Aries here, soooo true.
My younger sister is Taurus. She also has the same problem not only with Halloween, but with conventions, were at least one person can guess what she is.
So, I’m working on another written text in Word about symbols, myths, symbols in connection to each other, and symbolism in Gravity Falls as a side project when I have time. Don’t know when I’ll post it, but probably in November or later when I have the time.
As I’m going over dream sites, totem animal sites, yadda, yadda: I find this website about the meaning/myths of Pine Trees… and it’s a doozy. The site in question, the Theosophy Trust Memorial Library. You can read the whole thing there, but I’m also going to post some choice quotes from the site itself here:
“Some traditions claim that these ancestors were human, while others suggest they may have been stars. The Iroquois called the Pleiades The Dancing Stars’ and thought they were a group of brothers. One of these brothers, they say, fell to earth and became embedded in the soil. At that spot appeared a tiny sprout which grew into a heaven-aspiring tree – “and so was born the Pine, tallest of trees, the guide of the forest, the Watcher of the skies.”
One of the uncommon theories I’ve seen floating around is that Dipper’s birthmark isn’t the Dipper constellation, but of the Pleiades. Since the Pleiades are often mistaken for the little Dipper.
“Because this energy must reach the roots of the pine, often more than a hundred feet away, there is an increase of branching to produce a greater foliage exposure to the sun. In facilitating this, branches grow upward at the crown, horizontal in the middle and downward at the bottom, forming an overall pyramidal shape.”
“The pine is a pyramid and a symbol of fire.”
From the show and/or related materials:
"Dipper is playing with fire." - Code from Rumble’s Revenge
In Dipper’s and Mabel’s Guide to Mystery and Non-Stop Fun, the page that features the logo for the Gravity Falls prison has a Pine Tree within a yellow triangle/pyramid.
“For man, like the pineal pyramid, is not merely rooted upon the surface of the earth, his apex linked with heaven. He descends back in time to the beginnings with each incarnation. He spends his life drawing upon the solar light, carrying it within his being down into all stages of manifested life. He becomes the fiery pyramid, the essence of those pyramids built by the ancient Egyptians who consecrated each one of them to a star. He begins to harken to higher winds of ideation. He draws up the ancestral fluids and bathes them in the synthesized light of solar knowledge. He becomes a balanced world on behalf of the whole, and he stands like the solitary pine tree, “the guide of the forest, the Watcher of the skies.”
From the show and/or materials:
The constant different symbols for the Ouroboros in Dipper’s Guide to the Unexplained.
In Dipper’s and Mabel’s Guide to Mystery and Non-Stop Fun, the sections on Time Travel.
Other things to keep in mind:
* The Pineal Gland (A quick image referencing this was in the, “Why am I sweaty?” book in Carpet Diem). The Pineal Gland is often symbolized by the shape of a pine cone and relates it to the Pine Tree. The gland is associated with the concept of the “third eye”. Which numbered Journal does Dipper have again?
Each of the Journals have a connection like this. With the Pentagram and Number 2 = The Golden Ratio. With Number 1 = The All-seeing eye/The Eye of Horus, especially if the Fez symbol doesn’t really represent the waxing Crescent, but rather the diagram for the eye instead.
* A common meaning of the Pine Tree is eternity. The Ouroboros is also a meaning for eternity, looping, or a cycle that repeats itself. There’s also a code within Dipper’s and Mabel’s Guide that says, “Growing up is optional.”.
If we take into account the Shepard’s Tone as an illusion, then the logo for the Gravity Falls Jail might be referencing this. The pyramid is the illusionary shell of the Pine Tree. Or that the symbol is saying that the Pine Tree is becoming the pyramid.
I’m going to be very busy this month (Was also busy the last couple of months due to dentist appointments, jury duty, and other things), so I won’t be posting as much. Since I have a whole costume to make before Halloween.
In the meantime, here’s some photos of the mask! Constructed out of cardboard (so it would be boxy and heavy-duty), paper, masking tape and covered with strips of paper mache that were soaked in liquid starch. And I glued clear plastic Christmas ornaments for the eyes. I have wire acting as a temporary hinge for when I’m going to apply celluclay over the form (Will be using bolt, nut, and washers for the hinge). The celluclay will be later sanded down before I paint it.
Because this is a big mask, the action of just nodding my head up and down will open/close the lower jaw.
My niece is very excited over this costume, as she wants to dress up as a security guard to go along with me opening the door… as Foxy.
I just need to find some place locally that sells window tint for cheap for the eyes.
werewolf- the apocalypse.
Never played an RPG before so this will be interesting im sure.
Lots of RPG companies put out Quickstarts for their RPG settings (Especially for Free RPG day). White Wolf stuff is now done by Onyx Path Publishing, so you can find stuff under both company titles over at DrivethruRPG.com.
Here’s the link to the W:tA Introductory Kit. However, I’m going to say it’s a bit outdated since it was made during the time of W:tA Revised edition (2001). I kinda wished Onyx Path made a W:tA 20th edition Quickstart like they did with the Mage 20th Kickstarter.
I’m also one of those people who keeps wondering when and if the phandom will ever discover Wraith: the Oblivion as a whole…
I really, really needed to get this out of my system…especially when I saw someone else link Stan to the Hermit card recently.
Book Resource: “Tarot 101 by Kim Huggens”
By TROotHM Member #0068: “Hyena”
Okay, so Kim’s book (see above as book resource) has a section on figuring out your Tarot card by birth year or name via Numerology. Unfortunately, many characters from the show itself do not have any known birth dates for now (We only know how old they are, such as Dipper and Mabel being twelve. And the dates themselves need the month and day in addition to the year), so that rules out the method of figuring out the birth/year cards so far. However, there is a date I can account for from the show itself: July 4, 1982. The other date that is frequently used is Alex’s birthday. See the “Dates” section at the very bottom.
So, I can’t do figuring out many birth/year cards, so I moved onto name cards and started getting a few things that oddly matched up (Explained a bit below).
If you want to try it out yourself, here are the numbers you can get from letters. See the example to see how it works:
A, J, or S = 1
B, K, or T = 2
C, L, or U = 3
D, M, or V = 4
E, N, or W = 5
F, O, or X = 6
G, P, or Y = 7
H, Q, or Z = 8
I or R = 9
Example: H (8) Y (7) E (5) N (5) A (1). So that becomes (8 + 7 + 5 + 5 + 1 = 26) Because 26 goes over 22 (See below) that becomes a new equation to sum it down further (2 + 6 = 8).
Looking at the results, I would land on “8”. Meaning that I have the Strength card. You can also do various nicknames, first name, last name, and full names to get all sorts of different card results.
1 = Magician
2 = High Priestess
3 = Empress
4 = Emperor
5 = Hierophant
6 = Lovers
7 = Chariot
8 = Strength
9 = Hermit
10 = Wheel + Magician
11 = Justice + High Priestess
12 = Hanged Man + Empress
13 = Death + Emperor
14 = Temperance + Hierophant
15 = Devil + Lovers
16 = Tower + Chariot
17 = Star + Strength
18 = Moon + Hermit
19 = Sun + Wheel + Magician
20 = Judgment + High Priestess
21 = World + Empress
22 = Fool
(Notes: If you go over the number “22“, you must further break down the number in another equation to get one of the results above. Also, if any of my math results are off, let me know!)
(Also, I can take it that people might have other interpretations of the cards and their relation with the characters than me. If you have any, I’ll like to hear them. And this has spoilers for some of the interpretations I made! Not to mention how long this is…)
january: post halloween candy hangover
feburuary: couples halloween
march: almost halloween
april: almost halloween
may: almost halloween
june: almost halloween
july: almost halloween
august: almost halloween
september: basically halloween
october: HALLOWEEEN!!!! HALLOWEEEEEEENNNNNN ARRHFJFJFNDHNDJ SKELETON SPOOK !!!!? AAAA
november: still halloween
december: halloween for jesus
Tumblr? *Working on some Pumpkin Stencils with pencils and markers…*
Don’t you mean: How I plan in the long term for Halloween every year? P.S.: Totally going to the County Fair to look at the Craft section for any Halloween ideas…
So I discovered this recently:
It’s an event done where you can get Halloween themed comic books and/or order a pack of mini-comics to give out to kids on Halloween. I checked the store locator and found out none of the comic/game shops in my area are listed. So I sent an e-mail off to Hypno Comics, knowing that they are behind a lot of community events in my area (Like the Ventura Comic-Con in Sept.). So now I’m waiting when I’ll get a reply back from them.
There’s a Free Comic Book Day and now a Free RPG day. So I was wondering if there will ever be a similar event to Halloween ComicFest that involves RPGs. That would be really cool and neat if it was done.
A proposal to divide California into six states has received enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot. Here’s how.
Oh for fucks’ sake: Tim Draper needs to GTFO of my state. Totally voting against this 100%.
For W:tA fans: See Caerns: Places of Power, this is how Cataclysm should WORK as a minion of the Wyrm. Not as a Bane trying to sink California into the Ocean, cause the writers of that book didn’t understand Geology 101. But as a powerful Wyld corrupted spirit set on splitting the state and people apart from each other. And that would certainly make it a worthy foe for the Children of Gaia.