Order of the Temple of Eldar
1. The Temple is to be called “The Temple of Eldar.” “Eldar” is from Tolkein, meaning children of the stars.
2. We are a Grove of Pagans. This is a Pagan Temple providing a place to worship in a Pagan manner. This Grove is to provide a way to celebrate the Wheel of the Year and to honor the God and Goddess. This Grove will promote learning as well as spiritual and psychic development.
3. We recognize and encourage diversity among all Pagans.
4. We, as members and initiates, are to strive to live by the Pagan Pledge create by the Circle Sanctuary:
5. We are to strive to live by the Witches Rede of Chivalry as stated in the Magical Rites of the Crystal Well by Ed Fitch:
6. Hierarchy of the Temple:
8. Rituals will be held for the eight Sabbats. Only members can lead a Sabbat Ritual.
9. Full or New Moon Rituals will be held on or near the appropriate time.
10. A master calendar of events will be made every few months and followed as closely as possible.
11. Meetings and classes will be held before Rituals. There may be times when special classes will be offered to the Temple members, initiates and guests.
12. Free will exists in attendance to all functions (keeping in mind
to reap the benefits you must help sow the seeds). Please call the Priestess, if you are expected but cannot attend.
13. We don’t proselytize, but we can educate and defend as Pagans.
14. We should be able to enter any circle for Ritual with perfect love and perfect trust, or we will not enter the circle at all.
15. There is to be no overt negativity displayed by members or initiates in the Temple Rituals. Strive to have no covert or unconscious negativity toward anyone or anything at any time.
16. Whenever possible, Ritual garb is encouraged. This is a special time and we should dress accordingly.
17. All participants in Ritual are considered aspects of the God/Goddess and are to be treated as such and are expected to act as such. Sincere spontaneity is not discouraged in ritual. No inappropriate behavior (disruptive or disrespectful) is allowed. Transgressors will be asked to leave.
18. Secrecy is not a must, but discretion and good judgment should be used.
19. First time guests must have previously talked to the Druan Gwen, High Priestess, or High Priest about their understanding of ritual and Paganism and why they want to participate. They will be given a copy of the Release of Negativity, Pagan Pledge and Witches Rede of Chivalry. Any guest must be approved by the Elders of the Temple before the night of the Ritual. As a courtesy, the person who is giving the ritual that night, should it be other than the Elders, should be asked.
20. Anyone may ask to become a dedicant to the Craft, God or Goddess and have it performed by an Elder of the Temple.
21. Guests may ask to become initiates to the Temple. They must have already dedicated themselves to the Craft, God or Goddess. They must have been participating in circle with the Temple for at least 6 months. The Initiate or Acolyte must meet certain requirements before becoming a full member. They must write and present a Full or New Moon Ritual, read the Pagan Ritual Book, read most of the books on the suggested Reading list, show a commitment to the Temple by attendance to rituals and Temple functions, show knowledge of Pagan principles and knowledge of Rituals. The Acolyte has a year and a day to fulfill these requirements. They will be questioned by the Elders. Memberships is decided by the Elder’s unanimous vote. The Acolyte has a year and a day to fulfill these requirements.
22. An Honorary Member is someone the Elders feel is already learned enough to qualify as a member, by previous study and active work with another group for a serious length of time and actively involved with The Temple of Eldar for at least 6 months.
23. The Temple Book of Shadows, copies of Rituals, Spells, Meditations and other such written information can be used by the members or initiates as long as they are respectful of the contents and do not lose or misplace any of them.
24. Donations of art, artifacts and equipment are appreciated, but must be unanimously agreed upon by Elders before being incorporated into the Temple rituals. Any changes to existing equipment should be agreed upon by the Elders. Private rituals in the Temple can be done with personal equipment. If there is any question of appropriateness, then the unanimous vote of the Elders will prevail. If the approval is not unanimous, the object cannot be used in the Temple.
25. All members and initiates should offer, share information (such as songs, poetry, recipes, etc.) with the group at meetings should be seriously involved with the Temple of Eldar. Involvement with other groups at the same time is not prohibited. If there is a question, the Elders should meet to discuss and decide: to help, or to advise.
26. A member or initiate may ask to take a leave of absence from the Temple for whatever reason they think is valid. They need to notify an Elder of the Temple of this decision. They must meet with the Elders before they are allowed to return. The Elders may or may not decide to allow the return of the member or initiate to the Temple.
27. A member may notify the Temple in writing if they should choose to no longer honor their vows of service to the Temple. A member or initiate may be asked to leave the Temple for any reason if the Elders feel this is necessary and their vote is unanimous.
28. Elders may call upon members or Acolytes to attend a meeting to discuss things that may affect the Temple or its members.
29. All members and initiates are to help all others in growth, learning, and spirituality.
30. Children who opt to come to Ritual must be quiet and respectful during Ritual. An adult must have discussed the purpose and manner of the ritual with the child beforehand. If the child cannot be quiet and/or respectful, he or she must wait for a pre-determined length of time before asking to attend again. During the Ritual, the word of any of the Elders should be respected as a parent by the child.
31. Samhain 1985 was the first time for non-members to apply to become initiates of the Temple of Eldar.
32. Original Council members who began the Temple of Eldar were High Priestess Syrylyn, High Priest Arramar, Priestess Clieandori, and Priest L’drac. Elders(formerly Council members) today, April 1, 1999 consist of Druan Gwen Andres, High Priestess Syrylyn, and High Priest L’drac.
33. A group named Temple of Eldar Beth Lushede led by High Priestess Maenwyn Rati (formerly Clieandori) was started in Independence, Missouri on July 25, 1995. This would be considered a hive or spin off group of Temple of Eldar. Maenwyn’s group also has a hive off Temple called Circle Luna Lushede led by Priestess Selene Rati.
First Written May 26, 1985
Revised July 9, 1988
Revised April 16, 1999. Blessed Be.