Friday, September 27, 2013

Native American Animal Symbol Sept 22 ~ Oct 22


New Native American Animal Symbol 



Raven ~Sept 22 - Oct 22 
Highly enthusiastic, and a natural entrepreneur, the Crow is quite a charmer. But he/she doesn't have to work at being charming - it comes easily. Everyone recognizes the Crow's easy energy, and everyone turns to the Crow for his/her ideas and opinions. This is because the Crow is both idealistic and diplomatic and is quite ingenious. In nurturing environments this Native American animal symbol is easy-going, can be romantic, and soft-spoken. Further, the crow can be quite patient, and intuitive in relationships. Left to his/her own devices, the Crow can be demanding, inconsistent, vindictive, and abrasive.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Aster's Bride ~ The Conclusion


September sat at the grand table unable to eat the feast that sat before her. Gunner sat beside her shoving fist full after fist full of food into his face. “Does he even stop to breathe?” September thought to herself. “Disgusting.”

Gunner caught her staring. “Admiring your new fiancée, love?”

“You are a vile creature,” she shot back. “I am repulsed.”

Gunner grabbed her chin. “Think what you want, but soon you will be this vile creature’s pet.”

He pushed her chin away. As much as the thought made her want to vomit, he was right. If she didn’t do something soon, she would be wed to him. She knew he wasn’t bluffing about what he would do to her and her servants. She would make that sacrifice if she had to, saving lives was more important than her purity.

September looked around the room, her servants casting nervous glances her way. Where was Jun, she thought. Surely, she found some help. Of course, it would be hard to get a person to listen to a dragonfly, unless Jun found one of her sisters. September hoped January was close at hand, she was a warrior to be reckoned with.

A flash a steel caught September’s eye and she saw the cook standing in the doorway with a long butcher knife. September scanned the rest of the room and saw staff after staff hiding in the doorways, each carrying a weapon. They would not let her give herself for them, they were willing to fight. She knew she had distract Gunner and his men, so the house staff could make a surprise attack and have half a chance. She stood.

“Where do you think you’re going?” Gunner barked.

“I’ve had enough of this. I’m going to bed,” she answered.

A wicked smile caressed Gunner’s face. “Bed sounds nice.”

“We are not married yet, Gunner of Silverstein Castle. You will not touch me.” She squared her shoulders and looked him straight in the eyes. “It would be no surprise to me if you couldn’t even preform the consummation of marriage.”

His smile vanished. He was on her before she could react, pinning her to the wall. All the men glared at her with evil smiles. “I will show you just how well I preform right here, right now.”

The men all laughed as Gunner pinned her wrists with one hand, while reaching for his belt with the other. His full weight was on top of her, she only hoped the distraction was enough.

A cry rang through the dining hall as the staff entered the large room, weapons raised. Gunner wiped around at the surprise attack giving September just enough room to slip from his grips and grab his own sword which hung loosely. She pointed the tip directly at his neck. Her hands were steady, her stance firm.

“Tell your men to surrender,” she ordered, “or I will put this sword right through your gullet.”

Gunner laughed. “You are but a mere woman. I am not afraid of you.”

He pulled a long dagger from his back and smack the sword away. September countered with a swift turn, knocking the Gunner near the back of his knees, causing him to kneel. She followed with an uppercut of the sword which knocked the dagger out of Gunner’s hands. He stared at her with wide eyes as she returned the knife point to his neck.

“Do you think I would not know how to defend myself, Gunner of Silverstein? That was a poor lack of knowledge of your part. Now tell your men to put down their weapons,” September ordered again.

“Put down your weapons!” Gunner yelled.

Hearing their leader, the men stopped and stared, which gave the staff just enough time to disarm them all. No sooner had all the weapons hit the ground, September heard the roar of men and the thundering sound of boots running down the hallway.

“You tell the rest of your guards to cease or I will kill you,” she snarled.

Gunner looked confused. “They aren’t mine.”

Just then Aster and his men entered the dining hall ready for a fight. Aster stopped short seeing his bride bearing her sword against their enemy. “You’ve never looked more beautiful,” he said to September. “Guards, take them all away.”

As Aster’s guards cleared the room as the intruders, he took survey of September. “Are you okay? Did he hurt you?”

September shook her head and hugged her love. “I’m fine. I’m so glad you came.”

Aster laughed. “Seems you had the situation under control.” He lifted her chin, giving her a soft, sweet kiss. “You are once again my bride.”

Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Aster's Bride ~ Part 3


“Take me where?” asked September. “I am not leaving my home.”

Gunner laughed. “As if you have a choice. My darling little September, do not worry. I have no intentions of leaving here. In fact I quite like your Lily Manor, of course you might not feel the same when your precious Aster comes to call. I will kill him of course, so you might not have the same affection for it as you do now.”

“You monster, I won’t allow you to hurt him,” screamed September.

Gunner scowled. “You won’t have a choice. Now you will go down to your staff and tell them they are to act as normal. They need to go about their usual activities, but none are allowed to leave the grounds.”

“And if I don’t?” asked September.

“Oh that’s an easy enough question to answer.” He gave her a wicked grin. “I’ll start killing them one by one until you agree.”

September bowed her head, he knew she wouldn’t let that happen.

“Don’t look so sad, my sweet September.” Gunner lifted her chin. “After all we have an engagement to celebrate.”

“And if I don’t marry you will you kill my staff as well?” she asked.

“September, you will marry me, because if you don’t what Redding did to that petty little village will seem like a stroll on the beach after I get done with you and your precious staff.”

He planted a firm kiss on her, she squirmed to get away, but his grip was too tight. He tasted vile and September fought the urge to vomit. Grabbing her hair, he jerked her head back. “That’s just a taste of our wedding night.”

Letting go of her hair, he clapped. “Come now! Tell your staff and then let’s celebrate. We get married two days from now.”

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stone Magic History & Lore

Lapis History & Lore ~
In the third millennium, BC, Puabi, a Sumerian queen, dressed in a robe of lapis and gold. Innini, also known as Isthar, a Babylonian goddess of love and sex, traveled to the underworld wearing lapis. 
 A powerful bull god had a lapis beard, and those carried the gem had the power of that god. 


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Aster's Bride - Part 2


“Jun go get help,” September gasped to the dragonfly, then ran to the door to lock it as Jun flew out the window. But she was too late. Two large men forced the door open before she could throw the latch.

“Who are you? What are you doing here?” yelled September. She could hear the screams of the house staff as they were rounded up by the men. “Don’t you hurt them!”

“Oh, I have no intentions of hurting them, unless you leave me no choice,” came a voice from the doorway.

September turned her attention to the dark doorway as the man from the courtyard walked in, slowly taking his leather gloves off. He was a tall man with dark brown hair and eyes the color of summer grass. A jagged scar crossed the eyebrow over his left eye, while another marked his right cheek. Both we deep and September could only imagine the pain such injuries would cause.

The man laughed. “Allow me to introduce myself. I am Gunner of Silverstein Castle. And these,” he pointed to his scars, “are souvenirs from, what I’m told, is your husband to be, Aster.”

“Aster?” September whispered, before coming to her senses. She stood tall. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t know what you’re doing here, but you are not welcome. Leave now and no harm will come to you or your men.”

Gunner shook his head, his smile never fading. “Ahhh, poor September, you still think you’re in charge. That’s adorable. Since you don’t seem to know what I’m talking about, let me enlighten you.”

He snapped his fingers at the men and they hurried to pull two chairs away from the wall. Gunner motioned for September to sit.

September thought of her father, how no matter what the situation looked like he always took time to listen to both sides. She squared her shoulders and walked to the chair, sitting on the edge. Gunner sat across from her.

“Your precious Aster invaded my castle two years ago, and in the name of your father, killed my fiancée’s father, Redding of Brownwall,” started Gunner.

September flew up. “Redding was a monster. He raided one of our villages, raping and killing all the women, while the making the men watch. He then killed all the men, but one. He cut that man’s eyes out, so the last thing he ever saw was his wife’s violation and murder, then sent him to tell my father what he had seen. Redding had to be stopped.”

“Redding was taking back what was his,” snapped Gunner. “I was meant to take over Brownwall and we were to take back our lands one piece at a time. After Aster killed Redding, my bride took her own life and I was left with nothing. Aster took everything from me and now I’m taking you.”

Friday, September 6, 2013

Stone Magic History & Lore

Lapis - Lazuli ~ History & Lore


In the ancient world, lapis was considered as valuable as gold. Egyptians sent out legions of soldiers with traders for years to collect lapis for amulets, scarabs and for their high priests, who wore images of Mat, the goddess of truth around their necks.

The word, lapis-lazuli, comes from Latin. Lapis means stone; lazuli translates to blue. The Arabic word, L'azulaus means blue, heaven and sky. It has been mined continuously in Afghanistan for over six thousand years and is widely referenced in many ancient texts. Lapis is not widely referenced as a birthstone. However, the 1912 list of birthstones created by a jewelry trade group lists lapis as one of the gems. 

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Aster's Bride - Part 1


September gazed intently out the open window as she twisted the sapphire necklace her fiancé, Aster, had given her the month before as a promise to return for her hand in marriage. He was due back any day and she was determined to be the first to see his mighty stallion crest the hill.

“You really must stop looking out this window,” said Jun, a purple dragonfly perched on her shoulder. “It won’t make him come any faster.”

September sighed. “I know, it’s just been so long since he went on his quest. I’m concerned something has happened, or maybe he’s … “

“He’s what?” asked Jun.

“I guess I’m afraid he’s forgotten me and found another on his quest.” September caressed the teardrop sapphire pendant on the necklace. “There are many fair maidens in this realm.”

“But, none as fair as you,” said Jun.

September released a small smile. “Thanks, Jun, but I wasn’t fishing for a compliment. I just miss him and I’m worried.”

Jun flew to the four-poster bed and landed on a post. “As you should be, his quest was a dangerous one.”

September dropped heavily on her bed. “I can’t believe Father sent him to speak to the Ankous about the death of their kinsman. I don’t know why he didn’t send Jasper. I mean he was there.”

“I believe that’s precisely the reason your father didn’t send Jasper. The Ankous are not reasonable people, but Aster has brokered deals with them before. I’m sure he’ll return soon,” Jun encouraged.

The sound of horses entering the gates drew September to the window. She could see three men dismounting their steeds, but none of those steeds belonged to her Aster.

One of the men looked up, catching September in the staring down at them. He patted the man next to him on his back. “Look Gunnar, it’s your bride to be!”

Monday, September 2, 2013

September ~ Birthstone

If you were born this month you are a Lovely Lapis !
Lapis Lazuli is "The Stone of Proclamation."  These beautiful cosmic blue colors contact your spirit guardians to protect you.  It is also said to instill the power of words, to be used to teach and heal those who have not found their voice.