Temple Newsletter #29

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and just a guy trying not to piss off the gods.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #28.

Mead (Public Domain)
Mead (Public Domain)

In another fine example of ways that our ancestors had it right, modern scientists are now looking at mead, the drink of the gods, as possibly the next great medicine. In this story from Modern Notion, Swedish Scientists, Tobias Olofsson and Alejandra Vasquez are said to have found that a mixture of honey and a lactic acid bacteria which is found in the honey stomach of bees creates a salve which was shown to cure wounds in horses that previously wouldn’t heal. They also say that they’ve seen the lactic acid bacteria kill any human pathogen it encounters, even the pathogens that are antibiotic resistant.

See The Full Article:
http://modernnotion.com/drink-of-the-gods-scientists-think-mead-could-be-the-next-great-medicine/

Have you checked the forum lately? Temple Of the Standing Stones Forum is a repository of topics, discussions and networking with other Pagan minded folks, seekers and others waiting to be discovered and interacted with. Unlike social networking sites in which discussions eventually scroll into the aether, perhaps never to be found again, you can easily locate a discussion that took place months or even years ago on the forum, read through all that has been said and breathe new life into the topic with a fresh post. It is linked to the world wide web so any user on the internet, using any search engine might find your words and respond, maybe years later. In that way, it’s almost like a message in a bottle. Another nice thing about the forum is we have a collection of handy spells, prayers, chants, stories, song lyrics, poetry and more that you can search through to find just what you need. We won’t force you to use your real name either like some sites out there so if you’re in the broom closet, or sort of in the broom closet, you can use a pseudonym and maintain your anonymity. Your privacy is important to us!

Upcoming Temple Events:

TONIGHT Fruit Moon Esbat – Saturday, August 29th, 7pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

Skyclad- Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY. This event will be held at Kynos and Robert’s home in Arlington, Texas.

This event will be hosted in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 7PM, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services

Pagan Unity Fest – Saturday, September 5th, 10am til 6:30pm

Today we will be at Pagan Unity Fest at Arlington UU. 2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX. Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition will be hosting the opening ritual as well as an information table. Some of our members will also be volunteering and vending there. Come on out and see us!

DFW Pagan Unity Fest
DFW Pagan Unity Fest

Today we will be at Pagan Unity Fest at Arlington UU. 2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX. Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition will be hosting the opening ritual as well as an information table. Some of our members will also be volunteering and vending there. Come on out and see us!

Workshops, Vendors, Children’s Activities, Entertainment, Charity Auction and Raffles
This is a free community event
Bring your folding chairs or blankets for workshops and performances

Remember this is an outdoor event, in Texas, in Sept..It’s going to be hot!
Please dress accordingly and stay hydrated! No alcohol is permitted.
Bring your own folding chairs for workshops, performances ect..

Please note….This is a family friendly event..No weapons or firearms of any kind,No illegal substances, No alcohol will be permitted or tolerated on the UU grounds during this event.

We love our fur babies, familiars and service animals and they are welcome at the event(outside only) but remember it will be hot and lots of activity and people, so it may not be a comfortable day for them. While animals are permitted, I strongly advise to only bring them if NECESSARY. They need to be on a leash at all times, The UU grounds are home to cats and other wild life. That fact needs to be respected, we don’t want them chased or made to feel threatened.. And as always Please pick up after your fur baby..

How can you help?
Volunteer!!
Or donate ice, bottled water, canopy tents

sponsor opportunities available

Vendor spots are sold out

Food vendors
The Lunch Box
Kona Ice

Our Sponsors
Tiger Paw Creations
GreenMan Studios
Grove And Grotto
SoulStones
Maiden Mother Doula
Hearth Wisdom Store

Guest Speakers:
Ed Fitch
Aranon C’ean

Opening Ritual
Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition

Main Ritual
Amethyst Dragon

Healing Ritual
Circle of the Elders

Closing Ritual
Sumerian Gatherings

Entertainment:

Chelsey Danielle
Daisy Windsong
Daniel KatsüK
Daryl Sprout
Belly Dance Performance Ann Rodriguez
Belly Dance Performance by
Layla Jameela Dahlal

Vendors:

Vendor set up starts at 8:00 am not before..No early birds please..We need to be there to direct set up….Vendors please pull into the the UU,someone will direct you where to unload, then move your vehicle to the school parking lot, then you can come back and begin set up. .We will have helpers at registration to watch your things while you park, then help you get your things to your vending spot as quickly as possible..
Vendors are responsible for own EZ ups tables chairs ect..

Arlington UU
Maypole Connections
Nature’s Way
Cosmic Crow Collective
Dreaming Priestess Creations
Amethyst Dragon
Pagan Provisions By Circle Of The Elders
Korinas’ Treasures
Spiral Harvest
Green Mountain Energy
Dallas Hypnosis Works
DFW Norml
The Crafty Piano Teacher
Just A Rat Rescue And Sanctuary
Jessicas’ Charms
Sacred Space Artistry
Peace Family Designs
Inner Light Artistry
Earth Spirit People
Youthful love designs
Groovy Goods
Venus 6 Gallery
Nocturnal Infusion Dreads
LadyBug Cottage
Magnetic Enchanments
Moonbeams Midwifery
Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition
Captain Ann Originals
Earth Rising
Cybies Originals
Stacys’ Henna Creations
COG

All vendor sales are final

New Barley Moon Ritual – Saturday, September 12th, 5pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

This event will be hosted at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 7PM, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

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 or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist 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 the road rise to meet you,

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

Temple Newsletter #28

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and fellow wandering spirit upon the lands.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #27.

Have you heard of Bishnoism? Bishnoi are a socio-religious group found in the Western Thar Desert of India, the desert overlaps areas of Punjab, and Sindh in Pakistan. The name is derived from bis (twenty) and nai (nine) i.e. followers of 29 principles given by Guru Jambheshwar. Guru Jambheshwar gave the message to protect trees and wildlife around 540 years ago, prophesying that harming the environment means harming yourself. He formulated twenty nine tenets. The tenets were not only tailored to conserve bio-diversity of the area but also ensured a healthy eco-friendly social life for the community. Similar to Jainism, people from various communities like Rajputs, Agarwals, Jats and many others follow Bishnoism.

They are quite an interesting group who are worth learning about and from. Find out more about them here:

http://www.bishnoism.com/thefirst.php

In 1969 there was a Hippie Tree House Village in Hawaii called Taylor Camp which photographer John Wehrheim says was not a commune and had no rules. In this feature shoot article he takes us back to that time and place with a series of photographs and stories about life at Taylor Camp. Most of these pictures feature nudity so be aware in case you are at work or are otherwise in a sensitive place before clicking the link.

http://www.featureshoot.com/2015/06/a-look-at-life-inside-a-1969-hippie-tree-house-village-in-hawaii-nsfw/

Conflict is a part of life. We have to deal with disagreements and sometimes disagreeable people all the time because we are all individuals with our own opinions, influences and life experiences. How we deal with these situations holds the key to how successful we will be as clergy, as organizers, as parents, or just as people trying to get along in the world. Author, speaker and former English professor, cop and martial arts master Dr. George Thompson wrote a book in the early nineties about his experiences in life and how he developed the Verbal Judo technique, the art of gentle persuasion. Eventually he was invited to speak to police departments, business schools and other organizations and share his knowledge with others. It is well worth learning about if you too, would like to become more successful in using your words in a more persuasive way when dealing with disagreements. Check out this video of him speaking at the Columbia School of Business two years before he passed over to the next realm.

https://youtu.be/btBw70HAys4

Upcoming Temple Events:

Fruit Moon Esbat – Saturday, August 29th, 7pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

Skyclad- Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY. This event will be held at Kynos and Robert’s home in Arlington, Texas.

This event will be hosted at Robert and Kynos’ home in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 7PM, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services

Pagan Unity Fest – Saturday, September 5th, 10am til 6:30pm

Today we will be at Pagan Unity Fest at Arlington UU. 2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX. Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition will be hosting the opening ritual as well as an information table. Some of our members will also be volunteering and vending there. Come on out and see us!

DFW Pagan Unity Fest
DFW Pagan Unity Fest

Today we will be at Pagan Unity Fest at Arlington UU. 2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX. Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition will be hosting the opening ritual as well as an information table. Some of our members will also be volunteering and vending there. Come on out and see us!

Workshops, Vendors, Children’s Activities, Entertainment, Charity Auction and Raffles
This is a free community event
Bring your folding chairs or blankets for workshops and performances

Remember this is an outdoor event, in Texas, in Sept..It’s going to be hot!
Please dress accordingly and stay hydrated! No alcohol is permitted.
Bring your own folding chairs for workshops, performances ect..

Please note….This is a family friendly event..No weapons or firearms of any kind,No illegal substances, No alcohol will be permitted or tolerated on the UU grounds during this event.

We love our fur babies, familiars and service animals and they are welcome at the event(outside only) but remember it will be hot and lots of activity and people, so it may not be a comfortable day for them. While animals are permitted, I strongly advise to only bring them if NECESSARY. They need to be on a leash at all times, The UU grounds are home to cats and other wild life. That fact needs to be respected, we don’t want them chased or made to feel threatened.. And as always Please pick up after your fur baby..

How can you help?
Volunteer!!
Or donate ice, bottled water, canopy tents

sponsor opportunities available

Vendor spots are sold out

Food vendors
The Lunch Box
Kona Ice

Our Sponsors
Tiger Paw Creations
GreenMan Studios
Grove And Grotto
SoulStones
Maiden Mother Doula
Hearth Wisdom Store

Guest Speakers:
Ed Fitch
Aranon C’ean

Opening Ritual
Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition

Main Ritual
Amethyst Dragon

Healing Ritual
Circle of the Elders

Closing Ritual
Sumerian Gatherings

Entertainment:

Chelsey Danielle
Daisy Windsong
Daniel KatsüK
Daryl Sprout
Belly Dance Performance Ann Rodriguez
Belly Dance Performance by
Layla Jameela Dahlal

Vendors:

Vendor set up starts at 8:00 am not before..No early birds please..We need to be there to direct set up….Vendors please pull into the the UU,someone will direct you where to unload, then move your vehicle to the school parking lot, then you can come back and begin set up. .We will have helpers at registration to watch your things while you park, then help you get your things to your vending spot as quickly as possible..
Vendors are responsible for own EZ ups tables chairs ect..

Arlington UU
Maypole Connections
Nature’s Way
Cosmic Crow Collective
Dreaming Priestess Creations
Amethyst Dragon
Pagan Provisions By Circle Of The Elders
Korinas’ Treasures
Spiral Harvest
Green Mountain Energy
Dallas Hypnosis Works
DFW Norml
The Crafty Piano Teacher
Just A Rat Rescue And Sanctuary
Jessicas’ Charms
Sacred Space Artistry
Peace Family Designs
Inner Light Artistry
Earth Spirit People
Youthful love designs
Groovy Goods
Venus 6 Gallery
Nocturnal Infusion Dreads
LadyBug Cottage
Magnetic Enchanments
Moonbeams Midwifery
Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition
Captain Ann Originals
Earth Rising
Cybies Originals
Stacys’ Henna Creations
COG

All vendor sales are final

New Barley Moon Ritual – Saturday, September 12th, 5pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

This event will be hosted at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 7PM, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

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 or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist 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/

Aloha (In honor of the Hawaiian Village piece),

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

Temple Newsletter #27

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and just another guy trying to figure out this thing we call life.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #26.

Peace Bread For Lammas - Made by Arachne Crowsinger
Peace Bread For Lammas – Made by Arachne Crowsinger

On August 1st Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition came together for a fun filled Blue Moon Hippie Lammas/Lughnasadh celebration. We were decked out in our newly made tie-dyed shirts, skirts and other wearables. Our sisters and brothers wore peace signs, love beads and other hippiefied accouterments and we set up the ritual space while great tunes from the sixties and seventies played. It was a groovin’ good time and we really enjoyed the afternoon of peace, love and togetherness at Arlington UU Church on California Lane. Later that evening some of us headed up to Groovy Goods for their Woodstock themed Drum Jam with a brief detour at Cici’s to feed our faces with some delicious pizza. Wahya was our High Priestess for the ritual and everyone I spoke with seemed very happy with the energy and overall experience of the Hippie Blue Moon celebration.  I wonder what theme we might decide on for the next Blue Moon? There are several fun ideas we’ve thrown around. A chocolate ritual? Redneck themed? Maybe something from the movies? There is plenty of time to decide but whatever we do I am sure it will be fun and delightful. 🙂

Hey! Anyone up for trying a traditional Scottish Shortbread recipe for our next gathering? Elfkat from Adventures and Musings of an Archdruidess shared this one recently and it sounds rather tasty:

 

For anyone’s holiday pleasure that wants to make it, here is my great-grandfather’s Scottish Shortbread recipe.

1 lb of flour, preferably unbleached, this equals 4 cups

1 lb of butter and don’t you dare use margarine! That would be a crime!

¼ lb of brown sugar but I cheat and use a loosely packed cup which is more than a ¼ lb.

Cut a large rectangle of brown paper out of a paper bag and put it aside.

Combine all 3 ingredients by hand, no cheating with a mixer! Until it is a smooth, well mixed ball of dough.  

Pat out flat on the brown paper about ½ inch thick. Prick with fork to break apart later or don’t and just break it into bits when done.

Place in 350 degree oven for around 15 minutes or until light tan. Do not slip a pan underneath. Just put the paper in the oven. The grease from the butter will prevent the paper from burning.  

Remove from oven. Let cool a bit and serve with a nice cup of tea. I prefer Twining’s Prince of Wales.  

Our great- grandfather was a professional baker and all our family bakes. So this is required for holidays.

Check out the original post here:

https://elfkat.wordpress.com/2005/12/14/grandpa-cummings-scottish-shortbread-recipe/ 

Have you heard about the Fall Equinox Candle Lighting Gathering? It’s an online event that you can participate in where ever you happen to be. Basically, the goal is for all who are participating to light a candle right at the Equinox. On the Facebook Event page for the gathering you may find a link to determine when the equinox takes place in your area. RSVP here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/853220024767420/

Upcoming Temple Events:

TONIGHT New Fruit Moon Ritual – Saturday, August 15th, 7pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

This event will be hosted at Robert and Kynos’ home in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 7PM, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

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 or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services

CANCELLED – Saturday, August 22d.

This event has been cancelled to allow people who need to take care of back to school preparations (for those whose children are publicly schooled) and those who need to get things ready for Pagan Unity Fest on September 5th to have more time to do so.

Fruit Moon Esbat – Saturday, August 29th, 7pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

Skyclad- Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY. This event will be held at Kynos and Robert’s home in Arlington, Texas.

This event will be hosted at Robert and Kynos’ home in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 7PM, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist 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 The Kindred Bless You,

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

Temple Newsletter #26

Welcome fellow seekers to this 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 #25.

I received the following information from Judy Watkins about a brand new event coming to the area and she asked us to pass the word along…

The Labyrinth Walk Psychic and Holistic Fair is having its debut event. The inaugural event is on August 16 from 3 to 6 pm. It will repeat on the 3rd Sunday of every month through December. The fair is presented by Labyrinth Walk Coffee House (LWCH) and hosted UU Church of Oak Cliff at 3839 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas, 75233. Admission is free; $20 per 15 minute session; some participants require a double session.
There will be a variety to chose from: Angel Drawings; Chair Massage; Chakra Healing; DNA Theta Healing®; Energy Healing; Mediumship; Psychic Readings; Reflexology; Reiki; Shamanic Healing; Stone Readings; Tarot Card Readings; Tea Readings; and vendors.

If anyone makes it out to the inaugural event on the 16th please drop me a line and let me know what you think. Also, Local Harvest sent out an email recently about Lavender Season I thought I would share:

We have been watching the progress of this year’s lavender harvest and are happy to report that it has arrived! Many of you must have been keeping an eye out too, because our farmers’ fresh lavender bundles are selling well already. The word is that it’s a beautiful and abundant crop this year.

Lavender is a flower that prompts a lot of enthusiasm among those who love its scent. Our customers adore the fragrant beauty of bunches of fresh lavender, and rave over the dried lavender bundles that hold their fragrance all year. Personally, I rarely travel without a bottle of lavender oil. I love it for it’s calming scent and disinfectant properties. LocalHarvest farmers also offer also carry culinary lavender, sachets, and dried buds, which make a lovely wedding toss! This year we’re offering over 100 lavender products.

With best wishes for a beautiful, bountiful summer,

Erin Barnett
Director
LocalHarvest.org

If you don’t currently use Local Harvest, I highly recommend it. It’s a great place to find out about Farmers’ Markets, Co-Ops and other local food providers and events in your area.

Passion Vine

Passion Flower photo by Clinton andPassion Flower photo by Clinton and Charles Robertson. Licensed CC. Charles Robertson. Licensed CC.
Passion Flower photo by Clinton and Charles Robertson. Licensed CC.

Did you know that those Passion Vines that are growing all over my back yard are edible? Indeed! They are a source of Vitamin A and Niacin and you can use the ripe Maypop fruits which they produce (if they are properly pollinated) to make preserves or just eat them raw. You’ll know the fruit is ready for eating when it turns a yellowy orange color. The inside of the ripe fruit has a lot of seeds surrounded by a clear goo that kind of looks like snot. Not very appetizing, I know, but it’s actually rather tasty (the maypop goo, not the snot) and worthwhile. Just suck the goo off the seeds kind of like you would with a pomegranate. The leaves can be dried and steeped in boiled water to make a nice tea which contains alkaloids and has a sedative effect.

Learn more about this wonderful vine and see more pictures of it at the great Merriwether’s Foraging Texas site: http://www.foragingtexas.com/2006/08/passion-vinemaypop.html

As always, if you ever have anything that YOU would like to see included in the weekly newsletter, I am always happy to receive submissions from the tribe. Please send it in to templehp@templeofthestones.org with the subject Temple Newsletter and I will be sure to include it and credit you for it. Thank you!

Upcoming Temple Events:

TODAY – Living In Harmony With Nature – Saturday, August 8th, 7pm til 11:45PM

Today’s class will be a discussion on things pertaining to living a more self sufficient lifestyle and how this helps you to not only become more in tune with nature and the ways of our ancestors but can also allow you more freedom and save you money. Come see what we have to say!

This event will be held at Cianaodh’s Home in Arlington, TX 76014. Address given to registered guests ONLY.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Snack Item For Sharing
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or A Sponsored Family In Need
Cash Donations for Cancer Care Services

New Fruit Moon Ritual – Saturday, August 15th, 7pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

This event will be hosted at Robert and Kynos’ home in Arlington, Texas. Address given to registered guests ONLY.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Instrument For Music and Dance After Ritual
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or A Sponsored Family In Need
Cash Donations for Cancer Care Services

CANCELLED – Saturday, August 22nd.

This event has been cancelled to allow people who need to take care of back to school preparations (for those whose children are publicly schooled) and those who need to get things ready for Pagan Unity Fest on September 5th to have more time to do so.

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 #25

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 #24.

Where did hippies come from? The hippie subculture started predominantly as a movement of the younger generation here in America in the early sixties and then caught on around the world. Some say it’s ideals can be traced to European social movements of the 19th and early 20th century such as Bohemians, as well as influences from Eastern religions and spirituality. Beginning sometime around 1967, its fundamental ethos — including harmony with nature, communal living, artistic experimentation and expression, particularly in music and common use of recreational drugs spread around the world during the counterculture of the sixties. There are a lot of parallels between the rise of modern Paganism and the hippie subculture. We share many of the same ideals and draw inspiration from similar sources. So, to this day we see a lot of crossover between our communities. This afternoon and evening we will be celebrating our Lammas at Arlington UU church with a Hippie theme because this year it coincides with a Blue Moon which is a time that our tradition likes to get a little more silly and mirthful than usual. We typically pick a theme of some sort and run with it. So, we thought a hippie theme would be a lot of fun for all involved. Come on out and join us!

Creeping Cucumbers Anyone? I have some of this wonderful wild edible growing in my yard and have often plucked the miniature watermelon looking fruits off and snacked on them while working in the yard. They are small (about the size of grapes) but delicious. Kind of like cucumbers with a hint of tanginess to them.  They are a good source of carbohydrates and protein plus they are juicy and therefore are helpful in keeping you hydrated.

Creeping Cucumber photo by Bob Peterson. Licensed CC BY-SA 2.0
Creeping Cucumber photo by Bob Peterson. Licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

But whatever you do ONLY EAT THE GREEN ONES. Once they ripen and turn purple or in some cases black, they become what some have described as the mother of all laxatives. So, unless you want to have an explosive purging of the bowels, stick to green and only green. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉

Ripened fruit of Creeping Cucumber. DO NOT EAT! Photo by Dick Culbert. Licensed CC BY 2.0
Ripened fruit of Creeping Cucumber. DO NOT EAT! Photo by Dick Culbert. Licensed CC BY 2.0

Ready to learn a little something about ancient writing? Why you might ask? Because, learning something new (or old) is good for you and besides, it’s nice to be able to decipher something that some archaeologist somewhere has recently dug up for yourself. In that vein, let’s take a look at some Ogham vowels. What in the name of Dagda’s club is Ogham ya say? Well, I’m glad you asked. Legendary accounts say that the Ogham script was brought to ancient Ireland by the son of Dagda and Danu actually. Ogma is the ancient Irish god of eloquence and learning. He is said to have been skilled in speech and poetry so created this system of writing for the learned. Whether you believe the legend to be true or simply myth the word Ogham itself does refer to the god Ogma and some of the most ancient writings in the old Irish language are written in it. So anyway, about these vowels. You’ll notice in the picture below that there are some of the common vowels we are familiar with in our modern English language A, O, U, E and I. What do you mean that’s not the order you’re used to hearing them in? 😉 Also, there is no letter Y in the ancient Irish language by the way.

Ogham Vowels
Ogham Vowels

But what’s with those double vowels on the right side? Those are called forfeda or supplementary letters and really, other than the first one ébad, there aren’t very many examples of them being used in inscriptions. As the language evolved these forfeda were replaced with dipthongs and a new letter, a soft B, to replace the letter for P. Notice that all of the regular vowels are simply one line with either one, two, three, four or five lines striking all the way through either vertically or horizontally (as Ogham can be written either way). This is an easy way to identify vowels from consonants as all of the consonants will either have lines on one side or the other of the main line or the lines will pass through at an angle. For the most part, this is the format in Ogham writing though. The letters will have from 1 to 5 lines in conjunction with a primary line. Most of the Ogham letters are associated with trees for use in divinatory and magickal workings. We might talk about that further in a future entry but for now. Chew on this bit of Ogham lore and enjoy it’s hearty flavor. 🙂

While we’re on the subject of archaic writings, did you hear that The Vatican Library has recently put 4000 ancient manuscripts online for free? The collection contains books, writings, drawings and other items from before 1500 C.E. including documents from noted scientists and artists such as Galileo and Michelangelo. So, if you like digging through archives of ancient knowledge, this might be an interesting place to do some research. Find out more here: http://www.theeventchronicle.com/study/vatican-library-puts-4000-ancient-manuscripts-available-online-free/

Another tidbit, I happened upon a conversation taking place between John Beckett and Edward Butler online in which they were discussing the nature of the universe and whether the universe operated according to a plan like an object or whether it behaved like a living being. When Mr. Beckett asked Mr. Butler to elaborate on his ideas regarding this Mr. Butler explained it this way:

“We build a house according to a plan, and we could build multiple houses from the same plan which would differ only in their “matter”. This reflects the fact that building a house is done for certain purposes, and the goodness of the house will follow from how well it satisfies those ends. A living thing, by contrast, serves no purpose other than being itself and attempting to sustain itself and flourish. The universe is much more akin to the latter than the former. Hence Plato in the Timaeus states that the model (paradeigma) for the cosmos is “Animal  Itself”, that is, “animality”, the way of being of an animal. So its “plan” is just to live like an animal lives, and all the animals that make it up.” – Edward Butler

Anyway, I found that very interesting and well worthy of sharing as well as pondering over.

As always, if you ever have anything that YOU would like to see included in the weekly newsletter, I am always happy to receive submissions from the tribe. Please send it in to templehp@templeofthestones.org with the subject Temple Newsletter and I will be sure to include it and credit you for it. Thank you!

Upcoming Temple Events:

TODAY 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 Music and Dance at Groovy Goods (Woodstock Drum Jam)
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

Living In Harmony With Nature – Saturday, August 8th, 7pm til 11:45PM

Today’s class will be a discussion on things pertaining to living a more self sufficient lifestyle and how this helps you to not only become more in tune with nature and the ways of our ancestors but can also allow you more freedom and save you money. Come see what we have to say!

This event will be held at Cianaodh’s Home in Arlington, TX 76014. Address given to registered guests ONLY.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Snack Item For Sharing
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or A Sponsored Family In Need
Cash Donations for Cancer Care Services

New Fruit Moon Ritual – Saturday, August 15th, 7pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

This event will be hosted at Robert and Kynos’ home in Arlington, Texas. Address given to registered guests ONLY.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Instrument For Music and Dance After Ritual
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or A Sponsored Family In Need
Cash 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