Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Ashfort, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 06-08

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The evening of Friday, May 16 brought about an important evening for three men and recent arrivals to the realm of Heathfield and her sister castles. Gabriel Vaughn, Cole Lachian and Ian Waincross were officially invested with the rank of Knight and sworn to the service of Peter James O'Neill, King of Innis Daingneach, as well as to the preservation and defense of the sister castles. The ceremony, conducted in the King's office, was done in the presence of Heathfield's Crown Prince and Princess, as well as Princess Elaina of Innis Daingneach and her ladies, and three of King Peter's knights - Sir Aiden Collins, Sir Calhoun Quinlan and Sir Lancely Caster.

Though the ceremony was conducted simply, each man entered with solemnity as his mantle and chivalry as his watchword. Upon being called to the King by name, each knelt to swear his oath to the King, promising to protect and defend those under his care, to remain honest and loyal to his fellows, and to serve with honor and courtesy at all times. King Peter then named each man Knight, tapping him three times on the shoulders with his sword and urged him to rise to receive the badges of his rank in the form of a black cape being the O'Neill insignia, a sword belt and shield.

Crown Prince Andrew presented the men with their swords once the pages attired the newly made knights appropriately and offered a quiet word to each. For the newly made Sir Gabriel and Sir Ian, both men were invested with one of the Hundred Swords of Heathfield as granted by the hand of and empowered by Prince Andrew. Sir Cole chose one of the finely crafted blades.

After the ceremony, those assembled gathered to enjoy a quiet celebration and congratulate the newly made knights, plied with food and drink, and a toast was raised to those who followed the path of chivalry with Heathfield's own special brewed potcheen in the glasses to bring the night to a close. --submitted by Cara Thompson

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Telarus Market: The monthly QCC Market took place on Monday, May 14, in the great Telarus Market Square. Hosted by the Kingdom of Telarus, the vendors and the participants arrived alike in search of bustling business and an array of fine wares. Bartering, trading and buying flew fast and furious amongst those looking to buy with those looking to sell, ranging from everything from sweets to horses to a new ship!

Some of the month's featured vendors were Dreamweaver Baskets, MacKenna Drydocks, Out of the Woodwork, A Touch of Light, Stigma Tatu House, and a number of stables - Telarus, BreezeWings, Whispering Willows and the McDale Stables. And of course, the ever welcomed Haunted Valley Brewpub!

The market was well-attended by a broad number of participating members of the Quest Coin Coalition, coming together to enjoy the evening. The Kingdom of Heathfield was represented by the arrival of the McDonoughs, while a number of Telarus citizens mingled with various Independents, creating a festive atmosphere enjoyed by all. --submitted by Cordelia Sandrine

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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

Burdock - the name is a combination of bur from its tenacious burrs, and dock, Old English for 'plant' -- seems to reach out and grab anything that comes near it. And the same could be said for its place in modern herbal healing. While many scientists have dismissed burdock as useless, ti seems destined to hang on a a healing herb, particularly as a potential treatment for cancer. Burdock has its up and downs in the past. When it wasn't being reviled as a pest, it was being recommended as a healing treatment for a surprising variety of conditions. One herbalist used it to treat cancerous tumors. Chinese physicians considered it a remedy for colds, flu, throat infections and pneumonia.

Other physicians considered it an excellent diuretic and prescribed it for urinary tract infections, kidney problems and painful urination, in addition to skin infections and arthritis. Contemporary herbalists have abandoned burdock as a cancer treatment (perhaps prematurely) but continue to recommend it for skin problems, wound treatment, urinary tract infections, arthritis, sciatica, ulcers and even anorexia nervosa.

Infection: German researchers have discovered fresh burdock root contains chemical (polyacetylenes) that kill disease-causing bacteria and fungi. Though dried burdock contains less of these chemicals, their presence may help explain the herb's traditional use against ringworm, a fungal infection and several bacterial infections including gonorrhea, skin infections and urinary tract infections.

Intriguing Possibilities: Burdock has been used extensively around the world as a cancer treatment, and several studies show that substances found in the herb do, in fact, have anti-tumor activity. Of course cancer requires professional care. If you'd like to try burdock in addition to standard therapy, discuss it with your physician. Finally, burdock has an as-yet-unexplained anti-poisoning effect. Experimental animals fed the herb were somehow protected against several chemicals known to be toxic. In view of these findings, let's hope scientists cling to burdock research as tenaciously as the plant's burrs cling to just about anything. As with any herb, use in moderation and recommended dosages after consulting your physician. It is considered safe in normal dosages. -- Excerpts Taken from The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman

Life Around Here

Citizen's Submission: To begin this article, I must plead for the reader's indulgence and forbearance; I am a cryptozoologist by vocation, not an established writer of any acclaim.  In yet another digression before I move on to the main body of this article, I would like to thank the citizens at large of Heathfield for welcoming a stranger into your midst, and making me feel comfortably to home.

Now, to the main point of this article, and it is a subject that I am quite enthusiastic about; plans for a zoological garden for the realm are in the works.  In my travels, I came across the previous edition of this very periodical, and contained within those pages, I found an advert seeking a person or persons that might be interested in the position of zookeeper.  I was both intrigued and excited by the prospect.  As an active researcher in the field of cryptozoology, I have spent the bulk of my career afield, traveling extensively.  In all candor and honesty, I was growing weary of life on the road, and had been contemplating the notion of putting roots down, but I had not decided as to where.  It was then that I happened across the aforementioned copy of "The Heathfield Gazette", and the opportunity seemed a Godsend, and appeared to be too fine an opportunity not to make inquiry of.  So, I fixed my sights on Heathfield, and as I had alluded to in the opening paragraph of this article, I have found the realm and it's people to be very hospitable, and very accommodating.  I am happy to say that I have signed citizenship papers very recently.

Recently, I was afforded the occasion to meet with Mr. Maurice McDonough, who will be overseeing the prospective sites and construction of the zoological exhibits, and Miss Kaylea MacKay, with whom I will be working closely in the day to day operations of the exhibit gardens and grounds.  I believe that I may speak for both Mr. McDonough and Miss MacKay when I say that we hope to present the finest zoological attractions for Heathfield, it's citizens, and for visitors and tourists. --submitted by Calum Creighton

Births:  None this Month. Marriages: None this Month. Engagements: None this Month.  Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: Please welcome Calum Creighton and Kaylea MacKay, who will be running the new zoo being built, along with Alaina MacKenna running the drydocks in Kildare and Alyse McKenna in Heathfield made head of the Orphanage.

by Athalia Doe Edan

The first gift the bride opens should be the first gift she uses. Everything the bride says as she opens her gifts will be repeated on her wedding night. Someone should be assigned to write down these comments during the shower. The person who gives the third gift to be opened at a bridal shower will soon have a baby. Save the ribbons from the bridal shower gifts to make a mock bouquet to be used at the wedding rehearsal. Certain days of the week are better than others for a wedding: Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all. 

Certain months are better than others for a wedding: Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind & true, When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate. If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know. Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man. Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day. Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go. Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bred. Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see. Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine. If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry. If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember. When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.

A Lucky Bride: Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue, And a lucky sixpence In her shoe. Married in White, you have chosen right. Married in Grey, you will go far away, Married in Black, you will wish yourself back, Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead, Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, Married in Blue, you will always be true, Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl, Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Married in Brown, you will live in the town, Married in Pink, you spirit will sink. Good omens on your wedding day: Seeing a rainbow , having the sunshine, meeting a black cat, meeting a chimney sweep. Blessed is the bride who is rained upon.

Bad omens on your wedding day: a pig, hare, or lizard running across the road, seeing an open grave, meeting a nun or a monk foretell barrenness. If the groom drops the wedding band during the ceremony, the marriage is doomed. The new bride must enter her home by the main door, and must not trip or fall. This is origin of the custom of carrying the bride over the threshold. June is the best month to get married. Romans believed that Juno, their goddess of woman, blessed marriages that took place in her month. In the olden days, when a wife was considered a possession, a wedding ring was a sign that the woman had been purchased by the groom. Marry on the upswing of the clock, basically on the half-hour, like 2:30 instead of 2, or 3, because that way the hands of the clock are on their way up, not down.  ( - Superstitions Database)


Wil-o'-the-Wisps -- The luminous will-o'-the-wisps are spotted deep in forests, swamps, and other desolate places and appear as glowing orbs that move slowly over the landscape. These phantom lights are called by many different names and are even sometimes thought to be the prank of some malicious faerie. Elves particularly delight in using will-o'-the-wisps as a source of illumination and decoration for their revels.

Lost travelers spotting wisps often believe they are seeing an artificial light and head toward it, causing them to become even more lost. Many have died, lost and alone, or fallen prey to some more dangerous faerie. As wit stray sod, it is unlikely that the wisps know that they cause so much havoc for mortals. Even if they did, however, there is little reason to think that they would change.

Like magnificent fireflies, the ethereal wisps are breathtaking to see on a moonlit night. Wisps are attracted to lanterns as well as other bugs. Many times will-o'-the-wisps were depicted as devils or demons because of their association with the death of the hapless human who followed their lights. Because they preferred habitat is more remote and distanced from civilized settlements, they are rarely seen anymore. -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier - from Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Everyone should have one!

Note: This is the last in this series and the column will be replaced by another in the coming months.


June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with a length of 30 days. The month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera. At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of TauOrus; at the end of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Gemini. However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, June begins with the sun in the astrological sign of Gemini, and ends with the sun in the astrological sign of Cancer.. June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.  The month of June—in the Northern Hemisphere—is in Spring until the 21st, when Summer begins. The traditional June birthstone is the pearl. The June flower is the rose or the honeysuckle, as roses and honeysuckles bloom throughout June. June is also sometimes called the "Rose month."  June is known for the large amount of marriages that occur over the course of the month. This large quantity of marriages can be attributed to the Goddess that June is named after, Juno or Hera.  Juno is the protecting goddess of marriage and a married couple's household, so it is considered good luck to be married in this month. -   Wikipedia

Juno is a counterpart of Janus and the divine watcher over the female sex, so this month is considered the best time to marry. As Juno Moneta, guardian of wealth and money, she had a temple on the Capitoline hill in Rome where the empire’s coins were minted. Among Juno’s attributes, she is queen of heaven, approximating Frigg in the Northern Tradition, and Mary in the Christian. She is ruler of the high point of year, when there is maximum light and minimum darkness (the northern Summer Solstice.).  Today, the Matronalia, was sacred to the goddess in her aspect known as Juno Lucina, protectress of women and marriage, a later representation of Eileityia, Greek goddess of childbirth. Matronalia was celebrated at the temple called the Aedes Junonis Lucinae which was built in  375 BC in a grove that had been consecrated to the goddess from very early times. Livy records that the grove (lucus) on the Esquiline Hill is the origin of the goddess's name. We know from Ovid's Fasti (iii.247) that the Matronalia was commemorated annually on this day, the day of the temple’s consecration.  Women and girls prayed to her and brought offerings where the goddess was represented veiled, with a flower in her right hand, and an infant in swaddling clothes in her left. Prayers for prosperity in marriage were offered.  By the second century BCE, this aspect of Juno was associated with childbirth because the name Lucina was thought to have come from the Latin word lux (light); thus, when a child was born it was said to have been “brought to light”. In this aspect the goddess was a lunar deity, often paired with Diana and depicted as holding a torch. In the worship of Juno Lucina, women had to untie knots and unplait their hair – sympathetic magic to prevent entanglements in the delivery of babies. In Roman homes, prayers were offered for prosperity in marriage, and women waited on the slaves, just as the men did at the Saturnalia. (June, Spring:  Poems, Quotes, Sayings, Folklore, Celebrations, Lore, Ideas, Gardening Chores.)

Summer Solstice: Falling midway between Beltaine and Lúnasa /Lammas is the Summer Solstice, marking the peak of the sun’s influence on Earth. The spiral of the year has expanded to its widest point and now the hours of light are as long as they will ever be. After June 20th or 21st , the sun’s power will begin to wane and the days grow shorter. The sun has touched the northernmost point along the horizon and is about to embark upon the long journey back south, ending at the Winter Solstice in December.

Ancient Celebrations: The Summer Solstice was an event of tremendous importance to the early inhabitants of the British Isles and Ireland, who built a number of magnificent megaliths aligned to the sunrise on this day. In southwest England, an unbroken thread of tradition connects the 5,000-year-old temple of Stonehenge with ritual activities through the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and into modern times.

Northern Lights: Another great stone temple to the Summer Solstice is at Callanish on the island of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. Here, four rows of stones lead into a circle from the four directions, forming a Celtic cross in the landscape, and the stones form an astronomical observatory aligned to the solstice sunrises and sunsets, as well as to the equinoxes. Callanish is so far north, the sky never actually darkens on a midsummer night. This is also the case at the mysteriously beautiful stone circle, the Ring of Brodgar, on Orkney, which was known for centuries by local people as the Temple of the Sun, aligned as it is to the midsummer sunrise.

The Bonfire Dance: Up until recently, this moment of the triumph of the light, and yet also the beginning of its decline, was celebrated with great bonfires when the whole community gathered once again on the hilltops to celebrate life through feasting, dance, ritual and song, to rejoice in the sun at the height of its power – and perhaps also to pray that it not die too soon.  In later years, these celebrations usually took place the night of June 23rd, which was called St. John’s Eve, as the Christian Church dedicated the ancient pagan festival to Saint John the Baptist, the prophet born six months before Jesus Christ.

Herbs of Blessing: This was an especially good time to cull magical and healing herbs: fern seed gathered on midsummer’s eve could make one invisible; elderberries warded off enchantment; stonecrop, vervain, and yarrow were hung in special places around the house for protection against the evil eye and death. Above all, this was the time for plucking St. John’s wort, the golden, star-shaped flower that was first of all herbs to be gathered on St. John's Eve. Called the ‘blessed plant’ in Wales, it was renowned throughout the Celtic lands for bringing peace and prosperity to the house, health to the animals and a bountiful harvest. It was cast into the midsummer bonfires in Scotland, and placed over the doors of houses and farm buildings for its protective powers.  For these magical plants were filled with the energy of the sun at its peak, now transformed into green blessings for the human kingdom.

A Midsummer Herbal Bouquet: 1. Choose any nine of the following sacred plants and leaves, as availability allows: roses, foxgloves, St. John’s wort elderflowers, wild hop, agrimony, rue,  fennel, clover, oak leaves, broom, meadowsweet, wormwood, hedge mustard, mugwort, yarrow, rowan leaves, mistletoe, vervain, valerian, sage, mallow, elecampane. 2.  Don't let them come into contact with iron. 3. Tie them with ribbons of the following colors and symbolism from Cornish tradition: Color Symbolism:  White - strength. Green - wisdom. Blue - love. Red - sacrifice. Yellow - the sun. 4. Give them to friends, display on your altar or hang over the door. (A Ritual for June) -- submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews

by Frank James Ryan, Jr

This is for June, and all the summers it brings
For the chiming of the church bells... that sing
In songs of matrimony o'er top hats and lace
'Fore June passes torch, to July's scarlet face

And the trees in full jacket, leaves forest green
The last pink of magnolia, can still yet be seen
Theres a breeze in the air, that carries a scent
Sweet rose and honeysuckle, in efflorescence

Nights still cast a chill, but June has its motives
An evening gift for all those amorously devoted
To feel the magic of love whilst under the moon
Makes one thankful, there be the month of June

--submitted by Deirdre Callihan


Dulcet Time
by Peter S Quinn

Dulcet time is always coming
When the clouds are away with tears
Little birds in trees are humming
New songs from forgotten years

Pleasing love is colour blooming
To sweetest you who is so dear
All the seeds in earth are booming
Reaching out for growth and flare

Trust me you will likewise be glad
When in your garden roses grow
And take away your lonesome sad
That from winter past did show

Pleasing love is colour blooming
To sweetest you who is so dear
All the seeds in earth are booming
Reaching out for growth and flare

My eyes wander throughout the night
Looking to a faraway star
Which blazes out its twinkle light
Without knowing who we are

Dulcet time...

--submitted by Marcy McGuire


A Something in a Summer's Day
by Emily Dickinson

"A something in a summer's Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer's noon --
A depth -- an Azure -- a perfume --
Transcending ecstasy.

And still within a summer's night
A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see --

Then veil my too inspecting face
Lets such a subtle -- shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me --

The wizard fingers never rest --
The purple brook within the breast
Still chafes it narrow bed --

Still rears the East her amber Flag --
Guides still the sun along the Crag
His Caravan of Red --

So looking on -- the night -- the morn
Conclude the wonder gay --
And I meet, coming thro' the dews
Another summer's Day!"

--submitted by Carisa McCormick


In Fountain Court
by Arthur Symons

The fountain murmuring of sleep,
A drowsy tune;
The flickering green of leaves that keep
The light of June;
Peace, through a slumbering afternoon,
The peace of June.

A waiting ghost, in the blue sky,
The white curved moon;
June, hushed and breathless, waits, and I
Wait too, with June;
Come, through the lingering afternoon,
Soon, love, come soon

--submitted by Deirdre Callihan


Did You Know?

The Magic Journey - The Shaman was the one person within the tribe who had the skill and power to undertake quests to the world of spirits in search of special knowledge about the future or healing for the sick. Often the shaman ascended into the spirit world by physically climbing a tree or ladder that represented the world tree or cosmic axis.

Many cultures believe that the world tree made the shamanic journey to other worlds possible. The tree stood at the center of three worlds, the upper world, the physical earth and the underworld and allowed the initiated to pass between these worlds. Climbing this world tree or pole that represented it, symbolized the inner journey of the shaman's soul. In some cultures in order to reach the otherworlds of spirit, the entranced shaman would embark on a visionary 'journey' to the world tree and would then climb it either to enter heaven or go down into the underworld.

In Siberian tradition the shell of the shaman's drum was made from a branch of this world tree. According to Romanian anthropologist Micrea Eliade, because of this connection with the world tree, the shaman, by his drumming is 'magically' projected into the vicinity of the Tree. In other traditions, the shaman climbs a tree, notched pole, or a ladder to show that he is journeying to the spirit world. The Pomos of northern California, for example, climbed a pole 20 to 30 feet high during a four day long initiation ceremony. One day was devoted entirely to climbing the pole. In southern Africa figures teetering on top of ladders are frequently depicted in the shamanic rock art of the San people (once known as the Bushmen).

The Assiniboine Indians of the Great Plains practiced long periods of fasting to induce visions. A drum was used decorated with spirit images that were probably inspired by the hallucinations fasting produced. Spirit flight could be dangerous to the shaman and in some traditions guides were used to help them on their journey. A bronze image of a wild beast was used by one of hte Kama River Tribes of Russia and believed by their shamans to have miraculous properties. American Indian shamans also used bird imagery to symbolize the shaman's flight such as the Tlingit rattle which is in the form of a bird with a human figure and a frog sitting on top. Hole-in-the-sky pole was carved by the Tsimshian Indians of the Pacific Northwest, this wooden pole originally marked the ceremonial entrance to the house of Haidzemerks, one of their chiefs.  -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from the book Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


Summer Fruit, Honey and Hazelnut Crumble

2 1/2 lb. mixed soft summer fruits-- raspberries, loganberries, strawberries, currants, bilberries or whatever is available * honey or brown sugar to taste * 3 oz. toasted hazelnuts * 3 oz. wholemeal or whole wheat brown breadcrumbs

Put the fruits in a pan (or microwave dish) with about 1 inch water in the bottom and cook gently for 10-15 minutes (4-6 minutes in microwave), or till the fruits are soft without being totally mushy. Sweeten to taste with honey or brown sugar; how much you need will depend on what fruits you have used. Drain the excess juice and save to serve with the pudding. chop the hazelnuts in a processor or liquidiser until they are almost as fine as the breadcrumbs, but not quite, then mix the two together. Spoon the fruit into an ovenproof dish and cover with a thick layer of hazelnuts and crumbs. Bake in a moderate oven (180 C, 350 F) for 20 - 30 minutes or till the top is slightly crunchy and browned. Serve with lots of cream or plain yogurt and the warmed fruit juices. Serves 6. --submitted by Sarah McDonough


Coconut-Apple Cobbler

4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced * 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping * 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour * 1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated flaky biscuit dough * 2 tablespoons butter * 3 tablespoons white sugar * 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Stir together apples, caramel topping, and flour in a large round baking dish. Pull apart each biscuit into two halves, and arrange over the apples. Drizzle with butter. Stir together the sugar and coconut; sprinkle over the buttered biscuits. Bake in preheated oven until the biscuits have puffed, and are lightly browned, about 30 minutes. --submitted by Devon Winters Cleary


Rum Marinated Fruit Kabobs

Marinade: 1/2 cup fresh orange juice * 1/4 cup jelly made from tropical fruits * 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard * 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger * 1/2 teaspoon curry powder * 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice * 1 tablespoon dark rum. Fruit: 40 1-inch chunks of assorted tropical fruits, such as mango, papaya, pineapple, kiwifruit, and star fruit

1. Soak 10 6-inch skewers in cold water for about 30 minutes. 2. To make the marinade, blend orange juice, jelly, mustard, ginger, and curry powder in a blender until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan, cover, and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in the lime juice and rum. 3. To assemble the kebabs, thread four pieces of fruit on each skewer. Arrange in a single row in a shallow, flat-bottomed refrigerator container. Pour the marinade over the fruit, cover, and refrigerate, turning the skewers occasionally, for at least 3 hours or overnight. 4. Just before serving, adjust the oven broiler rack to 4 or 5 inches from the heating element. Preheat the broiler. Arrange skewers in a single layer on a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Broil for 2 minutes, or until thoroughly heated and lightly browned in some places. Or you could grill them outdoors! Serves 5-6. --submitted by Regan Callihan


Chocolate Chip Creator Cake

 4 cups Baking Mix * ½ cups  Sugar * 1 1/3 cups  Milk * 2 eggs * 2 tsp vanilla * 2 cups  Chocolate Chips

Heat oven to 350. Grease 13x9x2 pan. Combine first 5 ingredients and beat until moistened. Beat 2 mins at med. speed untils smooth. Pour ½ batter into pan, sprinkle chips over batter - top with remaining batter covering up the chips. Sprinkle topping (below). Bake 35 minutes (top springs back).

Topping - Mix: ½ cup sugar,  ½ cup dark brown sugar (packed), ½ cup baking mix,  ½ butter softened, 1½ tsp ground cinnamon. Combine all ingredients until crumbly.  --submitted by Esmeralda Gibbons

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Cancer (June 22 - July 22)

In January, September and November the greater benefic Jupiter forms a helpful angle to Saturn. You may now seriously consider getting married and making your life more stabilized. You could also decide to do some writing as another way of earning a living. This is a time to do some organized planning and set things in motion for the distant future. You will be mentally focused and able to achieve whatever you decide now.

In March, May and November Jupiter makes a helpful link to Uranus. This may bring some unexpected opportunities connected to an overseas country. You may choose to work with someone at a distance or extend your business onto the international market. If you marry at this time it will prove to be the most exciting decision you have made in a long time. Your life will change dramatically and your lifestyle will be far more adventurous than ever before.

In November Saturn opposes Uranus which can bring all kinds of unexpected restrictions into your life, possibly connected to a close relative or neighbor. You may also have difficulties with people of different cultural backgrounds so you will need to tread warily. Do not plan any long distance travel at this time as there will be unusual conditions that create many problems for you.

During the next twelve months, the ‘greater benefic’ Jupiter will occupy your sector of marriage and business partnerships and any public presentations and will go into retrograde (backwards) phase for five months between May and early September. This is a particularly fortunate time for any matter connected to this area of your life. You could marry during this next year and this will prove to be a real blessing. If a current relationship has been experiencing difficulties, a resolution will become apparent, whether that involves going in separate ways, or finding the means to be more flexible with each other, especially in terms of how much freedom is permitted in the relationship. During the retrograde phase you can look at why you got involved with the person you are married to or in business with. During the direct phase (January to early April and September to December) you know that you had to make those decisions so that you could grow and become the other half of a prosperous marriage or business partnership.

Saturn the taskmaster of the zodiac will continue to occupy your sector of communications, siblings, neighbors and short distance travel up until November of next year. Saturn however, will be in retrograde motion (backwards) between January and April. You may do some serious thinking during this time, but you may have to avoid seeing the dark side of things. It is a beneficial time to plan for your future and get super organized with your communications with others. In the retrograde phase your thoughts may seem depressive and give you a bleak outlook. However, when Saturn is direct, (between May and the end of the year) there will be a more mature, though serious perspective that reveals what is real and what is not.

Uranus, the planet of change, will continue to occupy your sector of travel, higher education, studies and connections to foreign people or places during which time he will be in retrograde phase between late June and late November. This is the time to explore your horizons through travel, study or taking in the beliefs of other cultures. Excitement will be the name of the game in your journeys as you encounter new experience after new experience. During the retrograde phase you will start to think abut how you had previously viewed the world, and how this had influenced where you are now. During the direct phase (January to June and again late November to June of next year) the awareness of other belief systems will help you to be more tolerant and understanding of how different we all look at life, and that we don’t all have to think the same way.

Neptune the planet of mystery, will continue to occupy your sector of, wills, legacies, the goods of the deceased, loans, your partner’s income or any other shared resource, though will go into retrograde (backwards) phase between late May and up to the end of October. This area of your chart is also associated with truth. Sometimes issues surrounding this can be misunderstood or clouded by various factors. You may be misled about what is rightfully yours and losses can occur due to slanderous or deceitful conditions. During the retrograde phase it may seem as though everything is not so clear to you and you may lack the energy to pursue matters to finalization. During the direct phase (January to May and November to December) your passion can be stirred by a complete understanding of what is really going on around you and how you can re-gain what you thought had been taken away or hidden from you.

Pluto, the transformer of the zodiac will now occupy your sector of marriage and business partnerships and any public presentations (with the exception of a retrograde phase back into your sector of health, work and your daily routines between mid June and late November). This can literally transform your personal and business relationships overnight. This long range influence which will last for many years can bring a person into your life who changes you completely. However it can also be a testing time in a marriage, and care needs to be taken that neither you nor your beloved do not overrule the other. During the retrograde phase you can look at why you allowed this person to enter your life and change it irrevocably. During the direct phase (January to March and again from September to the end of the year) your understanding of your motives will reveal this is exactly what you need for personal growth.
-- submitted by Sassy Golden:

Thoughts for the Month

"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June."
-   L. M. Montgomery

"If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance."
-  Bern Williams

-- submitted by Sara Devonshire


Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Summer who?
Summer here and some are there

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Abbey who?
Abbey stung me on the nose

Tom's Mom had four kids: Nickel, Dime, Quarter ... and what was the fourth?
-- submitted by Lei McAndrews


Summer Scented and Hued Candles -  Rose in red, lilac in purple are specially priced for the summer. Fill your home with these invigorating scents for a good uplift. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden at the Candle Shop.

Summer Specials - 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: All items from the Far East. 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 -  All how to books - 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, tick removal.

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:  Ointments for bug bites, lotions to keep bugs away.   Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk, with special openings as needed.   Sara Devonshire, proprietor.

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

Leather Shop -  All saddles - 25% to 50% off.

Butcher Shop - Order your 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 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.  Special this month -- all stringed instruments. See Lorelei Barre.

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

The Clean Slate Soap Shop - In honor of Litha next month, all citrus scents, oils & incenses will be on sale to help welcome in the longest day.  Fairy sized sample kits will also be put together upon request.

The Glass Shop - 50% off sun catchers for the spring and summer. Come get a beautiful piece to put in your window to brighten any room. See Isolde Fitzpatrick.

The Potter - Need any ceramics replaced, put in an order with Devon Winters Cleary.


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

Lost: One white ballet slipper with ribbons. If found please contact Anneliese Harper.

Found: One ancient tome of spells left at the lake. Contact Gabriel Vaughn.

Lost: At the lake, one crystal locket with strands of blond hair in a curl embedded inside. Contact Padriach McDonnell if found.

Lost: Folder containing art sketches. Contact Deirdre Callihan.


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. 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 go to a slaughterhouse and kill a cow? Do you eat meat?

2. Would you enjoy spending a month of solitude in a beautiful natural setting? Food and shelter would be provided but you would not see another person.

**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.

**Romance seems to continue to spread like some disease in the lands. Only a few resilient to its clutches. Oh how both Pearl and I would like to be clutched! It has gotten to the point Pearl swears on seeing huge birds flying as big as men, not certain for she forgot her spectacles again. I suggested she lay off smoking the wacky weed I could smell about her clothing. She's pushing the line when seeing men flying. As preposterous as flying men, now the rumors have mermaids in the lake as well as gargoyles crouching in watch. At least these are better than the crocodile that use to swim there.

**The red hot knight still burns bright drawing moths to a flame. Will he be extinguished? Will he take the plunge? Can anyone harness the fire? We wonder what kind of lass it would take. Pearl is giggling over there saying something about a poker. I think a bucket of cold water would do.

**The Forest King made one of his rare appearances. He's another that seems to avoid any of cupid's traps. With new citizens coming in one can wonder how long some of them will last. Will he meet his match? I wonder if it would help if I lost a little weight in attracting a man.

**Has the pirate lord found what he was looking for in his own backyard? Seems backyards are becoming popular for finding things, maybe I can find something in mine other than the countless garbage cans. Digging is not an option so it best be lying there where I can trip over it.

**Seems one of the newly knighted has become besotted, perhaps he was mesmerized by all the colorful glass making a prism, or in this case a prison about his heart. One to cross off our list that barely his name was penned. Le-sigh. The more prospects the better our chances.

**Meat and chips, the two cousins have been seen around and about untouched by cupid's arrow although their other cousin seems to be drunk he's so besotted. Especially the one night, had we been able to move just a little faster we may have captured one to nurse back to consciousness. Now that would have been some awakening.

**The potter is going to have the milkman's baby. Pearl is giggling again.

**Double trouble dual are home. We wonder how long some of the more stoic will last. Can they blind them with their sparkles? Get a ring on their finger? There are a few men more resilient than others that make them only more of a challenge.

**The final results are in on the Fae Knight and the Princess' Lady in Waiting. She's no longer waiting and waiting. After a few clashes of thunder they were found in each other's arms and now a ring on her finger. Le-sigh. It makes my heart flutter, if only I was a few years younger. Another name to cross off our list.

**It seems the untouchable heart lady in waiting has a riddle and has been reported looking up information on nightingales. Does she plan to audition? Will she learn to sing like the birdies sing, tweet ... tweet, tweet ... tweet  tweet? She can send the one our way, just speaking on the idea has Pearl drooling. There are two other ladies-in-waiting still not captured, hopefully they will remain that way so we don't need to cross off any more names. Or better, send any our way.

**The two mountain Adonis have been spotted briefly again. Pity they were not around more along with their multitude of brothers. Even if no bites the are a sight to watch even from a distance.

**There's something going on at the cattle ranch we have yet to figure out. We love such puzzles when it deals with romance. Has the one two lovers? If there's a surplus, please, please, send on our way.

**It has been almost impossible for us to get to the field behind the spar hall for so many guards. We had to brave the dark forest above that outlined it. Still we could barely get a glimpse of this new contraption that is being built. So many rumors and bets on it, one of the few things that perked our curiosity other than men. Except it would attract them! Maybe it is a big huge love trap? We might stick around and see what can be caught.

**Between the recent ball and dancing at the lake, I'm trying to convince Pearl to take dancing lessons with me. I wonder if they will have partners for us. You should see the huge grin on Pearl with that thought. I think I've convinced her! Next I'll have to convince her on taking up archery as it seems to be a growing favorite and get us into that circuit of males.

**We hear there is a visiting artist that does sketches that show more of. We wonder if we can get her to sketch us there will be men standing in wait behind us? Pearl is making a strange face and giving them the sign of the cross to ward off the idea. Think I can still convince her? We've hit desperate a long time ago, might take magic potions, spells and a bit of voodoo.


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. Contact Danny Frasier or James Callihan.


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. Contact Michael Reeves Silvertone.


Wanted Alive: Ultan and Gillean Callihan of Kildare. 100 Gold Coins Reward for information that leads to their whereabouts. 500 Gold Coins for their capture alive.

Crimes:  Wanted for Treason.. Contact Ronan or James Callihan.

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