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Mayday’s Maygic Circle by Adrienne Rozzi // Poison Apple Printshop

Limited edition of 18. Three-color screenprint on archival paper.

Wheels and magic circles have been used by magical practitioners dating back to ancient cultures. The wheel acts as a graphical microcosm of the universe itself and represents the sorceress’s relation to her surroundings and available energies. Mayday’s Magic Circle embodies the origins, traditions, lore, and symbols pertaining to fire festivals practiced around this time of year (May 1st) to mark the return of spring and summer.

At the wheel’s core is a depiction of Flora, the roman goddess of flowers, sexuality, fertility, and vegetation. Her festival, Floralia, is one of the oldest recorded holidays in which Mayday-like traditions arose. The fire festivals of Beltaine, Mayday, and Walpurgisnacht all hark back to having roots in Floralia traditions making Flora the perfect centerpiece for Mayday’s Magic Circle.

The first inner circle of the wheel touches upon common traditions practiced during Mayday including erecting a Maypole, gathering flowers, building bonfires, crowning the May queen, hand fasting, and visiting natural springs or wishing wells. The Maypole was thought of as a phallic symbol representing the sun which fertilizes the earth to bring about new life. Gathering flowers and wood for bonfires was very common throughout all springtime festivals as a way of sharing earth’s bounty with your family, neighbors, and community. A young maiden was chosen to lead the Mayday festivities and crowned the May Queen as a representation of Flora and mother earth. Finding love and being flirtatious were encouraged during the festivities and therefore many betrothals came about during this time which lead to weddings during the following month of June. This is a tradition still somewhat prevalent in our modern age and attests to the undying customs of Mayday. Although Mayday and the like are fire festivals it is important to note that water was also worshipped during the celebrations as an aid to the earth’s growing season. It was a common occurrence to visit natural springs and wells the morning of May 1st and that the first pale raised from the well (as well as the morning dew) was blessed with the magic of spring and would bring you good luck and beauty throughout the year.

The second ring from the center of the wheel depicts the animals and magical creatures believed to correspond to Beltane and Mayday. Goats, hares, and honey bees were all worshipped for their energetic and sexually active nature as a symbol of fertility. Cattle were blessed in Beltaine bonfires to ensure good health and an abundant growing season. The mythical creatures associated with springtime are Faeries, Pegasus, Giants, and Satyrs. It is believed that May 1st marks the day when Faeries come out of hibernation to cause playful mischief and spread their magic throughout the green lands once again.

A thin ring of symbols makes up the next layer of Mayday’s Magic Circle. Alchemical and planetary symbols represent fire, the sun, water, the earth, the moon, Venus (the feminine goddess), Mercury (the masculine god), and Taurus. Interspersed between these symbols are ancient runes representing protection, the torch, the sun, awakening, the gift, the cycle, longevity, and motherhood. The runes presence on the wheel represents the Scandinavian cultures that also hold a springtime festival on May 1st referred to as Thrimilci. The mixture of alchemy, astronomical symbols, and runes alludes to the fact that although they are different cultures, springtime is a joyous season that effects everyone throughout the world.

The outer ring of the magic circle represents the trees, plants, and herbs commonly worshipped and used during Mayday ceremonies. Clockwise from top is Lily of the Valley, Willow tree, Lilac, Hazel tree, Apple blossoms, Juniper tree, Woodruff, Fir tree, Bluebell, Birch tree, Ivy, Rowan tree, Cinquefoil, Oak tree, Primrose, and Hawthorn Tree. Among these trees there were 9 sacred woods gathered in preparation of Mayday and Beltane which were used to light the ceremonial balefires.

The entire wheel is encircled by the ouroboros, the snake eating it’s tail, as a reminder that Mayday festivities are to honor one half of the year in a never-ending cycle of death and rebirth. Also spanning the entire wheel is the constellation of Taurus which is highlighted by silver leaf accents. Cultures would know when it was time to prepare for Mayday and Beltaine when the sun reached 15 degrees Taurus in the night sky.

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Tom Ford Summer 2015 Cream and Powder Eye Color Duos swatches and demo

Tom Ford’s Summer 2015 makeup range includes 4 Cream and Powder Eye Color duos, 3 of which I have swatched here. 

The creams are not solid. They are thick and fluffy - somewhat like bread spreads of all things. You get a lot of time to blend and play with the product before it sets. And you coat them with a coordinating powder eye color to both set them and to add incredible dimension and shine.

The sparkly shades in this range are the same formula as the glittery overcoats in many of the Tom Ford Eye Color quads. That’s why I would recommend going with the duos that are more unique and not too similar to other ones in his regular range.

I have more swatches (of the creams and powders separately, as well as a step-by-step pictorial for the eye look here done using the Black Oyster duo).

http://blogger.makeup-box.com/2015/05/tom-ford-cream-and-powder-eye-color.html 

Other products used from the collection:

Terra Bronzer

Rose Sand Cream Cheek Color

Rose Soleil Lipstick

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Dior Summer 2015 Tie and Dye Collection

Here’s a quick look at Dior’s upcoming Tie and Dye collection, which launches May in Singapore, but is available at the ION Backstage Boutique ahead of other locations.

If you’re not able to get hold of any right now, don’t worry because it will be available at other counters soon.

To see swatches of all:

Lipsticks, glosses and eye palettes - visit my Dayre post
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Das Erbe unserer Welt (Heritage of our World) is a wonderful biannual collectors publication made for the subscribers of National Geographic magazine in Germany.

As well as celebrating global arts and cultures, each edition pays tribute to an individual whom has made a positive impact on so many people lives.

The latest edition (Spring 2015) celebrates our dear Audrey Hepburn, the actress, the legend, the humanitarian and the mother.

Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti introduce the issue with a heartfelt message about their mother.

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This beautiful cover has been encapsulated into limited edition acrylics (only 100 pieces). If you would like to enquire about the availability, email info@squarerockgroup.com