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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 #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

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