the alethiometer
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. 

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-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

 “And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…” 

-His Dark Materials | Philip Pullman

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Okay, guys, just a random midnight poll but who do you think would be more likely to be able to read an Alethiometer: Jyn, who gets it from her mother instead of a Kyber crystal, or Chirrut, who can read it in spite of being blind and that’s how he knew Jyn was important.

Also, would dust replace the Force, or exist along side it?


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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.

magical fantasy asks ━☆゚.*・ 。゚
  • Sorting Hat: If you could invent a Hogwarts house what would its name, colors, mascot, and characteristics be?
  • Wardrobe: Which fantasy universe would you choose to escape to?
  • The One Ring: If you were told that you could pick have any superpower but it came with a huge downside, would you still choose to have one? Which one?
  • Marauders Map: What would you do if you knew you wouldn't get caught?
  • Flying Carpet: What would be your fantasy mode of transportation? Carpet? Broomstick? Pumpkin Carriage?
  • Alethiometer: Do you think you have any magical or supernatural powers? What are they?
  • Everlasting Gobstopper: Which of the seven deadly sins do you relate to, and who does that make you from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? (Ex. Augustus Gloop = Gluttony)
  • Drink Me Potion: What is the last big risk you took? Did it pay off?
  • Necronomicon: What is your greatest irrational fear?
  • Ruby Slippers: What is your favorite city? Would you want to live there, or just visit?
  • Babel Fish: If you could learn any fictional language, what would it be?
  • Iron Throne: What Game of Thrones house do you think you are? Are you happy there, or would you become a traitor and abandon your house for another one?
  • Excalibur: When was the last time you felt like you truly earned something?
  • Philosopher's Stone: Is there anything that you truly want but know you would be better off not having?
  • Magic Lamp: Three wishes! Go!
  • Scroll: Which element would you bend?
  • Owl: Who was the last person you wrote a handwritten letter to?
  • Fountain of Youth: If you could stay one age forever, what age would you pick? Would you want to be immortal?
  • Horcrux: Pick three items to safeguard your soul. What are they?
  • Magic Beans: What is a crazy chance you took that paid off?
  • Poison Apple: What's the closest you've come to death?
  • Riptide: Do you think people underestimate you?

Abemiha week day 6:

Crossover - verb. The act of taking two typically unrelated series’ characters and having them interact; taking character(s) from one fandom, and translating them into another series’ setting with typically little to no basis for doing so

“But I have infinite tenderness for you. I always will. My whole life.” -Blue Is The Warmest Color

His Dark Materials Crossover!

The basics:

Mihashi from our world, knife bearer, barn owl daemon(female)

Abe from Lyras world, can read the alethiometer, badger daemon (male)

LONG rant under cut! Like seriously. It’s the story basics.

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soaringsparrows replied to your post “I bet Grog would be able to read an alethiometer ”

“s'just shapes, what’s the big deal?”

yeah exactly. plus he’s really good with multiple meanings of things and thinking around the box and I think he’d just get it

the eight foot tall goliath peering at a tiny golden compass smaller than his palm, watching the tiny hand swing around and around (and maybe pike helping him, positioning the hands the right way since he can’t get his fingers to do the delicate work)