Although there were many gods the people prayed to, only three of them were said to be in the highest of Heavenly tiers, without which existence would cease.

These were the god of life, the god of death, and their intermediary god of decay. The god of life was shaped as a great serpent with a human torso, and they loved nothing more than to sew the seeds of life in all of it’s forms. They made the crops grow tall (and the weeds too) and the people worshipped them with offerings of milk and water in bowls on the floor, for the serpent to soak in when the time came to change its skin.

The god of decay was a fat woman with the head of a pig. She and her many hundreds of piglets collected dead matter into a great mortar and pestle that she ground into new soil for the life god to grow things in. She was worshipped with the fruits of the harvest, one of each crop purposefully left on the vine for her molds and slugs and fungi to eat of in exchange for her favors to the fields.

The death god was a man shaped being with the head, wings and talons of a vulture, covered all over in dusty black feathers. The god of death was not worshipped, but feared. Few dared cry out to him, for it was believed that his attention would only bring ruin if he heard you. In truth, crying out to him, for good or ill, was pointless, as the death god was deaf, and could not hear the cries of the living. He cared not if the people paid him worship, he cared only for his sacred task, of escorting the dead to their home in the afterlife.

For generations the three gods kept the balance well. But mortals have a way of ruining celestial order, and so it came to pass one day that a young man cried to himself alone in the woods. The woman he loved was very ill, and stood no chance of recovery…

The Ouroboros or Uroboros (/jʊərɵˈbɒrəs/; /ɔːˈrɒbɔrəs/, from the Greek οὐροβόρος ὄφις tail-devouring snake) is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.

According to the Teachings of H.P. Blavatsky the Ouroboros symbolizes:

(1) Eternity, such as in Hinduism where the great serpent Ananta-Shesha, who some portray as having seven heads and others as being thousand-headed, represents Eternity and Infinity itself.

(2) The never-ending cycle of evolution within the Eternity

(3) The “circle of necessity” of the Egyptians or the numerous reincarnations of the soul throughout its cyclic evolutionary journey, periodically casting off its temporary body just as the serpent periodically casts off its skin.

(4) Wisdom, the serpent having always been the chief symbol of wisdom in all nations throughout history and revered as such in all the religions and philosophies of the world except theological Christianity. Yet Christ himself is recorded as using the ancient symbolism, which was perfectly known throughout the Middle East, when saying “Be ye wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” In Sanskrit the word “naga,” meaning serpent, is also a synonym for “initiate,” one who has been initiated into the Mysteries of the Esoteric Wisdom.

(5) The circle is also the ancient symbol of perfection.

H.P. Blavatsky: The Secret Doctrine

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animated gals - Xiao Chin
白蛇伝 / Hakujaden (The Tale of the White Serpent)

Oct. 22nd, 1958
Japan
Taiji Yabushita, Kazuhiko Okabe

filed under: Japan, 1950s, supernatural

It's a Lightworm thing. *Lightwood
  • In the Mortal Instruments ...
  • Isabelle: Simon's a rat.
  • Alec: Did he touch you? If he tried anything-
  • Isabelle: Not like that. He's a rat.
  • Jace: She's drunk.
  • Isabelle: That's not the point. The point is, Simon drank one of those blue drinks-I told him not to, but he didn't listen-and he turned into a rat.
  • In the Infernal Devices...
  • Gabriel: Father is a worm.
  • Gideon: What do you mean, Gabriel? What did Father do?
  • Gabriel: He's a worm.
  • Gideon: I know. He has brought shame on the name of Lightwood. But we need not be like him.
  • Gabriel: You're not listening to me. He's a worm. A bloody great serpent like thing.

Horned Serpent:  Named by Isolt Sayre after the great horned river serpent that has a jewel set into its forehead; Horned Serpent house is sometimes considered to represent the mind of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Horned Serpent favours scholars



Since I’m now an official Horned Serpent. I had to make this in honor of my amazing house