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 <​html><​a href="​http://​www.flickr.com/​photos/​osucommons/​6258271583/"​ title="​Fort Hoskins band by OSU Special Collections &amp; Archives : Commons, on Flickr"><​img src="​http://​farm7.staticflickr.com/​6095/​6258271583_12dbc4feb9_z.jpg"​ width="​640"​ height="​548"​ alt="​Fort Hoskins band"></​a></​html>​ <​html><​a href="​http://​www.flickr.com/​photos/​osucommons/​6258271583/"​ title="​Fort Hoskins band by OSU Special Collections &amp; Archives : Commons, on Flickr"><​img src="​http://​farm7.staticflickr.com/​6095/​6258271583_12dbc4feb9_z.jpg"​ width="​640"​ height="​548"​ alt="​Fort Hoskins band"></​a></​html>​
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 +<​blockquote>​Unbalanced power is the ebbing away of life. Unbalanced mercy is weakness and letting evil go unchecked, therefore becoming an accomplice of evil. Unbalanced severity is cruelty and the bareness of mind.</​blockquote> ​
  
 ==== 2013 Foam Winter Solstice Ceremony ==== ==== 2013 Foam Winter Solstice Ceremony ====
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 The Dress Code shall be strictly adhered to. The Butler will assess each visitor at the door, and inappropriately dressed individuals will be requested to change on the spot. The Dress Code shall be strictly adhered to. The Butler will assess each visitor at the door, and inappropriately dressed individuals will be requested to change on the spot.
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 +<​html><​a href="​http://​www.flickr.com/​photos/​muohio_digital_collections/​3192604016/"​ title="​Beta girls gathered around table ca. 1899 by Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections,​ on Flickr"><​img src="​http://​farm4.staticflickr.com/​3260/​3192604016_c2f67fa156_z.jpg"​ width="​640"​ height="​382"​ alt="​Beta girls gathered around table ca. 1899"></​a></​html>​
  
 (Vapourpunk may be likened to the aesthetic of [[http://​seetheunseen.co.uk/​|The Unseen]], though with less emphasis on feathers. It may share a number of general similarities in style with Steampunk or Neodandyism,​ though it is also perhaps merely a state of mind. It might be imagined in the feeling one has when engulfed in steam or walking through mist, when dancing through dry ice or losing one's way in darkening, mistfilled woods; when one discerns letters forming in the condensations of a mirror in a steamy bathroom…) (Vapourpunk may be likened to the aesthetic of [[http://​seetheunseen.co.uk/​|The Unseen]], though with less emphasis on feathers. It may share a number of general similarities in style with Steampunk or Neodandyism,​ though it is also perhaps merely a state of mind. It might be imagined in the feeling one has when engulfed in steam or walking through mist, when dancing through dry ice or losing one's way in darkening, mistfilled woods; when one discerns letters forming in the condensations of a mirror in a steamy bathroom…)
  
 The Code of Conduct shall also be strictly enforced. As the Ceremony is a liminal event taking place outside the everyday world of customary roles, mores, and social conventions,​ Non-Normal conduct shall be adhered to throughout. The Butler will continuously monitor and assess the behaviour of each visitor for the duration of the evening. Any person found evincing "​normal"​ behaviour at any time will be requested immediately to bring their conduct in line with the Ceremony. A second infringement will incur penalties, such as exclusion from the Frivolities. Those found infringing a third time will be summarily locked in the storeroom for the remainder of the evening. (As a gesture of exceptional benevolence,​ Armoracio Bud Minuez has decreed that persons locked in the storeroom may be permitted to redeem their misconduct by washing up after the event, upon suitable and sufficient demonstration of contrition.) The Code of Conduct shall also be strictly enforced. As the Ceremony is a liminal event taking place outside the everyday world of customary roles, mores, and social conventions,​ Non-Normal conduct shall be adhered to throughout. The Butler will continuously monitor and assess the behaviour of each visitor for the duration of the evening. Any person found evincing "​normal"​ behaviour at any time will be requested immediately to bring their conduct in line with the Ceremony. A second infringement will incur penalties, such as exclusion from the Frivolities. Those found infringing a third time will be summarily locked in the storeroom for the remainder of the evening. (As a gesture of exceptional benevolence,​ Armoracio Bud Minuez has decreed that persons locked in the storeroom may be permitted to redeem their misconduct by washing up after the event, upon suitable and sufficient demonstration of contrition.)
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 +=== The Miscellanies ===
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 +  * Yule Herbs -- ash, bay, chamomile, frankincense,​ hazel, holly, juniper, milk thistle, mistletoe, oak, pine, pine cones, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, walnuts
 +  * Yule Incense -- bayberry, pine, cedar, rosemary, juniper
 +  * Yule Colors -- red, green, white, silver, gold
 +  * Yule Decorations -- yule log (oak or pine), mistletoe, wreaths, strings of dried flowers and cinnamon sticks, apples, oranges, yule tree, holly, lights, mistletoe, candles, pine branches
 +  * Yule Foods -- nuts, apples, oranges, caraway rolls, mulled wine, roast turkey, pears, pork, Wassail, eggnog, bread, cookies
 +  * Yule Sacred Gemstones -- cat's eye and ruby
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 +<​html><​a href="​http://​www.flickr.com/​photos/​swedish_heritage_board/​5714900829/"​ title="​Einar Erici in St. Nicolai Church, Altenbruch, Germany by Swedish National Heritage Board, on Flickr"><​img src="​http://​farm3.staticflickr.com/​2100/​5714900829_19587b0039.jpg"​ width="​375"​ height="​500"​ alt="​Einar Erici in St. Nicolai Church, Altenbruch, Germany"></​a></​html>​
  
 === Soundtrack: === === Soundtrack: ===
  
-  - Sama Veda+  - Sama Veda (maybe)
   - Silence   - Silence
   - Pärt: Sarah Was Ninety Years Old [25m 30s]\\   - Pärt: Sarah Was Ninety Years Old [25m 30s]\\
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   * Several white candles   * Several white candles
   * Two crimson candles   * Two crimson candles
-  * Incense ​of cedar and thyme+  * Incense
   * Copious dry ice   * Copious dry ice
   * Censers   * Censers
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 === The Modes of Observance of the Proceedings:​ Solemnities. Frivolities === === The Modes of Observance of the Proceedings:​ Solemnities. Frivolities ===
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 +<​blockquote>​The difference between ‘rituals’ and ‘feasts’ is this: by the one a particular form of energy is generated, while there is a general discharge of one’s superfluous force in the other. Yet a feast implies periodical nourishment.</​blockquote>​
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 +  * The Feastings. (I do not know when these shall take place.)
  
   - Fumigation   - Fumigation
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   - Consuming and Embracing the Demons. Deliverance and Transmutation of the Bonds of the Demons. Embracing the Depths. Renunciation and Inner Purification   - Consuming and Embracing the Demons. Deliverance and Transmutation of the Bonds of the Demons. Embracing the Depths. Renunciation and Inner Purification
   - Renewal and Metempsychosis. Sudden Transmogrification. Wild Rumpus Starts((We are given to understand that the following Instructionals have been transcribed,​ often with several layers of inaccuracy, from obscure sources, and hence at times contain certain puzzling notions and passages. __In such cases of uncertainty,​ we suggest that Celebrants waste no time in futile debate, but **improvise** as best they can upon the indications present.__))   - Renewal and Metempsychosis. Sudden Transmogrification. Wild Rumpus Starts((We are given to understand that the following Instructionals have been transcribed,​ often with several layers of inaccuracy, from obscure sources, and hence at times contain certain puzzling notions and passages. __In such cases of uncertainty,​ we suggest that Celebrants waste no time in futile debate, but **improvise** as best they can upon the indications present.__))
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 +<​html><​a href="​http://​www.flickr.com/​photos/​library_of_congress/​8385171286/"​ title="&​quot;​Birthday party&​quot; ​ (LOC) by The Library of Congress, on Flickr"><​img src="​http://​farm9.staticflickr.com/​8331/​8385171286_fd3a877f37_z.jpg"​ width="​640"​ height="​406"​ alt="&​quot;​Birthday party&​quot; ​ (LOC)"></​a></​html>​
  
 == Fumigation == == Fumigation ==
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 == Consuming and Embracing the Demons. Deliverance and Transmutation of the Bonds of the Demons. Embracing the Depths. Renunciation and Inner Purification == == Consuming and Embracing the Demons. Deliverance and Transmutation of the Bonds of the Demons. Embracing the Depths. Renunciation and Inner Purification ==
  
-Silent~10 m+The Demons are but misconstrued facets in the cogworks of our minds. We begin to merge and writhe with them. By merging with themwe dissolve their bonds and transmute them. The ecstasy of sundering, the agony of reuniting. We honour the infinite, let ourselves fall and fall into the infinite depths. Butoh. Noh.
  
-The Demons are but misconstrued facets in the cogworks of our minds. We begin to merge and writhe with them. By merging with them, we dissolve their bonds and transmute them. The ecstasy of sundering, the agony of reuniting. We honour the infinite, let ourselves fall and fall into the infinite depths. 
  
- +== Renewal and Metempsychosis. Sudden Transmogrification. Wild Rumpus Starts==
-== Renewal and Metempsychosis. Sudden Transmogrification. Wild Rumpus Starts ==+
  
 The intensity of the previous Observance has conveyed Celebrants through a metempsychosis of renewal and transmogrification,​ and the energy released in this renewal has built up an irresistible urge to dance. Celebrants are now required to party, for such indicators as Saturnalia and Bacchanalia prevail, and Solvent Spirits are to be consumed in proper quantities. The intensity of the previous Observance has conveyed Celebrants through a metempsychosis of renewal and transmogrification,​ and the energy released in this renewal has built up an irresistible urge to dance. Celebrants are now required to party, for such indicators as Saturnalia and Bacchanalia prevail, and Solvent Spirits are to be consumed in proper quantities.
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 +__You gotta fight for your right to party:__
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 +<​html><​a href="​http://​www.flickr.com/​photos/​statelibraryqueensland/​5141828590/"​ title="​Garden tea party for three ladies from the Joyce family by State Library of Queensland, Australia, on Flickr"><​img src="​http://​farm2.staticflickr.com/​1172/​5141828590_01dfe5da59_z.jpg"​ width="​640"​ height="​413"​ alt="​Garden tea party for three ladies from the Joyce family"></​html>​