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 #9.

Samhain 2016 with Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition at Armadillo Acres

Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition's annual campout this year at Armadillo Acres was a weekend full of milestones, happenings and wonderful memories. The weather was beautiful, the location was a delight and we even had a handfasting with a gorgeous bride and dashing groom.

Ta'li Seabhac and Wayha Handfasting
Ta'li Seabhac and Wayha Handfasting

Over the course of the weekend we had the honor of accepting two new Dedicants into the tradition, be a part of Wahya and Ta'li Seabhac's renewal of their vows, elevate our first 3rd degress (3 of them!) and elevate a 1st degree priestess as well. Congratulations ya'll! We also had an amazing Samhain main ritual written and officiated by two of our new 3rd degrees. Then we gave the kids a good scare followed by bags of candy and treats on the 'Trail Of Doom'. Muhahahaha

Samhain 2016 Altar
Samhain 2016 Altar

I mean, check out this incredible altar! Isn't that gorgeous? You know it is! Because that's how we roll. There were quite a few "beyond the veil" encounters as we camped out there on the land as well. Only one presence had to be turned away during main ritual but most encounters were delightful. Like, an EVP of what sounds like Native American Singing delightful for one thing. There were live bats flying above the main altar during set up for main ritual, armadillos wandering about, deer visiting the creek during the night and other very nice wildlife interactions as well. Overall we had an absolutely phenomenal weekend and definitely plan to be back out to Armadillo Acres for Beltane next year if not sooner. :-)

Rainy day thoughts from Ta'li Seabhac, a 3rd degree priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones

From time to time
Our minds may fly
Between the past and the future
When now seems dry.
Looking out among the space between the soul and the sky
Have you seen the way the light
Reflects and dances upon your eyes?
It's pure magic
It's truth
It's the beauty of our youth
It's the sound of the raindrops falling from the roof.
It's you and me
Hand in hand
Walking toward a promised Land
A song of sweet words
That make my teeth hurt
Like sugar.
Perhaps a gentle breeze that tells a story thru the trees
A one time silence
Of multiple pleas of peace.
Join together aligned with the sound of a war drum
The tempo sets the mood for revolution.
We stand up for those who need a chair
Legs heavy with fatigue
Spirits thick with despair
They see those days ending
We know that it's alive
history shall not repeat
We shield the darkness from our tribes.

Ta'Li Seabhac
Collection Of Altars on Pinterest

Our very own priestess Crystal of Mystic Willow Coven has put together a wonderful collection of pictures featuring altars of Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition including one of nearly every Sabbat we have hosted. Please have a look and maybe follow her board for update:

https://www.pinterest.com/crystallynnlong/alters/

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 that he would like to ask for prayers of protection and strength for the water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota and the Sioux Nation as they face increasingly violent resistance to their efforts to protect their sacred and legally sovereign lands given to them by a treaty with the United States of America in 1851.

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,  November 5th

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.

MWC - Meet and Greet - Sunday,  November 6th -2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Panera Bread
1804 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst, TX

A chance to meet with two of the coven members to be pre-approved to attend the next ritual in November.

PLEASE NOTE- you have to be pre-approved to attend meetings as we meet at a covenors home and this is for the covens safety as well as your own!

They will have a purple binder that has the Coven Sigil on it, that will sit up on the table, so you can find them!

TOSS - November Esbat Trade Moon - Saturday,  November, 12th

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 November - Sunday,  November 13th -12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Cat's House

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

Address will be sent privately to attendees.

TOSS - Events To Be Determined

Unfortunately, with all of the hubub leading up to our Samhain campout and then recuperating from the campout itself we have not yet gotten together to populate the calendar for November for Temple Of the Standing Stones however our clergy will be meeting on the night of the 12th to plan things out so you should see new events added for the 19th and 26th soon as well as perhaps a few things for December. Please keep an eye on our calendar at :  http://templeofthestones.org/calendar/ and our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/templeofthestones/ for more details as events are added.

MWC - New Moon Ritual For November - Sunday,  November 27th -12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Cat's House

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

Address will be sent privately to attendees.


Please be sure to watch our Meetup Group (Mystic Willow CovenFacebook pages and website calendars (Temple Of the Standing Stones Calendar), (Tradition 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