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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 #45

Welcome fellow seekers to this Yuletide edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. 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 last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #44.

Merry Yule!
Merry Yule!

Winter Solstice!

Tidings of joy and peace to you and yours in this season of so many stories and traditions passed on from generation to generation. Whatever your religious or cultural leanings you are sure to have a few favorite things which symbolize this return of the sun (or for some, the birth of a son) and ways of celebrating with your friends and family. Whether it’s the seeing a beautifully decorated tree, exchanging gifts, kissing under the mistletoe or singing songs of the season and laughing all the way. 🙂 We’ll be gathered for Yule tonight with our tribe and guests in Arlington with the burning of a Yule log and sprigs of holly as we bid farewell to the reign of the holly king and welcome the rebirth of the oak king while the days begin to grow longer following the Winter Solstice. In Druidic tradition the name of this time is “Alban Arthan”, which is Welsh for “Light of Winter”. According to a more poetic telling of the story, the name is “Alban Arthuan”, which means “Light of Arthur”. According to this tale, Arthur is represented by the Sun. In the Winter, the Sun dies and is reborn just as King Arthur is merely sleeping deep inside a mountain and will awaken when his people need him. By another story, on the longest night, in the darkest time of the year, we celebrate the return of the Divine Child, the Mabon, representing the rebirth of the Sun, who will bring warmth, light and life back to Earth again. Whatever tales are your favorite, won’t you join us in celebrating the rebirth of life and bid farewell once again to the darkness?

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TODAY! Yuletide! – Saturday, December 19th, 5PM til 10PM

Come ring in this Yule with Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, TX. The address will be provided privately to any who request it upon RSVPing to attend. If you need any info please email templehp@templeofthestones.org. Take part in our ritual and burning of the Yule log then enjoy a fine potluck dinner. We will be doing a white elephant gift exchange with a $20 maximum value so please bring along a wrapped gift if you would like to participate in the fun and games with us. Most anything will do as there will be a couple of rounds of trading or “stealing” so everyone has an opportunity to end up with a gift they are happy with.

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 Families In Need
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/227185764/

NEW EVENTS NEXT GREGORIAN YEAR!

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/

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

Temple Newsletter #42

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, an elder of Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition and just another ordinary guy.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #41.

Hello spirits of peace and harmony. Spirits of restorative justice, poetic justice and compassion.

Show me how to work for you in the world. Show me where to push and how to speak.

I want to make a difference. Teach me deeper compassion and the means to make justice and peace.

– Nimue Brown

The Peace Of Wild Things - Wendell Berry
The Peace Of Wild Things – Wendell Berry

Kids and Spirituality

Here we have another excellent question via email from a parent concerned about how and whether to involve their kids into their spirituality. Speaking from my own perspective, this author will attempt to answer as well as possible. Since we each have had a different upbringing and different life experiences to bring to the table. Others might approach this differently but for what it’s worth, my answer follows the question:

Also, I’m not sure how I want to involve [my children]. I don’t want to indoctrinate [them] into my beliefs, but as [their] parent it’s my job to guide [them] and [they’re] going to want to do what I do whether I push it or not. I mean this is totally different than most religions, because fear isn’t a motivator here, but the issues and guilt I encountered as I grew up make me hesitant to push my beliefs on [them}. The road to hell is paved with good intentions you know? Just because this is what I think is good for me, doesn’t mean it will be good for [them]. I tend to overthink how strongly things influence [them] too. I just want to raise [them] in a way that in which [they feel] like it is okay to be happy with who [they are] and I don’t want [them] thinking [they have] to pretend to be something to make me happy. Kids are hard.

I think you’re approaching this from a very healthy point of view. I personally don’t feel a child is any more equipped to decide for themselves what spiritual path is best suited for them than they are, for example, what political party they should subscribe to. Let them be kids while they can and help them explore, answer any questions they may have honestly and when the time comes that they have decided what they believe spiritually, they will know it. I’ve seen many examples and I am sure you have too in which kids are raised by parents who very strictly require them to adhere to one religious faith and condemn all others. Then, when the child reaches adolescence or adulthood they rebel in a big way from what was forced upon them. I think children are able to make more informed choices when they are allowed to decide for themselves. Now, obviously, you don’t want a kid taking up practices that involve harm or to disrespect and condemn your beliefs either so it’s reasonable to set ground rules for what is and is not okay. My own mother considered herself Christian but did not attend church and was very suspicious of organized religion. I inherited some of those qualities myself so it’s a bit ironic that I am now an elder in a religious organization. But she allowed me the freedom to explore and choose for myself and I am grateful for that. I was well into adulthood before I learned about Pagan religious practices and began studying them but I did not begin from a place of fear that many have instilled in them which prevents them from looking beyond the limitations of the religion they were raised in.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TODAY! Trade Moon Esbat – Saturday, November 28th, 7PM or so.

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 – Saturday, December 5th, 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. 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
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 Families In Need
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/226928805/

New Oak Moon – Saturday, December 12th, 5PM til 10PM

It is the new moon beginning the cycle we call the Oak Moon. A time to honor the majesty and power of the mighty oak tree. The Celtic meaning of the oak tree deals with symbolic themes of durability, purity and constancy. With Yule soon arriving and the winter cycle upon us, our ancestors’ durability was tested at this time to weather the cold months ahead until Spring arrives. 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 Families In Need
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/227067081/

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 know hunger; may your thirst be ever quenched,

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

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 #38

Welcome fellow seekers to the Samhain 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 #37.

Samhain Blessings!
Samhain Blessings!

The veil thins… and the time is right to honor and perhaps make contact with our ancestors, departed loved ones and others who dwell beyond our realm. Although the weather gods decided that camping would not be in the cards for us this Samhain lest we find ourselves muddy and drenched we will still get together to celebrate the Celtic New Year and spend some time together with the living as well as those who have moved on. The initiated clergy of our tradition will be meeting late tonight at an undisclosed location to celebrate the elevation of some of our brothers and sisters who will be receiving new cords as they begin the next leg of their spiritual journey with Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition. Sunday evening we will be holding an open Samhain ritual and invite those who can to join us for a ritual and dinner to honor the ancestors followed by some scrying and other activities to see what we may from the other world. Space is limited in the private home at which we will be gathering so please RSVP if you haven’t already so that we may accommodate as many as we comfortably can.

Have A Blessed Samhain!
Have A Blessed Samhain!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TOMORROW! Samhain Ritual And Dinner – Hosted By Mystic Willow Coven – Sunday, November 1st, 4:00PM til 9:00PM

Due to unfortunate weather and other circumstances Spirit of the Sycamore had to cancel it’s bi-yearly camping trip. We will however celebrate the Celtic New Year on Sunday evening.

Hosted by Mystic Willow Coven.

In Arlington, TX. Contact us for address and directions.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chairs
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/223413294/

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

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 #37

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 #36.

The gods speak to us through the flight patterns of birds, the appearance of totem animals, via our spirit guides, by the stars, runes, tarot cards and many other ways. They also communicate with us through one another. Awen, that divine inspiration which flows from our poets and bards, can be heard in the lyrics of your favorite songs or read in your favorite books. It can also come to you from your fellow brothers and sisters of this realm in day to day conversations and interactions. You can be inspired watching dogs play or bees collecting pollen. Sometimes, even sitting, watching the embers of a fire in an old, beat up fire pit in a back yard, sipping a cold beverage and sharing stories with friends. The gods speak to us all the time. All we have to do is quite ourselves and listen…watch….pay attention. It is said that one of the greatest gods of my ancestors possesses a cauldron from which no company shall ever leave unsatisfied. It is also said that another great and powerful goddess possesses a cauldron from which knowledge and inspiration are brewed. I believe the contents of these cauldrons are bubbling forth onto the earth constantly and most of the time we are busy with our lives…busy paying bills… busy taking care of the kids…busy chasing this dream or that so we don’t take notice….we don’t pay heed. For just a little while, make time to quiet your mind and connect with the other side. Listen to what they are trying to tell you and meditate on it. Doing so can change your life.

To those I may have wronged...
To those I may have wronged…

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TODAY! Craft Preparation For Samhain – Hosted By Mystic Willow Coven – Saturday, October 24th, 1pm til 6:00PM.

Mystic Willow Coven is responsible for the tradition’s Samhain camping celebration. We have crafts and other items to get ready in preparation for Samhain the next week, so we are getting together to work on those things.
Bring a dish to share.
Some coven business will also be discussed.
Only people who have met and been approved by the HPS will be allowed to attend. NEW members, need to meet with the HPS prior to this in order to be invited, for safety reasons.

RSVP on Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/Mystic-Willow-Coven/events/224358581/

Samhain and Elevations – Hosted By Mystic Willow Coven – Friday, October 30th, 1pm til Sunday, November 1st, 1:00PM.

Spirit of the Sycamore is planning it’s bi-yearly camping trip. We will celebrate the Celtic New Year and have elevation ceremonies on Saturday evening. Once again, there will be Tent-or-Treating for the kids (and the not so little chocolate junkies).

Crafts – Scrying mirrors, decorate a sugar skull and a 3rd to be named.
Hosted by Mystic Willow Coven.

In Venus, TX. Contact us for address and directions.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping gear
Instrument For Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Dinner
Waffle Cones and stuff to put in them.
Strings Of Lights
Fire Pit
Apple Bobbing Stuff
Fire Wood
Power Strips
Tent-or-Treat Candy (Neighborhood Kids Too)
Glow Sticks
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/

RSVP on Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/Temple-Of-the-Standing-Stones/events/223413294/

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

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 #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

Temple Newsletter #31

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING TEMPLE EVENTS:

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

This event will be hosted at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Social time beginning at 5PM, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

What to bring: (Optional)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live long and prosper,

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