For The Love Of…Trees by Artemis Crow

Wonder why I’m blogging about trees? On a writing and reading blog site? Well, I do have a point and I’ll get to it in the end. But before I can make that point, I need to meander a bit.

That brings me to trees and why I think they’re fascinating. Recently, I found a March 2018 Smithsonian Magazine article written by Richard Grant titled “Do Trees Talk to Each Other?”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-whispering-trees-180968084/

If you have the great fortune to live on or near property with a forest, or even a micro-forest of a few trees, large and small, you may believe that the trees are solitary loners who are constantly competing for space, nutrients, sunlight and water with all the other living things around them. And you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that since that’s been the theory since Darwin. Today, however, there’s scientific evidence that refutes that idea.

In author Peter Wohlleben, bestselling book, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, he concludes that trees are far more alert, social, sophisticated—and even intelligent—than we thought.

In Grant’s article Wohlleben says, “Some are calling it the ‘wood-wide web. All the trees here, and in every forest that is not too damaged, are connected to each other through underground fungal networks. Trees share water and nutrients through the networks, and also use them to communicate. They send distress signals about drought and disease, for example, or insect attacks, and other trees alter their behavior when they receive these messages.”

Within this network, trees send chemical and hormonal signals. Scientists have even discovered electrical pulses that are very similar to animal nervous systems, not that trees have neurons or brains. It’s even been stated that trees have a sense of smell and taste and use it to fend off insects.

In another story within Grant’s article, Wohlleben relates that once he came across a gigantic beech stump in this forest, four or five feet across. The tree was felled 400 or 500 years ago, but scraping away the surface with his penknife, Wohlleben found something astonishing: the stump was still green with chlorophyll. There was only one explanation. The surrounding beeches were keeping it alive, by pumping sugar to it through the network. “When beeches do this, they remind me of elephants,” he says. “They are reluctant to abandon their dead, especially when it’s a big, old, revered matriarch.”

In an interview with Professor Suzanne Simard at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Grant asks why trees share resources and form alliances with trees of other species? Doesn’t the law of natural selection suggest they should be competing? “Actually, it doesn’t make evolutionary sense for trees to behave like resource-grabbing individualists,” Simard says. “They live longest and reproduce most often in a healthy stable forest. That’s why they’ve evolved to help their neighbors.”

Are there naysayers about these ideas? Absolutely. Most believe trees are too anthropomorphized, that trees don’t have a conscious life. Perhaps they are correct and everything trees do is survival-driven. But I believe that we don’t know everything and to suggest that we do is the height of arrogance.

“So, what’s your point, Artemis?” you may be asking right about now. My point is this:

If trees can live in cooperative societies, nurturing species that aren’t their own, or tending to stumps of trees that were felled centuries ago, why can’t humans do as much? Why can’t we find it in our hearts to care for people different from ourselves, our elderly, our sick, the millions of people in desperate need of a hand up?

How can it be that trees and fungus do more for each other, no matter how simple the reason, than humans do?

While I contemplate those questions, I think I’ll take a walk among the trees.

 

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

Artemis Crow

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Problem Solved

I’m a problem solver, always have been. Now that doesn’t mean that I like every solution I come up with, but sometimes that’s just the way it works out. And maybe in the moment it seems like nothing makes sense but of course hindsight makes everything a lot clearer.

So what problem are we dealing with? Well, as a world and a society, the problems we have are too numerous to count and quite overwhelming if we try to tackle them all at once. When it comes to these problems, we are better off choosing which one we are most passionate about and then following up on that issue. Passionate about climate change? Read about it, understand it and find out how you can effect change. Will your contributions change everything? Probably not but every little bit counts to make things better.

Today, I wasn’t trying to solve for climate change thank goodness, but what I had in mind, seemed just as daunting. You see, my five year old made the comment that he is excited for his grandma to come back in town because she plays with him and his brother all day. This comment was fine only it was followed by a comment that mama and papa work too much. He is right of course in that we work a good deal but I don’t know about too much— perhaps in his eyes and that may be enough. So of course off my mind goes trying to figure out how to live and pay bills yet work less or smarter. I know, this question is one many of us ponder and truth be told, I haven’t figured out the answer. And I’m not sure I will.

Life is a precarious balance and we are all just trying to make it. We never know what to expect or when the rug will be pulled out from underneath us. All we can do is take it one day at a time and one problem at a time and hope that our solutions are the right ones even if they aren’t the easy ones.

 

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Strange Lights Paranormal-Scope

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Many cultures have witnessed strange lights in the dark. Often they tell travelers that following those lights can have tragic or miraculous circumstances.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Marfa lights have been seen on US Route 90 east of Marfa, Texas. The lights appear as orbs and in different colors, split or merge, and dash across the desert. Things are changing for you, sit back and relax.

Taurus:
Aleya is a ghost light observed in Bangladesh by fishermen. They believe the lights to be ghosts of drowned fishermen. They have saved the lives of those that follow them out of the marshlands. A happy memory from the past will help you.

Cancer:
Hessdalen lights in Norway continue to baffle. They are usually white, yellow, or red. Sometimes they soar. Sometimes they hover. It’s your time to soar. Devote yourself to what you love.

Leo:
Naga Fireballs are seen over the Mekong River and are attributed to the hidden giant serpent that lives there. Don’t make any important decisions until you have all the information.

Virgo:
Unlike other light events, St. Elmo’s Fire has a known scientific cause. It is a bright blueish glow around structures caused by atmospheric disturbance. Be a listener. There may be an answer to a problem you haven’t heard yet.

Libra:
Allied fighter pilots in WWII called UFOs Foo Fighters. If you don’t understand something, you need more data.

Scorpio:
Pixy-lights in Cornwall or Devon, England, lead travelers off the road to the dangers of the bog. Don’t let others distract you. Stay on your true course to achieve your aim.

Sagittarius:
Min Min Lights in the Australian outback disappear when shot at but reappear later. They are mentioned in ancient Aboriginal myths. Learning about the past will become valuable for you.

Capricorn:
The Phantom Ship is a form of ghost light that looks like a 3 mast galley ship on fire. It flies the old New Brunswick flag. Things are not always what they seem, even the best deals.

Aquarius:
The Ghost Train of St. Louis, Saskatchewan, Canada, still travels on an abandoned train track and has been before the onset of the automobile. Collect information on a trip you are planning for the future.

Pisces:
The Brown Mountain Lights of North Carolina continue to be a mystery. There will be some things you just need to let go of. Let go and move on.

Enjoy the upcoming fireworks in the U.S.A. on July 4th, and thank you for visiting the Paranormal-Scope. Remember- be safe!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

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Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
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Practice Tea By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Those that know me or have been reading Nights of Passion Blog for a bit know that I love tea. While I have been to several teas, I seldom make it. Though years ago, I did a high tea with roast chicken and all the extras.

I have been reading Tea Time magazine lately and became inspired. I especially loved their article about tea being a comfort shared by many people. In the darkest of times, even at war, people had tea.

This is my practice tea for my oldest daughter’s birthday. The choices of sandwiches are made to individual tastes. I don’t own the traditional 3 tier plate stand where you place a different finger sandwich on each tier, so I decided to use my youngest daughter’s blue platter.

The first sandwich is my Cucumber Sandwich with Ham.
Directions:
Trim edges off of white bread slices.
Spread cream cheese on the bread slices.
Add sliced cucumbers.
Add ham to the sandwich.
Form sandwich, cut in half, then cut each half into 3 triangles. You end up with 6 finger sandwiches. Garnish with cucumber slices on top.

The second sandwich is a BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato).
Directions:
Toast the bread.  Then spread mayo on each slice.
Cook bacon. Add bacon in strips on the bread.
Add lettuce leaves.
Cut grape tomatoes in halves and add to the sandwich.
Form sandwiches. Cut into four pieces. Next time I will be cutting the sandwich in half and then half again.

The third sandwich is my Croissant Club!
Directions:
Cut the croissants in half but not through. You want the bread to open up.
You had mustard to both inner sides.
You add Smoked Turkey slices.
Then you cut grape tomatoes in half and add to the sandwich.
You add lettuce leaves.
You add Ham slices.
Then you form the sandwich and place it on the plate.

I added grape tomatoes to the open corners of the sandwich display for decor.

My oldest daughter made Almond/Vanilla Tea. We drank tea and ate. What is so nice about all these small sandwiches is that you can have a bit of everything.

Having tea is a cheerful experience for me. I find the choice of finger sandwiches to be as unlimited as our imaginations or preferences.

In these troubling times, how nice it would be to Be Calm and Have Tea!

Stay safe!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

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Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
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Lines

Lines. Our world is made up of lines, in some ways defined by them. Super thick lines, thin lines, blurred lines or even invisible lines. We navigate around them all the time or draw them to keep ourselves in and others out. Think about it… borders between states and countries, limits to how much we eat or when we allow ourselves to have fun. Lines drawn as to what we will accept from a coworker or a boss or how much we let our kids get away with.

These days, I find myself reminding myself just where my lines are. It’s easy to think of life as one big jumbled mess—no weekends versus weekdays. I feel as if all the rules and structure just went out the window. And sometimes this is okay. Nobody wants to live their lives all planned out without any flexibility for change. That’s not the way life works. Believe me, I’m a planner with almost everything in life and while I’ll admit structure and planning are essential, I’ll also admit we can’t anticipate everything. This year’s Covid-19 is a perfect example of this. Beyond Covid we’ve also come across societal lines and issues, asking ourselves the very important question of why some of these lines or barriers continue to exist?

So what do we do? Lines or no lines? Well,  some lines are going to exist no matter what. We may put them there or they may have been there long before we ever came into the picture. Either way we learn to navigate them and if at some point we conclude they shouldn’t be there then it is up to us to erase them.

Happy writing this week!!

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The Owls Have It Paranormal-Scope

Courtesy Photo of the Snowy Owl by Simone Scholten on Unsplash

In ancient Greece, the owl was considered good luck and was the pet of their Goddess of Wisdom Athena. In Rome, they were considered bad luck.  Some cultures thought that an owl carried you to heaven after death. Others believed that the owl is magical. What do you think?

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Boreal Owls love conifer trees. Enjoy the natural world around you. If you can’t go out, visit https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Boreal_Owl/overview  The internet can bring you closer to friends, family, and the world.

Taurus:
A young Spotted Owl may be seen hanging upside down. They are not imitating a bat. It’s just a bad landing. It takes time, but they are right themselves.  If you are having a bad time, do something good for yourself right now. Remember like the fledgling, you can recover from anything and go on.

 

Cancer:
The Long-eared Owl looks a bit like a cat and makes a large variety of sounds. Go for a walk and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

Leo:
Barred Owls love to sing in their own way. Listen to some of your music collection and sing along. It will brighten your day.

Virgo:
The Tasmanian Masked Owl is large and clicks its beak in warning to others. Avoid people that talk like that.

Libra:
The Short-Eared Owl eats bugs and small mammals including rats. This protection is great for a garden whether it is in a yard, balcony, or window box. Give extra care to your plants or add some to your home.

Scorpio:
The Burrowing Owl loves to use burrows vacated by prairie dogs and squirrels. Their home is everything to them. Declutter yours and get a few new things.

Sagittarius:
The Elf Owl is the size of a sparrow and loves holes in hardwood trees. They eat bugs, small mammals, and scorpions. The owl removes the stinger. You have a gift for defusing others with your kind manner. Smile.

Capricorn:
The Snowy Owl loves the Northern Lands. Traveling there may be in your future. Gather information now and sweaters.

Aquarius:
The Great Horned Owl has a layer of very soft feathers as insulation from the cold. Go through your blankets and perhaps get some very soft new ones.

Pisces:
The Northern Pygmy owl leaves a small egg for you. You will find a small gift but it may mean a lot.

Thank you for visiting us on the paranormal-scope and stay safe.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New Release: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
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Some of My Favorite Things By Susan Hanniford Crowley

One of my favorite things is the video for my novel The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars. Check it out. It’s fun and intriguing. The book is available at Amazon Print and Kindle

Another favorite thing is going out with the family for Halloween!

Another favorite thing is going out and meeting people at conferences and book signings. Due to personal medical circumstances, I am missing out this year. But wait until 2021. Being with my husband is also a favorite activity.


Video chatting with my grandchildren is fun beyond belief.

There are so many favorite things that maybe I’ll continue at another time. I keep trying to get a close up of my cats, and they keep running away. Laughs.

All the best to you and yours, and please, be safe.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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For The Love Of…Excerpts by Artemis Crow

by Artemis Crow

With your indulgence, I will be sharing excerpts from the openings of the current books in my series, the Zodiac Assassins, once a month. I hope all of you are healthy and safe in these fraught times.

Here’s part of the first chapter of book one, Lyon’s Roar. Enjoy!

 

LYON HOBBLED DOWN THE round stone passageway, his loose robe bunched up in his shackled hands, his bare feet sinking into a cold carpet of foul mystery muck that squished between his toes. The clank of the chains dragging behind him nearly masked the drip-drip-drip of fat water droplets as they lost their war with gravity.

Bands of iron chafed the scar tissue girdling his ankles and wrists. Lyon tested the metal of the chains, and the mettle of his escort. The two grey and white fenrir-wolves growled and held Lyon fast, the length of enchanted, braided red string encircling their necks restraining them as surely as the shackles bound him.

A spontaneous rumble bubbled up from his chest, the alpha riposte as long and low and lean as the canids flanking him, but he cut the provocation short. He, too, was an animal in a cage, poked and prodded by the dungeon guards, and trotted out for pit death matches for the amusement of the masses. As satisfying as it would be, he refused to subject the beasts to the same. “No voice, no choice.”

Man and beasts rounded the corner. In the distance, a thin ring of light surrounded a black bullseye. A jolt of adrenaline woke the piece of demon soul attached to his. Lyon fought to wrestle it back into dormancy, but the darkness gripped him tighter, like a python suffocating its prey.

The drips of water thundered when they hit the ground, the iron links in the chain slammed into each other, the booming out-of-sync lub-dubof the fenrir-wolf’s heartbeats vibrated through his body. The deep dark of the tunnel softened until he could see details, each unique surface enshrouded in vibrating glimmers of different colors. Add to that the scents of woodsy mold, miasmic excreta, and wet dog smell and he was swamped with a helluva miserable sensory cocktail.

Rivulets of sweat ran down his spine and flanks and belly. Lyon stopped moving and concentrated on shoving the demon soul to its origin in the middle of his back. The sensory overload eased, but the demon soul bombarded his brain with images of past kills, each scene shifting and changing like a kaleidoscope with varying shades of one color: blood red.

The demon soul was growing stronger each day. Isolation sucked, but it slowed the spread to a crawl. Yet, even at a crawl, Lyon knew he was running out of time. He needed a miracle, and soon, or his soul would be consumed and he would cease to be.

The fenrir-wolves jerked on his chains, pulling him back to the present. He shuffled to the threshold between light and dark, and cocked his head to listen.

The scrape of the bolt sliding across stone jacked his heart again. The screech of the ancient, tortured hinges heralded the start of the pit death match. The door yawned wide. He cocked his head to one side to see past the edge of his hood, and scanned the paranorms gathered to witness his impending success or demise.

Vultures.

A red and yellow molten glow bathed the voyeurs who hugged the rim of the pit, highlighting the crags and valleys of their tight, bloodlust-filled faces. Their hunger for gore a sign of the festering malignancy that had metastasized throughout the many paranorm species, corrupting the InBetween while Lyon moldered in his cell.

Four hooded figures adorned in black velvet cloaks with unfamiliar sigils sewn onto the cloth in red thread pushed their way through the fog-enshrouded crowd. Even when the four reached the large hole in the cavern floor that separated the spectators from the combatants, Lyon couldn’t make out their faces.

Inside the hole, heat burned away the mist to expose a flat, round slab of rock thirty feet lower than the crowd, levitating on shimmering waves of searing heat that rose from a river of lava a mile below.

Gremlins raced around the floating rock, picking up pieces of the loser from the previous match and popping the flesh into their mouths, while others swept the pool of blood over the edge. Nice try, but nothing could remove the permanent black bloodstain.

Lyon stepped out of the darkness into the light, his hands raised to shield his hypersensitive eyes. The full fetor of sulfuric brimstone slammed into him, stinging his eyes. Tears welled; his nose drained. A lifetime wouldn’t be long enough to get used to the rotten-egg stench.

Lyon scanned the shadows to his left. “Hood,” he said, his seldom-used voice breaking like a stripling mounting his first female.

A troll emerged from the dark and lumbered over, his filthy loincloth barely covering his male bits, while nothing hid the acres of fat rolls and pimpled skin. He pulled Lyon’s hood back, exposing his face.

Lyon held out his shackled wrists.

The troll looked across the pit.

Lyon followed the creature’s sight line and saw one of the hooded figures nod. Permission granted.

Who is that? A dignitary of some back-cavern ‘burb, one of the ruling Twelve…or maybe a wealthy human who’d bribed his way into the InBetween to see the paranormal monsters get their kill on? Humans, so easily electrified by the snap, crackle, pop of blood, brutality, and butchery.

 

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

Artemis Crow

www.artemiscrow.com

The Zodiac Assassins series
Available on Amazon Kindle and Print, Nook and Kobo

Lyon’s Roar – https://amzn.to/2IB

 

Leona’s Descent – https://amzn.to/2yaDfjW

Libra’s Limbo – https://amzn.to/2q3VkNg

Leona’s Cage – https://amzn.to/2QTbVyp

 

 

 

 

Gemini Asunder  – https://amzn.to/2PyNUig

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Little Wins

I had a conversation with my son this week and it revolved mainly about the little steps we take and the stuff to be proud of. He just finished the second grade and has had a rough week in simply trying to do anything this week. He has fallen trying to do bike tricks, stumbled with math questions, argued with his younger brother and much more— and of course each instance has been accompanied by a mini meltdown.

May be we are all just a bit tired of each other and that has us more on edge. After all, our weeks are spent confined inside, only to be broken up by the occasional grocery store trip or time spent in the back yard. Either way, it has had us a bit more grumpy than usual but we are all dealing.

One of the surprising things of this conversation was my son asking me to detail what I’m proud of, specifically his smaller or as he terms them, insignificant steps. You see, we spent time talking about being hard on ourselves and unable to see the wins and be happy. As you all may know, I’m an optimist overall but my son is definitely not. I’m not sure I can change this and I’m not sure I want to, but I do want him to see his small wins as they are or can be— steps in a right direction versus   attempts that fall short. This is a lesson we all need. It is true of the social turmoil we are facing as we feel despair in being unable to make lasting change. It is true of our economic recovery and it is true of our battle to overcome Covid 19. We take steps to make change. Even if they are small, they are meaningful.

Happy writing this week!

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A Japanese Paranormal-Scope

A nine-tailed fox spirit kyūbi no kitsune) scaring Prince Hanzoku; print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Edo period, 19th century. In the Public Domain as cited in Wikipedia.

Japan has a wealth of paranormal creatures. I was amazed by the immense list. Visit with us a while and find out what goes bump in the night in Japan.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
The Kitsune is a shapeshifter often appearing as a fox. They can be faithful guardians, but others say they can not be trusted. Get to know a new friend better before sharing secrets.

Taurus:
The Chochin Obake is a lantern ghost, who will roll eyes and laugh in order to scare others, but his eyes are sad. Someone you know may be hiding that they are sad.

Gemini:
The Jorogumo is a seductive woman who is really a spider and lures young men to their deaths. Just because something looks beautiful doesn’t always mean it is. Practice caution with people and deals that look too good.

Cancer:
The Kapa which sort of looks like a turtle but human-sized has a cucumber sushi roll named for him. He loves cucumbers and human intestines, so don’t go into the water alone.

Leo:
The Aka Manta is a masked red-caped ghost. He appears in public restrooms and asks if you would like red or blue toilet paper. Always say, “No, thank,” and run like heck out of there. Remember to be polite to others to avoid trouble.

Virgo:
The Amabie is a mermaid with three legs, which rises from the ocean to make predictions of an abundant harvest or epidemic. Be safe when going to the lake or ocean.

Libra:
The Ameonna is a creature that calls forth rain. Watch your forecasts before going out.

Scorpio:
Children in Japan call out to the strange creature Baku to come and eat my nightmares. Be kind to yourself. Do something good for yourself every day.

Sagittarius:
Chōchinbi is a ghost light that can appear on the walkways between rice fields. Fleeing it is one thing but overreacting and striking it will get you in trouble.  Keep your emotions in check this week.

Capricorn:
The Hibagon is a gorilla-like black creature with white hands and feet. It resides around Mount Hiba. He flees the company of humans. Enjoy some solitude. Read. Take a bubble bath.

Aquarius:
Issie is a lake monster that lives in Lake Ikeda. Go out and enjoy nature but remember social distancing.

Pisces:
Komainu are lionlike dogs that guard homes and temples. You are protected in many ways, but checking locks is always a good thing.

This was only a small glimpse into the strange creature that inhabits the mythology and storytelling tradition of Japan.

Thank you for visiting us on the paranormal-scope and stay safe.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
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