Temple Newsletter #16

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 templehp@templeofthestones.org. I’m always happy to show off the talents of our tribe!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Strawberry Moon Esbat   – Saturday, May 30th gathering at 7pm and ritual begins at 8pm. Initiated Spirit Of the Sycamore clergy, spouses and candidates only.

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 –

There will be a pre-ritual practice run with the kids to help them familiarize with the elements of ritual and proper etiquette during ritual.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
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

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 #15

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 #14.

Let’s help one another! One initiative our temple has been working on, (in fits and starts) is collecting food donations for North Texas Food Bank. We started out with the idea of having a food donation bin available at all of our gatherings and asking anyone who attends to please bring an item or two to throw into the bin. When it gets full we will take it to one of NTFB’s partner agencies nearby (Probably Azar Foundation at 2002 Mayfield Villa Drive Arlington, TX 76014 1-888-601-5580). Unfortunately, I haven’t been as diligent about making sure we have our donation collection bin on hand and promoting that fact at our events but that is changing now so please, if you can help here is a list of items the food bank could really use based on nutritional value and ease of storage:

Soup, Stew or Chili, Low-Sodium
Canned Vegetables, Low-Sodium
Beans, Canned or Dried
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Fruit, Canned in Juice or Dried
Peanut or Almond Butter
Reduced Sugar Pudding Cups
100% Whole Fruit Rolls
Whole Grain Crackers and Granola Bars
Lightly Salted Trail Mix
Brown Rice
*Please no glass containers

– See more at: http://web.ntfb.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=326#sthash.FnzgSSrE.dpuf

We also are taking donations for Cancer Care Services of Fort Worth. A representative volunteer from their organization came out and talked to us at one of our gatherings about items they can use or if making a monetary donation we have literature on how it will be put to good use. Please ask us about that and we will be sure to make it available to you.

http://www.cancercareservices.org/volunteer/

Recently, we learned of a few families in Texas and Arkansas who have volunteered in the past on behalf of Pagan organizations but now are on hard times and could use a helping hand. These families have been dealing with hunger and not being able to put food on their tables. A local member of the Pagan community is seeking volunteers who will purchase gift cards for Walmart and/or Brookshire’s to send directly to these families in need. If you would like to help I have their contact info available and can email it to you. Get in touch at templehp@templeofthestones.org please.

Unfortunately, this week I have not received any contributions from the tribe so I went to our forum to look for some things our members have posted which might be of interest. There I found an interesting topic on the Languages, Writings and Symbols board in which Kennocha has been sharing some knowledge of the Sanskrit language. One article she shared with us came from The Smart Witch.  She says:

I also found this little gem of sanskrit/hindu knowledge on The Smart Witch’s facebook page.

Bindu Symbol

Bindu is a Sanskrit word meaning “point” or “dot.” The feminine-gender ending is bindi, and refers to a small ornamental, devotional and mystical dot applied to the forehead in Hinduism.

In metaphysics, Bindu is considered the point at which creation begins and may become unity. It is also described as “the sacred symbol of the cosmos in its unmanifested state.” Bindu is the point around which the mandala is created, representing the universe.

In the Yoga Chudamani Upanishad Bindu is a duality, with a white Bindu representing shukla and a red Bindu representing maharaj. The white Bindu is related to Shiva and the Moon, while the red Bindu is related to Shakti and the Sun.

In yoga, the union of these two parts results in the ascension of kundalini to the sahasrara.

Notes:
Shukla – sperm
Maharaj – menses
Kundalini – in yogic philosophy, a form of feminine shakti or “corporeal energy”
Sahasrara – the seventh primary chakra, according to Hindu tradition.

http://www.thesmartwitch.com/

There is also a post there with more Sanskrit words and their meanings. Won’t you drop by the forum this week and check it out? http://templeofthestones.org/forum/

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:

Music and Dance Night   – Firday, May 22nd gather at 5pm, begin at 6pm at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington. Even if you’ve never played an instrument or belly danced before come on and lend your energy to the circle. We usually start with a lesson or two so everyone can join in on the fun then we let the jam and dancing begin.

Crafts   – Saturday, May 23rd from 2pm to 5:30pm Many of us gathered pieces of wood that called to us while camping at Tanglewood so let’s get together and make some staves, wands and other crafty things with them. This will be at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington too. Contact us for the address if you don’t have it and you’re definitely planning to attend.

Tuatha Dea in Dallas   – Friday, May 29th from 8pm to 2:00am Come rock the house with our favorite Pagan Celtic Gypsy Rock band from Tennessee at RBC 2617 Commerce St
Dallas, Texas 75226.

Strawberry Moon Esbat   – Saturday, May 30th gathering at 7pm and ritual begins at 8pm. Initiated Spirit Of the Sycamore clergy, spouses and candidates only.

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 #14

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 #13.

What a week it has been y’all! Does anyone else hear bells ringing? I keep hearing them for some reason and it’s usually an omen that our tribe is growing. Hmmmm, I wonder what that might be all about?

We’ve rolled out some new changes on the forum. Now you may either register with one of your social networks if you don’t have an account already or you may add one or more to your forum profile. What’s the advantage of that? No more having to remember your password. If you forget it or are on another device you can still log in to the forum using your Facebook account or other social media account. Nice eh? Go try it out!

This weeks contribution from the tribe comes from our temple mother Em’ who is an independent artist and owner of Primal Aspects Art Studio. This is a sketch piece entitled ‘Jazz Fairy’.

Jazz Fairy by Emily Dewbre-Young
Jazz Fairy by Emily Dewbre-Young

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:
New Strawberry Moon   – Saturday, May 16th we will be at Wayha and Ta’li Seabhac’s house in Venus. We’ll be gathering in at 7pm and starting ritual at 8pm as usual. Our New Moons are open to guests and are robed for those who have ritual robes or casual attire if you prefer.It’s a great opportunity to witness a Pagan ritual if you’ve never seen one and we don’t mind answering questions from open minded and considerate folks. Email templehp@templeofthestones.org for more info.

Music and Dance Night   – Firday, May 22nd gather at 5pm, begin at 6pm at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington. Even if you’ve never played an instrument or belly danced before come on and lend your energy to the circle. We usually start with a lesson or two so everyone can join in on the fun then we let the jam and dancing begin.

Crafts   – Saturday, May 23rd from 2pm to 5:30pm Many of us gathered pieces of wood that called to us while camping at Tanglewood so let’s get together and make some staves, wands and other crafty things with them. This will be at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington too. Contact us for the address if you don’t have it and you’re definitely planning to attend.

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 #13

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 wanderer of many paths.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #12.

Ah, lucky number 13! Has it really been 13 weeks since we started publishing our weekly newsletter? My how time flies! So, yes, we did indeed spend a wonderful weekend at Tanglewood Forest last weekend and a fabulous time was had by most if not all who attended.

Maypole Dance Beltane 2015
Maypole Dance Beltane 2015

We danced the maypole, we held workshops, we had 4 rituals, we laughed, we sang, we had our bodies painted and played under black lights at night, we built fires and we left no trace on the land as we departed other than the offerings to the kindred and spirits of the land. The event was such a huge success we are kicking around the idea of getting other traditions to join us, inviting vendors and doing it up even bigger for Samhain and other future events. Keep in touch with us if this is an idea that interests you. Tanglewood is just a little over an hour drive from the DFW area. It’s a smidgen (like that word? I do. ) southwest of Corsicana. The owners charge a very reasonable fee for camping on the site for the weekend and are super Pagan friendly.

This week’s contribution from the tribe comes from our forum and was written by Gwilym The Bard who is now a member of the Sumerian Tradition but still a brother to us in many ways. It’s called, appropriately enough, Beltane.

Beltane
I feel the warmth coming as the wheel turns,
I inhale deep and smell you from a distance as I give out a snort.
I see all things blossom and renewing themselves,
come to me my Lady, for I’m your chosen Consort.
I can feel the life that you bring,
a thirst that Ive longed for.
Feel the love and fiery passion that I have for you,
for its with our consummation that all things bring forth.
We will be as one like it was in the beginning,
like the depths of the Cauldron is churn.
Like the Spiral Dance,
And the wheel will continue to turn.

Gwilym

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:

We’re Taking A Weekend Off!   – Saturday, May 9th and Sunday May 10th. After Beltane we decided it might be good to take a breather so we can all get some much needed rest and catch up on projects at our homes. But we’ll be back at it next week so stay in touch.

New Rose Moon   – Saturday, May 16th we will be at Wayha and Ta’li Seabhac’s house in Venus. We’ll be gathering in at 7pm and starting ritual at 8pm as usual. Our New Moons are open to guests and are robed for those who have ritual robes or casual attire if you prefer.It’s a great opportunity to witness a Pagan ritual if you’ve never seen one and we don’t mind answering questions from open minded and considerate folks. Email templehp@templeofthestones.org for more info.

Music and Dance Night   – Firday, May 22nd gather at 5pm, begin at 6pm at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington. Even if you’ve never played an instrument or belly danced before come on and lend your energy to the circle. We usually start with a lesson or two so everyone can join in on the fun then we let the jam and dancing begin.

Crafts   – Saturday, May 23rd from 2pm to 5:30pm Many of us gathered pieces of wood that called to us while camping at Tanglewood so let’s get together and make some staves, wands and other crafty things with them. This will be at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington too. Contact us for the address if you don’t have it and you’re definitely planning to attend.

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 #12

Welcome fellow seekers to this week’s early edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and dude who is looking forward to getting out into da woods with my tribe!

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #11.

Two Trees by Emily Dewbre-Young
Two Trees by Emily Dewbre-Young

“We too can begin a new life, one that brings satisfaction and enrichment, whether this is by singing, dancing, running through the waves, walking barefoot on the grass or making love under the stars. Perhaps your dreams are greater than this, or perhaps more conservative, but whatever they are, Beltane is a wonderful time for expressing who you truly are.”
Carole Carlton, Mrs Darley’s Pagan Whispers: A Celebration of Pagan Festivals, Sacred Days, Spirituality and Traditions of the Year. Carole Carlton

 

The celebration of Beltane is one of the most important festivals among followers of Pagan religious traditions. It’s origins are found among the Celtic people of Western Europe and the British Isles, most particularly Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It has been postulated that the name comes from the Irish language in which bel which probably means shining or brilliant and is also a name for a Celtic god of the sun (Belenus) and the word tene which means fire. In other countries the festival has been known by other names; Bealtunn in Scotland, Shenn do Boaldyn on the Isle of Mann and Galan Mae in Wales. To the ancestral Celts it symbolized the coming of spring just as it does for modern pagans today. It was the is the time of year when crops begin to sprout, the animals bear new young life and people can usually get out of their houses where they’ve been cooped up in the wintertime. Traditionally, this day is celebrated with fire. The most ancient historical accounts tell us that  people would extinguish all their hearth fires throughout the country and then relight them from the “need fires” lit by the druids. In many places, the livestock would be driven between two great bonfires to protect them from disease during the coming year.

Maypoles are also associated with bringing in the May at this festival. It is a phallic symbol, and as such represents fertility to those participanting in the festival. In it’s origins the revelers would go into the woods and cut a tree to bring into town and it would be decorated with flowers and greenery. Then the townfolk would dance around it deosil (clockwise or “sun-wise”) to bring fertility and good luck. The ribbons which we associate with the maypole today weren’t added until later but modern Pagans love to dance the maypole with ribbons around which are woven around the pole as the dance is done.

Have a wonderful Beltane!

– Cianaodh

This week, instead of a contribution from the tribe I would like to share with you a chant we will be using this weekend at our Beltane festival. It’s called ‘Stones Forever ‘ and it was written in October of 1999 by a man named Ivo Domínguez, Jr. (Panpipe).

Here We Stand And Reach Up To The Heavens
Here We Stand And Reach Down To The Earth
Here The Stones And The People Stand Together
To Heal And Grow. To Heal And Grow

Here We Stand And Reach Up To The Heavens
Here We Stand And Reach Down To The Earth
Here The Stones And The People Stand Forever
So Mote It Be. So Mote It Be

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:

Beltane Weekend at Tanglewood   – Friday, May 1st to Sunday May 3rd. Camping and fun for members and guests of Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition. Contact us for more details.

Music and Dancing Night   – Friday, May 8th. Gather at 7pm, start at 8pm at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s house in Venus. This will be the first of our new 2nd and 4th Friday of each month get togethers for music and dancing. Already know how to play an instrument or dance? Come on over and join the fun! Haven’t yet explored these talents? We’ll teach ya some easy stuff to get started with! Address will be given to registered guests. Please use Contact form for more info.

We’re Taking A Weekend Off!   – Saturday, May 9th and Sunday May 10th. After Beltane we decided it might be good to take a breather so we can all get some much needed rest and catch up on projects at our homes. But we’ll be back at it next week so stay

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