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SPECIAL YULE PRAYER INTENT FOR ALL OF HUMANITY By: Patty Taylor

January 13, 2010

Today I honor the god of the forest,
the King of nature, who rules the season.
I give my thanks to the beautiful Queen goddess, whose blessings bring new life to the earth.
This gift I offer you tonight,
sending my prayers to you upon the air.

 My prayer for all who happen upon these words.  I pray your days are safe, happy, peaceful, loving and kind.  Let your Year be filled with good health, prosperity and good will.  If low times come, let good times return swiftly.  Let God/Goddess into your hearts and be blessed throughout the year.  Pray, love deeply, live, prosper long and well, be happy and honorable all the days of your life.  Have a blessed season

Getting Together With the Family

January 12, 2010

A Survival Guide for Other Religious Holidays     By: Melinda Chedid

For those of us in the proverbial “broom closet” and those who are open, getting together with family for the holidays can be a very stressful time. Many family members are not open to the Goddess, and others may even be curious. The special needs of each one needs to be balanced with the rest to enjoy a harmonious holiday celebration.

Here are some ideas on how we can bring the Goddess into our family holiday celebrations, even if those celebrations are not acknowledging Her:

Ground, ground, ground. Bring a sachet, amulet, stone, or special charged reminder. This will help you to keep from getting emotional when your cause is best served by being calm

Do not feel that it is mandatory to pray or take part in their religious rituals, however try not to offend others as well. This will be harder in some situations to work out than in others. If you are in a situation where you must go along, use the time to communicate with the Goddess, angels, guides, or whomever you feel called by.

Do not fight over religion. If someone is antagonizing, simply say that there will be time to discuss that later, and change the subject. Do not remain with someone (unless seated at the table, of course) who will not stop antagonizing after you have politely asked for them to stop.

If your family is open, you may suggest a new tradition be started to honor the Goddess and the Solstice. Ideas for this abound. This year, my husband and my side of the family are celebrating Yule with me at a special breakfast.

If you are going to consume any alcohol, remember to not consume too much. This will help keep down the possibility of arguments.

The main objection, as I state in my title, is “survival”. Not everyone changes overnight. Many families have a very difficult time accepting that their child is not the religion they were raised to be. Other families are fascinated, or at least respectful.

The biggest part of our survival then is being respectful towards them, and not allowing disrespect towards ourselves.

The Pentagram, The Priest, and Perception By: Melissa Dean

July 1, 2009

Dear Reverend Valantasis,

I’m writing to express my sincere regret over the recent defacement of your church property.  Such vandalism was a thoughtless violation of your sacred space, for which there is no excuse.  At the same time, my desire for interfaith understanding has also led me to share a few thoughts.

As I watched Fox8News last evening, and read the Canton Repository’s article regarding the vandalism, I was struck by the persistent use of the phrases “Satanic pentagram” and “Satanic symbol” to describe the emblem left on St. George’s property.  Although you and the reporter shared equally in this articulation, I wondered whether either of you were aware of the rich history and common usage of the five point star known as the pentagram.  While it’s tempting for some to lump the pentagram into an all-inclusive category of “Occult/Satanism/Witchcraft,” the truth is not so simple.  As a self-identified witch (i.e., not a Satanist), I wear the emblem in an upright position.  I do so with a reverence for the five elements of life that each point symbolizes to me: earth, air, fire, water and spirit.

The five point star that graces my neck, hearth and home may have originated with worship of the goddess Kore, but that didn’t stop Judeo-Christianity from incorporating the emblem.  Not only was the pentagram inscribed on King Solomon’s ring, its five points were said to symbolize the five books of the Pentateuch (i.e., the Torah).  Just as Ostara eggs, mistletoe, holly and other pagan holiday customs were adopted by Christians, the pentagram was also appropriated by some churches to symbolize the five wounds of Christ, or alternatively, the five senses.  Remnants of its Christian use remain, including the stained glass pentagram that appears on the Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon, Ohio.  I’m reasonably certain that parishioners would take issue with the description of it as a “Satanic symbol.”

It wasn’t until the mass paranoia of the Middle Ages that the pentagram was viewed with negativity.  As suspected witches were tortured and killed, the pentagram was increasingly portrayed as an inverted sign with the two points upward.  Eventually Satanists adopted this inverted pentagram, often showed with a goat’s head, as the Sigil of Baphomet.  Since Fox8 News did not feature an aerial shot of St. George’s grounds, the positioning of the pentagram on church property was unclear (i.e., which points were facing the church).  If the vandals positioned the star with the intent to invert the emblem, it’s possible you are correct and that it is truly a “Satanic symbol.”  Otherwise it appears to be an insensitive prank at your parishioners’ expense.  It should also be noted that some Satanists invert the cross, but I think you would agree that the appearance of a cross around your neck during holy services does not render it a “Satanic symbol.”

In addition to wearing a pentagram, I attempt to honor the Wiccan Rede in my life: “An it harm none, do what ye will.” This is reflected by my dietary choices, personal relationships, and community activities.  Just as St. George has hosted events like the recent Men’s Cook-off for Charities, I share your desire to contribute to the community.  Not only have I dedicated my life to the elimination of domestic violence and abuse in all its forms, but I participate in events that raise awareness on issues like animal cruelty, breast cancer, and poverty.  Per my ethics and interest in healing, I’m the type of person who would normally assist you in repairing the churchyard and rejuvenating the sacred space from the vandals’ violation.

In closing, I would like to thank you for taking the time to let me share my insights.  Interfaith understanding often begins with small steps- steps that are vital in preventing conflict on local and world stages.  I wish you peace, kindness, and gratitude.

Blessed be,
Melissa K. Dean, Esq.

June Newsletter

May 31, 2009

The June Newsletter is out! You can pick up your copy at Goddess Blessed in Lakewood. 15729 Madison Avenue.

We would love it if you would like to cme up and pick up a few to pass out around town that would be GREAT!!

If you are not in our area send me a comment and we can see about getting you a copy and or a subscription to our newsletter! All proceeds go to help support the temple. So, if you would like to help out by making a donation you can do so to get the newsletter mailed to you!

A Letter From the Editor By: Linda Kean-Lorman

May 6, 2009

Hello Goddess Readers:

I am so pleased to be bringing to all of you our Goddess Temple Newsletter. I want to take a moment to thank all of the authors of the articles that we have published. Without all of your help the newsletter would not be as wonderful as it truly is. I think having a collection of people, thoughts, ides and topics makes our newsletter a wonderful source for many.

I would also like to remind everyone that we do have a blog set up. You can go to the blog to read back issues of the newsletter.  I do add a Goddess card and description to the blog every day. I think that helps everyone learn a little bit about each Goddess. You can get to the blog by either  going to http://www.goddesstempleinc.org/  and then clicking on the online Newsletter link, then the Talk With The Goddess link. (Our web mistress Miss Michelle has done a wonderful job with our site!) You can also go directly to https://talkwiththegoddess.wordpress.com/. Please take some time and read through it. You can always make comments on the articles and let the authors know what you think of their work. You can also use it as a place to ask questions and or make comments. Thanks to all of you for your support!

 Linda Kean-Lorman , Vice President Goddess Temple

Spell work and Deities… By Sheila Santiago

March 6, 2009

In the beginning when I was a silent solitary witch I would call on several deities when doing rituals. I would pull out one of my many books on Magic and flip to my Goddess pages and pick out the appropriate Goddess’ for that ritual/spell work. It is important to note that I called on multiple Goddess’ when performing spells and casting circle. A lot of people think you should only call on one. I found that my most powerful magic and most positive results were when I called on multiple Goddess’ to see my work through. At times I would not even name one I would instead call to all Goddess’ to aid me in my magic.

 The most important spell/magical work I ever did for myself was one that many people look for when walking into a metaphysical shop, or when flipping the pages in a book store… a Love spell. I have done love spells before and they always worked, they just didn’t work the way I wanted them to work. I learned the hard way that if you are not very specific about what you want…you will just get anything and everything which includes…the not so good.

 Here is a bit of advice that I learned, practiced and now am grateful for. I call to all Deities when doing life changing magical work. I create a spell of my own instead of reading one from a book. For example in my candle magic love spell I took 3 candles. A pink, hot pink and red candle. I mixed oils together with love aspects and anointed the candles. I sat the candles apart from each other on the altar 1 on each end and 1 in the middle. I mixed up herbs to burn with aspects of love. the final preparation was the list. I did this magic on the New moon for New love to come into my life.

 On the list I wrote the attributes of a partner I wanted in my life. I was very specific as you have to be. every day for the week of the new moon i would light the incense and candles and each day I would move the candles closer together until the last day on the new moon the candles were side by side I meditated and sent out my intentions calling on all Goddess’ to see my will done. After I did this I put everything away and believing in my work and I lit a white candle in gratitude for the Goddess in aiding me and bringing the love I needed into my life.

 Sure enough I met the love of my life and we are now engaged.

I give thanks to the Goddess every new moon. It is important to remember that when doing a love spell you must never have a specific person in mind as that goes against our beliefs in affecting free will. What you should be asking for is a new love that is meant for you and you should list out what you would like the attributes of this person to be. After you have done your spell work let it go and don’t think about it again. Send out that intention and it will come back to you. If you doubt it then you cancel it out.

 Call on one, or call on them all but be a friend to the Goddess and she will be a friend to you seeing your intentions through .

 

Heavenly Kuan-Yin By: Miss Aphrodite Lorelei

March 4, 2009

Heavenly Kuan-Yin

I am Kuan Yin, Exquisite Goddess of sweet compassion, tender mercy, feminine grace and Beauty,

My golden balm is elixir of tears and sweet healing waters flow from my jeweled wands of willow.

I sparkle of rainbow sunlight, floating in a sea of lotus, roses, and emerald bamboo.

I am fertile mother, cherishing and blessing children.

I am joyous, loving, wisdom, enrichment, and enlightenment, deep peaceful serenity.

I am your heart’s desire and sanctuary.

I love you.

-Aphrodite Lorelei

 

Imbolc By: Lisa Nieves

March 4, 2009

Imbolc (Feb 2) is the first of the fertility festivals and a celebration of things yet to be born. Deep down beneath the snow, the Earth is preparing to give birth.  The hibernating animals are stirring.  The mothers are beginning to lactate in preparation of the pending births.  The occasional furry head pops up to see if it is time to come out.  This is the origin of the modern Groundhog’s Day. As humans, fertility isn’t only about physical conception and birth.  Fertility can relate to our minds, our ideas and our desires.

 Imbolc, particularly the February full moon, is a great time for cleansing and preparation; of new beginnings and inner strength. It is time to start your spring cleaning; both internally and externally.  Get rid of physical things you don’t need and mental or emotional baggage you might be hauling around with you.  Look over your supplies; take stock of your life.  Put into words what you want to accomplish in the months to come Also take stock of what isn’t working in your life.  Make a list of what you might need to succeed.  Include physical needs like gardening supplies, pantry staples or more sensible shoes.  Do you need to sharpen your skills or learn new ones?  Is a bad habit or attitude holding you back?

 At Yule (12/21-12/31), we began setting goals for the upcoming year.  Now we clear the way for those goals to come to fruition.  Set up plans and release old patterns or issues. This is a good time for purification, initiation and consecration.  Ritual or meditation can be used to help face life’s challenges or with a particularly challenging project.  Focus on giving yourself extra stamina to succeed.  Use a rose colored candle to help energize and reaffirm your goal.  Use lavender and white candles to represent Divine (white) rebirth and preparation for one’s spirituality (lavender).

Imbolc is a fertility festival.  What would like to see grow and thrive in your life?

Make it happen.

 

An Herbal Column By– Miss Jess

March 2, 2009

It’s January, and time to sweep out the old and ring in the new year.  The holidays always end with making new years resolutions and doing a lot of celebrating.  For all of that partying, we need a few aids in our herbal pantry to help recover and start the new year right.   For starters, if you are going to be drinking a lot of alcohol, or just want something to help with the aftereffects, try milk thistle.  It’s a great aid for anyone who drinks on a regular basis, and for people who suffer from stress or live in an area with a lot of pollution.  It actually stimulates liver regeneration.  Milk thistle is perfect for those hangover induced headaches.  Along with that, you might try dandelion root.  It helps both the liver and the gall bladder.  It triggers your digestive enzymes, and is a great diuretic for when you are bloated. 

For those occasions when eating too much or too fast is a possibility, take fennel.  The seeds help sooth the stomach, relieve heartburn, nausea, indigestion and gas.  I have a tea  made from both fennel and peppermint.  The peppermint stimulates digestive juices.  Thus, the tea is a perfect end to any dinner party.  If you don’t care for peppermint, try ginger, another stomach soother.  It can alleviate nausea and stomach spasms. 

Whatever the occasion, enjoy it knowing that either in your kitchen or backyard, there are several aids to help you ease into the new year.  If the holidays truly get you “down” consider doing a whole body cleanse. There are many detoxifiers out there, but my favorite is the Ultimate Whole-Body cleanse from Nature’s Secret.  I usually do this at the end of winter.  You can think of this as preparation for the “rebirth” of spring for your body. 

Meal Blessings and Multi-Faith Gatherings By: Lisa Nieves

January 2, 2009

A major factor in most holiday celebrations and gatherings is food.  This provides an exceptional opportunity to create a truly harmonious occasion

Food preparation can be more than just making something to eat; it can be magical!  One of the really nice things about the winter holidays is that almost everyone is embracing their faith.  With carefully chosen words the following can be done aloud even with a multi-faith group.  The spirit of the holidays is to be thankful and to honor the Divine, the Universal Energy, however the individual interprets.  Actively being mindful is always a positive thing.

Show respect and thanks for the animals and plants that sacrificed themselves (however involuntary) so that you and your family may live on.  You can give thanks for the farmers and harvesters and processors, etc. for their part.  Give thanks to the Divine for making it all possible.  Taking this time to honor the various elements helps banish any negative energy that may be associated with the food and that the preparation is done with respect and love.

Before beginning to prepare any meal take a moment to clear away any negativity that might be lurking in your mind and/or body.

Wash your hands and visualize the negativity flowing down the drain with the sudsy water.

Take a few deep, cleansing breaths and ground and center yourself.

Gather the ingredients and utensils and be conscious of the energies each item adds to the meal.

Send positive and healthy energy into the food and the utensils you plan to use to prepare it.

Visualize the food returning that positive, healthy, harmonious energy to all that partake in the meal.

Many faiths prefer a blessing to be spoken at the table once everyone has gathered.  Ask everyone to grasp hands with their neighbor as a showing of togetherness and speak a simple blessing or if there is an elder or a particularly ‘Faithful’ member among you, honor him/her by allowing him/her to speak the blessing in his/her chosen fashion.  If neither of these actions are feasible, then simply hold your hands, palm facing down over your plate or table and make a silent wish for blessing.

If  saying a meal blessing is awkward or undesirable by some you can make a general thank you over the meal and suggest a moment of silence to provide an opportunity to give thanks in a more personal way.

Here’s an adaptation of a greeting card verse that does this beautifully.  This can also be used as the wording for a Thanksgiving/Yule Invitation by adding the date, time and location at the end.

As Nature spreads Her quiet beauty across the landscape, We take time to cherish those close to our hearts and homes And look forward to the wonderful times that lie ahead. Please join us/me in giving thanks for Nature’s Bounty and For all the many blessings bestowed upon our lives.

May your blessings be plentiful.