GREETINGS

Your eyes did not deceive you; there was no newsletter for December.  Time is still passing far too rapidly for my taste.  If anyone finds a way to slow Time down, do let me know.

We do have Officiants through May and for October of this year.  April is still tentative, but I think it will be solid shortly.  There are still dates available, including the summer solstice.

Please contact Southwynde, Catherine, or me if you would like to present a ritual to the group.  If you have not done group ritual before, I would be happy to provide advice and counsel.  In fact, I’ll probably want to talk to you whether you ask me or not…

Blessed Be!

—Alia

JANUARY OPEN FULL MOON

The January Open Full Moon will be on Friday, January 25, 2001, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO.  The doors of the church open at 7:00.  We like to begin at 7:30.

This ritual will celebrate Imbolc. 

For the next several months, we will be sharing the church with the CUUPs drumming circle.  We will occupy the community room, and the drummers will occupy the sanctuary.  We are welcome to join the drumming after the ritual.  Joan informs me that they usually drum until 9:30 or 10, but if there is interest, they can stay later.

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

For November:

Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Willow and Merlyn for offering a Celtic-styled rite for our Nov. OFM.  Merlyn shared his experiences and how they have led him to believe that most of us don't come close to manifesting our full personal power.  Within the ritual he encouraged us to tap into the energy of the Goddess and God to solve problems in our lives and more fully access our individual potential.  Thank you, Willow and Merlyn.

—Arynne

For December:

Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to CeCe for offering a lighthearted Winnie the Pooh ritual for 2001's final Open Full Moon gathering.  Each Pooh character introduced itself and its essence.  We did a spiral dance in the Hundred Acre Wood, and each participant received a Pooh Stick.  We were encouraged to focus our intentions for the New Year into our stick, then in the coming days, drop it into a stream and send our intentions into the flow of life.  We took our Pooh Sticks to the S. Platte River the following evening, and dropped them in as the luminous full moon rose in the eastern sky at dusk. Thank you for giving us this ritual, and this opportunity for personal magic.

—Arynne

SUGGESTED DONATION

We have determined that our break-even point is about $3 per person.

We aren’t going to start collecting at the door, and no one will be turned away for not having a donation.  However, we would like to suggest a donation of 3 to 5 dollars per person.  (The extra is to cover the pagans that can’t swing $3.)  If you can’t afford it, you are still welcome – if you can afford more, we’d be delighted to accept it.

NOTE:  Hearthstone is a church and your donations to Hearthstone are tax deductible.  If you would like to write a check so you can keep track of your donations, we can certainly handle that as well.

KITCHEN WITCH SEAFOOD YULE FEAST

The question of “How I spent the night of the Solstice” is answered in so many different poems, articles, short stories, etc., that I feel almost foolish mentioning how I spent mine. However, as it involves food and a recipe appropriate for the next major Sabbat I feel obliged to write about it.

We spent (we being a loosely linked group of Pagans and Witches that I often find myself celebrating the Sabbats and moons with) the night in feasting and on Sunwatch in front of a bonfire in a backyard near the Columbia River. (Our plans for cabin camping on the ocean were squashed, along with the roofs of the cabins, by a tree uprooted during a winter storm.) For our main course, we decided on a communal seafood stew. It was incredibly delicious and, while I can’t possibly reproduce the exact recipe, I can tell you exactly how we did it because this dish would be ideal for either Imbolc (where its whiteness would fit one tradition of that Sabbat) or Ostara (where it might do to make it slightly more Mediterranean in style.)

Here is the basic recipe:

Not-A-Coven’s Seafood Stew

Melt butter in LARGE stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until wilted. Add garlic, celery, and pepper and continue to saute until all vegetables are soft and onion has just started to brown. Add broth and potatoes, and allow to simmer, covered, 45 minutes to an hour, giving yourself time to do ritual or open presents or whatever you have going on. Add fish, replace cover, and simmer 15 minutes or until all fish is cooked through. Add half and half, season, and bring back to simmer. Remove from heat and serve immediately with crusty bread.

If I make this again for Imbolc I will probably add a chunk of smoked salmon with the fish to make it more like a chowder but it was extremely tasty as it was.

Our seafood choices included salmon, true cod, and clams (canned.) We learned that one of the people participating is allergic to scallops so we left them out but they’d have been a marvelous addition, as would have crabmeat (even the fake kind would have worked) or mackerel fillet.

I hope your Yule was full of bright blessings and your Imbolc brings a warm promise of springtime.

UNCLASSIFIED ADS

Night blind elder Wiccan living in SW Denver needs a dependable ride for the OFMs.  Will contribute toward gas money.  Lives near Hampden and Sheridan.  Contact Virginia.

GUEST COLUMNS?

If you have something to say, and are willing to let Alia edit it slightly, (generally for grammar – I have the soul of an English teacher) please feel free to submit your writing.   Content will not be edited.   We can usually make room for more voices.

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Open Full Moon Dates

2002

January 25
February 22
March 22
April 26
May 24
June 21 (summer Solstice)
July 19
August 16
September 13
October 18
November 15
December 13


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