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Cianaodh’s Corner #1

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My Bedside Altar

Different people come to esoteric paths for different reasons. Some are seeking instruction in the magickal arts or others with whom to practice them. Some are seeking connection with their gods, their ancestors, nature and/or earth. Some are interested in paranormal events and researching those inexplicable things which happen as one realm of existence crosses paths with another. In Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition we are interested in all of these things but if there was one thing I would have to point to as primary in our pursuit it would be the seeking of a connection with those Kindred through whom many of our ancestors experienced the world in which they lived. Through ritual, myth, songs and stories of the gods and other entities in whom our ancestors (all of our ancestors) believed as well as their observances of the cycle of life and the wheel of the year they placed themselves in balance and harmony with the natural world. It is my belief that we have to place ourselves into this state of balance and harmony before effective magickal working can take place. Further, I believe we are better able to observe and make sense of paranormal occurrences when we are in a mind state that is attuned with our environment. So, first and foremost, in Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition and in my own temple, Temple Of the Standing Stones, we focus on ritual and having both a reverence for and relationship with the Kindred in whatever way we perceive of them. I believe the concept of gods is one that is rather elusive for the mortal mind to fully comprehend. We all have our own experiences with something greater than ourselves (or not) and we all take away from those experiences what we will based on our own interpretations and world view. What I might call gods and goddesses, you might consider to be “the universe” or a “collective conscious” and that’s fine. My interpretation is not more or less valid than your own. The important thing for us is the sharing of the experiences and, together, contemplating what they might all mean.

We are seeking to develop a culture of our own through our gatherings at Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition. We like to get together frequently because we genuinely do enjoy one another’s company. We throw around the term “tribe” a lot because we do tend to see ourselves as part of an extended, spiritual family. Oh, we certainly utilize many borrowed elements from the modern Pagan revival which those who have read about or otherwise experienced modern Wicca or other Pagan practices will readily recognize. We mix in some parts of our own which our sisters and brothers of Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition have created. We speak of the old stories and old gods of our ancestors in the present tense because we see them as living entities whose stories are not just something chiseled in stone and covered in dust but living stories still being written each and every day. We say that we are ‘Forging a New Pagan Path” and in our own way we are. We want to be accessible to, not only those who may wish to walk this path with us but also to those who seek to better understand and coexist with us as they continue to walk their own paths. For that reason, the majority of our gatherings are open to anyone who may wish to attend. Please do understand though that those gatherings held at private residences may have attendance limitations due to space considerations. But we want to be the folks you can talk to, hang out with and get to know without being told you have to come with a certain lineage or be initiated by a particular person before you can have a relationship with the gods of your ancestors. It is in your blood and in your spirit. We all have Pagan ancestry and you don’t need a go between to tell you it’s okay to speak with your ancestors. We are here to walk the path with you but we aren’t going to tell you that you need us to walk it for you.

That’s my two cents. That and about 4 bucks might get you a decent cup of coffee.

I’m Cianaodh. Have a Blessed Day.

Cianaodh’s Corner is a sporadically published series of opinion pieces from Cianaodh Óg, High Priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones and a founding elder of Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition. It should be noted that because these articles are opinion pieces, the views expressed here are those of one elder of the tradition and may or may not reflect those of other elders or Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition as a whole. If you have questions, feel free to ask. I am always happy to clarify.

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 #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 #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 #40

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 #39.

Unity
Unity

Let’s Make A Difference!
This is where I will be today staffing an information table for Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition much as I did back in September at Pagan Unity Fest. It should be a cooler day today though and I hear there will be some delicious barbecue on hand too. Why not drop by and chat with me? Here are the details…

Saturday, November 14, 2015

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Arlington UU Church

2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX 76015

A Community Outreach event sponsored by the Texas Local Council Covenant of the Goddess. Entry is free! Please join us to learn how you might make a difference in your community!

Learn about our rich diversity from esteemed Doctor Beth Fawcett, PhD, MPH. Dr. Fawcett is a sociologist who teaches undergraduate sociology classes in the DFW area. She specializes in race and ethnicity courses. She credits her students for inspiring her to step outside the classroom to promote diversity and social justice.

Dr Fawcett will lead a “Privilege Walk.” Be a part of this powerful experience that helps us recognize in a very personal way how power and privilege affect our lives, even when we are not aware of it. This eye opening experience also bears discussion. So, join us after the walk as Dr. Fawcett leads a discussion and presentation on diversity and racism.

Post presentation, there will be a Unity ritual to celebrate our humanity.

Peruse information booths and learn about your neighbors and other cultures!

Enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping with unique vendors just in time for holiday giving!

Have some tasty BBQ and visit the beautiful grove on the UU grounds!

Win a chance to take home fabulous gifts and support a worthy cause!

Our efforts will support the 501c3 organization, Black Transmen.

You can learn more about them at: www.blacktrans.org

Afterwards, come on over to my place and join us for a New Moon ritual written and officiated by our newest 2nd degree priest and priestess, Ta’li Seabhac and Wahya. Just let me know if you need the address and I will give it to you privately.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TODAY! 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

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!

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 – HP of Temple Of the Standing Stones – Arlington, Texas and 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 #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 #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