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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Spells and rituals involving the Earth Element should be performed when the
Moon is in an Earth sign: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and
women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing,
emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals,
women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female
partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
Monday – Day of Emotions ( Day of the Moon )
Monday Magick Power Hours: Moonrise. Key Words:
Magick, dreams, health, love, home and family In the word Monday, we can see
part of the word Moon. In the romance languages such as Italian or Spanish,
this day of the week is called Lunes and clearly relates to the word lunar.
On Mondays, a variety of magick may be worked.
Because Monday centers on the energies of the Moon, things like psychism,
dreams, feminine energy, health, success in spiritual pursuits, domestic
matters, and things of family origin are especially important this day.
Mondays are best for love magick and anything concerning home or family,
thus old saying, Mondays child is fair of face, which seems clearly to
relate to the themes of love and health.
Angels of Monday are Gabriel, Arcan, Missabu, and Abuzaha. Arcan is known as
the king of the angels of air and the “ruler” of Monday. Abuzaha (Abuzohar)
serves Monday, and is very responsive to invocations and ritual magick.
Missabu is a ministering angel of Arcan.
Monday is the Best Day For: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,
Eloquence. Planetary Association: Moon Norse Deity Associated With the Day:
Frigga Origin of Name: “Monday” is short for “Moon Day” in honor of the
day’s alignment with that planetary body.
Deities: Thoth, Selene: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea,
Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het
Heret [Hathor]Monday is the day of moon goddesses Selene, Luna and Mani.
Meaning “day of the moon” the name reflects the ancient observance of feast
days dedicated to the Moon Goddess or to the planet. Focus on lunar
energies, psychic development, dream or astral work, intuition, family, or
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil Aromas: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic,
Plants: Wintergreen and other mints, catnip, comfrey, sage, chamomile
Use for magick involving mental issues, learning, higher education,
addictions, communications, travel, young people, messages, perception,
self-expression, artists, poets, and writers. Marriage, emotional love,
family, childbirth, prophecy.
Spells involving emotions, the subconscious,domestic issues and feminine
issues. Also, a good day for psychic pursuits and dream work.Childbearing
and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition
Metal: Silver Gemstones: Pearl, opal, moonstone Associations: Childbearing
and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition
Best Colors for today are Silver, white, light blue, Pearls, Creams, Grays,
Pale Pinks, Pale Violets, and Pale Blues.
Check whether the moon is waning or waxing to determine what your spell will
be. During waning moons, do spells to rid yourself of obstacles or for
wisdom and protection. During waxing moons do magic for increase of any kind
or to draw something into your life.
On Mondays, the best hour to work is moonrise. Get this information from
your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac.
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz,
Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars,
whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and
protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated
with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.
Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on
Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to
achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing
energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good
to be cautious—especially while traveling.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day
Energy: Male, Ruler: Jupiter – Rules growth, expansion, generosity – Use
for magick involving growth, expansion, prosperity, money, business,
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,
Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions.Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day – Energy: Male Ruler: The Sun – Rules
health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick
involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Today’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
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Apple Spell for Wisdom
Spell Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
This is the height of apple harvest season. If you don’t live in an area with orchards where you can pick them, pick some up at a farm stand or grocery store. Get seven apples, one for each day of the week, and place them on your altar. Each morning, before breakfast, take one apple and cut through it in the middle, sideways, so that each half is round, the top and the bottom of the apple. In the middle of each half you will see a pentacle shape made by the seeds: the apple’s magic lies within but is also throughout, given its sweetness, fragrance, beauty, and folklore. Look at the halved apple for a few minutes, meditating on the meaning of the pentacle(the elements, wholeness, integration). Then eat the apple, savoring its flavor and visualizing its wisdom and health-giving properties. Do this each day for a week.
This post was written by Peg Aloi on October 16, 2016
Crystal Grid for the Home
Spell Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
We all strive to make our home a cozy and energetically welcoming place for ourselves and our loved ones. This requires a bit of spiritual and magickal upkeep. Tonight’s full moon (it’s full tomorrow morning, technically) is perfect for manifestation magick, and a simple crystal grid is a great way to keep good vibes flowing. Gather four quartz-crystal points of any size and a fifth crystal of any type, chosen depending upon the energies you’d like to impart throughout your home. This fifth stone will be the center of your grid. Cleanse your crystals, then arrange them on your altar or a central location. Place your fifth stone (chosen for its properties) in the center, with the four points arranged around it, pointing toward the four corners of your home. Hold your hands over the grid and focus on the intent of your goal, then charge the grid with the purpose of constantly sending those energies throughout your dwelling.
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on October 15, 2016
Falling Leaf Spell
Spell Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
According to tree lore, if you can snatch a leaf blown from a tree in midair before it hits the ground, it will be a good-luck talisman for the coming year. Call to the tree or trees of your choice:
“I celebrate your falling leaves as you cycle throughout the year,
I wish to catch one in my hand, I request with love and good cheer!”
You’ll have to be quick of eye and fleet of foot to position yourself under a falling leaf. I tried this with my four oak trees, and it took me about a half hour, but I did finally get one. When you finally catch one, it’s so exciting! Be sure to thank the tree, and find a place to keep your lucky leaf where it won’t get damaged or lost. You could even place it in a small frame and hang it on the wall as art.
This post was written by Mickie Mueller on October 14, 2016
Wish Upon a Star
Spell Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
What is your greatest wish? Head outside at night under the stars, and write down your wish on a piece of paper. Be as specific as possible, including as many details as you can. Then dig a small hole in the ground or use a fireproof container, and light the paper. Allow it to burn, letting the smoke release your wish into the universe. As the paper burns, look up into the sky and pick out the first star you see. Remember this childhood rhyme?
“Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight.”
Chant this over and over as your paper burns, releasing your magic into the night air.
This post was written by Kerri Connor on October 13, 2016
Feet in the Soil
Spell Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
This unique working makes use of the Witch’s famous conical hat. If you don’t own one, feel free to buy a pointy hat that calls to you(they’re readily available at this time of year).
In the dead of night, put on some comfortable black clothing and journey to a natural, quiet outdoor location where you won’t be disturbed. Bring with you two large tree branches that you have discovered fallen in nature. Also bring a little spade or garden shovel, as well as a folding chair.
When you arrive in your chosen spot, dig a hole in the soil and cover your feet. Wear your conical hat and, sitting in the chair, hold the branches high above you, with one in each hand.
Feel yourself “becoming” a tree. Contemplate the cycle of carbon and oxygen, photosynthesis, and the life cycle of the tree. Visualize the power entering you through the branches, your feet, and the conical hat. When you feel deeply grounded and connected, disassemble the scene and note any mystical sensations.
This post was written by Raven Digitalis on October 12, 2016
GrannyMoon’s MotherPeace Reading For The Day ~ 8 of Cups
You are full of emotions. It’s hard to tell what is most important, and what can wait. Take your time, feel each one for its value.
From: GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Tasha’s Daily Planner
Sun. 10/16 Forceful Full Moon in Aries thrusts us into activity, 11 AM steady Taurus Moon helps calm things down.
Mon. 10/17 Grounded Taurus Moon starts the week with steady pace.
Tue. 10/18 Steady Taurus Moon gives way to 10:30 AM dilatory Gemini Moon; plan errands, light duty. Venus enters Sagittarius for generous choices. Mars/Pluto conjunction signals potential violence; employ calm force.
Wed. 10/19 Restless Gemini Moon keeps us on the move. Yesterday’s conjunction is still in force; avoid conflict, opt for peaceful change.
Thu. 10/20 Chatty Gemini Moon gives way to11:30 AM warm Cancer Moon. Mercury/Uranus opposition helps with creative solutions.
Fri. 10/21 Cozy Cancer Moon warms hearts and helps soothe and comfort.
Sat. 10/22 Domestic Cancer Moon tidies and cleans, 3:30 PM Romantic Leo Moon suggests a date for the evening. Sun into Scorpio deepens and sharpens energy.
Sun. 10/23 Radiant Leo Moon enhances outlook, warms hearts.
Mon. 10/24 Jovial Leo Moon begins the day, Hard working 11:00AM Virgo Moon brings focus.
Heartwings Love Notes 746: The Importance of Responsibility
Heartwings says, “Responsibility is something to learn and also to decide.”
When children are growing up it is important to give them responsibilities. Even a small child can do simple tasks for the family. If the child is forgetful or perhaps deliberately tests the parent by ignoring his or her duties, it is the responsibility of the parent to follow up on the discipline with reminders as well as consistent persistence. That’s part of the responsibility of parenting. When young children learn to take responsibility at an early age, it helps them with self-discipline later on. When I was raising mine, I gave them tasks to do. We kept a weekly list so that the tasks rotated.
As an adult I find there are times I have to make a decision as to what is and what is not my responsibility. When I see trash on the sidewalk or paper towels on the floor of a restroom, I wonder if it is my responsibility to pick up after someone else. At home do I put away my husband’s clothes as well as mine or leave them for him to put away? Who is responsible for what in a household is often divided along lines of familiarity with how it was growing up. Who mowed the lawn, took out the trash, checked to see if the door was locked at night?
I remember my mother saying at a certain time in the evening, her father would wind the grandfather clock and that would be his signal for her current boyfriend to depart. We didn’t have a grandfather clock to wind, however my father was responsible for the houseplants and flowers in our home. All summer he would carefully arrange fresh flowers in vases, some from his garden, some from my grandmother’s. My mother was responsible for the cooking, for the purchase of food and for what and when we ate. She also carved the roast or chicken we had on Sundays because she thought she did a better job of it.
The word responsibility implies a response to something. If I am aware of an important duty, like paying my taxes, being sure to vote, stopping at stop signs, or even washing my hands after I sneeze, cough or go to the bathroom, then I respond by acting. I take responsibility for that which is my personal obligation to society or to myself. However there is this gray area where I need to make decisions: do I try to help if my help may not be wanted? Do I act when my action may not be what is needed? Taking responsibility for what I do or do not do requires me to think and think again.
May you find a good balance for your responsibilities and never take on more than you are comfortable with.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
PS If you enjoyed this Love Note, do let me know, and if you have thoughts to share I would love to hear them and will be sure to respond. Thanks so much!
Magee Goes Trick or Treat
Part 1 and 2
It’s me, Magee, the nine year old Silky Terrier and dog detective for our local police department. There’s funny stuff in the air as Halloween draws near, as every dog’s nose knows. Regardless, I had no idea of what else was right around the corner.
Sippi was in the kitchen talking on the phone. I was watching old reruns of my short-lived TV show Dig Dog Dig. Ku seemed to be sleeping on the love seat by the window.
Suddenly Sippi’s voice got loud. “For Halloween, You’re throwing a party here in town at the Inn? But Aunt Bea why not at a hotel in Worcester, or maybe Providence or even as far away as New Haven? Of course I want you to visit and meet Magee. I just don’t want to lose my job in the process.”
I knew Aunt Bea’s smoking pot worried Sippi. She talked about it enough, even to me. She hung up the phone.
Ku, the Siamese cat that has lived with us since Officer Charley Chico died blinked at me and yawned. Then into my mind came one of Ku’s confusing messages. Since I didn’t understand meow talk this is how he always communicated with me. “What once was then is something new. What will be new is ancient too.” Made no sense to me. I’m not a feline philosopher, just a dog. I shook my head and went looking for Sippi.
“Magee,” Sippi was in the kitchen. “Aunt Bea’s coming for a visit. She’ll be staying here with us and wants to throw a Halloween party at the Inn.”
I wagged my tale and yipped. I had always wanted to meet Aunt Bea. Sippi had said how if she liked me she’d spoil me with treats.
The phone rang again. Sippi sighed and went to pick it up.
I yawned. I had no idea what Ku was trying to tell me. I looked at Sippi and wondered when we could go for our walk. I was tired of watching the DVD of myself outrun a rabbit and then dig up lost documents in the parking lot behind our historic city hall. Marjorie, my late owner before Sippi, had always told me not to let my fame go to my head.
So I try to be all business, especially when we’re walking through police headquarters to Sippi’s office. Since I’d helped her solve the celebrated cold case last year, she had been promoted. Now she had a small office of her own off the squad room. It was just big enough for her desk and chair, a file cabinet and for me to have a pillow on a folding chair near the window.
She picked up the phone. “What do you want Raven? Yes I know she’s coming.” Then Sippi raised her voice and I knew I had better pay special attention.
“All right Raven. I hear you. Let me suggest a truce during Aunt Bea’s stay. I won’t bit your head off, and you won’t make insipid suggestions as to how one day I’ll be your little woman. Raven, that’s just not going to happen.”
Then she listened, tapped her foot, and frowned. “Thank you. I’m glad you’ll pick her up at the airport. That’s saves me a drive into Boston.” She sighed and stood up. “And no, not tomorrow for dinner, not next weekend, not anytime. If you want to share an afternoon with me, accompany me and Magee to the range.”
He must have said something to upset her even more because her voice got very sharp. “Yes I know you’re ok with most handguns but practice is important even for a deadeye dick glory FBI guy like you.”
I hated going to the police range. The sound of shooting hurt my ears and made my head ache.
Raven must have known that. The next thing Sippi said was, “I don’t care if Magee likes the range or not. When we’re together I want him along as my chaperon. He makes me feel safer and I know I won’t swoon over your affectionate double talk. This isn’t California. We’re not playing pro ball any more, remember? It’s a different world since we got injured and you left me high and dry, running off with that bimbo.”
I yawned and looked at Sippi giving her my best couldn’t-you-get-off-the- phone whine. She caught my message. “Ok Magee, I’ll be off right away, then you’ll get your after-dinner walk.”
I yipped and wagged my tail.
“Thanks again for picking Aunt Bea up, Raven. Stay safe.” She hung up.
Then the phone rang again.
“Yes, Chief Mallory,” Sippi said. “I’m here at home. What? There was a commotion on the Common?”
I perked up my ears. That was right around the corner from Sippi’s condo.
She picked up my leash. “Something’s happened. Screams were heard. Mallory wants us there before the Staties trample any evidence you might find.”
Local officers were standing near the bandstand when Sippi and I got to the Common. Several of them laughed when Sippi took me off leash. Paying them no attention, I bolted around trying to smell what wasn’t supposed to be there. It didn’t take long.
I sniffed something under the bandstand. I yipped and wagged my tail. Sippi was by my side. She used her bright flashlight to light up the area. Wedged under the bandstand was a bloody human head. Its thick hair was matted in blood. Sippi pointed it out to one of the cops who scraped it out and into an evidence bag.
The church clock began to strike midnight.
I sniffed. There was something more. I brushed against Sippi, caught her attention and jumped back. “You want me to follow you Magee?”
I yipped, held the scent and followed it. I crossed the street and ran to the lawn of the library where it grew stronger. There way under the bushes near the front door was a body with no head. I wondered if this had anything to do with what Ku had tried telling me.
“What’s this, some kind of sick joke?” Chief Mallory fumed. He looked hard at Myrtle Crump the Department’s medical officer. “What do you mean the head doesn’t match the body? You’re saying that these are two different victims?”
“Yes,” she nodded.
“Are you sure?” Sippi asked. “How strange.”
Chief Mallory looked hard at Magee. “Can’t we just have a simple cut and dried murder? Why does it always have to be perverse? Once the press gets hold of this we’ll be inundated by media just like last summer with the Fipps case.”
He looked back at Myrtle? “How do you know?”
She sighed. “The head’s clearly female. She grinned at Sippi. “No sign of an Adams apple’s. But headless body is male. Laced with enough oxycodone to send him into La La Land. Most likely an overdose was the initial cause of death.”
Sippi frowned. “So he could have been decapitated to hide his identity?”
“Possibly,” Mallory said. “But this means that some where on God’s green earth there’s another head minus a body.” He looked at me. “Hear that Sherlock?”
He clutched his half smoked cigar and leaned back in his chair. “Why can’t we have a simple murder. The kind with suspects, clues and motives? Why does it always have to be like this?”
“No such thing as simple murder Chief,” Duty Sgt Andrew Swift said. “There’s always a trap door or mystery meat in the pie.”
I wasn’t sure where this talk was going, but I waged my tail anyway.
Mallory squinched his nose. “I’m calling the Feds in on this one, We’re a good department but if there’s some son of Jack the Ripper out there hiding in the bushes we’ll need more help to bring him down than just us.”
Hearing that didn’t make Sippi happy. “If you call in the FBI chances are they’ll dispatch Agent Jones from the Boston office. He’s their all star trouble shooter.”
“Good!” Mallory’s eyes lit up. “Agent Raven Jones, fine investigator. I just wish you two could get along better. Two all stars! What amazing possibilities.”
“Don’t go there Chief.”
What do you have against the boy?”
“That’s it.” Sippi said. “He’s just a boy. A boy with great big man sized hands and enough charm to keep from fouling out.”
“Yes,” Mallory leaned forward.
Sippi eyed Myrtle. “It’s a long story.” But she said nothing after that.
“Not one word of this to the press,” Mallory said. “No need to cause panic in the streets.”
“Sure,” Myrtle said. She looked over at Sippi.
“But Chief,” Desk Sgt. Swift said, “that young reporter from the paper’s already has been sniffing around. He wasn’t satisfied when he left.”
“Classified,” Mallory roared. “Button it up. Not a word.”
“Yes, Chief,” they chorused.
Mallory chomped on his stub. “The last thing we need here is a crusading reporter out to snag a Pulitzer Prize.”
“We’ll do our best,” Swift said.
“Wait a minute,” Mallory said.
“You got that look in your eyes Chief,” Sippi said. She bent over, petted
me and slipped me a spicy shrimp treat.
Mallory tapped his ash into a rusted ashtray that smelled like a dead
cigars. “Get him in here tomorrow. What’s his name this reporter?”
“Pride,” Desk Sgt said. “Dick Pride.”
Mallory sat back. “Right now, clean up the skull. Take mug shots. We’ll handle it like it’s a missing person.”
“You’re not expecting me to do that are you?” Myrtle said.
“Who do you think,” he roared. “You’d rather the Department hired a classy hairdresser?”
Myrtle gave him a dirty look.
He turned to the Desk Sgt. “Let this kid know the photos are of a missing woman . Happens all the time. No big story there just doing a community service. Get him to publish the photos and we’ll see what happens next.
The Sgt nodded. “Got it,” Chief.”
“But Chief,” Sippi interrupted. “Isn’t that tampering with evidence? Do something like that now and someday getting a conviction….”
His face reddened; his voice grew louder. “You got a better idea Bopp? You want panic in the streets. You want the Selectmen’s office overrun with nervous calls? You want families fearful of letting their kids outside alone? One word of what this really is and the media circus from last summer will be back in a hurry.”
Myrtle shook her head. “I think you’re exaggerating,”
His voice boomed. “How do you know that!” He turned to Sippi. “Now take Magee back to the crime scene and let him sniff to his heart’s content.”
He turned to me. “Hear that Sherlock?” Then he laughed. “Maybe this Halloween you’ll be up against the Headless Horseman.”
No one laughed.
“Trick or treat,” Sippi petted me and fed me another shrimp ball. “And just when I thought we’d have a peaceful beginning to the holiday season something like this has to happen.”
I wagged my tail, but no more treats were forthcoming. Next we went back to her office where Sippi poked around in her file cabinet and I looked out the window. I was eager to go. The case was afoot. Eventually we got back to the Common, but sadly although I sniffed around some more, nothing turned up.
Before supper Raven brought Aunt Bea to Sippi’s condo. He walked in with her, carrying her bags.
Aunt Bea picked me up, petted me and set me down. Then she bowed to Ku who meowed and stretched his paws. I smelled something different about her. It made my eyes water.
Then she picked me up again and gave me a delicious treat I had never tasted before. I wagged my tail and made little satisfied noises. I loved her voice. It sounded like soft sand.
Raven had brought hard cider. He poured it into glasses and handed it around.
Sippi sipped hers. “I love the way you invite yourself over.”
“Full court press,” he smiled. “I talked to Chief Mallory this afternoon.”
Sippi and Raven explained the situation to Aunt Bea filling her in about the double murders and decapitations.
Aunt Bea sat on the couch. She cuddled me in her lap. Ku joined us. He sat beside her and gave her a long meow. She seemed pleased, closed her eyes and was quiet for a few moments. Ku and I sat very still while Aunt Bea went into her silence. When she opened her eyes she said, “Ritualistic killings– possibly even more than two sacrifices. It was carefully planned, not a crime of passion.”
“Great,” Sippi said. “That’s all Chief Mallory needs to hear to put his blood pressure over the top.”
“Then it’s best we don’t tell him,” Raven said. “At least not until we get it solved.” (to be continued)
A Samhain Ritual of Remembrance and Wisdom
October is a special month for Pagans. It is a time when the veil between this world and The Next grows thin. It is a time to communicate and remember our ancestors and loved ones who have gone across before us. This Samhain Ritual is often done during the month of October, and of course, on Halloween night! This practice is from The Hedgewitch Book of Days.
It involves a candle, a small sprig of rosemary (or dried rosemary), and sage leaf (or some dried sage). Sit a dark and quiet area, focused on your lit candle, visualizing a loved one who has passed or an ancestor you’ve felt a connection with. Hold the Rosemary (for remembrance) in one hand and say:
I will remember and hold you dear, I send you blessings this coming year.
Then take the sage (for wisdom) in your hand and say:
Wisdom from the other world, Messages now start to unfurl.
Watch the candlelight and focus on anything shown in the shape of the flame or your mind’s eye.
by Emerald Rose from their self-title album, Emerald Rose.
“They say the road to heaven is straight and narrow
They say the road to hell is smooth and wide
Well, the path I follow is long and winding
But it surely leads to the other side”
“I’m forced to admit I’m far from a perfect man
And I guess I confess I’m a sinner as they’d say
But the Pagan life’s not about single-dose redemption
It’s a reaffirmation every day.”
I thought these were brilliant lyrics that should give you a few things to think about today.
The Daily Pagan
Trees and People
Children of Mother Nature
by Madisyn Taylor
We can be more like trees opening our crown to the Universe and rooting down deep with our feet into mother earth.
A tree that is beginning to grow sends roots down into Mother Earth even as it reaches and opens to the sky above, seeking nourishment from the sun and the moisture in the air and in the rain that falls. In the same way, we can envision ourselves as treelike beings, imagining that we have roots reaching down into the earth, energetic strands that keep us connected. At the same time, the crowns of our heads lift and open to receive nourishment from above. Just like a tree, we seek the sunshine and water we need to survive and thrive. Both trees and people serve as conduits for the intermingling of the opposite and complementary elements of air, water, sun, and earth.
We also share creative ways of growing, regardless of the challenges we come up against in our environments. Trees will even grow through rock, shattering it, in their effort to reach the air and light they need to survive. We are similarly resilient, with a built-in propensity for growth and the conditions that promote it. We find creative ways around the obstacles we confront as we move along our paths, moving toward the light that feeds us, just as trees grow around other trees and rocks as they make their way upward.
Contemplating the ways in which trees and people mirror one another brings us into alignment with the reality that we are part of Mother Nature. Our children, and the trees and their children, will live together on the earth as long as we all survive, sharing the elements and serving together to forward nature’s plan. Walking in a forest can be a meditation, the interweaving lives of all living creatures and the planet on which we all take root and reach for the sky.
Samhain Ideas for the Little Witchlings
Posted by Lady Cattra Shadow the Scarlet Cat
For many modern Pagans, Halloween is known as Samhain. It is a magical night when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. It is the final harvest, a time to give thanks, remember those that have passed on, and as the Witches New Year, it is time to make vows for the future.
Getting children into the spirit of Halloween is not very hard, but teaching them about Samhain can be, especially when the holiday is so closely tied to death and often associated with fear. Pagans are not afraid of the spirits of the dead, however. We see them as our beloved friends and ancestors. While nobody really knows what happens when a person dies, most Pagans believe we move on to somewhere pleasant – Summerland, the Land of Youth, Avalon, and so forth.
It’s important that children understand that Samhain is not an evil holiday and that scary things like witches and ghosts aren’t really scary at all. Regardless of whether or not you want to address the issue of death with your child, teach him/her the origins of Halloween and the true significance of Samhain. Stress that the ghosts of our friends and ancestors are friendly and can help and guide us. Remind them that real witches are not bad.
You don’t have to do this all at once of course. Most families don’t trim the Yule tree, buy and wrap the presents, decorate the house, bake the cookies, and send out cards all on the same day (at least, I hope not for sake of sanity). You have all month. Here are some ideas to get you started. You’ll have to decide what’s appropriate for your child given his/her age and level of maturity.
Decorate your home in the spirit of the season. Use pumpkins, ghosts, witches, black cats, and everything else you can think of. Involve your children as much as possible. This is a good time to explain the origins of Halloween and the real meanings of these images of witches, skeletons, and ghosts.
Create an altar
Make a big family altar. Put symbols of the seasons on it, ! like pumpkins, fall leaves, pomegranates, and corn. Put pictures of your beloved dead on the altar, as well as anything that reminds you of them – an aunt’s string of pearls, a grandfather watch. Encourage your child to add to the altar. They can add a drawing, a favorite picture, photo of a beloved pet that has passed away, or just something that evokes the spirit of Samhain like a witch doll or a small scarecrow. If possible, make the altar low, at your child’s eye level.
Have a special meal
Set an extra Ancestor Seat to your dinner table and let the children decorate the chair. If your children are older, you could hold a Dumb Supper, where dinner is served and eaten in complete silence in honor of the Spirit. Be sure to give thanks. If your children are younger, you could have them leave a plate outside for wandering ghosts on Samhain (like leaving cookies for Santa).
Pick an especially beautiful day and visit a cemetery with your children. Choose an interesting cemetery – one that is especially old, has leaning headstones, statues, and beautiful gardens. Walk around examining the headstones, piecing together stories from the family burial plots or mausoleums, reading about lives well lived. See the old headstones and image what life was like in the 1800s and early 1900s. If you find a neglected grave, tidy it up a bit. Leave flowers and other offerings such as breads or sweets. This is a good time to answer children’s questions about death, ghosts, and other mysteries. In the bright sunshine and peaceful quiet of the cemetery, they’ll be less afraid, more likely to respect death, and find added joy in life.
Let your child spend time with older family members, a grandmother for instance. Encourage your relative to tell your child stories about the family. What is the family history – did someone immigrate from Ireland, Russia, and so forth? Did anyone grow up during the Great Depression? How did grandpa and grandma meet? Share your family stories with your children. Bring out old photos.
This is practically a Halloween must. If you can, go to a pumpkin patch. Later, as you help your child carve the pumpkins, tell them the history of pumpkin carving and Halloween in general.
Make special treats
If you’re not too handy in the kitchen, you can buy ready to bake cookies in the frozen aisle of your grocery store. At this time of year, you’ll find many already come decorated with Halloween themes. If you’re really handy in the kitchen, borrow from Mexican tradition and make sugar skulls. Prepare any dough for sugar cookies as you normally. Divide the dough into golf-size balls and sculpt them into skulls, using toothpicks and other kitchen tools to make the skull’s features. Decorate them with frosting.
Share a great story
There are many Halloween books for children, but beware if you’re trying to pass on positive images of witches to your children. Be sure to look a book over before giving it to your child. The same goes for movies. Some book recommendations appear at the end of this article. You can also share your own stories and stories about the Goddess and God and their roles at Samhain.
Create simple rituals
Keep your rituals simple if you’re going to include young children. They’ll be able to follow better and are less likely to get bored. A ritual can be as simple as lighting candles for your ancestors at your altar and saying some simple words. One simple ritual you can do with your family is having everyone write on one piece of paper something he/she would like to leave behind (like a bad habit, for instance). Write down a wish for the future on another piece of paper. The first piece of paper can be burned (by mom or dad) and the ashes blown into the wind. Tell your children to imagine the wind taking these bad habits far away from your home. Take a small pumpkin and cut slits into it, one for each family member. Have everyone insert their pieces of paper containing their wishes for the future into the pumpkin. Bury the pumpkin in your front or backyard. Be sure to bury it as deep as you can because a local animal might be able to scent it and dig it up.
I didn’t really have to tell you this, did I? Remind the kids to leave a little candy for the ancestors.
Samhain is an excellent time to do some divination. Choose your favorite tool and do a reading for and/or with your child, but be sure to keep it positive. If you use a tarot deck, avoid using one with dark images that might frighten your child. Samhain also provides a great opportunity to introduce your child to the tarot. Present him/her with his/her very own deck. Even if your child is too young to do readings, he/she will begin getting familiar with the images. Some recommendations for tarot decks for children appear at the end of this article.
Make a witch’s cord
Witch’s cords are beautiful and make great decorations. The Samhain witches cord should be an expression of what you wish or hope for the New Year. Take three strands of ribbon or silk cord in three different colors, each about three feet long. Choose colors that symbolize your hopes for the New Year. Fold one end down about five inches and tie together in a knot to make a loop so the cord can be hung. Braid the strands together, reciting your wishes and hopes and tie at least three knots on the tail. You can add anything you want to the cords – feathers, stones, herbs, little toys, tokens in remembrance of a loved one, etc.
Find a wand
Samhain is a great time to look for a wand. Venture outdoors with your children, to a park perhaps, and look for branches or fallen pieces of wood. When you’ve found your wand, be sure to thank the tree and leave an offering. Once you’ve cleaned it up by whittling it and sanding it if necessary, let your child decorate it.
Halloween is a fun time for children, but it’s also a celebration of the cycles that bring growth and transformation. With its deep connections to family, our rituals and stories are perfect for sharing with our children, teaching them about the past, and giving us all hope for the future.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
What Is Halloween? (Lift-the-Flap Story) by Harriet Ziefert
Happy Halloween! (Teenie Halloweenies) by Melissa Lagonegro
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies by Mark Kimball Moulton
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz
Boo Who? And Other Wicked Halloween Knock-Knock Jokes (Lift-the-Flap
Knock-Knock Book) by Katy Hall
The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes
Have A Molly Halloween by American Girl (Series)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Suggested Tarot Decks
Tarot of the Children
Inner Child Cards
Spirit of Flowers Tarot
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