Temple of The Sacred Grove
Current Board Members
- Governing Official
- Commun. Officer
- Rick D
- Michelle B
- Douglas T
- Chantelle R
Directors at Large
- Marie B
- Darren T
- Tim H
- Laurie S
- Jennifer M
- Jim J
- Rick D
To contact someone on the board, send an e–mail. If its for a specific member, please include the name of the Board member in the subject line. Criticisms, suggestions for improvement and submissions are also welcome and wanted.^.^
Merry meet, again!
This is the twelfth issue of the Temple of the Sacred Grove's
Echoes from the Grove.
At the last Annual Temple Meeting, it was decided that the temple become Semi–closed. This change means that in order to attend Temple rituals, one must be a member of the TOSG, or be a guest of a member of the Temple (you can bring up to 3 guests). Also, contributions to this newsletter will be greatly appreciated and expected.
We do, after all, depend upon you for our content!
What are we looking for???
- – stories
- – articles
- – poems
- – humour/comics
- – art work
- – events/entertainment
- – astrology contributor
- – recipes – whatever you can think of...
- – Letters to the Creatures
Please submit your articles and work to the Echoes from the Grove Newsletter at Editor @ Echoes.
Temple Events & Events Upcoming
Men's Retreat 2008 – Thornhaven (Upper Canada Pagan Gatherings)
Invite only. You have to be a man who identifies as a man who knows a man who's been to a Men's Retreat who also identifies as a man who can claim to be both a man and a man who has previously attended a "Men's Retreat" who can therefore invite you to attend the Thornhaven Men's Retreat where you shall identify to the other men that you are a man who identifies as a man…
oh, you get the picture.
Ask someone who's been there.
9th, 10th & 11th of May 2008.
And no Hobbes, I'm not posting the directions here!
U of Ottawa is hosting this event as well! 16th – 18th of May 2008.
See their WebPage (www.gaiagathering.ca).
Litha / Midsummer – 21st June 2008
Saturday at 2pm gather for a 2:30pm Ritual. Vincent Massey Park in the grove with the Rotunda as the weather backup.,br /> We are still looking for someone to submit a ritual for Midsummer!
First Temple member in good standing to submit a ritual and get it approved by the board gets to run the ritual!
There are two requirements have to be met: Keep it family friendly with no alcohol and submit the ritual in writing (electronically) to the TOSG board for review at least 30 days before the ritual.
Echoes Magical Music Festival 2008
Echoes is a Not–For–Profit Festival in its third year and going strong! They celebrate the sharing of talents by local performers! An intimate and interactive community of Musicians, Magicians and Fire Performers, create Magic and Joy while camping among the Whispering Pines! The Echoes Festival runs from June 27th, 4 pm to June 30th, 1 pm and is the perfect prelude to Canada Day and Blues Festival, in a safe, organized environment. With Children's Shows and Talent Contests held within a beautiful antique setting very close to Ottawa and surrounding regions. We have over Twenty Performances booked and confirmed with many Workshops offered for all attendees wishing to develop their natural talents, so bring your voice and instruments!!!
Their mission is to share the magic in the music!!! This year they are happy to announce Tim Smith's performance on Saturday the 28th of June! Tim's band Tim's Myth won the first Live 88.5 Big Money Shot, 2006. Other excellent performers include Ty Hall and the EZ3, Marshall Moonstruck Magic and The Balcony Puppeteers! Keep checking the Website for updates!
KALEIDOSCOPE GATHERING 2008
Wednesday July 30 – Monday August 04, 2008.
Fairies and Elves and Gnomes! Oh my! is the theme this year. They will be holding fest at Whispering Pines; a private campground that is being closed for our use. This site has a great beach, in ground pool, drive up campsites that are level and rock free. There is no bathing in the lake but there are two showers. We must respect the wishes of the owners of the campground as they live onsite. Admittance to the site is on Wednesday (if you come earlier, then be sure to register at the Whispering Pines office) and remember to register for the Kaleidoscope Gathering at our registration tent. Also, there are no pets, except seeing eye dogs. For more info, check their Website for updates.
Article on Paganism and Food
The Wheel of the Year: becoming better attuned with our agricultural cycle.
Paganism is a nature–centred religion as is often chosen by people who have a desire to re–connect with nature. Oddly enough, I see a lot of people in the pagan community who are happy to connect with nature on a symbolic level, but not in actuality.
As we all know, climate change is one of the biggest environmental issues of our time, produced as a result of burning fossil fuels. While many of us will make a greater or lesser attempt to cut back on car use, often forgotten is how our purchasing habits affect the planet.
The Sabbat cycle celebrated by Wiccans, Druids, and many other pagans is based on the agricultural cycle of northern Europe, which is much the same as the agricultural cycle in much of Canada. Yet few pagans are farmers, which makes it difficult to truly internalise the cycle and make it part of their everyday lives. ...read more
Fat little goad, she swings through my mind
Colours shifting, she laughs and swirls around,
now red, now purple, now green, now blue.
She prods me, has no patience with my sulks,
turns somersaults when I look for her.
Her words to me are kind, but not sentimental.
She can grow big if I ask her to,
inflate like a Goddess–balloon to enfold me,
and then she softens at the edges, turns misty,
and I see her only on the mind's periphery.
She can contain me, and I her, at the same time,
like a set of nesting dolls that go on and on forever.
She gets sassy with me, or downright incomprehensible.
Sometimes I think she giggles far too much.
Still, I know she is always herself and there,
and that is no small assurance in any world.
She lifts me up even if I swear that isn't what I want.
Any resistance on my part just makes her chuckle harder,
as she waits for me to stop fighting with myself.
She whispers to me of all that I contain,
and smiles at me as I struggle with believing.
I can make her disappear, but she's impervious to my criticism.
When she appears, she does exactly as she pleases.
If I tell her she's my own creation, she says it doesn't matter.
I accept her without question, despite her irritations.
I trust in her intentions even as I’m swearing at them.
At her very smallest, she can still cradle me like a child...
– By Maureen H
Lament of A Newbie Pagan
I have been lurking here for 26 minutes, and I thought that it was time to introduce myself. My name is Bastet RunningDeer MorningGlory MoonBeam SunSoar. I used to be just Bill, but during deep meditation and astral projection, I met my spirit guide, who I believe is Winston Churchill's mother while I was cooking marshmallows at my astral camp on Jupiter, and he told me this should be my new name. I'm thinking now of legally changing my name to this. What do you think?
BTW, there really are giant squid that swim about in the heavy atmosphere of Jupiter. Jovian giant squid are now my totem animal. It just feels right and we should always go with what feels right. Right? ...read more