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
If you missed the previous Sycamore Spirit newsletter you can still see it here: Sycamore Spirit Newsletter #13.
As Our Tradition Grows by Cianaodh Óg
A few words on the strength in our diversity as we grow. One of the driving forces for me in my pursuit of enlightenment since first discovering that I was Pagan in my spirituality is my love of freedom. I feel that maximum freedom to pursue those sources of knowledge and wisdom which call to us, to study those cultures which fill our spirits with connectedness and to explore those methods which bring us closer to our kindred is paramount to forging a new Pagan path which is what we set out to do here at Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition while we remain in balance and harmony with nature and the universe. As we approach our second birthday this month as a fully formed and recognized tradition I would like to see us continue to embrace these principles while our tradition grows in the coming years. A new group will be hiving off soon and so we will grow from 2 to 3 active groups within the circle of elders as well as the 4th who is our other founding elder and still retains full voting rights. With our tradition small, I chose within my own temple to focus on core Wiccan practices for awhile with some Druidry mixed in because, as a fledgling tradition still hoping to attract our tribe and offer the best eclectic mix for all who choose to study with us I thought this best. I have long wished to focus more fully on Celtic based studies and linguistics however because these are areas of cultural and intellectual interest which call to my spirit. As we grow and offer more groups, therefore more diversity, for our seekers I plan to refocus more into those areas going forward. I hope not to scare too many off as I go down that rabbit hole but those, who, like me, are intrigued with such things, are welcome to join me on the journey. I am extremely proud of Ta'li Seabhac and Wahya for their achievements and continued contributions to our great tradition as I am likewise proud of all of our Initiates, Dedicants, and Seekers. I look forward to working with them as they launch their new group sometime after Beltaine and I hope to see us collaborate on future endeavors. There is strength in diversity and as our tradition grows it gives us great freedom to diversify and pursue more paths to enlightenment. Exciting times are ahead for us all. Let us embrace the adventure!
Book review by Arachne Crowsinger
Wicca Spellcraft for Men (A Spellbook for Male Pagans) by A.J. Drew
This was definitely not another Wicca 101 book, thanks the Gods! This was a rather interesting and comprehensive look from the writers take about being a practicing male wiccan.
As a woman, one would wonder why I would pick up this book and read it, but as a High Priestess and Elder of our Tradition I am very much aware that in the greater pagan wiccan community resources that speak directly to male witches are few and far between. I hoped before I cracked the first page if it would be something I would be happy to recommend to any male witches that come to us. Boy, am I.
Mr. Drew advocates for a balanced approach to magick, honoring both god and goddess. He also goes into the practical application of science into magick. I especially enjoyed how he pointed out how each of the five senses can help or hinder us in our spell craft.
A lovely collection of incenses and tinctures, oils and other Miscellaneous Lore, all focused on masculine/god energy.
Summary: Any Wiccan male or female should have this underappreciated gem in their library. This helps balance out the rather abundant information on feminine/goddess recipes one has.
I highly recommend it.
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:
Deep Peace to You
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
TOSS = Temple Of the Standing Stones hosted events
MWC = Mystic Willow Coven hosted events
SOS = Spirit Of the Sycamore tradition events
TOSS - Wind Moon Esbat – Saturday, March 11th
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. Temple Of the Standing Stones is a Skyclad group which means our esbat rituals are conducted Skyclad. If you are a visiting tradition clergy member from another group, please plan accordingly. If you are not sure what that means, please get in touch with us for an explanation as there are rules of etiquette involved. An article will be posted soon detailing Skyclad Ritual Etiquette. All others, please feel free to attend our next open gathering.
SOS - Ostara at Arlington UU (Public) - Saturday, March 18th from 5pm to 9pm
2001 California Ln., Arlington, TX
Come celebrate Ostara with us. THIS IS OPEN, NO PRE-APPROVAL NEEDED! In fact, come and meet the members of Spirit of the Sycamore Tradition at our open Sabbats.
Help us celebrate Spirit of the Sycamore Tradition's 2nd Birthday!
Hosted by Mystic Willow Coven.
MWC - New Moon Ritual & Energy Work – Saturday, March 25th 5PM to 9PM at Arlington UU - 2001 California Lane, Arlington, TX 76015
Welcome and Blessed Be!
This is part class and ritual kind of day. We will be going over what Spirit of the Sycamore Tradition practices and basic 101 items in this 12 month course.
This meetings topic will be: Energy Work
We will meet on the Saturday near the New Moon for magic and learning.
Please RSVP and join us! https://www.meetup.com/SpiritoftheSycamoreTradition/events/236618778/
TOSS – Clergy Day – Saturday, March 25th
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.
TOSS – Temple Day – Crafts, Games & Music – Saturday, April 1st from 5:00pm til 11:00pm
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 either at Cianaodh’s home or Ta'li Seabhac and Wahya's home in Arlington, Texas. We will announce which well prior to the actual date. The address will be given upon request to those who plan to attend. The focal point at this Temple Day gathering will be Learning Games and Musical Experimentation – Please Bring Instruments, Voices and/or Ideas that you would like to share or just some appreciative ears to listen, hands to clap and feet to tap or dance.
What to bring: (Optional)
Craft Items (Varies per event, feel free to inquire)
Your favorite game that you might like to share with the tribe
Instrument For Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Dinner
Cash Donations for Cancer Care Services and/or Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition
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May the kindred bless and keep you,
The Tribe of Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition