The Hidden Almanac for
Friday December 5th, 2014
Episode 193
Previous episode: 2014-12-03
Next episode: 2014-12-08


Today we detail the 100th anniversary of the reckless Sigil Party craze. It is the Feast Day of St. Solon, and in the garden, Mord is wet!

Be safe, and Have a Great Day!


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is December 5th, 2014.

It is the 100th anniversary of an article in the City Times that described the recent rise in “sigil parties.” These dangerous events were organized for thrillseekers, who would take turns attempting to draw the ancient Sigil of Flame. As the Sigil will cause anyone who sees it to catch fire, it is never drawn in books, but only described. Based on these written descriptions, partygoers would compete to draw the Sigil of Flame, with the party culminating when someone actually spontanteously combusted.

This was obviously an extremely reckless use of ancient magic and should never, under any circumstances, be attempted. The Sigil itself is—

(shuffling paper sounds)

…And someone has drawn the Sigil in my notes.

And I’m on fire.



PD: Hi, everybody! I’m Pastor Drom! I’m filling in for Reverend Mord while he’s on fire! Stop drop and roll, Mord!

RM: Did you do this, Drom?

PD: I didn’t do anything. You’re still on fire, Mord. You should probably do something about that.

RM: It is becoming inconvenient…

PD: You know I love you, Mord, but seriously, you are the only person I know who can do being on fire wrong.

RM: Please take care of the Feast Day while I go and attend to this.

PD: Sure thing! It’s the Feast Day of Saint Solon, patron of lost civilizations. Solon dedicated his life to piecing together the history of an ancient people who never actually existed. He died convinced that he had discovered a great mystery of the universe. It was all very sad. He also gave lots and lots of money to charity and volunteered at a soup kitchen, so that’s why he’s a saint!

In the garden, it looks like Mord is standing in the rain barrel. He’s a bit singed, but looks just fine! I’m sure you’re all relieved to hear that. He doesn’t look happy. Also there’s a crow on his head. Hmm. The crow looks sad. Aww.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for December 5th, 2014. Be safe, and have a great day!


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon. Our exit music is Red in Black and our into music is Moon Valley, both by Kosta T. You can hear more music from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. The Hidden Almanac is copyright 2013-2014, Ursula Vernon.

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