GREETINGS

I walked out of the house this morning and three of my irises were blooming.  I never knew I was such a spring person, but every time one of my plants blooms, or a tree seems to be taking root, I get absolutely delighted.  It’s a struggle to drag myself into the office on the warm sunny days.  Mother Nature seems to understand that, and has been cooperating by giving us several rainy days this spring, just to keep me on the straight and narrow.  Somehow, I don’t mind – the rain just makes my flowers grow better and my crab apple tree take root.       

—Catherine

MAY OPEN FULL MOON

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.)  This month's ritual is FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005.

Remember, please, that Hearthstone doesn’t expect everyone 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. 

Some traditions are more controversial than others, or may contain a component that disturbs someone attending an Open Full Moon.  It is one of the risks of exploring different traditions.  Should anyone be uncomfortable, unsettled, or upset about any ritual presented by Hearthstone, please contact Alia to discuss -- and hopefully resolve and heal -- the issue.

In our ritual on May 20th we strive to unify spirit and ourselves to the Spiral of Life and with Nature Herself. We chose to honor Deity with songs that we all know and to which we can all sing along.

We will be dancing the spiral dance, we hope that you join us in this dance to raise energy for healing ourselves.

This ritual is a co-creation of several wonderful witches and lead by Kath, a Reclaiming Tradition witch. As we join our voices in the ritual, we will be co-creating this ritual in the moment weaving our spiral of songs and dance.

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

For Hearthstone's April Open Full Moon celebration, we offer Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Tanith, assisted by Clarsa.  Chanting "She changes everything She touches," we worked transformation with the Cauldron of Change.  Tanith challenged us to "Remember who you really are, why you are here, and what this is really all about."  I also like the other way she put that: "You can't play the sax until you put down the ducky!"  What makes us come alive?  The world needs people who have come alive!  Thank you, Tanith, for an uplifting Spring ritual.

—Arynne

ON DONATIONS

We appreciate that many of you donate to the church.  With your contributions, we have reached the point where the church is preparing to set policies for assisting those in need.  The more you can spare, the more we can help those who need it.

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 DATES

Earth Temple meets at Small Gatherings which is located at 66th and Wadsworth (NE corner) unless otherwise noted. The start time will be Friday at 7:30 pm. The dates are as follows:

Jun. 3 - Open Esbat
Jun. 17 - Open Litha
Jul. 8 - Open Esbat
Aug. 5 - Open Lammas
Sep. 2 - Open Esbat
Sep. 16 - Open Mabon
Sep. 30 - Open Esbat
Nov. 4 - Open Adult Samhain
Dec. 2 - Open Esbat
Dec. 16 - Open Yule
Dec. 30 - Open Esbat

GUEST COLUMNS?

If you have something to say, and are willing to let Alia or Catherine edit it slightly, (generally for grammar – Alia has the soul of an English teacher and I want to be one) 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

2005

May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18
December 9


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