Tales of a Winter Sun

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“I heard there was a secret chord
that David played and it pleased the Lord”

A special Christmas Exhibit at the SL Paris Metro Gallery

From Inara Pey:

“Cybele’s art has a unique beauty that I consider to be unsurpassed in its depth and narrative; pieces that are hauntingly fascinating, encapsulating worlds of wonder and mystery or reflecting wonderment and innocence through portrait and study.”

 It is this feeling of capturing a moment that is particularly attractive about Cybele’s work. Her pieces are incredibly intricate in form and construction, the balance of light, colour, focus and theme utterly sublime; where looking at her art, I cannot help but see them in terms of an orchestra, different elements and layers, skillfully woven into a whole under the guiding hands of the conductor – or in this case the artist.

Yet, at the same time, there is a marvelous sense that each piece, far from being composed, has been captured in a fleeing moment, as if the mind has taken a snapshot of a dream or the eye a single moment of time played out before us in a world where wonder, innocence and beauty define all we see, and perhaps say and do.

In the meantime, and as she references it in her own blog post, I’ll leave you with an astonishing rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah by Rhema Marvanne, and recorded when she was just eight years old, and which sits as a perfect companion to the art Cybele presents in both the exhibition and her blog post.”  Inara Pey’s blog, Tales of a Winter Sun in second life

(Full  music video below post)

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There is a time in the hushed solitudes of falling winter,

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swans of a Nordic winter

while the dreaming earth stirs softly beneath her frosted blanket,

where for a moment, we remember innocence and magic, and the incredible awe of being,

my world of light

where hope is renewed in the lighting of candles and a star leads the way to Bethlehem,

Where grievances are put aside as we open our wounded hearts to receive the seeds of rebirth

“There’s a blaze of light in every word, It doesn’t matter what you heard, the holy or  the broken Hallelujah“- L Cohen

Where my own dreams flow to the sacred music of haunted woodlands and enchanted children.

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Tamar Kristofferdottir,  my Icelandic maiden

and old tales are retold with feasting and friends

The London of Scrooge and Marley ( seen in a virtual setting called The Dickens Project)
and The Solstice Feast

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where the lost are found and the poor are blessed

Faith feels the light while it is still dark
don’t be afraid Buddy, the angels know where we are”

and where angels walk among us

A prayer for Peace 

 Watch the video “Tales of a Winter Sun” and listen to an amazing 7 year old Rhema Marvanne sing Leonard Cohen’s music

and do visit My Little Match Girl

If I don’t post again before Christmas I wish everyone a happy Solstice, a happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas. I thank everyone for their wonderful blogs and inspiration. Nollaig Shona, Nollaig Chridheil, Joyeux Noel, Buon Natale, God Jul. May all peoples come together in peace.

For any virtual aficionados, a few of my pieces will be shown at the Paris Metro Art Gallery and if your curiosity is piqued check my friend Amanda’s blog post here Magick Thoughts  (link is on sidebar) for more info on how to create a free account and attend this virtual event.

Metro Paris Gallery facebook page 

73 Comments Add yours

  1. sheldonk2014 says:

    Cybele how are you I do hope your ok..me that’s another story…and one I tell just about everyday…what use to be is not now I hope to see you again soon…Mr Yoursly

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  2. Char Lemon says:

    Hi. I’ve been fascinated by your writings. But I have to admit that I was a silent reader and never left any comment before. Just want to let you know that I do read your stories, and I’m happy to have discovered your blog

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    1. I am so honoured, thank you so much for letting me know and I’m so glad you enjoy!!

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  3. Happy New Year, Dear Cybele! Hope you are well! xoxoxo

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  4. Inara Pey says:

    Beautiful in image and sentiment – and such a fabulous accompanying exhibition within Second Life! All the best wishes of the season to you, and looking forward to seeing what the new year (and you muse) brings us in 2019!

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    1. Thanks so much Inara for such a beautiful post once again, about my work and the exhibit. Tales of a Winter Sun is very dear to my heart! Blessings of the season!!

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  5. Delightful … Merry Christmas to you dear Cybele 🙂

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  6. Dagmar says:

    each image evokes a story.

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  7. Happy Solstice Kindred Spirit!

    I love this rendition of Hallelujah! Your images are wonderful and magical as always. Have a wonderful Christmas Hannah! xx

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  8. Hannah, your post is so beautiful and inspiring. I wish you a joyful holiday.

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    1. and to you Pam!!! Thank you!

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  9. You’ve conjured that Christmas magic beautifully Cybele, with a very appropriate musical accompaniment – I love the portal in the park! Very best wishes for the season ❤

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    1. and to you Andrea!! I’m glad I managed to create a little magic again! Thank you my friend.

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  10. Peter Nena says:

    This post is soothing and uplifting. Your words, your sentences . . . The way you use them . . . Something flows out of them and it reaches deep into the soul and touches something there. Magical words, magical pictures, magical flow. I have always enjoyed the song by Leonard Cohen. It is in my all-time playlist. Thank you, Cybele.

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    1. thank you for your visit and your words my dear friend. I wish you all the blessings of the season and a peaceful new year!!

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  11. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful post, my friend, both for words and images. Nurse your muse, look after it, there is no rush, no hurry, no pressure, simply let things take their natural course. A very good Christmas and New Year to you. Adrian 🙂

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    1. and to you Adrian!! thank you!

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  12. Sherry Felix says:

    What a lovely holiday post Cybele. Thank you. i love the music too. Merry Christmas.

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    1. so glad you liked it Sherry!! thanks for popping over! Blessings and Peace!

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  13. Anita says:

    Your magical pictures are perfect for the season, Cybele! They’re beautiful as always, and I love them. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!

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    1. and to you Anita!! many blessings!

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  14. smilecalm says:

    thanking you for bringing
    me to your magical place
    of taking a break
    towards enchantment 🙂

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    1. oh thanks so much dear smilecalm!!

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  15. My eyes are filled with tears and my heart is full as I listen to that beautiful rendition and drink in your images. You are so talented. I’m not surprised you have an exhibit in Paris. I, too, have been buried with day-to-day requirements and hope to be back more fully in the new year. I sincerely wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas at this joyous time of year. ❤

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    1. oh Linda, I so appreciate your visit and comments always! Ha, Paris Metro sounds impressive but it’s not really in Paris lol, I wish! May the baby Jesus and all the angels watch over you this Christmas Linda. I hope the New Year brings us a renewal of energy and creativity!

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      1. Amen, dear sister! 😀 ❤

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  16. pattimoed says:

    Thank you, thank you for bringing some light and magic into my morning, Cybele. You are a very talented and gifted woman. 🙂 I love your photos, as always.

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    1. oh I”m so pleased you visited Patti!! I’m wishing you all the best of the season!!!

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      1. pattimoed says:

        You too, Cybele.

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  17. Reblogged this on Magick Thoughts ❤ Le meilleur de Second Life and commented:

    … stay tuned to my blog for all the details of this amazing exhibit and live entertainment. The Tales of Winters Sun is coming on Dec 15th at 12 noon SLT time….. Hope to see you there!

    Here is the Gallery’s Facebook please LIKE the page for all info as well https://www.facebook.com/ParisMetroGallery/
    Much Love,
    AmandaMagick and all the Paris METRO Team.

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  18. My lovely Cybele…how wonderful to see this post come up in my reader this morning xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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      1. You too. It better be the best or I will be well speaking to the spirits of Christmas, you, in so many ways, evoke right here xxxxxxx.

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  19. glauco ulcigrai says:

    Always happy to hear from you and to see your lovely images! Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Waves…

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    1. Buon Natale Glauco!! Good to hear from you!

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  20. Well, that was a nice visit! Beautiful pictures and a beautiful song, Cybele! Merry Christmas!

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    1. and to you and your family Crow!! thanks for the visit!

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  21. Thank you for the beauty as we head toward Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the best for the new year too!

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    1. and the same to you!!! Thank you!

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  22. Beautiful words with beautiful photos. Your post is so magical, as usual. I love it..

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    1. thank you Nurul, always happy to hear from a world traveler!!

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      1. you are most welcome, Cybele ..

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  23. What a wonderful talent you have – and what a place for exhibition! Magical and evocative images indeed – with Mr Cohen as perfect accompaniment – that’s how the light gets in – for Hanukkah now. I doubt your Muse will be cryogenically still for long!

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    1. many thanks for your visit Laura!! Isn’t that song wonderful. I was always a big fan. You know the poet Rumi stated ” a wound is the place where light enters” I think it’s true. May this holy time for so many bring peace!

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  24. Nollaig Shona, dune mouse. The sands of time are nearly gone from this year.
    Anseo tá le bliain nua cruthaitheach.
    Take care dune mouse.

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    1. May creativity unfold in the new year!! Thanks for popping over!! Slainte!! ( I so miss Ireland)

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      1. sláinte agad-sa

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  25. Adore your images that evoke nostalgia. The Paris Metro Art Gallery is impressive, congratulations.

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    1. Many thanks Sally for your visit!!

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  26. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful. Your exquisite photos carried me away to a wonderland of beauty and magic. Thank you and seasons greetings to you. May you holidays be as blessed as your imagery.

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    1. So happy you liked them Suzanne. Blessings of the season! ( but it’s not Christmas without snow lol). I think Santa uses roos down there?

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  27. disperser says:

    Thank you for the wishes and the visual feast.

    Your last statement had me curious but an internet search resulted very little. Well, lots of stuff, but not anything where I could search the content.

    Regardless, congratulations on the exposure of your work to the public. Hope good things come from it.

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    1. Oh I know a few people who have virtual art galleries. Only people with accounts can visit. But thank you Emilio! I also have my art site online as well.

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    2. disperser says:

      Are you referring to “Virtually Yours” or some other site?

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      1. disperser says:

        Ah; nice. I wish you luck in connecting with buyers.

        But, yes, it’s difficult these days making serious (and sometimes, any) money because there’s so much competition out there. Unless one gets a lucky break or endorsement, no matter how talented, one can linger in relative obscurity for an indefinite amount of time.

        Not trying to sound pessimistic, but these days it’s difficult to break out without persistent marketing.

        My anecdote is that I’ve had many people tell me I should sell my photos . . . but when I ask them if they want to buy them, they quickly backtrack and say they meant “sell them to other people”.

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      2. I totally agree!!! But it’s fun.

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      3. disperser says:

        That is exactly the right approach to take will all artistic endeavors.

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    3. -since Amanda has tried to explain, I will add – for those who are skeptical about such a place – there has been a movement of art and creativity there that has really taken off. For example, Bryn Oh is a world wide known artist who won an art grant from the Ontario Arts Council to build an installation in the virtual world. She has done amazing work there. There is also a strong literary movement such as that of Seanchai Library who have readings and discussions etc. There are even virtual classrooms. There is a niche for one’s own interests ( if that further clarifies it).

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  28. your images are so evocative!

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  29. Sue says:

    Love that first image, Hannah! Hope your muse awakens in the New Year, and meanwhile I wish you an early Happy Christmas….

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    1. and to you my dear!!! Thanks for the visit!!

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      1. Sue says:

        My pleasure!

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  30. Renee Espriu says:

    A beautifully written post with your enchanting pictures to go with. I sometimes my own muse is sleeping during the colder months as my physical self is lacking of rest. Hope you are well and whenever you post again I look forward to it.

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    1. Many thanks Renee!! I’ll be back! Have a wonderful Christmas!

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