Temple Newsletter #7

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and he who ought to know better but still doesn’t.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #6 .

Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition is born!

Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders
Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders

Mudstara 2015 as it will be known henceforth was a muddy but wonderful Ostara Celebration that saw the birth of our new tradition as elders Arachne Crowsinger and Sera Freya from Mystic Willow Coven and Cianaodh Óg of Temple Of the Standing Stones received their metallic cords and crowns from recognized elders from their former tradition and with those the autonomy and blessings to forge a new path. It is an exciting time for us and we look forward to seeing what the future holds as we carry forth with our efforts to advance our particular take on Paganism in the years to come.

We didn’t receive any submission from members of our tribe for this week’s newsletter but I have been reading a wonderful book by Ceisiwr Serith lately called ‘A Book Of Pagan Prayer’ which I highly recommend. So why not have a prayer to Cernunnos from his website?

Cernunnos:
in whom opposites are brought together,
but not destroyed;
who cannot be known,
because there is nothing against which you might be compared;
because whatever is put against you, its opposite is there;
who cannot be approached, because you are the center
which moves with the one who approaches;
who does not move, because there is nowhere for you to move to:
you are already there;
Controller of opposites through stillness,
Possessor of power through calm;
the cold metal which is life,
the squirming serpent which is death;
between hunter and hunted you sit so still,
neither and both;
with animal’s antlers on human head:
neither and both;
Holding in tension unreconcilable opposites,
yet eternally calm:
in my turmoil, in my confusion,
in adversity from without
in adversity from within
in the twisting and turnings,
the seemingly unstoppable rush of my mind and words,
in the midst of Chaos:
I pray to you, to Cernunnos,
in whom opposites are brought together in restful order,
bringing a fierce stillness,
a diamond-flashing peace.

You sit between, Wearer of Antlers,
between the shining one
and the one who leads us into the dark;
between the one that hunts, friend of men, and the one who is hunted, the best of prey;
even you are between animal and man.
I praise the great between, where power is found,
I praise you, Cernunnos, liminal lord.

Your patience is infinite as you sit in calm:
you don’t move, though every else does –
It is through your stillness that you are everywhere.

See more on his website: http://www.ceisiwrserith.com/

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or other creative work they would like to share in the next or other future newsletters please let me know at templehp@templeofthestones.org. I’m always happy to show off the talents of our tribe!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Pub Night!  – Saturday, March 28th  7pm at Danny’s Celtic Pub in Bedford.

April Esbat – Flower Moon  – Saturday, April 4th  7pm at Cianaodh’s house, Arlington, TX. Skyclad- Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY

Tanglewood Cleanup / Camping   – Friday, April 10th til Sunday April 12th at Tanglewood. We will be painting the bathroom house, clearing dead wood and other projects to make ready for upcoming camping events.

You can always check our upcoming events on the Temple Calendar at the website: http://templeofthestones.org/calendar/

If you would like to help support our efforts please consider chipping in through our Meetup Group: http://templeofthestones.org/chip-in/

Health and Blessings!

Cianaodh Óg – High Priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones – Arlington, Texas

Temple Newsletter #6

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and seeker of wisdom.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #5 .

Happy Ostara!
Happy Ostara!

The Spring Equinox comes on or near March 21st each year as the time of daylight reaches the time of darkness in our hemisphere. Although it is very likely that ancient Pagans in Celtic lands celebrated this time of year no traces definitively tying the equinox to Pagan traditions have survived. However, the church adapted the name Easter from the Saxon goddess Eostre whose symbol is the hare. In 13th century Scotland, a parish priest was brought before the bishop for having celebrated Easter week “according to the rites of Priapus” which were considered heresy by the church. Apparently he had gathered the women of the village and had them dance around a phallic standing stone while singing in what may have been a vestige of past Pagan practices.

If you are not able to join us for our Ostara Celebration today in Venus, Texas we hope that your Vernal Equinox is safe, happy and fun where ever you spend it!

We have had a few new additions on the website this past week. There is now a Temple Calendar with our upcoming events throughout the year. Keep in mind that things farther are out are tentative and might be changed to accommodate different situations. Also more details will be added as they become available. But at least there is an outline and you can see what we have in mind for the year ahead.

I decided it might be a good idea to add a Meet The Clergy section to the Seekers’ Orientation page so I started by adding my own for now and will encourage my brothers and sisters to write up ones for themselves to be added later. You can find my bio under the heading Meet Our High Priest. Disclaimer, not responsible for any damages incurred by your spewing beverages onto your monitor, keyboard or other devices due to anything said or pictures posted on my bio. 😉

We’ve had several new posts and a couple of new members register on our Forum recently. The various boards on our forum are a great, interactive way to get questions answered and learn things from one another as well as helping us to build community within our tribe and beyond. Have you visited the forum lately?

Our brother Ta’li Seabhac has written another very inspirational piece and shared with us this week:

Within the realm of living breath
Behind the walls where spirits nest
Along a path toward enlightenment
You shall find the Temple Stones
Awakening blessed comforting
Inside the depths you hear them sing
The kindred are there listening
As you speak to the Temple Stones
They radiate and illuminate
The dwellers cannot penetrate
The earth and clay that hold the way
To form these Temple Stones
The Sun and Moon light every room
And with every move we show them who
Will guard these Temple Stones.
Like a Willow tree and the Sycamore
Our roots run deep
We kneel before
In perfect trust
And love forevermore
These sacred Temple Stones
-Tali’ Seabhac

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or other creative work they would like to share in the next or other future newsletters please let me know at templehp@templeofthestones.org. I’m always happy to show off the talents of our tribe!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Ostara Celebration  – Saturday, March 21st  12 Noon at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s House.

Pub Night!  – Saturday, March 28th  7pm at Danny’s Celtic Pub in Bedford.

April Esbat – Flower Moon  – Saturday, April 4th  7pm at Cianaodh’s house. Skyclad- Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY

If you would like to help support our efforts please consider chipping in through our Meetup Group: http://templeofthestones.org/chip-in/

Bíodh sé amhlaidh ,

(Be Shay Owlee) [Let it be or So be it]

Cianaodh Óg – High Priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones – Arlington, Texas

The Dream

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Notice: The following is an opinion piece by Cianaodh Óg and while many within the temple might share these views, as an opinion piece it should NOT be taken as reflecting the views of Temple Of the Standing Stones as a whole.

For a long time I have advocated Pagan ownership of, rather than rental of, facilities. The reasons are many but ultimately it comes down to the issues of self governance and controlling ones own destiny. When we own rather than rent we are the ultimate authority in what our facilities may and may not be used for, when and by whom they may be used and as land owners we have a greater degree of say in matters regarding proposed laws and zoning ordinances. These things are important because the more of us who have a voice in civic matters, the more of an impact we can have on policy and decisions that matter to us.

Ultimately, I wish we could get a bunch of Pagans and Pagan friendly folks to move to and buy property in a community in numbers great enough to elect city council members or even a mayor. Impossible you say? I’m not so sure it would be given, say, a generation or so. More and more people are seeking to learn more about the ways of their ancestors and becoming more in tuned with the cycles of nature, life, death and rebirth. A calling has been echoing throughout humanity for some time now and every day more people are answering that call.

I would like to see more cooperation and cohesion between elders of the various Pagan and Paganesque traditions. Quit bickering about who is right and wrong on trivial matters such as mixing pantheons, hard polytheism versus soft polytheism, high magick, green magick, and the myriad of other matters that have turned friends into enemies and caused enemies to file restraining orders. Instead, let’s focus on some big picture stuff like what kind of world we’re going to leave behind for our kids. Should they not be entitled to the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Should they not have safe food to eat, clean water to drink and the freedom to practice their religions openly without fear of persecution or repercussions in the workplace, schools and elsewhere?

If you look around you’ll see that mainstream religious movements and denominations have food pantries for the poor, affordable child care programs for struggling families, job training and placement programs and other support systems in place to help members of their community. We have a few but they are scattered and small. I think if we would reach beyond our little camps more, we have the overall numbers to make such things happen. I’m not going to sit here and tell ya I have a plan already lined out but I am saying that perhaps we should get a dialog going and discuss such matters. Do some interfaith networking and figure out ways that we can help one another.

I know I’ve said stuff like this before. I’ve said over on Our Pantheons Way, I’ve said it at our temple gatherings and I’ve said it on our forum. I used to talk about it while working with the DFW Pagan Pride Day planning committee. I still feel it’s worth talking about and more than that, it’s worth us doing something about it. Maybe your group already has a program of some sort going on for your members. That’s great! I would like to hear about it. I would like to know what you have found that does work and also what doesn’t. Are there ways to expand your program or get a similar one going somewhere else? Seriously, let’s talk! Anyone?

Temple Newsletter #5

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and seeker of wisdom.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #4 .

NOTICE: Every first and third Sunday at 10:30AM please come on down to Arlington UU at 2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX, 76015 for a cup of coffee and good conversation. Members of Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans are usually on hand to discuss activities the CUUPs folks have going on.

This is NOT the ritual we will be doing for Ostara on the 21st but when the call went out for submissions to include in this week’s newsletter it was suggested that it might be fun to share the Lesser Banishing Ritual Of The Chocolate Rabbit with our readers. So, without further adieu feast your eyes on this:

LBR of the Chocolate Rabbit on About.com

Looking for a digital way to pay temple dues or make a donation to the temple? Look for the Meetup “Chip In!” button or link on our website in the left column menu, on the top row of links at our forum or on the Meetup group page. Temple Treasurer Wahya will be notified and she will be sure to credit each member with their donation. Thank you for supporting our temple and our efforts to forge a new Pagan path!

Hey y’all! Wahya has shared her recipe for Armadillo Eggs with us. Wanna see?

Armadillo Eggs

Ingredients: Jalapenos, cream cheese, and bacon.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Cut your jalapeños in half, long ways. Use a spoon to take out all the seeds and stem. Then fill the jalapenos with cream cheese. Cut your bacon in half. Wrap the bacon around your peppers, one slice per pepper. You may have to use a toothpick to hold it all together but most of the time the bacon will stick to the pepper pretty good. Place all of your finished peppers on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven. Should take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or other creative work they would like to share in the next or other future newsletters please let me know at templehp@templeofthestones.org. I’m always happy to show off the talents of our tribe!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Temple Craft Day  – Saturday, March 14th 3:00pm at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s House.

Ostara Celebration  – Saturday, March 21st  12 Noon at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s House.

Pub Night!  – Saturday, March 28th  7pm at Danny’s Celtic Pub in Bedford.

If you would like to help support our efforts please consider chipping in through our Meetup Group: http://templeofthestones.org/chip-in/

May your flags be strong, your fodder be fulfilling, your flax keep you warm and may you have plenty of passionate and joyous visitations from Frigg,

Cianaodh Óg – High Priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones – Arlington, Texas

Outro

Thank you for reading through our Seekers’ Orientation materials and learning a little about us and our take on Pagan spirituality. lf you have any questions please contact us through the contact form on this website or through our many other points of contact online such as:

Our Forum – http://templeofthestones.org/forum/
Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/Temple-Of-the-Standing-Stones/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/templeofthestones
Twitter – https://twitter.com/OurPantheons
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/Cianaodh/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu6oOJArj58yr2zyoN3TmKw

If you believe you have read and understood this package and would like to elevate to the level of dedicant then please let us know. You may expedite the process by filling out one of our questionnaires and sending it to us or bringing it with you when you visit. We hope to see you again soon at one of our open classes or Sabbats. Health and Blessings to you and yours!

Ethics of our Temple

Though we are not a predominantly Wiccan group, Temple of the Standing Stones has chosen the Wiccan Rede to be the spine upon which our code of ethics rests.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Wiccan Rede, the most popular incarnation was published in 1975 in the Green Egg Magazine by Lady Gwen Thompson. Lady Gwen attributed the then named “Rede of the Wiccae” to her grandmother Adriana Porter. It is as follows:

Bide the Wiccan Laws we must
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Live and let live.
Fairly take and fairly give.

Cast the Circle thrice about
to keep the evil spirits out.

To bind the spell every time
let the spell be spake in rhyme.

Soft of eye and light of touch,
Speak little, listen much.

Deosil go by the waxing moon,
chanting out the Witches’ Rune.

Widdershins go by the waning moon,
chanting out the baneful rune.

When the Lady’s moon is new,
kiss the hand to her, times two.

When the moon rides at her peak,
then your hearts desire seek.

Heed the North wind’s mighty gale,
lock the door and drop the sail.

When the wind comes from the South,
love will kiss thee on the mouth.

When the wind blows from the West,
departed souls will have no rest.

When the wind blows from the East,
expect the new and set the feast.

Nine woods in the cauldron go,
burn them fast and burn them slow.

Elder be the Lady’s tree,
burn it not or cursed you’ll be.

When the Wheel begins to turn,
let the Beltane fires burn.

When the Wheel has turned to Yule,
light the log and the Horned One rules.

Heed ye flower, Bush and Tree,
by the Lady, blessed be.

Where the rippling waters go,
cast a stone and truth you’ll know.

When ye have a true need,
hearken not to others’ greed.

With a fool no season spend,
lest ye be counted as his friend.

Merry meet and merry part,
bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Threefold Law you should,
three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow,
wear the blue star on thy brow.

True in love ever be,
lest thy lover’s false to thee.

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An ye harm none, do what ye will.

Some claim that parts of the Wiccan Rede are influenced by a speech given by Doreen Valiente. Others claim that it references a passage written by Gerald Gardner. Still others attribute influence to Aleister Crowley. Regardless or the origins of this lovely poem, it has become widely accepted as a basis for interpreting ethics and moral standards in Wiccan and broader Pagan culture.

This is not to say that the Wiccan Rede is considered doctrine within our Temple. For we must look at the origins of the word “Rede.” The word Rede is a Middle English word that means to give counsel, advise, interpret, or explain. Therefore we use this poem as advice, rather than a strict interpretation. We also believe that it’s lines hold wise council.
Though there are many lines in the Wiccan Rede that speak of magical practices, and ways to honor the Sabbats, let us focus on the lines that speak of right behavior, and moral action.
“Bide the Wiccan Laws we must
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”
Temple of the standing Stones takes this introduction to the Wiccan Rede to be a cornerstone to our practice. Our members come in perfect love and perfect trust to our circles, and our Temple gatherings. “Perfect love” means that we truly care for our fellow Temple Brothers and Sisters, and accept them for their true selves. “Perfect trust” means that we honor the bonds between our members, and act in each others favor.
Our Temple believes that these concepts of love and trust are the energies that bind and strengthen our group, as well as our individual members. We believe that strong foundations of these two elements are essential to fostering productive and healthy relationships.
“Live and let live.
Fairly take and fairly give.”
To our temple, fairly taking and fairly giving speaks to our actions within our temple and our community. Our interactions with each other, and with others, are to be fair. And when we take in, we must also give out. It is important that we as individuals and as a temple practice the art of charity to facilitate that giving back. Temple of the Standing Stones is committed giving back to the community from which we benefit so much.
In addition to giving back to our local community, and our Temple itself, we believe that we must also use this concept of taking and giving in our interactions with planet as a whole. Our resources and our home are derived from our planet. Therefore, as takers from the Earth, we must also be givers to the Earth. Our Temple strives to not only give back to our planet, but also to reduce our taking from the planet.
“Speak little, listen much.”
In our temple we believe that words are spells. The old joke goes: “Why do you think they call it spelling?” While this concept may be a little tongue in cheek, the idea of decisively using your words is considered wise council by us. Also, the concept of listening to all those around you is considered wise. Though many may have a different view point, or even a similar one, their experience should be listened to with much respect.
In practice, these values are most often asserted in the classes our Temple offers. We ask that Temple members and guests share their personal stories with our group so that we might all benefit from their experiences with various topics. We ask that those with knowledge share with their fellow Temple Brothers and Sisters, and we ask that all in attendance listen respectfully to what each individual has to say.
“When ye have a true need,
hearken not to others’ greed.”
Our temple takes these lines to mean that you should not let other people’s negative will influence your own – even in times of need. In other words, you should never give up your moral fiber.
In this couplet we also see that the Wiccan Rede refers to the individual’s personal responsibility for their actions. In fact, this is a common theme throughout the poem, and is another trait that our Temple wishes to highlight for it’s members. Personal responsibility is considered by us to be a key factor in ethical behavior. One always has the option to choose to do right, for everyone is responsible for their own behavior.
“With a fool no season spend,
lest ye be counted as his friend.”
Our Temple believes this to be another version of the phrase “Choose your friends wisely.” We find that it is true that a person or a group is often associated to the company they keep. Therefore, your friends should be wise, and not engaged in foolish behavior.
Temple of the Standing stones also takes these lines to mean that your friends should be chosen by their thoughts and deeds, rather than any other characteristic. And, we use these traits to determine initiation into our Temple above any others.
“Merry meet and merry part,
bright the cheeks and warm the heart.”

 

Temple of the Standing Stones believes that we should all greet each other with joy, and part with joy as well. This extends to old friends as well as new. Our Temple strives to create a peaceful atmosphere, but should any grievances arise, we have an open door policy, so that they may be dealt with swiftly. We want none of our members or guests to leave us unhappily, if it can be avoided.

 

“Mind the Threefold Law you should,
three times bad and three times good.”

 

These lines refer to what is known as the “Threefold Law.” This is sometimes also called the “Rule of Three” and has been linked to the phrase: “Ever mind the rule of three, whatever you send out comes back to thee.” This means that should you send out energy, it will return to you threefold.

 

Many have different view points on how this “law” actually works. Some believe that positive energies sent out return triple the blessings, while negative energies sent out return triple the consequences. Others believe that the energies sent out affect the sender in three ways (usually in mind, body, and spirit). Still, others do not believe in any sort of karmic reaction at all.

 

It is the opinion of Temple of the Standing Stones that this couplet refers to the concept that one’s actions affect their character. Therefore, to be a moral and just person, one must act like one.

 

“When misfortune is enow,
wear the blue star on thy brow.”

 

Temple of the Standing Stones takes this couplet to basically mean “ask for help.” If you are enduring misfortunes, let others know. Let your fellow Temple Brothers and Sisters aid you if they can, or at least support you in your troubled times. Our Temple believes that burdens are made lighter when they are shouldered together.

 

“An ye harm none, do what ye will.”

 

Some consider this last line to be the “short version” of the Wiccan Rede, and say that this verse alone should be the basis of ethics for all Wiccans and/or pagans. However, it is the opinion of our Temple that while this line has importance, it is truly only part of a whole.

 

“Harming none” has many different meanings to many different people. Some see this concept as a justification for veganism while others cannot relate to that leap at all. Some see this idea as relating to a stance of pacifism, and yet others (particularly those that see themselves as “warriors”) do not see it that way at all. So who is right?

 

It is the stance of Temple of the Standing Stones that this final passage of the Wiccan Rede once again reminds us of our personal responsibility. It is up to each individual what one does, and the Rede advises that we cause no harm. We therefore advise our members not to cause what we call “willful” harm to others, in that they should not unjustly forcibly exert their will or energies over any person -to include themselves- for the purpose of causing pain or misfortune.

 

And thus, we conclude the Wiccan Rede. As was stated at the beginning of this article of the Seekers’ Orientation, our Temple looks at this poem as a spine. This means that the values and ethics contained within are just a starting point. Temple of the Standing Stones believes that no one poem, and no one article, can completely describe an entire group’s code of ethics. We therefore invite you to continue the discussion with our members, talk with our clergy (templehp@templeofthestones.org), and perhaps come to one of our classes on the subject if should this topic interest you further.

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Reincarnation

Quite a few of our temple members also believe in the concept of reincarnation; that we live many lives on this earth and after death we are reborn at some point in this or in some cases another world.

The father of American Wicca, Raymond Buckland had this to say about reincarnation:

“Reincarnation is an ancient belief. It is part of many religions (Hinduism and Buddhism, for example) and was even one of the original Christian tenets, until condemned by the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 It is believed that the human spirit, or soul, is a fragment of the divine and eventually it will return to its divine source. But, for its own evolution, it is necessary that the soul experience all things in life. “

– Raymond Buckland in Buckland’s Complete Book Of Witchcraft

It  is believed that life, death, and rebirth are a basic requirement of all living things.  In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can be neither created nor be destroyed, but it can change form,   If we look at our souls as a form of energy too then would they not also fit within this model?

Many of us accept a belief that our spirits go on after our physical bodies have expired, some believe immediately to the next life and others believe there is a period of rest on the other side of the veil, a place called by many names; The Summerlands, The Otherworld, Heaven, etc. For most, this is considered a happy and restful place where we can recover from the rigors of our most recent life on Earth and meditate on what we have learned.  There is no proof beyond the recollections of those who have had near death experiences that such a place actually exists, of course, but for many of us, we feel that it is there. Some further believe that we choose our birth circumstances in order to continue the learning process which makes us connected to the lessons we need to learn in any lifetime.

 

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Basic Beliefs

Our temple members come from a variety of backgrounds and belief systems however, we have a broad enough structure that we hope most all Pagans will be able to find a place here. We approach the concept of the divine with open mindedness and flexibility. We believe that it’s okay to ask questions about the divine and explore all images of this vast concept for we all have our own personal relationship with deity, the gods or that creative life force of the universe. However you perceive the divine, it may fit within the animistic concept that all that exists is made up of the same creative energy. We believe that, as individuals, we may all have our own personal perceptions of and relationships with the divine. Those perceptions and relationships may even change as we learn and grow on our spiritual journey. Whereas one person may perceive a duotheistic version of the divine in which all gods are facets of one God and all goddesses facets of one Goddess but another may perceive that all gods and goddesses are individual beings in their own right. Still another person might perceive that all of these divine beings are simply different faces of the one true God. Who is right? Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in the middle ground. Perhaps that one creative energy of which all things, living and non-living, throughout the universe can take all of these forms based on each individual’s needs. Perhaps the concept of the divine is too big to fit in one sentence, one book or even a thousand books. If there are 7 billion people living on a planet and they all have a concept of the divine that is working for them, then so long as they are not harming anyone, perhaps all of their truths are correct but each is only a glimpse of the entire truth. Look up a poem called The Blind Men And The Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) sometime if you aren’t familiar with it. It lays out very well this concept, that we all have a piece of the truth and rather than argue about it we should work together to try to understand it.

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Magick

There are many prevailing theories throughout the community and within our temple regarding how exactly magick works or where the energy comes from and how it is directed but for the most part, we all believe in magick and believe that it is real. Now, what about the “k” on the end there in the spelling? That too is a thing you will see used by some and not by others. Those who use the “k” generally do so to differentiate the sort of magic we do (channeling energy with will to accomplish a set goal) with the stage magic which is an illusion for entertainment purposes. Some like the “k” while others think using it is just plain silly. To each their own!

So, what about those theories regarding what magick is and how it works? Well, let’s talk about some of those:

Some believe that the energy by which magick is done comes purely from within and that by directing this energy by their will and intent they can cause changes to occur whether it’s to raise healing energy for a friend or bind someone from causing harm to another for examples.

Others believe that the energy comes from outside themselves either from the surrounding area, from deities or other divine beings and that the magickal practitioner is merely the conduit which channels this energy to it’s intended purpose.

Still others believe it is a combination of the first two; that it is a cooperation between energies from within and energies from without to collaborate and focus through will on an intended goal.

Perhaps any of the three may be used in working magick and how the task is done is simply a matter of preference or perhaps one of the three is the correct method. Who knows? Debates over the hows and whys and what-ifs have gone on for centuries but one way or another, if you believe, it seems to work. Ultimately, that’s what is important.

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Temple History

Temple Of the Standing Stones was originally part of the Esoteric Path of Enlightenment tradition which was itself derived from the Correllian Nativist Tradition. The Correllians base their teachings upon those of Caroline High Correll, a practicing psychic, spiritual healer, and herbalist who founded the tradition way back in 1879. Her family was said to be descended from a line of Cherokee Didanvwisgi (Medicine Men). These Didanvwisgi intermarried with a family of Scottish Traditional Witches, whose descendants were also influenced by Aradian Witchcraft and by the beliefs of the Spiritualist Church. In 1979 the Elders of the Correllian Tradition decided that it was a form of “Wicca” using the term as synonymous with “Witchcraft”.

Esoteric Path of Enlightenment tradition broke away from the Correllians in 2012 to form a more eclectic tradition of their own in the North Texas region.

On December 14th, 2014 Cianaodh Óg, Arachne Crowsinger and Sera Freya formally resigned from Esoteric Path of Enlightenment Tradition to become completely autonomous. Arachne Crowsinger went on to found a coven of her own which became Mystic Willow Coven and Cianaodh Óg remains the High Priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones to this day. Sera Freya chose to pursue other studies but remains a founding elder of our tradition with full voting rights. It has been our goal from the beginning to “Forge a new Pagan path!”  and we work diligently every day to do just that. On March 21st, 2015, otherwise known as Mudstara 2015 due to it being a very muddy Ostara Celebration (Haha!) Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition was born as Cianaodh Óg, Arachne Crowsinger and Sera Freya received their metallic cords and crowns from recognized elders of their former tradition.

Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders
Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders
Spirit Of the Sycamore Sigil in pencil.
Spirit Of the Sycamore Sigil in pencil.
Spirit Of the Sycamore Color Sigil
Spirit Of the Sycamore Color Sigil

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