~ Sweet And Enchanting Way To End The Week ~

Hearts A'mor Earrings In Pink by rainwaterstudios on Etsy:
Sweet and enchanting earrings that bring out the little love faery in you. What a great pick me up style of earring. These very girly earrings can be made in practically any color you desire. A great addition to your earring collection.

Earrings measure 2.50 inches


~ The Perfect Book For Halloween ~

                                                               ~One Of My Favorite Books To Read ~

Here is a small tidbit of the plot~

The well known immortal Alchemyst Nicholas Flamel must take a risk and take Josh and Sophie Newman (twins foretold to save the world) to London, where the oldest immortal human lives: the master of the element of water, North London, where the twins discover that Flamel has a feud with Palamedes' roommate, William Shakespeare. Mercifully, the two set aside their old dispute and battle Cerunnos, the Horned God, and the people members of his pack. According to myth he was once extremely beautiful, but now only his face is. He is part beast, and Dr. Dee believes that he has little or no magical powers. The Archon and the Wild Hunt attack Flamel, the twins, Palamedes, and Shakespeare in the junkyard, but are held off by Palamedes, Shakespeare, and their companions, the Gabriel Flamel and Palamedes take the twins to Stonehenge, where they enlist the help of Gilgamesh. While the twins are adjusting to the powers Gilgamesh has taught them, Cernunnos returns with the Wild Hunt and attacks the twins and Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh is wounded by the Archon, but the twins use their newly found poweKing. But what Nicholas Flamel withholds from the twins is that Gilgamesh the King is insane. Though he has no aura - and hence cannot use his powers, he can still pass on his knowledge to an awakened human. If Gilgamesh refuses to teach the twins they will be unable to escape back to San Francisco using the Ley Lines, and will be trapped in Dr. John Dee's city. Even worse, Hounds.they will be in his hometown of London, where he is at his strongest. Flamel uses Francis to enlist Palamedes, the Saracen Knight to help them. Palamedes takes them to his home, a junkyard in and manage to work together to contact Perenelle. Perenelle is trapped on Alcatraz with the friendly but untrustworthy spider elder, Areop-Enap, after narrowly escaping the Sphinx and defeating The Morrigan. Morrigan has been suppressed sufficiently by the Words of Power that resided on the island that her body was retaken by her two sisters, Macha and Badb. Perenelle can also make fleeting contact with Scathach and Joan of Arc using scrying. Areop-Enap and his spider army are then attacked by an onslaught of poisoned flies, killing most of the spiders and wounding Areop-Enap. Billy the Kid has joined forces with Machiavelli in an attempt to kill the sorceress, but the pair are tricked and Perenelle steals their boat, travelling back to the mainland with her new ally, the Crow Goddess. Unfortunately, the Dark Elders have awakened an ancient being even more powerful and mysterious than them: an Archon. The Archon, named Cernunnos, is known as the Horned God and is the leader of a pack of wolf people called the Wild Hunt. He has amazing brute strength and retains the power to make rs to trap the Horned God. During the escape, Josh loses Clarent, and Dee grabs the sword, reuniting it with its twin, Excalibur. The two swords fuse together to make a new sword. The two swords may have been the twins of legend "the two that are one, the one that is all." Sophie and Josh activate the Ley Line, and are greeted by Perenelle on the other end. Meanwhile, Scathach and Joan of Arc try to get to Alcatraz to help Perenelle but are trapped in another time by Machiavelli, who had been waiting for someone to try it. They do not know how to return in their time but they will do their best to survive...

Here Is The Series Chronology:

1. The Alchemyst
2. The Magician
3. The Sorceress
4. The Necromancer
5. The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
6. The Enchantress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

~ Halloween, Harvest Fest & Samhain Originations Of Traditions ~

~ Here are some interesting facts regarding one of my favorite times of the year ~

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in). The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly summer's end. A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).

Snap-Apple Night by Daniel Maclise showing a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The young children on the right bob for apples. A couple in the center play a variant, which involves retrieving an apple hanging from a string. The couples at left play divination games.The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half", and is sometimes regarded as the Celtic New Year.

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces. Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. All other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the bonfire. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames. Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.

Another common practice was divination, which often involved the use of food and drink.

The name 'Halloween' and many of its present-day traditions derive from the Old English era.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Up through the early twentieth century, the spelling "Hallowe'en" was frequently used, eliding the "v" and shortening the word. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hálȝena mæssedæȝ, the feast of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.

~ Happy Hauntings ~

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