Mabon has come and gone although it could be said that we're still in that time of balance. The days and nights are not appreciably different yet. There is a chill in the air that hasn't been there before. I can feel the winter coming.
I've attended two Mabon rituals in the last two weeks (and we'll have another one this Friday). All of them have been based around the ideas of balance and choice. This is one of the two times of the year that our world hangs in balance. We're asked by the gods to make choices at this time of the year. At least one of my choices this year was to stop being angry at my old car I bought a new used car and will be selling the old one to get it out of my life. Which also gives me several things to be joyful about: the comfort of my house, the fact that through wise choices I have been able to put aside enough to get this new (to me) car, the new car itself. Last Saturday night, I was reminded that we tend to minimize the joy in our lives. I'm going to try to make a choice at this time to let my joy come through more often.
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, OCTOBER 6, 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 October 6th ritual will be presented by Catherine and friends in the Wing-It Tradition, using folk music, chant, and meditation. We will be celebrating Mabon and this season of balance, as well as the coming winter.
Catherine is the Secretary of Hearthstone Community Church. She is also a singer, harpist, guitarist, and is currently learning fiddle. She has been working with Alia in the Wing-It Tradition for many years.
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 Kath Morgan and friends from the local Reclaiming community for leading Hearthstone's Sept. Open Full Moon ritual. They invoked Morgana, priestess of the land, and Arthur, the once and future king. The story was told of the king's sacred marriage to the land, the king's later complacency and neglect of this commitment, and the search for the Holy Grail. Morgana invited each of us in meditation to seek our own Grail, to walk the path that is ours alone to walk. With quiet drumming in the background, we were guided to begin a journey, our personal Grail Quest. We were challenged to remember and to keep our promises. A spiral dance raised the energy to charge our intentions. Thank you, Kath and friends, for supporting us in our journeys.
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.
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:
Oct 20 new moon
Oct 27 Samhain
Nov 17 new moon
Dec 15 new moon/Yule
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This newsletter is for Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. of Denver, Colorado. Edited by: Catherine Mock. Published by: M. Alia Denny
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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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