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Cianaodh’s Corner #1

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 #29

Welcome fellow seekers to this edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and just a guy trying not to piss off the gods.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #28.

Mead (Public Domain)
Mead (Public Domain)

In another fine example of ways that our ancestors had it right, modern scientists are now looking at mead, the drink of the gods, as possibly the next great medicine. In this story from Modern Notion, Swedish Scientists, Tobias Olofsson and Alejandra Vasquez are said to have found that a mixture of honey and a lactic acid bacteria which is found in the honey stomach of bees creates a salve which was shown to cure wounds in horses that previously wouldn’t heal. They also say that they’ve seen the lactic acid bacteria kill any human pathogen it encounters, even the pathogens that are antibiotic resistant.

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Have you checked the forum lately? Temple Of the Standing Stones Forum is a repository of topics, discussions and networking with other Pagan minded folks, seekers and others waiting to be discovered and interacted with. Unlike social networking sites in which discussions eventually scroll into the aether, perhaps never to be found again, you can easily locate a discussion that took place months or even years ago on the forum, read through all that has been said and breathe new life into the topic with a fresh post. It is linked to the world wide web so any user on the internet, using any search engine might find your words and respond, maybe years later. In that way, it’s almost like a message in a bottle. Another nice thing about the forum is we have a collection of handy spells, prayers, chants, stories, song lyrics, poetry and more that you can search through to find just what you need. We won’t force you to use your real name either like some sites out there so if you’re in the broom closet, or sort of in the broom closet, you can use a pseudonym and maintain your anonymity. Your privacy is important to us!

Upcoming Temple Events:

TONIGHT Fruit Moon Esbat – Saturday, August 29th, 7pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

Skyclad- Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY. This event will be held at Kynos and Robert’s home in Arlington, Texas.

This event will be hosted in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 7PM, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

What to bring: (Optional)

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

Pagan Unity Fest – Saturday, September 5th, 10am til 6:30pm

Today we will be at Pagan Unity Fest at Arlington UU. 2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX. Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition will be hosting the opening ritual as well as an information table. Some of our members will also be volunteering and vending there. Come on out and see us!

DFW Pagan Unity Fest
DFW Pagan Unity Fest

Today we will be at Pagan Unity Fest at Arlington UU. 2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX. Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition will be hosting the opening ritual as well as an information table. Some of our members will also be volunteering and vending there. Come on out and see us!

Workshops, Vendors, Children’s Activities, Entertainment, Charity Auction and Raffles
This is a free community event
Bring your folding chairs or blankets for workshops and performances

Remember this is an outdoor event, in Texas, in Sept..It’s going to be hot!
Please dress accordingly and stay hydrated! No alcohol is permitted.
Bring your own folding chairs for workshops, performances ect..

Please note….This is a family friendly event..No weapons or firearms of any kind,No illegal substances, No alcohol will be permitted or tolerated on the UU grounds during this event.

We love our fur babies, familiars and service animals and they are welcome at the event(outside only) but remember it will be hot and lots of activity and people, so it may not be a comfortable day for them. While animals are permitted, I strongly advise to only bring them if NECESSARY. They need to be on a leash at all times, The UU grounds are home to cats and other wild life. That fact needs to be respected, we don’t want them chased or made to feel threatened.. And as always Please pick up after your fur baby..

How can you help?
Or donate ice, bottled water, canopy tents

sponsor opportunities available

Vendor spots are sold out

Food vendors
The Lunch Box
Kona Ice

Our Sponsors
Tiger Paw Creations
GreenMan Studios
Grove And Grotto
Maiden Mother Doula
Hearth Wisdom Store

Guest Speakers:
Ed Fitch
Aranon C’ean

Opening Ritual
Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition

Main Ritual
Amethyst Dragon

Healing Ritual
Circle of the Elders

Closing Ritual
Sumerian Gatherings


Chelsey Danielle
Daisy Windsong
Daniel KatsüK
Daryl Sprout
Belly Dance Performance Ann Rodriguez
Belly Dance Performance by
Layla Jameela Dahlal


Vendor set up starts at 8:00 am not before..No early birds please..We need to be there to direct set up….Vendors please pull into the the UU,someone will direct you where to unload, then move your vehicle to the school parking lot, then you can come back and begin set up. .We will have helpers at registration to watch your things while you park, then help you get your things to your vending spot as quickly as possible..
Vendors are responsible for own EZ ups tables chairs ect..

Arlington UU
Maypole Connections
Nature’s Way
Cosmic Crow Collective
Dreaming Priestess Creations
Amethyst Dragon
Pagan Provisions By Circle Of The Elders
Korinas’ Treasures
Spiral Harvest
Green Mountain Energy
Dallas Hypnosis Works
DFW Norml
The Crafty Piano Teacher
Just A Rat Rescue And Sanctuary
Jessicas’ Charms
Sacred Space Artistry
Peace Family Designs
Inner Light Artistry
Earth Spirit People
Youthful love designs
Groovy Goods
Venus 6 Gallery
Nocturnal Infusion Dreads
LadyBug Cottage
Magnetic Enchanments
Moonbeams Midwifery
Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition
Captain Ann Originals
Earth Rising
Cybies Originals
Stacys’ Henna Creations

All vendor sales are final

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

This event will be hosted at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Gathering in at 7PM, ritual to begin at 8PM. Address will be given upon request to those who are attending.

What to bring: (Optional)

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

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 road rise to meet you,

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

Temple History

Temple Of the Standing Stones was originally part of the Esoteric Path of Enlightenment tradition which was itself derived from the Correllian Nativist Tradition. The Correllians base their teachings upon those of Caroline High Correll, a practicing psychic, spiritual healer, and herbalist who founded the tradition way back in 1879. Her family was said to be descended from a line of Cherokee Didanvwisgi (Medicine Men). These Didanvwisgi intermarried with a family of Scottish Traditional Witches, whose descendants were also influenced by Aradian Witchcraft and by the beliefs of the Spiritualist Church. In 1979 the Elders of the Correllian Tradition decided that it was a form of “Wicca” using the term as synonymous with “Witchcraft”.

Esoteric Path of Enlightenment tradition broke away from the Correllians in 2012 to form a more eclectic tradition of their own in the North Texas region.

On December 14th, 2014 Cianaodh Óg, Arachne Crowsinger and Sera Freya formally resigned from Esoteric Path of Enlightenment Tradition to become completely autonomous. Arachne Crowsinger went on to found a coven of her own which became Mystic Willow Coven and Cianaodh Óg remains the High Priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones to this day. Sera Freya chose to pursue other studies but remains a founding elder of our tradition with full voting rights. It has been our goal from the beginning to “Forge a new Pagan path!”  and we work diligently every day to do just that. On March 21st, 2015, otherwise known as Mudstara 2015 due to it being a very muddy Ostara Celebration (Haha!) Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition was born as Cianaodh Óg, Arachne Crowsinger and Sera Freya received their metallic cords and crowns from recognized elders of their former tradition.

Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders
Spirit Of the Sycamore Elders
Spirit Of the Sycamore Sigil in pencil.
Spirit Of the Sycamore Sigil in pencil.
Spirit Of the Sycamore Color Sigil
Spirit Of the Sycamore Color Sigil


Temple Intro

Greetings, salutations and howdy! Welcome to the Seekers’ Orientation at Temple Of the Standing Stones. In order to help you get familiar with us and our approach to Paganism we have included sections about ‘The History Of Our Temple‘, ‘Basics Beliefs‘, ‘The Basics Of Our Practices’,’Definitions’, and more. We’re a friendly lot who are scattered fairly widely throughout the Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth area (but mostly Arlington) and beyond but get together about three weekends per month at one another’s homes, rented space at UU churches or other facilities and sometimes just go on outings together. We have lessons, craft nights, rituals, music, games, movies and other activities which we welcome you to join us in. If you have any questions that we do not cover in our Seekers’ Orientation please feel free to contact us and ask away. We are always looking for ways to improve our website to better serve the needs of newcomers to our temple so if you have a question that we haven’t answered it gives us an opportunity to make our orientation better. Before you get started please see our OUR VISION for a glimpse of this temple’s concept of Paganism our way.


About Us – Seekers’ Orientation

Welcome to the Temple Of the Standing Stones Seekers’ Orientation. In the following articles we hope to share with you the basics of our form of Paganism as we practice it within our temple and what we believe about the nature of creation and our place in it. It is our goal to answer as many of your questions as possible. So, let’s dive right in shall we?

MEET OUR HIGH PRIEST – He’s a little bit weird and sometimes smells funny but we tolerate that because he’s also fun and has some interesting ideas. 😉

INTRO – Hi! Welcome to Temple of the Standing Stones! This is an orientation of our Temple! We hold classes, field trips,  rituals, craft days and gatherings. We include kids when appropriate, and have alternative activities when it is not.

HISTORY OF OUR TEMPLEThis is our back story and how we relate to the community at large.

THE BASICS OF OUR BELIEFS – Our temple members come from a variety of backgrounds and belief systems however, we have a broad enough structure that we hope most all Pagans will be able to find a place here.

– – Deity Our approach to deity and how our members conceptualize the divine.

– – ReincarnationMost of our members believe in one form of reincarnation or another. Here’s a look at some beliefs on reincarnation.

– – Ethics While our Temple is not specifically Wiccan, we have chosen to adopt the Wiccan Rede as a guideline for our code of ethics.

THE BASICS OF OUR PRACTICES – Our ritual style, roles and concepts we make a part of our temple’s orthopraxy.

– – Holidays These are the holidays we observe, and these are the levels at which you must be to come to them, and why.

– – Magic This is how we utilize magic during our rituals, and how we believe that magic works.

– – Clothing, Tools, and Magickal Names Some basics on things you are likely to see and hear at one of our rituals.

– – Divination Another practice utilized by many members of our temple both in and out of ritual is divination.

– – Temple Calendar Our upcoming event schedule.

OUTRO Thanks for reading this, if you have any questions please contact us.

QUESTIONNAIRE If you feel that you might like to join our temple either as a Dedicant or as an Initiate please download the questionnaire and you may either email your answers to us at templehp@templeofthestones.org or print it out and bring it with you to the next gathering you attend.


DEFINITIONS – Some words we use and what we mean by them when we say them.

SEEKERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS – Because you have rights and aren’t being asked to give them up to be a part of our temple…

TEACHERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS – Because we all have rights and deserve to be treated with respect…


HOW OUR BELIEFS MIGHT RELATE TO SCIENCE – A piece from the perspective of Cianaodh Óg, High Priest of the temple.

SKYCLAD WORKINGS – A more in depth look at our view of skyclad ritual and it’s place in our workings.

OFF-GRID LIVING LINKSA lot of our members are interested in topics like sustainable living, permaculture, prepper knowledge, survivalism, etc. Our ancestors were resourceful people who knew how to live on what nature provided so we aspire to do so as much as possible too. In the interests of that endeavor we maintain this list of links.


The following articles are not by us or from our temple but are a worthwhile read that we feel like sharing:

ABCDEF – Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame. Are you in a cult or thinking of joining one? Here’s how to find out.