Temple Newsletter #33

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and pondering wanderer on an old, old path in the woods.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #32.

Good Words!
Good Words!

The Autumn Equinox officially came upon us this past Wednesday at 3:22 AM here in Texas and Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition will be celebrating Mabon at Arlington UU Church this afternoon. Although most of us are somewhat insulated from the harvest season in this modern age compared to our agrarian ancestors we can still appreciate the many things which this time of year brings into our lives (Yes, Pumpkin Spice flavored everything. Haha!) and what we may be harvesting symbolically as a result of seeds we planted earlier this year in our lives. We can appreciate the work done by those who are harvesting in the fields to bring us the fine grains and produce of the land at our local farmer’s markets, bakeries and stores. We can see the weather becoming a bit cooler than it was during the blistering summer months and the leaves will soon begin dropping on some of the trees here locally in the coming weeks perhaps. We are inching closer and closer to a favorite Sabbat of modern Pagan minded folks too. SAMHAIN!

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We are excited enough that we have already begun bringing out the decorations in our household as you can see. 🙂

What about allergies though? If you’re like me, this time of year can also bring some allergies from dust (some of it from those decorations we’ve been bringing out), mold, fungus and other things that get into the air as the seasons change. How can you arm yourself against these maladies? Well, local honey is one good remedy and usually you can find some at your nearby farmer’s market. Some herbal measures worth considering too are:

Echinacea – Also known as purple coneflower this herb has been used for centuries to boost and balance the immune system. It helps with drainage which leads to the elimination of toxins, and can also work to prevent potential infections. Purple coneflower may be found in the wild in several mid-western states, including Texas, and it can be easily grown in flower beds, where it will bloom in summer and fall. The roots are especially beneficial. Also, you can get some from a local supplier in capsule form or to use as a tincture. Years To Your Health is a fine example of a local store in Irving that carries it.

Eyebright – Pretty much any part of this plant growing above ground (ie, not the roots) are both an astringent and anti-inflammatory. It can decrease a hypersensitive response from your mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, throat, and ears making it a perfect remedy for hay fever sufferers. You can probably find preparations of eye-bright in most herb or health food stores too.

Golden Seal – It’s a very bitter remedy coming from the yellow root of this wildflower but it has antibiotic properties and is quite useful in preventing flare ups of hay fever, sinuses, or chest congestion. It is also an anti-inflammatory for the mucous membranes which helps soothe swollen and irritated tissues. Golden seal is beneficial in combating all types of airborne allergies. You can grow it yourself in rich, loose soil, but because it typically grows in shaded woody areas, it takes a lot of patience and special attention. For example, you’ll need to trellis the plant and keep it away from intense and direct sunlight (which we get a lot of around here). You’re probably best off buying it from a health store as well or from local growers. BE CAREFUL if you’re pregnant as it may stimulate mild uterine contractions.

UPCOMING TEMPLE EVENTS:

TODAY! Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition Mabon 2015 – Saturday, September 26th, 3pm til 7PM (Ritual to begin at 5:30PM).

Come celebrate Mabon with Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition at Arlington UU, 2001 California Lane, Arlington, Texas. A teacup raffle to raise funds for Cancer Care Services is planned, so bring an item to donate
What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Raffle Item or Cash to buy raffle tickets to benefit Cancer Care Services

Temple Day and Wahya’s Birthday – Saturday, October 3rd, 3pm til 11:45PM.

It’s Wahya’s Birthday! Come help us celebrate and enjoy some social time with the temple and tribe.

Our temple days are days of crafts, lessons, board games, music and general communing with our tribe. Sometimes we watch a movie together, other times we play board games, sometimes we have impromptu music jam sessions, poetry reading or story telling. The point is to have an opportunity to get to know one another and build the bonds of spiritual family. Won’t you come join in with us?

This Temple Day will be held at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s home in Venus, Texas. The address will be given upon request to those who plan to attend.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Craft Items (Varies per event, feel free to inquire)
Your favorite game that you might like to share with the tribe
Instrument For Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Dinner
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services

RSVP on Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/Temple-Of-the-Standing-Stones/events/225358284/

New Harvest Moon – Saturday, October 10th, 7pm til 11:45PM.

It is the new moon beginning the cycle we call the Harvest Moon. The third and final harvest festival on the Wheel Of The Year, Samhain, approaches and at this time some of the final harvests of the season are being brought in to get us through the Winter months. Tonight, let’s gather around the fire and reflect on what our harvests in this modern life have brought to us this year. We will have games, music and social time as well as a fine ritual to share with all. This event will be hosted at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 5PM for social time, 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

RSVP on Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/Temple-Of-the-Standing-Stones/events/225437109/

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 and keep you,

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

Temple Newsletter #32

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 on the path.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #31.

Science and Religion.
Science and Religion.

Z. Athena has posted a new essay on our Local Pagan Chat board on the forum entitled ‘Modern Warrior Culture’ this past week with her insights on what it means to be a warrior in this day and age. Go check it out! This is a first in what will hopefully be many contributions from this local member of the North Texas Pagan tribe.

Not going to Da Woods? If you are unable to join us with our friends the Sumerians for a wonderful weekend in Da Woods to commune with nature and the spirits of the land don’t despair. There’s still something great going on here in town this weekend that you might want to go get a piece of. The 53rd Annual American Indian Pow Wow is happening now at Traders Village in Grand Prairie. Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will take part in this celebration of their culture and heritage. The drums will beat for the dancers in full regalia of feathers, buckskin, bells and beadwork competing for prize money and awards in eighteen different dance categories. Spectators will be amazed by the precision and showmanship that even the youngest competitors display in their dancing.

http://tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie/events/53rd-annual-american-indian-pow-wow

UPCOMING TEMPLE EVENTS:

Going To Da Woods! – Friday, September 18th til Sunday, September 20th

Those who know, know and we hope to see you there. Cost for camping is $20 per adult for the full weekend. Kids are free. If you’re staying in town, you might want to check out the 53rd annual Pow Wow at Traders Village in Grand Prairie that same weekend. There is a post with a link on the Event Notices board in the forum.

Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition Mabon 2015 – Saturday, September 26th, 3pm til 7PM (Ritual to begin at 5:30PM).

Come celebrate Mabon with Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition at Arlington UU, 2001 California Lane, Arlington, Texas. A teacup raffle to raise funds for Cancer Care Services is planned, so bring an item to donate
What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Raffle Item or Cash to buy raffle tickets to benefit Cancer Care Services

Barley Moon Esbat – Saturday, September 26th, 9pm til 11:45PM (Ritual to begin at 9:30PM).

RSVP on Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/Temple-Of-the-Standing-Stones/events/223413068/

Skyclad- Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY. This event will be held in Arlington, Texas. There will be a brief ritual due to time constraints following the Mabon ritual at Arlington UU earlier the same day followed by a temple business meeting by the temple clergy and temple mother.

Temple Day and Wahya’s Birthday – Saturday, October 3rd, 3pm til 11:45PM.

Our temple days are days of crafts, lessons, board games, music and general communing with our tribe. Sometimes we watch a movie together, other times we play board games, sometimes we have impromptu music jam sessions, poetry reading or story telling. The point is to have an opportunity to get to know one another and build the bonds of spiritual family. Won’t you come join in with us?

This Temple Day will be held at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s home in Venus, Texas. The address will be given upon request to those who plan to attend.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Craft Items (Varies per event, feel free to inquire)
Your favorite game that you might like to share with the tribe
Instrument For Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Dinner
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services

RSVP on Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/Temple-Of-the-Standing-Stones/events/225358284/

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/

Bíodh sé amhlaidh,

[(Be Shay Owl-lee) Let it be or so be it.]

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

Temple Newsletter #31

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and guy who is trying to remember his towel.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #30.

"I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world." - Mahatma Ghandi
“I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Tolerance and Co-Existence – We talk about these concepts a lot within Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition. We strive to be an organization which is eclectic enough to provide a home to many schools of belief and practice within the modern paganism revival. But what do they mean? Does one have to agree with or even necessarily respect the beliefs of another person in order to coexist with them and tolerate them? Not at all! In this ever shrinking world in which population growth and technological advances bring us human beings ever closer together and provide us opportunities to interact with people who may have vastly different cultural makeup and world views than our own, the keys to coexistence lie in common courtesy and manners. I may not personally adhere to or respect the belief in there being only “one true god and all others are false” but I can coexist with and tolerate those who do. If I am invited to attend one of their services I can accept and participate at what ever level I feel comfortable with or I can politely decline. This is the way of courtesy. When we try to force our views on others though we have breached that contract of common courtesy and good manners. As the popular saying goes, religion is like a penis. It is a perfectly fine thing to have and to be proud of. But when you start waving it in my face we have a problem.  So please, when interacting with others who hold views which are different from your own, consider that they can only interact with you at their current level of understanding. Be polite, be courteous, maintain good manners. But be firm in your own convictions as well. Don’t be afraid to state your own opinions or politely refute things which are said that you disagree with. It’s only when such interactions break down into personal attacks and one party or another has renounced the use of reason that a conversation can no longer take place.

UPCOMING TEMPLE EVENTS:

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. Social time beginning at 5PM, 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

Going To Da Woods! – Friday, September 18th til Sunday, September 20th

Those who know, know and we hope to see you there. Cost for camping is $20 per adult for the full weekend. Kids are free. If you’re staying in town, you might want to check out the 53rd annual Pow Wow at Traders Village in Grand Prairie that same weekend. There is a post with a link on the Event Notices board in the forum.

Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition Mabon 2015 – Saturday, September 26th, 3pm til 7PM (Ritual to begin at 5:30PM).

Come celebrate Mabon with Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition at Arlington UU, 2001 California Lane, Arlington, Texas. A teacup raffle to raise funds for Cancer Care Services is planned, so bring an item to donate
What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Raffle Item or Cash to buy raffle tickets to benefit Cancer Care Services

Barley Moon Esbat – Saturday, September 26th, 9pm til 11:45PM (Ritual to begin at 9:30PM).

Skyclad- Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY. This event will be held in Arlington, Texas. There will be a brief ritual due to time constraints following the Mabon ritual at Arlington UU earlier the same day followed by a temple business meeting by the temple clergy and temple mother.

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/

Live long and prosper,

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

Temple Newsletter #30

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 on this plane of existence.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #29.

Words Cast Spells! – You’ve probably heard it before and seen memes around that say the same but it is true in many ways. Humankind’s ability to communicate and therefore exchange thoughts, ideas, feelings and more from one mind to others is perhaps among our oldest and most powerful magics. Carefully chosen and well used words can yield fantastic results in your life and the lives of others. Even the scriptures of other religions touch on this power even speaking of everything beginning with the power of spoken words. What words will you choose today to bring things into existence and manifest energies into your life? Try sprinkling around some compliments to the people you interact with today and see how many people you can make smile. Keep your circle of energy positive by choosing positive words. Try it! You might like it! 🙂

Pagan Unity Fest – Today will be the day and in one hour and forty minutes from the moment this newsletter is scheduled to be published Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition is on the roster to officiate the opening ritual. We look forward to being there and sharing the energy with our extended spiritual families of the DFW Pagan community. Together we all make up a unique patchwork quilt of traditions and philosophies which share some common ground that we may meet on. We are like many branches on the same tree. With lives of our own who sway with the winds in our own way but we all get our nourishment from the same mother earth and feel the warm energy of father sun upon our leaves. Come celebrate with us!

Gaelic Proverb:

Am fear nach eisd ris nach toigh leis cha’n fhaic e na’s fhearr leis.

He who will not listen to what he does not like will not see what will please him.

Upcoming Temple Events:

TODAY! 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

Going To Da Woods! – Friday, September 18th til Sunday, September 20th

Those who know, know and we hope to see you there. Cost for camping is $20 per adult for the full weekend. Kids are free. If you’re staying in town, you might want to check out the 53rd annual Pow Wow at Traders Village in Grand Prairie that same weekend. There is a post with a link on the Event Notices board in the forum.

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 thirst,

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