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Cary Grant not only came close to marrying Sophia Loren but was also offered to originally play the role of James Bond. Can you image if he had married Sophia and played James Bond?

Cary Grant starred in Houseboat (1958) and The Pride & The Passion (1957) with Sophia Loren. While shooting The Pride & The Passion, Cary and Sophia had a whirlwind affair and fell in love. Cary asked Sophia to marry him, but she decided to marry her longtime lover, Italian director, Carlo Ponti. Sophia later said she married Carlo because they were both Italian and she felt they were better culturally matched.

Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series of spy novels  said he based the James Bond character on Cary Grant. Longtime Bond movie producer Albert Broccoli offered the role to Grant in the pre-production for Dr. No (1962). According to Broccoli’s biography, he actually met with Grant to offer him the role. Grant said he liked the script and admitted he was a big Bond fan himself but he turned it down because “he didn’t feel he could lock himself into the Bond character.”

Poisonous Plants
  • Deadly Nightshade (Atropa Belladonna): Also known as banewort, devil’s berries, death cherries, but is most commonly known as deadly nightshade. The name Atropa is said to be derived from the Greek Goddess, Atropis. Who is one of the three fates.  Belladonna is supposedly the most poisonous plant in the eastern hemisphere. Although it is poisonous, deadly nightshade also has a few medicinal uses, it was used as a pain reliever, muscle relaxer, and an anti-inflammatory. Belladonna means ‘pretty woman’ in Italian. In German legends it is said to be the plant that belonged to the devil himself, who tends to it all year long except for when he is preparing himself for the witches sabbats. Belladonna is also mentioned in Scottish mythology when MacBeth’s soldiers poisoned an entire army of Danes by mixing deadly nightshade into liquor where it was offered to them at a truce. It is also associated with psych exploration as well as with hallucinations. Although it is not recommended to modern practitioners as it could easily kill you.               
  • Monkshood (Aconitum): Also known as aconite, monkshood, devil’s helmet, and wolf’s bane. Is most commonly used in Chinese medicine and Hindu traditional Medicine. In Greek mythology Medea attempted to poison Theseus with a cup of wine poisoned by Monkshood. “Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.” -Wiccan Rede. Used to bring protection and magickal watchfulness against negative entities during rituals. Was used to poison arrow tips in early times. Wolfsbane can also be used to invoke Hecate. You can use this herb (with great caution!) to consecrate your athame. Used also in spells involving psych and spiritual enhancements as well as money friendship and love spells.   
                                                                                           
  • Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum): In ancient Greek Hemlock was used to poison prisoners. All of the parts of hemlock is poisonous. This plant is sacred to Hecate. This herb is used for magickal work involving astral projection and for puryfing rituals for you sacred knife or sword.                                                                                                   
  • Foxglove (Digitalis): Foxglove is very dangerous if misused. Foxglove has a long history of treating heart and kidney problems as well as treating aconite and edema poisoning. There is an old saying about foxglove it goes: “It can raise the dead and it can kill the living.”   Scandinavian legend says that faeries taught foxes to ring foxglove bells to warn each other of approaching hunters. Dew collected on can be used in ritual to communicate with faeries. (Do not inhale the smoke if you decide to burn it) The leaves of foxgloves are said to break faerie enchantments. Plant foxgloves to welcome faeries. Wherever they are placed they will get visits from fae. If you carrie foxglove you will attract faeries.      

            Deadly Nightshade

             Monkshood

              Poison Hemlock

                   Foxglove

Disclaimer: All of these plants are extremely deadly. Use at your own risk. 

Sources: Wikipedia, paganwiccan.about.com, earthwitchery.com, alchemy-works.com, witchipedia.com.

==Moonlight Academy==

When the moon is only a sliver in the sky and the air is cold enough to give you dragon breath, a mysterious building appears on the outskirts of zone three, (but only if you aren’t searching for it).

It’s lit up with neon signs, humming and pulsing like a heart. Stepping close to it makes your hair stand on end, makes your eyes water, makes your hands shake.

If the door is unlocked, don’t go inside, just leave. If it is locked, crawl through the window. Inside the house you will find an old woman. If her eyes are open, she is asleep. Do not wake her, just leave. If her eyes are closed, she is awake. Approach her and take her hand in your own.

If you do this, she will allow you to ask one question, and then she will tell you how you will die.

You will wake up the next morning in your own bed, with three dried daisies in your pocket and the faintest taste of honey on your tongue.