It’s almost August. Lammas or Lughnasa for those whose path is Wicca. It’s a time of both sacrifice and thanksgiving. A time of contradictions. The beginning of the end of the summer, yet it is the beginning of the harvest.
My neighbor’s corn is literally “as high as an elephant’s eye” (from Oklahoma!, Rogers & Hammerstein, 1943). He is already harvesting his vegetables (lettuce, squash, onions, and more); and has given us much of his wonderful harvest. So, in many ways, his harvest is our harvest. As for our sacrifice, we give him much of our treasured privacy and take the time to talk to an aging man, who misses the former owner of our house – his friend for many years. It’s not much sacrifice. And he does grow the most wonderful calabacitas.
Hearthstone meets the Friday before or the Friday of the Full Moon at the First Unitarian Church at 14th and Lafayette in Denver. This month we are meeting on July 30. The church doors open at 7, and we like to start at 7:30. (We are NOT big proponents of Pagan Standard Time, but if there is weather related driving trouble or a problem on the freeway, we've been known to wait a bit longer.)
Remember, please, that the policy at Hearthstone is not to enter in Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, as there are people you don't know there, but to enter with a willing heart and an open mind, and leave your differences at the door.
The July ritual will be about honoring the “Middle Generation.” As a community we honor our elders and look forward to the ideas that our youths will bring to us ... but how do we treat our middle generation? Join us as we identify this generation and the faces they wear. This ritual is child and adult friendly.
for Late April:
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Livy, Rose and Cathy who presented our April 30th Open Full Moon, assisted by the beautiful maidens Caitlin and Kaitlyn. The theme was connections to one another and the earth, and we cast the circle hand to hand, followed by a meditation. In celebration of Spring we did a wild, laughing spiral dance and raised a spinning sphere of energy that exploded in droplets of cleansing energy that washed and energized us. Thank you Livy, Rose, and Cathy for leading us in joyful celebration!
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Draconis Leona, Eric V., 9 3/4 and friends for our May 28th Open Full Moon ritual. The three faces/ages of God and Goddess were invoked: Maid/Mother/Crone and Page/Father/Sage. In this ritual we gathered together the many ingredients needed to create a healthy, trusting, communicating community. Thank you, Draconis Leona and friends, for reminding us all to contribute positively to create a high-quality spiritual community.
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Damien, who led Hearthstone's July 2 Open Full Moon ritual as a teaching circle about the ancient Dragon Tradition of Witchcraft. In this tradition dragons are communed with, not worshipped. Dragons are respected as soulmates and confidantes, and represent self-responsibility, strength and wisdom. Dragons have the ability to see the truth in a human's heart. We were challenged to look deep into ourselves, and see what a dragon sees within us. Thank you, Damien, for this intriguing ritual.
We have determined that our break-even point is about $4 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 4 to 7 dollars per person. (The extra is to cover the pagans that are unable to donate.) 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.
Earth Temple will now be meeting at Small Gatherings at 66th and Wadsworth. The storefronts that we will be using are located in the small shopping center on the northeast corner of the intersection. The storefronts are toward the east side of the parking lot. There is plenty of parking in the parking area including handicapped parking. There are no stairs involved and we should not have a problem with noise.
We have changed the date of Lammas from Sunday, Aug. 1, to Saturday, July 31. Also Yule is changed from Sunday, Dec. 19, to Saturday, Dec. 18. The schedule for the rest of our rituals is as follows:
Lammas Jul. 31 (Sa)
Waning Moon Aug. 14 (Sa)
Waning Moon Sep. 11 (Sa)
Mabon Sep. 25 (Sa)
New Moon Oct. 16 (Sa)
Samhain Nov. 6 (Sa)
New Moon Nov. 13 (Sa)
Waning Moon Dec. 11 (Sa)
Yule Dec. 18 (Sa)
We have not changed our start time. We will still meet at 7pm. Reminders will be sent out prior to each ritual.
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