Midsummer has come and gone. Hot weather seems to have settled in for a while. I’m feeling it.
I’ve got a new addition to the house – no, not that kind of addition. I’ve adopted a dog named Misha. I’ve had cats for years, but haven’t had a dog since I was a kid. I’ve built her a run in the yard for days we’re both at work, and have been having a great time. The cats aren’t too sure of the new arrangements though. They’re not sure whether Misha really is a dog or a funny shaped cat. I think they’re hoping for the cat. I’m learning the true meaning of détente.
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, JULY 7, 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 ritual on Friday, July 7, will be presented by Amy and Gary. We will work on breaking the bonds that are holding us back. Everyone has self-imposed chains that bind them; we will focus on casting those away with the support of our friends and community at large from a firm foundation of empowered freedom, unified with our community.
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.
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Shen-Tat and Airia, of the Covenant of the Wiccae, for Hearthstone's May OFM. At this Scorpio Moon they led a ritual asking us to delve into secrets within ourselves. The ritual focused on the inner work of the true naming of fears and making them allies. They invoked Pan and Melpomene, read a poem by Rumi, and then guided us to be honest with our fear, gain mastery by naming it, and make it our ally by giving our fear a job to do. We then released our fear with the chant-song "We are Beauty/ We are Darkness/ We are Light and/ We are Changed!" We finished with an energy-raising chant to send light and love to our fears. Thank you, Shen-Tat and Airia, for sharing your lovely and challenging ritual. Covenant of the Wiccae has a web site, www.cotw.us
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Catherine for her music, and to Alia for leading the ritual at Hearthstone's June OFM. The focus of the ritual was the Law of Attraction. That which we focus on, we call to us. The more conscious of this we become, the more we can co-create the life experiences we want. For example, if we repeat to ourselves "Oh, I'm so tired of this pain!" we may well find ourselves both tired and in pain. If we consciously change our thought pattern along the lines of "I choose to feel stronger and better" we create receptivity to opportunities and experiences that support this thought pattern. Alia encouraged all to be mindful of how we apply the Law of Attraction. Thank you, Alia, for sharing your experiences, and for encouraging us all to choose our best lives.
Spiral Scouts offers a co-educational scouting experience for individuals of minority faiths. We meet twice a month. Our activities include skills building, scouting and camping. Please feel free to attend a few meetings to find out more about this scouting alternative for boys and girls. For more information about upcoming meetings please contact Kath..
We offer open, fun, participatory rituals designed for children with the participation of children. We include children of all ages and strive to make our holiday celebrations meaningful and enjoyable. Our Circle gathers at noon and Circle is cast at 12:30 PM at Spirit Wise bookstore at 6590 S. Broadway in Centennial. Our schedule for the remainder of 2006 is:
11/19/06 Pagan Kids Day Out
We welcome everyone to join us. We ask that adults please bring a wholesome, kid-friendly lunch item to share. We occasionally ask for a small donation to cover craft supplies or other ritual supplies.
However, no families are turned away for lack of funds.
If you would like more information please contact Kath.
Otter from Minnesota is in the Denver area through mid-August, and interested in networking with other pagans in recovery from drug/alcohol addiction. The Minnesota pAAgans (www.paagans.com) have two successful pagan-oriented 12-Step recovery groups, and he seeks to share their experience, strength, and hope, and ideally replicate that success in the Denver area. For more information, contact
(The Spirit Of The Drum)
Drummer Circles to be held every Saturday @ 6:30pm at Confluence Park, by river, below REI. All welcome.
For Information call Baba.
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:
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 – 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.
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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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