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 #8.
I have been reading from Ceisiwr Serith’s book ‘A Book Of Pagan Prayer’ a lot lately and sharing excerpts that I find particularly inspirational and enlightening on our forum and on Facebook. Perhaps to the point that others might be getting annoyed with me and for that I apologize but I am enjoying this book immensely! Anyway, the other day I posted this on our forum:
“…he discusses techniques in one chapter that can be employed to compose one’s own prayers and he discusses the pros and cons and the arguments given regarding Set Prayers (ones which are already written) versus Spontaneous Prayers (ones you make up on the fly). He says that you can impress the gods with your sincerity by speaking what you truly feel. But he also notes that while some who are opposed to set prayers feel that all prayers should come from the heart or that they lack sincerity or authenticity and that while he can get behind this principle he doesn’t think that it has anything to do with the legitimacy of set prayers.
I can see where he’s coming from on this. Think about all of those times you’ve heard a song on the radio or wherever and the words of the song spoke to you perfectly and expressed exactly what you might be going through at a particular time in your life or a memory of another time. Those words to that song were written by someone else at another time but they still legitimately expressed how you may be feeling in your own heart. That expression is still sincere even if you yourself did not write the words to the song. It’s the same with prayers. If they fit the situation then they fit. It’s certainly a wonderful thing to write your own if the words come to you and that’s a powerful gift indeed. But using another’s prayer if it truly fits is not lacking in authenticity or sincerity if the words express how you truly feel. The gods will appreciate the offering if it is given from the heart. ”
If you would like to add some thoughts to this or perhaps carry on a discussion about another subject you may find this particular post on the forum in Outer Court Chat under the heading Spontaneous Prayer. Please drop by the forum: http://templeofthestones.org/forum/
This week’s contribution from the tribe come’s from sister Kennocha who has shared this recipe for the Rumchata Pudding Shots which she and her family brought to our Ostara celebrartion at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s home and we’re hoping she will bring again at Beltane. Thank you Kennocha!
1 package of Jello INSTANT cheesecake pudding mix
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 cup of Rumchata
1 8 ounce package of Cool Whip
Cinnamon Graham Crackers
Mix first four ingredients together.
Divide mixture into shot glasses/cups.
Grind graham crackers and sprinkle over each serving.
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 email@example.com. I’m always happy to show off the talents of our tribe!
In addition to this, I would like to reach out to anyone else who might be looking for sources of information and training on Shamanic and Native American spirituality. Kennocha put together, back in February, a wealth of great resources worth checking out on the subject, some local, some online and a list of books. If anyone needs a copy of this information packet entitled ‘A Few Shamanic Resources’ please let me know. I have about 5 copies left in my purple Temple Business binder available for sharing and can make more copies on request.
Upcoming Temple Events:
April New Hare Moon – Saturday, April 18th 7pm. This will be our first ever New Moon ritual held by our temple. This event will be open to the public and you are welcome to wear your ritual robes if you have them or just dress in casual attire of your choosing. It will be hosted at Wahya and Ta’li Seabhac’s home in Venus. Address will be given to registered guests.
Possible Tanglewood Cleanup Make-up Day – Sunday, April 19th All Day. Since we didn’t make it down to the land on the weekend of the 10th to 12th due to weather reports, perhaps on this day we will make a day trip to get some work done at the campsite.
Beltane Crafts Weekend – Saturday, April 25th and Sunday April 26th at Cianaodh’s house.Beltane is coming and we have a portable May Pole to refurbish, decorations to make and workshops to plan for.
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