Welcome

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.

MEMBER CATEGORIES

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.

First Degree (white cord), Second Degree (black cord), Third Degree (red cord) – These are the cord colors worn by those who have attained the designated degree within our clergy training program.

17 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. I’ve also been a solitary practitioner and have worked with an eclectic group. Just moved here 2 weeks ago.

    1. Merrily Met Lisa. While we are eclectic rather than Gardenarian ourselves we are in the Arlington area and welcome newcomers to come visit with us at one of our many events. Also, I have heard from friends about a British Traditional Wiccan group in the area that we might be able to help put you in touch with. Check our Calendar. We get together most Saturdays.

  2. I’ve been looking for a group to join in the arlington area as I have been a practicing wiccan for 2.5 years. If you could give me more info that would be great

    1. Pleased to meet you Dandre. You may contact me, Troy “Cianaodh Og” Young at templehp@templeofthestones.org and we can set up a time and place to meet and discuss your interests, questions or concerns about our group that works for both of our schedules. Alternatively you may watch our calendar at http://templeofthestones.org/calendar/ which we update monthly and you are welcome to attend any open gatherings we post so that you may meet with us and decide if our vibe and yours resonate. Always a pleasure to expand our tribe or help people find their way on their path. Threefold Blessings!

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