Key to Hell

There must be a Hell. A place for demons. A place for the damned. Hell is Heaven’s reflection. Heaven’s shadow. They define each other. There must be a Hell for without Hell, Heaven has no meaning […]
I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.

Neil GaimanSandman, “Season of Mists”

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La Flamme & le Lys

Au pied de la falaise
Où du soleil apparaissent
Les glorieuses armures du peuple
Revendiquant enfin son dû
La révolte débutée
Maintenant ravive la flamme
Du désir de la vérité
Et d’avenir libre et juste

Une éternité achevée
Se dresse devant les portes
Sculptées du destin vengeur
D’un peuple sous l’emblème réuni

ForteresseLa Flamme & le Lys

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Dea Marica

Dea Marica was a Roman Goddess associated with swamps, salt-marshes and bogs. She was considered the Goddess of enchantment & spellcraft, the wild woods, salt-marshes and their abundant wildlife.
Her name is thought to derive from “mari” which means “standing body of water”.

As a river Goddess and one who knew herbs well, she may also have had a healing and protective function, as evidenced by the many votive figurines found as offerings at her temple.

– partly sourced from the OGOD and Religion in Republican Italy by C.E. Schultz & P.B. Harvey –

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The Key to the Secret Garden

It was an old key which looked as if it had been buried a long time.
Mistress Mary stood up and looked at it with an almost frightened face as it hung from her finger.

“Perhaps it has been buried for ten years,” she said in a whisper. “Perhaps it is the key to the garden!”

– Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden

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La Clef d’Argent

​​Then, one night, his grandfather reminded him of a key. The grey old scholar […] spoke long and earnestly of their ancient line, and of the ​​strange visions of the delicate and sensitive men who composed it. He spoke of the flame-eyed Crusader who learnt wild secrets of the Saracens that held him captive; and of the first Sir Randolph Carter who studied magic when Elizabeth was queen. He spoke, too, of that Edmund Carter who had just escaped hanging in the Salem witchcraft, and who had placed in an antique box a great silver key handed down from his ancestors. Before Carter awaked, the gentle visitant had told him where to find that box; that carved oak box of archaic wonder whose grotesque lid no hand had raised for two centuries.

H.P. Lovecraft The Silver Key

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Sel Noir

​​​​​​​​​​​Ever since antiquity, a great power has always been attributed to salt. Salt has been used by witches and cunning folks for many years to purify, protect and ward off negative energy.

In witchcraft the colour black is generally used for protection, banishing and warding.

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I don’t want to live in this world without you

I don’t want to live in this world
There are too many vampires in this world
No silver crucifix could fix
This old world – without you

King Dude – Silver Crucifix –

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New Blood XI

Another New Blood post to share the latest creations.

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Dur Écu, Glanis & Cabre d’Or

While William the Conqueror was fighting the Bretons, an enemy aimed his axe at his head. One of William’s companions saved him by interposing his shield between the axe & William’s head. The axe landed into the the shield, which did not yield. William was saved! This shield was then celebrated and the name DUR ÉCU (strong shield in old French) was given to strongholds which mission was to protect Normandy.

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Skínfaxi

Allfather * took Night, and Day his son, and gave to them two horses and two chariots, and sent them up into the heavens, to ride round about the earth every two half-days. Night rides before with the horse named Frosty-Mane, […] The horse that Day has is called Sheen-Mane, and he illumines all the air and the earth from his mane.

– Snorri Sturluson – Gylfaginning, Prose Edda

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