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Balanced Blessings, here is the Circle of the Stag September News!

Coffee Corner

Thank you to all who attended our August Coffee Connections at Twisted Java! We had over 20 people attend with great conversations and new people!

Our next Coffee Connections will be September 17th at Twisted Java - 2615 W 13th St N, Wichita, KS 67203.

We are having a book exchange at the next coffee connections!

The rules are simple:
  1. Bring a gently used (preferably pagan) book or two.
  2. Exchange a book with someone else.
  3. Anything left will be donated to to Twisted Java's Little Free Library.

Looking for Something to do?

SEPTEMBER 8TH - Community Drumming at the Keeper hosted by Center of You.
SEPTEMBER 9TH - IlluminateICT Meditation Group hosted by Center of You and Confluence Community Center.
SEPTEMBER 10TH - 2017 Kansas City Pagan Pride Day hosted by Kansas City Pagan Pride Day.
SEPTEMBER 14TH - Singing Bowl Meditation for World Day of Prayer hosted by Unity of Wichita.
SEPTEMBER 16TH - Harry Potter Yoga & Cocktails hosted by Limitless Yoga Studio.
SEPTEMBER 16TH - Prairie Pollinator Party hosted by Great Plains Nature Center.
SEPTEMBER 17TH - Coffee Connections with Circle of the Stag.
SEPTEMBER 23RD - SEPTEMBER 24TH - 18th Annual Fall Great Plains Renaissance Festival.
SEPTMEBER 27TH - Face the Mirror: Black Gate 1 hosted by Orin Hart. This is the first class of the Face the Mirror sessions and is this is the same class as the 30th. Anyone who signs up for the Face the Mirror series can attend either one each week according to what works best for your schedule.
SEPTMEBER 29TH - Final Friday with Phlox: Curtain Call hosted by Final Friday with Phlox.
SEPTMEBER 30TH - Face the Mirror: Black Gate 1 hosted by Orin Hart.
SEPTMEBER 30TH - 6 Year Anniversary Party hosted by Moonstone.

Hunting, Food and Pagan

by Colleen
So we are at time of the year when deer hunting season starts in Kansas. I was thinking about this and hunting in general as a pagan so wanted to write up something on this. I personally do not hunt or eat deer but if you are interested in when and how you can hunt in Kansas you can visit http://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Applications-and-Fees/Deer.

So onto the topic of hunting as a pagan and food in general because I will digress in this article. Many pagans are vegetarians are vegans for many reasons including morals, religion, health etc.. With all the options available to us today, eating meat is not required for a healthy diet. Food options we have readily available at our fingertips our ancestors did not. They foraged, hunted and gathered their meals. Many indigenous peoples were nomads and traveled where the food went. The concept of farming and staying in once place came many years later. Many of our ancestors that lived off the land were responsible with their hunts by thanking the spirit of the animal for its sacrifice, using as much of the animal as possible, and only taking what is needed. Today's pagan that chooses to hunt will (I hope) follow similar respects to the animals as our ancestors that came before us.

Think about the fact that our ancestors only took what was needed for a moment and let that sink in. In today's society of fast food, indulgences, overpopulation, easily eaten processed foods and food almost being forced down our throats by advertising are we being responsible earth inhabitants? I think not. I am guilty? I sure am.

I've begun to look at my food. Where does it come from? How was the animal treated before I grilled up that burger or cooked that chicken. Are my eggs from chickens that live a good life? Should we care? I say most definitely. Am I going to go all out vegan or vegetarian? Most likely not. I do like a good steak once in a while and love chicken. I may not be a point in my life where I want to cut out meat completely but I can look at other ways to make small impacts. Having vegetarian days to cut down on the amount of meat I do consume and when I do consume meat making sure its from a reputable source known for allowing the animals to live comfortably while they are alive. I do think we can make small changes over time about what we consume and purchase related to our own personal moral spectrum.

Conduct some research on where your food comes from. I hate doing this because I inevitably run into the videos of the poor quality of life (especially chickens) that they are forced to live because we choose to over-gorge ourselves on cheap, fast meat. It exists and its real. Sometimes we have to see it to know it exists. We have such an out of sight out of mind mentality when it comes to our food. Its all laid out in front of us or someone else is preparing it. Do we even know what products are in that?

There are a ton of other ideas around the topic of how we use plants and animals including GMO, Organic vs non organic, animal bi-products that go into our clothing etc but just wanted to put a quick thought from me to get you thinking.

I urge you to review your food, know where it comes from and make your choices wisely. Even small choices over time can have an impact on the lives of our planet both plant and animal.


Cernunnos

Cernunnos in color
Cernunnos Cernunnos, the provider, the bountiful, the Horned God, Lord of the Hunt, Lord of the forest, Lord of the Animals, The Green Man, Stag King, Herne, Pan, and by many other names is Circle of the Stag's Patron God. The coven recently raised money for and acquired a piece from Shauna Aura Knight that is absolutely stunning!  We are super excited to …

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Circle of the Stag Lughnasadh 2017

CoS Lughnasadh 2017
Lughnasadh or Lammas is the first of 3 harvest festivals and is traditionally a time of sacrifice.  John Barleycorn is cut down and sacrifices himself to feed the people.  This is a time when agriculturally farmers start harvesting their crops in Northern Hemisphere which could be earlier or later than the traditional date of Lughnasadh in some areas.  Many of …

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September Seasonal Lore

by Alisha
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Full Moon - September 6th

Via almanac.com “Full Corn Moon - This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing of all the harvest chores.”

September

Birthstone & Flower

The birthstone for the month of September is the Sapphire. The birth flowers for September are the forget-me-not, morning glory and aster.



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New Moon - September 20th



Zodiac

via famousbirthdays.com

“People born from September 1st to September 22nd are members of the Virgo sign. As one of the zodiac's most understanding and caring signs, a Virgo can be easily spotted by their innate compassion. For those born from September 23rd to September 30th, they are members of the Libra sign. Those born under the Libra sign can be identified by their organized and harmony-driven personalities..”

Mabon - September 22nd

Happy Mabon everyone!
Via Wicca.com:Symbolism of Mabon: Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance.
  • Symbols of Mabon: wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.
  • Herbs of Maybon: Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon's seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.
    • Foods of Mabon: Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.
  • Incense of Mabon: Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage.
  • Colors of Mabon: Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.
  • Stones of Mabon: Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.
Activities of Mabon: Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

Spellworkings of Mabon: Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.

Deities of Mabon: Goddesses-Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods-Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.

“Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing!”
Next Month Gem

Crystal GemZ

by Orin Hart

This lovely lady is Sapphire! Did you guess it right?

She is known for her wisdom which helps you clear mental tension, unwanted thoughts, and dissipate the clouds of spiritual confusion. When in need of the help you can always call on her to lift your spirits. Sapphire comes in many different colors, but today we will get to know the most common Blue Sapphire.

Blue Sapphire feels like a calm sea bringing you peace in an otherwise hectic world. She can aid in motivating you to say on your spiritual path, by
removing any obstacle(sometimes it may seem like this one isn’t true but I believe that if you are approached by an obstacle it may be something that you need to face, so sapphire might be helping you by letting the obstacle happen) and
empowering you. She speaks the honest truth, through your true beliefs, self-expression, and communication. When your mind is so full you can’t see your way out, hold Sapphire tight and . . . . .

“Take a moment, remind yourself
To take a moment and find yourself
Take a moment and ask yourself
If this is how we fall apart
But it's not, but it's not, but it's not, but it's not, but it's not
It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, it's okay, it's okay
I've got nothing, got nothing, got nothing, got nothing to fear
I'm here, I'm here, I'm here”
~Rebecca Sugar
“Here Comes a Thought”
October's Crytal Gemz

Can you guess next month's?

Around the Spiral Tree

At the annual Lammas Full Moon retreat in August the Spiral of Balance became an official branch of the Spiral Tree Tradition.

STT makes up 5 Covens including Circle of the Stag in Wichita KS, Order of the Aurora, Heart of the Pentacle Fellowship and Covenant of the Moon in North Dakota and Spiral of Balance in Washington State.

Order of the Aurora will be hosting the Mabon ritual for the Fargo Moorhead Pagan Pride even on September 30th 2017.

Bowman and Sarashun of HOPF attended Summerland at Turtle Lake Creek in Wisconsin this summer and provided a raving review of this festival. Summerland is a 9 day festival and caps their attendees at 300 people. Having a smaller crowd allows for closer connections with the attendees, staff and special guests. In comparison, Heartland Pagan Festival in Kansas has around the same number of attendees as Summerland and Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG) typically has over 1000 attendees.
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Sundown- When the sun must make peace with the moon and for a few brief moments, the two touch in mutual friendship and respect. Perfect balance between the light and dark. A time for reflection and for preparation.


-Sherrilyn Kenyon
Circle of the Stag
Wichita, Kansas
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