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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 #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 #19

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 #18.

Have A Blessed Midsummer!
Have A Blessed Midsummer!

Our sister coven, Mystic Willow Coven is hosting our tradition’s Litha / Midsummer ritual today at Arlington UU. It’s open to the public so why not come on down to 2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX 76015 around 3PM (ritual is expected to begin at around 5:30pm) and visit with us a bit? It’ll be a great opportunity to come and meet us in a relaxed, public setting.

Some interesting things have been happening in the news this week. Not only did a 21 year old man in Charleston South Carolina enter a church and kill 9 people but, closer to home, a similarly aged young man commented on a post by Houston Pagan Pride Day calling for vendors. In his comment he said that they would all be shot. The post was quickly reported to Facebook and to police. It could have simply been a case of internet bravado by someone who felt the anonymity of being online meant he could say literally anything he wanted. Maybe the young man was harmless. But maybe not. We never can be too careful about threats like these. There are some very deranged people in this world still. There always have been and probably always will be. Those of us who do care about the sanctity of life and the rights of our fellow human beings to live their lives as they see fit as long as they are not harming others, need to look out for one another.

That is why I say, we still need to have unity in our community. We need to be aware of those who hate and are willing to turn that hate into action against one group or another. Whether it is our own group or not. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights for us all. Speak out against bigotry, hate and disenfranchisement of others where ever you see if. Be tolerant of those who are doing no harm but be intolerant of intolerance. That’s my sermon for this week, I’ll pass around the collection plate later. 😉 Blessed Be Y’all!

Arachne Crowsinger (High Priestess of Mystic Willow Coven) shared the lyrics to the wonderful, sung quarter calls that she has done for us in rituals before and everyone seems to love. So, as this week’s contribution from the tribe, won’t you enjoy:

Spirits of the East, we’re calling you,
Spirits of the East, we’re calling you here,
Spirits of the East, we’re calling you here and now.
Spirits of the Air, bring us blessing fair.
Spirits of the Sky, teach us how to fly.
Spirits of the East, into our circle come.

Spirits of the South, we’re calling you,
Spirits of the South, we’re calling you here,
Spirits of the South, we’re calling you here and now.
Spirits of Fire, bring us our desire.
Spirits of the Flame, burn away the pain.
Spirits of the South, into our circle come.

Spirits of the West, we’re calling you,
Spirits of the West, we’re calling you here
Spirits of the West, we’re calling you here and now.
Spirits of the Ocean, deepen our devotion.
Spirits of the Sea, help our souls be free.
Spirits of the West, into our circle come.

Spirits of the North, we’re calling you,
Spirits of the North, we’re calling you here,
Spirits of the North, we’re calling you here and now.
Spirits of Land, help us understand.
Spirits of the Earth, lead us to rebirth.
Spirits of the North, into our circle come.

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:

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

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

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

Crafts, Music and Dance and 4th of July Party   – Saturday, July 4th 3PM til Midnight(ish). At Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s home in Venus, TX. If you don’t know where that is, get in touch and let us know you would like to attend. Fireworks are legal there and we plan to set off our share. We’ll give you the address privately. templehp@templeofthestones.org

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 #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 #17

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 #16.

Merrily are ya met everyone and I hope you’ve had a wonderful week since our last newsletter. We’ve had several things going on with the temple and in the community lately. Our temple clergy grew by two new members this past Saturday and I would like to extend our congratulations and welcome to our newest brother and sister. We had a very productive esbat meeting covering new projects we plan to take on and better organization ideas for our event planning. Going forward it has been decided that food donations which we take up will now go to the new initiative being headed by Maeven Five to help Pagan Families In Need. Currently there are three Pagan families in the state of Texas she and other volunteers are helping and she hopes to expand this charity operation to perhaps some day be a nationwide network of Pagans helping other Pagans with direct donations of gift cards, food and other household items. In the event that we don’t have a family in our network in need of help, North Texas Food Bank will still be our back up recipient of any items in our food bin when it is full. I had the opportunity to see Tuatha Dea perform live once again at RBC in Dallas Friday night. As always, it was a very powerful and spiritual experience for me. I was elated to see the venue much more full than last time they came to town. We got to visit with the band members and their manager on the patio for awhile before the show began. As always, they are very down to earth people who treat everyone like one of the family. When they performed Bagabi I saw the entire bar really get into it, even folks who were sitting up by the bar who I’m pretty sure had never heard of Tuatha Dea before. I’m sure they’ve heard of them now. 🙂

Our next gathering will be in Arlington on Saturday the 13th. We will be starting with a Temple Lesson on Divination and hopefully we’ll have some people come give us a demonstration on their favorite forms of manifesting the divine for guidance. Later we will be having a New Mead Moon ritual followed by some wonderful music and dancing. Won’t you please come on out and enjoy some of this with us?

Alas, once again this week I have not received any contributions from the tribe but our sister from Mystic Willow Coven, Arachne Crowsinger did share an interesting article with us on the Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition group. Apparently there are a great many benefits to be derived from taking an ice cube and placing it on your Feng Fu point for about 20 minutes each day. Where is your Feng Fu point you ask? Well, I had to ask. I had not preciously heard of it but apparently it’s well know to those who practice acupressure and acupuncture. Find out more about this interesting technique and it’s potential benefits here:

http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/feng-fu-point/

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:

Skate Night   – TONIGHT 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

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

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 #15

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 #14.

Let’s help one another! One initiative our temple has been working on, (in fits and starts) is collecting food donations for North Texas Food Bank. We started out with the idea of having a food donation bin available at all of our gatherings and asking anyone who attends to please bring an item or two to throw into the bin. When it gets full we will take it to one of NTFB’s partner agencies nearby (Probably Azar Foundation at 2002 Mayfield Villa Drive Arlington, TX 76014 1-888-601-5580). Unfortunately, I haven’t been as diligent about making sure we have our donation collection bin on hand and promoting that fact at our events but that is changing now so please, if you can help here is a list of items the food bank could really use based on nutritional value and ease of storage:

Soup, Stew or Chili, Low-Sodium
Canned Vegetables, Low-Sodium
Beans, Canned or Dried
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Fruit, Canned in Juice or Dried
Peanut or Almond Butter
Reduced Sugar Pudding Cups
100% Whole Fruit Rolls
Whole Grain Crackers and Granola Bars
Lightly Salted Trail Mix
Brown Rice
*Please no glass containers

– See more at: http://web.ntfb.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=326#sthash.FnzgSSrE.dpuf

We also are taking donations for Cancer Care Services of Fort Worth. A representative volunteer from their organization came out and talked to us at one of our gatherings about items they can use or if making a monetary donation we have literature on how it will be put to good use. Please ask us about that and we will be sure to make it available to you.

http://www.cancercareservices.org/volunteer/

Recently, we learned of a few families in Texas and Arkansas who have volunteered in the past on behalf of Pagan organizations but now are on hard times and could use a helping hand. These families have been dealing with hunger and not being able to put food on their tables. A local member of the Pagan community is seeking volunteers who will purchase gift cards for Walmart and/or Brookshire’s to send directly to these families in need. If you would like to help I have their contact info available and can email it to you. Get in touch at templehp@templeofthestones.org please.

Unfortunately, this week I have not received any contributions from the tribe so I went to our forum to look for some things our members have posted which might be of interest. There I found an interesting topic on the Languages, Writings and Symbols board in which Kennocha has been sharing some knowledge of the Sanskrit language. One article she shared with us came from The Smart Witch.  She says:

I also found this little gem of sanskrit/hindu knowledge on The Smart Witch’s facebook page.

Bindu Symbol

Bindu is a Sanskrit word meaning “point” or “dot.” The feminine-gender ending is bindi, and refers to a small ornamental, devotional and mystical dot applied to the forehead in Hinduism.

In metaphysics, Bindu is considered the point at which creation begins and may become unity. It is also described as “the sacred symbol of the cosmos in its unmanifested state.” Bindu is the point around which the mandala is created, representing the universe.

In the Yoga Chudamani Upanishad Bindu is a duality, with a white Bindu representing shukla and a red Bindu representing maharaj. The white Bindu is related to Shiva and the Moon, while the red Bindu is related to Shakti and the Sun.

In yoga, the union of these two parts results in the ascension of kundalini to the sahasrara.

Notes:
Shukla – sperm
Maharaj – menses
Kundalini – in yogic philosophy, a form of feminine shakti or “corporeal energy”
Sahasrara – the seventh primary chakra, according to Hindu tradition.

http://www.thesmartwitch.com/

There is also a post there with more Sanskrit words and their meanings. Won’t you drop by the forum this week and check it out? http://templeofthestones.org/forum/

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:

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.

Tuatha Dea in Dallas   – Friday, May 29th from 8pm to 2:00am Come rock the house with our favorite Pagan Celtic Gypsy Rock band from Tennessee at RBC 2617 Commerce St
Dallas, Texas 75226.

Strawberry Moon Esbat   – Saturday, May 30th gathering at 7pm and ritual begins at 8pm. Initiated Spirit Of the Sycamore clergy, spouses and candidates 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 #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 #12

Welcome fellow seekers to this week’s early edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and dude who is looking forward to getting out into da woods with my tribe!

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #11.

Two Trees by Emily Dewbre-Young
Two Trees by Emily Dewbre-Young

“We too can begin a new life, one that brings satisfaction and enrichment, whether this is by singing, dancing, running through the waves, walking barefoot on the grass or making love under the stars. Perhaps your dreams are greater than this, or perhaps more conservative, but whatever they are, Beltane is a wonderful time for expressing who you truly are.”
Carole Carlton, Mrs Darley’s Pagan Whispers: A Celebration of Pagan Festivals, Sacred Days, Spirituality and Traditions of the Year. Carole Carlton

 

The celebration of Beltane is one of the most important festivals among followers of Pagan religious traditions. It’s origins are found among the Celtic people of Western Europe and the British Isles, most particularly Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It has been postulated that the name comes from the Irish language in which bel which probably means shining or brilliant and is also a name for a Celtic god of the sun (Belenus) and the word tene which means fire. In other countries the festival has been known by other names; Bealtunn in Scotland, Shenn do Boaldyn on the Isle of Mann and Galan Mae in Wales. To the ancestral Celts it symbolized the coming of spring just as it does for modern pagans today. It was the is the time of year when crops begin to sprout, the animals bear new young life and people can usually get out of their houses where they’ve been cooped up in the wintertime. Traditionally, this day is celebrated with fire. The most ancient historical accounts tell us that  people would extinguish all their hearth fires throughout the country and then relight them from the “need fires” lit by the druids. In many places, the livestock would be driven between two great bonfires to protect them from disease during the coming year.

Maypoles are also associated with bringing in the May at this festival. It is a phallic symbol, and as such represents fertility to those participanting in the festival. In it’s origins the revelers would go into the woods and cut a tree to bring into town and it would be decorated with flowers and greenery. Then the townfolk would dance around it deosil (clockwise or “sun-wise”) to bring fertility and good luck. The ribbons which we associate with the maypole today weren’t added until later but modern Pagans love to dance the maypole with ribbons around which are woven around the pole as the dance is done.

Have a wonderful Beltane!

– Cianaodh

This week, instead of a contribution from the tribe I would like to share with you a chant we will be using this weekend at our Beltane festival. It’s called ‘Stones Forever ‘ and it was written in October of 1999 by a man named Ivo Domínguez, Jr. (Panpipe).

Here We Stand And Reach Up To The Heavens
Here We Stand And Reach Down To The Earth
Here The Stones And The People Stand Together
To Heal And Grow. To Heal And Grow

Here We Stand And Reach Up To The Heavens
Here We Stand And Reach Down To The Earth
Here The Stones And The People Stand Forever
So Mote It Be. So Mote It Be

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 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