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Hallowe’en 2012 — The Firebird

“In Slavic folklore, the Firebird is a magical glowing bird from a faraway land, which is both a blessing and a bringer of doom to its captor….”

“A typical role of the Firebird in fairy tales is as an object of a difficult quest. The quest is usually initiated by finding a lost tail feather, at which point the hero sets out to find and capture the live bird, sometimes of his own accord, but usually on the bidding of a father or king. The Firebird is a marvel, highly coveted, but the hero, initially charmed by the wonder of the feather, eventually blames it for his troubles….”

“The Firebird tales follow the classical scheme of fairy tale, with the feather serving as a premonition of a hard journey, with magical helpers met on the way who help in travel and capture of the Bird, and returning from the faraway land with the prize. There are many versions of the Firebird story as it was primarily told orally in the beginning….”

“The Firebird is described as a large bird with majestic plumage that glows brightly emitting red, orange, and yellow light, like a bonfire that is just past the turbulent flame. The feathers do not cease glowing if removed, and one feather can light a large room if not concealed. In later iconography, the form of the Firebird is usually that of a smallish fire-colored peacock, complete with a crest on its head and tail feathers with glowing ‘eyes.’…”

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The details:

  • Skin: Wunderlichs Metal Skin (gold)
  • Eyes: Sterling Artistry Jeweled Eyes (rubellite)
  • Hair: Griddie Puschell (black, gold and red! — no longer available)
  • Nails: Mandala HUD nails (super long)
  • Gown: House of Beningborough Wonderland (red)
  • Shoes: Karu Karu High Heels (red)
  • Makeup: Dead Apples Glam eyeshadow (rouge); BOOM Liquid Glaze (lashed yellow); Glamorize French Kiss lipstick (black cherry, fatpack item)
  • Accessories: Glamorize Just Jewels face jewels (garnet/gold); GaNKeD Goldblooded necklace, earrings and braclets; Eclectica ring; JCNY Madame Couture long cigarette holder

Happy Hallowe’en, all!!!

Some Thoughts On Butterflies

Moss covered paths between scarlet peonies,
Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.
I envy you, drunk with flowers,
Butterflies swirling in your dreams.
— Ch’ien Ch’i, translated by Kenneth Rexroth

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It is blue-butterfly day here in spring,
And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry
There is more unmixed color on the wing
Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
— Robert Frost, “Blue-Butterfly Day”

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Gray sail against the sky,
Gray butterfly!
Have you a dream for going.
Or are you the blind wind’s blowing?
— Dana Burnet, “A Sail at Twilight”

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…Don’t you see

That we are worms, whose insignificance
Lives but to form the angelic butterfly
That flits to judgement naked of defence?
— Dante, The Divine Comedy: Purgatory, Canto X (Sayers translation)

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The details:

WindLight setting: Torley’s Albedo 0.39

Poses by Gesticulate and Paper Couture

Photographed at 0 0 Auspicious region

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