Temple Newsletter #24

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 #23.

What might have been? Have you ever sat and pondered the possibilities of what a different world we might live in today if certain historical events had played out differently? For instance, what might have been if those Europeans who had come to this new world as traders and explorers rather than as conquerors had been in control of the powers of government? What might have been had treaties been honored, the buffalo not slaughtered to starve the natives out, families not broken up and children not sent off to boarding schools and forced to give up their native ways? What if, instead, a council of elders from the tribes and the settlers had negotiated and stuck to agreements by which the land could be lived upon peacefully? What if, rather than one culture replacing another culture a new way was forged in which the cultures could coexist and trade with one another? How would that look today? What would be different in the ways we manage resources, look at things like property ownership and pass laws? Would life be better or worse for the average American? Would we eat healthier, have more leisure time, spend more time with our families, learning languages and the arts? Or would we be fighting with one another? Are we fighting with one another now? It’s something interesting to contemplate and it’s a mental exercise that can be played with nearly any turning point in history. Had we not gone through the dark ages might we have interstellar travel by now? What if the Greeks had invented the steam engine 2000 years before it actually did get invented and sparked the industrial revolution? They almost did ya know. Look up aeolipile, also known as the Hero engine. Where might we be now? Well, that’s difficult to say. If we are apes who are clever enough to unlock the secrets of the atom but twisted enough to use this knowledge to create weapons which can destroy large portions of our livable environment and we have leaders who have convinced themselves that it’s okay to kill millions of people who have a different concept of god than they do then where indeed might we be 100 years from now? Discuss? We have a forum ya know… 😉

The time has come to retire our “From The Tribe” feature from the newsletter. Many, many weeks have passed without anything coming in from “the tribe” and it’s rather pointless to maintain a section that is getting so little use. I think, going forward, I will experiment with putting other items here like local foods that are in season, wild edibles or other features from the natural world around us. Let’s see how that goes.

Why wild edibles? Well, in addition to getting us out in nature, with our hands in the dirt and therefore more in tune with the cycles of life that are abundant around us, not to mention more in tune with the knowledge and ways of our ancestors, wild edibles are packed with vitamins and nutrients which are increasingly becoming depleted in the soils of our modern factory farms. Learning about them can be a great way to supplement your food supply and introduce you to new flavors and textures you might not have ever experienced. Plus, they are generally FREE. What’s not to like about that. Stay tuned for more next week…

Upcoming Temple Events:

TONIGHT – Blue Moon Crafts  – Saturday, July 25th 7pm til 11PMish. Let’s get together and make some tie-dye decor, clothing and groovy black light art for next week’s Hippe Blue Moon and Lammas celebration. It’ll be far out man! This will be at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

What to bring: (Optional)

Plain white t-shirts or other garments to tie dye.
Rubber gloves, aprons, etc.
Camping chair
Snack Item To Share
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

Blue Moon Hippie Lammas/Lughnasadh – Saturday, August 1st, 3pm til 9PM (Ritual to begin at 6PM).

Once in a Blue Moon our temple likes to do something silly and fun for a mirth filled ritual. It just so happens that this Lammas/Lughnasadh falls on a Blue Moon so we’re gonna break out the tie-dyes, bell bottoms, lava lamps and love beads for a groovin’ Hippy Styled Lammas and Blue Moon celebration.

This event will be held at Arlington UU Church at 2001 California, Ln. Arington, TX 76015.

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/

Slán agus beannacht leat,

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

Temple Newsletter #23

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 #22.

Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer
Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer

Arachne Crowsinger and I finally visited Cosmic Crow Collective yesterday as well as Potager Cafe and Potager’s Other Stuff all in the downtown Arlington area while gathering supplies for tonight’s ritual and touching base with our local merchants, artisans and organic food providers. These are all wonderful places and if you haven’t taken the opportunity yet to visit them, do yourself a favor and make the time. You’ll be glad you did! Mistria, who teaches the Tarot classes at Cosmic Crow Collective, was super friendly and helpful. She offered us some free coffee and donuts as she chatted with us about the weekly drum jams and other activities they are hosting there. The shop includes a lovely back patio area, a classroom and lots of neat and quirky novelty items made by local artisans as well as a great selection of magickal supplies. I picked up an automatic writing kit for Temple Mother Em’ and a few other items while there and also acquired some of their cards and flyers to give to anyone who comes to our gatherings.

Afterwards it was off to Potager’s Other Stuff just down the road a bit and around the corner. This is a very nice place to find some Texas made wines and other interesting local crafts, foods and beverages. I tried out a bottle of Butterscotch Beer from Flying Cauldron. Oh my gods! Talk about taking delicious to a whole new level! Arachne picked up some pomegranate kombucha tea and down to Patage Cafe we went to discuss the upcoming ritual over a nice lunch. If you don’t know about Potager Cafe, here’s the deal. They grow their own fresh herbs right outside in front of the place and get all of their ingredients from local farms which they visit regularly to make sure everything is grown organically. There are no menus and no prices. They cook whatever they happen to have available and you get only the sized portions you will eat so no food is wasted. At the end of the meal there are no prices, you pay what you feel the meal was worth (although there are some suggested prices up by the counter if you have trouble deciding on an appropriate amount). It’s a phenomenal concept for a dining establishment and it has served them rather well for a few years now. I have been telling people to go there for quite some time but realized I hadn’t been making the time to go myself. I’m changing that this week. I plan to become a regular patron because I think businesses like these need all the support they can get.

This week there were, unfortunately, no submissions from the tribe for our newsletter. So, I went in search of something to share. Dudes and Dudettes, REALLY?! This is y’alls newsletter, not just mine. Please help me out here. Here, have a nice picture…

How To Win At Life
How To Win At Life

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork, an essay or any 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!

^^^YES! DO THIS PLEASE!!!

Upcoming Temple Events:

TONIGHT – New Blue Moon  – Saturday, July 18th 7pm til 11PM (or so). The blue full moon/ Lammas celebration is going to be hippy style. Maybe the new moon will have some peace and love theme too? Come find out. Music and Dance to follow ritual so please bring your favorite instrument or dance attire. This will be at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

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

Blue Moon Crafts  – Saturday, July 25th 7pm til 11PMish. Let’s get together and make some tie-dye decor, clothing and groovy black light art for next week’s Hippe Blue Moon and Lammas celebration. It’ll be far out man! This will be at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

What to bring: (Optional)

Plain white t-shirts or other garments to tie dye.
Rubber gloves, aprons, etc.
Camping chair
Snack Item To Share
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

Blue Moon Hippie Lammas/Lughnasadh – Saturday, August 1st, 3pm til 9PM (Ritual to begin at 6PM).

Once in a Blue Moon our temple likes to do something silly and fun for a mirth filled ritual. It just so happens that this Lammas/Lughnasadh falls on a Blue Moon so we’re gonna break out the tie-dyes, bell bottoms, lava lamps and love beads for a groovin’ Hippy Styled Lammas and Blue Moon celebration.

This event will be held at Arlington UU Church at 2001 California, Ln. Arington, TX 76015.

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/

May You Never Hunger,

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

Temple Newsletter #22

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 #21.

Goddess Of Peace Engraving
An engraving from The London Magazine, January 1775, showing the Goddess of Peace bringing an olive branch to America and Britannia.

The feeling we have here — remember it, take it home and do some good with it. I’ll leave you with this: Please, be kind.

–Mickey Hart, drummer, Grateful Dead

Being kind. It’s something I have been thinking about more and more these days as people have been squabbling with one another over flags, churches burning down and people being shot by insane, hateful people. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” I’ve seen that credited as a quote from Plato but am not sure of the authenticity of that attribution. Who ever said it though, it’s one of my favorites. We never, really, know what is going on with another human being. Oh, those of us with empathic abilities have a little more grasp perhaps but for the most part, we don’t know another person’s struggles, another person’s reason for making their life choices, what brought another person to have the perspective they have on certain topics. Another popular quote that comes to mind says that we don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another. So, when you’re out there discussing things with one another or debating the merits of your point of view. Please keep in mind the person at the other end of the conversation is a human being too and just because they “currently” hold a different point of view than you do doesn’t make them an idiot or a bad person. Minds don’t get changed by inflaming them with hateful, hurtful words. That only causes people to build up walls and hold even more tightly to their point of view. Minds are changed by showing them a better way or at least why your way might also be viable and have merit.

This week there were, unfortunately, no submissions from the tribe for our newsletter. So, I went in search of something to share. Today, I would like to share Tommy Elf’s post on the same topic of kindness which helped inspire me to write what I said above. In it he says:

So many folks that I talk with – particularly non-Pagans – do not really understand the way my morality works within my life. Mickey Hart’s quote from the closing of the July 5th concert in Chicago with the Grateful Dead sums it up very neatly. There are plenty of other ways to phrase it — Google’s corporate slogan of “Don’t be Evil”, the often mentioned “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” from the Christian Bible (among other places) — but its not the phrasing that matters. Its the actions that are built off of the slogans that matters more. Its how one comports themselves that is the essence of all of this.

Read more at his blog, Footsteps on My Path.

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork, an essay or any 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!

^^^YES! DO THIS PLEASE!!!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Lesson, Energy Working and Psychic Challenges  – TONIGHT! Saturday, July 11th 7pm til 11PM (or so). Temple Mother Em’ introduced us to some fun and interesting psychic challenge games and we’ve had some visitors come in the past to share their knowledge of energy working with the group. Let’s get together and do some more of these exercises. It’s a fun and interesting way for us to discover gifts we might not have even realized we had or to hone and focus ones that we were already aware of. Come give it a try! This will be at Cianaodh‘s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Snack Item To Share
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

New Blue Moon  – Saturday, July 18th 7pm til 11PM (or so). The blue full moon/ Lammas celebration is going to be hippy style. Maybe the new moon will have some peace and love theme too? Come find out. Music and Dance to follow ritual so please bring your favorite instrument or dance attire. This will be at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

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

Blue Moon Crafts  – Saturday, July 25th 7pm til 11PMish. Let’s get together and make some tie-dye decor, clothing and groovy black light art for next week’s Hippe Blue Moon and Lammas celebration. It’ll be far out man! This will be at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

What to bring: (Optional)

Plain white t-shirts or other garments to tie dye.
Rubber gloves, aprons, etc.
Camping chair
Snack Item To Share
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/

May You Never Hunger,

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

Stones Forever Chant

Stones Forever (October ’99)
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
By Ivo Domínguez, Jr. (Panpipe)

Temple Newsletter #21

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 #20.

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Happy 4th of July! As we celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend I would like to reflect upon the religious freedom which our founding fathers pioneered and advocated here as they drew up the documents which would shape our new country. Although there are some who claim that America was only meant for one religion and that others are not welcome, our founding fathers had other ideas. Having already witnessed first hand the tyranny and atrocities which occur when those who wield the powers of the state also hold sway on the powers manifest in religion, the majority of those who were behind the signing of the declaration of independence and the drafting of the constitution wisely chose to separate those powers. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, for example, he spoke of “unalienable rights endowed by our Creator.” He chose fairly generic language which all religious groups of his time could relate to, rather than narrowly Christian language which was frequently used by nations with state churches.

Today, we enjoy a great deal of religious freedom because of these wise men and women who were part of the American Revolution. There are still some battles for rights which some would like to infringe upon but historically, the courts have upheld this freedom for all Americans. Today, let’s celebrate those freedoms and the victories which have recently been won for those who choose to pursue life, liberty and happiness for themselves while not taking that right away from others.

Further Reading: https://www.au.org/resources/publications/is-america-a-christian-nation

This week there were, unfortunately, no submissions from the tribe for our newsletter. So, I went in search of something to share. What I came up with are some quotes I would like to pass on…

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ~ Jim Morrison

When you have power, but it’s waning and you know it, you fight. That’s what we’re seeing here. These folks are fighting the forces of human evolution, but only because evolution is happening. They have always tried to stop progress and they have always failed – indeed, the struggle against change is part of that evolution – without struggling for it, would we treasure that liberty as much? To paraphrase a pablo neruda translation, “you can cut off the flowers but you cannot stop the coming spring.” – Matthew Madjik

Please ponder on those this week and be safe out there while celebrating the holiday.

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork, an essay or any 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!

^^^YES! DO THIS PLEASE!!!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Crafts, Music and Dance and 4th of July Party   – Saturday, July 4th 3PM til Midnight(ish). At Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s home in Venus, TX. If you don’t know where that is, get in touch and let us know you would like to attend. Fireworks are legal there and we plan to set off our share. We’ll give you the address privately. templehp@templeofthestones.org

Lesson, Energy Working and Psychic Challenges  – Saturday, July 11th 7pm til 11PM (or so). Temple Mother Em’ introduced us to some fun and interesting psychic challenge games and we’ve had some visitors come in the past to share their knowledge of energy working with the group. Let’s get together and do some more of these exercises. It’s a fun and interesting way for us to discover gifts we might not have even realized we had or to hone and focus ones that we were already aware of. Come give it a try! This will be at Cianaodh‘s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Snack Item To Share
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

New Blue Moon  – Saturday, July 18th 7pm til 11PM (or so). The blue full moon/ Lammas celebration is going to be hippy style. Maybe the new moon will have some peace and love theme too? Come find out. Music and Dance to follow ritual so please bring your favorite instrument or dance attire. This will be at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

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/

Let Freedom Ring!

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