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Witchcraft by Eelco Kruizinga 
In The Netherlands, from the eve of the Christian Advent through Epiphany, horns are blown to announce the birth of Christ.  The horns reverberate throughout the farms of the countryside in order to communicate with neighbors, celebrate the winter solstice, and for others(pagans), ward off evil spirits that would otherwise bring disaster.  As a means of communication, this music brings neighbors together through the expression of song.  Anglo-Saxons used to believe that in the dark days of winter, time would begin to stand still; it was feared that the life-bringing sun would be forever expelled by these evil forces of the night. For Christians and pagans, the celebration has different significance: Christians blow midwinter horns in order to celebrate the birth of Christ while pagans believe that the sound expels evil spirits; both blow the horns during the passing of the winter solstice, beckoning a new year of light. 
The ancient tradition of midwinter horn blowing, known as midwinterhoornblazen, dates back as far as 1500 A.D., perhaps a few decades earlier.  It is a Germanic custom that has been practiced since before the onset of Christianity. The custom takes place in celebration of the dark time of winter, serving duel functions. The blowing of the midwinter horns here celebrates the solstice when the days begin to again lengthen. Light waning from the countryside returns and the horns triumph the previous year, welcoming the new.  The horns are also thought to scare away evil spirits that haunt the countryside, threatening to steal the earth’s light for eternity. These beliefs remain for many while the lengthy darkness of the final short days of the year is attributed to evil ghosts that are attempting to strip light from the earth.  The sound banishes the ghosts and sustains light through bellowing horns. From a Christian perspective, the horns announce the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, as previously said.
As all cultures celebrate traditions, so do the people of the Netherlands.  The tradition of midwinter horn blowing is a cultural device that brings citizens together in practice of the ideas their ancestors had initiated.  The Dutch continue today to blow horns for six weeks throughout the winter season as a communal practice, a social relationship.  As one horn thunders from a neighboring farm, another farmer responds, resonating in kind.
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Feeling washed out and consumed by studies u_u 
I hope you’re all enjoying the spring weather more than I am able to at the moment! I can’t wait to be free and relax a little, finally. 

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Hei guys !
I know I’ve been VERY unusually inactive lately, and I want to apologize for my continued absence u_u There are some really major things going on in my life right now that just either keep me from getting online or completely put me into lethargic moods …
On the bright side though, look at my eyes - a clear indicator spring is here! :) Nothing makes them so bright as all that Sun.. -hisses and retreats to dark corner- look at all the sacrifices I make for nice photos T-T haha. 
Anyway… more to come soon. But for now, sleep! Dearest sleep u_u 
Fel <3
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(via 500px / Llega el invierno by César Comino García)
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The Perfect Look (by Little Lioness)
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(via 500px / Bock by fettoni)
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"I didn’t say “I love you” to hear it back. I said it to make sure you knew." - (via jennayliu)

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2014 Zodiac Dragons - Aries by Christina Yen 
(A World of Fantasy)

Aries ftw
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