January, February, March.† Weíre almost through the first quarter of the year as reckoned by the western calendar.† The Wheel seems to turn faster as I get older.† Or maybe itís just faster as I get busier.† I certainly get busy during the spring.† I had a concert last night and have two more this coming weekend.† And then itís Ostara.† But the days are getting longer and I can watch the sun set after I get home, rather than out of the window at work.† Itís always nice to take those few minutes and watch the sun do its thing at the end of the day and realize that the wheel will continue to turn, whether Iím cranking at it or not.† Thank goodness!
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, MARCH 10, 2006.
Remember, please, that Hearthstone doesnít 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 28 day cycle of the moon is a journey of transformation.† On March 10th, The College of Wicca and Old Lore will lead us through the life transformations formed by the new, waxing, full, and waning moons.
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Deb Hoffman and friends Tzvi, Hawk Shadow and Barry, who led Hearthstone in a candle-lit celebration of Imbolc at our February OFM.† At this time of new beginnings we listened to many myths and stories of the goddess Brigid.† Brigid was known as a poet and muse, a healer, and for smithcraft.† We learned of Brigid's sacred fire, and her sacred wells.† Together we sang two lovely chant-songs, "We will kindle the fire" and "We will never, never lose our way to the well."†† Thank you, Deb and friends, for sharing your knowledge and light!
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 arenít 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 canít afford it, you are still welcome Ė if you can afford more, weíd 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.
Spiral Scouts are meeting regularly. Contact Kath for details.
See www.spiralscouts.org for more details.
Or contact Kath for more details.
Please join us.
Children's Circle Open Ostara - March 19 at Noon at Spirit Wise.
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/ †
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:
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
If you have something to say, and are willing to let Alia or Catherine edit it slightly, (generally for grammar Ė Alia has the soul of an English teacher and I want to be one) please feel free to submit your writing to†† firstname.lastname@example.org.†† 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
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.
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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