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Temple Newsletter #35

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 ordinary guy.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #34.

Deep, stimulating, discussions are sexy...
Deep, stimulating, discussions are sexy…

New Milestones Reached On The Forum! This past week our forum on the website had two significant events. We surpassed 1000 topics available for discussion and we broke the previous record of 44 guests and users on the site within a one hour period. As of this past Wednesday the new record is now 50 on within the same hour. Woo-hoo! So, why is that significant? Well, although most of those people who visit are guests (people who have never registered an account or are not logged in) it is a sign that more people are finding us online and taking an interest in what we are posting on the publicly available boards. It’s worth noting, I think, that this 50 number does NOT mean we only had 50 visitors all day long. No, that number is just a one hour slice of time in which we hit a peak of simultaneous visitors. I usually check in on the forum several times each day at all hours day and night. Typically I see an average of 10 guests online any time I visit. Sometimes there are fewer, sometimes more. You can see the number for yourself at the bottom of the forum and if you’re logged in you can even see what boards and topics they are browsing. Our average daily traffic is probably somewhere between two to three hundred visitors. So that’s pretty good for a small time operation like ours and that makes it a good place to post any original writings you might have and want to get seen by the browsing public.

That, and the 50 weekly subscribers we have on this newsletter too. We still take submissions if you’re interested in having your work featured by the way. The traffic we receive on the forum eventually leads to new people possibly coming to one of our events to learn what we are all about and perhaps considering becoming new members or at least friends. So that’s a good thing right?! You bet it is! We like more fun folks to explore our spirituality with. Each new person we meet and discuss things with provide both ourselves and them an opportunity to learn and grow.

Writings: I have some newly penned awen from a couple of my bardic friends to share this week. The first comes from temple brother Ta’li Seabhac.

As the Sun sinks down
Behind the Harvest hills,
The Moon’s soft glow signals
The Autumn chills,
Awakening the spirit
The fires erupt
Within the hearths of the homes
We all warm up,
We sit close together
As the flickering dance calls
Upon the shadows coming alive bouncing upon every wall,
We sit there in silence entranced
By popping sounds,
The wood burns Orange
The late hours coming round.

Tis the season of the dead
Oh what beauty Lies ahead
When the trees release their leaves of colors yellow brown and red.

Samhain night approaches
Thin veil a Step between.
Our Ancient & recent lost ones are calling hear them sing.

Ta’Li Seabhac – October 8th, 2015

Another was penned by a fellow OBOD brother of mine….

Man will always gauge their wisdom by the books the read.
So much that those who do not follow it will end their existence by that rede.

As I walk down this path, I feel the whispers that I cannot see.
That we sometime forget, thousands of years of love is the reason that we be.

But some will refuse to look through the eyes of the Human kind.
That in front of them is Mother’s lost child left to die.

With Father on high and Mother left to care.
Some of us are awaking from the night, if we so dare.

So remember you are here for a short while.
Live, love and treat everyone with a smile.

Gwilym – October 4th, 2015.

UPCOMING TEMPLE EVENTS:

TODAY! New Harvest Moon – Saturday, October 10th, 5pm 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/

Alie’s Birthday and Temple Day – Saturday, October 17th, 3pm til 11:45PM.

It’s Alie’s Birthday! Well, Friday, the 16th was actually but we’ll celebrate on Saturday. 🙂 Soooo, come join us 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 Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. The address will be given upon request to those who plan to attend. We will be working on converting our collected toilet paper and paper towel tubes into glowing eyes for this Samhain’s Haunted Trail as we camp out in Da Woods as well as other crafts and preparations while we celebrate Alie’s 16th Birthday. 🙂

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/225520255/

CLERGY ONLY! – Harvest Moon Esbat – Saturday, October 24th, 5pm til 11:45PM.

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/

Flags, Flax, Fodder and Frigg,

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

Temple Newsletter #34

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 ordinary guy.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #33.

Nectar Of The Gods - The blessings of the gods are sweet.
Nectar Of The Gods

This week I would like to share an amazing, fictional short story with you by an author named Shelly Aspenson. I happened upon this and several other great stories on the site Living Write under their category Really True Fairy Tales which you can find here: http://livingwrite.net/category/really-true-fairy-tales/

The Word Sorceress And The Sword Of Truth

By Shelly Aspenson

She watched them prepare to burn her alive. They were in a frenzy to put an end to her softly spoken observations, and the clear-seeing of her gaze as she looked upon them. She had held them spell-bound with her words for so long, it came as a shock when the truth of those words began to cut like the sharpest sword, cutting into ego, and slicing away lies beheld as truth for so long.

Her voice rang out across the clearing, reminding them of how they had searched so hard for the magic of life, only to recoil at its power when they found it within themselves, scrambling frantically to destroy it, or at least cover it up-forever out of sight if not mind. They winced, and hunched into themselves defensively as she asked them what they loved the most about their lives. Was there anything that called to them; gave them joy? Did the heart inside them beat in excitement for anything? What did their eyes behold that left them in awe of the world? What made their souls tremble with ecstasy?

They stacked the wood around her feet as she stood calmly before them, tied roughly to the stake in the center of their world. Nobody would meet her eyes, but she saw their reactions as her words struck home over and over again, and she would not be silent. She would not turn away from them now, even when their every action conspired to send her into the darkness she was safe from, but would be their prison if they refused to listen; if they refused to awaken from their slumber.

“You think to send me into the Abyss, ‘the regions of Hell conceived of as a bottomless pit’. I know that you do this because I am the whisper that screams to your heart, the light of awareness that hurts your eyes, the fire of purpose that causes you discomfort, and the finger that points to the frightening power of your own heart. I know you are afraid of all you are capable of, but to ignore this truth of you is to sentence yourself to the very hell you wish upon me.

I am the Life you look out upon, your fingers pressed enviously upon the glass of the window, seeing freedom, and never touching it with your own hands. I am the Integrity you lost to ‘blend in’ with the crowd, I am the wild, the bold, the fearless, and the joyful part of you that will always remain silent if you do not heed me now. I am the Word Sorceress, the Sword of Truth, the Light of your Soul, the Way to Joy. I am the very best of you, do you really seek to destroy me to blend into the world of today?”

As she spoke, many listened, many held back, some were even brave enough to try to stop the few whose minds were locked into public perceptions, and acceptable behaviors. But the frightened were many, and the torches in hand reached desperately forward to light the lies stacked around her. As the flames fed greedily on the rebuttals, accusations, and denials, she closed her eyes and whispered into the flames that grew in intensity.

“May these words rise on my breath, above the lies that burn.

May every tear that falls from me be just a lesson learned.

And as I dance upon the flames, my spirit turned to smoke,

Let every heart I long to save believe the words I spoke.

At last, when fire lights my heart, as it is wont to do,

May that illumination be the Truth that leads them through.

Remind those who would disregard the Soul they hold inside

That Hell is here on earth disguised as Life they once denied.”

The crowd grew silent as the crackle of the flames grew louder. There was silence and sobbing, sorrow and joy in that clearing as she disintegrated into smoke and flame, the flame of her sparking in the hearts of those hungry, and the smoke choking the perpetually dissatisfied.

As the smoke cleared, all eyes were caught by the figure of a small girl, heart yet untarnished by world or ego. She seemed to shine from within as she walked slowly to the edge of the fire and picked up the Sword of Truth the Sorceress had dropped in her burning. There was total silence, not even a birdsong, as she looked at everyone and smiled sweetly, turning to walk into the forest alone, the heavy sword cutting a path in the dirt as the tip drug behind her.

And those who were not amazed, were envious.

The Word Sorceress
The Word Sorceress

UPCOMING TEMPLE EVENTS:

TODAY! – 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/

Alie’s Birthday and Temple Day – Saturday, October 17th, 3pm til 11:45PM.

It’s Alie’s Birthday! Well, Friday, the 16th was actually but we’ll celebrate on Saturday. 🙂 Soooo, come join us 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 Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, 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/225520255/

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/

Blessed Be and Bless The Bees,

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

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