the alethiometer

my favourite thing that lyra does is asking the alethiometer if will is a ‘friend or an enemy’ and when the alethiometer replies ‘he’s a murderer’ she just goes 'oh okay that’s cool at least he’ll be resourceful, I should stick around him’


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


@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. 

What is the end game for Rey and Kylo Ren, and how does it connect to the ultimate fate of the Force in the sequel trilogy?

With ‘The Last Jedi’ only a month away (a month guys!), I thought I would dive into something which might be viewed as a little too far-fetched to be discussing right now, but I think it’s crucial to put this out there before we have all seen ‘The Last Jedi’. Mainly because this could very easily be torn to pieces by the end of episode VIII (which I will embrace wholeheartedly either way, as I am sure that a compelling story awaits us all). So if you think this is all just moot to be talking about at this stage, or you’d rather not think about what will be the conclusion to the sequel trilogy concerning Kylo and Rey, then by all means skip this post. For those still here, I hope you read on and let me know what you think. Oh, and be warned, this is going to be a long post.

What will happen ultimately to Rey and Kylo Ren? At this point, given what has happened these past few months, I think ‘Reylo’, in the broadest of terms, is going to happen. Heck, it’s already started in TFA.

For me the more important question now is not if ‘Reylo’ is going to happen but rather, what is to become of their futures? Will they be together or won’t they? Right now we don’t know, and I don’t presume to know either, but I would like to talk about what could happen on a hypothetical level, given what we know about what type of story this is, and the narrative line, both on a symbolic and spiritual level.

Because to answer the question of how this trilogy will end, we have to ask what it is indeed about. And in order to answer that question, we have to ask what the sequel trilogy has to do in order to further the story of ‘Star Wars’.

The sequel trilogy is, in the end, about the Force.

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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.   

The Tapeball of Truth

So I was talking to @justanotheridijiton​ about something else, and I mentioned how that dimensional rift in the SPN season closer had me thinking of Pullman’s The Subtle Knife. (The knife cuts apertures between parallel worlds. And… spoilers for His Dark Materials under the cut, below.) She said, buckleming would make a subtle knife, or an alethiometer, out of the tape ball

and I was all, hold the phone, remember Agent Cooper throwing rocks at bottles to narrow down the POI in Twin Peaks? sub in the tape ball and voila - 


and she said, key art for s13:

and also:

I started babbling about the fire walk with me thing in the train car, and she said, you mean this?


She’s awesome.

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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.


get to know me meme: ten female characters → lyra silvertongue [2/10]

she had asked: what is he? a friend or an enemy? the alethiometer answered: he is a murderer. when she saw the answer, she relaxed at once. he could find food, and show her how to reach oxford, and those were powers that were useful, but he might still have been untrustworthy or cowardly. a murderer was a worthy companion.