Welcome fellow seekers to this week’s edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and fellow seeker of wisdom.
If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #15.
Guess what?!?!? Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition is scheduled to do the opening ritual at DFW Pagan Unity Fest in September. What’s DFW Pagan Unity Fest you say? Well, I’m glad you asked. Becca Shugart is spearheading a group that hopes to have this new festival in Arlington on Sunday, September 6th but she is still working with potential venues so at this point things are still subject to change until a venue is locked in. There will be vendors, workshops, entertainers and more. If you would like to help or get more info you can contact the organizers via their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/dfwpaganunityfest/timeline
Our tradition hopes to become a sponsor of the event and to staff an information table there as well as provide volunteer services. It is always wonderful to be a part of community events that benefit all Pagans, Heathens, Seekers and the curious. We’re excited to be a part of it!
Alas, once again this week I have not received any contributions from the tribe so I went looking for something I thought was inspirational to share. My search led me to a series of articles on Patheos by John Halstead (The Allergic Pagan) from earlier this year called The Neo-Pagan Mysteries. He says
“Neo-Paganism has multiple centers, including Earth, Deity, and Self. This is the first in an 8-part series that explores Neo-Paganism as a Self-Centric “mystery religion”. This essay was originally published at Neo-Paganism.org.”
In the series he explores the relationship between modern Pagan religions and the ancient mystery religions of our ancestors as well as those of other cultures. The psycho-spiritual journeys some modern Pagans take with their traditions and how they relate to one another and to mystery religions of the past are given a fairly thorough examination I think and I found the read quite thought provoking and refreshing. So, if you have some time and feel like doing some reading. Hop on over and take a look at The Allergic Pagan – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/allergicpagan/2015/01/17/the-neo-pagan-mysteries-part-1-introduction/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always happy to show off the talents of our tribe!
Upcoming Temple Events:
Skate Night – Saturday, June 6th – Temple Of the Standing Stones has no event scheduled this weekend however some of the members of the temple plan to attend Pagan Night Out’s event Skate Night at Arlington Skatium, 5515 South Cooper Street, 76017, TX. Find more details and RSVP here – http://www.meetup.com/DFW-PNO-Pagan-Night-Out/events/222309662/
Temple Lesson – Divination – Saturday, June 13th at 5pm – This will be a make-up event due to the divination night in March which was poorly attended due to icy conditions. We will hope to have some folks on hand to share their personal experiences with various forms of divination. Afterwards we will have a New Moon Ritual.
New Mead Moon Ritual – Saturday, June 13th gathering at 7pm ritual begins at 8pm –
What to bring: (Optional)
Instrument For After Ritual Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services
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