The veil thins. It's Samhain. Groups all over the area started celebrating last week and will be celebrating through this week. It is the end of the last year and the beginning of the next. The gods seem to be pointing the way on the choices that we made at Mabon. I have spent some time these last few days thinking about my life and the direction it has been taking. I will be changing some things and reclaiming others. The proverbial clue bat has landed and I don't think I want the clue wall.
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, NOVEMBER 3, 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.
Friends. Please join us for a "Samhain Journey To The Abyss". For those "oldies but goodies" who have been around for a few years, this is a re-creation of a ritual written by Eric Baker and first presented by Dragonfain Coven back in 1992. Be prepared to be confronted by the Dark Lord and his minions; this is not a ritual for the faint hearted! PARENTS' ADVISORY: THIS IS A VERY DARK, POWERFUL, SAMHAIN RITUAL AND POTENTIALLY FRIGHTENING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. Although celebrants will be invited to sit down for most of the ritual (and chairs will be provided), those able are asked to stand for the opening minutes of the ritual.
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 Catherine for leading Hearthstone in a Hunter Moon celebration of the second harvest. At the autumnal time of balance, we contemplated the choices we could make, and how they will affect us as we move forward through the coming seasons.
With her harp and guitar, Catherine also led us in songs of the season, including "All among the Barley". Thank you, Catherine, for creating this ritual for thoughtful choosing, and marking our progress along the spiral of time.
As some of you may know, Alia has been ill for a while now. She is back in the hospital as I write this.
I'd like to put in a special request for any energy you can spare for her so that they doctors may find out what is going on and find a solution. I know you miss her in our gatherings as much as I do. Thanks
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:
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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