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Help Greenpeace Save The Arctic and the Polar Bear from Global Warming
( http://tinyurl.com/qfyyceh )
Global warming is primarily a problem of too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere which acts as a blanket trapping heat and warming the planet, in turn creating Climate Change. As we burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas for energy or cut down and burn forests to create pastures and plantations, vastly increased ammounts of carbon accumulate and poison our atmosphere, killing plants-wildlife-agriculture and ourselves, the trapped heat melts our ice caps releasing water and further gasess into the atmosphere, sea levels rise flooding both farming and urban land areas...
More information at my blog The Dance Of Life here
( http://celestialelfdanceoflife.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/the-world-has-got-problem.html )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjUVWICiH44
#SaveTheArctic #Greenpeace  
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Very moved by the tragic goings on Paris,
made this film 'Without Words' to express my feelings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2s-qYgJVXU&feature=youtu.be
More details at my blog The Dance Of Life here
( http://tinyurl.com/oe93f9s )
#JeSuisCharlie  
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Featuring Robin Goodfellow, my new animation The Claife Crier is a ghost story from Windemere in the Lake District that I have rewritten to a more magical theme.....
The Claife Crier
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I have augmented my rewritten account of 'The Claife Crier  and the sound version is now ready, please enjoy this revisted ghost story from the Lake District ~
https://soundcloud.com/celestialelff/the-claife-crier

In my adaptation of this ghostly tale I have introduced 'Robin Goodfellow' to explain how despite its ghostly origins, this is nevertheless a love story.
Shakespeare and others have taken pains to make clear that whilst Robin Goodfellow is indeed mischevious and mercurial, an embodiment of the power of magic, he also represents the difficulties of love which elevate our human selves beyond the mundane of our mortal lives. In our love then, were we said to die to our old life and discover another, we might apprehend the worlds where magical beings reside, such as Puck perhaps, to join with them in a dance of the mysterium ad infinitum.

In this vein I found the spirit of Robin Goodfellow to be dancing through the Claife Crier ghost story which although tragic, is afterall still a love story of sorts. Puck has whispered in my ear, that despite appearances to the contrary, those whom love has led awry will never be abandoned in their ardour. Though the object of their affections may turn aside, if love is true, they will indeed be spirited away - to awaken in a higher realm where their heart has led them.

More details on my blog The Dance Of Life, here ( http://tinyurl.com/nt8rpse )
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As the New Year approaches, The Wiccan New Year that is ( Samhain 31 Oct/1st Nov) , some may like to explore my Pagan Calendar - a collection of Pagan festival themed machinima animations celebrating our sacred days ~
http://apagancalendar.weebly.com/index.html
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As the coming festival of Halloween is also known as the Witches' New Year, Wicca's most solemn and festive holiday, this is a good time to share my animation The Witch, Wise Woman of the People;
The Witch - Wise Woman of the People  
Traditional Folk Healers, also known in England as Cunning Folk, Wise Women and Witches are practitioners of folk medicine, folk magic and divination.  
Up to the Renaissance period, the wisdom of the Wise Women and Cunning Folk was considered invaluable for the wellbeing of the community. Their knowledge of the healing properties of various plants and herbs passed down through the generations. Their role to provide help for people in need, caring for the bodies and spirits of those around them, telling their fortunes, treating their bodily ailments, dowsing their lost property, and physicking their farm animals. They were the midwives who brought new life into the world, and who laid out the dead at the end of life. Their natural magic, in harmony with the rhythms of life, centred and nourished the spirits of the whole community. They were honoured for their wisdom and knowledge.

Traditional tolerant attitudes towards Witchcraft began to change more vigorously in the 14th century as central Europe was seized by a series of malign conspiracies that Jews, Moslems and Witches were attempting to destroy the Christian kingdoms through magick and poison. After the terrible devastation caused by the Black Death (Bubonic plague-1347-1349), these rumors increased in intensity and focused primarily on Witches as plague-spreaders because the Church reviled women as sinful, clear from their many ‘abominations’; women menstruate, get pregnant and give birth, all evidence of their sexual nature and activity which was reviled as a carnal sin.

The Inquisition in particular had targeted Witches and those accused of Witchcraft a particularly enthusiastic vehemence such that the term "Witch Hunt" became synonymous with both religious and political persecution.

This animation ( Story written + narrated by Lynda.F.Tallis)  is to honour the Wise Women and their suffering, which sadly continues to this day in various parts of the world. Please see my blog for further details ( http://tinyurl.com/mh3j544 ).
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As this week temperatures soar in the Uk, we need something to cool us down and I think my collaboration with Lisa Thiel, 'The Mermaid Queen' fits the bill;
The Mermaid Queen - Lisa Thiel
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Earth Lore https://suite.io/celestial-elf/2h23rr
Environmental animations raising awareness of the decline of trees, butterflys and bees etc ~
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Enjoy my new animation, 'Gwydion Caer Wydion'
meaning Gwydion, Born of the Trees, at 'the Castle of Gwydion' which was the traditional Welsh name for the Milky Way.

Gwydion fab Dôn is a magician, hero and trickster of Welsh mythology, appearing most prominently in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi, which focuses largely on his relationship with his young nephew, Lleu Llaw Gyffes. He also appears prominently in the Welsh Triads, the Book of Taliesin and the Stanzas of the Graves.

Here we hear Gwydion recite a verse from the Cad Goddeu or The Battle Of The Trees, in the Book of Taliesin, a book of poems that was written down in the Middle Ages but written much earlier by the magical bard Taliesin whose name means "Radiant Brow".
The Cad Goddeu itself details a mythological conflict fought between the sons of Dôn and the forces of Annwn, the Welsh Otherworld.

In the section of the poem narrated here, Gwydion is declaring his magical lineage and shared spiritual existence with the divine
Gwydion Caer Wydion
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As Eostre Equinox approaches (March 20) enjoy my machinima animation Eostre/Equinox (with Lisa Thiel) ~
Marking the end of Winter and the first day of Spring.
The Earth is becoming green and birds are beginning to sing, Trees are in bud, foals and calves are being born, and early summer crops are sprouting or ready to be planted...

Some Pagans now call this first day of Spring, this Vernal Equinox, Ostara.
It is a day for all to celebrate longer daylight hours, returning warmth and the start of planting. Blessed Eostra To You ~
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To share virtual reality and mmorp machinima films with a pagan theme, orientation and story. A home for Pagan geeks, and machinima enthusiasts. Please respect the purpose of this group, as non-related postings risk immediate deletion and/or membership de-listing without further notice. Further - to avoid fillibustering or similar grandstanding, we ask that only one film be submitted at a time and that it is of moderate to PG standards, thank you for your understanding. What is Machinima? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machinima What is (Modern) Paganism ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_paganism We love Free Speech, Religious Freedom, Cultural Diversity, Creative Risk Taking, Constructive Criticism, Nature - Environmental Awareness & a willingness to create the world that you wish to live in. Blessed Be the Pagan Free ~

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In support of International Year of Soils 2015 and to raise awareness of Earthworms in the Uk which are under threat as New Zealand Flatworms Invade, The English Worm;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAeAL9ReOO8&feature=youtu.be
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Reconnect with the golden light of the divine, become a tree with
The Wizards Treeing Exercise;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z88RydOdlZY
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Flight of the Shamanic Santa - featuring a modern day Santa Claus taking a Shamanic flight to the higher realms to seek help for the troubles that beset the Earth today.

Inspired by The Epic of King Gesar, a Siberian Tenger legend. In Siberian Shamanic 'Tengerism', the world is believed to be alive with spirits, the plants, animals, rocks, mountains and water are all believed to have souls, and these nature spirits must be respected, in order for people to remain in the balance with all of them. Balance is regarded as the crucial factor in keeping harmony within individuals, the community, and the environment. When things get out of balance, there are harmful effects, and this is when the Shaman is called on for help..

Santa Claus' Shamanic Gift to you, lies not in the fraught or hopeful exchange of gifts or toys, but in celebrating our individual health and community health and well being, priceless gifts from Divine Nature:The gifts, of perception and awareness, that allow us to witness the beauty of this life and its many wonders, of seeing the solstice sun, or hearing joy in the voices of our children and friends, of love.....
So when the jolly Shaman gifts you with his blessings this year, remember that the Nature which expresses itself in endless galaxies of light and wonder, also celebrates its existence in you and through you, that is his real gift.....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRvqddVCwBU
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Its nearly time......
Samhain Song
#Samhain (pronounced ˈsɑːwɪn/ sow-in) celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November- or Halloween, which name developed from All Hallows Eve as the night preceeded All Saints Day in the later Catholic ritual calendar.

The veil is thin between the worlds of the living and dead, this is a liminal time, when the supernatural spirits, fairies and elves ( Aes Sídhe pronounced 'ees shee') could more easily come into our world. Most scholars see these as remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits. It was believed that the Sidhe needed to be propitiated to ensure that the people and their livestock survived the winter. Offerings of food and drink were left for them.

Death holds no fear for pagans as we understand that death and birth are intertwined. Our goddesses and gods all represent aspects of the cycle of birth, growth, death, and regeneration. Just as every good gardener knows that fertility is born out of decay, every fallen leaf feeds the roots of growing trees - so each spirit that passes to the Summerlands or beyond enriches the hearts and lives of their family and friends along the way. In this spirit the dead at Samhain revisit their homes. Feasts are held at which the souls of dead kin are invited and a place set at the table for them. Single candles are also lit in a window to guide these spirits home.

Mumming and guising were traditionally a part of this festival, involving people going door-to-door in costume or in disguise, often reciting verses in exchange for food - perhaps originating the Halloween trick or treat tradition. The costumes worn may have been either a way of imitating, or disguising oneself from, the Aes Sídhe.

In the late 19th century, Sir John Rhys and Sir James Frazer (sic) suggested that this was the Celtic New Year, a view upheld by other scholars and the wider pagan community, many of whom call Samhain The Witches New Year, because of its powerful associations.

As at Beltane, bonfires are lit to protect the community - the Bone-Fire is lit and the whole community takes hands to dance both sunwise and anti-sunwise as it blazes. As the fires wane, some run through the fields with burning embers, throwing them into the air and dancing over them as they glow on the ground. There may also be a leaping competition across the remains of the fire, reminiscent of the Beltane festival. When this is finished, the people return home where in groups they tell tales, duck for apples, share the feast and practised divination with nuts and apples (more details here http://tinyurl.com/n45o4ge ).
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Autumn is a magical time and if you are very astute you may see the Faeries of the Forest among the #FaerieTrees Triad of Oak, Ash, and Thorn. The Faerie Trees
However, Britain's Oak, Ash, and Thorn are under unprecedented threat from new pests + diseases. Help identify these problems with this App ( http://bit.ly/HEnNAE ).

Original Poem Oak & Ash & Thorn - The Faerie Trees c. Celestial Elf 2013 ( http://bit.ly/194SIMt )
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Heavy Metal Druidic Bard Gwydion (Goo-Eed-Yon) Caer Wydion - the Celtic Bard born of the Trees, at 'the Castle of Gwydion' which was the traditional Welsh name for the Milky Way ie under the Stars ~

Gwydion here recites a verse from the Cad Goddeu or The Battle Of The Trees, In this section he is declaring his magical lineage and shared spiritual existence with the underlaying forces below and beyond nature, he is a poetic shaman of the highest order. Gwydion Caer Wydion
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Carrying a message of peace and reconciliation to People and Druids of every persuasion, 'The Druid's Parable' from 'The Second Epistle of Robert Larson' which he offered to counsel tolerance and variation among warring branches of the 'Reformed Druids' (USA)  during their ideological and structural conflicts of 1976.
. The Druid's Parable
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Pagan Tales https://suite.io/celestial-elf/2h33rr
Animations celebrating the Festivals of the Seasons and the Ancient Traditions ~
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Enjoy 'The Legend of Two Wolves' - my new animation as adapted and narrated by C. Mikkal Smith. The tale of Two Wolves is an old Cherokee story with a powerful psychological and spiritual medicine to initiate the listener into life-wisdom. The form of this  'medicine story' is a sacred "fire talk", a heart-to-heart talk around a sacred fire with the aim of transmitting heart-centered and earth-honoring wisdom for living as a whole person. 
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