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Waxing, First Quarter
Keywords for the First Quarter phase are: action, expression, growth, breaking away. It is the time in a cycle to take the initial action necessary to achieve your goal by expressing your needs and desires.
Feel & Move. Make phone calls. Write letters. Dance. Act now.
Waxing Moon: Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom.
Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.) Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
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
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
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.
Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
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,
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
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
Thursday – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in
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
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise and ruby. Wear emerald or cat’s eye.
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 – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
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,
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
Wish Upon a Star
Spell Date: Sunday, December 24, 2017
Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, there is a certain magic in the air on Christmas Eve. Perhaps it is the potential for all those wishes being granted in the morning by a man who resembles the Holly King. Tap into that energy to make some wishes of your own, making sure to open yourself to whatever gifts the universe sends you.
For this spell, you can go outside and wish upon a star, use the star on the top of your tree, or simply draw a star on a piece of paper and then tuck it under your pillow. Light a white candle, if you like, and say:
“Tonight, on this magical mystical night,
I wish for gifts, all shiny and bright,
Gifts for the heart and gifts for the spirit,
I send to the stars in the hope that they hear it.”
Then say or think of your wishes.
This post was written by Deborah Blake on December 24, 2017
Wish Upon a Star
Spell Date: Saturday, December 23, 2017
Print an image of your favorite version of trump XVII in the tarot, the Star. Hang this in the window of your bedroom before you turn in for the night. As you drift off to sleep, envision the star of Venus as a beautiful fairy queen. See her in your mind’s eye drifting down from her celestial kingdom to hear your wish.
In a moment of composure, think about your heart’s greatest desire and allow your spirit body to glow with the awareness of your purpose here on earth. Let the wand of Venus bless your nighttime journey as you contemplate the subconscious power of wishful thinking.
Use this exercise to learn how to believe in your own ability to achieve your goals, as you work to conjure them in accordance with your will.
This post was written by Estha McNevin on December 23, 2017
Living Well is the Best Revenge
Spell Date: Friday, December 22, 2017
We all have revenge fantasies, but it’s true that living well is the best revenge. Today, shine forgiveness and compassion on an enemy, or someone you hold a grudge against, by letting your inner light shine. After last night, the longest night of the year, be in touch with your inner darkness. Know your shadow. Today, transform that darkness, lighting a light inside. Ask yourself:
“How can I be happier, safer, healthier, and more peaceful?”
Make a list. Change your mindset. Affirm:
“I am blessed.”
Take a small thing from your list and do it. Feel your internal energy shift, magically, with each small step taken toward self-mastery and self-care. Feel your inner light radiating. Shift your attention to someone outside of you, and let your light radiate out to them—lover, family, friend, or even enemy. Say:
“He/She is happy, safe, healthy, and
peaceful. All is well in ____’s world.”
This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on December 22, 2017
Give a Gift
Spell Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Yule—the winter solstice—is an inspired time of year for many. Celebrate with gift giving, a powerful form of intentional magick. In giving a gift, we create intention, bring it to life by creating the gift, and pass this on to a loved one. The act of giving transmits magickal energy from one person to another, and the energy is magnified by the exchange.
The most powerful gifts are those we create with our own hands or spirit. Create a gift this season for a favorite friend or offer a gift of time, such as a lunch together, a promise of babysitting, or help with yard chores. As you package the gift, tie a green ribbon around it (for prosperity), saying:
“Hey the gift, ho the gift, here the gift,
there the gift. Now the time comes the
gift, cheers may it bring!”
Deliver the gift. As the ribbon is untied, the energy will release.
This post was written by Susan Pesznecker on December 21, 2017
Spell Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Today is the last day of Hanukkah. Yule is upon us, and Christmas is just days away. Holiday celebrations for these and all religions and belief systems have one thing in common: the lighting of candles.
Candle magic is very dear to me. Practiced by the novice as well as the expert, it is part of every complicated ritual, yet it is as easy as lighting a candle and saying a blessing. Every candle lit by everyone the world over is a bit of magic, even if all it does is bring light. After all, what is more wonderful than bringing light to the dark?
Take some time to care for your candle collection. Trim wicks, clean out votive cups and candleholders, and replenish your stock. While doing so, remember to light a candle to bless your efforts:
“Candles, ancient and revered light of the world,
In all forms and colors,
For every season and reason,
Bring blessings upon me and my home.”
This post was written by Emyme on December 20, 2017
Honoring the Heart Protector
Spell Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
A new year is almost here. A dear friend of mine, Ravyn Stanfield, a sister Witch and a talented acupuncturist, taught me about the heart protector (aka the pericardium, the physical organ that surrounds the heart). In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the state of the heart protector is considered integral to overall wellness. To have no boundary around your heart is considered ill-advised; to have a closed heart is just as bad. Sometimes as a cycle comes to an end, we need to check in with our heart. Here is a simple spell to do that.
Ground and center and go for a walk in a place of natural beauty. If people move past you, notice them, make eye contact, and notice your heart. Notice the heart protector and feed it honey-like golden light. Open yourself to plants, trees, animals, birds, insects, fungi, stones, rivers, wind, light, etc. Each time you do this, notice your heart and its protector as well. Feel your grounding cord strongly rooted and firm, and breathe within the web of relationships.
This post was written by Gede Parma on December 19, 2017
Note to Self Spell
Spell Date: Monday, December 18, 2017
The new moon is traditionally a time of contemplation and reflection. It’s also a time for renewal. For this new moon, focus on either a project you’d like to begin or some aspect of your personal life that needs attention. Make a vow tonight to take the first steps to start that project or begin whatever you’ve been putting off—an exercise routine, for example, or opening a savings account. Write it down, and display the words in a place where you can see them every day. Decorate the space around your message—make this sacred space ( you can even use your altar). To seal the spell, announce your plans aloud and finish with this chant:
Let these words reveal
My intention to begin.
Let me be inspired
Over and over again.
I will stay on track,
I will not look back.
This post was written by Ember Grant on December 18, 2017
Tasha’s Astro Planner
Mon. 12/25 Mystical Pisces Moon encourages Christmas blessings. Venus enters practical Capricorn and conjuncts Saturn helps us use time and energy well.
Tue. 12/26 Feisty Aries Moon encourages activities of all kinds.
Wed. 12/27 Energetic Aries Moon fosters opportunities for joy.
Thu. 12/28 Languid Taurus Moon encourages relaxation. Mars/Neptune trine suggests caution around activity.
Fri. 12/29 Musical Taurus moon says enjoy your time together.
Sat. 12/30 Chatty Gemini Moon promotes conversations.
Sun. 12/31 Connecting Gemini Moon makes for lots of social interaction.
Heartwings Love Notes 806 Love for Christmas Giving
Heartwings says, “The most wonderful present is a gift of love.”
Every Christmas I bake up several batches of cookies and make up plates to give people who have been helpful or kind to Stephen and me in the past year. The newspaper delivery people who bring the paper to our floor, the ladies of the library where we take advantage of their services all year long, the fine gentlemen of the garage where we take our car for repairs and upkeep, and several others.
Favorite cookie recipes include my Disappearing Caramel Brownies, Jiffy Jam Delights, and Unexpected Company Bars, all reliable and relatively easy to make recipes. This time of year there are cookie recipes everywhere to be found, and these are my personal favorites for giving, however those with more time and energy than yours truly might make cut out cookies to decorate or bake up even more fancy recipes. To my way of thinking, however one wishes to express love is what counts; spending time on a gift is my favorite way.
While feeding people is one of the ways I use to express my love, I also appreciate recipes that take less rather than more time, yet still provide delicious tasting healthy food. I also collect recipes from others when they have something unique and special to share. Sometimes they even write them out for me. I have loose leaf notebook where I keep these, along with others. Within its plastic sheeted pages are pressed their treasured, handwritten pieces of paper.
The following recipe wasn’t written out by my late friend because it was so simple. Avocado and Grapefruit salad requires one grapefruit and one avocado per two people, so if you are serving a family you need to double or triple, depending. Think kind thoughts as you peel and section grapefruit, removing membrane and preserving juice. Cut one avocado in half, remove seed and section into slices. Combine all and add a tablespoon or two of a good tasting olive oil, stir, chill slightly, and serve with love for the holidays or any time
May your gifts of love be a pleasure to make and to give.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
If you have a recipe you would like to share with me or if you would like one of my recipes, please do let me know? I am always so happy to hear from readers.
Creating Meaningful Homemade Gifts
By Madisyn Taylor
Whether you choose to give a gift or share your friendship remember that it is the intention behind the thought that is most important.
The gifts we craft with our own hands are often the most significant because the love that drove us to create is infused in the products of our creation. And the recipients of these homemade offerings receive a token of our willingness to invest ourselves in their joy. Allow these ideas to inspire you:
1. When you craft a beautifully decorated prayer box (or jar) for loved ones, you give them the gift of spiritual awareness. As you share this gift, explain that it should serve as a receptacle for their hopes, dreams, and loves–as well as worries–and thus a reminder of who they were, are, and will someday be.
2. If you love journaling, share your writing joy with family and friends by giving each a unique, handmade personal journal. A simple spiral notebook dressed up with paper, fabric, photographs, or other embellishments will give your loved ones a special place to record their private thoughts.
3. Erase the distance between yourself and your far away loved ones by presenting each with a photo journal documenting how your life has changed in the past year. Or introduce them to your locale with a homemade guidebook that highlights everything you love about your town or city.
4. When you sew medicine bags for the people you care about, you can rest assured your gift will always be close to their hearts. A small pouch can be filled with many meditative or symbolic items, such as quartz crystals, sage, or magical objects.
5. A progressive photo album, wherein pictures tell the story of your relationships from the past up to the present, can be a simple yet poignant reminder of the many wonderful experiences you and your loved ones have shared over the years.
6. Give the gift of serenity with a guided meditation you create and record to CD or tape. Your loved ones will take pleasure in being led through tranquil landscapes by the soothing sound of your voice.
7. Hand-crafted ornaments that can be hung on trees, in windows, and on walls afford you an opportunity to surround the important people in your life with beauty. Whether you prefer to work with clay, crystals, fabric, baked dough, or natural objects, your gift can serve as a calming focal point in your loved ones’ homes.
Whether you choose to give a gift or simply share your friendship and love, remember that it is the intention behind the thought that is most important.
Auralite: The Stone of Peace and Tranquility
Properties: Auralite 23 is considered the “stone of peace and tranquility”. Rich in (now what is believed to be) 35 elements making up 17 different minerals, it therefore, can engage all 7 major Chakras as well as, the minor Chakra above the head and below the feet. Bringing about heightened awareness, this stone makes us conscious of how quiet and calm our mind can be, when we let go and allow this to happen. Its multi-layered mineral pattern makes these stones powerful synergist of different energies and a strong emotional healer. I have even heard this stone nicknamed the “soul healer”. It is also sold under the name of Auralite Amethyst or the Kindred Spirit Stone.
Placed within range of the aura, it can disperse unwanted thought patterns, unnecessary worry, regret and negative energies that affect us emotionally. When placed along the lower spine or Root Chakra, this stone awakens and opens our kundalini energies, allowing it to rise to the Crown in order to release a burst of “serpent-like” power, awareness and understanding. This brings balance to both sides of the nadis. One’s life force is said to travel throughout the body in energetic pathways called “nadis”. Where the nadis intersect, they form a “Chakra”. Often used as a spiritual healing tool,
Auralite ignites the Third Eye increasing our psychic capacity, engaging better sensitivity and providing the spark of intuition to see into a higher plane of consciousness. It “opens the eye” to insightful truth and visions.. Use this stone to connect with angels and spirit guides, assisting with astral travel as well as, lucid dreaming. Use this stone to generate a peaceful, meditative state.
Folk Remedies: Auralite 23 is believed to assist with stabilizing chronic physical conditions within the body. It is thought to regulate our body’s vital processes and stimulate regeneration and rejuvenation.
Feng Shui: A great feng shui stone, Auralite 23 brings a calming peace to the environment in which it resides. Start by using it in the Center area for health and balance. Also consider using this stone in the Prosperity/Wealth area and Family area, Career/Lifepath and Knowledge areas.
Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 8
History: Auralite 23 (Si, O, Fe and S) is mainly a constitution of Chevron amethyst and hematite. It comes from the Boreal Forest in Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. It is believed to be the crash site of several meteorites containing rare metallic ores, which hit the Earth during the Meso-proterozoic age. Over time, these rare metallic ores dissolved, leeching into the earth creating what is now known as auralite. When the stone was recently discovered, it was believed to contain 23 minerals within.
Testing by the GIA with x-ray diffraction concluded that there are 35 elements composing 17 different minerals in auralite. These elements are l Silver (Ag), Gold (Au), Aluminum (Al), Barium (Ba), Beryllium (Be), Bismuth (Bi), Calcium (Ca), Cadmium (Cd), Cobalt (Co), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Mercury (Hg), Potassium (K), Lanthanum, (La), Magnesium (Mg), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Sodium (Na), Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), Lead (Pb), Palladium (Pd), Sulfur (S), Antimony (Sb), Scandium (Sc), Strontium (Sr), Thorium (Th), Titanium (Ti), Thalium (Tl), Uranium (U), Vanadium (V), Tungsten (W), Zinc (Zn) and Zirconium (Zr). Because of its varied content, the stones will vary in color, displaying an assortment of translucent purples, gray, clear/opaque, orange- or reds. Depending on which portion of the forest the stones are found or at what depth, will depend on its combination of colors.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
Any Colors Will Do
Set The Candles Up On A Table Or Your Altar
This Candle Spell Is Kept Very Simple As Possible So That All The Mind Powers Can Be Directed Completely Into The Objective To Be Accomplished
As You Light Each Candle 1by1 Recite The Words Below
Shine Thou Light On My Objective With Favor
Guide My Steps This Night So That I Encounter No Barricades
Lift Up My Heart Let My Mind Dwell Not On What Is Missing From My Life But What I Have To Be Grateful For
In The Candlelight I See Myself As A Vibrant
Person Capable Of Both Giving And Receiving Love
Grant Me The Courage To Use My Abilities Boldly With Strength In My Efforts
Bring To Me Which Is Due And Bless My Days With Progress And My Nights With Peace
Beauty Springs From The Spirit
Light Comes From Temperance
My Being Grows Gracious With Humility And Purity
Turn My Mind From Wasteful Futile Thoughts And Let It Dwell Instead On That Which Is To Come
May I Become More And More Aware Of My Surroundings Become Truly Conscious Of Everyone And Everything That I
So That My Senses May Be As One With The Universe
Do This Candle Spell On The Evening Of The Winter Solstice
You Can Burn Along With The Candles Your Favorite Incense And Burn It Til It Has Been Consumed
Allow The Candles To Burn Down To Their Wicks
Magee Haunted #13 Conclusion
“Look,” Sippi exclaimed! Her eyes widened. “Magee’s flying.”
Well not exactly…what happened was that the ghost of the young Union soldier lifted me up and propelled me toward Roderick like a football. I landed against his chest inches from his face, my paws on his neck.
I growled fiercely and nipped at his ear.
He cried out and twisted his body. Struggling to dislodge me,
he stumbled, lost his balance, and dropped his rifle. I jumped off him, grabbed hold of its strap, and pulled it out of his reach. Right behind me the rat jumped from his shoulder toward me, hissing defiantly. Marjorie’s spirit almost solidified. She grabbed hold of it by its tail and threw it against the cave wall. It whimpered and grew still. She smiled at me and faded away.
Heidi went to Roderick. “Stop now Rod. Stop now and let’s go home.” Her voice was gentle and motherly.
He shook his head and mumbled something. Then he pulled himself together and straightened up. Once on his feet he shook his head again and pulled a small handgun from his pocket. He waved it at her. “Get out of here Sis, this isn’t your fight.”
“It has to be Rod. We’re family. You’re all I have to care for.”
I stood watching, waiting, the rifle strap clenched in my mouth. That’s when I smelled that awful scent again, only this time hazy shapes formed in the cave. The air grew misty.
He must have seen them too because he screamed incoherently and waved his hands wildly in the air. Then he grabbed Heidi, holding her against him as a shield.
“Ours, not yours.” The words came haltingly from the ghostly shapes as they approached.
“But I found the diamonds. Ebenezer led me to them. He told me in dreams, there’s more to find.”
The mist became denser. The air smelled of death. “Noo, not yours, ours–stolen from us by Ebenezer.”
Heidi thrust her elbows back against his chest. “You fool,” she gasped. “Won’t you ever accept that that treasure’s cursed? Ebenezer and his platoon murdered and pillaged to acquire it.”
Hearing her words, his eyes widened, his body shook.
She persisted. “Don’t you remember what Grandma always told us? Despite all the crazy talk from the rest of us about how one day we’ll all be rich she insisted the treasure was bad luck.”
Heidi’s voice grew louder as she tried to reason with him. “All our kin who never listen and found bits of it met with irreparable harm: Cousin Joe’s paralysis, Hank’s gangrene leg, Billy and Shane killed in the bar Uncle Pete once owned.”
He choked and gasped. The air was rank, thick.
“Still I’d have helped you. Why did you have to bring the other two into this with you?”
He waved his pistol. His voice fell. “Transport. Did my best to keep you out of this.” Then he snickered. “Ebenezer would come to me in dreams. He told me where to look. Hid it all so his gang couldn’t find it. Then killed them off one by one.”
She squirmed against him. Mallory tried to get off a clear shot but couldn’t. Raven and Sippi edged closer watching for their chance. Heidi struggled against him. Then I saw the ghostly shapes move in on him. The putrid scent intensified. Heidi struggled clear. The ghosts dragged Roderick deeper into the cave. He kept firing his pistol until all I heard were the clicks from his empty gun. He screamed, topped backward and disappeared into the deep pit at the back of the cave.
Sippi and Raven ran toward it, stopping at the edge. “He’s just lying there, not moving.” Sippi said.
“You fall down that deep you’re not doing’ much moving around yourself for a while,” Raven chuckled.
Mallory went to Heidi and put his hands on her shoulders. He looked into her eyes. “Why didn’t you tell me, I could have helped you.”
“I couldn’t Tom. Family business.”
Mallory shook his head and sighed. Then he took out his phone and called for an ambulance.
Raven picked up the rifle. Sippi petted me and gave me a treat. Chief Mallory looked perplexed. “I don’t know how you did that Sherlock. Who taught you how to fly?”
I thought of how Blackie had jumped at the convict back at the rock, but she didn’t have anyone to help her like I did. I missed her so much, even just thinking of her made me sad. Then I heard her in my head. “Hello, Magee, I’m feeling much better but I won’t be doing any jumping anymore.”
“What do you mean?”
“My back leg has no feeling. It’s all bandaged up still and I can’t feel it or move it.”
“I’ll take care of you, Blackie.”
“Thank you Magee. I just don’t ever want to be a bother to anyone.”
“You couldn’t be.” I wagged my tail, hoping she’d sense how glad I was she was getting better.
“I’ll be home with you soon,” she said.
I yipped for joy and Sippi reached down and petted me again. “Now that all this is over we’ll go see how Blackie is doing.” I wondered if she had heard my thoughts; that would be progress!
The next day we gathered in Chief Mallory’s office. He told us that Heidi Croft was recovering from the experience and was staying with a friend in Vermont. Roderick Croft was hospitalized and would be committed to a sanitarium where he would be for the rest of his life. Once Roderick was carried away, the ghosts vanished.
“What about the diamonds Chief,” Sippi said.
“Turned them over to the Board of Selectmen; let them deal with it.
Sippi looked at him and arched an eyebrow. “You aren’t sweet on her are you, Chief,” she asked?
“Whatever gave you that idea?”
“The faraway look in your eyes when her name’s mentioned, that’s all.” Raven chuckled and Chief Mallory blushed.
“It might be time for you to have a sweetheart,” Sippi persisted.
“Then we could have a double wedding?” Raven said.
Sippi grinned. “Won’t happen Raven. I care for you too much to lose you over matrimony.”
“What do you mean?”
“I fear once we tied the knot that boy in you would run wild like before.”
Chief Mallory cleared his throat abruptly changing the subject. ” I’ll have to write my friend Paul the poet in Newcastle, England and tell him about Magee’s latest caper.” He chuckled. “He’s a big fan of Magee, calls him Sherlock Bones.”
“Sherlock Bones,” Raven said. “That name has show biz potential.”
I wagged my tail. I knew to be patient until Blackie came back. Then we could join Ku in Sippi’s cozy home and enjoy a quiet winter.
Grinch Christmas Cookies
1 box vanilla or white cake mix
1/2 package 4 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter softened
Green food dye
Preheat oven to 350F.
Prepare a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
Mix the cake mix, cream cheese, butter and egg together until completely combined.
Add the green food dye a few drops at a time, mixing thoroughly and adjusting to reach your desired color.
Using a small cookie scoop, portion out 1 1/2 Tablespoon sized mounds and attach a heart sprinkle in the middle of each.
Bake 10-13 minutes until spread, cracked and no longer glossy.
Allow the cookies to cool on a cooling rack before serving or storing.
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Allowing Ourselves to Receive
By Madisyn Taylor
By allowing ourselves to receive we are given the gift of seeing through another person’s eyes.
Giving and receiving are part of the same cycle, and we each give and receive in our own ways. But we can lose our balance when we try to be too controlling on either side of the cycle. On the receiving end, we may feel that we don’t deserve the effort made if what we gave was easy for us to give. But perhaps there is a different lesson there for us. We may be receiving not only gratitude, but a chance to see the world through the eyes of another. We may be learning that just because we gave easily, it doesn’t diminish its value. Or perhaps the universe is giving us an example to hold close to our hearts, to encourage us on some future day when our own generous act of giving is not met with a visible act of receiving. When we can allow ourselves to receive as well as give, we do our part to keep the channels of abundance open for ourselves and others.
Sometimes we may find ourselves struggling to respond to others’ gifts in the same ways–like responding to an expensive present with something equally expensive, or feeling like we have to throw a dinner party for someone who has thrown one for us. But when these are done out of a sense of obligation, their energy changes from something that shares to something that drains. If this sounds familiar, we can decide next time to allow ourselves to receive with arms, minds and hearts open and simply say thank you.
Accepting a person’s gift is a gift in itself. Sincere appreciation for their acknowledgement and their effort joins our energy with theirs in the cycle of giving and receiving, and nurtures all involved. If ever we find we are still having difficulty, we can decide to allow ourselves to be conduits for gratitude and accept on behalf of a loving, giving universe.
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