Mabon 2013

A Thank You From Fox!

A Thank You From Fox!


Barley and Fox are pleased to announce our first hosted event to our beautiful group of family. In honor of John Barleycorn we are presenting the festival of early Vermont Harvest with copious joy. This is a special holiday for both of us, and somewhat breaks with our traditional methodology. We only ask that you bring your beautiful selves and a small donation towards the feast, and we will provide the rest. We will begin the festivities at sundown on either Friday or Saturday (we’ll keep you posted) and will continue through until Sunday afternoon. The neighbors will be warned (and invited, possibly – at least the ‘cool ones’). There will be camping or sleeping arrangements provided in the old farmhouse (or barn, if Fox gets off his lazy ass and renovates).

We wish to provide a grand festival of family and companionship – and planning has already started.

With Much Love,

Barley and Fox

Ostara 2013

Serenity celebrated Ostara on Saturday, March 23.  True to New England spring, it was cold as a witch’s you-know-what outside, so we ended up spending most of our time inside, braving the outdoors long enough for Morningstar to lead the children out to tie ribbons on the trees to wake up spring.

Indoors, the children dyed eggs with natural dyes while adults broke open eggshells for use as planters in ritual.  Much cooking and socializing ensued.

Once guests arrived, we slowly transitioned into ritual mindset, and began our circle with an improv drum/shaker “jam session” (during which we passed around a shaker full of seeds for planting later), combined with an invocation to spring, composed and read by Laughing Shadow.  Fox and Barley presided over a classic Blue Star format ritual, with 2 major areas of work.  First, we planted seeds into the previously prepared eggshells, “seeds inside seeds” representing the potency of potential.  We then welcomed our deity guest, Dea Artio, with Morningstar as the vessel.  It was an intense contact with a powerful, primal deity who was pleased to have a receptive human audience.

Circle was completed and extended and it was on to delicious feast and consumption of “refreshments”.