dess Newsletter

ISSUE 08-10 October 2008
Rosemary Clark
Hallows Eve Ritual & Celebration
Temple Announcements
Autumn Equinox Highlights
Donor Acknowledgements
Kid's Realm ~ Childhood is a journey, not a race.
Music Review -- Wendy Rule
Herb of the Month
TOG Full Moon Celebration
Pagan Book Club
Temple Moon Lodge
Classes & Community Event Notices
Kali by Nikki CaulkCelebrating the Seasons:
Hallows Eve
Saturday November 1, 2008
7:30 PM, Doors Open 7:00

Come join us as we remember, re-claim, and celebrate our deep connection with the cycles of life and the seasons of Mother Earth. The theme of all our 2008 Sabbat rituals is remembering the Names, and myths, of the Ancient Ones and through them, our legacy, our divine heritage. "Forgotten, she does not die, but sleeps, whispering in her dreams (Dreams that are the lives of men) until these words, remembered, wake her." (Clay Gilbert) As children of the divine, we celebrate the year's harvest as we remember Her: we whisper Her many names, we awaken Her, and we call Her, once again, into the world.

Samhain or Hallows Eve is the new year, the time when the veil between this world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. It is the time when we honor the ancestors who have moved on to the spirit world. It marks the onset of a darker, more introspective time of year. The theme of Hallows Eve is honoring darkness, memory of the dead, communication with the spirit world, facing our fears, and purification for the future.

Our evening of ritual theatre opens with a mediation and song to help us "Slow Down" our internal rhythm and deepen into the winter. Just as the sap of trees respond to the cool darkness of the season, so do the natural rhythms of self call us to cease the business of life and dream the dark into next year's spring. This is followed by a dance to honor our ancestors. As the veil between the worlds at Samhain dissolves, we cross over to the in-between world of Spirit. We look into the mirror of self, face the fears from deep within while Kali, the Creator Destroyer, dances endings and beginnings. Through song and dance, Kali calls us to step onto the bridge of time where past meets future in the eternal now. We meet the Crone and her bone dancers as she sings to the bones.
Journey with us as we remember: There is still power in the ancient names. Every breeze whispers Her name. Every moonbeam holds Her spirit. These words, remembered, wake Her. Join us as we honor the dark and connect with our ancestors this Hallows Eve. We ask the ancestors for guidance for the Earth, ourselves, each other, and community, through dance, song, and sacred enactment. Bring musical instruments to be joyfully played during the ritual enactment.

DON'T FORGET: For the altar, bring a jar candle and, if you wish, a photo of a loved one, an ancestor you would like to honor at this time of the year. Temple Serpents will be in attendance.

Newcomer's Meeting in Lobby at 6:45pm, before the ritual. If this is your first Temple of the Goddess Ritual or you just have questions, meet with Kamala in the lobby before the ritual. Bring your questions, fears, hopes, and desires.
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103

For more information, click here.
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
For full flyer go to www.templeofthegoddess.org/Events/togsabbats.htm
Questions: 818-771-5778 or info@TempleoftheGoddess.org
Kali Painting, Oil on canvas by Nikki Cault

 Temple of the Goddess Announcements

Goddess Choir Rehearsals
Choir Rehearsals have resumed and will be held on Sundays, 4-6.
October 24th, TBA
Goddess Choir:  If you'd like to be a part of the ever-growing Temple of the Goddess choir, email choir@TempleoftheGoddess.org. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Essays, articles, interviews, and poetry for temple newsletter can be submitted to newsletter@TempleoftheGoddess.org.


Click here to find out about Community Events. If you would like to post an event with Temple of the Goddess, please let us know by submitting the date and pertinent information to: Events@TempleoftheGoddess.org.

Soothsayings: October - November 2008

HecateThe end of October and the beginning of November mark the season of near-universal recognition of death and its mysteries. Many goddess images appear at this time, figures that can evoke fear and trepidation, as well as respect and mystic reveries.

Hecate is the personification of this period, goddess of the underworld and deity of the dark Moon. She represents the critical phases of the Lunar cycle with her three faces of maiden, mother, and crone. This triune nature gives her rulership over crossroads and all things with three corners. Kin to wild animals and the raw energy of nature in storms, her companions are the owl and dog, watchers of the necropolis. Hecate is associated with the dark phase of the Lunar cycle, the last seven days before the New Moon. This period of darkness, the ³witching hour² of legend, is the time when initiates may see in the dark and commune with spirits no longer hidden.

In another realm we find the goddess Ceridwen of Welsh medieval legend, a magician and mother of Taliesin (king of bards) and Morfran (the dark lord). Ceridwen had a magical cauldron that she used to make the potion for "granting wisdom." Three drops - another hint of the triune nature of the Divine Feminine - could bestow knowledge of past, present, and future. Ceridwen bestows intuition and poetic inspiration.

China brings us Meng-Po Niang Niang, the goddess who lives at the threshold of life and death. When those reincarnating depart from her realm, she administers a sacred potion to each person, causing them to forget previous lives. She governs rites of transition and far memory.

In India, it is Kali the Destroyer who represents this season, goddess of change and transition. She is depicted as a black figure, consuming the bodies of slain warriors. Yet she revered as the ultimate mother goddess and the highest reality in the Tantric universe. To Kali we present our sorrows and errors, for purification in the divine fire she emanates as she performs her cosmic dance. More.
Illustration 1. Hecate by William Blake (1795)

(*) All phenomena are cited for the Tropical (Western) Zodiac
© Copyright 2008 by Rosemary Clark

Rosemary Clark is author of The Sacred Tradition in Ancient Egypt: The Esoteric Wisdom Revealed and The Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt: The Spiritual Practice Restored. She has also written The Everything Meditation Book and her work is included in Menopause: A One-Stop Resource for Feeling Good and The Complete Dream Dictionary. When not writing and organizing spiritual expeditions to Egypt, she is saying sooth to an international cadre of students and associates.

Autumn Equinox Highlights
We'd like to share some images taken during the rehearsal and performance of this year's Fall Equinox celebration and myth of Egyptian deities, Maat & Anubis. Photos courtesy of Charles Elliott/Beautyseer, RA, and Jill D'Agnenica.
TOG choir
TOG Musicians 

 ako the weary
 Circle Casters Maat and Akoprinciples
 Ako and troop
  Blessings of Harves
  communion cookies
Temple of the Goddess wishes to acknowledge, honor, and welcome those who have joined, tithed, or donated to the temple this month. You keep the temple doors open for all of us.
unityRealm of Air
Julia Biggs and Christy Brandley
Realm of Water
Carol Holst
Bettina Wey and Christopher Robinette

Realm of Earth
Anne Gauldin
Realm of Spirit
Dawn Bodnar Sutton
Ana Diaz-Ruiz
Ruth Ann Anderson
J. Clark
J. Tatum
Click here for information on becoming a member of TOG. Temple of the Goddess has a variety of ways that you can participate fiscally in our vision. To learn more about making a tax-deductible donation to the temple, go to Gifting Opportunities.
Artwork from Ritual Path DVD by artist John Banks of Artek Images and music by Fritz Heede.  Available from Temple of the Goddess Music & Media Store.

Kid's Realm                         ~~Childhood is a journey, not a race.~~

Plastic Spoon Witch 
By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 6 and up
This fun craft can be as intricate or as simple as you like. Adjust the details to make it simpler for younger children by eliminating her belt buckle, necklace, and teeth. Continued . . .

Music Review: Wendy Rule 2008 U.S. Concert Tour
by Pythia
sphinxOn September 19th a pack of Temple of the Goddess Wendy Rule groupies joined other Los Angeles Pagans for a live performance of Pagan singer and songwriter, Wendy Rule, in Burbank, California. Our temple director first stumbled on the sometimes dark, rock, and world beat of Wendy's Pagan songs and brought them to our musicians and choir to learn, it was a momentous gift. Wendy has given her gracious permission to play and sing her songs at our Wheel of the Year Celebrations and it has added so much to the ritual theatre we offer at our public Sabbats.
The songs, her own compositions, touch on magick, mythology, deep emotions, and spirituality. She originates in Melbourne, Australia, but her soul is of the World. She sings to all Pagans, telling them they "drink the nectar divine" and they "shine". Part of the year she travels, giving concerts throughout the globe--U.S.A., France, Germany, England, Scotland, and her native Australia.
She has produced five full albums and also a meditation album, a live album of jazz standards, and a collaborative album with California artist Gary Stadler. Her music has been called dark and visionary. Her music and her lyrics takes one on a ride, sometimes a horse and wagon ride through a moonlight-filled forest peopled with elves, fairies, and various power animals, and sometimes the ride is a roller coaster forcing the emotions to soar, then dive into unknown territories where we confront our souls, and sometimes our own shadows. The result of these journeys is an increase of power and energy surging through our souls and bodies. More
To read more about Wendy Rule and/or to buy her CD's, go to: www.WendyRule.com
Herb of the Month
by: Fee, Certified Master Herbalist from the Global College of Natural Medicine
"Listen! The wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!"  --Humbert Wolfe
asterHappy Fall, everyone!! What a glorious time of year. The nights are cool and the light is certainly becoming harder to hold on to, but the rewards are great. If October is when you graced this earth, you have Cosmos and Calendula to look forward to.  My garden is FULL of BOTH! Calendula has the sun for it's planetary association. Use this gorgeous golden flower for strength, healing and justice. Cosmos, usually grown as an annual, are wonderfully bright and fun flowers that come in a great variety of colors. Use white for peace, love and new beginnings, pink for innocent love and friendship and purple for power and passion. Yellow cosmos offer joy and happiness and orange gives vitality and energy.
asterIn honor of Samhain, I offer you Hazel (Corylus spp.) and Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). According to Scott Cunningham' Magical Herbalism, hazel wood makes excellent, all purpose wands. The forked branches are used in divining hidden objects. String and hang hazel asternuts in your home for good luck. You can also present a new bride with a bag of hazel nuts to ensure luck and fertility, or carry one with you for your own fertility! The wood itself, serves as an anti lightening charm. Tie two hazel twigs together with red or gold thread to form a solar cross for a good luck charm. Gather hazel at night on Samhain. Draw a circle around yourself on the ground with a hazel twig if outside and in need of protection. Its basic powers  are fertility, protection and mental powers.

asterWormwood was once burned in all incense designed to raise spirits. It is now used in clairvoyance and divinatory incenses (especially in combination with Mugwort) as well as in exorcism and protection blends. Throw wormwood onto fires on Samhain to gain protection from the spirits roaming the night. Burn while using a pendulum. Fumigate to raise spirits, if you must. It's basic powers are clairvoyance and protection.

Garden Witchery Magick From The Ground Up by Ellen Dugan, Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing
Magical Herbalism The Secret Craft of the Wise by Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing, Cosmos and Calendual-Courtesy of Fee

For gardening or herbal questions, contact Fee at khotbc@yahoo.com
full moon celebrationsTemple of the Goddess ~ Full Moon Celebrations
Monthly Celebrations on the night of the Full Moon.
2008 Dates: November 13th ~ December 12th
Strong lunar energy pulls everything out of hiding and reflects it back at us.  Emotions seem closer to the surface and social inhibitions melt away. While neither Waxing nor Waning, the Full Moon is a highly charged time for release and gain.
During the Full Moon Celebrations you will learn the energy flow of each monthly Full Moon, meditate to draw down the Lunar power, create magic within sacred circle and use divination tools to release the unwanted as well as bring in the desired.
Click here for more information about Temple of the Goddess Full Moon Celebration, and a pdf flyer or email FullMoonCelebration@TempleoftheGoddess.org  or phone: 818-771-5778

Picture Courtesy of Isquiesque
Temple of the Goddess PAGAN BOOK CLUB
First Meeting ~ November 12, 2008
When God Was A WomanDo you enjoy reading and discussing books?  Then please join us for the temple's new Pagan Book Club. Some of our young people are hungry to read what many of us older Pagans have long ago read so this is our chance to re-read, share our wisdom, and get some fresh new perspectives from the next generation (or two). We will be reading both fiction and nonfiction. If you're interested in joining us, our first book will be:
When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone

Description: Here, archaeologically documented,is the story of the religion of the Goddess. Under her, women's roles were far more prominent than in patriarchal Judeo-Christian cultures. Stone describes this ancient system and, with its disintegration, the decline in women's status. Index; maps and illustrations.
Click here to buy this book from Amazon and help support the temple. For more info, date, location, email:  PaganBookClub@templeofthegoddess.org 


Temple of the Goddess
Moon Lodge

We gather to honor and celebrate the Moon Mother and her cycles which we embody with her sacred gift of rhythm and blood. Together we will celebrate stories of our own moon-time, from our experiences of menarche to menopause. We will share stories of Her ebb and flow, reconnecting ourselves with these divine and timeless cycles. Our repose in this dreamtime within the safety of a circle of sisters has the power to heal and reunite our deeper selves with the natural world.

The Moon Lodge is held on Wednesdays between 7pm and 10pm.
Moon Lodge Schedule:  August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st, October 29th, November 26th, and Monday December 29th

Dress comfortable and bring comfy pillow and blanket to snuggle in. Bring any sacred offerings you may wish to share with the Goddess on Her Altar. And a decadent snack to share with your sisters.
petroglyphTrance Journey Through Drumming
New class offered by Temple of the Goddess
This is not a "learn how to drum" class, but deep meditation instruction. In this class you will learn about Shamanism and what a Shaman does when she or he moves into a trance and enters another reality. If you've wanted a different way of meditating to "sort things out" then this might work for you. In addition to the trance work, the class will study various topics including:
  • Shamanic Trance Drumming-what it is and where it has been in practice.
  • Spirit Guides-how to obtain one and what a Guide does for you.
  • Relevancy of Shamanic Trance Drumming in today's world. 
Classes led by Pythia, Temple of the Goddess priestess and a practioner of Shamanic Trance Drumming for 18 years. Classes ongoing. For dates and times, contact Pythia@templeofthegoddess.org and put Trance Journey in the subject. Click here
for more info and a downloadable pdf flyer.

In a Sacred Circle of Sisters,
Come Home to Your Authentic Self

The Shamanic Tantric Dance is a meditation in motion, a sacred dance spontaneously sourced from body impulse.

Monday, October 13th through November 10th, 2008 from 7 to 10 pm $150

No Dance Experience Necessary. For more info click here
Contact Kamala: (310) 455-3876 or kamala@terrakino.net.

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