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 #10.
Winter Solstice Blessings
The leaves have fallen, the temperatures have dropped and we are preparing nice warm meals, building hearth fires, decorating our homes and spending time with family. Many yuletide traditions are carried on into modern times such as decorating evergreen trees, giving gifts and singing songs together. Folks of all faiths and cultures are celebrating something at this time of year and our tribe is not an exception. As you meet others on your errands please remember to speak a kind word or two, share a smile and further the energies of peace on earth and good will to all. This is truly what the spirit of the season should be all about.
Alas, there have been no submissions for the newsletter this month. Won't you please consider contributing something for next month's edition. Send any words or original artwork to newsletter [at] spiritofthesycamore [dot] org any time.
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 the following adaptation from an ADF Solitary Yule Ritual located here: https://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/yule/sol-yule-mjd.html
I call out to those who came before me
Hear me, O ancestors!
The sun has traveled through your lands
In an ever-lengthening journey.
I ask that you remember the cold winters of your lives
Remember the piercing winds
Remember the ice and the darkness.
Remember that your descendants feel this now.
I call out to you, and ask that you join me.
Together, let us encourage the sun to return,
For she has traveled in your world long,
And now it is time for her to travel in mine.
Welcome, and thanks to the Ancestors!
TOSS = Temple Of the Standing Stones hosted events
MWC = Mystic Willow Coven hosted events
SOS = Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition events
Unfortunately, for the month of December our tradition has no open, public events planned. This is a time of year we tend to enjoy time with our families and tribe to reflect on our relations with one another and prepare for the coming winter. Please be sure to look us up in January though as surely new events will be 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