Samhain is past. As I write this, both the moon and the sun are in Scorpio, a most mysterious time of the year. And yet, I feel less mysterious than I have in years.
This is my birthday month. Somehow, I don’t feel a year older. This year has brought so many changes. My first house, an end to my college debts, the promise of more college to come. What a magical year it has been!
Hearthstone meets the Friday before or the Friday of the Full Moon at the First Unitarian Church at 14th and Lafayette in Denver. 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 November OFM is presented by Lady Kinrowan, who recently went to Ireland and plans to share some of the insights she gained from her trip with us.
CALL FOR OFFICIANTS
We still need officiants for 2005 -- Including for the February OFM! The available months are February, May, July, August, September, November, and December. If you are interested in sharing your tradition with the seekers that attend the Open Full Moons, please contact Alia via your preferred method. (Telepathy not accepted unless you have a receipt.) Thanks!
A Tip of the Hat to Ivangary and Ingrid of Sacred Willow, assisted by Amy and her children Mars and Alora, for leading us in a lovely and meaningful celebration of Samhain. Samhain marks the final harvest, when herds are culled and the last fields are harvested. Samhain also is when it is said the Veil is thinnest between the worlds of the Living and the Dead. We were encouraged not to summon our dear departed, but to invite them to communicate with us. We moved on to a working in which we each received an autumn leaf, and meditated on the cycle of a leaf from Spring to Fall. Into our leaf we each released those aspects which had finished serving their purposes in our personal growth, and we let the leaf fall from our hands. Thanks to Sacred Willow for sharing this thoughtful ritual with Hearthstone!
We would like to suggest a donation of 4 to 7 dollars per person. 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.
by Deb Hoffman
Cold and flu season is upon us (sniffle). In addition to a flu shot, I always take an immune-system tonic. I like to take Astragalus and Schizandra. Take them as separate herbs, or there are some combos out there as well. Some herbalists recommend Echinacea as a tonic, but I think it should be saved for an actual treatment herb.
I'd like to share some time-honored herbal cold remedies that have helped ease some of my cold and flu discomfort over the years. I found these in a wonderful little magazine called "Well-Being" that was published back in the 70's). My comments are in italics.
FIRST AID FOR A COLD: This is a very pleasant tasting tea that is most effective at the onset of a cold. Use equal amounts of peppermint, yarrow, and elder flowers. Use 1 tsp per cup of boiling water, steep covered for 15 minutes. Drink several cupfuls hot during the day.
HERBAL COLD CAPSULES: These take a little more work, but you may find more convenient than tea. Mix equal parts of golden seal root powder, ground myrrh gum, slippery elm powder and cayenne. Cap in size "00" capsules (available at any health food store) and take 2 every 4 hours until the cold is gone. (I usually don't recommend golden seal anymore because it has been so intensely over-harvested. If you try this remedy, please use cultivated, not wild-crafted herb. You could substitute Echinacea. Also, do not use golden seal for more than 3 weeks as it can become irritating to the system over an extended period of time.)
DE-CONGEST-AIDE: Mix equal parts of lobelia, mullein, Echinacea and comfrey. Use 1 tsp per cup of water. Steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Drink several cupfuls during the day. (There has always been an aura of controversy surrounding the use of lobelia and possible toxicity…however, used following these directions there should be no problem.)
SORE THROAT SOOTHER: Mix equal parts comfrey root, marshmallow root, slippery elm bark and wild cherry bark. Using 1 tsp per cup of water, simmer for 20 minutes. (I make a quart at a time and add some cinnamon sticks and a few cloves to the mixture). Strain and use as needed, as a drink or a gargle. Add a little honey and lemon . . . ummmm good!
COUGH TAMER: Use 3 oz of the Sore Throat Soother mixture in 1 quart of water and slowly simmer down to 1 pint. Add 1 1/2 cups of honey and simmer for 5 minutes. Add 1-2 drops of oil of wintergreen or peppermint.
Now, I know that there are a few of you hardy souls out there who think everything goes better with garlic, so I will share a garlic drink that one of my herb school buddies swore by…I have never been brave enough to try it!.
KEEP-ILLNESS-AT-A-DISTANCE GARLIC DELIGHT: each morning mix in a blender 1 cup orange juice, 1 tsp olive oil, and as many cloves of garlic as you like. Hmmmm, my friend said it make a "delicious creamy drink that chases away colds and helps your liver too!"
Earth Temple meets 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 Yule from Sunday, Dec. 19, to Saturday, Dec. 18. The schedule for the rest of our rituals is as follows:
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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