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Walking Through The Fires

Blessed belated Beltane all!

As I reflect on some of our Beltane traditions I am finding new meanings in some of those acts. I know we didn’t do it this year, but many years we have walked between the bale fires, and that phrase has stuck in my mind: walked through the fires.

Blessed Community

Are you excited for the Mesa Verde camping trip yet? The Council is looking forward to spending the long weekend under new trees and visiting the cliff dwellings. Last year we took a trip North to witness the solar eclipse. Although the Covenant of the River has been camping together for almost a decade, these longer trips present different experiences and challenges. The goal for the Mesa Verde trip, at the beginning of June, is to continue building our own community while (learning about a people that came before us).

Bouncing Back

As we step forward into the approaching spring time, I am reminded of renewal of life. I watch my lawn, my oh so neglected lawn, and as the snow melts away there it is again. In autumn it got covered in the debris and leaves of the early decay. Through winter it has been covered by snow, shrinking away from the cold in a semi stasis. It’s not been dead, it remains very much alive, just hidden, buried and unseen.

2018 Blessings!

Many blessings on the new calendar year! May the guidance of the Divine be felt, recognized and celebrated as you move forward on your path.

There has been many occasion to celebrate these past few weeks and we (Council) have been blessed to share many a night with most of you. Thank you for warming the Hall with your presence. For those of you who have not been able to join in the festivities, you were in our thoughts. Jordan raised the horn to you and yours during our Yule Sumbl.

Statement by Jordan Beard 12/3/2017

The following statement was read aloud by Jordan Beard at the meeting December 3rd, 2017 in response to a Facebook post. In an effort to be transparent, we are also posting it here.

Some of you saw a post on Facebook today from Aspen, and since she is making our personal life public and trying to drag Covenant into it as well we, the Council, felt that I (Jordan) should make a statement.

Happy and Blessed New Year

Whether the date be January 1st, or right after the Winter Solstice, or even a date relating to the lunar cycle, each culture celebrates the concept of a new year.

Think about that for a moment. Cultures divided by oceans, thousands of miles, centuries, and languages, all of them celebrate the new year. The celebrations are of course different, but that very concept is ingrained in us as human beings. Celebrating the passage of time and the start of a new year. Somewhere in the back of our heads this idea is deeply important to us.

Always a Student

It is said that the oracle of Delphi declared Socrates the wisest man on the earth. So a few disciples of Socrates came to him and said, “Socrates, be happy. The oracle has declared that you are the wisest man on the earth.”
Socrates laughed and said, “Go back. There must have been some mistake. How can I be the wisest man? I know only one thing, that I don’t know anything at all, I am ignorant.”

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. - William Shakespeare

A wise man is one who knows that he does not know. - Tao Te Ching

Tis the Season

Well the holiday season is really upon us now. Everywhere you look the Christmas decorations are going up, the carols are playing over sound systems in the stores, and of course the glorious rush of shopping, shopping and even more shopping. Yes, that was a bit of sarcasm if you couldn’t tell.

The Power of Prayer

As we approach Thanksgiving people all over the country are thinking about what they are thankful for. For many religious folks that includes some form of prayer of thanks. But I would also like to talk about another kind of prayer near and dear to my heart right now. That is directed prayers and thoughts for specific people in need. We have a few members in need of prayers currently, and each week we ask if anyone has some personal prayer needs.

Teaching and Learning Opportunities in our "Normal" Lives

Blessed Samhain all!

Tonight we will have our Samhain ritual at the Hall. But I wanted to take a moment to write about how much I love this holiday. I love the traditions and the meaning of the day, I love the way the weather has usually changed by now, the changing colors of the leaves, I just love pretty much everything about Samhain. But one of the other reasons I love this holiday is the opportunity it provides to educate non-Pagans about what we are and are not.

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