Steering through new beginnings! ~ Lines

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It’s time for the linework!
Permeated with the wishes of sailing full speed ahead, hopefully with less of a bumpy road and clear skies, as the steering wheel works with your efforts and the winds lead the ship through the most beautiful waters!

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Steering through new beginnings!

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A new Lunar Year has started on the 25th January and celebrations will go on until the 8th of February- it’s the (Metal) Rat Year bringing stability and longevity.

This means that besides having the beginning of the new year of 2020, it’s also the beginning of a new decade and even more exciting, it’s the beginning of a new cycle of the 12-year zodiac signs!

The beginning of this new cycle is believed to bring a new wave of new opportunities and chances for each person to make responsible choices that can turn unfortunate or less favourable situations into productive and pleasant factors.

With renewed strength and determination, let’s grab this ship’s wheel and steer it safely into new beginnings with better endings!

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Wintertime Witch ~Lines

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It’s the Wintertime Witch’s linework! We’ve mentioned it before, and we will never get tired of saying it, but inking hair has a certain therapeutic quality to it that will either be maddening or super relaxing.
It’s a bit of a wager, but for us it’s always worth it as in the least, it will be good practice.

For this piece we chose to give the goddess Perchta some yellow gladiolus flowers for the generosity and righteousness meaning, and the colour stands for joy, life-heartedness and also a symbol of friendship, new beginnings and happiness as we believe despite her extreme punishments, she will rejoice if people retain hope to get on the right path.
Just as important, the colour hints to the sacred and imperial walking hand in hand with her entity distinction.

As she is an alpine entity, we couldn’t help but throw into the design a stylized edelweiss brooch and spider webs frozen with morning dew on her sleeves.

The fur on the back of the dress are reminiscent to Perchten, name given to her followers and retainers where some are beautiful and bright, others more on the monstrous side that among fangs and tusks also had horse tails. But she doesn’t discriminate, so a little of both goes into her outfit: a bright tail.

All in all, a reminder that beauty and brightness doesn’t mean certain bliss. Perchta will make people accountable, so children should be taught not to lie and deceive, or she will be busy come winter time.

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Winter Sun ~ Lines

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This time it’s the linework behind the “Sol Invictus” piece, which in Latin means “unconquered” and “undefeated”, referring to a Sun god worshipped in the late Roman Empire as a patron to soldiers.

As per usual, let us bring you deeper into the meanings of the elements!

Since he is a Sun god, we chose themes that we feel that speak for the entity: sun, victory and fire.
The halo around him represents the sun rays basking the common mortal in its warmth and light, the laurel leaves and laurel motif on his belt represent victory, as his name prompts us. The circle floating over his hand is the alchemical symbol for the sun and the symbol at the center of his belt is an adaptation of the representation of the Manipura chakra, the third primary chakra according to Vedic tradition (associated with fire).
On his chest the gemstone is a Sunstone, which instils good nature, heightens intuition and allows the real self to shine though happily.
Finally the sunflowers, known to turn to the sun are all facing him, as they represent adoration, loyalty and longevity.

If you enjoyed the lines, please check out the full coloured version, if you haven’t yet!

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Wintertime Witch Season!

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Perchta, Berchte, Berta among other names. In modern days is a totem for the righteous.
“Rewarder of the generous and punisher of the bad, particularly lying children.”

Very well, “Winter Witch Season” can be overly dramatizing but it is a fact that until the 6th of January, in various parts of the world there were celebrations related to winter witches and goddesses.

While some of these witches were nice others were very admonishing, but most did call to your best behaviour. They protected the weak -and children’s souls who passed away among other traits- and maybe more importantly for the lucky ones, deliverers of good fortune and blessings. Unless you decided to stick to bad deeds and stepping out of your way to forsaken their specific rituals of the season.

Some entities would not be as forgiving, as among the benevolent ones there would be some like Berchta or Perchta – a goddess of Alpine paganism from the upper parts of the Alps- whose punishment could be somewhat absolute, as it involved having your stomach open, your insides pulled out and replaced with straw and pebbles…

Naughty or nice had a whole different kind of pressure. Quite an incentive to do good instead!

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