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Temple Newsletter #43

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 very much just another ordinary guy trying to figure it all out.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #42.

Temple Day Crafts
Temple Day Crafts

A thousand words…

Some time ago I made a commitment to myself to try to write at least a thousand words per day for Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition as my personal contribution to our cause of building a body of materials which represents the studies, beliefs, thinking and practices of our tradition. A number of these articles reside in clergy training materials available to our initiated members, some are still awaiting review, possible editing and hopefully eventual approval to be published on the Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition website as publicly available articles in our effort to tell people about ourselves, who we are, what we believe and how we do things. Some might become future segments here on this weekly newsletter as well. I enjoy writing about spiritual matters, history and new findings on the frontiers of science. To me, the search for the truth is a common thread that runs through all of these pursuits and truth is a very worthy quarry to seek on anyone’s quest in life I believe.

As of this past Samhain Temple Of the Standing Stones now has it’s first 2nd Degree Priestess and Priest and they have been doing an exemplary job of writing and officiating our rituals for us these past several weeks for which I am so very grateful. Not only have Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac brought a fresh, new perspective to our ritual style but, having taken the lead on these clergy duties they have afforded me the time to concentrate on doing the writing for our tradition which my position as an elder calls for.

Our sister Arachne Crowsinger, High Priestess of Mystic Willow Coven has been busy this week as well getting new pages and information up on the Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition website at http://spiritofthesycamore.org/ including a Branches Page with contact info for our individual groups as well as both the Seekers and Teachers Bills of Rights. Soon, we will also be adding events to the calendar for the entire tradition there. So, this might be the place to check in and see if there is something going on near you. Go check it out and come check us out at one of our…

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TODAY!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/

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/

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 #36

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 #35.

This week’s newsletter will be short and sweet. As the veil thins we are busy preparing for Samhain as well as celebrating birthdays with our families so this is go-go-go time for us. Please enjoy this, latest contribution from the tribe though:

I am just one Warrior
A Guardian of this Land.
I walk these fields
I swim these waters
I absorb their energy through these hands.

We are all one Spirit
Brothers and Sisters
One kind.
No days to pass
No hours to clock
No end shall begin in time.

We all share one voice.
We sing songs That Share one breath.
We echo words
In language no-one has heard
Then sweetly whisper
The same soft death.

– Ta’li Seabhac – 10/16/2015

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

It’s Alie’s and Nathan’s Birthdays! Well, Friday, the 16th was Alie’s actually and Thursday the 15th was Nathan’s 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 and Nathan’s 11th Birthdays. 🙂

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/

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

Mystic Willow Coven is responsible for the traditions 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 meet 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.

Directions from Dallas:
Take I-45 South to Corsicana Business Exit, follow Business 45 into Corsicana until you come to an overpass. Take the road to the right side of the overpass, and take a right at Hwy 31. Follow Hwy 31 west through Corsicana. After Hwy 55, the next right is FM3050. Take a right on FM3050. Take a right at intersection, FM3055, and go about .5 miles, Tanglewood Forest will be on the left.

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

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 your ancestors bless and watch over you,

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 #18

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 #17.

New Mead moon is coming this Tuesday, the 16th. We will be celebrating it tonight though at my house in Arlington. Preparing for this ritual has led me to doing a lot of thinking about mead, honey and other things associated with this moon. Our temple clergy decided at the last Esbat that, as we move the location of our gatherings around from one family’s home to another that the hosting household would be responsible for writing and (if they feel ready to do so) officiating the ritual. Our thinking there is that this will give us each an opportunity to add our own personal touches and work in some of the things we do in our solitary practice when not with the group. We’re very big on learning from one another and letting our diversity lead the way in building up our strengths while compensating for those areas where we have weaknesses. The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts as the saying goes. I hope that all who attend will enjoy the ritual that I have prepared and that we each come away feeling connected and energized. Before ritual there will be a lesson on divination to make up for the one we tried to have a few months ago when some late seasonal ice storms were still lingering. Unfortuntely, I don’t think we will have the people on hand available to give demonstrations who came last time but never-the-less it should be a fun and interesting exercise.

Another thing we are starting to do, although it is going to be predominantly at the initiated gatherings (esbats) is have a pre-ritual walk through with the kids. We recognize the importance of giving our kids some hands on experience in ritual roles and etiquette and the kids have expressed that they want to be a part of the public gatherings. Today’s kids are our future and what better way to teach them about Pagan practices than to let them take part? Even if they choose another spiritual path in adulthood, they will, hopefully, be more in tune with our ways and more tolerant of those whose religious leanings are outside of the mainstream. That, to me, is a pretty bright future to look forward to. Less, fighting and more understanding among people of all faiths or philosophies. Anyway, although the plan is to do these at Esbats, this time we will also be doing one before our New Moon ritual tonight as kind of a practice run.

After ritual we will be having a Music and Dance session which we hope to make a regular thing after our New Moon and other open celebrations. If you’re planning to come along, please feel free to bring your drum or any instrument really if you have one. If not, no worries, we have extras. If dancing is your thing then hip scarves and other dance accouterments are likewise welcome. If you don’t do either but would like to learn, come give it a try. Or, lend your energy as the appreciative audience. Let’s raise some happy, feel good energy with our tribe!

Alas, once again this week I have not received any contributions from the tribe but ya know what? I did find some really nice, easy Mead recipes on Storm The Castle that I would like to give a try sometime. Check these out!

http://www.stormthecastle.com/mead/mead-recipes.htm

Maybe we can have a home made Mead tasting event around this time next year? Anyone want to give it a shot?

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or 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!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Temple Lesson – Divination   – TONIGHT Saturday, June 13th at 5pm – This will be a make-up event due to the divination night in March which was poorly attended due to icy conditions. We will hope to have some folks on hand to share their personal experiences with various forms of divination. Afterwards we will have a New Moon Ritual.

New Mead Moon Ritual   – Saturday, June 13th gathering at 7pm ritual begins at 8pm –

There will be a pre-ritual practice run with the kids to help them familiarize with the elements of ritual and proper etiquette during ritual.

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

Litha / Midsummer Ritual   – Saturday, June 20th 3pm til 9pm at Arlington UU 2001 California Ln, Arlington, Texas 76015. Hosted by Mystic Willow Coven.

Mead Moon Esbat   – Saturday, June 27th 10PM Initiated Clergy Only. Skyclad. Location revealed to those who will be attending ONLY.

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 #16

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 #15.

Guess what?!?!? Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition is scheduled to do the opening ritual at DFW Pagan Unity Fest in September. What’s DFW Pagan Unity Fest you say? Well, I’m glad you asked. Becca Shugart is spearheading a group that hopes to have this new festival in Arlington on Sunday, September 6th but she is still working with potential venues so at this point things are still subject to change until a venue is locked in. There will be vendors, workshops, entertainers and more. If you would like to help or get more info you can contact the organizers via their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/dfwpaganunityfest/timeline

Our tradition hopes to become a sponsor of the event and to staff an information table there as well as provide volunteer services. It is always wonderful to be a part of community events that benefit all Pagans, Heathens, Seekers and the curious. We’re excited to be a part of it!

Alas, once again this week I have not received any contributions from the tribe so I went looking for something I thought was inspirational to share. My search led me to a series of articles on Patheos by John Halstead (The Allergic Pagan) from earlier this year called The Neo-Pagan Mysteries. He says

Neo-Paganism has multiple centers, including Earth, Deity, and Self.  This is the first in an 8-part series that explores Neo-Paganism as a Self-Centric “mystery religion”. This essay was originally published at Neo-Paganism.org.”

In the series he explores the relationship between modern Pagan religions and the ancient mystery religions of our ancestors as well as those of other cultures. The psycho-spiritual journeys some modern Pagans take with their traditions and how they relate to one another and to mystery religions of the past are given a fairly thorough examination I think and I found the read quite thought provoking and refreshing. So, if you have some time and feel like doing some reading. Hop on over and take a look at The Allergic Pagan – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/allergicpagan/2015/01/17/the-neo-pagan-mysteries-part-1-introduction/

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or 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!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Strawberry Moon Esbat   – Saturday, May 30th gathering at 7pm and ritual begins at 8pm. Initiated Spirit Of the Sycamore clergy, spouses and candidates only.

Skate Night   – Saturday, June 6th – Temple Of the Standing Stones has no event scheduled this weekend however some of the members of the temple plan to attend Pagan Night Out’s event Skate Night at Arlington Skatium, 5515 South Cooper Street, 76017, TX. Find more details and RSVP here – http://www.meetup.com/DFW-PNO-Pagan-Night-Out/events/222309662/

Temple Lesson – Divination   – Saturday, June 13th at 5pm – This will be a make-up event due to the divination night in March which was poorly attended due to icy conditions. We will hope to have some folks on hand to share their personal experiences with various forms of divination. Afterwards we will have a New Moon Ritual.

New Mead Moon Ritual   – Saturday, June 13th gathering at 7pm ritual begins at 8pm –

There will be a pre-ritual practice run with the kids to help them familiarize with the elements of ritual and proper etiquette during ritual.

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/

Health and Blessings!

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

Temple Newsletter #14

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 #13.

What a week it has been y’all! Does anyone else hear bells ringing? I keep hearing them for some reason and it’s usually an omen that our tribe is growing. Hmmmm, I wonder what that might be all about?

We’ve rolled out some new changes on the forum. Now you may either register with one of your social networks if you don’t have an account already or you may add one or more to your forum profile. What’s the advantage of that? No more having to remember your password. If you forget it or are on another device you can still log in to the forum using your Facebook account or other social media account. Nice eh? Go try it out!

This weeks contribution from the tribe comes from our temple mother Em’ who is an independent artist and owner of Primal Aspects Art Studio. This is a sketch piece entitled ‘Jazz Fairy’.

Jazz Fairy by Emily Dewbre-Young
Jazz Fairy by Emily Dewbre-Young

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or 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!

Upcoming Temple Events:
New Strawberry Moon   – Saturday, May 16th we will be at Wayha and Ta’li Seabhac’s house in Venus. We’ll be gathering in at 7pm and starting ritual at 8pm as usual. Our New Moons are open to guests and are robed for those who have ritual robes or casual attire if you prefer.It’s a great opportunity to witness a Pagan ritual if you’ve never seen one and we don’t mind answering questions from open minded and considerate folks. Email templehp@templeofthestones.org for more info.

Music and Dance Night   – Firday, May 22nd gather at 5pm, begin at 6pm at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington. Even if you’ve never played an instrument or belly danced before come on and lend your energy to the circle. We usually start with a lesson or two so everyone can join in on the fun then we let the jam and dancing begin.

Crafts   – Saturday, May 23rd from 2pm to 5:30pm Many of us gathered pieces of wood that called to us while camping at Tanglewood so let’s get together and make some staves, wands and other crafty things with them. This will be at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington too. Contact us for the address if you don’t have it and you’re definitely planning to attend.

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 #13

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 wanderer of many paths.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #12.

Ah, lucky number 13! Has it really been 13 weeks since we started publishing our weekly newsletter? My how time flies! So, yes, we did indeed spend a wonderful weekend at Tanglewood Forest last weekend and a fabulous time was had by most if not all who attended.

Maypole Dance Beltane 2015
Maypole Dance Beltane 2015

We danced the maypole, we held workshops, we had 4 rituals, we laughed, we sang, we had our bodies painted and played under black lights at night, we built fires and we left no trace on the land as we departed other than the offerings to the kindred and spirits of the land. The event was such a huge success we are kicking around the idea of getting other traditions to join us, inviting vendors and doing it up even bigger for Samhain and other future events. Keep in touch with us if this is an idea that interests you. Tanglewood is just a little over an hour drive from the DFW area. It’s a smidgen (like that word? I do. ) southwest of Corsicana. The owners charge a very reasonable fee for camping on the site for the weekend and are super Pagan friendly.

This week’s contribution from the tribe comes from our forum and was written by Gwilym The Bard who is now a member of the Sumerian Tradition but still a brother to us in many ways. It’s called, appropriately enough, Beltane.

Beltane
I feel the warmth coming as the wheel turns,
I inhale deep and smell you from a distance as I give out a snort.
I see all things blossom and renewing themselves,
come to me my Lady, for I’m your chosen Consort.
I can feel the life that you bring,
a thirst that Ive longed for.
Feel the love and fiery passion that I have for you,
for its with our consummation that all things bring forth.
We will be as one like it was in the beginning,
like the depths of the Cauldron is churn.
Like the Spiral Dance,
And the wheel will continue to turn.

Gwilym

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or 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!
Upcoming Temple Events:

We’re Taking A Weekend Off!   – Saturday, May 9th and Sunday May 10th. After Beltane we decided it might be good to take a breather so we can all get some much needed rest and catch up on projects at our homes. But we’ll be back at it next week so stay in touch.

New Rose Moon   – Saturday, May 16th we will be at Wayha and Ta’li Seabhac’s house in Venus. We’ll be gathering in at 7pm and starting ritual at 8pm as usual. Our New Moons are open to guests and are robed for those who have ritual robes or casual attire if you prefer.It’s a great opportunity to witness a Pagan ritual if you’ve never seen one and we don’t mind answering questions from open minded and considerate folks. Email templehp@templeofthestones.org for more info.

Music and Dance Night   – Firday, May 22nd gather at 5pm, begin at 6pm at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington. Even if you’ve never played an instrument or belly danced before come on and lend your energy to the circle. We usually start with a lesson or two so everyone can join in on the fun then we let the jam and dancing begin.

Crafts   – Saturday, May 23rd from 2pm to 5:30pm Many of us gathered pieces of wood that called to us while camping at Tanglewood so let’s get together and make some staves, wands and other crafty things with them. This will be at Cianaodh’s house in Arlington too. Contact us for the address if you don’t have it and you’re definitely planning to attend.

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 #11

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 should know better but never seems to learn.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #10.

It's OK to change your opinion based on new information.
It’s OK to change your opinion based on new information.

“Pagans don’t have a holy book, they have libraries.” -Phaedra Bonewits

Two of the most frequent questions I see from Seekers who make an intial contact with our temple via the Contact form on the website are:

“Are you accepting new members.”

Yes! Yes, Temple Of the Standing Stones is always happy to have new friends to work, learn and play with. We and other member groups of Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition are very friendly and accepting people. Of course, as with any group you may wish to become a part of for any reason, whether it is a spiritual group, a hobby club or an athletic organization even, are you and the group a good fit? Well, the best way to figure that out is you have to get to know each other. So, by all means, RSVP to one of our many open events (We have something going on almost every single weekend and come out to meet us. Register on our forum and take part in the discussion on the plethora of topics already going there. Talk to us, ask us questions, hang out a little bit. Even if we come to the conclusion that we’re not exactly right for each other, we might be able to help you find a group that better fits your tastes. There are many different flavors of Paganism in the world and it’s not unusual for folks to try a few before finding one that’s right for them.

The other very frequent question is:

“How do I go about joining.”

Well, first we have to get through the getting to know each other phase as mentioned above. Another step that we have available for prospective members is a Member Questionnaire which you may obtain here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k6mpb2vpq0ovybo/Questionnaire.docx?dl=0

If you’re thinking of joining feel free to print the Questionnaire out and bring it along with you when you come to meet with us at one of our gatherings or you may fill it out on your computer and email it to templehp@templeofthestones.org if you wish. Be sure to check out our Seekers’ Orientation materials on the website under the About Us tab too so you’re more familiar with our way of looking at things and doing things. If that doesn’t scare you off come on out and see us! You will find while reading the Seekers’ Orientation stuff that there are different levels at which one may choose to become a member of our temple depending on what you are looking for and what you hope to get out of the experience of being a member of Temple Of the Standing Stones. But we welcome anyone who comes with an open heart and open mind. So don’t be afraid to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

– Cianaodh

This week’s contribution from the tribe comes from Cynthia who sent in this outstanding original poem she wrote. Thank you Cynthia!

“Our candles are lit
The drumming has begun
Our Circle is cast at the
Setting of the sun
Our spells we weave
Our Offerings we make
To honor the lord and lady
And life’s seasons celebrate.”

Cynthia says, “This is the first poem I’ve written in years feels good to write again.”

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or 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!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Beltane Crafts Weekend   – Saturday, April 25th and Sunday April 26th at Cianaodh’s house.Beltane is coming and we have a portable May Pole to refurbish, decorations to make and workshops to plan for.

Beltane Weekend at Tanglewood   – Friday, May 1st to Sunday May 3rd. Camping and fun for members and guests of Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition. Contact us for more details.

Music and Dancing Night   – Friday, May 8th. Gather at 7pm, start at 8pm at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s house in Venus. This will be the first of our new 2nd and 4th Friday of each month get togethers for music and dancing. Already know how to play an instrument or dance? Come on over and join the fun! Haven’t yet explored these talents? We’ll teach ya some easy stuff to get started with! Address will be given to registered guests. Please use Contact form for more info.

We’re Taking A Weekend Off!   – Saturday, May 9th and Sunday May 10th. After Beltane we decided it might be good to take a breather so we can all get some much needed rest and catch up on projects at our homes. But we’ll be back at it next week so stay

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 #9

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 #8.

I have been reading from Ceisiwr Serith’s book ‘A Book Of Pagan Prayer’ a lot lately and sharing excerpts that I find particularly inspirational and enlightening on our forum and on Facebook. Perhaps to the point that others might be getting annoyed with me and for that I apologize but I am enjoying this book immensely! Anyway, the other day I posted this on our forum:

“…he discusses techniques in one chapter that can be employed to compose one’s own prayers and he discusses the pros and cons and the arguments given regarding Set Prayers (ones which are already written) versus Spontaneous Prayers (ones you make up on the fly). He says that you can impress the gods with your sincerity by speaking what you truly feel. But he also notes that while some who are opposed to set prayers feel that all prayers should come from the heart or that they lack sincerity or authenticity and that while he can get behind this principle he doesn’t think that it has anything to do with the legitimacy of set prayers.

I can see where he’s coming from on this. Think about all of those times you’ve heard a song on the radio or wherever and the words of the song spoke to you perfectly and expressed exactly what you might be going through at a particular time in your life or a memory of another time. Those words to that song were written by someone else at another time but they still legitimately expressed how you may be feeling in your own heart. That expression is still sincere even if you yourself did not write the words to the song. It’s the same with prayers. If they fit the situation then they fit. It’s certainly a wonderful thing to write your own if the words come to you and that’s a powerful gift indeed. But using another’s prayer if it truly fits is not lacking in authenticity or sincerity if the words express how you truly feel. The gods will appreciate the offering if it is given from the heart. ”

If you would like to add some thoughts to this or perhaps carry on a discussion about another subject you may find this particular post on the forum in Outer Court Chat under the heading Spontaneous Prayer. Please drop by the forum: http://templeofthestones.org/forum/

This week’s contribution from the tribe come’s from sister Kennocha who has shared this recipe for the Rumchata Pudding Shots which she and her family brought to our Ostara celebrartion at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s home and we’re hoping she will bring again at Beltane. Thank you Kennocha!
Rumchata Pudding Shots

1 package of Jello INSTANT cheesecake pudding mix
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 cup of Rumchata
1 8 ounce package of Cool Whip
Cinnamon Graham Crackers

Mix first four ingredients together.
Divide mixture into shot glasses/cups.
Grind graham crackers and sprinkle over each serving.
Freeze.
Enjoy!

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or 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!

In addition to this, I would like to reach out to anyone else who might be looking for sources of information and training on Shamanic and Native American spirituality. Kennocha put together, back in February, a wealth of great resources worth checking out on the subject, some local, some online and a list of books. If anyone needs a copy of this information packet entitled ‘A Few Shamanic Resources’ please let me know. I have about 5 copies left in my purple Temple Business binder available for sharing and can make more copies on request.

Upcoming Temple Events:

April New Hare Moon  – Saturday, April 18th  7pm. This will be our first ever New Moon ritual held by our temple. This event will be open to the public and you are welcome to wear your ritual robes if you have them or just dress in casual attire of your choosing. It will be hosted at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s home in Venus. Address will be given to registered guests.

Possible Tanglewood Cleanup Make-up Day – Sunday, April 19th All Day. Since we didn’t make it down to the land on the weekend of the 10th to 12th due to weather reports, perhaps on this day we will make a day trip to get some work done at the campsite.

Beltane Crafts Weekend   – Saturday, April 25th and Sunday April 26th at Cianaodh’s house.Beltane is coming and we have a portable May Pole to refurbish, decorations to make and workshops to plan for.

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 #7

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and he who ought to know better but still doesn’t.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #6 .

Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition is born!

Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders
Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders

Mudstara 2015 as it will be known henceforth was a muddy but wonderful Ostara Celebration that saw the birth of our new tradition as elders Arachne Crowsinger and Sera Freya from Mystic Willow Coven and Cianaodh Óg of Temple Of the Standing Stones received their metallic cords and crowns from recognized elders from their former tradition and with those the autonomy and blessings to forge a new path. It is an exciting time for us and we look forward to seeing what the future holds as we carry forth with our efforts to advance our particular take on Paganism in the years to come.

We didn’t receive any submission from members of our tribe for this week’s newsletter but I have been reading a wonderful book by Ceisiwr Serith lately called ‘A Book Of Pagan Prayer’ which I highly recommend. So why not have a prayer to Cernunnos from his website?

Cernunnos:
in whom opposites are brought together,
but not destroyed;
who cannot be known,
because there is nothing against which you might be compared;
because whatever is put against you, its opposite is there;
who cannot be approached, because you are the center
which moves with the one who approaches;
who does not move, because there is nowhere for you to move to:
you are already there;
Controller of opposites through stillness,
Possessor of power through calm;
the cold metal which is life,
the squirming serpent which is death;
between hunter and hunted you sit so still,
neither and both;
with animal’s antlers on human head:
neither and both;
Holding in tension unreconcilable opposites,
yet eternally calm:
in my turmoil, in my confusion,
in adversity from without
in adversity from within
in the twisting and turnings,
the seemingly unstoppable rush of my mind and words,
in the midst of Chaos:
I pray to you, to Cernunnos,
in whom opposites are brought together in restful order,
bringing a fierce stillness,
a diamond-flashing peace.

You sit between, Wearer of Antlers,
between the shining one
and the one who leads us into the dark;
between the one that hunts, friend of men, and the one who is hunted, the best of prey;
even you are between animal and man.
I praise the great between, where power is found,
I praise you, Cernunnos, liminal lord.

Your patience is infinite as you sit in calm:
you don’t move, though every else does –
It is through your stillness that you are everywhere.

See more on his website: http://www.ceisiwrserith.com/

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork or 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!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Pub Night!  – Saturday, March 28th  7pm at Danny’s Celtic Pub in Bedford.

April Esbat – Flower Moon  – Saturday, April 4th  7pm at Cianaodh’s house, Arlington, TX. Skyclad- Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY

Tanglewood Cleanup / Camping   – Friday, April 10th til Sunday April 12th at Tanglewood. We will be painting the bathroom house, clearing dead wood and other projects to make ready for upcoming camping events.

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