05/18/09

Calan Mai 2009

Blessings,

We know that your time is precious; many of you don’t have a lot of extra time after the demands of your day-to-day lives and we appreciate that you take the time to read The Barge. It is our sincere hope that you find the information in The Barge useful and informative, and we look forward to a continued tradition of bringing you the latest SOA news and updates. If there are any topics, or information, you would like to see included in The Barge we would like to hear from you. Please email Kim Davis directly at avalonwomon@hotmail.com with your suggestions.

Sincerely,
The Barge Newsletter Staff

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Calan Mai
Solar Observance – May 1st
Lunar Observance – First Full Moon when the Sun is in Taurus (May 9th)

By Jhenah Telyndru

In direct opposition to Calan Gaeaf in the yearly cycle Calan Mai, or Beltane, marked the beginning of the Light Half when the summer began and the world was green and growing. Good weather and the good health of animals and humans alike were anticipated and the flocks and herds were put out to pasture. Communal ceremonies included driving cattle between two ritual fires to bless, protect and purify them from any disease-causing vermin left over from their long winter confinement. At the clan central places, weather and marriage divination was performed, furious trading occurred, grazing land contracts were made and rents were paid. Between the long winter and the preparation and planting of the crops, this was the first real opportunity for the tribe to leave their isolated farmsteads and travel for any sort of communal gathering. Trial marriages made from the previous summer were given the long isolation of the winter to test whether they would work out; if this were not the case, the couple would come before the judges at Calan Mai to have their union dissolved. Calan Mai was a celebration of the fertility of land, animals and humans alike, and was one the greatest feast days – not surprising for an agricultural people for whom the abundance of the land dictated their ability to survive.

Goddesses of Avalon

The Goddesses of Avalon are the heart and soul of the Sacred Landscape, each weaving a transformational energy into the matrix of the archetypal realm. Once we have successfully made contact with the landscape areas and established a good working relationship which each of these places of power, we can use them to connect with the
Ladies of Avalon.

Blodeuwedd is the Lady of Initiation. She calls us to cast off the garments of expectation and to peer into the darkness of the self to find, and ultimately live, our inner truth. She teaches us to fly where others would see us grounded.

-Mythological Sources for Blodeuwedd:  The Mabinogion – “Math, Son of Mathonwy”; Hanes Blodeuwedd

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SOA Pilgrimage

Come join with Sisters of the Spirit on a ten-day Pilgrimage where we will explore both inner and outer landscapes and balance conscious sightseeing with ritual, Imram and Avalonian teachings. We will immerse ourselves in the energies of the sacred landscapes of the Avalonian Tradition, bringing to life the legendary lands of The Mabinogion and connecting with sites held sacred to the ancient Britons. Stand in Druid Groves and chant in Stone Circles. Bathe in holy springs, explore ancestral barrows, and climb ceremonial hills. Experience first hand the mystical energies of Cymru and the Sacred Island of Avalon, portal to the Otherworld and Temple Center of Holy Women.

We will spend five days in Wales, visiting sites associated in literature and ancient folk memory with Ceridwen, Blodeuwedd, Rhiannon, Arianrhod, and Branwen. We will then travel to Glastonbury, believed by many to be Avalon of old, where we will spend the next five days of the pilgrimage visiting this “holiest erthe in Englande.” Time will be spent in experiential workshops, sharing in ritual amidst the sacred landscapes, and immersing ourselves in the spiritual energies of sites associated with the Goddesses of Avalon and the priestesses of old who are our spiritual foremothers.
For more information and a detail registration packet, please contact our Pilgrimage Coordinator: pilgrimage@sisterhoodofavalon.org.

Offerings from SOA Sisters

Candle Charms

Hand-poured pillar candles made from all natural wax and a mixture of oils chosen for their magickal properties and personally mixed by Anita, an SOA member.  Animal Totem and Nature’s Spirit Candles, Elemental Candles, Zodiac Candles, God and Goddess Candles, Full Moon and Dark Moon Candles are available. Custom orders welcome.  Please contact Anita at candlecharms@comcast.net for more information.

SOA Hearths & Learning Circles

These groups of sisters gather to celebrate the Divine, to support each other in their growth and transformation, to learn the ways of the Avalonian Tradition, and to serve their greater communities in many ways. If you would like to find out more about joining or starting an SOA Hearth, Novice Hearth or Learning Circle, please contact our Hearth Matron at hearthmatron@sisterhoodofavalon.org for more information. Most groups host Informational Teas locally to connect with women interested in making the journey to Avalon in safe sister space. Watch this list for periodic announcements.

The Silver Moon Cauldron Hearth of Central Massachusetts is hosting an Open Tea on Saturday, May 16th at 2pm.  This will be an informal gathering for local women interested in learning about and seeking membership in the Hearth and the Sisterhood of Avalon.  Please contact Hearthmother Diana at silverspirals@gmail.com for more information.

Silver Moon Cauldron Hearth

The Sisters of the Western Shore

The Sisters of The Western Shore Hearth Aelwyd yr Arfordir Gorllewin met at the San Jose Rose Garden to enjoy the roses and discuss herb lore. We were fortunate to find several hawthorn trees surrounding the park and took several moments to work energetically with the hawthorn and collect hawthorn blossoms. We also worked energetically with the roses in the park and discussed the five trees sacred to Avalon. The Hearth plans several open meetings each year, and is happy to meet other women in the San Francisco Bay Area and its environs. We are also excited that our Hearth Mother will be attending the Level 3 Intensive in May, making us a full Hearth! We look forward to welcoming the SOA to the Bay Area at the Level 1 Intensive September 3-6.

02/3/09

Gwyl Mair 2009

Come join with Sisters of the Spirit on a ten-day Pilgrimage where we will explore both inner and outer landscapes and balance conscious sightseeing with ritual, Imram and Avalonian teachings. We will immerse ourselves in the energies of the sacred landscapes of the Avalonian Tradition, bringing to life the legendary lands of The Mabinogion and connecting with sites held sacred to the ancient Britons. Stand in Druid Groves and chant in Stone Circles. Bathe in holy springs, explore ancestral barrows, and climb ceremonial hills. Experience first hand the mystical energies of Cymru and the Sacred Island of Avalon, portal to the Otherworld and Temple Center of Holy Women.

We will spend five days in Wales, visiting sites associated in literature and ancient folk memory with Ceridwen, Blodeuwedd, Rhiannon, Arianrhod, and Branwen. We will then travel to Glastonbury, believed by many to be Avalon of old, where we will spend the next five days of the pilgrimage visiting this “holiest erthe in Englande.” Time will be spent in experiential workshops, sharing in ritual amidst the sacred landscapes, and immersing ourselves in the spiritual energies of sites associated with the Goddesses of Avalon and the priestesses of old who are our spiritual foremothers.

For more information and a detail registration packet, please contact our Pilgrimage Coordinator: pilgrimage@sisterhoodofavalon.org.

Offerings from SOA Sisters

Avalon Myst by Gwyllion Moon
Metaphysical Wares & Enchaning Gifts!
For Witchcraft, Wicca, & Pagan Paths!
Offering items that will stir the imagination and bring Magick into your world!

To learn more about Avalon Myst and Gwyllion Moon please visit her website at http://www.avalonmyst.com/servlet/StoreFront

Tarot Readings and Astrological Charts
My name is Kathi Boisvert and I currently reside in MA. I offer Tarot readings and astrological charts. I have been doing Astrological Charts and Tarot Readings for 17 yrs.

Charts: I am proficient in Birth Charts, Progressed & Transits Charts for developing future trends, & Relationship Charts. All calculations and print ups are done by hand to ensure accuracy.

Tarot: I can read anything from a basic 1 card pull to the Tree of Life, which is good for the entire upcoming year.

Pricing for charts and readings is negotiable but starts at $20 for either service. Anyone interested can contact me at avalonkat@netzero.com.

SOA Hearths and Learning Circles

The Sisterhood of Avalon fosters a growing number of Hearths, Novice Hearths and Learning Circles. These groups of sisters gather to celebrate the Divine, to support each other in their growth and transformation, to learn the ways of the Avalonian Tradition, and to serve their greater communities in many ways. If you would like to find out more about joining or starting an SOA Hearth, Novice Hearth or Learning Circle, please contact our Hearth Matron for more information. Most groups sponsor Informational Teas locally to connect with women interested in making the journey to Avalon in safe sister space. Watch this list for periodic announcements for the dates and locations of these Open Teas.

Afal Iachaol is a small, but growing, new hearth in Indiana that started August 2008. Gwyl Mair was our second holy day as a hearth and first opportunity to use a special new sharing bowl. The dark blue and black bowl encircled with three mermaids was designed and hand made by Katie with Chipmunk Hill Art Studio at the request of hearth sister Rhonda.

Our hearth mother Bobbi recently shared this sentiment that represents the growth we are experiencing, “With each Full Moon Ritual, our bonds grow even closer – but the Holy Days – these are what we truly build safe-space for. It is so comforting to know that your sisters are holding the energy you have collectively raised so that you may feel comfortable with going into your work fully. I can feel that our sacred center is beginning to hold energy on it’s own now and allowing us to fuel it, rather than rebuilding it with each ritual, as is I think what happens at first as you find your collective dynamic.”

Blessings to all from the sisters of Rhosyn Melyn Hearth. The sisters here in North Texas have been busy with anticipation at the coming of Spring – We literally have experienced the “Stepping out of the Old” and “Dancing in with the New”. This Confrontation Time, or as one sister in Oklahoma would describe it as “Blow out with the Old” and “Emerge slowly”, we are grateful that Katherine, her family, friends, and pets survived the devastation last week.  Thank you all for your kind thoughts, and prayers.

At Gwyl Mair we celebrated at a cabin in East Texas, spending some much need inner reflection time as well as facing our reflections within Cerridwen’s Cauldron, while renewing our spirits by giving thanks with the fire and the well and the coming of the light.

We soon will have 2 new ladies that will join and begin our first Learning Circle this month, and we will have our 2nd Open Sister Tea the first Sunday in April, we hope some area SOA sisters will be able to attend so we can discuss a possible Texas Intensive in our area in the future. We also will be attending a local regional community festival in April where we plan to display our crafts and enjoy some more time outdoors. If any sister would like  a sample of  their crafts or products displayed please contact Deb Banfill Hearth Mother for information  dltb@lycos.com or send a message through Sister Space.

01/12/09

December 2008 – January 2009

Sisterhood of Avalon 2009 Calendar: Journey to the Motherland
An incredible photographic journey through the mythological landscape of Wales. A publication of the Sisterhood of Avalon, featuring the breathtaking photographs of Robin Wallace. This 12 month calendar features Avalonian Holy Days, Celtic Festivals, Welsh month names, and detailed Moon Phase information. This deluxe edition is larger than the standard calendar we also offer, and is printed with a high quality linen finish. A stunning visual companion for your journey!

Purchase Standard Edition

Purchase Deluxe Edition

A Message From the Council of Nine
With the New Year comes resolutions. We decide to reinvent ourselves by adding something meaningful to our lives, getting rid of something detrimental, or just making sure we appreciate what we have. It is similar to the process of re-birthing ourselves; as the saying goes, “‘a new year, a new you.” In the Avalonian Cycle, we plant the seeds of change within ourselves and re-birth ourselves as whole, healed, sovereign beings.

When we make our New Year’s resolutions, it is at the darkest part of the year – the hour before midnight. Again, there is a parallel with the Avalonian Cycle. At Gwyl Mair, we come to the darkest, deepest part of the yearly cycle. We have confronted our shadow issues, and we take this energy and use it to emerge out into the light.

As you consider your New Year’s resolutions, look at them through the lens of Avalonian energy. Do your resolutions help to birth your sovereign self?

The True Gift of Yule
By Lisa R. Papez

While growing up in my parents’ home, I could count on our annual traditions.  It would begin with Dad extending long strings of lights all over the living room floor and down the hallways as he tried to find the pesky bulb darkening each strand with not so patient diligence.  Mom would break out the giant box of decorations and my sisters and I would spend hours hanging them on the tree until it was just right.  We’d look at our creation of multi-colored, twinkling lights and hodge-podge ornaments collected over generations and feel the first magic of the holiday season.  But almost as abruptly as it started, the magic would stop and it would become something else. The energy in our home would turn stressful as my Mom, Dad, Sisters, and I would focus on pleasing everyone during a season full of expectation as the whole family scrambled to buy last minute, thoughtless gifts and attend as many gatherings as possible so nobody would feel let down.

As an adult, I found myself blindly followed my parents’ example of obligatory shopping and just as obligatory attendance at holiday gatherings.  Just like my parents, I put everything on hold and hustled and bustled and spent my way through the holidays – all in the struggle to prove to those around me how much I cared about them.  And even when I first began really delving into my spirituality, discovering the Goddess and celebrating Yule, I just couldn’t break away from a lifetime of consumerist holiday habits disguised as ‘tradition’.

But this year, something changed.  To be fair, I didn’t exactly volunteer to step outside my personal Christmas/Yule paradigm.  This year found my family with a distinct lack of resources.  For the first time in my adult life, I have no means by which to continue my lifelong tradition of consumerist holiday celebrations.  I can’t afford to buy gifts for friends or extended family members.  I can’t afford to travel to all of those social engagements.  I don’t have the resources to plan and cook potluck contributions.  My family of four has a very meager budget with which to buy food and gifts for each other, let alone anyone else.

At first I was really uncomfortable, feeling the stress and perceived pressure closing in on me.  But then, a couple of weeks ago, my office was having a drive to collect donations from a local food bank that had been recently robbed.  I was stressed because my coworkers were contributing around $20 each.  I didn’t have $20 in my budget to give, and I was feeling guilty, wondering how to rework my budget to make room.  And then I remembered the change purse in my wallet.  I counted out all of the change and found $12.52 and donated every last penny.  Donating that $12.52 felt better than donating a hundred dollars because instead of handing over money carefully budgeted for, I was giving something up.  In the grand scheme of the world, it could hardly be called a sacrifice, and yet the lessons learned were the same.

After that, I opened my eyes and really looked around.  The disillusionment shattering all around me was simultaneously unnerving and uplifting.  Without the strain of conformism and social obligation, I am suddenly in a position to see the season, to experience it, and to share the joy of the holidays with those I love.

With eyes opened wide, I’m having an amazing time coming up with creative ways to show my loved ones I care.  I am still hopeful to have some interesting things under the tree, but with a strict budget, I’ve found myself looking where I might not have before.  Instead of trying to save every cent of my budget to get one shiny brand new present for my wife and stepsons, they may find used, but serviceable, gifts of items they will truly enjoy and put to good use.  I’m creating handmade gifts with more energy and love contained in them than the most expensive bought gift could ever hold.  I’m focusing on spending my energy on the things that matter: my family, and not on the things that don’t: things.

I’ve learned to experience the trust that the people in my life love me and know I love them – not because of gifts we can give each other but because we give each other our friendship and love all year long.

And the most amazing part of this experience is that suddenly everything is a gift.  Watching the snow fall outside my office window and an unexpected call from a family member I was unable to visit elicited a greater, more sincere sense of gratitude than a new purse or kitchen appliance ever could.

But my biggest lesson this winter is that the true gift of Yule isn’t a gift at all.  The true gift of Yule is gratitude.

Sister Exchange
Toys From Nature
SOA Sister Rebecca offers toys and decor in her shop, Toys From Nature. Inspired by the Waldorf educational philosophy, Rebecca creates using only natural materials (wool, cotton, silk, soy, and other natural fibers). From dolls for children (and those of us who never grew up) to altar and spiritual items, Rebecca’s shop captures the whimsy of childhood with a healthy grounding in spirit. Barge readers, enter the code BARGE at checkout to receive a 10% discount. SOA Sisters, enter BARGE plus your SEP number to also enjoy free shipping.

SOA Hearths and Learning Circles
The Sisterhood of Avalon fosters a growing number of Hearths, Novice Hearths and Learning Circles. These groups of sisters gather to celebrate the Divine, to support each other in their growth and transformation, to learn the ways of the Avalonian Tradition, and to serve their greater communities in many ways. If you would like to find out more about joining or starting an SOA Hearth, Novice Hearth or Learning Circle, please contact our Hearth Matron for more information. Most groups sponsor Informational Teas locally to connect with women interested in making the journey to Avalon in safe sister space. Watch this list for periodic announcements for the dates and locations of these Open Teas.

Northern California’s Novice Hearth, Aelwyd yr Arfordir Gorllewin (Western Shore Hearth) welcomes Sisters and other interested women to join us at a labyrinth walk on Sunday, January 18. We will meet and walk an indoor labyrinth then head out to a nearby restaurant or coffee shop for food and chatting. For details and to join us, please contact Karen at oceanpine9@yahoo.com.

Cainc Arian would like to welcome its newest learning circle member, Jen, to the group! Cainc Arian Novice Hearth is located in Cincinnati, OH. We meet once a week for hearth meetings and once a month for full moon ritual. Cainc Arian is a hearth committed to the Sacred Center of Avalon. Our meetings are focused on working with the tools of our path. We gather for community and pathwork. If you live in the Cincinnati area and are interested in joining our learning circle, please do not hesitate to email our Hearth Mother, Kim at avalonwomon@hotmail.com.

11/18/08

November 2008

Blessings,
As the days grow shorter and, for some, the temperature drops let us take a moment to pause and consider the energies of the season. With all of the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays, with their sparkling lights and seasonal soundtracks, it is important to remember that this is also a time of darkness and stillness for the Earth. While our social world quickens with a flurry of activity and seemingly endless demands on our time, energy, and resources the natural world instead takes a deep breath in, exhales, and simply stops … simply IS.

Because it is so easy to lose sight of our personal needs when we are caught up in holiday preparations and having to face the expectations of others — especially when times are so difficult for so many — it is even more important to take any moment we can and follow the example of the natural world. Take a deep breath in, exhale and simply stop … simply BE. Sit in a stillness like that of the Earth and listen to your own breathing … connect with your own heartbeat. Then, with consciousness, send your energy deep down into the ground and connect with the breathing and heartbeat of the Earth. Become aware of how very slowly it moves at this time of the year, and match your own breath and heartbeat with the rhythm of the Earth. Stop, and simply BE.

The fundamental essence of the winter holidays, no matter your path or tradition, is to find warmth in the love of your family and community no matter how low the temperature may drop, and to find light in the promise of life’s renewal even in the depths of the darkness. Connecting with, and working to maintain, a calm, still center will keep you anchored in the things that truly matter at this time of the year. The natural cycle is one of our greatest teachers and one of our most powerful allies for growth and transformation. When it is hardest to hear the rhythm of the Earth, it is also the most important time to stop and listen to what she is trying to say.

Be still and simply be.

Bendithion Afallon,
The Council of Nine

 

A Journey through the Sacred Landscapes of the
Avalonian Tradition: Presented by the Sisterhood of Avalon
June 21 through July 1, 2009

Come join with Sisters of the Spirit on a ten-day Pilgrimage where we will explore both inner and outer landscapes and balance conscious sightseeing with ritual, Imram and Avalonian teachings. We will immerse ourselves in the energies of the sacred landscapes of the Avalonian Tradition, bringing to life the legendary lands of The Mabinogion and connecting with sites held sacred to the ancient Britons. Stand in Druid Groves and chant in Stone Circles. Bathe in holy springs, explore ancestral barrows, and climb ceremonial hills. Experience first hand the mystical energies of Cymru and the Sacred Island of Avalon, portal to the Otherworld and Temple Center of Holy Women.We will spend five days in Wales, visiting sites associated in literature and ancient folk memory with Ceridwen, Blodeuwedd, Rhiannon, Arianrhod, and Branwen. We will then travel to Glastonbury, believed by many to be Avalon of old, where we will spend the next five days of the pilgrimage visiting this “holiest erthe in Englande.” Time will be spent in experiential workshops, sharing in ritual amidstthe sacred landscapes, and immersing ourselves in the spiritual energies of sites associated with the Goddesses of Avalon and the priestesses of old who are our spiritual foremothers. For more information and a detail registration packet, please contact our Pilgrimage Coordinator:

pilgrimage@sisterhoodofavalon.org

 

 

SOA Hearths and Learning Circles
The Sisterhood of Avalon fosters a growing number of Hearths, Novice Hearths and Learning Circles. These groups of sisters gather to celebrate the Divine, to support each other in their growth and transformation, to learn the ways of the Avalonian Tradition, and to serve their greater communities in many ways. If you would like to find out more about joining or starting an SOA Hearth, Novice Hearth or Learning Circle, please contact our Hearth Matron for more information. Most groups sponsor Informational Teas locally to connect with women interested in making the journey to Avalon in safe sister space. Watch this list for periodic announcements for the dates and locations of these Open Teas.

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 Members of the Afal Iachaol hearth and Cainc Arian Hearth
meet up for a Calan Gaeaf Ritual weekend

Afal Iachaol Hearth mother Bobbi Hollars hosted a Calan Gaeaf ritual weekend November 7-9 at her home in Lizton, Indiana just outside Indianapolis. Eight sisters from Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan gathered Friday night for drumming, chanting, getting to know new sisters (and baby Caden who wowed us with his lovely smile) and reconnect with others. Not to mention there were lots of yummy, homemade eats. On Saturday morning we crafted cauldrons from Sculpy clay, as well as yonis and goddess figures. Later Kim attuned us for Celtic Reiki and Rhonda showed us how to card wool, spin yarn and use a drop spindle. More tasty foods followed and we spent a lovely, chilly evening warmed by sharing space in ritual and with the needfire. On our last day together we shared in a sister exchange then hit the road together for a breakfast and shopping at a local pagan shop.

 

 

 

The Cainc Arian Novice Hearth would like to welcome Sylvia, our newest Learning Circle member! If you live in the Cincinnati area and are interested in the Sisterhood of Avalon and would like to join our Learning Circle, please contact Hearthmother, Kim D. at avalonwomon@hotmail.com. Cainc Arian meets weekly and at each full moon. Our hearth is a way for SOA members to gather in community and to share our spiritual journey. Our next open tea will be in February 2009. Please look for the announcement on Witchvox or on the SOA-Updates group.

 

 

10/18/08

Calan Gaeaf 2008

Blessings All,
I am pleased to welcome you to the inaugural issue of the renewed publication of The Barge – the official newsletter of the Sisterhood of Avalon. Every month, The Barge will keep you up to date with SOA activities, offerings, local gatherings, open celebrations, and membership opportunities. We hope that you find this newsletter to be an informative and inspirational companion on your Avalonian journey.

Yours in the Holy Isle,
Jhenah Telyndru
Morgen, Sisterhood of Avalon

Membership Update
The SOA currently opens for membership twice a year, at Calan Gaeaf (Samhain) and Calan Mai (Beltane).
The membership portals are announced on our
SOA-Updates Yahoo Groups list.

The Calan Gaeaf membership portal is open between October 13th through November 6th. Be sure to check out our member pages on the SOA website for more information about joining at this time. If you have any questions please be sure to email the Board Secretary.

The Tor Stone
The Tor Stone is a quarterly journal charting the female path of personal growth and empowerment through the Mysteries of Avalon and the guidance of the Goddess. Published at each of the four Celtic Holy Days by the Sisterhood of Avalon, each issue of The Tor Stone reflects the prominent energy of each portal and the ways in which our processes of healing and growth as women mirror this endless Cycle. Features in each issue will include subjects such as personal growth and the spiritual journey, herbalism and healing, poetry, art, energetic and ritual techniques, the Goddesses of Avalon, Celtic traditions, Women’s Mysteries and much, much more. Our mission is to create a publication that is informative, instructional and inspirational … speaking to the inner wisdom of every woman. We welcome your submissions! For more information, please visit our website at www.torstone.org

SOA Hearths and Learning Circles
The Sisterhood of Avalon fosters a growing number of Hearths, Novice Hearths and Learning Circles. These groups of sisters gather to celebrate the Divine, to support each other in their growth and transformation, to learn the ways of the Avalonian Tradition, and to serve their greater communities in many ways. If you would like to find out more about joining or starting an SOA Hearth, Novice Hearth or Learning Circle, please contact our Hearth Matron for more information. Most groups sponsor Informational Teas locally to connect with women interested in making the journey to Avalon in safe sister space. Watch this list for periodic announcements for the dates and locations
of these Open Teas.


Sisters meet up in Salem Massassachussets for a day of fun.

Afal Iachaol Novice Hearth, located in Indiana, is in its second month of meetings and we are thoroughly enjoying getting to know one another and immersing ourselves in the work. We would like to extend an invitation to sisters for Calan Gaeaf. We will be hosting a combined ritual gathering with our “sister hearth” Cainc Arian and surrounding sisters within driving distance. If any sisters will be in the Indianapolis, IN area over the weekend of Nov 7-9, or would like to make a weekend trip here, please contact me! We would love to meet you and share Sacred Space with as many sisters as possible! Interested sisters may contact me at bobbi@quantumgeneralcontractors.com.

Sisters in Northern California have come together to begin a new Novice Hearth, Aelwyd yr Arfordir Gorllewin (Western Shore Hearth). Begun as a Learning Circle earlier in 2008, the Hearth is now meeting several times a month for study, energy work, and full moon rituals. We have six dedicated Sisters, and SOA members in the San Francisco Bay Area are welcome to join us!

Silver Moon Cauldron Hearth is a small group of SOA members that meet twice monthly to learn/discuss aspects of the Avalonian Tradition and for full moon ritual: we are currently studying the 5 Goddesses of the Avalonian Pantheon.
Meetings and rituals are typically held in Sturbridge, MA and Storrs, CT. If you are local to the area and would like information on membership please contact Hearthmother Diana at lady777di@yahoo.com.

Roshyn Melyn Hearth, located in Northern Texas, is honored to have recently been given Novice Hearth Status. Our first Open Tea was a great success with two new guests in attendance. After an opening cup sharing with our signature Rosehip tea we chatted over finger sandwiches, fruit and chocolate mouse cake. The sisters then united in a fun ‘pave stone’ activity creating our own unique interpretation of the yoni. We have planned for a Calan Gaef get away November 14-16 in a private Villa at Lake Texhoma Resort and extend the invitation to any sister in the area. We also plan to hold our 3rd annual sister’s day out in December; near to Winter Solstice (date to be announced). For information on our North Texas Hearth, or the sister get-away, contact RoshynMelynHearth@yahoo.com or the Hearthmother, Deb, at dltb@lycos.com.

Prairie Spirit Novice Hearth in the Land of Living Skies is pleased to announce we have been chartered with the Sisterhood of Avalon. We are a group of five women living in and near the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We are also hosting a monthly Learning Circle which has three additional active members who are considering pursuing membership with the SOA. The women in our hearth have been gathering for about a year and have developed a sense of community and trust. We are delighted to have this opportunity to come together to learn and grow in our Avalonian path. If anyone would like more information about our Hearth please feel free to contact Sydney Bell, Hearthmother at mooncrow_song@yahoo.ca.

Cainc Arian, The Silver Branch Novice Hearth, located in Cincinnati, OH, is pleased to welcome Jennifer C. to our learning circle! Cainc Arian has been a novice hearth for over two years and meets on a weekly basis. The hearth is a place where members may focus on their personal spiritual journey in the company of their Sisters. We concentrate on practicing the tools of our path and creating a bond of mutual respect and love between members. If any woman within the Cincinnati area would like to learn more about joining Cainc Arian’s learning circle, or if there are Sisters in the area who would like to join our hearth, please contact Hearthmother, Kim D., at avalonwomon@hotmail.com.