Temple Newsletter #26

Welcome fellow seekers to this 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 #25.

I received the following information from Judy Watkins about a brand new event coming to the area and she asked us to pass the word along…

The Labyrinth Walk Psychic and Holistic Fair is having its debut event. The inaugural event is on August 16 from 3 to 6 pm. It will repeat on the 3rd Sunday of every month through December. The fair is presented by Labyrinth Walk Coffee House (LWCH) and hosted UU Church of Oak Cliff at 3839 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas, 75233. Admission is free; $20 per 15 minute session; some participants require a double session.
There will be a variety to chose from: Angel Drawings; Chair Massage; Chakra Healing; DNA Theta Healing®; Energy Healing; Mediumship; Psychic Readings; Reflexology; Reiki; Shamanic Healing; Stone Readings; Tarot Card Readings; Tea Readings; and vendors.

If anyone makes it out to the inaugural event on the 16th please drop me a line and let me know what you think. Also, Local Harvest sent out an email recently about Lavender Season I thought I would share:

We have been watching the progress of this year’s lavender harvest and are happy to report that it has arrived! Many of you must have been keeping an eye out too, because our farmers’ fresh lavender bundles are selling well already. The word is that it’s a beautiful and abundant crop this year.

Lavender is a flower that prompts a lot of enthusiasm among those who love its scent. Our customers adore the fragrant beauty of bunches of fresh lavender, and rave over the dried lavender bundles that hold their fragrance all year. Personally, I rarely travel without a bottle of lavender oil. I love it for it’s calming scent and disinfectant properties. LocalHarvest farmers also offer also carry culinary lavender, sachets, and dried buds, which make a lovely wedding toss! This year we’re offering over 100 lavender products.

With best wishes for a beautiful, bountiful summer,

Erin Barnett

If you don’t currently use Local Harvest, I highly recommend it. It’s a great place to find out about Farmers’ Markets, Co-Ops and other local food providers and events in your area.

Passion Vine

Passion Flower photo by Clinton andPassion Flower photo by Clinton and Charles Robertson. Licensed CC. Charles Robertson. Licensed CC.
Passion Flower photo by Clinton and Charles Robertson. Licensed CC.

Did you know that those Passion Vines that are growing all over my back yard are edible? Indeed! They are a source of Vitamin A and Niacin and you can use the ripe Maypop fruits which they produce (if they are properly pollinated) to make preserves or just eat them raw. You’ll know the fruit is ready for eating when it turns a yellowy orange color. The inside of the ripe fruit has a lot of seeds surrounded by a clear goo that kind of looks like snot. Not very appetizing, I know, but it’s actually rather tasty (the maypop goo, not the snot) and worthwhile. Just suck the goo off the seeds kind of like you would with a pomegranate. The leaves can be dried and steeped in boiled water to make a nice tea which contains alkaloids and has a sedative effect.

Learn more about this wonderful vine and see more pictures of it at the great Merriwether’s Foraging Texas site: http://www.foragingtexas.com/2006/08/passion-vinemaypop.html

As always, if you ever have anything that YOU would like to see included in the weekly newsletter, I am always happy to receive submissions from the tribe. Please send it in to templehp@templeofthestones.org with the subject Temple Newsletter and I will be sure to include it and credit you for it. Thank you!

Upcoming Temple Events:

TODAY – Living In Harmony With Nature – Saturday, August 8th, 7pm til 11:45PM

Today’s class will be a discussion on things pertaining to living a more self sufficient lifestyle and how this helps you to not only become more in tune with nature and the ways of our ancestors but can also allow you more freedom and save you money. Come see what we have to say!

This event will be held at Cianaodh’s Home in Arlington, TX 76014. Address given to registered guests ONLY.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Snack Item For Sharing
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank or A Sponsored Family In Need
Cash Donations for Cancer Care Services

New Fruit Moon Ritual – Saturday, August 15th, 7pm til 11PM (Ritual to begin at 8PM).

This event will be hosted at Robert and Kynos’ home in Arlington, Texas. Address given to registered guests ONLY.

What to bring: (Optional)

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

CANCELLED – Saturday, August 22nd.

This event has been cancelled to allow people who need to take care of back to school preparations (for those whose children are publicly schooled) and those who need to get things ready for Pagan Unity Fest on September 5th to have more time to do so.

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

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