Archive for April, 2011

Levels Of Sponsorship

April 13, 2011

New Levels of sponsorship to the temple were discussed at our last board meeting. It is very important to help out by donating to the temple. Now with these new  levels of donators we will be able to get closer to the funds to find and or build our own temple building. Become an important part of the temple building team. We always are looking for volunteers and donations. Come and help in any way you can! 

 

The suggested levels are as follows:

$50 – Newsletter by mail

$100 – Newsletter by mail and a mug

$250 – Newsletter, mug, and tickets to the spaghetti dinner

$500 – Newsletter, mug, spaghetti dinner tickets, and a Temple calendar.

$1000 – Newsletter, mug, spaghetti dinner tickets, a Temple calendar, and a daily candle lit for the sponsor in the Temple room

Pudding Pie – Heather Lorman

April 13, 2011

1pkg instant pudding any flavor (This recipe is using Butterscotch)

3 cups of cold milk

1tsp vanilla

1 envelope of Dream whip

1 pie shell of your choice (This recipe uses a graham cracker pie crust)

Take any flavor of pudding that you love and make it according to the package. 2 cups of cold milk and pudding mix, whip together until thick. Take ½ of the pudding mixture and place it in a pie shell of your choice. For this pie a graham cracker pie crust is used. You can buy one already made from the store or you can take a package of graham cracker and 3 tlb. Butter and make your own by crushing up the graham crackers into little pieces pour butter over and mix then press into a pie shell. (You can substitute a Oreo cookie pie shell as well.)Then take the other half of the pudding mixture and mix it with a package of dream whip made according to the dream whip package. One envelope of dream whip, one cup cold milk and one tsp. of vanilla, beat until thick. Take the rest of the pudding and fold it into the dream whip. Beat those together. Then pour remaining mixture into pie shell refrigerate for about 2- hours until pudding and dream whip mixture seems firm enough. Then serve.

Sabbat of Mabon, Feast Of Avalon Autumnal  Equinox – Rev. Ginny Vigrass

April 13, 2011

 

The great ancient Sabbat festival of Mabon is named for the Welsh Celtic God.  It celebrates our Thanksgiving for the abundant fruits and crops of the earth.  It is also known as the Feast of Avalon, which means “Land of Apples.”  Avalon is a Celtic name for the Land of the Dead. Mabon is the second of three harvests and is especially associated for the vine harvests and wine. It is associated with the harvesting of apples which are seen as symbols of renewed life. It is a spiritually uplifting time for all of us to share our appreciation to the Goddess and God to receive blessings during the winter months. In our northern hemisphere,  this equinox is on September 21–24. The Celts honored this Sabbat by harvesting apples , invoking the Goddess at a cemetery where loved ones are buried and by putting apples on headstones for the promise of life renewed, bobbing for apples, etc. These acts are for the wishes of the living to be reunited with dear loved ones and symbolize our thankfulness for the life-giving harvest celebration. The altar may be filled with photos of loved ones, apples, wine, vine, garland, burial cairns, cornucopia, corn, and colors of: orange, maroon,  and russet. The Welsh Celtic name Mabon was coined about 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron . In my Welsh language, “AP” means “son”. Mabon and his mother Modron ( ” Divine Mother” ) were descended from a divine mother-son pair, deities in origin .  Welsh legends link Mabon with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  King Arthur rescued Mabon from prison in Gloucester, England.  Then, Mabon was at King Arthur’s side, including the great hunt after the great boar Twrch!  Deities for this festival include Harvest Deities, Aging Deities and wine Gods.  Evoke Mabon or his mother Modron to honor them as the deities who brought forth this bountiful, beautiful harvest.

Sitting with the Goddess – Gini Judd

April 13, 2011

Now that the Temple Room is devoted full-time as worship space, members are encouraged to take shifts being present in the room during the hours that Goddess Blessed is open. Two-hour shifts are recommended, on a schedule that works for you.  The duties are to greet people coming into the temple room, sell temple items if people are interested, answer questions about the temple (or direct questions to a temple board member), point out the goddess votives that are for sale. But mostly you will be present with the goddess and help promote the temple room’s spiritual atmosphere. 

I highly encourage all members to volunteer for this opportunity. Spending two quiet hours with the goddess is a wonderful gift to grant yourself. At the beginning of the time, you may busy yourself lighting candles and incense, choosing music, perhaps straightening pillows. Then as time passes, you will fall into the quiet presence in the room. You may read, or meditate, or visit with other temple members, but the sense that you are with the goddess, focused in your devotion, permeates your time in the temple. 

I leave my time at the temple feeling calm and refreshed. It’s a wonderful experience that I feel fortunate to enjoy. You may sign up for your temple time on the calendar in the temple room. I urge you to give yourself the gift of that time.

Lammas- Heather

April 9, 2011
  Lammas is the time of year that is to celebrate the harvest and the reaping of the first grain. Lammas or Lughnasad, which means loaf-mass day, is celebrated on August 1. Originally Lammas, celebrated by the Celts from the sunset on August first to the sunset on August second, included an honorary reaping of the new grain to be eaten. It was believed that the grain died so people could live and flourish for the year. Since in recent times most of us do not have grain growing in our backyards to honorably reap we can celebrate and honor the goddess and God Lugh, who the holiday was named for, by baking fresh bread. In order to make the bread more personal ingredients and herbs from the garden can be added. Another way to celebrate the Goddess is to make corn dolls out of corn husks and tie them in the shape of a woman to literally represent the grain Goddess. Lammas is a day to honor the grain Goddess and the sun God, it is also time to have feasts and give thanks for the grain and harvest.

Summer Berry Spring Roll – Heather

April 9, 2011

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup hot water

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

1 cup fresh berries of any kind. (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or a mixture) 

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp Knox gelatin

1 tbls. white sugar

Directtions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a jelly roll pan. Line it with buttered foil or buttered parchment paper.

 Beat the eggs until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add 1 cup white sugar, beating constantly. Stir in water and vanilla extract. Fold in flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour batter into tin.

 Bake for 15 minutes. or until springy to the touch, and beginning to shrink away from the sides of the pan.

 Lay out a tea towel, and sprinkle it with confectioners’ sugar. Turn the jelly roll out on the towel. Take off the paper or foil. Cut away crusty edges. Roll the cake up in the towel, and leave it to cool.

 Whip the cream. Add Knox gelatin and 1 tbl. sugar. Fold in berries. Unroll the cake. Spread with the strawberry cream, and roll up again. Chill. Cover the top with more whipped cream when serving.

Smudging – Kathy Curran

April 9, 2011

Smudging is a ceremony that we borrow from the Native Americans.  The belief is that certain herbs, when burnt, have the ability to clear a space and a person of negative energies.  White sage is the herb most commonly used; however, any of the ‘heavier’ scented herbs and resins are also appropriate, i.e. sandalwood, frankincense, or dragon’s blood.  Typically the dried sage is tied into a wand and one end is lit.  The herb will produce a fragrant smoke and then holding the smoldering sage wand in your hand, you walk the perimeter of all the rooms in your dwelling including attics, basements, closets and entryways.  Once this is completed, it is believed that a vacuum has been created; void of any energies.

Now one wants to fill this clear space with positive energies.  This can be done in a number of ways.  One way is to light a white candle thereby attracting angels and angelic energies.  Native Americans often use the herb sweetgrass for this part of the ceremony.  Any incense or essential oil that has special significance can be used.  It is recommended to perform this ceremony monthly, around the time of the full moon; and anytime there has been activities of discord in the home.  One can also perform this smudging ceremony on themselves and other people.  Many people incorporate this ceremony at the beginning of rituals, both solitary and group.

A Letter From The President-Kathy Curran

April 9, 2011

Why tithe to the Goddess Temple!?

 I believe it is important to support where one is spiritually fed and this can be done either by volunteering your time, your talents, or donating money.  I believe that giving in this manner increases what is given to you!

  The Goddess Temple is a grass roots fledgling enterprise and certainly benefits from all that support her.  We are engaged in fundraising events to finance a building for the Temple. 

We are presently selling cloth shopping bags and travel mugs to raise funds. We will also have a spaghetti dinner this fall.  One of our new adventures is in creating a Goddess Calendar; this will be our second edition this year. 

As a founding Temple; we don’t have a ‘parent’ organization to assist with these goals.  We are solely dependent on our members!!

 So, remember to give thanks back to the Goddess!

An Herbal Column– Miss Jess

April 9, 2011
As I sit here writing to you I gaze out over my garden. With the plants barely in a month, I’m amazed at what Mother Nature can do.
 One of the plants that still find amazing after all the years of gardening is lavender. This herb has a wide variety of uses in the medicine basket. 
We all know that it is a relaxant, that it can sooth nerves and anxiety. When I feel an attack of the nerves I’ll take a sachet of the flowers, or a bit of the essential oil on a cloth and just inhale.
This works for both the mental and physical nervousness.  I’ve seen tea recipes that call for lavender to relax a nervous stomach.
Tea or lavender in a diffuser or pillow can help induce sleep. Lavender can help with the physical and the mental aspects of headaches.  
Often for tension or migraines, lavender is added to a lotion base can help ease the muscles in the affected area. 
 This is due to the camphorous quality of the oil.  It acts as an anti- inflammatory to the area reducing tightness and pain.  
Next time you take a relaxing bath try adding a few drops of the oil to your bath salts.Lavender can also be used for a variety of skin ailments. 
 In school, we often used it, in a lotion form for bug bites, sunburns, iron burns and scalding. 
It protects the area from both bacterial and fungal infections.  It decreases swelling of the skin, reducing pain from the burn.
  Along with chamomile it can help sooth the itch from psoriasis and eczema.  Lotions made for sensitive skin will often include lavender oil.
Lavender blooms early to mid summer and can tolerate semiarid conditions.  Don't overwater it, and if in a pot, be sure to have well drained soil.  
Prune off stems, just before the blooms open for the strongest fragrance. Don't prune too heavily in the fall, but   Instead give it a prune in the spring when you start to see new growth. 
No matter how you grow it, or how you use it, be sure to have some lavender on hand this summer.  You may use it more than you expect!

Oh Sidhe-it! Part 2 – Chuck

April 9, 2011

Pick a name, any name. the fey, fairies, leprechauns, good folk, fair folk, the Sidhe, elves, Tuatha de Danann, etc and here they were standing around the tree looking at me. If you saw them in the light they likely wouldn’t look that much different than us. No more exotic than the various breeds if humans in the world. They weren’t dressed much different either, though it had a 60’s hippie retro look to it. I was their demeanor that set them apart, what was behind those eyes looked out on a different world than the one you and I see. I took in the whole situation and then began to laugh.

“What’s so funny?”  “Oh it’s a bit cliché, don’t you think? The old ‘dream sequence’ type thing. I open my eyes and poof there you are!” “If it is cliché then it’s you that set the stage for it. We only made use of the time presented to us.” “And that brings us to the next question. Why are you here?” “For our own reasons, as is always the case. One of those reasons is we’re here to answer a question you posed long ago. If we existed before, where are we now in the modern world?” “That sounds like we’re going on a magical mystical trip of some sort.” “Not as you might rekon it, but yes a journey.” “Just one question first, Which of you is the Morrigan?”  “If you mean the Morrigan of the Tuatha de Danann, she isn’t amongst us. She has passed.” “Passed?” “Yes, passed, no longer alive. The Tuatha, as we, are mortal like you. Longer loved, as you are longer lived than those who lived in cruder times due to your medical knowledge, but yet mortal. Immortality, like so many other things you find enviable, are attributed to us “gods”. We find amusing. We are your cousins not your creators/rulers.” Alright I can accept that. So where are we headed to?” “Right here.”

One of them pulled out a satchel and took out something about the size of a loose leaf binder and opened it. A blue glow began from it, enough to see what it was….a laptop computer!

“Why so surprised? Were you expecting a crystal ball? This serves the same purpose does it not? And it can transport you wherever you wish to go when connected to your internet. Or would you prefer we chant something in a strange language and go somewhere in a flash of light? No, this will do fine for our purposes. We want to show you some of you legends in this modern world.” “Something tells me I’m not going to like this, but then elves using Windows wasn’t something I expected either. What’s first?”

Ok, maybe the computer I could accept, but the picture on the screen was anything but what I would consider a “centaur”. It was a picture of a biker cruising down the road. His expression was one of concentration on the experience of the ride, the scenery, the sun and the wind. He looked….complete.

“Alright, call me dumb, but that ain’t a centaur by any standards I know.” “Then learn a new standard. The original horsemen of the past were an awesome sight to those that first saw them. They were something never conceived of before and there was no frame of reference to put them in. A man on a horse so attuned to one another that they seemed as one. Eventually they became viewed as one single creature. Is this rider on his iron horse any different than those riders of the past?”  “ You know what you say is true. This overturns a lot of assumptions. From new agers to staunch Traditionalists. The only ones that might like this are the historians and the Christians that try to trivialize the old ways into superstitions to prove themselves right.”  “What matter these Christians when by and large they have forgotten their own past and truths? We leave them to their own fate. We are not here to live up to any expectations of anyone, we are just giving you a look at the truths we have learned. The world about teaches us every moment. Not by any dogma, but in the dynamics of life. Many names and explanations can be attached to one thing and non of them will change it’s basic nature. Just our perceptions of it.” “But there must be some pattern to things, else there is chaos.” “Patterns, yes. Dogma, no.”  “So what you are saying is all the legends that we use to inspire us are based on false assumptions and thus are void. You’ve just taken all the magic from the world. All the reason to aspire to something ‘better’ and ‘greater’. I don’t think I like that world view.” “As well you shouldn’t, No, we are not trying to destroy those legends, just put them into context. But that’s not the lesson we are trying to teach you. The magic of legends spawned them because they were innately magical in the first place. The world is a marvelous place if you open yourself to it. The stuff of legends walks past you everyday on the street and is in the very air you breath. Is it any less wonderful for seeming so common on the surface?” “Now that’s a concept I can better deal with. I have one more question. By the legends any dealings with you, no matter how casual, are a costly and perilous thing. What’s the tab for meeting you and this lesson?” “The lesson itself is the cost to you. If you accept it and follow it you will act differently than others around you. There is always a cost for being different. If you reject the lesson you’ll pay a different cost by not seeing what is taught. Which is the worse only you can decide? You will pay in either case.” “Is there anything else?” “Isn’t that enough? If there is more to teach, it will be taught even if you never meet us in person again. But if our paths cross again, it’ll be by our decision as was this time. But for now ‘slan agat’”

With that they just turned and walked into the gloom and were lost in seconds. Not having better to think of I picked up my lantern and headed back to my friends’ house. As I walked in they must have seen the expression on my face was changed.

“hey! Done communing with Tree beard, that is what they call old tree? Did he have anything interesting to say?” “Yeah……a lot………if you were listening.”