4 Seasons – Winter 4   Leave a comment

I thought I’m mention something about Jack Frost who is a fantasy being.  My thoughts are that he is an elemental or a spirit of winter.   Here is what I dug up on him.

Jack Frost is a figure from folklore, an elfish creature who personifies crisp, cold weather. He is said to leave those beautiful patterns on autumn leaves and windows on frosty mornings. It is thought that he originated in Norse folklore as Jokul (“icicle”) or Frosti (“frost”). In Russia, frost is represented as Father Frost, a smith who binds water and earth together with heavy chains. In Germany however, it is an old women who causes it to snow by shaking out her bed of white feathers.  Some believe this representation originated in Germanic folklore specifically in the Anglo-Saxon and Norse winter customs.
 

Here is a pic I found of him:

Here is some more fantasy pics dealing with Winter:

I’m going to make one more winter post.   I will be adding some castles in winter for the full medieval fantasy effect.  Also I will add the last pics and poems.  See you later.

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4 Seasons – Winter 3   Leave a comment

I did a little research to some of the holidays that fall over the winter season.   Here is what I came up with.

 The Winter Solstice was celebrated on the shortest day of the  has been celebrated for thousands of years in the Nothern Hemesphere.   It represented a cycle of nature finishing and a new one starting.  In Old Europe is was know as Yule.

The origins of the now traditional Christmas Celebration, distinct from earlier pagan winter holidays, date to sixth century England. By the middle ages, it was a well established important holiday, with traditional pageantry, customs, music and feasting all its own. Customs from pre Christian days were incorporated into the Celebrations, and many still remain.

On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods—these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere

December 25 was also the Day of Saturnalia, a celebration dedicated to the Chief god, Saturn, during which time there was much drinking, many banquets, and presents were exchanged.

New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in ancient Rome. With most countries using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, New Year’s Day is the closest thing to being the world’s only truly global public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. January 1 on the Julian calendar currently corresponds to January 14 on the Gregorian calendar, and it is on that date that followers of some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year.

Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is the first day of the lunar calendar (but corrects for the solar every three years. Normally falls between 20 January and 20 February). It can be seen internationally since the Chinese population is widely spread out. It is celebrated with plenty of good food, lucky red envelopes (filled with money), families, and many things red (which resembles good luck). Lion and dragon dance, drums, fireworks, firecrackers, and other entertainments will fill the streets. It is the favorite holiday for many Chinese adults and children.

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Dayis an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. It was deleted from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished,

Imbolc, February 1st or the first Full Moon in Aquarius, is a time of cleansing and newborn lambs. The name, Imbolc, comes from the word ‘oimelc’ or sheep’s milk. It is a festival of the Maiden in preparation for growing and renewal.

4 Seasons – Winter 2   Leave a comment

Here are some more winter things to share.   More pictures and a few poems.  I’m trying to really create the mood of winter so I was hunting and pecking on the web to find stuff suitable.   So here I go with page 2.   I hope you like it.

Fairies in Winter

As the snowflakes fall
The fairies rise
With a twinkle
In their eyes.

As the stars come out
The fairies descend
To bring you joy
And laughter without end.

As the moon shines bright
The fairies glow
While gathering
The mistletoe.

As the sun comes up
The fairies sleep,
Tucked in their beds
In slumber deep,
As the fairies dream
New magic they make
To fill the world
When they awake.

Remember the fae,
Who thought of you
Throughout the day!



When I think of winter I think of things that will keep me from feeling cold, like hot sweet coffee, or a fuzzy warm blanket or cuddling up to my kitty Socks.   Winter gives me a reason to wear fuzzy socks and drink hot chocolate (with whipped cream and cinnamon).    I also think of some of the foods I love to eat in the winter season like beef and barley stew, spaghetti, hot chicken soup, turkey dinners, all kinds of creamy soups.  Sushi…well then I think of sushi any time of the year.   Then you think of the kinds of things you can do in winter that you can’t do other times of the year such as skiing, sledding, ice skating, snow ball fights, snow men and snow angels.

Ever wonder what a fairy snow angel would look like?   Or a centaur’s?  Or a dragons?

Do you think pixie’s have snow ball fights with each other?

I can picture winter spirits dancing and wizzing through the falling snow flakes.    Other winter creatures come together to play with the winter fae.

Posted April 16, 2011 by Sweetrivers in fairy, Seasons, Winter

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The 4 Seasons – Winter   Leave a comment

I wanted to do a series on the 4 seasons, one each weekend.   Since Winter just left us in the northern hemisphere I thought to start with that one to put it behind us and wish it a fond farewell till next year.   I have a number of fantasy based pics dealing with winter and snow and would like to share them with you.

The snow falling to the ground dances and spins in the crisp wind.    Snowflakes dance and play then slowly blanket the ground.   My nose is cold and red and my toes feel frozen yet there is a peacefulness that you feel in this white blanketed place.   There is a quiet stillness all around muffling the noises of the forest.   The wind is but a whisper of the wintery tune.   My breath escapes me in a puff of swirly white mist.  As I look to the sky to see the snow fall, it sprinkle onto my face and binds to my lashes.   The trees are barren but coated in white with long pointy icicles, like fingers, clinging to it’s branch.  The clinking of icicles tinkle together  as the clink together in the breeze.    I hear a noise and turn to face it and see an owl staring back at me.   With a hoot and a blink it expands it’s white feathery wings and jumps into the night sky…

A icy heart and an icy mind leads to a bitter soul.

     


Posted April 15, 2011 by Sweetrivers in Seasons, Winter

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Fairy Quotes and Facts – Thursday April 14 2011   Leave a comment

I’d like to, over the time I keep this blog to share some history facts and quotes about the world of the fae and fantasy.  I want to share pictures and some of the interesting stuff I’ve been reading, about the fantasy world and the fairy realm.  Here are some of the stuff I’ve come across recently.  Enjoy.

Quotes

Buttercups in the sunshine look like little cups of gold.
Perhaps the Faeries come to drink the raindrops that they hold.
~Elizabeth T. Dillingham, “A Faery Song”

Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.
~William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Garden fairies come at dawn,
Bless the flowers then they’re gone.
~Author Unknown


Facts

Animism is the belief that everything  in our natural world, like trees, water, air, plants, animals and mountains have a spirit.  This is the root of some early religions that has survived over time with some people like Native North American Indians.   The superstition that you touch a piece of wood for luck probably predates even the Druids.

It’s surprising to many people that fairies are not native to any one place on earth yet the different legends from all over the world have the fairy fold having similar characteristics to one another.

No one knows where the thoughts and stories of the fae started but they are found in all kinds of literature, over thousands of years, from song, to story and to poem.

A fair bit of this information I got from a book called “A Complete Guide to Fairies and Magical Beings”  by Cassandra Eason.


The Mystery of the Magical World   Leave a comment

Is the Fairy world real?   Hundreds of years of European history have had records of fae sitings around Ireland, United Kingdom and Scandinavia and some parts of Germany.   Many people people believe that people see the fae because they are looking for the divine.    Do people look for the fairy world for the same reasons they look for aliens?    Is seeing   the fae a   spiritual thing or a proof of an other worldly life living on the same planet as us but not in the same dimension?    Are they a creation from God or did they fall from  heaven  from some  great cosmic battle?   Some say only children can see them because their eyes are open to the wonders of the universe and not dragged down by the bubble that adults live in.    For whatever reason they exist in our history and folklore?    Either way their lives are a mystery to us all and many of us wish to see this mystical realm.

So onto their magical, nature  filled lives.   Please enjoy your journey.