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I hold this earth in my heart.
I hold this fire in my heart.
I hold all the waters in my heart.
I hold this cosmos in my heart.
I hold all of you –
every single one of you in my heart.
Especially those who know me.
Especially those who do not know me.
Everything is made sacred in the heart.
A Poem for Today
The Green Man is watching us.
He’s more patient than I
Standing so silent
I almost pass by.
Sudden leaf-rattle laughter
Floats high on the air.
Lets me know that He knows
That I know he’s there.
The Green Man is watching us.
He is quicker than the eye.
One blink–POP!–he’s gone,
I turn and I sigh.
Float on the pond,
Let me know that He knows
That I know He’s gone.
The Green Man is watching us
Our fates are as one,
Entwined as the vines
That climb to the sun.
Don’t rush through the forest.
Slow down, still your mind.
Peer into the small spaces,
You might see an eye
Listen to His music,
His laughter, His sighs.
Feel the woods thrumming
As He passes by.
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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
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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Candle Spell to Remove Obstacles
Spell Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Today we are in a waning-moon phase, a perfect time to remove obstacles. Plus it is Sunday, the day for success! Let’s combine these enchanting energies with a candle spell to remove any obstacles in your path.
Take a golden votive candle and carve a sun symbol on it, then place it in a votive cup. Light the candle and hold the votive cup out in front of you. Now focus on the flame burning through any impediment and opening up the way to your success. Say these words:
“As I hold this golden spell candle in my hands, I empower it to send success out across the land. Now burn with magickal purpose both bright and true, May the way be opened for all that I wish to do.”
Allow the candle to burn out in a safe place. My best wishes for your success!
This post was written by Ellen Dugan on December 18, 2016
Food Magic for Pets
Spell Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016
As a means of sending blessing or healing energy to our pets, we can use a bit of kitchen magic. Since so many ingredients in our food are potentially dangerous for pets (for example, garlic and onions can lead to anemia in dogs and cats, and neither animal can eat chocolate), it’s not wise to mix in extra things like herbs into their food. We can, however, project energy into the food to charge it with the desired quality. If it’s moist food, a power symbol can be traced in it with a knife or fork, sending energy through it into the meal. If it’s dry kibble, the symbol can be traced onto the bowl before adding the food, so that the energy is absorbed into it as it’s being eaten.
This post was written by Michael Furie on December 17, 2016
Tea for Two (or Three or More!)
Spell Date: Friday, December 16, 2016
There is nothing so comforting as a spot of tea, especially when it includes scones with gobs of raspberry jam and clotted cream. Afternoon tea is a bit of a luxury— we are always busy—but it is essential to remember the importance of maintaining our relationships with others. Invite friends to tea for a ritual of reconnection.
Clear a table and bless it as sacred space. Lay out your tea service and any food and hot water as if you were setting up an altar. Incorporate elements into your meal and table setting that symbolize friendship, such as pineapples, lemons, irises, yellow roses, and ivy. When everyone sits down, hold hands to form an unbroken circle and speak a spell of friendship together:
“Tea and sympathy, Friendship and empathy, Teatime is our time to reconnect.”
Then … enjoy. Savor every moment.
This post was written by Natalie Zaman on December 16, 2016
A Fire and Ice House Blessing
Spell Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
As the chilly and beautiful weather surrounds us, our energies are drawn inward. We can use this opportunity to invoke protective energies for the house and home, providing a rampart of protection during the cold season.
Because magick often operates in paradigms, gather eight tealight candles and place each candle individually in a tall jar. Starting in the north and moving in a deosil (clockwise) direction, light each candle an equal distance apart around the house to form eight points representing the Wheel of the Year.
Once all the candles are safely lit, stand in the very center of your home and visualize a soft, fiery light creating the sacred Wheel of the Year, with yourself at the center. See this energy filling you and surrounding the house in a protective three-dimensional wheel of light and life. When you feel fulfilled, keep a close eye on the candles while they naturally burn out. Feel free to incorporate any additional house-cleansing rituals throughout the activity that you wish.
This post was written by Raven Digitalis on December 15, 2016
Spell to Plan Winter Work
Spell Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Spending more time indoors in winter means we can make time for projects we don’t get to during warmer weather. For this spell, hand draw a simple calendar on a piece of paper. Use colored pens and make it pleasing to look at. Then get some colored pieces of paper or sticky notes, and write your individual projects on each one (make several for projects that will take more than one day). Keep the project notes on your altar for a night or two, charging them with intention. Place the project notes on top of the calendar dates you plan to do them; if you don’t get to it that day, move it to another day. Use tacks to stick the project notes on the new days. This allows you to be flexible and work according to your own time and energy. Keep the calendar in a visible but accessible place so you can move things as needed.
This post was written by Peg Aloi on December 14, 2016
GrannyMoon’s MotherPeace Reading For The Day ~ The Moon
You have dreams of strange landscapes and unfamiliar circumstances. These reflect the unfamiliar terrain of your outer life and demonstrate the need for care. This can bring you a sense of confusion or fear this week, but you are wise and will gain much inner strength.
Keywords: Cycles, Emotion, Intensity, Reflection, Confusion, Influence, Emergence, Perplexity
Tasha’s Daily Planner
Mon 19th Playful Leo Moon AM: Enliven your day with light heartedness. 1 PM Pristine Virgo Moon: Devote some time to cleaning up and polishing
Tue 20th Particular Virgo Moon: go over and edit projects, manuscripts
Wed 21st 1st day of Winter – Winter Solstice Begins – Balance seeking Libra Moon: Even things out for yourself. Winter Solstice Sun into Capricorn, the light will now increase by a little daily
Thur 22nd Justice loving Libra Moon: Speak out or write letters on behalf of victims
Fri 23rd Deep Scorpio Moon: Look for hidden solutions, solve riddles
Sat 24th Christmas Eve and Hanukkah/Chanukkah Ends (at sundown) 2016 – Passionate Scorpio Moon: Embrace your beloved with Christmas kisses
Sun 25th Christmas Day – Crafty Scorpio Moon: Design a Christmas surprise to delight all. Venus/Jupiter trine helps all feel happy, be generous
Mon 26th Hospitable Sagittarius Moon: Share your joy with those you love. Jupiter/Uranus opposition makes for diverse, unusual educational times
Tue 27th Philosophical Sagittarius Moon: Help resolve dilemmas
Wed 28th Ambitious Capricorn Moon: decide what you want and go for it.
Thur 29th Persistent Capricorn Moon: Pursue your goals diligently for the day. New Moon in Capricorn: Outline goals for the next year, make lists. Uranus turns direct, expect the unexpected
Fri 30th Persistent Capricorn Moon: Pursue your goals diligently for the day. New Moon in Capricorn: Outline goals for the next year, make lists. Uranus turns direct, expect the unexpected
Sat 31st New Years Eve – Persistent Capricorn Moon: Pursue your goals diligently for the day. New Moon in Capricorn: Outline goals for the next year, make lists. Uranus turns direct, expect the unexpected
THE GIFT OF THE SOLSTICE SPIRIT
A Pujatale by Tasha
Once long ago Goddess looked down at the children of earth and saw they didn’t seem happy. It was wintertime. They were cold. The sun went down early and stayed down a long time. The days were short and chilly too. “What can I do to brighten things up for them,” Goddess said aloud.
An angel flying by overheard and replied: “Why not send them some extra light? Light always makes people feel happier.”
Goddess thought about that. “What a good idea! Now what kind of light can I send? They have torches, candles and firelight. Electricity hasn’t been discovered yet, would that help? No, what’s needed is light for their hearts. That’ll warm them inside and out!”
Goddess got to work. All the angels were called together. I want you to sing,” Goddess said. “Sing about beauty, love and kindness, about joy, happiness and thanksgiving.” The angels sang their hearts out. Then everyone gathered up the notes and placed them in Goddess’s hands, where they were molded into a gigantic heart. Goddess blew on the heart, hard. It broke into as many pieces as there were people. Goddess’s breath blew each piece straight into a human heart where it remained, warm and glowing. And whoever was born after that got a piece from their parents so everyone always has one. That was the birth of the Solstice Spirit.
To this day, every Solstice, Goddess blows on that little piece of angel song in every heart, and lo and behold, the sparks kindle and the Spirit of Solstice is felt in us all. But the best and most beautiful gift of all is that the little bit of angel song is always there, and any time we want, all year long, all we have to do is remember it and we can feel the Spirit glowing within us.
Tasha Halpert http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com
Heartwings Love Notes 755 Greens for the Holidays
Heartwings says, “The evergreens we use to decorate at the holidays remind us that there is life after winter.
Looking around at the gaily-decorated wreaths on the doorways of homes in my neighborhood, I am reminded of a funny incident. I was out for a walk during the holidays, and a gentleman stopped me with: “I beg your pardon, could I ask you a question?” I told him yes, and he said, “Why are there so many wreaths on these doors? In England that signifies that someone has died.” I laughed and assured him that it was a Christmas custom in the States to decorate one’s doors in this way. The presence of these evergreens, along with others is a symbol of the continuation of life.
From time immemorial those who have celebrated the light festivals of the holidays have decorated their homes with fresh pines, spruce, holly and mistletoe. With the bare branches of deciduous trees prominent in their landscape, it would be only natural for them to see evergreens as representing hope for the future. The minds of people who lived in more primitive times would fasten on these as symbolizing a potential for a future that seemed distant and dim in the cold, dark days of midwinter.
The branches of greenery we place on mantles, over doorway, and use in table decorations were once thought to bring the benevolent spirits of the trees into people’s homes to bless them. There are many traditions from many countries concerning the use of greenery for the holidays. Mistletoe, the evergreen vine that is often hung over doorways has a long history as a symbol of peace, and later as an opportunity to steal a kiss, thanks to the evolution of a tradition.
The tree that we decorate with lights and other ornaments is another important symbol of the continuation of life. Various trees worshipped by the pagan religions were central to holiday celebrations. Our Christmas trees are part of a long line of traditions that goes back into the mists of history. Our decorations too come from a variety of sources, ranging from ancient Rome to Germany and the Scandinavian countries. Whether we are celebrating the Solstice, Hanukah, Yule or Christmas, what we are really doing is affirming the eventual return of life and light to a dark, seemingly lifeless earth.
Regardless when and how you do, may you celebrate your holidays with joy.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
Crystals for Christmas
Any gemstone makes a beautiful holiday gift! There are some obvious, as well as some not so obvious choices I would like to mention, that can make a great gift as well as have great significance.
Chiastolite: The “Cross Stone”
This powerful crystal balances one’s perspective in both creativity and practicality. It is used as a sign of devotion towards awareness and dispels negativity. It signifies both death and re-birth and helps one to understand the realization of immortality. It is used as a bridge for “crossing over”. It helps one to assimilate during times of change. It provides insight to answers when problem solving. This stone has a reputation for astral journeys and is used as a gateway into the mysterious. This stone allows for the overcoming of fear, the facing of reality and overcoming of the unknown. It exhibits the axis and angle in a different color from the rest of the crystal forming a natural cross.
An excellent all-purpose, high level gem amplifier and electrical conductor, especially on Solar plexus and Heart Chakra. Strengthens meridians, nerve system, digestion. Positively charged with warming sun energy. Often worn by teachers/healers, especially after much self-healing (addictions, childhood…) Attracts prosperity, stores, amplifies thoughts/emotions/energy (Greed too). Yang. Pink = Gold + copper. Lovingness, warmth, spirituality. Amplifies gem effects. White: Combines sun and moon’s energy, thus higher conductor and amplifier. A regenerator, helping one renew oneself. Works on the physical, mental, and spiritual planes. It benefits the nervous system and improves the ability of the nerves to transmit information in the most efficient manner. Gold settings: Gold is ruled by the Sun a masculine planet, and therefore imparts a more assertive energy to crystals & minerals that are mounted in it.
Medium brown, green, blue or red, these stones are accented with tiny coppery glitter. Goldstone is a man-made stone, a type of glass with glittery metallic material in it. It is a valid classification, as it has many properties of NATURAL glasses, such as obsidian which are modified by its being man-made and having been doped with additives. Originally created when alchemists were working towards creating gold. Gently uplifting, mildly helpful to Solar plexus Chakra to reduce stomach tension, protect center of body.
These clear crystals closely resemble diamonds, but are really quartz. Considered a “Dream stone”, they are used in meditation or under your pillow to enhance visualization, astral travel into the light and dream recall. Most effective on the Brow and Crown Chakra therefore, this stone shifts the brain powerfully into alpha/deep stillness. Amplifies and stores thoughts, energy; and can be used as a bridge to stimulate energy flow up through the Chakra centers, opening the Brow and Crown Chakra for a strong, clear channel for psychic readings and meditation. This stone helps you choose a direction to follow that will offer the path of least resistance. They contain a store of ecological memory that can be utilized by a person who can tune into the energy. Can also guide you in remembering your own past-life experiences.
The ancient Chinese culture has revered Jade for centuries. Jade is considered the health, wealth and longevity stone. used also for courage, wisdom, justice, mercy, emotional balance, stamina, love, fidelity, humility, generosity, peace, harmony. Jade is known as androgynous, therefore it is considered having a gentle, steady pulse of healing energy. Jade is found in different colors and can be used on the appropriate Chakra based on its color. Properties common to all colors of Jade include its ability to mellow one’s existence. Helps one rid themselves of negative thoughts and energy. Very beneficial to the heart in both physical and spiritual senses. It is a very protective stone and will keep its wearer out of harm’s way. Jade bounds us to our earth energies and physical instincts. Jade is a humbling stone.
A silicate stone, which contains water, it correlates with our emotions. Clarifies by amplifying and mirroring feelings, buried emotions, desires (including love and passion). Less inhibition, more spontaneity. Crown and Brow Chakra. Visualization, imagination, dreams, healing. Easily absorbs, stores emotions and thoughts.
In tune with emotions, water and women, especially pregnant women, pearls are a symbol of pure heart and mind; innocence and faith. Because it is from the sea, it has watery and lunar elements, therefore it is used for balancing emotions, especially for water signs. Absorbing by nature, this mineral absorbs thoughts and emotions and because of this, must be used with caution. If you feel excessively negative while wearing a pearl, it will hold that energy until it is cleansed. Remember, Pearl is the result of layer upon layer of substance produced to combat irritation. Pearl can cool and soothe. It is very nurturing. If using pearls in conjunction with other gemstones, consider Diamonds to amplify and purify, or Emeralds to bring negative energy out and disperse it.
Quartz: “Rock Crystal”
Quartz is the Master Healer and the “stone of power”! Probably the most versatile multipurpose healing stone. Easy to cleanse, store information/energy in, program or amplify energy and is used as a healing instrument. The natural tendency for quartz is for harmony. Quartz can both draw and send energy therefore it is effective for sending/receiving guidance. Quartz is used for transformation in healing and in all levels of change (mentally/emotionally, physically and spiritually). Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. Quartz works with All Chakra and master gland for balancing, cleansing and healing. It is the perfect stone for complete Aura balancing.
This famous corundum stone is found in blue, green, pink, purple, clear. Blue: Communication, insight, intuition, clairaudience, inspiration, spiritual prayer/devotion, peacefulness. Pituitary and Thyroid. Detoxing skin, body. Antidepressant. Cools, contracts, soothes, thus reducing inflammation, fevers, nosebleeds. Hearing problems, TB, burns, etc. Nervous system (& Epilepsy) and meridians. Strongest if next to skin. Especially Throat Chakra. Also: wisdom, will, centering, cheerfulness, luck. Reduces radiation effects, anxiety, procrastination. Some effects subtle.
This metal is excellent for mental, emotional, and physical releasing and cleansing. Works on mind/emotions to see life’s overview, our emotional balance, and need for patience. Like the moon’s energy, silver has a gentle, cool, smoothing effect. Therefore, it reduces inflammation, fever, nervous system stress. Best with the gentler, cooler-colored gems. Works with pituitary and upper energy centers, therefore, works well on the psychic mind, unconditional love and healing. Generally, it has a cooling Yin energy. Wear this metal when you feel attracted to it. Silver works best as a communicator. It assists in verbal and representational communication. It should be worn only when it feels right.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
Magee Goes Trick or Treat Chapter 10 and 11
It was evening. Someone had just come into my hospital room. I picked right up on Raven’s aftershave.
“It’s cool Magee,” just me, Raven, then it’ll be Captain Mallory followed by Sippi. And then I’ll be back.”
I wagged my tail. It hurt less than it had even just two days earlier. I hoped I’d go home before another night. Raven plopped down into the chair next to my bed and almost immediately fell asleep.
I missed Sippi. I mean it was nice having Raven there and I didn’t even mind his snoring (which began soon after he fell asleep), but I missed my own bed and Sippi’s condo smelled a lot nicer than the hospital. As I drifted off to sleep I wondered how Sippi was doing on the case. After all, I am a cop and that’s my job, to stay on the case even if I’m not able to be there myself.
Meanwhile Sippi was at the station, going over the case files. She looked over at the chair where Magee liked to curl up when she was in her office and sighed. “Well, guess I’ll have to go poking around some more,” she said. “I miss you little buddy. I’m so used to having you along it feels really strange to be continuing the investigation without you.”
Just then Dick Pride, the young reporter knocked on her door. “I was in the neighborhood and wondered if you might like to go have some coffee.”
“Isn’t it a bit late for coffee?”
“Starbucks is open 24/7, so why not? You can even get decaf if you want to.”
She looked at him oddly, “Decaf? I don’t do decaf.”
“You know Sippi what’s really frustrating is that what we know in common I can’t talk with you about, because you’ll just think I’m trying to pick your brains.”
Sippi chuckled, “I hope you don’t think I’m that devious.” A shudder ran down her spine. She paused and took breath. “Actually what I’d like to do is break Magee out of the hospital.”
He grinned. “For real? Why?”
“Call it female intuition but I just don’t feel comfortable with him there, and I can’t really tell you why.”
Dick shrugged. “Women have it easy that way, they just toss it into intuition, I have to be logical.”
“That may be true, nevertheless, all we have to do is waltz into his room, grab him and skedaddle.”
“You make it seem like a walk in the park.”
“What’s so difficult about that? Let’s give it a shot. I’ll need to stop at my condo and pick up his bag of treats. Thanks for helping me.”
“Oh, I’d do almost anything for you Sippi, you and Magee of course.” His cheeks reddened a bit, and he ran his hand through his ginger hair.
“A half hour later Sippi and Dick were in the hospital parking lot. “So far so good,” Sippi said.
She parked and they went into the hospital. She showed the young night nurse her badge and said, “We’re here to check on Magee.”
“Oh go right on in,” she said cheerily, “he certainly gets plenty of attention.”
Sippi drew back and frowned. “What do you mean?”
‘Well here you are; half an hour ago some others from the force came to check him out.”
“What do you mean, some others from the force? What do you mean? Did they show you a badge?”
“No but they were in uniform.” The nurse looked confused. “And they knew who he was.”
Wasting no more time, her heart in her mouth Sippi turned and hurried down the corridor toward Magee’s room. Dick hurried after her. She rattled the doorknob. “The room’s locked,” she said.
‘”Isn’t that unusual?”
“Yes!” She hurried back to the desk and retuned with the nurse who unlocked and opened the door. Sippi turned on the light. Raven was sprawled on the floor out cold. Dried blood was crusted atop his scalp. The bed was empty. Sippi clutched herself. “Oh Magee, what’s happened?” She bent over Raven. “Raven, Raven, can you tell me anything? Can you speak to me?” She reached over and took his hand, shaking his arm gently.
The nurse stood there looking horrified.
Dick went over to the window. “Look,” he said, “it’s wide open.” He turned to the nurse. “Can you describe the so called officers you saw earlier?”
She blinked and rubbed her forehead. “There were two of them, I do remember they seemed somewhat unusual for police officers. One had a rather scruffy beard. The other was a woman and she wasn’t carrying the usual police gear.”
Raven stirred and groaned. Sippi looked up at the nurse. If looks could have killed she would have been lying on the floor next to Raven. Raven sat up. He rubbed his head and blinked. He looked at the empty bed and then at Sippi. “Looks like someone has kidnapped our little hero.”
Sippi glared at him. “Yes, and you didn’t stop them!”
Raven looked embarrassed. “I never even saw them,” he said mournfully.
Dick Pride whipped out his notebook and turned to the nurse. “Tell me everything you can remember about them,” he said.
Sippi turned around. “None of this goes to the paper,” she said loudly. “None of this. Not until the case is solved. You could be endangering Magee’s life.”
“Oh, I understand that,” he said quickly. “I want to help any way I can. I thought a good description might be useful, especially since Raven couldn’t see them.”
“I swear Sippi, I was sitting right here in the chair,” Raven said. “I don’t know how they snuck up on me.”
“You fell asleep is how,” Sippi glared at him. She pulled out her phone and dialed Mallory. He was there in five minutes.
He took in the scene with a glance. “Magee’s been kidnapped?” He shook his head and turned to Raven. “I thought you were guarding him.”
Raven got up from the floor, ruefully rubbing his head. “Oh Sippi, I am so sorry.”
“Looks like you never saw it coming. I have a feeling we are dealing with hunters who know to sneak up on their prey.” Suddenly she sniffed. “What do I smell?” She went over to the bed and picked up a rag. She held it out, “Chloroform! No wonder he didn’t bark to alert the nurse.”
Dick Pride scribbled furiously in his notebook. “What a story this will make.” His voice was gleeful.
Sippi looked at him sternly. “Remember, not a word until we catch them and it’s all over. Then you can go for your Pulitzer prize.”
“Oh I promise,” Dick said, “I wouldn’t want to do anything to hurt our Magee.
Mallory looked at Raven. “Jones, go home and go to bed, you could even have a concussion. You’ve got a nasty wound. Have the nurse check it out before you leave.”
“Yes, sir,” Raven said. He looked at the nurse; she nodded and led him out to an examining room.
“I have go back to the station and keep an eye on things,” Mallory said.
Sippi turned to Dick. “Maybe it’s time to do some snooping around. Let’s go check out this Grace Divine character.”
Dick’s eyes lit up. “I’ll do whatever I can to be helpful,” he said eagerly.
“Well the first thing we’re gonna do is go get some coffee and breakfast,” Sippi said, eyeing his slender frame. They drove to Starbucks, took a booth and ordered.
“That was good,” Dick said, as he finished up a large order of eggs, bacon and home fries.
Sippi stirred her coffee and looked thoughtful. “Once we get there, we’ll have to be very careful. We don’t want them to think we suspect anything. You get out your notebook and pen as you exit the car, and I’ll walk behind you as we approach them.”
Dick nodded. I’ll just say I’m coming to interview them about the incident at the Inn,”
“Yes, that’s the idea,” Sippi said. She paid the bill and they took Dick’s car so as to alert the suspects to their identity. Dick parked at the beginning of Wild Witch Road. A light snow made the ground crunchy under foot.’
“I hope there’s no reception committee,” he said remembering those shots when he had come the first time for the newspaper.
“Me too,” Sippi said, as they made their way slowly toward the ramshackle property. She shook her head. “That rusty old truck doesn’t look as if it could ever go anywhere, and there are no obvious signs of life.”
Dick pointed to the slight incline where the barn was located. “The motorcycle is gone. It was just there last time I was here.”
Sippi indicated some fresh tire tracks in the snow. “Perhaps that was how they captured Magee.”
I heard about all this afterward. While they were searching for the crooks, and as the motorcycle carrying me sped down the highway, I began to come to. It was Margery’s voice that woke me. “Magee, Magee, wake up,” she said. Over and over she said it as I made my way back from the fog that had wrapped itself around my senses.
The light was dim, but through the basket that held me I could see lights from traffic as we whizzed past them. I didn’t know where I was going but I knew I had to get out. Suddenly the top of the basket was lifted and I felt Margery’s arms around me. Next thing I knew I was by the side of the road and the motorcycle was a distant sound down the highway.
It was cold. I was shivering. Then a car stopped and someone got out. I was tempted to run, but Margery’s voice in my head said, “No Magee, this will be a friend. Don’t worry.”
“Hey Magee,” it was Jenkins. I remembered him from the time I was kidnapped before. “Sippi sent us all out after that motorcycle and here you are. How did you get away?”
I would like to have told him, however, I didn’t have a way to do that so I just yipped and wagged my tail. Then in my mind I heard Ku say, “Mysteries are good to ponder.” I wondered how he knew what was going on. He certainly had interesting powers. Jenkins put me in the squad car, radioed ahead to Chief Mallory, and we headed back to the station.
“The other officers will keep going after that motorcycle,” he said. “We’ll catch him, and then he’ll really be in hot water. We’ve wanted to pin something on Floyd for a long time but he’s a slippery devil. Thanks to you Magee we’ll have something on him now.”
As we pulled up to the station Sippi ran to Jenkins cruiser and opened the door. She lifted me up and wrapped her arms around me. “Oh baby it is so good to see you. You have more lives than many a cat.” I wasn’t sure how to take that but considering the fact that I could smell the bag of treats she had with her, I accepted it as a compliment.
“You’ve done it again Magee,” Mallory said as we came into his office. Sippi was still carrying me. “You might get another medal for this.”
“We still have to bring them all in and charge them,” Sippi said. “Have they caught the motorcycle driver?”
“Not yet,” Mallory said, “But they’re still trying. Thanks to Dick Pride’s description they have a good chance. Why don’t you go home and get some rest, you’ve been working very hard. Take today off.” He shook his head. As I expected, their lawyer bailed out the two sisters.”
Sippi sighed and left. Back at her condo she made herself a cup of coffee. “Oh Magee, I worried for you. I’m so glad you’re safe. How on earth did you ever get out of that basket?”
I saw Margery smiling, and I wagged my tail. In my mind I heard Ku again. “All will be well, my young friend. Take it from me, I’ve seen a lot of things in my nine lives, and this is not really as bad as you might think.”
To be continued
Welcoming The Winter Solstice
There is no other better demonstration of the interconnectedness and interdependence of yin and yang than at the solstices itself.
For those not familiar with the concept of yin and yang energies, yin energy is associated with darkness, winter, resting, solitude and meditation. It is the energy of the night and the moon. Yang energy is the complete opposite. It is the energy of the day, of the sun, of summer, of growth, of exuberance.
The winter solstice is the day the northern hemisphere is the furthest from the sun so countries get the least amount of daylight, the greatest amount of darkness, the shortest day of the year.
In Pagan times, the Winter solstice was a magical day. It was celebrated as the rebirth of the sun. Because from this day onwards, the days lengthen, the effect of the sun slowly increases till the earth reaches its other peak – the summer solstice.
For the Chue-school of Feng Shui, the winter solstice is an auspicious day as we consider it the beginning of the new year. This is because the winter solstice represents peak yin energy – there is no other day when the earth is bathed in so much darkness. And when yin is at its point of saturation, no more yin chi can be born.
Instead the conditions become perfect for the seed of yang to be born. On 21 December 2016 at 1935 hours (local time), the energy of the Fire Rooster will be born and this energy will slowly gain strength and start to grow in the coming months.
So what should you do on the Winter Solstice?
Well, for one, you should ensure that your home is all geared to welcome this new energy. I usually go on a cleaning spree before the 21st and dispose of all the clutter and old things which I no longer need. This is because the new can’t enter until the old has been cleared. I also light candles and turn on the festive lights and have fresh flowers to make my home as welcoming as possible.
If you have any Feng Shui remedies e.g. water feature, mirror, etc in your home, today is the day to clean them up. Or if you have been asked to place a Feng Shui remedy in your home and have been looking for an auspicious date, 21st December is your day.
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