GREETINGS

I'm sitting in my tiny house tonight, warm and cozy, listening to a storm warning. There were a few drops of rain earlier, but the storm seems to have passed us by again.

The snows of the winter have given way to rains and sun; allowing the trees and plants to grow. My plum tree is full of pink blossoms and the lilacs are about ready to pop. The other plants are leafing out, preparing for the summer.

The promise of Ostara is becoming fulfilled. We are fast approaching the fertility of Beltaine. I've been thinking of Beltaine a lot lately. Fertility isn't just a physical attribute. It can be the germination of an idea, a project, or a dearly held plan. What wondrous things this time of year holds for us!

—Catherine

APRIL 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, APRIL 27, 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.

—Alia

On April 27, we will celebrate and invoke the powers of the Waxing Year and the Full Moon to manifest as Prosperity and Wealth. Priestess Leni will facilitate as we look at our relationship with that most potent and fearsome of all power objects: money.

Before Friday night, ask yourself: What is prosperity and wealth for me? Is it just about money? How can I manifest these in my life? Please bring a dollar bll and a sens of fun (kids should bring a quarter) to and for the ritual.

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 and several adult assistants, who led our April 6 Open Full Moon with a cast who are mostly 6-8 years old. The young people did a charming job, demonstrating their ritual skills and the seriousness with which they practice Wicca (and dissolving into giggles only once). The focus of this ritual was creating an interwoven web of interpersonal connections, thus creating a pagan community in which we are available to support one another in difficult times, and to celebrate with one another in good times. We took turns sharing with the rest of the Circle the things upsetting us in our lives and in the world around us, as well as sharing our recent successes and what we are glad for. Participants of all ages took part in this sharing, and as we opened up to each other, we truly did experience becoming a more connected, caring community. Thank you, Amy, for creating a valuable community ritual experience, as well as allowing us all to appreciate the growth of our youngest community members.

—Arynne

A Note from Alia

Some of you have undoubtedly already heard this. Early in the month of April, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, Ductal Carcinoma in situ, with an excellent prognosis for full recovery. However, on Tuesday April 24, I will be undergoing a mastectomy of the left breast.

I have elected to forego reconstructive surgery. I will have a prosthesis to wear once I have healed, and will eventually be tattoing the spot where my breast was removed. Any energy that folks wish to send for healing from the surgery quickly and well will be gratefully accepted.

My health has been spotty the past couple of years. It is my fervent hope that after the surgery, my health will continue to improve, allowing me to be more mobile, more independent, and more vital. I did get the good news this past week that my kidneys have finally returned to normal after the kidney failure last fall.

I do plan to be around, and providing services to the community, for quite some time. I personally believe in full disclosure, so I am letting all of you know about my health. I hope to see many of you at the May Open Full Moon -- by that time I should be fairly well healed and able to deal with crowds again. Those of you with web access and the desire for more detail can follow my story at: http://gimpalia.blogspot.com.

Bright Blessings,

—Alia

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.

College of Wicca and Old Lore

College of Wicca and Old Lore - Established in 1999, the College of Wicca and Old Lore has as its mission to teach Wicca and the Old Ways, to teach teachers of Wicca and to build community. To apply to either of the programs listed below, please go to our website: http://www.collegeofwicca.org.

Wicca Basics Classes

Wicca Basics is one of the ways that the College teaches Wicca and builds community. It is an eight-week course covering essential topics of the Craft, including: Esbats, Sabbats, history, traditions, grounding and centering, altars and tools, deities, energies and Craft ethics and ettiquette. Wicca Basics classes are taought by experienced College of Wicca and Old Lore Faculty.

Upcoming classes:

Saturday, May 5, 2007, 2 hours, at 10:00 a.m. for 8 weeks

Sunday, May 6, 2007, 20 hours, at 4:00 p.m. for 8 weeks.

Tuition:

$50 for entire eight-week course.

Year and a Day Program

Our Year and a Day Program is a one-year program set up on the quarter system with classes on Sundays. It covers in-depth topics of the Craft, including Esbats, Sabbats, tools and energies, herbs, divination, ritual construction, and ethics. Students are required to complete a Wicca Basics class or equivalent study before admission to the Year and a Day Program. Year and a Day classes are taught by experienced College of Wicca nad Old Lore Faculty.

Water Quarter Schedule:

Sundays, July 8, 3007 through September 30, 2007

Orientation: July 8, 2007.

Experiencing the Divine Worship Times start at 9:00 a.m.

Morning classes: 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon classes: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuition:

Sliding scale from $7 - $15 per required class (10 classes during each Quarter are required for dedication), elective classes are $3 each. Tuition payments are arranged on Orientation. There is no charge for "Experiencing the Divine" worship times.

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.

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

THE PENTACLE OF PEARL

RECLAIMING SPIRIT PRESENTS

May 18, 19 & 20, 2007

We will work with the deep, healing energies of the Pentacle of Pearl, moving through the five points: Love, Law, Wisdom, Power and Knowledge.


“Pearl is work I can only do in connection with others...The Pearl Pentacle is how we interact, exist in relationships and the larger systems of community..." T. Thorn Coyle

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 ourselves and each other.

Please make checks payable to:

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

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.

Evolutionary Witchcraft: An Anderson Feri Tradition Course
With T. Thorn Coyle, founder of Morning Star Feri

Deepen your spiritual and magical practice


For people ready to take the next step spiritually and magically, this course will build a strong foundation for a deep, expansive, ecstatic spiritual practice. Get ready to change your life.

This work is dangerous, life changing and potent requiring committed daily practice to build a foundation for powerful personal energy.This two year course will put into practice the information in the text of Evolutionary Witchcraft. We will meet in person for three days, three times a week. We will work with the tools of the Feri Tradition including the Triple Soul Alignment, Iron Pentacle, Pearl Pentacle, the Black Heart of Innocence and the Feri Guardians.

Please contact:
Fiona (Fiona@shadowslight.com) and/or Skathach (morgans_insight@mho.com) to be added to the information list.
Our egroup is available at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EvolutionaryDenver

 

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:

Apr 27 Beltane
May 18 New Moon
SATURDAY Jun 16 New Moon/Litha outdoors ritual
Jul 13  New Moon
Jul 27  Lammas
Aug 10  New Moon
Sep 7  New Moon
Sep 21 Mabon
Oct 12 Nnew Moon
Nov 2  Samhain
Dec 7  New Moon
Dec 21 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

April 27, 2007
June 1, 2007
June 29, 2007
July 27, 2007
Aug 24, 2007
Sept. 21, 2007Sept. 14, 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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