the alethiometer

theguardian.com
Philip Pullman unveils epic fantasy trilogy The Book of Dust
Author’s new novel series is set in London and Oxford and overlaps with hugely popular His Dark Materials
By Danuta Kean

Pullman’s brave and outspoken heroine Lyra Belacqua will return in the first two volumes. Featuring two periods of her life – as a baby and 20 years after His Dark Materials ended – the series will also include characters familiar to existing readers, as well other Pullman creations, including alethiometers (a clock-like truth-telling device), daemons (animals that are physical manifestations of the human spirit) and the Magisterium, the Church-like totalitarian authority that rules Lyra’s world. 

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Some more portfolio shots of my His Dark Materials trilogy book cover designs, including Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

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@hdmfanmonth → Week 4 | Favorite book of the trilogy: The Amber Spyglass

In the process of making this my computer fell to the floor and cracked so my photoshop use ended up being limited, but I really wanted to participate anyway, so I’m posting it as it is. Since His Dark Materials is my favorite book series ever and The Amber Spyglass is my favorite book of the trilogy, we could say it’s my favorite book ever. I feel like this book series is a symphony with a myriad of sounds and voices orchestrated perfectly and this is the climax and closure of the whole thing, the moment when the music reaches a crescendo that gives you goosebumps and keeps you on the edge of your seat and then, when it sets you free, you’re not the same person you were when you started. Will and Lyra decline fate to introduce choice, they change the universe hand in hand, Lord Asriel and Marisa Coulter make possibly the most selfless act out of the most selfless reason, Mary discovers, invents and teaches, my lovely angels Balthamos and Baruch show the purest love and the strongest resolve, Iorek becomes a legend more so than a king and just everything ends in that bittersweet taste of an ending that couldn’t have been any other way. I owe a lot to this book series, and to this one specially, because a good book makes you feel but a great book changes you, and this one certainly did it for me. 

GoldenCompass Spirit Charm🌕

inspired by Dark Materials, a tool to enhance communication with spirits, and 

It was very like a clock, or a compass, for there were hands pointing to places around the dial, but instead of the hours or the points of the compass there were several little pictures, each of them painted with the finest and slenderest sable brush.”  — Description of the alethiometer/golden compass

🌕  gather: ink, a compass, amethyst, water and rosemary

🌕  infuse the water with rosemary, and consecrate the compass with it. dry. 

🌕  inscribe the edges of the compass, to the best of your ability, with symbols you are able to communicate through.

🌕  charge the compass with the amethyst on top of it before use. 

🌕  use similar to pendulum or oujia board when communicating through spirits. 

🌕  before use, let the spirits you’re speaking to know that compass is charmed for clarity and truth, so you may receive their consent first.   

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favorite underappreciated book series aesthetics [3/ ] 

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers"—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

theguardian.com
Philip Pullman unveils epic fantasy trilogy The Book of Dust
Author’s new novel series is set in London and Oxford and overlaps with hugely popular His Dark Materials
By Danuta Kean

Philip Pullman has ended years of speculation by announcing that The Book of Dust, his epic fantasy trilogy, which will stand alongside his bestselling series, His Dark Materials, will be published in October around the world.

Set to come out on 19 October, the as yet untitled first volume of The Book of Dust will be set in London and Oxford, with the action running parallel to the His Dark Materials trilogy. A global bestseller when the first volume, Northern Lights, was published in 1995, Pullman’s series has sold more than 17.5 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages.

Pullman’s brave and outspoken heroine Lyra Belacqua will return in the first two volumes. Featuring two periods of her life – as a baby and 20 years after His Dark Materials ended – the series will also include characters familiar to existing readers, as well other Pullman creations, including alethiometers (a clock-like truth-telling device), daemons (animals that are physical manifestations of the human spirit) and the Magisterium, the Church-like totalitarian authority that rules Lyra’s world.

philip pullman saving 2017 promising more lyra in my life

the-last-punbender  asked:

What is an alethiometer?

I’m glad you asked!! it’s from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (the titular golden compass) and it looks sorta like this

the name roughly means “truth-measurer” and each of those thirty-six little symbols has infinite meanings and can be used to ask a question by pointing the three red arrows at them and holding a question in your head, and then the fourth arrow swings around and answers them. the trick is that there isn’t a set meaning to the symbols and there’s no way to know what the answer means; it’s like thinking upside down around the box about four different things at the same time. in pullman’s trilogy they’re very rare, only six in the world, and reading one is far more art than science

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