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! We accept newsletter submissions at the email address newsletter [at] spiritofthesycamore [dot] org any time.
If you missed the previous Sycamore Spirit newsletter you can still see it here: Sycamore Spirit Newsletter #7.
Editor's Desk - By Cianaodh Óg
A few days ago my tradition sister and a priestess of Mystic Willow Coven, Crystal, asked the following question of a group of us on Facebook:
I want your opinion if you could learn any subject within its entirety in the world what would it be and why?
There were some excellent responses, many which echoed my own thoughts on the subject. The answers ranged from mathematics, to science, to forensics, psychology, religion, history, engineering and on and on. Knowledge is power after all and the more we know on any particular subject the better able we are to deal with the world and to make sound decisions about a particular situation or to evaluate a mystery that has been put before us to ponder. I thought it was a wonderful question for us to ask ourselves and to explore our own answers and why so, what would your answer be?
Prayer & Blessing Requests
We occasionally receive requests throughout the 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 Ceisiwr Serith's 'A Book Of Pagan Prayer':
The door is starting to swing from hot to cold. Although it's still summer occasionally a cool day comes. The pokeberries are purple, the sassafras is starting to turn, and the gardens are heavy with tomatoes. It's a time to stop and pay attention: the spirits of the land are busy. I pray to them at this liminal time to open my eyes. Don't let me wake one day and ask where summer has gone. May I be aware of its going, and be as thrilled with it as I was with the arrival of spring.
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, September, 3rd
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.
SOS - Samhain Planning Meeting - Saturday, September 10th at 6pm
Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition members only. We will be meeting at a time and location yet to be determined to coordinate our volunteers, schedule and other planning for our upcoming Samhain Camp out at Armadillo Acres the weekend of October 28th.
Address will be sent privately to attendees.
SOS - Mabon - Saturday, September 17th from 5:00pm til 8:00pm
Come Celebrate Mabon with Spirit of the Sycamore Tradition!
Ritual at 6!
Potluck dinner after ritual. Bring a dish to share.
Arlington UU - 2001 California Lane, Arlington, Texas 76015
RSVP on our Facebook Event - https://www.facebook.com/events/1660969887563349/
MWC - Full Moon Ritual For September - Sunday September 18th 12:00pm
Getting together for a Full Moon Ritual. Must have prior approval from the HPS to attend.
Address will be sent privately to attendees.
In addition to our tradition's events this year it would be wise to share these other two events which some of our members plan to participate in as well this month. Perhaps we will see you at one of them?
54th Annual Native American Pow Wow - September 16th through 18th
When we're not at our Mabon ritual look for many of us to be at this event held annually at Traders Village in Grand Prairie. We love taking in the native culture, dance competitions, shopping and cuisine so please come on down and check it out too. More information here:
Witchstock 2016 - September 23rd through 25th
Several members of our tradition plan to attend Witchstock this year which is an event that is in it's 22nd year as an annual festivity held by Dragonslair Coven of the Celtic Groves. The land which Witchstock is held on is the same location at which we will be having our Samhain Campout this year so it will be a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know the land and the people as well as meet some new friends to celebrate with. For more information please visit Celtic Groves' website:
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