GREETINGS

It's Memorial Day already. The beginning of Summer for many people. Many of the outdoor public pools don't open until after today, which is a shame because it's been more than warm enough on many days.

We've had a wet spring. My lawn spring up overnight. I'm going to have to use a weed whacker just to get it to where I can use the lawn mower on some parts of it. The lilacs have bloomed and gone. It's been too cold for my rose bushes to bloom yet. And with the rain, I've had trouble getting out there -- I went out Saturday and had to pull bindweed away from half the bushes. I'm pretty sure I saved them.

How much can go wild if we ignore it just for a few weeks. My foot was in that boot for 4 weeks and the yard went insane. It reminds me that I mustn't neglect other things, lest they go wild as well.

—Catherine

MAY/JUNE 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, JUNE 1, 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

The June 1 ritual will be led by Kath. Kath and several co-priestesses are leading a ritual intended to help us expand our hearts to foster and support our ability to stand in Love and Compassion. We are working in the Feri Tradition of Witchcraft. Please come prepared to co-create our commmunity ritual joining our hands, lifting our voices and dancing as we imagin our lives, our community, and our world filling with Peace and Love.

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 Priestess Leni, who in April presented a fun and interesting ritual exploring Money. She helped us explore the psychological, practical, and mystical aspects of money, and how it represents our labor, desires, energy, our ability to care for our loved ones, and may other meanings. We held dollar bills in our hands, and contemplated how the forms of money have changed over time, now becoming more digital, less tactile. In celebration of the fertility of Spring, each of us placed bills into a basket with rabbit figurines, then we chanted and did the Bunny Hop around the circle while sending reproductive energy to charge the contents of the basket. We raised energy with the purpose of raining love, positive wealth, and abundance on everyone. At the end of the ritual we each took a hyper-fertile dollar bill back into our wallets, with the intent that it will further reproduce positive abundance with every bill it comes into contact with, so that all may experience joyful abundance. Thank you, Leni, for a ritual that so successfully combined fun and meaning!

—Arynne

A Message from Alia

I'm back!

I've recovered from the shock of my cancer diagnosis, and from the mastectomy surgery that followed. While I still tire easily, it's time for me to get back out into society and become a contributing member of that society again. I'll see those of you that can make it at the June 1st Open Full Moon, and I am back to mostly normal, missing only one organ, and that one has a duplicate. I'm looking forward to talking to people again -- healing is rather boring work.

—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

In 1999, the College of Wicca and Old Lore was established. The College has as its mission to teach Wicca and the Old Ways, to teach teachers of Wicca and to build community For more information about the College of Wicca and Old Lore, our schedule of classes, or.to apply to the program 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:

Our next series of 8 week Basic classes have not yet been set - please check the website for the posting of the schedul of upcoming Basics classes.

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.

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

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:

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

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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