Happy New Year! 2006 has arrived in cheers, toasts, fireworks, and celebrations. As pagans, we get at least two “New Years” a year, Samhain, and secular New Year. What fun! Two chances to start over. One for our spiritual lives and one for our secular lives. Unless you are lucky enough to have totally integrated those lives, you can concentrate on the spiritual, then work on the secular, then put them together for a while. I think I’ll try that this year.
It’s been such a warm Yule season that, if it hadn’t been for the early nightfall, I would have hardly known it was winter. Tonight feels like it might change. It seems like every time I write this column, it is a chilly night, suitable for a nice, cozy fire. Hmmm, I like that. A blessed, cozy, New Year to everyone!
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, JANUARY 13, 2006.
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 January 13th OFM will be presented by Kat Dupre. Kat plans a ritual/guided meditation to clean up the "attic". We will polish our hopes and dreams, and examine our fears to see which ones we can get rid of.
Kat is a solitary practitioner in a very eclectic tradition. She describes herself as “more a ‘kitchen’ type, than a high ritual type, and am more likely to use cinnamon and sage in a very simple ritual than doing a structured elaborate one.
Hmmm...for our December OFM I "tip my hat" to all who attended. We were a small group - apparently we were competing with several concerts - and instead of doing a ritual, we shared our stories. It is so interesting how people come to this path, and to Hearthstone. Several of those present have participated regularly for ten years or more, and they shared why Hearthstone is an important strand of their "web." A few people were at their first-ever OFM, and they shared the winding paths they have traveled. We spent our Yule OFM talking together, warming ourselves around the Hearth!
Blessings of the fresh new year to you and your loved ones!
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.
Spruce Mountain Spiral Scouts troop forming. This co-ed scouting organization is for children of minority faiths. We engender a sense of commitment to the Earth, the environment and values, respect and diversity. We will focus on skills and woodland lore, camping, sports and fun! Next meeting 1/22 at Spirit Wise 3:00 PM. Contact Kath for more details.
Kids’ Circle: This fun eclectic celebration of the sabbats is geared toward children of all ages. We are an Open Circle celebrating sabbats with our children. Please bring a healthy child-friendly snack o share. Our Imbolc Circle is January 29 at Noon at Spirit Wise. Contact Kath for more details.
Reclaiming Magical Education
Sharpen your magical skills in the New Year.
The Iron Pentacle
FEBRUARY 25 & 26, 2006
Reclaim the qualities of Sex, Pride, Self, Power and Passion. Call them back to you and claim them as your birthrights. Our culture has twisted these words: we, as Witches, know that we can use these words, they are sacred. They are the building blocks to becoming more human.
Using our magical skills, moving and shaping energy, transforming ourselves through trance to explore the five points of our inner pentacle: Sex (primal energy), Self, Passion, Pride (self-esteem), and Power (effectiveness in the worlds).
Reclaiming is a community of individuals working to unify spirit and politics. Our vision is rooted in the religion and magic of the Goddess, the Immanent Life Force. We see our work as teaching and making magic; the art of empowering ourselves and each other.
For more information contact Kath
Earth Temple will be hosting classes again this year at Spirit Wise, 6590 S. Broadway. The next class will be taught by Margaret Johnson, who will be discussing the practice of drawing down the Goddess. The class is on Sunday, January 29, from 2 - 4 pm. There is no charge for the class, but cash donations will be accepted to help fund Earth Temple events. For more information, send an email to EarthTempleemail@example.com.
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 2006 dates are as follows:
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
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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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