Temple Newsletter #1

A Blessed Lupercalia and welcome to the first edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and blabbermouth of the temple.

We have had some exciting and interesting things happening these past few months at our temple that I would like to share in this edition. Back in November we officially hived off from Sacred Fire Temple within the Esoteric Path of Enlightenment tradition then about 6 weeks later, on December 14th, my temple and two of my High Priestess sisters formally resigned from that tradition to forge a new path of our own. We decided that we have a different vision and philosophy on how our Paganism should be practiced and wished to be unencumbered from traditional models. While I work on my temple, my two sisters are forming a coven of their own in another area and we hope to launch a new tradition of our own together soon.

So, we have been establishing a ritual structure that works for us and have asked our founding members to let us know what works for them spiritually as well so that we can collectively better provide an environment for our members which allows us all to progress on our paths. The Seekers’ Package has, just this past week, undergone an update to all documents to better reflect our views and vision. But it’s not stopping there, a complete rewrite and restructuring will be forthcoming in the near future. In fact, it is still in progress nearly each and every day currently. Don’t worry though, the content which is currently there will still be valid but more will be added and it will, hopefully, be better organized. In order to gain access to our Seekers’ Package materials one need only come meet with us at one of our gatherings and indicate a desire to learn more. We will set up an account for you on our website which will give you access to these and other informative articles. If you have been to one of our gatherings and would like to see these living documents please feel free to email me at templehp [at] templeofthestones [dot] org to let me know you are in need of a membership account. I will simply need a username you wish to use, an email address you would like to  link the account to and a password will be emailed to you at that address.

We have revised and are in the process of updating our Recommended Reading List with recommendations and synopses from our temple priests and priestesses. This list is now open to the public so please feel free to click on the link and see what we have there so far. More public documents will be added soon so always be sure to visit our news tab on the website to see what the latest is at http://templeofthestones.org/news/

Making Brigit's Crosses
Making Brigit’s Crosses

We had a magickal Imbolc celebration this past January 31st at Arlington UU which also served as a learning experience for some of our temple members as we broke away from our typical ritual model and did this one in ADF Druidry style. It was a blast from the past for me as I hadn’t done such a ritual in more than four years but it was well received by most of the attendees even if we, as we later learned, should have had a bit more preliminary education on this style for all attendees beforehand. The prior weekend we had a great time making Brigit’s Crosses from straw and some from pipe cleaners (which are quite colorful and easy to work with by the way!)

Pipe cleaners make great Brighid's Crosses
Pipe cleaners make great Brighid’s Crosses

Coming soon we will be having a wonderful outing at the North Texas Irish Festival on Saturday, March 7th and we hope to be wearing some new, snazzy t-shirts with our temple’s name and website address on them so if you see us out there, won’t you please come and say hi!? We love hugs by the way. 🙂 For more information about North Texas Irish Festival see their website: http://www.ntif.org/ It is a wonderful event full of music, dancing, great shopping and food and a huge dose of good old Irish culture!

Before I close out this week’s newsletter I would like to encourage you to set aside some time each week to visit our forum on the website too. We are constantly adding new material and our very beautiful and talented acting High Priestess works hard each week to get out a list of upcoming events in the North Texas area and beyond which are of particular interest to the Pagan community. You’ll find these posts on our Outer Court Chat board under the topic This Week’s Events followed by the dates. Our Outer Court Chat board is the most easily accessible of the boards on our forum. You don’t even have to register an account or log in to gain access to it. But we do hope that you will register an account with us there anyway and gain access to the many more boards that we offer covering a variety of fascinating subjects. You will find our forum at: http://templeofthestones.org/forum/

Upcoming Temple Events:

Lesson – Energy Working and Psychic Challenge Games – Saturday, February 21st at 7pm at Cianaodh’s house.

LessonDivination Overview – Saturday, February 28th at 7pm at Cianaodh’s house.

Email: templehp [at] templeofthestones [dot] org for the address if you plan to attend.

In closing I would like to impart to you some wise words I was recently blessed with:

May it never be said that I sat when I should have stood.

Remained silent when I should have spoken.

May it never be said that I did not honor my gods.

When my path becomes faint; I will carve my own way.

When I speak, may it be words of truth and worth.

And when I come to the end of my journey, may I never look back with regret.

Many Blessings To You and Yours,

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

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