Due to the illness of the editor (Catherine) and the multiple snowstorms, etc., we have not been able to get a snail mail edition of the newsletter out this month. Please let those people who do not have e-mail know about the upcoming OFM. Thanks

—Catherine

GREETINGS

The Western New Year has come and gone. We've had two blizzards and a cold snap; and as I'm writing this, we're having yet another snow storm ­ the forth in 5 weeks. Apparently, someone got Colorado weather and Boston weather confused this year. I do hope we get the confusion sorted out soon.

Because of being forced to stay inside for extended periods, I've managed to catch one of those bugs that have been "going around." I do expect to be over it by Friday, but in the mean time, I'm pretty miserable.

A dear friend of mine makes a point of finding at least one beautiful thing each day ­ especially during the winter months. Maybe when we're feeling miserable, either because of having to stay inside, or having a cold, or any other number of reasons, if we force ourselves to find some small thing of beauty, it will help to alleviate that feeling. Anyway, I hope so.

—Catherine

JANUARY 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, JANUARY 26, 2007.

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 January 26th ritual will be a true Wing-It ritual. Come ready to help, and if you have ideas to share, bring them as well. We still have quite a few open months for the year -- we'd like to invite you to volunteer to officiate to have more variety than a string of Wing-It rituals can provide.

—Alia

Parking has become more difficult at the church. Please read the parking suggestions provided by theFirst Unitarian Church. Thank you. —Alia

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Amy, who guided a group of wonderful children in offering Hearthstone's Dec. Open Full Moon. Children invoked the elements, cast the Circle, and welcomed the Goddess and God. In the theme of appreciating the Great Earth Mother, Amy shared a beautiful essay about the many gifts given by the Divine Mother to each child born. With a circle dance and the chant "We All Come From The Goddess", all participants raised energy to form an energy ball in the center, and released the energy to sink into Mother Earth to nourish Her, with gratitude to Her for nourishing us. Thank you, children, for sharing your emerging skills with all of us! Thank you, Amy, for teaching and guiding our next generation. And thank you, Hearthstone community, for participating in rituals such as these
in which we welcome, support, and enjoy our community's children.

—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.

SPIRAL SCOUTS CIRCLE

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.

COLORADO PAGAN CHILDREN’S CIRCLE

Children's Circle meets to celebrate the Pagan Sabbats with our children, involving them in our spiritual and magickal lives.

2/4/07 Imbolc - Meet at 3:00 PM this Sabbat
3/18/07 Ostara - Meet at Noon
4/29/07 Beltane - Meet at Noon
6/24/07 Litha - Meet at Noon
7/29/07 Lammas - Meet at Noon
9/16/07 Mabon - Meet at Noon
10/28/07 Samhain - Meet at Noon
12/16/07 Yule - Meet at Noon


We meet at Spirit Wise at 6590 S. Broadway in Centennial. A map is available at: http://www.spiritwisegifts.com/Location_and_Hours.html
Contact Kath if you need more details.

RECLAIMING CLASS

Reclaiming Magical Education

Sharpen your magical skills in the New Year.

Elements of Magic

FEBRUARY 2, 3, & 4, 2007

Elements of Magic is the first of the core class in the Reclaiming tradition of Witchcraft. In this class, we will explore our personal relationship with the elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit.

Techniques that we will use include breathwork, song, visualization, sensing and raising energy, trance work, movement, spellcrafting and creating sacred space.

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 our selves and each other. This class is open to women and men.

Teachers

Skathach is a Reclaiming witch cleverly disguised as suburban mother of two. She is a priestess dedicated to the Goddess for more than ten years. She facilitates a Children's Circle and teaches classes on Tarot and Wicca. She's been known to sing out loudly in ritual.

Bill is a Wiccan (Old English for male witch) who has been on this path successfully practicing witchcraft for the past 4 years and he has initiated as a solitaire through a local coven. His practice and teaching is characterized by dedication, initiative and uncompromising professionalism.

Amelia has spent the last ten years learning about the Earth paths from a variety of sources and teachers. While her first love is Tarot, she's planning her first garden in the spring, and is fascinated with compost.

Aramme is an eclectic Wiccan whose heart is enchanted by Reclaiming and Celtic traditions. She can be found practicing the art of kitchen witchery aided by magick and herbs.

Class Schedule:

Friday, Feb 2
6:30 pm Registration
7:00 ­ 10:00 pm Air

Saturday, Feb 3
9:00 am­ 12:00 pm Fire
12:00 - 1:30 pm Potluck lunch
1:30 - 4:30 pm Water
4:30 - 6:30 pm Dinner break
6:30 - 9:30 pm Earth

Sunday, Feb 4
9:30 am ­ 11:30 pm Spirit
12:30 ­ 1:30 pm Closing Ritual

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

Prerequisite: First six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk.

Elements of Magic will be drug and alcohol free so safe, nurturing, sacred space is created for all.

Course information

Cost: $60 to $90 sliding scale.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $45 to $60 if registered by Jan 20, 2007.

Deposit: Your deposit of $25 or more will hold your place in class.

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.

Registration

Pre-registration is required.
Class size is limited.
Registration Deadline: Jan 26 or until class is filled, subject to availability.

The location for this class is:

Spirit Wise
6590 S. Broadway
Centennial, CO 80121
303-730-2974
http://www.spiritwisegifts.com

Make checks payable to:

Reclaiming Spirit
P.O. Box 270172
Littleton, CO 80127-0172

Reclaiming believes strongly in making classes available to everyone in the community. Scholarship or work exchange is available.

EMAIL: tarr@bust.com or morgans_insight@yahoo.com

EARTH TEMPLE DATES

These are the 2007 dates for Earth Temple rituals. Earth Temple meets on Fridays at 7:30 pm we start announcements, and ritual begins at 7:45 pm; at Small Gatherings, 66th and Wadsworth.

There is one exception to the above. Earth Temple is going to try something new this year, and we hope you'll like it. Our Litha/New Moon ritual this year will be held at an OUTDOORS location somewhere in the Metro area, which we'll announce closer to the date. It will be on SATURDAY, June 16, and at this time we envision ritual beginning at noon (with hopefully a picnic afterward). Stay tuned for details!

If you have suggestions or questions about Earth Temple activities, please write to us at earthtemple-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Earth Temple 2007 dates:

Jan 27  new moon/Imbolc
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

STANDARD DISCLAIMER and COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

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

2007

January 26, 2007
March 2, 2007
March 30, 2007
April 27, 2007
June 1, 2007
June 29, 2007
July 27, 2007
Aug 24, 2007
Sept. 21, 2007
Oct. 19, 2007
Nov. 23, 2007
Dec. 14, 2007

Several of our dates are a week early this year, in an effort to separate them somewhat from Sabbats very close to the date. This allows for Hearthstone to focus on Full Moon celebrations and allow other groups to focus on the Sabbats, whether that be public groups or closed circles.


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