GREETINGS

It’s hard to believe that it’s already Imbolc.  We’ve only had one real snow storm since Yule.  Of course, in the parking lot at work, the evidence is still there.  The crews like to pile up the snow into a couple of spaces and wait until it melts.  So we get to remember the snow for a long time. 

This week, I celebrated the return of the light.  I lit my candle and rekindled the flame in my soul.  For the Celts, it is the time of Brighid, – the Keeper of the Holy Flame and the Holy Wells.  She who inspires the harper and writer.  The noticeable return of the light brings the inspiration that we pray for every year. 

And so, for this time of year – Brighid Bless.

—Catherine

FEBRUARY 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, FEBRUARY 10, 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 February 10th OFM will be presented by Deb Hoffman and friends. February brings us Imbolc, with days that are now noticeably longer and the hint of spring in the air.  Imbolc was sacred to Bridget, beloved goddess of the Celts. Tonight we will celebrate Bridget in song and story, learning some of the lore that surrounds her and why even today she is remembered in the hearts of the people. 

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

Hearthstone tips its hat to Kat for leading our January Open Full Moon.  Kat led a guided meditation, guiding us up the stairs to "clean our attics" in preparation for the year ahead.  We found and polished our hopes and dreams, then turned toward our fears.  With the big, jagged fears, we at least polished off the sharp edges.  We bagged up our more manageable fears, along with our stored "woulda/coulda/shouldas," and carried the big bag down the attic stairs and burned it in the fireplace.  Thank you, Kat, for helping each of us clear the way for the bright new year! 

—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.

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Earth Temple will be sponsoring a class on fetches and guardians on Sunday, March 5, 2006 at Spirit Wise, 6590 S. Broadway, from 2 - 4 pm. The class will be taught by Les Seabolt. Please contact earthtemple-owner@yahoogroups.com for more information.

SPIRAL SCOUTS

Spiral Scouts Troop Forming:

Spruce Mountain Spiral Scouts Circle is meeting bi-weekly at Spirit Wise. Our upcoming dates are:

February 19 at 11:00 AM
March 5  at 11:00 AM

See www.spiralscouts.org for more details.

Or Contact Kath for more details.

Please join us.

KIDS’ CIRCLES

Future celebrations for the Colorado Pagan Children's Circle.

This is an open, celebratory ritual circle for children and their family members. We share stories, crafts and ritual in an eclectic, fun atmosphere.

Circles will gather at 12:00 noon and ritual will begin at 12:30 PM. We ask that participants please be prompt and respect standard circle etiquette.

2/12/06 Pagan Kids Night Out - Harry Potter (Movie)
3/19/06 Ostara
4/30/06 Beltane
5/21/06 Mother's Day BBQ
6/25/06 Midsummer
7/30/06 Lammas
9/17/06 Mabon
10/29/06 Samhain
11/19/06 Pagan Kids Day Out
12/17/06 Yule

These circles are designed to be open, fun, celebratory rituals set up for children, created with the participation of parents and children. We strive to make everyone welcome.

Please bring a child friendly lunch potluck item to share. We have an e-group set up to discuss Kid's Circle events and planning at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ColoPaganKidsCircle/ 

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Reclaiming Spirit and Spirit Wise present:  The Iron Pentacle

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.

TEACHERS

RAVYN

I am passionately dedicated to becoming the change I wish to see in the world, through erotic revolution, activism, conflict resolution and my work as a Chinese medicine practitioner. I believe in the practices of ecstasy and desire as reminders of the beauty of which humans are capable. I teach a variety of workshops nationally, including Reclaiming core classes, sex magic, spiritual ecology, priestessing and ritual skills, and sacred voice workshops. I enjoy exploring the juicy edges between ecosystems, humans, genders, races, gods, species, beliefs and worlds.

FERAL

Feral became involved with the Reclaiming tradition in 1997 as a witchcamper and then as a camp organizer. She has taught Elements of Magic in communities for several years and has recently begun to teach at witchcamp. Feral has long been part of a moon lodge that works with women's blood mysteries. She teaches molecular biology for a living and strives to integrate magic into everyday life.

Class Schedule:

Saturday, February 25
9:30 am Registration
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, February 26
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

We welcome all genders, all races, all ages and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity. We strive to make our public rituals and events accessible and safe. We try to balance the need to be justly compensated for our labor with our commitment to make our work available to people of all economic levels.

Course information:

Cost: $95 to $145 sliding scale

Scholarship or work exchange available

Deposit: $35 non-refundable

Contact: Kath

Note: We start class on time, so please be prompt. The classes are designed to work together, so plan to attend all.

Prerequisite: Reclaiming Elements of Magic or equivalent

Iron Pentacle will be drug and alcohol free so safe, nurturing, sacred space is created for all.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited!

Registration Deadline: February 17 or until class is filled.

Reclaiming Spirit believes strongly in making classes available to everyone in the community. Please contact us to discuss a scholarship or work exchange.

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 2006 dates are as follows:

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.

This newsletter is for Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. of Denver, Colorado.  Edited by: Catherine Mock.  Published by:  M. Alia Denny

 

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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

2006

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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