Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Ashfort, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 05-08

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The Return of the Sun
Beltaine is an Anglicization of the Irish "Bealtaine" or the Scottish "Bealtuinn." While "tene" clearly means "fire," nobody really knows whether Bel refers to Belenus, a pastoral god of the Gauls, or is from "bel," simply meaning "brilliant." It might even derive from "bil tene" or "lucky fire" because to jump between two Beltane fires was sure to bring good fortune, health to your livestock, and prosperity.

When the Druids and their successors raised the Beltaine fires on hilltops throughout the British Isles on May Eve, they were performing a real act of magic, for the fires were lit in order to bring the sun’s light down to earth. In Scotland, every fire in the household was extinguished, and the great fires were lit from the need-fire which was kindled by 3 times 3 men using wood from the nine sacred trees. When the wood burst into flames, it proclaimed the triumph of the light over the dark half of the year.

Then the whole hillside came alive as people thrust brands into the newly roaring flames and whirled them about their heads in imitation of the circling of the sun. If any man there was planning a long journey or dangerous undertaking, he leaped backwards and forwards three times through the fire for luck. As the fire sunk low, the girls jumped across it to procure good husbands; pregnant women stepped through it to ensure an easy birth, and children were also carried across the smoldering ashes. When the fire died down, the embers were thrown among the sprouting crops to protect them, while each household carried some back to kindle a new fire in their hearth. When the sun rose that dawn, those who had stayed up to watch it might see it whirl three times upon the horizon before leaping up in all its summer glory.

The Rites of Spring
Beltaine was a time of fertility and unbridled merrymaking, when young and old would spend the night making love in the Greenwood. In the morning, they would return to the village bearing huge budding boughs of hawthorn (the may-tree) and other spring flowers with which to bedeck themselves, their families, and their houses. They would process back home, stopping at each house to leave flowers, and enjoy the best of food and drink that the home had to offer. In every village, the maypole—usually a birch or ash pole—was raised, and dancing and feasting began. Festivities were led by the May Queen and her consort, the King who was sometimes Jack-in-the-Green, or the Green Man, the old god of the wildwood. They were borne in state through the village in a cart covered with flowers and enthroned in a leafy arbor as the divine couple whose unity symbolized the sacred marriage of earth and sun.
--submitted by Sarah McDonough  (

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Spring Market: The monthly market was held in Tower Hill, lands adjacent to the settlement known as Faolan Tower. Hosted by the Lady Kathryn Flynn and her husband, the market welcomed Spring with the celebration of lambs born to the Tower Hill flocks as well as a broad variety of merchants with their wares. As prominent as the lambs themselves was the buying and selling of horses. The Lord of Faolan Tower is a noted horse lover, as is the Queen of Telarus, there with her steeds, and another of Telarus selling Gypsy Vanner horses.

Other merchants included the ever popular Dreamweaver Baskets, the Heathfield Attendant Services, as well as Out of the Woodwork, a new business specializing in hand-crafter carved wooden items, and Whimsical Chocolatier. Well-attended by members of various Houses and Independents, the market was a success, including a very fun game of 'pin the tail on the lamb,' which resulted in much hilarity (and some wounds) for where the tails were pinned. In the end, Sir Gabriel proved to have the best aim and took home the prize of a stuffed lamb and a bottle of the Lady's Royal Cask whiskey. A good time was had by all who attended! --submitted by Cara Thompson

Crowsea Joust: The first joust of the Quest Coin Coalition-sponsored Circuit took place on Sunday, April 20 and Monday, April 21, in the city of Crowsea. Hosted by Askavinge Madje Ta'anari, a citizen of the port city, and the Coordinator to the QCC, Lady Kathryn Flynn, the event saw over fifteen Jousters enter, representing Heathfield, Telarus, Faolan Tower, House of Lords and various Independent members of the Coalition. Before a mesmerized and excited crowd, the Joust ran smoothly and efficiently, allowing most of the Jousters their maximum four rounds as allowed by the rules. Amongst those representing Heathfield were the Knights under King Peter O'Neill of Innis Daigneach: Sir Calhoun Quinlan, Sir Aiden Collins, Sir Gabriel Vaughn, Sir Cole Lachian, and a man at arms, Master Ian Waincross. Lord Niklas Traugott, one of King Karl's men, also participated with honor and skill.

The first night saw the masterful display of skill by Master Waincross, earning two unseats in the first night, while Sir Aiden also delivered a powerful unseat to one of his opponents the same night, earning Queen Cygia's approval and reward. Alas, as is the way with the Joust, injuries occurred, unfortunately befalling Lord Niklas, to the concern of the lady whose favor he bore. The evening ended with two of Heathfield's knights entering the second night undefeated - Sir Gabriel and Sir Cole. The second night proved equally fascinating as a truly impressive unseat was delivered to the immense Telarusian minotaur, Tarro, by Sir Calhoun, whose lance accomplished what none had before in knocking Tarro from his mountain bear mount. Sir Gabriel and Sir Cole also continued undefeated, receiving accolades from the swanlike Queen with their ladies for their excellent showing. In the end, when the final standings were posted, Heathfield's Jousters emerged flushed with victory as first place went to Sir Cole Lachian, second to Sir Calhoun Quinlan, and third was shared between Master Ian Waincross and Tarro of Telarus, with Sir Gabriel taking fourth and Sir Aiden claiming fifth. With the next Joust to take place in June, Heathfield looks to maintain a strong presence in the circuit and promises to make the season a truly competitive and exciting time for all. --submitted by Cara Thompson

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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

Buckthorn - This herb's specific name, cathartica, is no joke. Bluckthorn is a potent laxative - so powerful, in fact, that authorities advise using it only as a last resort, when other, gentler laxatives have failed. It became popular in Europe around the 13th century for healing. At the time, they had few effective medicines to offer. And they believed the key to curing disease lay in purging the body of 'foul humours.' Not surprisingly powerful laxatives were widely prescribed. Bluckthorn was a favorite because it produced quick, reliable, dramatic results. Of course it didn't cure any disease.

Healing with Buckthorn: Down through the ages, herbalists have also recommended buckthorn for jaundice, hemorrhoids, gout, arthritis, and menstruation promotion. Buckthorn also has a long history as a cancer treatment. In America it was an ingredient in the popular - but highly controversial - Hoxsey Cancer Formula. Buckthorn doesn't treat jaundice or arthritis. And it's more likely to aggravate hemorrhoids than help them. But its laxative action is so powerful, it's considered a purgative.

Purgative: No one disputes buckthorn's laxative effect. It's an ingredient in the over the counter laxative Movicol. It contains chemicals (anthraquinones) that are dramatic purgatives - for most people, too dramatic. Buckthorn should be considered a last resort treatment for constipation. First, eat a diet higher in fiber, drink more fluids, and exercise more. If that doesn't provide relief, try a bulk-forming laxative such as psyllium, for example. If that doesn't help, try a gentler anthraquinone, cascara sagrada and if that doesn't work try buckthorn in consultation with your physician.

Intriguing Possibility: Harry Hoxsey may have been on the right track. Buckthorn has an anti-tumor effect, according to research but other studies must be conducted before this herb can be used to treat cancer.

Because of buckthorn's powerful laxative action, it should not be used by people with chronic gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcers, colitis, or hemorrhoids. Pregnant women should not take buckthorn. Don't use it for more than two weeks at a time. If you use it too long, it causes laze bowel syndrome - an inability to move stool without chemical stimulation. If constipation persists consult a physician. For otherwise healthy nonpregnant, nonnursing adults who do not have chronic gastrointestinal conditions and are not taking other laxatives, buckthorn may be used very cautiously for short periods of time in amounts typically recommended. It should be used in medicinal amounts only in consultation with your doctor. --Taken from The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman

Life Around Here

With the warmer weather many are getting out of doors that had stayed more within during the colder months. The lands green again as the trees fill out and flowers dotting hills and meadows besides the cultured gardens of many a home. The royal courtyard gardens has had extra activity with the preparations for a Ball in the coming month. A platform built for dancing and the labyrinth cleaned up of fall and winter debris. There has also been extra activity down behind the spar hall with a new contraption being built that has the curious even more curious in what Sir Lancely had come up with next.

Two stables, McDonough under Rory McDonough and Golden Dawn under Diane Cleary have put in letters of intent to join up with the racetracks under the Collation. The Fishing Contest as well the Canoe Race will be watched for in the upcoming months as an ongoing event here in the lands. There are many new in the lands getting to meet those of long standing, the shops and ports thriving as well the ranches and farmlands being tilled. A new Dance Hall has opened up under the Ladies Anne and Odile for anyone wishing to spruce up on their steps before any Balls. The lake is now warm enough for swimming is becoming popular again for those wishing a picnic and swimming. --submitted by Marcy McGuire

Once again Spring has returned to the lands, filling the air with her fresh, clean scent. Flowers are blooming everywhere, the grass is becoming a lush green with the abundance of rainfall.  The leaves are bursting from the branches of the trees, fruit trees are filled with sweet smelling blooms.  Birds are courting and building their nests and soon lambs and other baby animals will be frolicking in the meadows. Fields are being plowed and planted everywhere from Heathfield to Kildare with the promise of a good harvest in the forecast. Homes are being swept out, windows cleaned and old and broken things tossed away while winter clothing is being carefully stored. The children of the lands are looking forward to the end of school and though there are always chores to be done, they'll soon be able to shed their shoes and enjoy lazy days and warm nights.  Though May weather is still changeable, everyone is glad to welcome Spring in all her glory. --submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews

Births:  Robert and Lisette Frasier, a son, Bryan Robert, born April 12th. Thomas and Serafina Douglas, a daughter, Tara Rose, born April 20th. Marriages: Malcolm Douglas and Georgette O'Shey on April 14th. Engagements: Joseph McDonough and Cordelia Sandrine of allied lands of Telarus. Michael Saxton and Keriann Frasier. Corin Garrow and Jessamine Saxton  Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: Please welcome Sir Gabriel Vaughn and Sir Cole Lachian. Diane and Roseann Cleary joining their family here. New dance instructors - Anneliese Harper and Odile Saemings.

by Athalia Doe Edan

Wind chimes in your yard will serenade garden creatures - squirrels, fairies and angels." To jump between two Beltane fires was sure to bring good fortune, health to your livestock, and prosperity.

When the Druids and their successors raised the Beltaine fires on hilltops throughout the British Isles on May Eve, they were performing a real act of magic, for the fires were lit in order to bring the sun’s light down to earth. In Scotland, every fire in the household was extinguished, and the great fires were lit from the 

need-fire which was kindled by 3 times 3 men using wood from the nine sacred trees. When the wood burst into flames, it proclaimed the triumph of the light over the dark half of the year.

Then the whole hillside came alive as people thrust brands into the newly roaring flames and whirled them about their heads in imitation of the circling of the sun. If any man there was planning a long journey or dangerous undertaking, he leaped backwards and forwards three times through the fire for luck. As the fire sunk low, the girls jumped across it to procure good husbands; pregnant women stepped through it to ensure an easy birth, and children were also carried across the smoldering ashes. When the fire died down, the embers were thrown among the sprouting crops to protect them, while each household carried some back to kindle a new fire in their hearth. When the sun rose that dawn, those who had stayed up to watch it might see it whirl three times upon the horizon before leaping up in all its summer glory.

Arise at dawn and wash in the morning dew: the woman who washes her face in it will be beautiful; the man who washes his hands will be skilled with knots and nets. If you live near water, make a garland or posy of spring flowers and cast it into stream, lake or river to bless the water spirits. Prepare a May basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill, then give it to one in need of caring, such as an elderly friend. Beltaine is one of the three "spirit-nights" of the year when the faeries can be seen. At dusk, twist a rowan sprig into a ring and look through it, and you may see them. Make a wish as you jump a bonfire or candle flame for good luck—but make sure you tie up long skirts first! Make a May bowl —wine or punch in which the flowers of sweet woodruff or other fragrant blossoms are soaked—and drink with the one you love.


Phookas -- This mischievous and roguish trickster can appear in the form of a horse, rabbit, goat, dog, or sometimes even a human. but no matter what form the phooka takes, its fur is almost always black.

In horse form, a phooka will lure humans to ride on its back. Unlike the kelpie, however, the phooka will not do the rider any real harm but will take the unfortunate person on a wild and terrifying ride.

On occasion the phooka can be persuaded to give advice and has been known to shepherd people away from great danger. For these reasons, despite the phooka's delight in confounding and terrifying humans, it is considered more benevolent than malevolent.

It is the phooka who spoils the blackberries after the first of November. Anyone who eats one after that date is stealing from the phooka and likely to be on the receiving end of this faerie's displeasure or devious sense of humor.

Some phookas prefer the shape of a small pony. Some reside in trees, others on the ground near well traveled areas. Phookas claim they can speak any language of man or animal. The phooka's tail twitches when annoyed, not unlike that of a cat.

Like an owl, the phooka can rotate its head, but unlike an owl, the phooka rotates its head upside down rather than front to back. -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier - from Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Everyone should have one!


The name for the month of 'May' has been believed to derive from 'Maia', 
who was revered as the Roman 'Goddess of Springtime, of Growth and 
Increase', and the mother of 'Mercury', the winged messenger of the Gods. 
Yet this is disputed as before these deities featured in mythology the name 
'Maius' or 'Magius', taken from the root 'Mag', meaning the 'Growing month' 
or 'Shooting month' was used.
--submitted by Elaina O'Neill

Beltaine, the Gaelic name for the month of May, and for the celebration held at the beginning of the month. The holiday was especially celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, but also in other Celtic countries and providences. The festival, held around May 1st, marks the beginning of the summer season when herds of livestock where driven out to pastures. The druids based much of their religion on both lunar and solar cycles, and Beltaine was a cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint in the sun's progress between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. The festival was usually held on the full moon nearest this midpoint, which meant it could be anywhere from the 1st to the 8th of the month.

On the eve of Beltaine, large bonfires would be lit in a central location, and every household fire was then extinguished. People would then come out to the large fires and lit torches that they would then use to relight their own home fires, symbolizing a purification and rebirth of the new year. The fires also signified the triumph of light over the dark. Jumping between two Beltaine fires was also considered good luck.

The hanging of May boughs over the doors and windows of houses was thought to be good luck. The May boughs were usually made of Rowan branches, also known as Mountain Ash, or made of Hawthorn, both of which were usually in bloom this time of year. Whole bushes of both were decorated with ribbons, garlands and colored egg shells. Thus many Easter practices may well stem from these Druid rituals, allowing us the continuation of our ancestors traditions. --submitted by Devon Winters

May Day
by Irish 9th century

May day! Delightful day!
Bright colors play the vale along.
Now wakes at morning's slender ray
Wild and gay the blackbird's song.

Now comes the bird of dusty hue,
The loud cuckoo, the summer-lover;
Branchy trees are thick with leaves;
The bitter, evil time is over…

Loaded bees with puny power
Goodly flower-harvest win;
Cattle roam with muddy flanks;
Busy ants go out and in.

Through the wild harp of the wood
Making music roars the gale --
Now it settles without motion,
On the ocean sleeps the sail.

Men grow mighty in the May,
Proud and gay the maidens grow;
Fair is every wooded heights;
Fair and bright the plain below…

Loudly carols the lark on high,
Small and shy his tireless lay,
Singing in wildest, merriest mood,
Delicate-hued, delightful May.

--submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews


Winds of May
by James Joyce

Winds of May, that dance on the sea,
Dancing a ring-around in glee
From furrow to furrow, while overhead
The foam flies up to be garlanded,
In silvery arches spanning the air,
Saw you my true love anywhere?
Welladay! Welladay!
For the winds of May!
Love is unhappy when love is away!

--submitted by Deirdre Callihan

Song on a May Morning
by John Milton

Now the bright morning-star, Day’s harbinger,
Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her
The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire
Mirth, and youth, and warm desire!
Woods and groves are of thy dressing;
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.

--submitted by Marlana Cherill


May in the Green Wode
by Anonymous 15th century

In somer when the shawes be sheyne,
And leves be large and long,
Hit is full merry in feyre foreste
To here the foulys song.

To see the dere draw to the dale
And leve the hilles hee,
And shadow him in the leves grene
Under the green-wode tree.

Hit befell on Whitsontide
Early in a May mornyng,
The Sonne up faire can shyne,
And the briddis mery can syng.

--submitted by Gabriel Vaughn


by James Ewdard Giobbi

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become,
I will always plant a large garden in the spring.  Who can
resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from
participating in nature's rebirth?

--submitted by Raul  Valdez

Did You Know?

Magical Stone of Tara - Tara, a sacred site since the Neolithic period, when a passage grave now known as the Mound of the Hostages was built there c. 2100 BC., is best known for its connections with the kings of ancient Ireland. At Tara, 20 miles northwest of Dublin, a huge oval enclosure called the Rath na Riogh (Fortress of the Kings) stands atop the low mound. Archeologists believe that all earthworks at the site were used at one time as centers for public ceremonies. One earthwork is known as Forradh, which is Gaelic for 'seat of kings.' The king of Ireland was chosen not by heredity but by druids who took part in mystical rituals in order to be able to recognize him. Five druids would assemble to find the king through a sacred vision. They would sacrifice a bull, but only one of them would eat its flesh. That druid was then wrapped in the bull hide and watched over by the other druids, who chanted the 'spell of truth' over him. In a vision induced by this ritual, the chosen druid would see the future king of Tara. The man chosen to be king was then sent for and brought to the royal seat.

The Sacred Stone - The ability and even the physical appearance of the king were believed to be essential to the prosperity of the country. The king had to be perfect - any bodily defect would make him unfit to rule. Before his inauguration the future king had to undergo a series of ordeals to test his stamina and fitness. After the kingship had been awarded him, a series of prohibitions (geissi) were put upon him which regulated his conduct. Violation of these would lead to his own destruction and bring ill-fortune to his people. The king was inaugurated on or beside a stone shaped like a phallus and known as the Lia Fail. In Irish mythology, the Lia Fail is one of the four talismans brought back to Ireland by the Tuatha De Danann, the legendary godlike people of the goddess Danu. They brought the stone from the northern islands of the world where they had learned druidism and magic. The stone is believed by scholars to have symbolized the king's own fertility and the fecundity of the land under his rule. According to legend, 'It use to cry out beneath every king that would take Ireland.' The stone still stands beside the Mound of Hostages.

The Sacred Marriage - After his inauguration, the newly appointed king was required to symbolically marry the goddess of Sovereignty of Ireland. This ceremony (called the Feis Tearnhra) bound the king forever to the land and its well-being. Little is known about the actual ritual involved, but scholars speculate that Ireland was represented in the ceremony by a white mare, since two of the sovereignty goddesses, Etain and Medb, were horse-goddesses in origin. Researchers also believe, based on the account of Giraldus Cambrensis who wrote a history of Ireland in the 12 century, that the king was required to consummate his marriage to the mare, which was then killed and eaten by everyone present at the ceremony including the king himself. This rite was believed to confer upon him the kingship and dominion of the country, elevating the new king to the status of a god, since he had first married and the consumed the earth goddess. The last ceremonial gathering at Tara was held AD 559 under the auspices of Diarmait, son of Fergus Cerrbel, king of Ireland. The sacred monarchy of Tara, steeped in pagan associations, probably came to an end with the coming of Christianity in the fifth century.    -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from the book Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


Boxty (Irish Potato Griddle Cakes)

1/2 pound raw potato * 1/2 pound cooked mashed potato * 1/2 pound plain flour * Milk (as needed, see directions) * 1 egg * 1 medium onion, finely chopped * Salt and pepper

Grate raw potatoes and mix with the cooked mashed potatoes. Add salt, pepper, onion and flour. Beat egg and add to mixture with just enough milk to make a batter that will drop from a spoon. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a hot griddle or frying pan. Cook over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. --submitted by Shelly Dunn


Quick Candied Sweet Potatoes

In a large skillet, simmer together for 5 min 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tbs butter, dash cinnamon. Add 1-1/2, 2oz can sweet potatoes. Turn heat low; cook uncovered, turning occasionally, 15-20 min or until potatoes are well glazed. Or place potatoes in greased shallow baking pan; add syrup. Bake, uncovered turning now and then at 400F, 20 -25 min. Makes 5-6 servings. If recipe is doubled it will take longer. --Submitted by Teri MacKenzie Douglas

May Serpent Cake

3/4 cup of sugar * 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves * 11/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg * grated zest of one orange * 1 teaspoon salt * 41/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour * 1/2 cup unsalted butter * 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons honey, boiling * 1/2 cup strong brewed espresso coffee * 1 egg * 1/3 cup amaretto or rum * 1/3 cup jam; wild cherry or raspberry * coffee beans and candied orange peel for garnish * 1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix the sugar, spices, orange zest, baking soda, and salt into the flour. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until it is the size of small pebbles. Pour in the boiling honey, coffee, and liqueur and mix until smooth. Let cool and then turn out onto a floured surface. Divide the dough in half. Roll the first half into an 18-inch long cylinder. Make a deep trough down the center and carefully place it, seam side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure that the smooth side is up. Bend the dough carefully into a circle and fashion the snake’s head at one end, making a triangle shape. Taper the other end to make the tail. Firmly set two coffee beans for the snake’s eyes. Bake the cakes at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Makes 2 cakes. --submitted by Sarah McDonough


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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)

In January, September and November 2008 the greater benefic Jupiter forms a helpful angle to Saturn. This may give you the opportunity to build a solid and permanent home for yourself due to funds made available to you via someone else. You may receive an inheritance or other financial benefit that will give you peace of mind for the rest of your life. You will be able to do more now with your available resources than you have ever been able to do in the past. Make preparations for the future, not just for yourself, but for your immediate family. This is a time of abundance and stability for your home and family matters.

In March, May and November Jupiter makes a helpful link to Uranus. If you wish to start up your own company, or make some innovative moves in your career direction, now is the time to put this into action. Never before have you been given such blessings from the Cosmos to achieve your goals. Take bold and decisive measures to consolidate your aspirations and you will be totally dazzled by the results.

In November Saturn opposes Uranus which can be a difficult time not only in your personal and home life, but also in your career aims. You may find that onerous obligations on the home front impede your success and goals at this time. You may be required to look after someone elderly or who is confined to your home base and this will take its toll on you unless you find ways to alleviate your stress levels.

During the next twelve months, the ‘greater benefic’ Jupiter will occupy your sector of wills, legacies, the goods of the deceased, loans, your partner’s income or any other shared resource and will go into retrograde (backwards) phase for five months between May and early September. You may become aware of some benefit or other financial gain that involves any of the above issues. It is also a time to question what your real values and rights are and set about putting your affairs in order. Your marriage or business partner may become very wealthy during this time. Whatever occurs will be shared generously in your direction. The retrograde phase can give you another viewpoint to consider in relation to this area of your life, and when this planet goes direct (January to early April and September to December) you will have a better understanding of your part in relation to these matters.

Saturn the taskmaster of the zodiac will continue to occupy your sector of home and family matters and your early upbringing up until November 2009. Saturn however, will be in retrograde motion (backwards) between January and April. This may be a time when you make a major purchase of a home and property that could obligate you for several years to come. It can also mean that the responsibilities of home ownership seem heavy and associated with too many burdens. A family member, especially an elderly one, may come to stay with you. During the retrograde phase you can sit back and perhaps see why you have chosen this time to be so tied down to your home. During the direct phase (between May and the end of the year) you will come to realize that this was the foundation you had to lay for your future security.

Uranus, the planet of change, will continue to occupy your sector of career, reputation, status and how you are seen in the eyes of the world, during which time he will be in retrograde phase between late June and late November 2008. This often brings huge changes to where you are in terms of your position in life and can offer unpredictable leaps and bounds up the ladder of success. During the retrograde phase it may seem that the changes are coming at you thick and fast so this can be a hectic time when you feel you cannot cope with so much going on. During the direct phase (January to June and again late November to June 2009) these changes will feel more comfortable and convince you that you are now on the most appropriate path.

Neptune the planet of mystery, will continue to occupy your sector of travel, higher education, studies and connections to foreign people or places, though will go into retrograde (backwards) phase between late May and up to the end of October 2008. This can be an interesting time where your mind and imagination are stimulated to a very high degree. It is a fabulous time to write a book where your creative talents are put to good use. However, it can also cloud your mind with imaginary thoughts that are not based in reality. During the retrograde phase you are perhaps in a more reflective mode of thought than at other times. During the direct phase (January to May and November to December) you will be able to conjure up anything you can imagine and put this to good use through art, music or writing.

Pluto, the transformer of the zodiac will now occupy your sector of wills, legacies, the goods of the deceased, loans, your partner’s income or any other shared resource (with the exception of a retrograde phase back into your sector of marriage and business partnerships and any public presentations between mid June and late November). There is often a major shift in consciousness and the understanding of what is the truth of our lives during this very long transit of many years duration. During the retrograde phase you may notice that you are observant of all that is going on around you and try to come to grips with the realities of life and death. A transformation of attitude is possible and during the direct phase (January to March 2008 and again from September to the end of the year) you may come to a complete change in your understanding of the complexities of life, and this can also indicate an inheritance. -- submitted by Sassy Golden:

Thoughts for the Month

An optimist is the human personification of spring. -- Susan J. Bissonette

Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom. -   Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

-- submitted by Sara Devonshire

The world's favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.
-   Edwin Way Teale

Spring - An experience in immortality.
-   Henry D. Thoreau

-- submitted by Deirdre Callihan


Where will a cat be when the lights go out?
In the dark.

Why is six afraid of seven?
Seven eight nine!

What has a roof but no chimney? What has a room but has no door?
A mushroom.

-- submitted by Lei McAndrews


Spring Scented and Hued Candles -  honeysuckle in yellow, lavender in violet are specially priced for the spring. Fill your home with these invigorating scents for a good uplift. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden at the Candle Shop.

Spring Specials - Baby red roses and multicolored carnations, at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquets, anniversaries or any occasion.

Benzaiten Imports - receives new shipments weekly. Special this month: Fine crystal items, figurines to celebrate spring. Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk.  Located in the warehouse district. Owners:  Alexander McDonough and Garath MacShire.

The Needle and Spool Clothier -  All green pre-made attire, is half off.  Any orders for ball gowns and tailored suits must be received, no later, than two weeks in advanced.

The BookStop -  New fiction for leisurely days - 25% to 50% off. Marisa and Carisa McCormick.

Heathfield Orphanage - Gifts, food,  spring and summer clothing and monetary offerings are greatly appreciated. Books in good shape are needed.  Inquire with Henna Barrett Suex with any questions.

McKnight Veterinary Clinic - at the McKnight estate in Heathfield. Donovan McKnight, DVM. We are trained in the treatment and care of all domestic and most exotic animals.  The estates are located just outside of Heathfield near Barrington Hospital.  Emergency care 24 hours a day.  Specials on:  Flea treatments.

Certain Somethings Shop - Special this month:  Summer shawls, wraps, lace gloves.   Our items are made by artisans from the Realms and we also carry imported items.  Hours are from nine until four.

Herbal Delights Apothecary - located in Barrington Hospital, has teas and tinctures available to fight off all manner of ailments. Special this month:  All tea.  Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk, with special openings as needed.

Sweet and Sassy Candy Shop - located just off the marketplace is having specials on chocolate Roses. Haypenny candy available. Corina and Cairenn Turlough.

Leather Shop -  All winter items - lined coats, gloves, and boots - 50% offButcher Shop - Order your Easter hams now, and get a free Cornish hen. Open from Monday to Saturday from 9am til dusk. Ask for Ham Frasier.

Deli Delights - Bring your sweetheart in for a slice of pie. Two for the price of one when you mention this ad. Kizzie Cohen

Butcher Shop - Order your Easter hams now, and get a free Cornish hen. Open from Monday to Saturday from 9am til dusk. Ask for Ham Frasier.

Ceol m'anama (Music is my soul) Music shop - Carrying musical instruments, sheet music and more.  Continued from last  month, wind instruments. See Lorelei Barre.

Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern - is running a special on ham dinners throughout this whole month. Reduce rate includes a tankard of ale or a glass of wine. Marlana Cherill proprietor.

The Clean Slate Soap Shop - Grand Opening: is now open for business!!  Buy four soaps and get a fifth for free.  Bulk teas, home made essential oils, body sprays and bath products also sold.  Stop by in the first month and have a free cup of tea.  Hours are from 10am to dusk..


Lost And Found
~ Of all the things I've lost in life .... I miss my mind the most ~

Lost: A favorite recipe book misplaced, please contact Caitriona MacKenna.


Job Finder

Contact Draven MacShire for: Chimney Sweeps. Cobbler store position available. Beauty Salon available. Chiropractor needed to set up shop. Martial Arts Instructor needed. Dentist needed to set up office. Barber Shop available. Zoo Keeper for upcoming zoo. Men's Tailor needed.

Thanks to Job finder: Many positions are found every day from sailors and dock workers to shops and streamlined services.

??? Question Corner ???

1. Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares every night for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth?

2. If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an extremely good cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, masseuse or personal secretary, which would you choose?

**If you would like to reply to any of these questions and have it published in next month's issue, please submit the question with your answer to Lahoneee.**

Where To Find It - Services Offered

Want to better your business?    Place a listing here!

Flowers - Lisette McTiel Frasier, Heathfield Commons.
Lumber - Jon McAndrews Lumber Mill, Ballicastle.
Wines - Mike McAndrews Vineyards, Heathfield;  Darren McCullen Vineyards, Ballicastle.

Leather, Beef, Horses - Maurice, Joseph and Rory McDonough, McDonough Ranch Heathfield.
Wool, Yarn & Cloth - McCormick Sheep Ranch, Heathfield.
Cider, Flour, Grains, Apples, Milk, Eggs, Vegetables - Draven MacShire, Ravanna of Heathfield.
Potcheen - Sean DeBurgh, Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire of Heathfield.
Baked Goods - Teri's Sweets Shoppe, Ballicastle.
Shipping, Trips by Sea - Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire, or Bovee Shipping, Heathfield.
  - Meadowland Kennels, Patrick and Edward McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Pottery  - Devon DeWinter, Heathfield.
Shipwrights  - Collin McAndrews and Thomas Douglas, Heathfield Port.
Exotic Imports - Xandar McDonough and Garath MacShire, Heathfield Port.
Linen and Lingerie - Marcy McGuire, Heathfield Commons.
Candles and Crystals - Kathleen Cleary Frasier and Samantha Golden, Heathfield Commons.
Tea House - Iwakura Sachiko, Heathfield Commons.
Fortune Teller - Mikhail O'Connell, Heathfield Commons.
Barrington Hospital - Gates Barrington, Sara Devonshire, Heathfield.
Clocks - Aleric and Niklas Traugott, Heathfield Commons.
Blacksmiths; Horse Shoeing, Swords, Daggers - Lochlan Kearney, Ballicastle; Brian McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Leatherwork and Sheaths - Moncha McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Surveyor - Robert Frasier, Ballicastle.
Herbs Shop - Sara Devonshire, Barrington Hospital Lobby.
Book Shop - Mariah and Carissa McCormick, Heathfield Commons.
Orphanage - Henna Barrett Suex, Heathfield.
Apothecary - Sara Devonshire, Heathfield Hospital.
Raw Ores - Joseph McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Smelter - Eddie McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Private Investigators - Joseph McDonough, Jacob Anderson, Mercy LaCorte and Clark Davis, Heathfield.
Furniture - Sean MacGrath.
Veterinarians - Donovan McKnight.
Frasier Signs - Kyle Frasier, Heathfield Commons and Ballicastle.
Sweet and Sassy Candy Shop- Carienn and Corina Turlough, Heathfield Commons.
Certain Somethings Shop - Sorcha Beirne, Heathfield Commons.
Leather Goods:  Jaelysa
Dairy Products: NorthStar Dairy run by Allan Cleary
Glass Maker: Isolde Fitzpatrick, Heathfield Commons
Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern: Marlana Cherill Proprietor, Barrett's Bay
Ceol m'anama (Music is my soul) Music Shop: Lorelei Barre, Heathfield Commons
Bowyer: Fearghus Frasier
Soaps: Clean Slate - Morgan and Aislinn Murray, Heathfield Commons
Clergy/priest: Brother Thomas, Heathfield Castle Chapel
Dance Instructor: Anneliese Harper, Heathfield Commons

Many thanks to those who contribute to this newspaper. Any additions, corrections or wishing to run an ad please contact Lahoneee.

Gossip from the Wharf
"If you believe these - I have lands in Rhydin to sell you"
by The Wharf Crones - Matty and Pearl

All gossip that comes in through the port, and places least expected,  you can be sure that Matty and Pearl know every little tidbit and then some added. Embellishing is a way of life to make the tale far more colorful. If something is not certain nor clear, it is easy to fill in those gaps; there is nothing like assuming. They will make sure all gossip gets around come rain or shine and the sharing of a tea biscuit. There is a place for Drama Queens.

**Certain knights have been a great source of fodder. Peal and I can romp in fodder, day in and day out. Word has it the Taming of the Lady has brought about mating. We're not sure where the horses come in there but we can use our wild imaginations. If all else fails, kiss. The two are bringing a new meaning to that phrase. of kiss and make up. It seems another of the ladies has an admirer or was it just being grateful for her favor? We like to think the former.

**There is the Red Hot Knight to consider where flames were seen blazing around his half naked body for the entertainment of the new dance instructor. Just getting a glimpse had Pearl break out into the sweats and I had to get her back before she got sick. We have noticed quite the number of females around that one but he still stands alone much like his comrade. We still have our chance. I'll go for the older silent one and leave Pearl with hot and sweaty. Although rumored he's been kissed he hasn't kissed back. My lips are ready and waiting.

**Oh to be a Lady with a favor as the dashing knight rode off with various colored silk scarves. So mine would have been made of cotton but far more durable and a few yards longer. It wouldn't have been missed. Seems a few of the ladies were all in a flutter over their knights whose favor they were, especially the quiet one even if her knight didn't do as well, that's where I'd have a lot of consoling coming in or more .. given out.

**Speaking of the new dance instructors there has certainly been seen quite a few gravitating to their studio. Most of them males which has Pearl all excited especially for Red Hot. Maybe we can come up with a barter for some dance lessons, tea biscuits our specialty as well as any information needed.

**We've been keeping our eye on the construction of another kind of beastie down behind the spar hall. We happened upon it by following the scent from the basket the little deli delight carries with her. Maybe we can beg a few crumbs to spare. I'm into Kosher, I'm into any kind of food for that matter.

**Has a man at arms been using those very arms around the glass maker of late? Scenes at the lake would prove it beyond suspicion or even embellished. The lake becoming our latest haunt as it is far easier to hide without the need of climbing or burrowing in.

**The lake area has been busy as the Forest King even emerged in paint. We're into jungle art as I had to thwap Pearl from staring but then she had to thwap me first. Smack. Smack. Luckily no one heard us. Barely the one and then came Red Hot diving in to catch him a sea nymph. So I might not pass for a nymph but if he wanted a hippo at least his target would be bigger.

**Are the ladies in waiting falling like may flies? Let us count, one, two, three, four so far. Although the fourth is still only projected, we're certain even if they are not. One wedded, two courting and one in the arms of a king. One is still holding out, one dreaming and the other new. Pearl and I are making bets on who will be next. A few are eating their words already. A king, a knight and a Lordship all fallen in turn, what do we have left? Indian Chief and Candle Maker? We'll be keeping an eye on them, that you can bet.

** "Blackbird singing in the dead of night take these broken wings and learn to fly all your life you were only waiting for this moment to arise. Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly, into the light of the dark black night." (lyrics from Beatles song) Both Pearl and I have been singing this song scaring every blackbird in sight as well as a few other species.

**Is there a fly in Red Hot's ointment that has him bugged of late? Or is he the bug in some others'?

**Does the little sea captain have more on her mind than just getting her ship in the water? Will her brother come back betrothed? Now there is another two with tempest furies. We will find out if likes attract over opposites! Although if the gutsy minx manages to turn the head of the silent stoic, opposites will have one in their favor.

**Has the recent arrival of her brother left any ladies drooling? Wait until the other returns too and we'll have duplicity to watch. One of the best shows around.

**Has the seasoned captain - wine maker managed to find what was in his own backyard after all these years? Will anyone ever capture the wandering prince minstrel? Will some of the ones of the past come out of the woodwork and capture one of those unsuspecting ladies? Blindsided works nicely.

**Instead of lions, tigers and bears, oh my, will it become Avatars, dragons and Faeries? What exactly is going on in that Celtic cottage greenhouse? We've been trying to get near but the strangest things keep happening. Winds out of nowhere, ground springing up at you, holes to trip you up that were not there.


500 Gold Coins Offered on Black Doom, Black Beard, Stirling Scourge each ... Dead or alive. If all are brought in, a bonus of 500 will be added making it 2000

Crimes:  Murder, Plundering and pillaging innocents, Thievery, Arson, Kidnapping, and Rape. Slavery.  Reward is high for any who brings these scoundrels to justice.


Wanted Alive: Two Highwaymen known as Murph and Billy. 50 Gold Coins Reward for information that leads to their whereabouts. 200 Gold Coins for their capture.

Crimes:  Thievery and harassment. 

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