Foghamhnar 42 - Lughnasadh / Lammas 2004 - Vol.2 No. 4
HELP SAVE OUR SACRED REDWOOD - WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TODAY
is our first salvo in our campaign to protect the Coast Redwood.
"The Coast Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirons) is not only a California treasure but a national treasure as well. With less than 4% of them left, why aren't they at least on the threatened species list, if not on the endangered species list?
"How bad does it have to get before a species is considered "endangered"? I'm thinking here of the fact that less than 4% of Coast Redwoods are left, and how companies like Pacific Lumber are literally "clearcutting like drunken sailors," thus reducing that 4% on a daily basis.
do we know of the effect on global climate change the destruction of
do we know of the effect on global climate change the destruction of
Thank you for listening.
You may use my letter, or write one of your own.
Naturally, you must use REAL names and addresses, but email is just fine for this purpose.
Please "b.c.c." me any email you send your representatives. Also, please send copies of any response you get to us as well.
Hard copies may be sent to: OMS; PO Box 8004; Eureka CA 95502-8004
I thank you, the Order thanks you, and our sacred Redwoods thank you.
May you never thirst.
DRUIDCRAFT 101: THE SELF-STUDY ON CD-ROM V8.4
the D101 CDROM and included the new Lesson 4-A
(Nature is). We've been selling it it at Avalon
Risen, on the D101 homepage, and on eBay.
We're charging the general public $19 for the CD, but OMS members can
pick it up for $5 (and that's post paid). See http://www.mithrilstar.org/memd101cd.htm
Also, we've been giving it away to new members who join without going through (or signing up for) the online D101 class -- that way they don't have to wait for a new session to begin -- they can just jump right in to the self study.
Last May we launched our online store, featuring Order-related items, including "Mithril Star" pendants, ritual cloaks, and T-shirts. We've become wholesalers with AzureGreen, and can get anything in their catalog ( www.azuregreen.com ) for you at 15% off their regular retail prices (but only if you use the AzureGreen link on the Avalon Risen webpage).
We've also started a new books section, featuring the "official" OMS Bibleography (a work in progress) using both AzureGreen and Amazon.Com as a resource.
Our online store is at http://www.mithrilstar.org/avalon and features a shopping cart powered by Pay Pal, so you can do all your shopping easily and conveniently.
Please keep checking that page, as we will be adding new inventory to the store every week! We already have many beautiful ritual items in there!
Also, if there are any items that you see on the AzureGreen website that you think we should carry in our store, please write us and we will consider it.
CASE FOR PAGAN PACIFISM
Pagans have been warriors. Pagans have not been opposed to warfare in
general, whether it was for the purpose of defending their territory
or for the less noble cause of cattle raiding, or the even less noble
cause of being the invaders themselves. But for the most part, traditional
warfare had little negative impact on the environment. Blood and human
remains are biodegradable after all, and often times warfare was just
a faster method of returning to the Earth from which we come. The only
notable exceptions were the Roman practice of salting the fields of
those they conquered, rendering them sterile for a hundred years or
more; and of clear cutting the sacred Groves of the Druids.
or "Neo-Pagans" as we are sometimes called, are drawn to this
by the recognition that the Earth itself is a living, breathing, entity.
We Pagans are therefore the caretakers of the planet; Priests and Priestesses
of the Earth Mother, Gaia. In most aspects of our lives, Her well being
is taken into consideration first and foremost. Additionally, we are
charged with trying to reverse the damage that has already been done,
and guarantee that future damage will not occur. This in essence makes
all Pagans eco-warriors, fighting the good
fight for the environment in the arena of politics on a local, national
and global scale.
Note: Opinions expressed by the Clerk do not necessarily reflect the views of the Mother Grove.
LUGHNASADH SESSION OF DRUIDCRAFT 101 FEATURES NEW LESSON
We are now accepting enrollments for the next session of Druidcraft 101.
Use this link to enroll: http://mithrilstar.org/d101enroll.htm
If you are a member of the Order, the money commitment does not apply to you.
The "doors' will open on Thursday, August 12th. The first lesson will be uploaded on Wednesday, August 18th. Last day to enroll is Tuesday, August 24th.
This session we are adding a new lesson: Lesson 4-A: Nature is. This lesson will give an overview of our first two tenets and an introduction to the Gaian Hypothesis.
of today we have 132 members, of which:
far During YR 42:
So Far During YR 42, the Order has experienced a net Membership gain of 5
4 NEW MEMBERS FROM OESTRE DRUIDCRAFT 101 SESSION
The Oestre session of Druidcraft 101 has just concluded. Out of 70 that began the class, 12 have survived, 4 have joined the Order, and 2 have indicated they will soon. Max and Hunter have done a wonderful job with this class.
This was the last "share ware" session. We've come up with a sliding scale (see http://www.mithrilstar.org/suggested.htm ) for donating to the Order, and with the Lughnasadh session we've made the donation a mandatory thing.
3rd ONLINE ORDINATIONS COMING UP BY SAMHAIN
Our next online ordinations will be held in the mithrilstar chat room sometime before Samhain.
There are (as of this writing) 20 Druids eligible for the First Degree, 2 eligible for Second and 1 eligible for 5th.
If you are in a hurry, or not able to make an online ordination, and don't want to wait for the online date, you may make a private appointment with Ceridwen or Sybok for a phone or chat room ordination - or you can contact one of the three new Third Degree Druids, as they are empowered to perform the rites for First and Second degrees.
Write the clerk of the Mother Grove for a list of 3rd's.
This Holiday honours the Sun God, Lugh, who has many names and titles: Lleu/Lugh/Lugus, Lugh of the Long Arm, Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Warrior God of Justice, Travellers and Crafters. He is All Skilled, and is the Samildánach; the "Many-Gifted One". Sun Lord. Master of all the Arts. The Shining One. God of Light. Lord of All Four Corners.
The name Lugh means "light". He is the Child of the Sun. Lugh is also the God of grain harvests, of crafting, metallurgy, grains & breads, looms, and fire. Stories tell that He had taken on human form to worship among the Druids. Lugh is known as a defender of the people, especially those who may be threatened by the forces of Nature. Lugh's Spear is the flash of Light which pierces the Darkness. He is Energy. A Sun God and God of the Sky and of Lightening, as well as of Death and Rebirth. He is Mage, Alchemist and Sorcerer.
Lugh is seen as a God of Triplicity; as passionate Youth, wise King and Sage Elder. He embodies the Male dualities of Fire and Air. He is the Sacrificed God and is Protector and Defender.
Lugh teaches us not to fight battles out of anger, but to fight for causes that are just and right. He teaches us to honour our promises and our oaths.
ASTROLOGY FOR PAGANS
Ceridwen currently has one Intermediate and three Advanced sessions in progress.
SOMETHING NEW! For those who don't want to wait for a new Beginning class session to start, or who wish to work at their own pace and schedule, Ceridwen is now offering PRIVATE TUTORING sessions! Because of the increased "personal attention" these entail, there will be a sliding scale fee required...
you wish to take advantage of this new offer, or need more information
about it, send an email to:
You will then be contacted immediately and a schedule will be set up that will conform to your own personal needs - NO WAITING! Each lesson will be offered whenever YOU are ready for it - and if you need to take time off at any point for personal business or holidays or whatever reason, your schedule will be adjusted accordingly!
enroll for the next group class, send an email to:
You will then be put on a pending list until she is ready to do another beginning cycle - at a time yet to be determined.
If you are interested in a private consultation about your Astrological chart, please visit her home page at:
Today is Lughnasadh / Lammas, or August 1, 2004 CE.
It is the 1st day of the Season of Foghamhnar, as well as the 1st day of the Month of MÌ na Lÿnasa.
It is also Sunday,
in the common tongue, or Dydd Sul in Welsh.
FULL MOONS occur on 29 Foghamhnar, 59 Foghamhnar, and 88 Foghamhnar.
NEW MOONS occur on 15 Foghamhnar, 45 Foghamhnar and 74 Foghamhnar.
A Solar Eclipse occurs on 74 Foghamhnar.
A Lunar Eclipse occurs on 88 Foghamhnar.
The Sun enters Virgo on 22 Foghamhnar.
The birthday of our Arch-Druid, Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, occurs on 23 Foghamhnar.
(September) begins on 32
The Order of the Mithril Star formally schismed from the Reformed Druids of Gaia on 35 Foghamhnar YR 41 (September 4 2003).
Mabon, or the Autumnal Equinox occurs on 53 Foghamhnar.
The Sun enters Libra on 53 Foghamhnar.
(October) begins on 62 Foghamhnar
The Sun enters Scorpio on 83 Foghamhnar.
Druid Year (YR 43) begins at Sundown, 92 Foghamhnar
Mother Grove wishes all of you a most blessed Lughnasadh,
May you never thirst!
Druid Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear,
NEXT ISSUE WILL BE PUBLISHED ON SAMHAIN / Calan Gaeaf-1 Geimredh YR 43
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