A trip to Varanasi – Our Travel Tale

Tales of an Indian couple who loves to travel no matter what! And this time they headed for Varanasi – a city that is chaotic, yet overwhelmingly gorgeous!

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Tale of the Ice Dragon portion 2: Gnome Needing Aid
Designed for GAME: Janauary Tales…. New Year days of hope at www.flickr.com/groups/1752359@N21/go over/

As the storyteller stated, &quotThe Ice Dragon traveled far by means of frosted skies. Finally a pond appeared with adequate ice melt to let it drink it really is fill….&quot

Seeking at her reflection in the cold water, she was reminded of her greatest embarrasment: her wings looked considerably more like a butterfly’s wings than a dragon’s. And there had been whispers about her grandfather truly Becoming a butterfly. . . Oh, nicely, she still had her own life to live.

She noticed anything floating in the icey water: it appeared to be a gnome frozen into an ice block. Right here was her possibility to be a hero! So . . .

The body of the Ice Dragon grew out of skagitrenee’s image at www.flickr.com/photographs/14678598@N07/6556719041/
It also appears in the comments.

The background (sky, ice floes, and water) is very kindly sourced from rubyblossom at www.flickr.com/photographs/rubyblossom/4510083191/

The texture, thanks to rubyblossom, is winter chill painterly at www.flickr.com/photographs/rubyblossom/6344188849/

The frozen gnome is from my yard.
By garlandcannon on 2012-01-01 13:18:50

Today, photos of witches and black cats are probably connected with Halloween decorations, but not too long ago, the scary duo was regarded with a mixture of fear and trepidation. Woe to any individual walking alone on a dark evening if he spies a black cat lying in wait on the path. And worse nonetheless, a witch may possibly be lurking nearby, seeking to cast a hex on the unwary traveler!

Such issues are the stuff of village tales, superstition and folklore, though it was considered gravely critical at the time. Because the middle ages, black cats have been regarded somewhat differently than the rest of their feline brethren. This is due to the folklore that surrounds black cats that nevertheless exists in some communities to this day.

Some European cultures considered a black cat to be a bad omen. The superstition of a black cat crossing your path being undesirable luck is very nicely known all through North America and other parts of the planet. The Irish culture believed the appearance of a black cat beneath the moonlight foretold great illness. Likewise, the Italians believed that a sick individual visited by a black cat would soon perish.

Alternatively, some cultures believe the exact opposite a black cat walking towards you or the appearance of a black cat portends excellent luck. Other cultures, in specific the South African religion Hoodoo believes that a specific bone within a black cat can be used to impart a person with invisibility or other special powers.

The black cat suffered the most in regions of Europe that partook in the horrid practice of witch trials and witch burnings. The black cat was considered to be a witch’s familiar, meaning an animal that shared a particular spiritual bond with a witch. Other animals had been also regarded familiars: frogs and toads, owls, ravens, and other animals deemed mysterious or looked upon unfavorably. But it was the black cat that received the most interest, maybe since cats possess a distinct distinctive personality.

Through a familiar, a witch could spy upon others, and maybe even make use of the familiar to cast hexes and curses. It is also believed that a black cat might even be the witch herself, attempting to disguise herself as she roams by means of the dark night, instilling worry amongst all those who may be unfortunate to appear upon her.

In 1233, Pope Gregory IX even went so far as to contemplate black cats evil, satanic creatures, major to a widespread extermination of black cats. Subsequently, other animals regarded to be a witch’s familiar were also burned or killed along with a captured witch.

Of course, nowadays we know that most of the females deemed to be witches have been either falsely accused, or have been just females well-versed in herbal lore and other folk remedies, which was sometimes regarded witchcraft by overly superstitious folk. Familiars have even been depicted in a much a lot more positive light in the Harry Potter movies, exactly where the owls and other animals paired with the young spellcasters form a special bond.

We also now know that modern witchcraft is not evil, and several witches operate in a skilled capacity. Witchcraft has become a widespread movement all through America and Europe, and is a lot more frequently referred to as Wicca, even though there are in truth many diverse traditions of witchcraft, and Wicca is only one particular classification.

Although witchcraft is still denounced by the Church, there is little harm in proclaiming oneself to be a witch, and thankfully black cats could stroll freely without fear of becoming hunted and killed. Some modern witches also claim that their pets are far more than just pets they are in truth familiars in the accurate sense of the word, acting as attendants and helpers, and serving to safeguard a witch from harm. Familiars are no longer looked upon as inherently evil, but rather as a servant of excellent, and sharing a heightened awareness.

So the next time you spy a black cat that seems to be staring at you with a distinct intensity, do not be alarmed. It will not spread an ill omen or poor luck in its wake. Nevertheless, you never can be particular if it is merely a curious cat, or the familiar of a nearby witch!

Regarded a Gythia (Asatru High Priestess) among her Coven, Julia Roslyn Antle is a master of divination and dream interpretation. Her wisdom is sought-right after by her peers, her colleagues as nicely as the public. http://www.7witches.net

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