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Solitude, snow, and secrets! After three years of development, Solstice is officially out!



If you’ve been following our social media, you know it wasn’t only a very long road, but a bumpy one as well. Still, looking back at the game, I gotta say we’re quite proud of what we’ve accomplished. 

Solstice represents a lot of our ideas on how games should be made with respect to character and world building, diversity, and player choices. It’s a story about things that are important to us and we simply can’t wait to see what the world thinks of it!

So please, check our website if story-centric games are your thing. There’s a free demo available, and we’ve also prepared some cool special editions, including limited one with physical merch. We also always appreciate every bit of help with spreading the word!


Have fun, and thanks for being with us this whole time! :)

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MY TOP 15 FAVORITE SHOOTS OF 2015 
In no particular order here is 1 of 15. 

Photographer: Bella Kotak Photography

Model: Jessica Dru
Headpiece: Miss G Designs (Made with faux coral & shells)
Dress: Creature of Habit
Shell Mantle: Fortunate Nora
Assistants: Vanessa (Creature of Habit) and Pratik (Solstice Retouch)
Skin retouching: Solstice Retouch

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Hole-in-the-Rock this morning - 64°F/18°C

Hole-in-the-Rock is an eroded sandstone rock formation in the middle of the city of Phoenix - if you climb it you can see the whole city. It was used by the Hohokam to mark the calendar - at noon on equinoxes and solstices, the beam of light cast by the top (ceiling) hole will hit certain boulders and landmarks in the cave.

The Wishing Lanterns

by AelinElentiya

(Inspired by the scene in “Tangled” with Rapunzel and Flynn surrounded by lanterns. Also loosely inspired by the Chinese Lantern Festivals)

It’s the Spring Solstice, and Bellamy learns of a very important Grounder tradition called the Festival of Lights (the releasing of lanterns into the sky). With just a little help from Lincoln, Bellamy sets to work preparing the perfect romantic evening with a special surprise at the end for Clarke.

Words: 4031, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English



Read it on AO3 at http://ift.tt/1Xkr0qi

anonymous asked:

Hello in the picture you posted with the caption that I think said "I love sparkly makeup" what are the two urban decay eyeshadows called😍 thank you!!

Solstice & cosmic xx

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Hell for me was knowing I’d never love another the same way I loved you.

II.
They tell me someone can’t be both the poison and the curing potion but you somehow managed to cure a wound and cause another.

III.
I remember the exact moment I fell in love with you except I wasn’t just falling, I was drowning. I should’ve known.

IV.
Everything reminds me of you, even the things that don’t.

V.
We met at the wrong time. I’m still waiting for the moment you and time are on my side.

VI.
When we first met I was blue. I didn’t love my sadness until you told me your favorite color was navy blue.

VII.
I loved the cold until I found an indescribable winter inside me the day you left.

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Winter

Forever living in winter solstice.

Today is Imbolc pronounced ‘im'olk this is the first of 8 Pagan holidays throughout the year called Sabbats. Imbolc is a time to acknowledge the “First Spark” of embedded energies that have been sleeping over the winter. The seeds that are underground acknowledge the returning energy and will begin to convert it to life deep within. Underground and unseen by man they will start to make their way to the surface and break through the soil and begin to bud. Even though it is still the dead of winter and feels like winter in most places, the Sun’s energy has been returning ever since the Winter Solstice (longest night of the year, Yule)

On Imbolc we celebrate the first days of Spring, snowdrops and crocuses begin to appear, things become very spring-like with daffodils and hyacinths coming early. Animals begin to wake from their winter hibernation. Nights get shorter and days will get longer and it will start to get warmer as winter snow and frost begin to thaw.

We celebrate the rebirth of the Goddess on Imbolc after she sacrificed herself on Yule to give birth to the Sun God. Both the God and Goddess are young, the triple Goddess is in her maiden form and gains strength from the earth, while the Sun God will grow in strength over the coming months.

Imbolc is a Celtic fire festival, where in ancient times most towns and villages would build a ceremonial bonfire. The Goddess Brigid the Goddess of fire, healing and fertility is worshiped on this day. The lighting of fires celebrated the increasing power of the Sun. The Goddess Brigid was so much loved by the Celts that when the Christians were converting Pagans they could not change the holiday of Imbolc so the holiday was reformed and renamed to 'Candlemas’ when candles are lit to remember the purification of the Virgin Mary, and they changed the Goddess Brigid into Saint Brigid.

Imbolc is a fire festival it is the ending of Winter and the beginning of Spring. To celebrate Imbolc, light a fire, it may only be a very small one and make wishes for the coming year into the flames. Burn any leftover evergreens that were decorating your home at Yule. Clean your homes of clutter that was gathered over the Yuletide and get rid of the old and bring in the new. Plant seeds for them to bloom in the Spring and Summer. Use a sage smudge stick to cleanse your home of stale or unwanted negative energies.

It was customary to make a Brigid Cross or Sun Cross on Imbolc, this is a cross woven traditionally from reeds but can be made with anything such as wheat, straw or paper and put them around your home to bring luck and protection for the coming year. Fill your alter with lit candles and leave them to carefully burn through the day. Add any blooming flowers such as daffodils or daisies and anything yellow, orange, gold or silver to honour the Sun God.

Imbolc is a time of contemplation, to think about the year that has past and the mistakes or successes we have had and what we have learned from them to help us achieve our goals, dreams and ambitions for the coming year. As well as planting seeds to grow in the earth also plant seeds and ideas in your mind to grow and blossom over the coming months.

Have a blessed Imbolc, May the God and Goddess watch over you.

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Hold on to your warm blankets! Solstice is coming out on February 11th!

Steam release will follow sometime in April, though buying the game from us gets you a key anyway. ;)

Also, we have a new trailer! Spread the word, guys! :D

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~A Beautiful Wreckage~

She’s madness and magic
All rolled into one
A beautiful wreckage
A child of the sun

A wild fascination
Bewitching and bright
She flutters in daylight
And flies through the night

A head full of wisdom
A heart of desire
She dances with wolves
There’s no lie in her fire

A siren of passion
A beautiful mess
A pleasure to witness
Her spirit is blessed

So wicked, so fiendish
A storm in a cup
This woman is magic
Your heart she’ll warm up

So graceful, so precious
A rare flower child
As mighty as dragons
A witch of the wild

Don’t bend her, or break her
Or cage her wild soul
Respect her fine beauty
Or reap her steep toll

~ © 2016 Amelia Dashwood, All rights reserved.

Photographer: Dorota Górecka - Subiektywnie

Plant Ally Project: Creating A Winter Wellness Apothecary
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The sniffles. The ‘flu. The cranky tummy. The hacking cough.

All travel around quicker than a skittish reindeer during the winter and while many of us might want to turn to herbal remedies for some help, it can be hard to know what herb to choose - especially when you’re feeling under the weather. 

With a bit of preparation, you can create an easy-to-use winter apothecary for common seasonal complaints. It all begins by getting to know your winter plant allies and selecting a few that you become comfortable working with. One herb often serves many needs (because plants are galaxies of healing, blessed be!) and you don’t need to know a hundred herbs, but just a handful, to help you keep well during the winter. Each herb listed below is in at least two categories if not more to help you find a few herbs that will work for a multitude of complaints. I have not created an extensive, never-ending list of herbs for each common winter ailment listed below because I am hoping to encourage focused simplicity in your practice. However, you might already use an herb for one or more of the categories below that is not listed and you are very much encouraged to incorporate it into your list of indispensable winter herbs. 

Since Creating A Winter Apothecary is part of the free Plant Ally Project series (check out the Thirty Day Challenge for a more in-depth herbal experience), I’m going to offer suggestions for herbs that you might check out but it’s up to you to meet the plants and build a custom winter apothecary for you and your loved ones. Subscribers to my Magick Mail get a free worksheet and quick guide to organize their winter apothecary and easily reference what herb they might need for whatever winter illness issue that might arise.

Creating Your Winter Apothecary

  1. Begin by reading through the list of herbs below in each of the ten categories. I’ve listed when I’ve written about each herb, but you can also start with my Winter Wellness: Healing Herbs for the Dark of the Year which profiles some herbs on this list.
  2. After doing some research, choose one herb from each category. You might end up with 10 different herbs to work with, but most likely you’ll have less since each herb can be found in more than one category.
  3. Learn about the best way to prepare your herb as a remedy. I’ve listed common remedy preparations in my Plant Ally Project Thirty Day Challenge. If you’re looking for more in-depth and diverse herbal remedy tutorials check out the Lunar Apothecary.
  4. Gather together your chosen herbs and have them in an easy to access space in your home. I encourage you to add labels to their containers (whether a loose herb jar or a tincture bottle) that indicates what the herb can be used for as well as dosage. You might have a jar of Sage (Salvia officinalis) and label it with the following description: “Good for wet coughs + excess phlegm, congestion, sore throats, and indigestion. Dosage is 1 teaspoon per cup of water.”
  5. Create your own Winer Apothecary “cheat sheet” with my free worksheet and quick guide available to my Magick Mail subscribers. 

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Herbs for Preventative Care or Daily Tonics

Let’s start with some daily winter tonics which are nutritive, generally warming, and often immunomodulating (as opposed to immunostimulating - which we’ll look at later). These are herbs that can be taken on a daily basis throughout the winter. 


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Herbs for Dry + Hacking Coughs

Moistening or mucilaginous herbs are of great help when the respiratory tract is dry and irritated. Many of these herbs have additional nervine qualities which help to relax the tension brought on by irritation.

Herbs for Wet Coughs + Excess Phlegm

Herbs that are astringent can be excellent allies in drying up excess damp and phlegm in the system. They help to tone, tighten, and restore tissues to their optimal state, preventing or helping the body to recover from infection or prevent it from settling in the body.

  • Elecampane (Inula helenium): Read more about Elecampane in my Winter Wellness post.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Read more about Rosemary in my Remembering Wholeness post.
  • Sacred Basil or Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica)

Herbs for Sore Throats

Similar to herb for dry and hacking coughs, herbs for sore throats are generally moistening in nature. Some are more drying and others are more moistening while others are neutral in temperature. Many are also anodyne in nature, meaning that they offer pain relief, which is an added bonus when dealing with the discomfort of sore throats.

  • Angelica (Angelica archangelica): Read about Angelica in my To Ignite the Imagination post.
  • Cleavers (Galium alparine): Especially useful when the lymph glands are swollen.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Read more about Peppermint in our Winter Wellness and Quicken the Mind posts.
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Vervain (Verbena officinalis)
  • Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica)

Herbs for Drippy Noses

Herbs that are warming, astringent, and tonifying to the mucus membranes can help take care of the drippiness of an unhappy nose.

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinalis): Read more about Ginger in my Aries Astroherbology Profile.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Read more about Peppermint in our Winter Wellness and Quicken the Mind
  • Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica): Yerba Mansa is a tophorestorative for the mucus membranes which is why it is great for both drippy and congested noses.

Herbs for Congested Noses

Herbal expectorants help the body cough, sneeze, and release excess mucus, clearing out congestion and helping us breath clearly again. Pay attention to the color of your mucus. Yellow mucus indicates heat (think of sunny warm yellow) and more cooling expectorant herbs are useful while clear or white mucus indicates cold (think of snowy cold white) and warming expectorant herbs are a better choice.

  • Elecampane (Inula helenium): Read more about Elecampane on my Winter Wellness post.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinalis): Read more about Ginger in my Aries Astroherbology Profile.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Read more about Peppermint in our Winter Wellness and Quicken the Mind.
  • Sacred Basil or Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica)

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Herbs to Cleanse the Lymphatic System

Our hard-working lymphatic system can get clogged down leading to uncomfortably swollen glands that can’t properly process blood and fluid which means white blood cells are transferred less effectively throughout the body. Adding lymphatic cleansers to cold care blends can be very helpful in promoting a speedy recovery or preventing a virus from settling in the body in the first place.

Herbs to Stimulate the Immune System

The following herbs are known as immunostimulators meaning that they stimulate the immune system into action and are best used for a the short run when you’re dealing with a cold or 'flu or in a higher risk situation for exposure (such as air travel or hanging around kindergarteners).

  • Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
  • Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Elder (Sambucus nigra): Some folks categorize Elder as immunostimulating as well as immunomodulating. What Elder does is disrupts a viruses’ ability to replicate and while that does stimulate the immune system into action, I have not found Elder to be more useful as tonic than a short-term herb for acute symptoms (though it still is effective in the short term because it’s a pretty darn amazing plant). Read more about Elder in my Tree of Medicine and Winter Wellness post.
  • Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica)

Herbs for Fever + Achiness 

Fevers help our bodies to burn off infection and as long as they stay within a safe range (when a fever in an adult is consistently 103° or higher and lasts for three days or more it is time to seek medical help). Yet, fevers can come with accompanying discomfort including aches and pains which may be relieved by the herbal remedies listed below.

  • Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum): Especially useful for when the bones feel achy otherwise known as “break-bone fever.”
  • Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Elder Berry (Sambucus nigra): Read more about Elder in my Tree of Medicine and Winter Wellness post.
  • Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra): When restlessness and irritability is present. An Elder Flower foot bath can be helpful for those who are having difficulty sleeping. Read more about Elder in my Tree of Medicine and Winter Wellness post.
  • Elecampane (Inula helenium): Read more about Elecampane on my Winter Wellness post.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinalis): Read more about Ginger in my Aries Astroherbology Profile.
  • Milky Oat (Avena sativa): While not an herb specific to fever it can be very useful in recovering from a fever when there are signs of adrenal burnout, fatigue or if the illness has been brought on, in part, because of not allowing oneself to take time grieve a loss.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Read more about Peppermint in our Winter Wellness and Quicken the Mind.
  • Sacred Basil or Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Vervain (Verbena officinalis): For type 'A’s who don’t know when to stop and need to relax in order to heal.
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): Read more about Yarrow in The Warrior + The Healer post.

Herbs for Indigestion

Whether indigestion that has come with the 'flu or from a sluggish system burdened by too many rich winter foods, the following herbs, many of which are considered digestive bitters, can help to improve intestinal tone, relieve gas and cramping, and help to rekindle the digestive fires.

  • Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis): Especially good for inflammation along the intestinal tract as well as stomach ulcers.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinalis): Read more about Ginger in my Aries Astroherbology Profile.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Read more about Peppermint in our Winter Wellness and Quicken the Mind.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Sacred Basil or Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): Read more about Yarrow in The Warrior + The Healer post.

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I hope you’re feeling inspired to create your own Winter Wellness Apothecary!

Share your collection of winter herbs and remedies with the #PlantAllyProject tag (you can find images from the Thirty Day Challenge posted on instagram and tumblr) and be sure to check out the rest of the Plant Ally Project series.

Keep well this winter, my clever friends!


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P.S. Keep warm with a traditional herbal remedy and a bit of revolution!


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Be Happy, It’s Imbolc

The weather has been utter crap and yet another of this year’s named storms is passing over Ireland. Yet today it is nonetheless Spring. And needless to say, outside this blessed isle, the concept is causing some confusion. From our Icelandic correspondent:

@ickle_tayto @dduane where the fuck can you count February as spring?? What kind of insane optimism?? No Love. Iceland. (-5°C this morn)

— Bjorn Bjornsson (@bjornfr)

February 1, 2016

Well, Iceland’s calendar isn’t under my control (any more than the temperature: sorry Bjorn). Yet nonetheless it’s spring in Ireland.

This is because the first week of this month contains one of the great Cross-Quarter Days of the ancient Celtic calendar, Imbolc. (Cross-quarter days fall between a given solstice or equinox and the next solstice or equinox due along.) If you’re being super-accurate about the calculation, the day will wiggle around a little from year to year as the date and hour of the solstice in front of it and the equinox to come after it do the same. This year, for example, the “hard date” for Imbolc is February 4th. On that day the light of the Sun at dawn will pierce the inner chamber of the passage grave at the Mound of the Hostages at the Hill of Tara, illustrating that even as far back as Neolithic times, people felt the date was important. …But the “civil date” for Imbolc is February 1, making this the first day of Spring.

(The cross-quarter system, btw, explains why the summer solstice – usually around June 21 – is referred to colloquially as “Midsummer’s Day”. By the old calendar, the first day of Summer is the cross-quarter feast of Beltain / Beltane on May 1, and by the third week in June, summer’s already well finished with i-cumen in and is in fact half done.)

Imbolc is often thought of primarily as a lambing festival: the Gaeilge i mBolg more or less means “in the belly” and refers not just to the filling udders of the sheep but the bellies of sheep about to give birth. Those of our neighbors who practice artificial insemination on their flocks seem mostly to time the process to have the lambs pop out around now – either out of hard practical experience that this is the earliest that it’s safe to have your sheep lambing, or a feeling that maybe the ancients knew what they were up to, or possibly both.

The other big issue around here on this day is that February 1 is the feast day of St. Brigid – a.k.a. (before the Church got at her and attempted to make her safe. Good luck with that…) the great triune Celtic goddess Brigid* of the Fires – the queen of inspiration, poetic eloquence, and craftsmanship, patroness of poets, smiths and healers, and a fertility goddess on the side. (The Newgrange.com Imbolc page has some more about her and her relationship with the Saint.) Scholars have gone back and forth for a while whether the Goddess had any direct, specific connection with Spring herself. You could make a case, I suppose, for connecting her with other maiden goddesses like Persephone who have a springtime connection, and with Artemis, who though resolutely virginal was also the protectress of childbirth and all newborn and young things. Anyway, today’s Brigid’s day as well.

A final thought: over the past couple of days it’s been brought to my attention all over again that the increasing light and the days getting longer – always something really welcome at this latitude – are very much part of the business of Imbolc. The birds have started singing again, just now: rather hesitantly in some cases. …Though not all. The robin who sat outside the living room window yesterday was very much singing the Robinesque version of MINE, ALL THIS IS MINE, I AM A STUD, STAY OUT OF HERE BOYS OR I’LL KILL YOU, COME AND GET IT LADIES, I’VE GOT WHAT YOU WANT RIGHT HERE. Ah, the sweet innocent music of springtime. …Not.

*Also spelled Brigit, Brighid, Bride, Bridget, Bridgit, Brighde, and Bríd, and probably a bunch of other ways as well. Orthography: it’s a bitch.