Welcome fellow seekers to the monthly newsletter of Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition. A collaboration of the elders, clergy and members of our tradition. Sometimes, we have entries from the extended tribe of the Pagan community here too. If you would like to have something of yours featured, please let us know!

If you missed the previous Sycamore Spirit newsletter you can still see it here: Sycamore Spirit Newsletter #5.

Editor's Desk - By Cianaodh Óg

Hail and merrily met sisters and brothers of the tribe. Unfortunately we haven't had a lot of material from the clergy and extended family in awhile but I will do my best to inform and maybe entertain you for a bit. I would like to invite any who desire to offer up some words of knowledge, prayers, inspiration, wisdom or art for future publications of the Sycamore Spirit Newsletter to please send them my way via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will share your offerings with our esteemed readers. Blessings upon you and your hearth. May you be safe, happy and well.

Temple Of the Standing Stones Meetup Group Closing! I would like to announce that after August 6th the Meetup Group for Temple Of the Standing Stones will be shutting down. The cost for keeping this meetup group in organizer fees is $14.99 per month and honestly the benefits haven't lived up to the cost. We get more new members who actually come to our events through our website and Facebook Pages and to date the Meetup.com Chip In feature has not been used by one single person to make donations to help offset the cost of maintaining our gatherings. Therefore, as a cost saving measure, when the current subscription runs out on August 6th we will not be renewing.

Litha 2016 Altar
Litha 2016 Altar

Texas Local Council of Covenant Of the Goddess were our wonderful hosts this past month at the Center for Change, Discovery and Support in Fort Worth as we celebrated Litha with a crowd which some estimated to be at around 80 in circle which officially makes that gathering larger than the circles gathered at any of our public rituals to date. Although Pagan Unity Fest drew more people to the event itself not as many joined us in circle those times. It was a wonderful event and we felt both blessed and honored to be invited to officiate before them.

Sarsen Caer of Caelum Moor
Sarsen Caer of Caelum Moor

After our Litha Gathering some of us went to Caelum Moor in Arlington to hold a brief healing circle for members of our tradition and families who are currently battling medical issues in their lives. Pictured here is Sarsen Caer beautifully lit up for the night. We sang a heal mother chant which we recorded and might share in the future too.

One of the Labyrinths at De’Danaan of Caelum Moor
One of the Labyrinths at De’Danaan of Caelum Moor

Also while there we visited each of the stone sculptures and felt their calming energies. Pictured here is one of the meditation labyrinths carved into one of the three stones making up the De'Danaan structure. This name refers to the Tuatha Dé Danann or People Of The Goddess Danu from ancient Irish lore.

Prayer & Blessing Requests

We receive requests throughout each month for prayers and blessings as members of our tribe and extended spiritual family struggle through the challenges of life as well as share in their triumphs and new journeys on their paths. Here, we ask that you add a candle to your altar or otherwise send energies to the following people who have requested prayers and blessings:

Cianaodh, an elder of Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition and HP of Temple Of the Standing Stones shares this prayer from 'A Pagan Book Of Prayer' by Ceisiwr Serith:

I raise my hands in prayer to the God,
to him I pray, Lord of the Earth.
He who was the first of any to die,
the first of any to be reborn.
He who rises with the sun each day
and sets with it each night.
Out of my darkness and death, I call
and pray to you,
Lord Of All.
Out of my need, I send my voice
with honor of intercession.
Grant me my prayer, Mighty One,
you who know what it is to suffer.
Grant me my prayer, Antlered One,
you who are the great giver.

Ryn, a priestess of Mystic Willow Coven shares:

I have struggled with asking all day but I/we. Need positive energy light and prayer. My Mom is in the last stages of Alzhemiers. I cared for her for 4 years and she is now in a home in Lubbock near my sister. Her money has run out and we are turning in her application for Medicaid on the 1st her care is 5000.00 a month and we just don't have that kind of money. We have searched and they are all the same for her level of care. I can go into a whole long explanation but I won't. Just need Prayer and guidance..

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TOSS = Temple Of the Standing Stones hosted events
MWC = Mystic Willow Coven hosted events
SOS = Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition events

TOSS - Clergy Day - Saturday, July 2nd

Temple Of the Standing Stones clergy takes the weekend nearest the New Moon off to spend time with their families and friends beyond their spiritual family as we see these bonds as very important to our growth on our path and we seek to maintain these connections. However, Wahya and Ta'li Seabhac are having a BBQ and Booms event out at their place in Venus which temple members and friends of the tradition are welcome to attend. If interested, please contact us for details.

MWC - New Moon Ritual for July - Sunday, July 3rd at 5pm

Getting together for a New Moon Ritual. Must have prior approval from the HPS to attend.

Address will be sent privately to attendees.

See event on Meetup - http://www.meetup.com/Mystic-Willow-Coven/events/227318956/

TOSS - Temple Day - Money Powder, Healing Pouches, and More... - Saturday, July 9th from 3:00pm til 11:45pm

Our temple days are days of crafts, lessons, board games, music and general communing with our tribe. Sometimes we watch a movie together, other times we play board games, sometimes we have impromptu music jam sessions, poetry reading or story telling. The point is to have an opportunity to get to know one another and build the bonds of spiritual family. Won’t you come join in with us?

This Temple Day will be held at Ta'li Seabhac and Wahya's home in Venus, Texas. The address will be given upon request to those who plan to attend. The focal points at this Temple Day gathering will be making a new batch of money powder, making some healing herb pouches and learning about sigils for various uses and purposes.

What to bring: (Optional)

For Money Powder -
a mortar and pestle
Sandalwood
Patchouli
Cedar
Irish Moss
Cinnamon
Ginger

For Healing Herb Pouches -

Cinnamon sticks
Sage bundle
Rose petals
Garlic cloves
Eucalyptus oil
Small Mesh Bags

For Sigils -

Your own self
Maybe something to draw or take notes with

Camping chair (It's always good to be sure you have a place to sit.)
Your favorite game that you might like to share with the tribe (We like games!)
Instrument For Music and Dance are always welcome (We love to drum, play guitars and generally make music to dance to.)
Item For Potluck Dinner
Cash Donations for Cancer Care Services and/or Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition

TOSS - July Esbat - Blessing Moon - Saturday, July 16th from 6:00pm til 11:00pm

The energy of this month is relaxed and calming. We are geared for preparation and success. The primary thoughts and efforts for this time are in dream-work, divination, and meditation on the goals you place your energies into.

Our apologies, but Esbats are open to Initiated Clergy, Spouses and Candidates ONLY as these are the times we do our personal magickal workings and hold temple business meetings. Please feel free to attend our next open event though!

MWC - Full Moon Ritual For July - Sunday, July 17th at 5:00pm

Getting together for a Full Moon Ritual. Must have prior approval from the HPS to attend.

Address will be sent privately to attendees.

See event on Meetup - http://www.meetup.com/Mystic-Willow-Coven/events/232041091/

TOSS - Lughnasadh / Lammas Preparations - Saturday, July 23rd from 6:00pm til 11:00pm

On this day the initiates and dedicants of the tradition hope to get together to practice our words and sung parts for the next week's Lammas Ritual as well as make preparations for altar and ritual space decorations, food to be shared, etc. This will be held at Cianaodh's home in Arlington, Texas. Address given upon request to those who wish to attend and do not already have it.

SOS- Lughnasadh / Lammas Ritual - Saturday, July 30th from 5:00pm til 10:00pm

Gathering in at 5:00pm, ritual to begin at 6:00pm. Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition will be gathering at the home of Wahya and Ta'li Seabhac in Venus, Texas to celebrate Lammas this year. Please watch our calendars and event pages for more details to be added soon. If you would like to come celebrate with us and do not know where this is please get in touch and we will make arrangements with you.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Instrument For After Ritual Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Cash or Wishlist Donations for Cancer Care Services and/or Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition

Please be sure to watch our Meetup Group (Mystic Willow Coven) Facebook pages and website calendars (Temple Of the Standing Stones Calendar) as more open events are planned.

If you would like to help support our efforts please consider donating at one of our gathering where donation jars are always available or you may use Mystic Willow Coven's Chip In feature on Meetup:

Mystic Willow Coven: https://secure.meetup.com/Mystic-Willow-Coven/contribute/
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May the kindred bless and keep you,

The tribe of Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition