The Serpent's Voice
May 1, 2001
Merry Meet and Welcome!
This newsletter is the first of its kind. Actually, it's a supplement to the flyer we get graciously from SerpentStone, so no; this does not replace the flyers. As it were, I sensed it was time for this, so even people outside the Pagan Community can partake of the Wisdom that's available for healing. And yes, there may be some minor editing on occasion. If individuals wish for their pieces sent in return, do please send a SASE. I also look to make copies of originals sent in; thus contributor and newsletter are protected. As of now, Bean si and I, Obsidian Silverleaf, appreciate your time in this endeavor. After recent contemplation we have decided to extend the newsletter to all 8 Holidays in the Wheel of the Year. So, please let us know what you think... suggestions, ideas, and criticisms are all welcome. Do enjoy!!!!
Praise the Ancients! Love and Light! Good Journeys!
Lady & Lord Bless
Bean si and Obsidian Silverleaf
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The Vision of
In 1991, SerpentStone was officially formed from a joint vision of Lord Serphant and Lady Rhiannon. It began with several basic ideals and goals. To begin with, SerpentStone was, very specifically, NOT a coven or tradition. It was a Family. It belonged, not to any of us, but to the Lord and Lady. There was to be no one person or persons in control of the group, although it was recognized that people would tend to turn toward those who had earned their respect. There was to be no hierarchy, except as chosen by each individual group for their own working. This was to avoid anyone using SerpentStone as a power base.
SerpentStone was to be of the Community, for the Community.
How, then would such a group function? The only way it would work would be to give complete freedom of choice to the affiliated groups, within the bounds of the law "And It Harm None, Do What Ye Wilt", while encouraging each to strive for their highest ideals and hold to the highest ethics. The only bonds would be those of mutual Respect, Trust, Love and a common dedication to bringing that love and trust out to help the Community to grow. There was a strong desire to provide a place where people could come together in worship and work for the Lord and Lady.
This was, and is, the ideal: the dream upon which SerpentStone was built.
The goals were seen as building blocks. These included:
1. Encouraging a high level of training which would help people truly make their own connection with Deity, but also allowing each group to train in their own way, according to their own traditions.
2. Emphasizing the importance of high ethical standards and personal responsibility, and developing ways to help each person reach their highest potential.
3. Accepting both traditional and non-traditional ways, and blending old and new ideas to create new and viable pathways.
4. Providing the opportunity for networking and sharing with others.
5. Providing the support each individual needs to reach their highest potential.
6. Reaching out with love and acceptance to others and the Community, and eschewing power over others.
These are still the ideals and goals of SerpentStone. There are many treasures that have grown from this: new groups, gatherings, friendships, innovative ideas and ways of working. Over the years, people and groups have come and gone, or come and grown. Some felt uncomfortable and did not like what they saw or felt and left. This is as it should be: there is no one path that is right for all. We need the variety and diversity.
Many came and found love and acceptance, and a strong feeling of family. Even when there were problems or disagreements, we were (and are) still a Family. Our willingness to accept each other as individuals and respect each other's views whether we agree or not, is a large part of our strength. We are all children of the Gods, and no one is more right or more important than anyone else is.
As this is done, some may find they have grown in a different direction and no longer feel comfortable within SerpentStone. This, too, is a part of growth: the fruits ripen and the seeds disperse. The seeds must find their own fertile ground to grow in their own way. To these, follow your dream. Forge your own path and may the Light of the Lord and Lady shine ever on your way. Let there ever be peace between us. SerpentStone is not for everyone, but it is here for those who share the dream...
SerpentStone is our gift to the Lord and Lady. Let it be one worthy to be given.
" So Mote It Be, Blessed Be "
Obsidian Mirror Reflections....
Yes, it's that time again....Beltaine being the Sacred Holiday that it is.... however, there are people in society that would contend that this Holiday is one that like the religion of Witchcraft deals with Domination, Intimidation, & Manipulation. Well, folks...... hang on to your hats...... it's not true....... yep, it's another one of those falsehoods..... With the religion being as nature oriented as it is, and living in harmony with all that is..... and healing with Wisdom as it does...... you tell me who has time to do any of those three things suggested?
Lady & Lord Bless
I reach out to touch the world seeking solace in inconsequentials but in my seeking, I find myself, beside myself in another Connections, interweavings, Magick, and Music, Weaver and Web. Like a song heard in the silence, between the drumbeats, the scent of light and the taste of eternity. Everywhere and everwhen, atop the wild steed of the Sidhe, galloping madly. As above so below they say as I scatter with the dewdrops of first mornings gleaming, a plethora of paradoxes on a green field of logic, Love and Light, Shadows and Sorrow, Creation and Destruction, all held within this frail shell. Oh how can we touch the world and not be touched in turn.
9 - Whisper
16 - Midnight Phoenix
24 - Hearthkeeper
27 - Zebrine
10 - Winterhawk
May the Lady & Lord Bless your days.........
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"Our Lady's Faces"
May 7, 2001 Full Moon:
Our Lady will be in her third phase, totally full. This is the height of her being and fulfillment of all, as the great mother is about to give birth. Her name is "Selene," and many others according to culture.
May 15, 2001 Waning Moon:
Our Lady will be in her fourth phase, she's waning. Now is the time for breaking down, destruction, doing away with what does not work for healing, and the wisdom for seeing this appears. This is the time of the Dark Mother, Crone, Grandmother, as she does not need light to see into the depths of being. She gives us a choice to see or not to see. The question is "Are we willing to see what is there?" Her name is "Hecate," and many others according to culture.
May 22, 2001 New Moon:
Our Lady will be in her first phase, she's beginning anew. Her name at this time is "Green Hecate," and many others according to culture.
May 29, 2001 Waxing Moon:
Our Lady will be in her second phase, she's waxing. She is building energy and focusing it for whatever needs arise. Her name at this time is "Diana," and many others according to culture.
Yes, folks, we have reached that parallel to Samhain when the veil is thin. This is a fertility holiday of the Lady & Lord. It is also a time when Elvenkind and the Fae are abound and nature is alive. This is also the last holiday for planting even for the plane of the Etheric realm. And yes, for some Traditions of Witchcraft this day marks the first day of Summer, for other Traditions of Witchcraft this coming Litha (midsummer) is the beginning of Summer. All cultures have their own history of the holiday of "Beltaine". Regardless of culture, this is a lovely and sacred holiday.......
Lady & Lord Bless
Llewellyn's Astrological Calendar
Aspects for May 1, 2001
AM on the 1st:
Moon Squaring Mercury - restless, indecision, worry.
PM on the 1st:
Moon opposite Uranus - distractions, unconventional acts or thoughts.
Mars conjunct Chiron - potential to overcome great obstacles.
Moon trines Chiron - assisting others in creative problem solving.
Moon trines Mars - harmony; cheerful, exciting.
Moon squares Saturn - disciplined work, serious thinking.
During Beltaine the Waxing Moon will be in Leo:
When the Moon is in Leo, it's time for Drama, with a capital "D". This theatrical sign has long been known for its big entrances, love of display, and need for attention. Leo is ruled by the Sun, the center of the universe, the creative force, so when the Moon is in this sign, we're all feeling a need to be recognized, applauded, and appreciated. After all, this is the Moon in her royal robes, feeling as if someone ought to stop, bow, and ask her which country she rules. Now, all that excitement, pride, and emotion can turn into melodrama in the blink of an eye, so it's best to be careful of over-reacting or being excessively vain during this period. It's a great time to take in a show (or star in one), be romantic, or express your feelings for someone in royal, regal style.
Aspects for May 4-6, 2001 Beltaine Gathering at Dragon Hills
AM on the 4th:
Moon trine Saturn - accomplishment through patience.
Moon opposite Venus - excess in emotions, extravagance.
PM on the 4th:
Sun semisextile Jupiter - energizes optimism physical vitality.
Moon trine Neptune - idealistic romantic, friendly.
Sun quincunx Pluto - struggle between ego and spiritual will.
AM on the 5th:
Moon trine Jupiter - over optimistic progress with ideas.
Moon sextile Pluto - enlightening discussions, intense feelings.
Moon quincunx Sun - period of self-examination and transformation.
Mercury quincunx Chiron - redefining attitudes and ideas.
Mercury quincunx Mars - avoid nervous overstrain.
PM on the 5th:
Moon trine Uranus - originality, influence others.
AM on the 6th:
Moon sextile Chiron - a chance to be more perceptive.
Moon sextile Mars - nervousness and excitement.
Moon quincunx Mercury - need for balancing, thinking, and emotions.
Jupiter opposite Pluto - grandiose, exploitative schemes that tend to fail.
Moon quincunx Saturn - need to examine repressed emotions.
PM on the 6th:
Moon quincunx Venus - discrimination required in romantic situations.
Moon squaring Neptune - judgement poor; gullible, impressionable.
At this Family Beltaine gathering
the Waning Moon will be in Libra:
Libra is the second Venus-ruled sign, so here's where the Moon is most oriented toward others. She's dressed in Venusian pastels and in the mood for attraction, so relationships, partnerships, and being with someone are important. Since Libra's job is to restore balance, however, you may find yourself in situations of emotional imbalance that require a delicate tap of the scales to set them right. Now is when we're all quite capable of that, unfortunately. In general, this is a social, polite, and friendly time, when others will be cooperative and agree more easily to compromise; after all, Libra loves people. Libra Moons also prompt us to make our surroundings beautiful or to put ourselves in situations where beauty is all around us, so now is also a great time to decorate, shop for the home, or visit places of elegant beauty.
Future Family Gatherings are listed at the SerpentStone Gathering page. You will note that Imbolc has no gathering due, simply because it's toooo cold. Imbolc typically is celebrated by the individual Covens, Sanctuaries, Circles, Groves & Temples of the SerpentStone Family.
For more information or pre-registration contact
P.O. Box 3274
Knoxville, TN 37927
Yes, Ostara has come and gone.......Vendors selling their goods, live music for our ears, and
Kitchen Witches with their culinary magick. The following workshops were available........
Tara with Zebrine
Walking Meditation with Berkana
Effective, Non-extremist political activism with Krys
Pagan fun & games with Zebrine & Seilah
Wicca, a Ministry, Priesthood and lifetime of growth with Manawyddan
Male Mysteries with Belladonna
Animal moving Meditation with Krys
Active Meditation techniques with Berkana
And for a Shamanic path.... Sweat lodge with Spider, even if you're not on that path...... it makes a good cleansing action..........on various levels of being..........
Rites of Passage
Cameron Dixon, son of Annie Dixon, was killed in an automobile accident on March 16, 2001. His funeral was held on March 21, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. in Elizabeth City, NC.
A memorial service to release his ashes will be held at the Rainbow Bridge Builder's July festival at Cerren Ered the weekend of July 13 -15.
Please join us in sending love and healing to his family and all that knew him.
Various types when we have submissions from those who would like to place an ad in this News letter are welcome to do so. Please submit your ad to Bean si or Obsidian Silverleaf.
Blessed Be and Farewell
Bean si and Obsidian Silverleaf both would like to thank you, the readers, for your time and effort. We would appreciate all input from those of you who have taken the time to read our work. Any comments, questions, or submissions of material for the next newsletter should be directed to Lady Obsidian Silverleaf or Bean si at SerpentsVoice@serpentstone.org.
Lady Obsidian Silverleaf and Bean si
Deadline for Submissions
The next issue will be out in time for the Litha 2001 celebration. If anyone is interested in submitting articles or ads for any section of our newsletter, please direct them to either Obsidian Silverleaf or Bean si by the New Moon in May 2001.
Lady & Lord Bless
Bean si and Obsidian
Would like to wish
One and all
Lady & Lord
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