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Oct082013

HISTORY: What we've already accomplished

A few years ago, we purchased the land we have been meeting at for several years.  It is 2 parcels of over 6 acres and had a house and a shed and a small deck.   It is in the Temple’s name.

 

We bought it, valued at about $300,000.00, for only $120,000.00, thanks to Sandy and Mikey Wade, the original owners, setting that precedent and Petros Rex, a HP of the Temple, sticking to it when he had to move to Texas.   Blessings on all of them!  We bought it with ZERO INTEREST with the help of an angel investor whom we also send out grateful blessings to!  We have a mortgage of 15 years. 

 

The mortgage is currently being paid by one of our priestesses Sky, and her husband Dean, who are in charge while Lianna (our founder and one of our high priestesses) is on sabbatical in Arizona.   The yearly taxes and property insurance are paid by Lianna who will take over financial responsibility for everything when she returns in August of 2015.  (There is a reason why we pay property taxes on one property and if you call Lianna at 828-331-8688, she will explain why - it is for a very good reason!  And we are transparent about these things and will share documentation with anyone who requests it.) 

 

They are usually assisted with donations from those very few individuals who value the idea of having a safe, private Temple space and seeing it continue in perpetuity. These few people are making great personal sacrifices in order to see that this Temple survives for everyone, and they could all really use some help....

 

Any and all donations are thus very gratefully accepted and are tax deductible!  See the “How to Donate” button on this website if you would like to make a contribution.  Please let us know whether or not you’d like to be acknowledged as a donor. 

 

We have already spent approximately $25,000.00 cash on improvements since this property was purchased, thanks mostly to Petros, Mav and Bill, but many others as well.  Sandy, Mikey, Travers, Rebekah, Chip, Sky and Dean have also always been regular contributors and we wanted to give a public "THANK YOU!" here for that!

 

We extended the existing deck about 40 feet and added 2 more sets of stairs allowing access to it from 3 places.  This was thanks to Petros!   There are 2 stone guardian lions at the entrance. 

 

We added 2 more large, nice pre-fab sheds:  one next to the existing shed by the house (thank you again, Petros!), and one in the woods near the woodhenge (thanks to those who donated for that, especially Mav!) to store all our ritual stuff and chairs in so we didn't have to lug it all up and down the hill for every Sabbat / ritual, etc.  

 

Petros, with Temple member help, built a traditional British Woodhenge so we could have ritual in the woods even if it was raining.  That was thousands of dollars and many man-hours of labor by Temple members to do, led by Petros.  He paid for the whole thing!

 

Then, thanks to Mav, we spent $5,000.00 to shingle the henge professionally, done by our friend Tim.  It is beautiful and water tight now!

 

We created the Summer Circle, the memorial garden, and the pet cemetery.  All with many hours of labor donated by Temple members and allies.  The Summer Circle is a large Circle of stones for worship and gathering during pleasant weather.  The memorial garden is for Lylith Hawk, a Pagan Elder and now ancestress whose memory we hold dear.  She has been joined now by another Elder of ours, Sherry Wells.  They are both honored here.  The pet cemetery is for any Temple member who cannot bury their pet where they live and want a place to honor them.  Full ceremony (specially designed for each individual) is offered here at the time of burial for any member losing an animal companion. 

 

Lianna bought a nice swing that sits in the woods for meditation, napping or playing the flute or guitar.   It becomes a lovers bower at Beltane.   :O)

 

Petros built chicken coops, which are being converted to greenhouses for growing medicinal and sacred herbs and such. 

 

Bill then paid for and did most of the work to install underground electrical cables inside PVC piping so that no critters could chew through the cables any longer, and he buried it from the house, along all the paths, down to both Circles, and put something like 8 pop up outlets all over so that we could have outdoor electricity for whatever we might need, including for campers during festivals!!  This was QUITE a feat!  And he did have a bit of help from a couple of Temple members but there were several days he was here digging alone as well.....   Thanks to Bill and all those who helped him get that done. 

 

Then there have been days where we repaired the road, put a new roof on the well pump shed (thanks to Blaine and Bill and some Temple helpers), the lawn being cut by Bill, John, Tony, Barrett, Sky and others, paths being widened and mulched, torch maintenance, gardening and so much more. 

 

There have been gifts of a nice, new gas BBQ, a lawnmower, weed eater, chain saw and wagons, oh my.  :O)    (Special thanks to Sky and Bill)

 

There is a Temple room inside the house, which is the parsonage as well for the residing clergy and/or caretakers, for Initiates of various groups to use during inclement weather.   This is a room dedicated, decorated and equipped as a permanent sacred space for ritual use, meditation and prayer. It has a 13 person limit.

 

There is also a large library for use by members which includes large sections on all the world’s religions, as well as language, sociology, cultural anthropology, history, cultural competency, mythology and philosophy.   It includes religious/spiritual magazines, documentary DVDs and music from many traditions.  It is mostly a research library available by appointment and on “Library Days” but there are several volumes that are loaned to students here as well.