Tag Archives: polytheism

Temple Newsletter #44

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. 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 #43.

New Oak Moon!
New Oak Moon!

A relationship with the kindred

We, of Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition, speak often of the gods, our ancestors and spirits of nature and/or place which we collectively call The Kindred. It is a phrase which I first happened upon while studying Druidry with Ár nDraíocht Féin several years ago. I like the way they use the term because it encompasses a wide variety of ideas about who and what we may be seeking to commune with when we say a prayer, hold a ritual or do some magickal working. We all have our own ideas of what the divine may encompass but we can all pretty much tell when we have had a spiritual experience. You feel that you have connected with something beyond yourself and in that connection there is joy, calm and a sense of purpose. We may all come away from that with different ideas and interpretations of what it all means but we can all pretty much agree that we’ve had an experience. That connection is what we are seeking to achieve for ourselves and those who join us at our public rituals. It is our craft as clergy to facilitate that bridge between our realm and the realm of the kindred whether they reside within us or outside of us or both. Ritual is simply a series of steps we go through to set up sacred space, cleanse ourselves of worldly woes as we enter the space and commune with our kindred. We will be setting up sacred space tonight. Won’t you join us?

With that, I would like to share with you one of my favorite songs by Tuatha Dea which fits this concept. It’s a track called Mishiamagu. The simplest explanation for the meaning of “Mishiamagu” is that it is a Cherokee expression of thanks to the universe for allowing us to be together.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TODAY!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/

NEW EVENTS NEXT GREGORIAN YEAR!

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 #39

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

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

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

I was asked recently…

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TODAY! Family Day – Saturday, November 7th

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

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

It is the new moon beginning the cycle we call the Trade Moon. A time to trade and barter among our own tribe as well as others.  Our ancestors knew the value of trading in goods and services long before the invention of currency and it is well to remember that real value comes from real skills and items of value. We will have games, music and social time as well as a fine ritual to share with all. This event will be hosted at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 5PM for social time, ritual to begin at 7PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

What to bring: (Optional)

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

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

Our temple days are days of crafts, lessons, board games, music and general communing with our tribe. Sometimes we watch a movie together, other times we play board games, sometimes we have impromptu music jam sessions, poetry reading or story telling. The point is to have an opportunity to get to know one another and build the bonds of spiritual family. Won’t you come join in with us?

This Temple Day will be held at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. The address will be given upon request to those who plan to attend.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Craft Items (Varies per event, feel free to inquire)
Your favorite game that you might like to share with the tribe
Instrument For Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Dinner
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services

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

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

We are all just walking one another home,

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

Temple Newsletter #35

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and just another ordinary guy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ta’Li Seabhac – October 8th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gwilym – October 4th, 2015.

UPCOMING TEMPLE EVENTS:

TODAY! New Harvest Moon – Saturday, October 10th, 5pm til 11:45PM.

It is the new moon beginning the cycle we call the Harvest Moon. The third and final harvest festival on the Wheel Of The Year, Samhain, approaches and at this time some of the final harvests of the season are being brought in to get us through the Winter months. Tonight, let’s gather around the fire and reflect on what our harvests in this modern life have brought to us this year. We will have games, music and social time as well as a fine ritual to share with all. This event will be hosted at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 5PM for social time, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

What to bring: (Optional)

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

RSVP on Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/Temple-Of-the-Standing-Stones/events/225437109/

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

It’s Alie’s Birthday! Well, Friday, the 16th was actually but we’ll celebrate on Saturday. 🙂 Soooo, come join us and enjoy some social time with the temple and tribe.

Our temple days are days of crafts, lessons, board games, music and general communing with our tribe. Sometimes we watch a movie together, other times we play board games, sometimes we have impromptu music jam sessions, poetry reading or story telling. The point is to have an opportunity to get to know one another and build the bonds of spiritual family. Won’t you come join in with us?

This Temple Day will be held at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. The address will be given upon request to those who plan to attend. We will be working on converting our collected toilet paper and paper towel tubes into glowing eyes for this Samhain’s Haunted Trail as we camp out in Da Woods as well as other crafts and preparations while we celebrate Alie’s 16th Birthday. 🙂

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Craft Items (Varies per event, feel free to inquire)
Your favorite game that you might like to share with the tribe
Instrument For Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Dinner
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or Sponsored Family In Need
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services

RSVP on Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/Temple-Of-the-Standing-Stones/events/225520255/

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

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

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

Flags, Flax, Fodder and Frigg,

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