Daily Stuff 8-10-17 John Barleycorn

Hi, folks!

Eclipse countdown – 12 days! Minus Tide at 9:04 AM of -0.6 feet. Sewing tonight, 6pm

The sky is mostly grey with thinned spots where there’s a hint that blue might exist. There’s actually a 20% chance of rain tonight, no real accumulation, though, not out here. Central Point got a drownpour yesterday (a friend posted a vid of her kid and husband out dancing in it. 🙂 ) and a number of places in the mountains picked up a little, hopefully calming fires or fire conditions a little, although there was some lightning… We’re at 89% humidity again, but it’s only 60F, so it’s not even clammy. There’s very little wind. The petunia blossoms only stir occasionally.


Yesterday was a quiet day. We slept very late and then I did some home chores, wrote awhile, practiced the piano, then sewed and read. Tempus came down to the shop, got a couple of ordered mailed and then started working on getting that display rack into place.

I’m still kinda tired and grumpy. I got plenty of sleep but I must not have gotten caught up, besides having some strange dreams that I woke myself out of at the wrong place in my sleep cycle. So I’m sitting here grumping over my coffee and cereal. Hopefully, that will get me going. I’ve got stock to get set up!

Tempus has some stuff to do here, then he’s going to head back to the apartment to get some of those chores done, laundry and dishes, mostly, although he’s going to run the water on my herbs. I have to get a shopping list together, because he’s going to do that this evening. I’ll go home after Sewing and he’ll head out on the paper route.


Barley plant grainToday’s Feast is in honor of John Barleycorn, the personification of the harvest, the God in the Grain. The song goes back at least to the 16th century, at least in theme, but there are a lot of different versions out there and a lot of recordings, since the theme is an interesting conceit. A lot of people don’t think to break down the last name. “Barley” is obvious, but “corn” is the old word for “grain”, from before maize picked up the name. In the song, the barley grain is taken through the stages of growth, harvest, threshing, malting and being turned into beer as though it’s a person being: “cut off at the knee”, “threshed me skin from bone”, “bunged me in a vat”, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barleycorn A similar Scottish poem from the same time frame refers to “Allane”, (Ale – in) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quhy_Sowld_Nocht_Allane_Honorit_Be

plant herb sage blossom budToday’s plant – SageSalvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/21 at 11:30am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/14 at 6:15pm. 

The W of Cassiopeia, tilted only a little, is nicely up in the northeast these evenings. Its right-hand side is the brightest. Watch it rise higher and tilt further through the night and through the next few months.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well up in the southeast sky in the hours before dawn. Finder charts.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in Leo
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 10:22pm
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color: Purple

Planting 8/9-10


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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Th  10     High   2:25 AM     7.4   6:14 AM     Set  9:15 AM      95
~    10      Low   9:04 AM    -0.6   8:29 PM    Rise 10:13 PM
~    10     High   3:27 PM     7.0
~    10      Low   9:21 PM     1.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A beach not only permits inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? –  In the story “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams Bianco, the Skin Horse says to the Velveteen Rabbit, “When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” Write about the one toy you have had at any time in your life that you have loved the most.



~  There are many scapegoats for our sins, but the most popular one is Providence. – Mark Twain
~  There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton
~  Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. – Henry David Thoreau
~  To be afraid to fall is to be afraid to fly. – unknown

The slow soft toads out of damp corners creep;
And evening’s breath, wandering here and there
Over the quivering surface of the stream,
Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream. – P. B. Shelley (1792–1822)


Magick – Recipes

Cold Corn Dip – Recipe by Kraft – Liven up the next party with our fantastic Cold Corn Dip recipe. Cold Corn Dip is amazing whether served with your favorite crackers or crisp vegetables.

  • Prep Time – 10 min.
  • Total Time – 1 hr.  10 min.
  • Servings – 32 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

What You Need

  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup BREAKSTONE’S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. LEA & PERRINS Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Mix first 4 ingredients in medium bowl until blended.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; mix well.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
  • Kitchen Tips
  • Note – When serving a smaller crowd, this tasty dip can easily be cut in half.
  • Special Extra – For a touch of heat, prepare using KRAFT Shredded Hot Habanero Cheese.
  • Substitute – Prepare using frozen corn.

Food Facts – You will need about 3 medium ears of corn to get the 1-1/2 cups measure of corn kernels needed to prepare this delicious dip.

French Onion Tart – Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 40m



  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a 9-inch pie plate or a 9-inch fluted tart tin with a removable bottom with the piecrust.
  2. Spread the onions and olives over the dough. Top with the anchovies, if desired, and sprinkle with the Parmesan.
  3. Bake until the crust is golden brown and crisp, 25 to 28 minutes.

By Pilar Guzman , August, 2003 http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/french-onion-tart-00000000045802/index.html?xid=dailyrecnews-03-10-2014



  • 1 (30 oz.) bag frozen hash-brown potatoes
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2c chopped onion
  • 1/3 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese (softened)
  • Garnish: minced green onion


  1. In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, broth, soup, onion, and pepper.
    2. Cover, and cook on low for 5 hours.
    3. Stir in cream cheese, cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until combined.
    4. Garnish with green onion.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t.

Oatamatopoiea = The sound that the cereal “Captain Crunch” makes when you pour milk over it.

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