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Can you feel it? It’s a CHIRON-ic week and month, dear Astro~News Reader! Quick flash-back for context: CHIRON crossed over the Spring Equinox a.k.a. ‘Emergence’ Point on APR 17, to ‘Come Alive’ in ARIES. Here’s a link to the blog post for CHIRON’s entry into ARIES – The Medicine of Being Authentically YOU. It’s a try-on […]

via CHIRON retro early ARIES on July 4, and into Square with SATURN retro early CAP: Healing the Old through Inner Medicine and Authenticity — Melanie’s Astro~News

CHIRON retro early ARIES on July 4, and into Square with SATURN retro early CAP: Healing the Old through Inner Medicine and Authenticity — Melanie’s Astro~News

July 3, 2018

Thomas Pasmere Carpenter, 12th Great-Grandfather

July 2, 2018

Nikwasi burial mound

Nikwasi burial mound

Nikwasi burial mound

Nikwasi burial mound

When I graduated from high school in Texas I went to work for the summer in an outdoor drama called “Unto These Hills” produced in Cherokee, North Carolina.  I was a singer in the chorus and a costumer. It was my first job, and I enjoyed it very much.  I was 17 years old, the youngest and the lowest paid member of the company.  I learned about the history of the Cherokee people, since the play was all about that.  I can still sing the eagle dance in Cherokee language, if required (but usually when it is neither required nor requested).  I spent a lot of time and money chasing clues about my father’s Cherokee heritage, which has no legs.  My grandfather lived on the Cherokee res in Oklahoma in 1900, but our ancestors on my father’s side did not marry Native Americans.  Now I am discovering that my mother’s side descends from the east coast Cherokee people, before the trail of tears forced them to Oklahoma Indian Territory. I was born in Tulsa.  People tell me I look like a Native American–just as many tell me I look like a Russian. I always liked the idea of Native ancestors.  Now, thanks to DNA clues I received from about common lineage, I am happy to say I found some.

This Englishman who sailed to Jamestown and married my eleventh great-grandmother was trained to be a water witch!!!! His progeny inherited the skill to find water. I LOVE that. I think it is wonderfully ironic that his grave is a few miles from the place I worked when I was 17.  I can also recite the 23rd psalm in Cherokee, which now seems perfectly apt. It pays to study your ancestors.

Thomas Pasmere “Corn Planter” Carpenter (1607 – 1675)
12th great-grandfather
Trader Tom Amatoya Carpenter Moytoy (1635 – 1693)
son of Thomas Pasmere “Corn Planter” Carpenter
Aganonitsi Quatsy Woman Wolf ClanTellico Cherokee Tellico (1650 – 1692)
daughter of Trader Tom Amatoya Carpenter Moytoy
Delaware Indian Fivekiller (1674 – 1741)
son of Aganonitsi Quatsy Woman Wolf ClanTellico Cherokee Tellico
Solomon John Cherokee Kimborough (1665 – 1720)
son of Delaware Indian Fivekiller
Mourning Kimbrough (1689 – 1756)
daughter of Solomon John Cherokee Kimborough
Jane Jeanette Little (1713 – 1764)
daughter of Mourning Kimbrough
Andrew Armour (1740 – 1801)
son of Jane Jeanette Little
William Armor (1775 – 1852)
son of Andrew Armour
William Armer (1790 – 1837)
son of William Armor
Thomas Armer (1825 – 1900)
son of William Armer
Lucinda Jane Armer (1847 – 1939)
daughter of Thomas Armer
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
son of Lucinda Jane Armer
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
daughter of George Harvey Taylor
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee Taylor

Thomas Pasmere Carpenter was descended from the noble Anglo-Norman family of Vicomte Guillaume de Melun le Carpentier. Thus, Moytoy’s European lineage can be traced to the Frankish Duke Ansegisel of Metz Meroving, Peppin II, and Charles Martel. This ancestry also makes the Cherokee Moytoys cousins to the Carpenter Earl of Tyrconnell, and thus related to the current British royal family.

The Carpenter family of Devonshire & Plymouth England were small sailing ship owners, many of which were leased out to the East India Trading Company, an affiliation dating to the formation of that company December 31, 1600. Documented ownership of fifteen different ships owned by the Carpenter family, those of which were involved with moving furs between the Gulf Ports & Glasgow, or Dublin, and trade goods for North America. These ships usually made stops both directions at Barbados where the family had banking connections set up. These ships were small and fast, often able to make the crossing from Scotland and Ireland in less than thirty days. They were shallow draft ships, capable of handling shallow water ports with ease. The first documented trip made by Thomas Pasmere Carpenter occurred April 1640, sailing from Maryland to Barbados aboard the Hopewell, and returning on the Crispian in September 1640. He made another trip in March 1659 departing Charleston South Carolina aboard the Barbados Merchant, returning on the Concord in August 1659.

Twenty year old Thomas Pasmere Carpenter came to Jamestown, Virginia from England in 1627, living in a cave near the Shawnee. Thomas was called “Cornplanter” by the Shawnee, derived from their sign language that matched as near as possible to the work of a carpenter. He married a Shawnee woman named “Pride” and bore a son around 1635 named Trader Carpenter.

Trader was taught to “witch” for water with a willow stick by the Shawnee. He married a Shawnee named Locha in 1658 and the clan grew quickly. In 1660, they were driven south by the Iroquois. They moved along the Tennessee River, starting the villages of Running Water (where Thomas died in 1675), Nickajack, Lookout Mountain, Crowtown and Chota. He was Chief of Chota, which was created as a merging place of refuge for people of all tribes, history or color. It became similar to a capital for the Cherokee nation. These villages grew to about 2000 people by 1670 when the Carpenter clan moved to Talikwa (Great Tellico) where the Tellico River emerges from the Appalachian Mountains. Here Trader married a Cherokee, Quatsy of the Wolf Clan in 1680. He had become so adept at water witching that the Cherokee called him “water conjurer” or Ama Matai (Ama is Cherokee for water). Ama Matai eventually became pronounced as Amatoya. It was later shortened to “Moytoy”, so he is known as Moytoy I.

In 1730, his son, Trader-Tom (Moytoy II) took over as Chief, receiving what was described as the “Crown of Tannassy”. Tanasi was where the previous Chief resided and the traditional headdress was passed on to him. The fur trading Carpenter family owned many ships. Though he served as Cherokee Chief, Thomas made several trips to Barbados over the years where the Carpenters did banking, and even to Scotland and Ireland. On occasion he took Trader, and Trader Tom with him. They traded furs and healing herbs brought from America.

Cherokee traded furs for cloth. The cloth was not only used for clothing, but also to pay the Shamans for treatment. Though the medicine men did not charge for medical practice, they required a form of payment for performing love charms, hunting ceremonials, and other conjures. Beads were used in many instances, which the patient was required not only to furnish the beads, but also a certain quantity of new cloth upon which to place them. At the close of the ceremony the medicine man would roll up the cloth, beads and all, and take it with him. Custom required that he not use the cloth, but had to be sold. The practice was sometimes repeated over a period of days, each time requiring new cloth. Some Shamans would sell the required cloth to the patient himself, then take the used cloth with him.

The Cherokee, Shawnee and other Shamans (medicine men) traded secrets when they met. These were passed on orally before the Sequoya method of writing was developed. According to archeologist James Mooney “It was the practice when one shaman met another whom he thought might give him some valuable information, would say to him, “Let us sit down together.” This was understood by the other to mean, “Let us tell each other our secrets.” It was necessary to cultivate a long memory, as none were repeated more than once for his benefit. It was considered that one who failed to remember after the first hearing was not worthy to be accounted a shaman.”[1] When illness struck the white settlers and traditional methods of healing failed, they sometimes turned to friendly Cherokee nearby. This also provided the medicine men with new opportunities to obtain cloth and other goods from them in return. These methods were soon incorporated into the beliefs the settlers brought with them from Europe.

The Cherokee believed in at least two types of witches. The “Night Goer” or “sûnnâ’yï edâ’hï “ came at night to bring to the home. Alternatively, what might be called a good witch, “u’ya igawa’stï “ saturated the medicine given by the medicine man and by counteracting the spell, killed the Night Goer.[2] The settlers absorbed these ideas into their lives to the point that even milk that soured could be caused by the “evil eye” or the look of a witch. Soured milk came to be called “blinked milk”.

The settlers combined elements of their own witchcraft traditions with those of the native Cherokee. Some witches in this tradition specialized in dowsing, or healing and midwifery.

The isolation of mountain communities protected the traditions of Appalachian Granny Magic from alteration or persecution from outside. The people of the Appalachians lived a farming life that changed little from the 1700s to the 1900s, and their close connection to the earth kept Appalachian Granny Magic relevant throughout this time.

Beliefs and Traditions
The Scottish and Irish settlers believed that their fairy folk and leprechauns followed them to the new country. In addition, the Cherokee had little neighbors of their own who were called “Yunwi Tsunsdi,” meaning “The Little People.” The Appalachian Mountain Witches give offerings to the wee people daily. A granny woman will make offerings by leaving a bowl of cream at the back door. She will throw a bit of cornbread cake out of her window before serving the rest to her family. The Appalachian Witches also believe in spirits of the dead and seek out the guidance of ancestral spirits. One type of ancestral spirit that is feared are the angry “Haints”. One spell that protects a home against haints requires that its doors be painted Haint Blue, which is a baby blue color with a slight tint of periwinkle.

Many of the older Granny Magic spells are sung and danced; clogging is one of the forms of dance. Appalachian spells are also known to have chants, gigs, and lullabies. During Samhain and funerals the song “Auld Lang Syne” is sung. It is also sung during the secular new year.

Divination is popular with Granny Witches. Appalachian Granny Witches read tea leaves, tarot cards and regular playing cards, and clouds. They will also use bowls of dirt, sand, or water for scrying. Rods made from dogwood or other types of flowering tree such as an apple or peach tree are used for water dowsing, and metal rods are used for energy dowsing. A cauldron is usually preferred over a chalice by an Appalachian Witch. A cauldron displayed in a granny witch’s front yard lets people know that her services are available. Brooms, pottery, candles, mirrors and baskets, all made by hand in the home, are other tools used in this tradition. Appalachian witches have usually considered ritual clothing to be impractical, but some modern Appalachian Witches have begun to use ritual clothing in order to preserve their way of life and religion for future Appalachian Granny Witches.

^ Sacred Forumulas of the Cherokee Shamans by James Mooney. Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center (2008). Retrieved on 2008-06-22.
^ Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees by James Mooney. Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center (2008). Retrieved on 2008-06-22.
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Cheers! #SoCS

June 30, 2018 3 Comments



“Cheers!” I say as I lift my weekend Margarita to my lips. The weekend tradition of brunch, cocktails, nap, and some TV watching has become a dull and repetitive routine. There is a festive feeling to getting dressed up, wearing make-up and a little sparkle. I do like the idea of enjoying dining on food I will not cook for myself. I especially like the idea that I will not be washing the dishes or otherwise cleaning up after the repast.

It is time, however, to try some kind of new shift in the activity and/or venue. I need to expand the places I visit, the cuisines I taste, and the company I keep. It is not that I no longer wish to toast, sip, and linger over cocktails. It is that I want it all to be exciting new and different. This urge hits me as I am forced to take some time off to heal a broken bone. This might be a good time to quit cocktails altogether in order to have more of a thrill when I can return to normal outings to restaurants and bars.

Although my injury is a drag, I believe the extra time I will have to myself in the near future will be useful. I have not been writing as much as I would like, or paying attention to my family tree research. I can make use of this time at home to organize and clear clutter as well as study, read, and write. It is a sabbatical I will dedicate to renewing all good cheer by eliminating the unnecessary burdens of all that which no longer serves me. This turns out to be a great opportunity to fine tune my space at home.

I have just jammed my way through this #SoCS, Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda Hill’s Life in Progress blog. Join the group on Saturday to add your own take on this prompt.



Drought Shadows

June 29, 2018



Hot, restless winds blow across the desert

The fruit and flowers of the garden have disappeared

The future hangs heavy on the horizon, void of course

Drought followed by famine and fear have decimated

The crops we have always grown to sustain ourselves

Now we eat cactus to survive, knowing it is a gift

The bright colored blooms delight our hearts and spirits

Promising fruit that will keep the community alive for a while






June 2018 began with Jon Stewart returning to stand-up (with Dave Chappelle). It ended with a takeover of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the former Daily Show host addressed Donald Trump directly: “We will prevail.” For nearly six minutes in Thursday night’s episode, Stewart gave an unbroken monologue, touching on everything from the…

via A Fiery Jon Stewart Took Over ‘The Late Show’ To Address Trump Directly: ‘We Will Prevail’ — UPROXX

A Fiery Jon Stewart Took Over ‘The Late Show’ To Address Trump Directly: ‘We Will Prevail’ — UPROXX

June 29, 2018

Prelude to the Full Moon in Capricorn & 2018 Eclipse Season, Part II

June 26, 2018

The 2018 Eclipse Season

Neptune and the Oak

copyright Neptune andthe Oak undulations a la Mediterranean 

Are the goal posts moving or just undulating?
There is that saying, ‘if we all threw our troubles into a swapping pile, we’d quickly decide to take our own back again.’ This month is proving the point, though a lot of good that does us if we are feeling ploughed under. Still, for the vast majority of us, there are some frictionless connections, some easier compromises and adjustments that present themselves along our harried way. Corny as it sounds, we’ve got to channel some of our energy into appreciating those contact points.

If you have recently had to accept that Power comes with responsibilities and ground-holding that carry a hefty toll – or-  that you actually have ‘only so much’ Power and so must deal with it, you may be wondering if the goal posts are moving or just undulating. I think I would answer: both.

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Princess Cleopatra, Pocahontas’s Sister

June 26, 2018


Cleopatra married Opechancanough who was her father’s adopted brother and her adopted uncle

Matachanna traveled to England to be with her half-sister, Pocohontas, before she died. Matachanna went back to Virginia where she lived and died.

Cleopatra Powhatan the Shawano was born in 1590, near Jamestown colony, and died in 1680

Cleopatra Powhatan was half sister of Pocahontas

Going back to the era of John Smith . . . In the late 1500s/early 1600s a Powatan chief name Wahunsunacock [one of numerous variant spellings] had united some 30 Alonquian tribes into a powerful confederation. He had created the empire through conquest and alliances. He actually ruled as an emperor, not just a tribal chief. When the Jamestown colonists arrived, Wahunsunacock’s domain encompassed the entire region that was to become Virginia. Wahunsunacock did not use a title other than chief of the Powhatans. The colonists referred to him as simply “The Powhatan”, denoting his position as emperor over numerous tribal chiefs of the Powhatan nation. The Powhatan was not friendly toward the colonists, seeing them as encroachers.

Wahunsunacock’s younger brother, or half-brother, Opechanacanough, was the tribal chief who captured John Smith. He immediately took the captive Smith to Emperor Wahunsunacock who imposed the death sentence. Tradition holds that Wahunsunacock’s daughter Matoaka “LIttle Snow Feather”, nicknamed Pocahantas or “Playful One”, pleaded for her father to spare John Smith’s life. Pocahantas became an emissary between her father and the colonists and as such was instrumental in providing the food which saved them during the hard winter. The colonists, in turn, showed their appreciation by capturing and holding Pocahantas for ransom. After they had extracted the full ransom from Wahunsunacock, then they forged an alliance with him by marrying Pocahantas to John Wolfe, a planter in the Jamestown colony who is credited with introducing tobacco as a cash crop.

That much is familiar history. Then comes the chapter that is really relevant to our family. At the death of the elderly Wahunsunacock, his younger brother [it’s uncertain if he was a brother or a half-brother] Opchanacanough became successor to Wahunsunacock as emperor. As such, he is frequently also called The Powhatan. To distinguish between the two men I have chosen to use the technically accurate term “Emperor” for Wahunsunacock and “Chief” for Opechanacanough, since Opechanacanough was promoted from a “chief” to succeed Wahunsunacock who had forged the “empire”. In reading other histories, however, it is necessary to note that some writers use the term Powhatan for both brothers interchangeably which is unnecessarily confusing and actually incorrect. Sometimes I get the impression that some genealogy researchers do not grasp that they are two different men.

Emperor Wahunsunacock perhaps had hundreds of wives and children. Several of them are noted in historical documents, but none so well as Pocahantas and, to our benefit, her sister Cleopatra. Not only was Cleopatra a daughter of the Emperor, she was wife to the successor Chief/Emperor Opechanacanough. Now if you were paying attention and recall that Opehanacanough and Wahusunacock were brothers/half-brothers, you might realize that she was also Opechanacanough’s niece [or half-niece as the case may be]. They were a royal dynasty and keep in mind that the family lineage was preserved by most Native Americans, as they still do now, through the matriarchal line.

The relationship of Cleopatra and Pocahantas as full sisters is fully documented. After the death of Pocahantas, Pcahantas’ son had to apply for rights to get to visit his Indian relatives and in his written legal request specifically asks to visit his “mother’s sister Cleopatra” by name. Cleopatra obviously was not her Indian name, but rather what she was called by the colonists because since her husband was the successor ruling Chief/Emperor she was in fact Queen. The title seemed especially apropos to the colonists since not only was she Queen, but her exotic dark looks and elaborate trappings also seemed very regal, and reminiscent of the Egyptian queen.

Only I and probably 30 million other people descend from this royal hierarchy. While everyone is eager to prove their ancestry to Pocahantas because of her fame, Cleopatra was the only one to ascend to actual Queen. Pocahantas, for all her fame, was a mere Princess. The modern day Native American line of this family adapted the surname Powhatan from very early times.



Constant Southworth, 10th Great-Grandfather

June 20, 2018 1 Comment

Constant Southworth in the Colony

Constant Southworth in the Colony

Constant Southworth was born circa 1614 at Leyden, So. Holland, Netherlands. He married Elizabeth Collier, daughter of William Collier and Jane Clarke, on 2-Nov-1637 at Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Constant Southworth died on 10-Mar-1678/79 at Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Constant Southworth, the son of Edward and Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, was probably born at Leiden ca. 1614-16, for his parents married there 28 May 1613 (Leiden Records, as in MD 10:2). The same records show that Edward Southworth had a brother Thomas then living in Leiden. Edward Southworth died, and his widow Alice came to Plymouth and married Gov. William Bradford on 14 August 1623.

Constant came to Plymouth in 1628, probably on the White Angel, and a contemporary account shows that the Plymouth Company paid twenty shillings for his passage and four shillings, eight pence per week for eleven weeks for his food (MHS Collections, 3rd Series, 1:199). It is assumed that he, and his brother Thomas, who must have come over later, lived with their mother and step-father, Governor Bradford. The Southworth family was apparently of gentle birth, but claims that Edward Southworth was identical with the Edward Southworth, son of Thomas and Rosamond (Lister) Southworth, or Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire, are not adequately supported. Constant Southworth married Elizabeth Coller daughter of William Collier (PCR 1:68). In his will, dated 27 February 1678/79, inventory 15 March 1678/79, he named his wife Elizabeth, son Edward; son Nathaniel; son William; daughter Mercy Freeman; daughter Alice Church, daughter Mary Alden daughter Elizabeth Southworth provided she did not marry William Fobes; daughter Priscilla Southworth; grandson Constant cousin Elizabeth Howland; and his brother Thomas. Constant held many important posts, including treasure, and ensign in the Duxbury military company.

Constant Southworth (1615 – 1679)
10th great-grandfather
Alice Southworth (1645 – 1719)
daughter of Constant Southworth
Elizabeth Church (1665 – 1691)
daughter of Alice Southworth
William Little Jr (1685 – 1756)
son of Elizabeth Church
Jane Jeanette Little (1713 – 1764)
daughter of William Little Jr
Andrew Armour (1740 – 1801)
son of Jane Jeanette Little
William Armor (1775 – 1852)
son of Andrew Armour
William Armer (1790 – 1837)
son of William Armor
Thomas Armer (1825 – 1900)
son of William Armer
Lucinda Jane Armer (1847 – 1939)
daughter of Thomas Armer
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
son of Lucinda Jane Armer
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
daughter of George Harvey Taylor
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee Taylor

Constant Southworth was born about 1614, based on his date of marriage. He died on March 11, 1678/9, in Duxbury. His ship was possibly White Angel, 1628

He lived in Holland. Constant Southworth was the son of Edward and Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, married in Leiden on May 28, 1613. His father was a say worker [weaver] there.

The family attempted to emigrate to New England in 1620, but apparently abandoned the voyage at London. In August 1620, Robert Cushman wrote a letter to Edward Southworth, the father, addressing it to Heneage House in London. It is unclear whether Edward Southworth died there or returned to Leiden.

Alice Southworth, the mother, emigrated to Plymouth Colony in 1623, leaving her two sons behind, either in England or Leiden. She probably left them with their Aunt Julia, the aunt who brought them both over in 1628. Alice Southworth married Governor William Bradford as his second wife that same year, soon after arriving.

Constant came to Plymouth in 1628, where he was admitted a freeman on January 1, 1637/8.

Constant Southworth married Elizabeth Collier on November 2, 1637, in Plymouth and had eight children. She died after February 20, 1678/9.

Constant’s brother, Thomas, is my paternal 10th great-grandfather.  Their mother, Alice Carpenter, came to Plymouth a widow and married Governor Bradford in the first year after arrival.

Thomas Southworth (1617 – 1669)
10th great-grandfather
Elizabeth Southworth (1645 – 1716)
daughter of Thomas Southworth
Elizabeth Howland (1673 – 1724)
daughter of Elizabeth Southworth
Eleazer Hamblin (1699 – 1771)
son of Elizabeth Howland
Sarah Hamblin (1721 – 1814)
daughter of Eleazer Hamblin
Mercy Hazen (1747 – 1819)
daughter of Sarah Hamblin
Martha Mead (1784 – 1860)
daughter of Mercy Hazen
Abner Morse (1808 – 1838)
son of Martha Mead
Daniel Rowland Morse (1838 – 1910)
son of Abner Morse
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Daniel Rowland Morse
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse

Can you believe we are almost halfway through the year? In 2018 we had an unusual amount of time with all planets in direct motion. Time went by so fast! The 2nd half of the year will be pretty much the opposite. Things will start to slow down already this month as Mars, the planet […]

via The Astrology Of June 2018 – Mars Goes Retrograde — Astro Butterfly

The Astrology Of June 2018 – Mars Goes Retrograde — Astro Butterfly

June 19, 2018 3 Comments

NEPTUNE in PISCES stationary in June – goes retro June 18 (until Nov 24) – Connectivity without Co-Dependency

June 17, 2018 3 Comments

Neptune Connections

Melanie's Astro~News

June is quite the oceanic month, Friends!

Did you know? June 8 was also World Oceans Day, raising awareness for the Beauty and vital Importance of the World Oceans.
To this I say: Every day is World Oceans Day!
Obvious by now how the Oceans show us: We’re all, and it IS all connected.
How are we responding to  / IN this ‘simple’ truth?

Just as the Oceans and atmosphere connect us, we experience now (well, always have, but perhaps even more so since CHIRON and NEPTUNE have entered PISCES, 2010 and 2012) how everything links with everything, in a limitless energetic continuum. The veils between dimensions, incl. Time and Space have become more and more permeable.

Have you recently felt overwhelmed by information and possibilities, yet going nowhere?

Where is this going? What’s the direction?
Have you been questioning everything?
Have you been in a maze, blues, blah…

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