Welcome to the home of Temple Of The Standing Stones. We are an Eclectic Pagan branch within Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition based in Arlington, Texas with an emphasis on Celtic / Indo-European and American studies.
Where is our temple? Nature is our temple. You don’t have to go far. Just step outside.
But, as for where we meet, well we meet predominately at our clergy members’ homes in Arlington and other places in the DFW area as well as outings which we schedule at least one weekend per month. Sometimes we rent space at UU churches. For some events we go camping. To learn more about what we believe and what we are about, please see ABOUT US for our Seekers’ Orientation. Our website is intended for members of the temple as well as prospective seekers or those who are curious and open minded. The public areas are accessible as well to let seekers know who we are and what we believe so they can decide if our flavor of spirituality is right for them.
Seeker – A seeker is a person who is coming to our open gatherings, learning about us and our ways but has not yet committed to becoming an official member of the temple by way of dedication to the tradition or as an initiate into the clergy. We welcome seekers of all backgrounds who are good guests and not disruptive. We are a participatory tradition. Advancement is only obtained by attending gatherings and being a part of rituals, workings and other group experiences. We do not offer online training although we are happy to suggest reading materials and exercises one might try out for themselves.
Dedicant (blue cord) – A Dedicant is a person who desires the spiritual gatherings of rituals and community of like minded folks but who does not have a desire to enter the clergy training program. Such a person may choose to officially dedicate to the gods and the temple so that they may continue to participate as members of the temple laity. We are working on a set of devotional materials for those who have chosen to be dedicants of our tradition.
Initiate (purple cord) – One who has officially initiated with the temple by way of our initiation ritual and joined our clergy training program. Initiated temple members may attend all temple rituals and have voting rights in certain temple policy and event planning decisions. Final authority still remains with the leadership of the temple but we generally like to poll our membership for input before making decisions which affect all members. Initiated members have access to the clergy training program and may advance through the degrees to eventually become a High Priest or High Priestess if they so desire.