Daily Stuff 8-10-21 John Barleycorn

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:42 AM of -1.1 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Kit O’Carra.

Clear (except for smoke) 51F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI 38-51, UV7. Chance of rain 5% today and 9% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 6am on Wednesday. We’re lookin at partly cloudy and mid-upper 60’s this week. Hottest should be Wednesday and Friday and more cloud over the weekend. Here comes the smoke again. <sigh> No wonder the stars were harder to see last night! 11 firespots…. uh-oh…. Black Butte fire is back… 28 fires? Oi….

Fires – New

  • 495 Fire – 358 acres
  • Knoll Fire – 300 acres


  • Snake River Complex Fire – 90% – 109444 acres
  • Elbow Creek Fire – 95% – 22960 acres
  • Wise Fire – 132 acres
  • Black Butte Fire – 11693 acres
  • Mud Springs Fire – 96% – 517 acres
  • Bootleg Fire – 98% – 413765 acres
  • Little Applegate Fire – 150 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 300 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 5% – 3003.8 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 524 acres
  • Mule Creek Fire – 400 acres
  • Smith Fire – 250 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 314.4 acres
  • Jack Fire Fire – 53% – 23355 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
  • Inc 369 Fire – 152 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 3% – 3913.79 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 420 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 25% – 204 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 2% – 5097.15 acres
  • Gales Fire – 1268 acres
  • Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
  • Bean Creek 0766 Cs Fire – 138 acres
  • Bruler Fire – 75% – 195 acres
  • Janus Fire – 489 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 510.2 acres

Yesterday was kinda rough. Both of us were pretty tired and Tempus had to stop at Murphy’s, so he didn’t get back until past 10am. He’s got to do the same today, since that dash light is back on and we’re supposed to get either paperwork, tires or both.

We were both fighting sleepiness in the early part of the afternoon, but I was also writing. It meant that the writing took far longer than it should have and I finished up at around 4pm. Tempus had gone out to run errands and *that* took longer than it should have, too.

We weren’t horribly busy, but ok for a summer Monday. I was talking to people about the newsletter quite a lot, one lady to whom I said, “You might show up in there tomorrow!”, so now she has. 🙂

Elan stopped by with her Orb photography and she and Tempus worked out where to hang things. She’s going to price everything and give me a proper inventory on Thursday and then those will be for sale, too. There are some beautiful photos in this set and some really intriguing prints.

I *still* haven’t gotten price tags on the for-sale plants! Maybe I’ll get a few minutes tonight before I conk out….

While they were working on those I got the last photos for the House Capuchin newsletter (the shortbread!) and got that updated and published. The links were acting strangely, but I didn’t have the brain cells available to try to fix that, so I have to go back in and look at it again tonight.

The Gigantor succulent, with repotted babies and geraniums, etc.

I’ve come to a decision about Pan-Pagan (OCPPG). This virus is getting vicious again, so we’re going to go with either recorded classes, or if I can scramble the money together to get the equipment or borrow some, we’ll stream and/or Zoom from the shop. Iow, it’s not going to be the get-together that we enjoy, even masked. I don’t want to be responsible for spreading this damn thing, and I certainly can’t afford to get sick again, myself.

Trimmed and re-potted geranium

Tempus and I headed home at around 7pm, watered the garden, got supper and went splat. He had a heck of a time prying himself out and I slept right through until the alarm went off. Says something about our energy levels at the end of our week!

We’ve been harvesting steadily from the garden. Things went in so late that it’s very small amounts, but little salads are landing on our plates. Sorrel, several kinds of lettuces (all loose-leaf), radishes, peas, a few tiny carrot thinnings and nasturtiums are awfully tasty, and the strawberries make a good dessert!

THe perfect shortbread…. that got chomped into even before pix!

It was very clear again at home and I kept looking up so much that I tipped over onto the hood of the car! I’m seeing Pegasus (The Great Square) 1/2-way and a little more to the zenith. It’s odd not to see Scorpio and Sagittarius, but the trees are just too tall to the south. Driving back into town there are a couple of places where the Big Dipper is really visible over the river. It’s mostly done “scooping” and over the next couple of months will begin to pour. 🙂

Regrown vegetables. There’s turnip, celery, onion and parsnip in there.

Tempus headed out around 2. I have this to do and a couple of other things, but I may go conk out and do them when I wake. He’s going to run late, so I’m hoping to get a few things together in the morning to take home. I’d kinda like to make some almond tarts, and I want to start both pickled eggs and mortar chickens. House Capuchin potluck is this week. If I remember and we’re not too exhausted there’s a fig tree that goes unharvested that we’ve been told about, so I need to take some baskets with me.


There are a lot of chores to get through at home, and projects to get farther down the road. I have work to do in the garden, as usual, and some plants to transplant into pots. There’s the paper towel holder to get put up and more cuphooks in various places. I also have to re-glue the blackout curtains for the bedroom and I’m not sure how to hold things in place until the glue dries…. …and mostly it’s going to be good to sleep!


…and tonight is the bulk route, as well as the subscriber route, so we’ll be back at the shop in the middle of the evening. I’m looking forward to checking in with some friends online.

The “vivipary” tomato is sprouting!

Kit O’Carra – “Glass Pyramid Thingies” from the Alsea Bay Bridge – Photo taken on 8/8/19, Used with permission

Barley plant grain

Today’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 bud

Today’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

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Virgo

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/22 at 5:02am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/12 at 6:50pm.

A new lunation gets under way as the waxing crescent Moon returns to the evening sky. Venus is very obvious. Tiny, faint Mars, very low in bright twilight, will be a tough catch even with binoculars.

Now the crescent Moon shines to the right of Venus in twilight, as shown above.

If you use a telescope much you’re probably familiar with Lyra overhead, harboring Vega, the Double-Double, and the Ring Nebula among other sights. And nearby is Albireo, the beak of Cygnus and one of the sky’s finest gold-and-blue double stars. But between Albireo and Lyra, what about the much-overlooked globular cluster M56? At magnitude 8.3 you might even be able to detect it with large binoculars in a dark sky. To pinpoint the spot, hone in with Matt Wedel’s “Lost in Space,” his Binocular Highlight column and chart for this lesser-known find in the August Sky & Telescope, page 43.

Comet 4P/Faye – Spanning less than 2 miles, Faye relies on its proximity to Earth to glow nicely. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly & Kelly Jaeger

Comet hunters will want to get up early this morning to spot Comet 4P/Faye gliding less than 6° south of the Pleiades (M45) in Taurus. You’ll want to observe from a dark location with a 6-inch scope or larger to pick up faint fuzz of the comet, which should be around 11th or even 10th magnitude. If you have trouble spotting Faye at first, boost the power to 100x for a better chance at seeing it, then switch back to a lower power for a wider field of view. Just a few miles wide, Faye was discovered in 1843. It returns every 7.6 years, but the view isn’t always ideal. In fact, the next time we’ll get a good look at this icy visitor is 2036.

Use Orion’s Belt to point you to Aldebaran and the Hyades. – Stellarium

Directly beneath the Pleiades — i.e., closer to the horizon — is bright red Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull. This aging star sits nestled among the scattered Hyades, an open star cluster like the Pleiades. The Hyades are closer and older than the Pleiades, both of which make its stars appear more spread out.

Mars is deep in the sunset, very far to Venus’s lower right.

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.

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR AUGUST 2021: THE MILKY WAY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel,
Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL),
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19) Retrograde
Color – Red

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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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                   Visible
Tu  10     High  1:51 AM     7.8   6:14 AM    Rise  8:24 AM      1
~    10      Low   8:42 AM    -1.1   8:29 PM     Set 10:04 PM
~    10     High   3:08 PM     6.8
~    10      Low   8:49 PM     1.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take the time to notice the little things.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the poem “Happy Thought,” Robert Louis Stevenson says, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” List all of the things that make you happy.



~   With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined. – Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
~   Fate and fortune do not always go hand-in-hand. – Grettir’s Saga, c.34
~   Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~   The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher 

A day of torpor in the sullen heat
Of Summer’s passion: In the sluggish stream
The panting cattle lave their lazy feet,
With drowsy eyes, and dream. – James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)


Magick – Lunar Witch Aesthetic


Silliness – Silly Q&A –  Q: How do trees feel when winter is finally over? Releaved.

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