Seven Days of Winter Solstice Giveaways-Day 7

As seen in True Colors, the Elder Races have their own Christmas celebration called the Masque of the Gods, which culminates in the Festival of the Masque, a masked ball on the winter solstice. For this entire week, join us in celebrating the Masque with seven days of winter solstice giveaways. Every day you’ll have a chance to enter to win a gift pack that includes one copy of Lord’s Fall, a bookmark, dragon soap made by Thea Harrison, a coupon for 30% off the Elder Race novellas (including True Colors), and a holiday card from Thea. To enter, just comment on the daily posts and then enter your information via the Rafflecopter form (embedded at end of the post). You can gain extra entries by tweeting about the giveaway and signing up for Thea’s newsletter.

Once again, thank you all for your interest in Thea’s novels and happy holidays!

The Festival of the Masque

Welcome to the last day of Thea Harrison’s Seven Days of Winter Solstice giveaways. Hooray! Today is the Winter Solstice, the day when the Elder Races host the Festival of the Masque. Since this is the last day of our giveaway, let’s talk about the Elder Races holiday celebration, the Masque of the Gods.

The holiday celebration is called the Masque of the Gods because it’s said one of the seven Primal Powers attends every Festival of the Masque. The Primal Powers are the “linchpins of the universe,” (Oracle of the Moon) that give the world Form. The seven Primal Powers are:

  • Taliesin, the god of dance who set everything in motion;
  • Azrael, who is Death;
  • Inanna, the goddess of Love;
  • Nadir, the Oracle;
  • Will, the god of Gift;
  • Camael, goddess of the Hearth; and
  • Hyperion, god of Law.

As Thea wrote in The Mysterious Tarot Deck, the Primal Powers are connected to the major arcana of the tarot. In the Elder Race novellas, True Colors, Natural Evil, Devi’s Gate, and Hunter’s Season, all the heroines are influenced by or use the tarot deck in some way.

Like Dragos, Rune, and many other figures in the Elder Races, however, the Primal Powers are ancient beings occasionally worshipped as deities by humans as well as the Elder Races. Inanna was the most important goddess in Sumer and Akkad, two ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia, and is often represented by a star (Venus). Both Azrael and Camael are known as angels from ancient Jewish tradition, Hyperion is a Titan from Greek myth, and Taliesin is a Welsh figure about whom many legends are written, including tales of how he assisted King Arthur in Camelot.

Masks are traditionally worn at the Festival of the Masque because the attendees dress up like the Primal Powers in keeping with the tradition of their attendance. The Masque begins with a process of the “gods” and ends with an unmasking at midnight. Of course, Dragos (who might be a Primal Power himself?) hosts a Festival of the Masque at Cuelebre Tower where one might find the actual Powers in attendance.

To enter the last day of the Winter Solstice giveaway, tell us which character from the Elder Races you’d like to dress as for your own Masque! Thanks for celebrating with us this week and happy holidays from Thea Harrison!

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39 Responses

  1. Chris B says:

    I think I would like Camael the Goddess of the Hearth.

  2. Viki S. says:

    It’d be Rune for me. I like that he’s a Gryphon. I’m a Leo so it fits :). Thank you for all the fun and learning too.

  3. Myranda says:

    I’d want to dress as Inanna!

  4. Linda Thum says:

    I’d love to dress as a fae as Tricks; I always picture the fae as being dressed in beautiful gauzy dresses not forgetting the wings

  5. Irene says:

    Tricks for me too! She is always the best dressed.

  6. Keslynn says:

    I would dress as Camael. The hearth is a little less flashy than love but no less important.

    And I didn’t know that tarot played a role in the novellas. Now I have to read them!

  7. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would dress as Inanna, Goddess of Love!

  8. Sheryl Nyary says:

    I would have to say that I would go as Pia. She is adorable and she has Dragos!!! What more could you ask for?

  9. Holly says:

    Carling – after the muumuu phase!

  10. Jackie Nicholson-Woodland says:

    I would go as a fae love the outfits and wings.:)

  11. Renate says:

    Even though I like the sound of Inanna’s name, I think I’d go the less likely way and dress as Seremela.

  12. TiDubb says:

    I would love to dress as Seremela.

  13. erinf1 says:

    Carling 🙂

  14. Kristina parmenter says:

    I would definately use Dragos as my “primal power” masque. he is the ULTIMATE power as far as I am concerned 😉

  15. She’s not my favorite character but I’d feel pretty badass dressed as Aryal.

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  17. Marianne says:

    Pia (in her TRUE form!).

  18. Joanne B says:

    I would love to dress as Tricks.

  19. Danielle E says:

    I’d love to go as Seremela.

  20. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    I would choose Will, the god of Gift.
    I like to give gifts of course.

  21. Elizabeth Z says:

    A djinn, complete with flowy sparkly star-covered dress trailing off into gauzy wisps at the bottom.

  22. mandy says:

    Probably, I would go as Camael or Nadir… they would suit my personality and everyday life…

  23. Alaina says:

    Tricks!! or Tiagos true form..

  24. Aly P says:

    I’d love to be dressed as Kalil.

  25. Sabine W. says:

    That’s a hard decision. … but I guess I would dress as Inanna, Goddess of Love =)

  26. Samantha R says:

    I think that I’d like to dress as Aryal – attitude and wings, what more could one ask for?!


  27. Sumiyati E Monoarfa says:

    Camael, goddess of the Hearth~

  28. Michelle K says:

    I would want to go as Tricks

  29. Yami says:

    I think I’d like to go as Azrael. It’s winter, and all things must ‘die’ in order to be reborn and made new. All the primal powers are really awesome though.

  30. Timitra says:

    I haven’t read any of the books in this series so I ahve no idea who I’d dress as.

  31. JenM says:

    I love snakes, so I’d love to dress as Seremela. I loved her head snakes.

  32. RVASarah says:

    I’d probably dress as Claudia Hunter -a bad-ass, with an ex-military background and a slightly Power-ful ability AND a hot, young Were partner. How could you NOT want to be that?

  33. Diane says:

    I can’t make up my mind so…no one for now!

  34. donnas says:

    I think Tricks would be fun.

  35. Pam P says:

    Tricks appeals to me, too, fun!

  36. Julie says:

    Aryal, just because I have no idea what she’ll wear/do at a masque.

  37. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Dragos because I was born in the year of the dragon and dragons are my totem. It would be fun I believe!/RaonaidLuckwell/posts/455491234512324

  38. Chelsea B. says:

    Tricks! 🙂