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Temple Newsletter #46

Welcome fellow seekers to our new, monthly format edition of the Temple Of the Standing Stones newsletter. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest of this temple, an elder of Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition and very much just another ordinary guy trying to figure it all out. Sometimes, we have entries from the tribe here too. If you would like to have something of yours featured, please let us know!

If you missed our last newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #45.

Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders Hotline
Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders Hotline

Happy Gregorian New Year!

As we enter this new cycle of the standard calendar our temple and tradition are undergoing growth and changes which we hope will help us better serve our communities. One thing we are doing differently now is our newsletter will henceforth (fancy word) be published on a monthly timetable rather than weekly. We feel we will be better able to put out a more robust newsletter with timely information and interesting articles if we are not constantly pushing for a weekly deadline. Also, we are hoping to place more focus on content for the Spirit Of the Sycamore YouTube channel which will give us the ability to show and tell you more about ourselves and what we are all about. Please be sure and subscribe to our channel to keep up with our exciting new offerings. 🙂

Nothing is solid yet but talks are underway for Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition to be holding Sabbat rituals in various locations throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth area. There is a possibility of Imbolc in Garland and Litha in Fort Worth but, still, nothing is firm yet so for now, just chalk it up to the rumor mill. 😉

While this newsletter is rather sparse we do plan to roll out some new sections and content in future editions such as an herb of the month, stone of the month or a bit of lore, history and divination. As always, we are happy to include submissions from the tribe so if you have anything of your own creation which you would like to have featured in the next newsletter please do let us know. Have some ideas for content sections you would like to see added? By all means, let us know that too. We’re here to serve. 🙂

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Clergy Business Day – Saturday, January 9th

Our clergy will be taking this day to work on new ritual material and other items for the months ahead to better serve our community. Please feel free to attend our next public gathering on the 16th. 🙂

Temple Day – Electuaries – Saturday, January 16th, 3PM til 11PM

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. The focal point at this Temple Day gathering will be electuaries. If you would like to participate feel free to bring some natural, raw, honey and herbs you would like to infuse your electuary with. Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out this fine article:

http://pixiespocket.com/2012/01/lets-talk-about-what-is-an-electuary.html

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
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services and/or Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition

RSVP on MeetUp – http://www.meetup.com/Temple-Of-the-Standing-Stones/events/227487996/

Wolf Moon Esbat – Saturday, January 23rd

Our apologies, but Esbats are open to Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY as these are the times we do our personal magickal workings and hold temple business meetings. Please feel free to attend our next open event though!

Temple Day – Musical Experimentation – Saturday, January 30th, 3PM til 11PM

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. The focal point at this Temple Day gathering will be Musical Experimentation – Please Bring Instruments, Voices and/or Ideas that you would like to share or just some appreciative ears to listen, hands to clap and feet to tap or dance. 🙂

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Instrument For Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Dinner
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services and/or Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition

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

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

Temple Newsletter #39

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest of this temple and elder of Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #38.

Stress is caused by not camping enough.
Stress is caused by not camping enough.

I was asked recently…

So there seems to be a pretty common belief that the world needs to be re-enchanted. I do agree with this, but where exactly are you supposed to draw the line? The time when the world started becoming disenchanted was during the enlightenment. The change in thinking brought all kinds of innovation in every field.

Ah! See, here I think we have a bit of a difference in interpretation of terms. What I would say we experienced during the Renaissance and Enlightenment was not so much a loss of enchantment as it was a shedding of superstition. To me, superstition and enchantment are two different things stemming from different sources. Superstition is driven by fear and enforced by taboos, threats and control. Enchantment, on the other hand, is driven by curiosity, a quest and thirst for knowledge, enlightenment and wisdom. We reach out to the stars to learn more about them; building bigger and better telescopes and space craft to explore because we are enchanted by them and driven to learn more. Not because someone has dictated to us that we must or that something horrible will befall us if we don’t. This, to me, is the difference. The beginning of the Dark Ages were led by the destruction of the Library Of Alexandria, numerous temples, works of art and institutes of higher learning which were established by the ancient world because the rising power of the new monotheisms declared these works and these places to be taboo, the work of “The Devil” or otherwise things which must be feared. Enormous knowledge was lost for centuries during these times and civilization suffered because of it. The enlightenment came when science, and classical literature came out of the darkness and were rediscovered by a new class of visionaries who were enchanted by their quest for truth and began to rebuild from the fragments of the philosophies of great thinkers of the past.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TODAY! Family Day – Saturday, November 7th

Our temple clergy will be taking this week off to spend time with their families. Please check with us again next week for the New Trade Moon

New Trade Moon – Saturday, November 14th, 5PM til 10PM

It is the new moon beginning the cycle we call the Trade Moon. A time to trade and barter among our own tribe as well as others.  Our ancestors knew the value of trading in goods and services long before the invention of currency and it is well to remember that real value comes from real skills and items of value. 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 7PM. 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

Temple Day – Saturday, November 21st, 3PM til 10PM

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

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/

We are all just walking one another home,

Cianaodh Óg – HP of Temple Of the Standing Stones – Arlington, Texas and Elder of Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition.

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 #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 #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

Temple Newsletter #24

Welcome fellow seekers to this week’s edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and fellow seeker of wisdom.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #23.

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

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

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

Upcoming Temple Events:

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

What to bring: (Optional)

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

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

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

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

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Instrument For After Ritual Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

You can always check our upcoming events on the Temple Calendar at the website: http://templeofthestones.org/calendar/

If you would like to help support our efforts please consider chipping in through our Meetup Group: http://templeofthestones.org/chip-in/

Slán agus beannacht leat,

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

Temple Newsletter #23

Welcome fellow seekers to this week’s edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and fellow seeker of wisdom.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #22.

Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer
Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer

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

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

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

How To Win At Life
How To Win At Life

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork, an essay or any other creative work they would like to share in the next or other future newsletters please let me know at templehp@templeofthestones.org. I’m always happy to show off the talents of our tribe!

^^^YES! DO THIS PLEASE!!!

Upcoming Temple Events:

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

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Instrument For After Ritual Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

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

What to bring: (Optional)

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

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

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

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

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Instrument For After Ritual Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

You can always check our upcoming events on the Temple Calendar at the website: http://templeofthestones.org/calendar/

If you would like to help support our efforts please consider chipping in through our Meetup Group: http://templeofthestones.org/chip-in/

May You Never Hunger,

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