February 2016 Events at the Temple

Reminder:  Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Thursday, February 2:  Community Imbolc Celebration (Open to All)
Friday, February 10:  Community Full Moon Celebration (Open to All)
Sunday, February 26:  Women’s New Moon Circle (Women Only)

Except where noted, all events start with a potluck in the pavilion at 7:00,
followed by ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm.

January, 2017 Events at the Temple

Reminder: The following events are happening this month at the Sekhmet Temple.

Thursday, January 12: Community Full Moon Celebration (Open to All)
Potluck in the Pavilion at 7:00 pm and ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm.

Friday, January 27: New Moon Women’s Circle (Women Only)
Potluck in the Guest House at 7:00 pm, followed by a class, activity or ceremony at 8:00 pm (TBA).

Sekhmet’s Sacred Annointing Oil

This special anointing oil was Blended and Blessed in Her Nevada temple as the Super Moon was rising on November 14, 2016.  The oil was then taken to the center of the Labyrinth and placed between the Goddess’s hands to charge beneath the energizing rays of this once-in-a-lifetime Super Moon.  The oil can be used for anointing during your special ceremonies or rituals.  It can be diffused for aromatherapy or to strengthen your bond to Sekhmet or Her temple.  Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and allow the subtle aromas to transport you to Her temple at Cactus Springs, or perhaps all the way to Egypt.  This anointing oil uses a base of extra virgin olive oil and a special Sekhmet-inspired blend of essential oils to create a unique spiritual experience.

Oils to Connect with Sekhmet:

Bergamot – dispels fear; uplifting; antidepressant
Cedar – strengthening; stimulant; connects to the ancient world
Cypress – opening; improves spiritual communication
Frankincense – purification; meditative; connects to ancient world
Sage – purification; enhances memory and concentration

Elemental Oils:

EARTH: Silver Fir Needle – uplifting; stimulation; motivation
WATER: Lavender – psychic awareness; healing; spirituality; relaxation for meditation
AIR: Lemon – renewing; inspiring; motivation
FIRE: Cinnamon – strength; protection; sexual energy

It will be many years before the moon is this close to the Earth again.  We only have a limited supply of this powerful, Lunar-enhanced oil available.  When it is gone, it is gone forever.  It is only available at the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet.  We have packaged this oil in a unique red one-ounce bottle.  It is available for $5 per ounce.  Shipping and handling is an additional $2 if you cannot pick it up at the temple.  All proceeds benefit the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet.

December 2016 Events at the Temple

Blessings of the Season!

Please join us for these upcoming December events:

Tuesday, December 13: Full Moon Celebration (Open to All)
Potluck in the Pavilion at 7:00 pm,followed by ritual in the T
emple at 8:00 pm.
There will be a Silent Auction fund raiser from 7:00 to 7:45, with the winning bids being announced before we head over to the Temple.

Dress warmly! It is cold and we will be outdoors from about 7:00 til 9:00 pm.
(There will be fires in both the Temple and Pavilion fire pits, of course!)

Wednesday, December 21 – Community Yule Celebration (Open to All)
Potluck in the Pavilion at 7:00 pm, followed by ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm.

Reminder: Dress warmly! It is cold and we will be outdoors from about 7:00 til 9:00 pm.
(There will again be fires in both the Temple and Pavilion fire pits)

Wednesday, December 28 – Women’s New Moon Circle (Women Only)
We will gather in the Guest House at 7:00 pm for potluck, followed by a surprise class. Details later in the month.

Peace, Love and Joy!

November 2016 Events at the Temple

 

Hello, Family:

We have two exciting events for you this month:


Monday, November 14 – Community Full Moon Celebration (Open to All)
Potluck in the Pavilion at 7:00 pm, followed by ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm.  The ritual theme this month, to honor our activist friends, is: “The earth, the animals, the people cry out for Peace.”

 

 

Tuesday, November 29 - Women’s New Moon Circle (Women Only)
Potluck in the Guest House at 7:00 pm, followed by a Collage Mandala Class at 8:00 pm.  Watch our Facebook page for more details, closer to the date.

Bright and Bountiful Blessings to All!

 

 

October 2016 Events at the Temple

Hello Family!

We have an amazing October planned for you! Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events.

Saturday, October 15 – We have the honor of hosting Vegas Vortex’ Bone Dance again this year! Please see their site for details of this all night drumming circle extraordinaire!.

Sunday, October 16t – Full Moon Celebration – Potluck in the Pavilion at 7:00 pm, followed by ritual in the Temple at 8:00. (no silent auction- it will be at the Samhain event instead!)

This month’s ritual theme will focus on “essentials,” and we will honor the Goddess Ma’at.

Monday, October 31 – Two  Samhain rituals!

Silent Auction from 7:00 pm til 7:45 in the Pavilion (a wonderful and fun way to support the Temple!)

1st Ritual – We will gather in the Pavilion at 7:00 pm (food blessings at 7:05) for a special potluck honoring our ancestors. Please bring a favorite dish of someone who has passed, and whom you wish to honor. We will go around the group asking anyone who wants to share a few words about the dish and the person it honors.

There will be an ancestor altar set up in front of the beautiful Sekhmet mural in the social area. (Weather permitting, there will be a fire in the social area as well.)  Please bring a photo or other memento to place on the altar (remembering to reclaim it at the end of the evening).

We will walk to the first bridge nearest the Pavilion , be smudged, and learn a simple chant.  We will sing it as we proceed to the Ancestor Altar and light a candle, before entering the Temple for the evening’s first ritual, Honoring our Ancestors.

2nd Ritual will be at 11:30 pm and continue through midnight. In honor of third and last harvest, we will celebrate what we have completed and now need to leave behind, and what we want to bring into our lives. After that, we will explore Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld to visit Her sister, Ereshkigal.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Blessings,
Candace

September, 2016 Events at the Sekhmet Temple

Hello Family!

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming September events:

. Thursday, September 1 – Women’s New Moon: Potluck at 7:00 pm, followed by Craft Class at 8:00 pm (Women Only)
. Friday,  September 16 – Community Full Moon Celebration: Potluck at 7:00 pm, followed by ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm (Open to All)
. Thursday. September 22 – Community Mabon Celebration: Potluck at 7:00 pm, followed by ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm (Open to All)
. Friday, September 30 – Women’s New Moon Circle: Potluck at 7:00 pm, followed by ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm (Women Only)

One of the most commonly asked question I get is “What is a potluck?” According to Wikipedia: A potluck is a gathering where each guest contributes a dish of food, often homemade, to be shared.


It is, but I feel it is much more than that. A potluck is a coming together of people, often strangers and sharing a meal, “breaking bread.”


I have heard drummers say you cannot drum together and remain indifferent to each other. I feel the same way about sharing a meal. Sitting together sharing a meal, especially a meal that everyone has contributed to, is a bonding experience, a communion.


When you come to potluck, please bring a healthy dish to share that will serve at least 4 to 6 people. When people ask me what they should bring, I always tell them to bring something they want to eat, as it is impossible to know what else will show up!


Greet people you don’t know as well as those you do. A potluck is an opportunity to bond with others and feel the oneness shared by all life.


Blessed be!

August 2016 Events at the Temple

Hello Family!

We have two great events planned for you in August!

 

Monday, August 1:  Lammas, the first of three harvest festivals (Open to All)

Potluck at 7:00 pm in the Pavilion area.

We will hold a Silent Auction from 7:00 pm til 7:45, at which time the winning bids will be announced. There will be a nice selection of items offered with opening bids ranging from $5 to $40.

Ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm, followed by “second feast” and lively conversation back in the Pavilion til 10:00 pm.

Thursday, August 18: Full Moon Celebration (Open to All)

Potluck and Silent Auction in the Pavilion at 7:00 pm, followed by ritual in the Temple at 8:00 pm.

Please note: In an effort to cut down on both expenses and waste, we would like to encourage you to bring your own plate, cup and eating utensils to potluck. (Paper and plastic will be provided for those forgetting.)

See you there!

Bright Blessings,

Priestess Candace Ross

Temple of Hathor in Wisconsin

 

Several years ago, I met a man named Timothy Rosenbaum, who was here visiting the Temple of Sekhmet.  We’ve stayed in touch, discussing the many technical and spiritual challenges and joys of Priest/Priestess-hood.

Tim has built a stone circle Temple to Hathor singlehandedly on his property in Wisconsin.  I’d seen photos and made up my mind to visit Tim and his unique Temple the first chance I had.

In May, I put together a little “Spiritual Journey” road trip for myself, and Tim’s Temple was a “must see”.

He lives just outside of Richland Center. I spent the night there in a motel,  and Tim drove down to meet me the next morning.  I followed him to his place, as it is a bit tricky to find.

We walked up a forest path behind his home, green and lush with all kinds of plants and trees.  There were may apples along the way, which reminded me of my childhood growing up in Pennsylvania.

Suddenly, just ahead in a clearing, the structure came into view, illuminated in the morning light, and I could feel the magick.
What a wonderful place!

Tim showed me around, explaining how he comes every day and does ritual.  I’d brought an offering of potted flowers for Hathor’s Temple altar, but realized they would be quick food for the wild life (just as in the Temple here!) and told Tim he was welcome to move them to a better spot.

The energy of this special place is amazing.  Even more amazing to me, is that Tim has built this all by himself, using liquid stone (concrete) as he was instructed by the Goddess. Many pieces of the Temple had to be poured in place as the weight was too great for transport from his workshop to the Temple site.
After walking back down the path to his home, we commiserated on the difficulties of engaging the community to financially support facilities like this.  It is a question I hear posed often by spiritual people maintaining spiritual sites.  (If you have a suggestion, we would love to hear it!)
Anyone wishing to visit Tim Rosenbaum’s Temple can contact
him at: www.timrosen1@gmail.com

Bright blessings,
Candace

The Year of Kindness

kind·ness
/ˈkīn(d)nəs/
noun
1.the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

As we near the end of calendar year 2015, I have been thinking a lot about New Year’s resolutions.
In year’s past I have promised myself to “be more productive, eat healthier, lose weight, etc,” but after an enthusiastic start, I have always drifted off course by the second or third week, and completely forgotten my intentions after a month or so.

But this year, I am confident things will be different.

My focus is going to be on an ideal, rather than on ego centered personal issues.
I am going to dedicate 2016 to “Kindness,” and resolve to be kinder.

I have always had a connection with the word “kin”, an old English word for family. So my understanding of the word “kindness”, is to “treat like family.” I like that.

What if we all treated each other like family?

What if, as the definition above says, we were “friendly, generous and considerate” of everyone, especially to people we don’t know?

Let’s all incorporate a little extra kindness into each and every day.
We might do this by being:

. Friendly – Let’s smile and say hello. Wave a greeting to neighbors. Doesn’t cost a thing.

. Generous – Many of us already donate to charities, shelters and food banks. Let’s continue that, but come up with other ways to be generous as well. How can you share your talents and time?

. Considerate – I always fall back on the “do unto others” saying. If you wouldn’t want to be treated a certain way, then do not treat others that way. Take a second before you respond, so that it is “responding”, and not “re-acting”. (Big difference.)

Imagine each small act of kindness joining with others, growing in size and intensity, until it washes over the entire planet like a huge compassionate wave.

A little thing I like to do is always put my shopping cart in the cart coral. This is being kind to the person who has to collect them and take them back inside the store, but it is also “kind” as it helps avoid dents and scratches on vehicles from run away carts.

In the coming year I plan to take a suggestion I’ve recently seen posted on facebook, and make up small gift bags for homeless people and keep several in my car at all times. (A simple zip lock bag with socks, soap and a few dollars?)

I hope you will be inspired to change the world too, one small kind act at a time.

I would LOVE to hear how you are incorporating kindness into your day. Please share your ideas and suggestions under comments for everyone to be inspired.

Let’s make 2016 the “Year of Kindness”.
Happy New Year!

Goddess bless!
Priestess Candace Ross