GREETINGS

The nights grow longer and colder.  It is supposed to be well below freezing tonight and all this coming week.  The Wheel turns toward Yule and the birth of the Oak King.  Or, if you prefer, the return of the Sun.  We have had fires every night for the last two weeks.  It’s just been too cold not to. 

We’ve spent much of the last two weeks getting the house ready for an appraisal, so that we can refinance.  In fact, we have finally gotten things done that we have been “meaning to do” for months.  It makes me wonder how many things I’ve put off until it’s an emergency.  Practicing – almost certainly.  Personal life – probably.  I do know that many of the holes that were in the house have now been filled.  And all the rooms now have more light.  What a wonderful thing it is in this terribly dark time of the year to have a warm, lit house.  And I think of those who don’t.  I don’t want to put them off until it’s an emergency. 

—Catherine

DECEMBER 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, DECEMBER 9, 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.

The December 9th OFM will be presented by Teresa n’ha Pagani.  This time of year we are bombarded with all the things we MUST do to make the holidays successful: buy, shop, buy, cook, buy, make, buy, etc.  We often forget that the holidays - the holy days - also mean family and loved ones.  So, she will create a space for a short span of time, where we can mentally and spiritually connect with ourselves, others, and the divine.

The ritual will be a time to remember and recognize that the longest night is fast approaching and that we have, once again, made it through this stressful time.  It will be a time we can remember all that we have accomplished and learned since our last Long Night and think about what we hope to accomplish in the future.  Most importantly, it will be a time we travel to those we love and tell them, in their dreams, we love them.

Teresa n'ha-Pagani is an eclectic Wiccan with a varied background.  She is currently a student at the University of Colorado at Denver and hopes to graduate this spring with her bachelor degree in Sociology.  She is married to Pam Bondi who is wonderful to put up with her wife disappearing into papers and getting depressed about the state of humanity.

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Draconis Leona for leading our evening together at our Nov. Open Full Moon.  For those who celebrate Samhain as the beginning of the New Year, this is the time of new beginnings, the time to refresh ourselves and renew our relationships and our lives.  The main part of the ritual was visiting with one another, with the challenge to renew an old acquaintance, and make a new one.  What a delightful experience it was discovering some of the wonderful people in our Hearthstone community.  We then “re-formed” our circle, and shared some of our personal intentions for the new year. Even very young participants spoke their intentions.  Spirit wove warm and gentle threads around us, weaving community in a lovely way.  Thank you, Draconis Leona, for creating a ritual that supported and strengthened our community.

—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.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN WICCAN TEMPLE YULE

Rocky Mountain Wiccan Temple will present a musical Yule ritual on Wednesday, December 21, at the First Universalist Church, northeast corner of Hampden and Colorado.  The Wheel of the Year will be honored in this ritual with chants and music from all eight Sabbats.  Harp, flute, piano and drum, as well as vocal music, will be featured.  Come sing, dance and listen to good music as we celebrate the Birth of the Sun.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the ritual begins at 8:00 PM.

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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:

2005

Dec. 2 - Open Esbat
Dec. 16 - Open Yule
Dec. 30 - Open Esbat

2006

Jan 27  new moon/Imbolc
Feb 24  new moon
Mar 17  Ostara
Mar 31  new moon
Apr 28  new moon/Beltaine
May 26  new moon
Jun 16  Litha
Jun 30  new moon
Jul 28  new moon/Lammas
Aug 25  new moon
Sep 22  new moon/Mabon
Oct 20  new moon
Oct 27  Samhain
Nov 17  new moon
Dec 15  new moon/Yule

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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Please note that information and opinions contained in the articles in this newsletter are the responsibility of the authors only.  No endorsement by Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. is implied. 


All writings are copyright to their respective authors.  Please obtain permission before reprinting anything here with the exception of the Open Full Moon Dates.  Those may be copied and transmitted as needed.

Open Full Moon Dates

2005

December 9

2006

January 13
February 10
March 10
April 7
May 12
June 9
July 7
August 4
September 1
October 6
November 3
December 1

Since many of us have multiple family and other obligations around Yuletide, we have once again elected to refrain from holding an Open Full Moon at the end of December.


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