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Sânziene aesthetic

Romanian folklore creatures series - II

Sânziană is the Romanian name for gentle fairies who play an important part in local folklore, also used to designate the Galium verum or Cruciata laevipes flowers. Under the plural form Sânziene, the word designates an annual festival in the fairies’ honor, celebrated on June 24.

The folk practices of Sânziene imply that the most beautiful maidens in the village dress in white and spend all day searching for and picking Galium verum (Lady’s bedstraw or Yellow bedstraw) flowers, which in Romanian is also named “Sânziànă”. Using the flowers they picked during the day, the girls braid floral crowns which they wear upon returning to the village at nightfall. There they meet with their beloved and they dance around a bonfire. The crowns are thrown over the houses, and whenever the crown falls, it is said that someone will die in that house; if the crown stays on the roof of the house, then good harvest and wealth will be bestowed upon the owners. As with other bonfire celebrations, jumping over the embers after the bonfire is not raging anymore is done to purify the person and also to bring health.

During the Sânziene Eve night, the heavens open up, making it the strongest night for magic spells, especially for the love spells. Also it is said that the plants harvested during this night will have tremendous magical powers.

omelas

Originally posted by undergroundtrash

genre: angst, fluff, au
warnings: violence/abuse
pairing: jungkook x reader
word count: 4.075
a/n: this is inspired by the spring day mv and the ones who walk away from omelas, not based on it. i just experimented a bit.


Omelas is safe.
Omelas is peace.
Omelas is home.
Omelas is us,
and we are Omelas.

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what the fuck remember the tumblr funnyman that turned out to be a deranged cult leader who invited a bunch of teen girls to his house to harvest their blood but somebody on here tipped the fbi off and the swat team riddled him and all of his weird middle aged disciples with bullets

Zelda’s Log #6: Haunted

A/N: Sorry for the delay! I changed the ending at the last moment, because it didn’t feel right. Enjoy!

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I am in the Castle, surrounded by fog.

I can barely see anything beyond me.

The reek of malice surrounds me.

It smells of death, cinders and smoke.

Revali.

Mipha.

Daruk.

Urbosa.

Thousands of people.

My father.

All I’ve ever known and loved.

Yes. I took everything from you.

And I will keep doing so…  But most of these things you just brought them on yourself, for being a failure; a powerless child.

I never thought you would be so useful to me this time. Your prior incarnations were tougher. You shall fall in no time.

Soon,  your precious knight will fall too, whether now or in a hundred years.

I shall crush him, mind, body, and soul.

And then…

I shall obliterate you.

For my hatred of you knows no boundaries…

…Hylia.

And then, I fall into a dark void.

I can’t scream.

I cannot breathe!

I can’t fail, I can’t fail him!


Link awoke to Zelda screaming, panting, and desperately crying, thrashing in the bed.

‘Zelda!’, Link shouted her name, shaking her up a little, ‘Wake up! Open your eyes!’

Her green eyes shot wide open, still gasping for air, and realized it was a nightmare.

‘I’m home’, she sobbed, trembling.

‘Yes, you are’, Link soothed her, wrapping his arms around her to calm Zelda. ‘You are safe with me, we’re home, you are not alone anymore’.

She clung to him, still shaken by the half memory, half nightmare.

Once she regained her calm, both sat on the bed and she spoke of the reasons of her sudden awakening, bathed in the dim candlelight.

‘I dreamt of…’, she took a deep sigh, ‘the things Ganon said to break me down’ - Zelda wiped a stray tear rolling down her cheek - ‘Fortunately, I never caved in’.

‘What things would he say?’, Link asked, stroking softly her hair.

‘He said he would crush you, and me’.

Link nodded, understanding those words were just a minuscule part of the torture she endured.

‘I thought everything would be fine after we won’, she said, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear, ‘and my head would be clear…’ - she sighed  - 'I guess I was wrong’.

'I think it was the opposite’, Link scratched his messy head, 'You haven’t stopped ever since we got here. You need to unwind, take things slowly just for a couple of days, we just got back from Gerudo Town, you see’.

'But…’

'No buts, my Princess’, he retorted, 'Hebra and the Rito can wait’. He got up from bed. 'I’ll make you something to help you sleep better’.

He went downstairs, mixed something in the stove, and returned with two steaming mugs and slices of nutcake on a small tray.

'Warm milk with honey and cinnamon to ease the mind’, Link handed her the cup. 'and have sweeter dreams than before’.

'And the nutcake?’

'I’m just hungry’, he laughed a little, 'I brought for the two of us, just in case’.

The sweet, warm milk did its magic fast: the couple fell fast asleep, Zelda waking up after sunrise from a dreamless sleep.

To her surprise, Link wasn’t there. A note on her desk informed her he had gone hunting and gathering items for lunch.


8.14 a.m. I had a terrible nightmare regarding my captivity. I had never had such a dream ever since I arrived here. It makes me wonder if we are really free from the chains of our fate.

I guess I should be more optimistic since we prevailed after all, shouldn’t I?


Zelda put on a dress she had commissioned to the clothes shop before leaving to Zora’s Domain - months ago - and wore it for the first time today. It was cream colored, with green and rose ribbon trim on the hem, very light and fresh.

She ate some of the remaining nutcake for breakfast, tended the horses and plants, cleaned up the house, and harvested some apples from the orchard.

When she finished her chores it was past noon, and still no signs of Link’s return. He had left with no horse or weapons.

She looked at the horizon from the boundary of the house’s terrain. Nothing. Her eyes wandered over the landscape.

You can’t see Hyrule Castle from here… , she noticed. Only Mount Lanayru, and Vah Medoh on the distance.

A blue flash behind her caught her eye, and as she turned her eyes to the shrine, she caught a glimpse of Link running towards her, carrying a canvas bag on his shoulder.

‘What took you so long?’, she asked a little grumpy, ‘I was worried about you’.

‘I went to the castle ruins for this’.

He handed her old diary, and research notes, to her absolute surprise.

‘You shouldn’t have risked yourself for these!’, she scolded him, pinching his forearm a little.

‘The castle is barren, there are no monsters anymore’, he reassured her, still not convinced. ‘Even the guardians are inactive’.

‘Thank you for bringing these, anyway’ - she kissed him - ‘they mean a lot to me, even if you already read them’.

‘I also gave a quick visit for advice to a friend in common we have… who is unable to deliver his message in person, because he lives in the forest’.

'The Great Deku Tree!’, she guessed with a smile.

'Yup!’, he nodded merrily, ‘He says you have come a long way. Don’t let a bad dream drag you down. I agree with him’.

‘I’ll have to visit him’, she affirmed, knowing how much the ancient tree cared for her, 'I owe him one’.

'That’s my girl!’, he held her, twirling her around, making her laugh delighted.

'But Link’, she regained her more grave tone, still enveloped in his embrace, 'In all seriousness, what if we just can’t break away from the cycle? There will be another Zelda fighting against this curse.’

‘But there’s always a dork like me willing to go to the ends of the land and beyond for you!’, he put her on the ground to surprise her with a kiss on the lips.

'We’re stronger together’, he finished the idea after breaking the kiss.

'I guess so’, Zelda stroked his face lovingly.

'Now, let’s have lunch!’, he took her hand, and strode towards the house, 'I’m so hungry!’


3:25 p.m. I am a little more optimistic, thanks to a certain wild knight. He reminded me of the strength of our combined forces - which I guess it is more important than ever, considering our relationship status. If I falter, or feel haunted, I know I can always rely on him.

Link brought my old diary and research notes, and after checking both, it makes more sense.

We are better together.

P.S.: After this break, we leave to Rito Village. Link told me he has lots of people to introduce me to, in particular to a bard. Interesting! 

I love Harvest Moon games. They’re so relaxing. Until it’s suddenly a Friday and you realise you’ve somehow run out of chicken feed and oh god guys I’m so sorry hang in there how did this even happen I bought 99 oh goodness you poor chickens and if you die Neil is gonna burn my house down

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Muffins, heading back to the house with a freshly harvested group of plant familiars. He goes out to the field and spends the day coaching them as they dig themselves from the soil. These friends are mandrake x lamb’s ear crosses, so they have long, extremely soft leaves. Everyone is settled in nicely for the evening with a big pot of tea, and they’ll be ready for adoption tomorrow at noon 🌿

Mabon Information!

Mabon is the second harvest festival in the Wheel of the Year, and it is celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox. Like you might expect from a harvest festival, it’s a time to gather with loved ones and be grateful for the good things that came your way this year. Also, since the equinox is when day and night are in equal duration, for some it’s a time to reflect on that balance.

“Mabon is a time to reflect on the previous year, when we can celebrate our successes (likened to bringing in the harvest) and assess which crops, projects, or dreams didn’t come to fruition.” 

•Who can celebrate Mabon?

Celebrating solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarter days goes back centuries, although the concept of the Wheel of the Year is fairly new. That being said, we really have no right to say who can and can’t celebrate them, as long as they do so in a respectful and well-researched manner.

•How do I celebrate Mabon?

You can celebrate however feels right, but more common ways would be to decorate your altar (or your whole house!) with harvest-themed colors and objects, go apple picking/make applesauce, make a thanksgiving-esque meal with lots of fall foods, or simply take a few moments to reflect on your successes and failures this year.

•Symbolism of Mabon: 
Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance.

•Symbols of Mabon: 
wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.

•Herbs of Maybon: 
Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.

•Foods of Mabon: 
Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.

•Incense of Mabon: 
Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage.

•Colors of Mabon: 
Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

•Stones of Mabon: 
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.

•Activities of Mabon: 
Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

•Spellworkings of Mabon: 
Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.

•Deities of Mabon: 
Goddesses-Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods-Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.

•Things to do on Mabon:

http://baronesshydrangea.tumblr.com/post/150718481789/solitary-autumn-equinox

http://ofcloudsandstars.tumblr.com/post/149844308046/autumn-witchy-things-to-do

•How to get ready for Mabon:

http://flamekeeperwitch.tumblr.com/post/150701226649/setting-up-your-altar-there-are-many-ways-for-one

🍂The harvest house🍂by Lady Viktoria🍂 @ladytor
Http://www.etsy.com/shop/artbyladyviktoria

a place where you can see the fire coloured leaves and autumnal moon rise from a cozy corner. Crows caw and cool breezes mingle with smoke from hearth fires. Its the kind of home where the aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie fills the room and chunky knit sweaters hang on glossy wooden hangers, quick to grab when a chill arises. A place to soothe the soul and warm the heart.

desastrista  asked:

sheith for the ship ask meme!

  • Who gets excited about Halloween in July: Both of them, but Keith is the Halloween Master.
  • Who starts wearing sweaters and scarves on the first day of September and completely overheats: Shiro, and Keith usually scolds him for it
  • Who thrives in Fall/Who prefers Summer and warm weather: Keith loves the fall, even if he thinks its to chilly, while Shiro thrives in the summer time.
  • Who thinks the other looks so cute when they’re cold and trying to fight it with 50 sweaters: Shiro can’t help but giggle when he watches Keith try to layer up late into the fall and looks like Pillsbury Doughboy before leaving the house.
  • Who offers the other their jacket: Keith offered his once, and Shiro never let him live it down.
  • Who doesn’t want to get out of bed in the morning because it’s too cold and has to run from the warm covers to the shower: Shiro most of the time, but both are notorious for hating the cold mornings no matter how much they enjoy the season.
  • Who touches the other with their freezing cold feet at night: Keith finds it hilarious to put his cold feet on Shiro’s back when he’s not paying attention, it’s caused Shiro to fall out of bed more times than he would like to admit.
  • Who makes the hot cider to snuggle under a blanket and drink: Keith, its one of his favorite things to do in the fall.
  • Who loves carving pumpkins and buys about 300: Shiro
  • Who is terrible at carving pumpkins: Also Shiro, but Keith tries his hardest not to tell him
  • Who thinks pulling the pumpkin guts out with their hands is icky: Keith, but will deal with it… most of the time
  • What is their favourite Fall activity: Go out to the harvest houses to pick fruits and pumpkins
  • Who gets scared when they watch Horror movies: Neither of them, unless it involves clowns, then Keith is out of there
  • Who hands out candy to trick-or-treaters: Keith actually, he enjoys seeing kids happy and enjoying Halloween
  • Who accidentally scares the kids: Shiro more than likely, he really gets into decorating and spooky.
  • Who suggested the couples costume: Both of them
  • What is their couples costume: Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf ;)
  • What is the best Halloween they ever had: Shiro knows Keith loves Halloween, so he decided to throw a huge party with all of their friends and families and near the end of the night, proposed to Keith, who of course said yes.
  • What is the worst Halloween they ever had: It was when they were only dating for about two years and they had decided to go out to a party (Lance’s idea). Both started out the night fine, but after some drinks, someone tries to hit on Shiro, and lets say Keith isn’t allowed to that bar on Halloween anymore.
  • Who eats too much candy and ends up sick the next day: Keith, even though he tries so hard to hide it

Send me a ship and I’ll tell you about it Fall Style!

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Sanziene

Sânziană is the Romanian name for gentle fairies who play an important part in local folklore, also used to designate the Galium verum or Cruciata laevipes flowers. Under the plural form Sânziene, the word designates an annual festival in the fairies’ honor. Etymologically, the name stands for sân (common abbreviation of sfânt - “saint”, “holy”) and zână (a word used for fairies in general). Another likely etymology is that the word comes from the Latin Sancta Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt and moon, also celebrated in Roman Dacia (ancient Romania). Diana was known to be the virgin goddess and looked after virgins and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.

People in Romania and Moldova celebrate the Sânziene holiday annually, on June 24. This is similar to the Swedish Midsummer holiday, and is believed to be a pagan celebration of the summer solstice in June. According to the official position of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the customs actually relate to the celebration of Saint John the Baptist’s Nativity, which also happens on June 24.

The folk practices of Sânziene imply that the most beautiful maidens in the village dress in white and spend all day searching for and picking flowers, of which one MUST be Galium verum (Lady’s bedstraw or Yellow bedstraw) which in Romanian is also named “Sânziànă”. Using the flowers they picked during the day, the girls braid floral crowns which they wear upon returning to the village at nightfall. There they meet with their beloved and they dance around a bonfire. The crowns are thrown over the houses, and whenever the crown falls, it is said that someone will die in that house; if the crown stays on the roof of the house, then good harvest and wealth will be bestowed upon the owners. As with other bonfire celebrations, jumping over the embers after the bonfire is not raging anymore is done to purify the person and also to bring health.

Another folk belief is that during the Sânziene Eve night, the heavens open up, making it the strongest night for magic spells, especially for the love spells. Also it is said that the plants harvested during this night will have tremendous magical powers. It is not a good thing though to be a male and walk at night during Sanziene Eve night, as that is the time when the fairies dance in the air, blessing the crops and bestowing health on people - they do not like to be seen by males, and whomever sees them will be maimed, or the fairies will take their hearing/speech or make them mad.  In some areas of the Carpathians, the villagers then light a big wheel of hay from the ceremonial bonfire and push it down a hill. This has been interpreted as a symbol for the setting sun (from the solstice to come and until the midwinter solstice, the days will be getting shorter).

The consequences of heavens opening on Sânziene are connected by some to paranormal events reported during that period of each year. According to popular beliefs, strange things, both positive and negative, may happen to a person wandering alone on Sânziene night. Strange ethereal activities are believed to happen especially in places such as the Băneasa forest (near the capital of Bucharest) or the Baciu forest (near the city of Cluj-Napoca).

House Modality

Angular houses plant the seed, Succedent houses nurture the tree and sustain it up to unmitigated growth, and Cadent houses harvest its fruit.

The first house (angular) plants the seed of self
The second house (succedent) brings value to the self
The third house (cadent) puts the self into developmental motion

The fourth house (angular) plants the seed of home
The fifth house (succedent) creates the reason & way you live in it
The sixth house (cadent) builds you up & forward from your foundation

The seventh house (angular) plants the seed of integration
The eighth house (succedent) refines & revives the core of the bond
The ninth house (cadent) expands connection to a vast & meaningful scale

The tenth house (angular) plants the seed of worldly purpose
The eleventh house (succedent) carries that purpose through the collective
The twelfth house (cadent) extends that purpose to a spiritual/universal level