RPG Map Adventures

   Enter the world of RPG and nothing will ever be the same

One of nine nations in the world of Arreanna, the story of the land of Keswick is an adventure that captured my imagination from the moment it was introduced to me. I was instantly captivated by this world and its inhabitants so when asked to make their vision of this nation a reality there was only one answer. While alot of the detail was left up to my own artistice style, the inspiring geographical desciption of this new world was the first step into the making of the print. The finished map is in black ink on unstretched canvas. Even unrolling the piece onto the table for final inspection from one of the authors brought on the feeling of impending adventure. Working with two talented writers who have lived and played in the world of D@D for decades gave an RPG virgin such as myself a new perspective on the true art of where these worlds can take you.

The beauty of the landscape carried me across the Misty Sea into the depths of a world so alive with mystery and magic I found myself lost in the making of this map. Journey on the path from the catacomb caverns of the majestic Five Kings mountains through the barron landscape of the harsh desert of the Thunder Wastes all the way to the elven city of Nardaul within the Raun Wilds. Struggle to survive and find adventure in the realm of Keswick and don’t forget your map. The first of many from me in the RPG world.

Make your world come to life

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Comissioned map of Keswick

The Keswick Players Handbook

The imaginative new pathfinder supplement brought to you by authors Bo Luellen and Johnny Mclain

https://www.opengamingstore.com/products/the-keswick-players-handbook

Painting on The Green

Superheros gallore came out Saturday afternoon for an all out super fun time. Even the cold chill in the air couldn’t keep the heros at bay. The day was full of Super Friends 20171112_124837episodes and even a visit from Iron Man! If only I had gotten a picture….but I was having fun of my own with all the superkids and their parents. Face painting the cutest heros in town! image_6483441

Why the Hell would I Meditate?

The thought of sitting cross legged for half an hour doing absolutely nothing curls my toes. Who has that kind of patience much less that kind of time to waste?

Entire books are devoted to this subject each one loaded with instructions on to how to do it. The odd bohemian lady at the candle store keeps mumbling about the need for everyone to meditate too. Most of it sounds fine and dandy if you just happen to be a tibetan monk.  For the rest of us regular people it just doesn’t work out so well. Finding time and figuring out which way you should go with is ridiculous. When I actually started to think about how weighed down with stress I was my veiwpoint on the word “meditate” began shift. Something had to give. I stopped reading so much on the subject and just started listening to what helps put me in a better frame of mind. I started listening to myself and I what needed. Thats when I started looking around noticing how many different ways you can find to realistically meditate.

How many times do you find yourself going to take a 10 minute break in the workplace bathroom just to get away from that annoying coworker?

Setting the alarm clock to get up earlier than anyone else in the house and just having a cup of coffee?

All you really want is peace and quiet. This is real people every day meditation. The big difference I notice is in doing your own form of meditation mindfully and daily. Being fully aware of what you want to accomplish is what really makes it count. Meditation doesn’t need to fancy with candles and incense unless thats what works for you.

I find painting to be my best form of meditation. I find that I am able to let go and just allow time to pass with no thought, just pure flow. I also sit and relax on the curb outside at work on my 10 minute morning break. Ocasionally I do sit with lit candles and intention to work through issues I might be having.

The best thing about realizing how you meditate and what truly works for you are the benefits:

  • Higher concentration
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Better sleep
  • Increased sex drive

These are just a few and they sound pretty awesome. Decreased stress equals less people you want to punch and sleeping better leads to a higher sex drive and who doesn’t like the thought of that benefit.

Why the hell would you meditate?

Chances are you’re already doing it in one form or another.

 

WITCH  SPELL  MAGIC DIVINATION  PENTAGRAM

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House Blessing Alter

Growing up these words were dangerous. Sometimes I still find them difficult to utter aloud. Too many people fear what they do not know or understand and all too often condemn truly beautiful things based on that fear. Born an empath into a christian cult faith I lived with fear everyday of my life. I had no idea why I felt a push and pull within myself, why I felt so much, why I always felt the need to hide who I truly was. I could say I wish I’d known what an empath was when I was young, it sure would have helped to know how I always seemed to know exactly what people needed and why feelings would sweep across me in an instant. Maybe I could have known how the trees really do speak, its not just in my head and how everything has a connection in nature, the true value of knowing the cycles of the moon and following them. To have known there really is something to astrology and how it can help us to know ourselves and others better. That the plethera of crystals the earth provides for us really are a source of energy and healing. Perhaps if I had known there is an energy residing in and all around us that we have the ability to hone , use and even project to create a multitude of wonderous things for ourselves. I grew up with the learned belief that the paradise belonged to those that were as little children. I understand that statement more now than ever. Children still believe in magick, they see it all around them in everything because truy it is. A Witch is one who knows how to gather their energy with intention. A Spell is that energy in use for whatever it may be. Magic is but the entire world around us. Divination is but just one way to explore where we are where we are going and the ways we may be able to get there. The Pentagram is a representation of the elements and Spirit so that we may remember we are always connected. I could wish I had known so many things, mostly known them sooner rather than so much later. However when it comes down to it I only wish I had known that Spirit has given us all we need to grow, all we need sits right there inside of us waiting for us to release the fear and find the strength to go beyond what seems possible. To embrace each other and the magick we hold inside.

20171020_200717     Rite of passage. Every culture has one. That thing everyone does that tells society you’ve reached a milestone. But what kind of milestone? The rite to what passage?
A father and his young son walk away from the hustle and bustle of their village and entering the forest. The father hands the boy a small satchel of food, a cup, some rope and a hunting knife. He tells him these tools will be an essential part of his journey, use them wisely. Turning back towards the village the father tells the boy he will return to that very spot in one week to meet the man his son is to become.
There remains much value in that most ancient rite of passage, one lost to most of us long ago. A rite of passage that truly means something. One I believe tells nature and the spirits, ” Here I am, guide me.”  It is surely a pivotal point on a path I have only began to fully embrace. Nature is our greatest teacher, the only way to wake up from the sleep is to awaken the connection, hear her words and the lessons she has to teach. So much may be found if one is willing to take a step back into a place where the physical and spiritual meet.  20171020_202226
With every passing day I find how just typical stuff in life manages to relate to Tarot or Tarot to it rather. I find I always seem to end up playing the part of The Fool. Ever ready to start out on the next adventure, learn something totally different, step into new territory. I’m pretty sure I have been dubbed foolish on many occasions. Caring that’s what people may say isn’t really a concern any longer. No matter when or where in your life you join the path – the path truly meant for you – I believe there shoud be that one moment when you just let go and throw yourself into the wind. The true essence of the beginning of any great journey.

The Sensitive Side of Paranormal

The paranormal has fascinated and terrified many over the years. There are so many questions and stigmas surrounding this topic including the grand question of :“What constitutes the title – psychic”.20171022_144113

With the ever growing amount of interest, as well as the swelling number of paranormal teams, there is lingering skepticism surrounding the concept of “the psychic”. In regards to a paranormal investigation there will always be a need for a healthy amount of skepticism.   Those that have more a scientific approach feel apprehensive about adding a member who claims to possess a “sixth sense.”   I’ve managed to come across one paranormal investigation team that deems a member with extra sensory talents as highly valuable. As Empathic as I am, I feel it important to state that I’m not some self proclaimed “psychic”, nor do I have any love for that particular label.  I observe what most call a paranormal experience.  This is something that has been an element of my life, even before I was aware of it.  I have the ability not only to feel, but to take on the energy of a person, a room or even a general area. At times I receive certain words or images, which for the most part are incomplete.  To be clear, there are no true Hollywood movie visions that give the viewer the whole story.  What I get offers me insight as well as questions I feel are pertinent to the situation.

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Night Sun Tarot

Before joining the team I had never been tested with the Zener Cards.  My team leads run me through a battery of these tests before every outing. Even people who are open and extremely sensitive like myself get nervous when being tested in this manner.  I am certainly no exception.  It allows me to focus in on an unexpected level creating an opportunity to center myself.  At the same time keeping me humble. Ego has no place where spirits and intuition is concerned.

I find that I have an ability to draw attention from people or clients, as most empaths’ do.  I find this helpful in regards to interview an individual that is the subject of a paranormal haunting.  Even in this day and age of curiosity into the paranormal, most in the Bible Belt find it difficult  to explain strange occurrences.  They are hesitant when using the word “haunted” to describe what they’ve been experiencing to perfect strangers. That glazed look that creeps through their eyes knowing they almost definitely sound like a raving lunatic. My team listens attentively to the client, and some hone in for clues of sincerity   I can literally feel the emotion running through the client as they speak. Having the ability to identify with someone experiencing these things, as well as an empatihic connect with them, is beyond words. In this way I know I may be able to help, encourage and even calm them in ways they never considered. I am happy to be a part of this team and look forward to many more investigations.

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The Masked Soul

The ancient Celts painted masks of blackened ash from the sacred bonfire. The Italians masqueraded in beautifully intricate masks. The Celts believed the wearing of a mask during the Sanheim festival kept the Spirits from recognizing you.  The Italians upper class simply wore them to participate in activities of the season without anyone knowing their true identity. In short masks have always been a form of protection. With the mask there is a desire to pretend and transform, taking on a confidence hard to find without it.

For myself, I find the mask exhilarating to put on. With it we can take on the role of ghost, creepy witch, dashing knight or just simply the mystery girl. Masks allow us to be sensual mysterious, silly cute, heros or villians. The choice of mask is to choose who you are for the night, an exploration in who you want to be in that moment. These are masks we take off and put on, what of the masks we wear daily? That representative and form of protection we all find ourselves wearing at one point or another in our lives. Taking on a role, wearing the mask ; perfect mother, happy face, sensual lover. In an ironic twist the mask covers our representative and allows us the freedom to express ourselves fearlessly.

Celebrate the season! Celebrate you! This Halloween find the mask that lets you express yourself.