May Events with Frederick CUUPS

Sunday, May 12th, 10:30 am: May Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 10:30 am. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” Join us for our May meeting (led by Rachel & Raven).

Friday, May 17th, 6 pm: May Labyrinth Cleanup

Please help us get the Labyrinth ready for the full moon Labyrinth walk on Saturday, May 18th. With several people, this goes very quickly. We need to mow and clear off the bricks so that they are fully visible. The best tool for doing so is a string trimmer or weed wacker. We have a couple, but if you have one please bring one.

Saturday, May 18th, 8:30 pm: May Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Releasing Fire

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor, drumming walk. The first half hour will be a quiet walk, the remainder drumming, so feel free to bring hand drums and other percussion instruments. This labyrinth walk will include a central fire for your use – you can release what does not serve, charge objects for sacred use, scry, or just enjoy the flames. If you haven’t walked a Labyrinth before, there is no ceremony or ritual. A Labyrinth Walk is safe, open Sacred Space for personal exploration. Please plan to arrive by 9 pm to allow enough time for your walk. Recommended donation $5

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April Events with Frederick CUUPS

Sunday, April 7th, 1 pm: Introduction to Heathenry

Heathens are Pagans that follow the ancient Norse pantheon. Norse beliefs were widespread throughout the Scandinavian countries of northern Europe, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, the Mediterranean, and even North America.

This workshop will cover the basics of the modern belief structure known as Heathenry. You will learn a basic overview of Heathen Cosmology, Gods, and ritual practice. This will in turn allow you to delve further into this spiritual practice with a good understanding of “what to do” and “what not to do.”

No prior knowledge of Heathen beliefs or practices is necessary. This workshop will be led by Chris Kackley.  Recommended donation: $10.  Facebook event here.

Friday, April 12th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS April Open Blót (Heathen Ceremony)

Elk Ridge Kindred is a small, local group who practice the Norse
traditions of Heathenry. Join Frederick CUUPS for a blót (pronounced
blōt), which is a traditional way of toasting and honoring Deity and
our ancestors. While open to the public, space is limited so we are
asking that people make reservations by emailing
ElkRidgeKindred@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Sunday, April 14th, 10:30 am: April Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 10:30 am. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” Join us for our April meeting (led by Channa & Heather).

Thursday, April 18th, 6 pm: Spring Labyrinth Cleanup

Time to get the Labyrinth ready for outdoor walks! Please bring garden tools to help clear off and tidy the labyrinth courtyard. The best tool for clearing the bricks is a string trimmer – please bring one if you have it.

Friday, April 18th, 8 pm: April Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor, drumming walk. The first half hour will be a quiet walk, the remainder drumming, so feel free to bring hand drums and other percussion instruments. If you haven’t walked a Labyrinth before, there is no ceremony or ritual. A Labyrinth Walk is safe, open Sacred Space for personal exploration. Please plan to arrive by 9 pm to allow enough time for your walk. Recommended donation $5.

Monday, April 29th, 6:30 pm: Frederick CUUPS April Dark Moon Drum & Dance Circle

Dance and drum your way into Spring energy, connect with the rhythm and learn some new grooves with percussionist Rachel Elizabeth. The Dark Moon Drum Circle will begin with a brief workshop to help people get comfortable playing together. A drum circle is a celebration of life, community, and music-making in the moment. Please bring hand drums, shakers and other hand percussion. A few small hand drums will be available if you do not have your own. Feel free to bring snacks/drinks for yourself or to share. Dancers welcome.

Intro to Heathenry Workshop Rescheduled

Good morning, all!  Today’s Introduction to Heathenry workshop has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.  The workshop will now take place on Sunday, April 7th, at 1 pm.

Here are the upcoming March Frederick CUUPS Events:

Sunday, March 10th, 10:30 am: March Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 10:30 am. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” Join us for our March meeting (led by Channa & Robyn).

Wednesday, March 20th, 7:30 pm: March Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Special Ostara Full Moon! Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with us. Enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. During the cooler months, we take our Labyrinth practice indoors, and will be walking the Rainbow Seed Labyrinth, a canvas Classical-pattern Labyrinth. Please remember clean socks or slippers to walk the Labyrinth in.  Recommended donation of $5.

Friday, March 22nd, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Open Ostara Ritual

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Ostara Ritual! On the first day of Spring, when day and night are balanced, Pagans honor that balance and seek it within while rejoicing in the stirrings of life in Nature. We will share an Ostara celebration. Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

Sunday, March 24th, 1 pm: Beginning Pagan Practices: Pagan Paths

Imbolc Ritual and February Events

Join us for our Open Imbolc Ritual this Saturday, February 2nd, at 7:45 pm.  Our theme is the cultivation of hope.   Participants are encouraged to wear white or light-colored clothing, hand drummers needed. Our Imbolc celebration will be led by Irene. Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included. Recommended donation of $5.

Learn the chants we’ll be using at the ritual in the video below.

Monday, February 4th, 6:30 pm: Dark Moon Drum and Dance Circle

Shake off the winter blues, connect with the rhythm and learn some
new grooves with percussionist Rachel Elizabeth. The Dark Moon Drum Circle will begin with a brief workshop to help people get comfortable playing together. A drum circle is a celebration of life, community, and music-making in the moment. Please bring hand drums, shakers and other hand percussion. A few small hand drums will be available if you do not have your own. Feel free to bring snacks/drinks for yourself or to share. Dancers welcome.

Sunday, February 10th, 10:30 am: February Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 10:30 am. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” Join us for our February meeting (led by Irene & Robyn).

Tuesday, February 19th, 6 pm: February Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 6 – 8 pm. Everyone is welcome. During the cooler months, we take our Labyrinth practice indoors, and will be walking the Rainbow Seed Labyrinth, a canvas Classical-pattern Labyrinth. Please remember clean socks or slippers to walk the Labyrinth in. Recommended donation $5.

Sunday, February 24th, 1 pm: Beginning Pagan Practices: Protective and Defensive Magick

January Events with Frederick CUUPS

Happy New Year from Frederick CUUPS!

As the calendar turns us toward 2019, we wish you the very best for the coming year.  May you manifest your heart’s desires, and may the blessings of the Gods be upon you.

This year marks our 5th annual New Year’s Day Purification Ritual.  We invite you to enter 2019 from a centered place of peace. Release the energies of the last year, and set a harmonious tone for the year to come. Sacred Space will be held from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, January 1st, in the Sanctuary of the UUCF.

Attendees are invited to move through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2018 as they go. Elemental Guides will be available at each Quarter to offer a way to move into the energy of a new year. End your Purification journey with a walk to the center of the Labyrinth to receive any messages for the new year.

This ritual is an opportunity to move through Sacred Space. As such, there is no set start and finish time–it does not have a formal ritual structure. Your journey will be self-guided. We will hold the space open from 7 to 9 pm, and you should expect to spend somewhere between a half hour to an hour on your journey.

Please remember that this is a very popular ritual. There is a single path to follow, so at ‘peak’ times (generally around 8 pm), there can be a line. Please plan to arrive early or after the ‘peak’ and please be patient with the process of the people around you.

All are welcome to attend.

Other Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 3rd, 7 – 9 pm
Blackfeather Mystery School Begins

The Blackfeather Mystery School is a foundational, full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and shaman Jake Hackney. The Mystery School meets alternating Thursday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. at the UUCF.  See the full list of dates at the Facebook Event. This training is focused specifically on reducing self-sabotage while providing a solid grounding in magickal theory, dedicant practices, mysticism, ritual structure and performance, spellcasting, beginning shamanism and journeywork, and basic physical self defense. This Mystery School is a synthesis and outgrowth of more than 20 years in the art and practice of witchcraft, and threads the needle between the structure of Traditional Witchcraft and the freedom of Mysticism. No previous experience in witchcraft is needed. More advanced practitioners may find the course helpful in terms of filling ‘gaps’ in their skill sets. It is recommended that you plan to attend the full course since the sessions build on each other.  This is the inaugural run of this training form, so it is donation-based. Recommended donation of $10/session. Facebook event here.

 

Sunday, January 6th, 1 – 3 pm
Unseen Power: The Darkside of Divine Feminine

What power lies in the darkness? How have women’s roles in myth been changed over the ages in order to discredit them? This workshop will focus on the dark, feminine energies of the world and how they manifest in both nature and ourselves. We will talk about such figures as Medusa, Hekate, Nyx, and the Morrigan. New/Dark Moon Magic will also feature prominently in our discussions. Individuals of all gender orientations are welcome. This workshop is being presented by Devin Gaither and Raven Rauth. Recommended Donation: $10.  Facebook event here.

 

Sunday, January 9th, 10:30 am
Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 10:30 am. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” Join us for our January meeting (led by Chris & Irene).

What are you wearing to the ball?

The 3rd Annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser is on Saturday, January 19th, this year.  Tickets are going FAST.  Click here to purchase yours.

Join Frederick CUUPS for a Masquerade Ball as we dance into the night with the Winter Court of Faerie, rulers of the dark season! Please come in a wintry costume as we revel and celebrate the darkest time of the year with the Good Folk of the Winter Court.

Attractions include:

~Winter Faery Market
~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs
~Performance by Tribal Bellydance Troupe Amandari
~Raffle for fantastical prizes
~Costume Contest: Best Group, best Unseelie Court faery, best Seelie Court faery, best Winter Faery, best Couple

Faery and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged
8 pm – 12 am, 21+, BYOB
No entry after 10 pm

Tickets:
$35 by January 18th
$40 at the door (if any remain)

Bright Gatherings in the Dark Season

Upcoming Rituals and Events with Frederick CUUPS

Saturday, December 8th, 7:45 pm
Open Seidr Ritual with The Mid-Atlantic Spae Team

“Speak now, seeress, ’till said thou hast. Answer the asker ’till all he knows. . .” says the leader.  Seidr is a Norse-inspired divinatory practice wherein participants can ask questions of our ancestors, our gods and goddesses, and other beings. Participants take a guided journey to the entrance to Hel (the realm of the dead), then one person (the Seidr Kona or Madr) crosses into Hel to relay answers. The Mid-Atlantic Spae Team are the special guests of Frederick CUUPS and will be offering this ritual to the community.

The Mid-Atlantic Spae team was formed in 2016, and consists of a series of experienced spae practitioners that offer Spae work throughout the Mid-Atlantic. They have conducted rituals at Sacred Space Conference, Trothmoot, Winter Finding and Vanir Fest at Thor’s Hollow in Virginia, and other gatherings and events.

Saturday, December 22nd, 7:45 p.m.
Frederick CUUPS Open Yule Ritual

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Yule Ritual! Yule, the Winter Solstice, falls on the shortest day and longest night of the year. Pagans welcome the rebirth of the Sun with feasting, dancing, music and festivities. Decorations include wreaths, boughs of holly, mistletoe, evergreens, and lots of lights. We will share a Yule celebration. Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included. Learn the songs and chants we’ll be using in the video below.

 

Deepening into the Darkness

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Honoring the Ancestors at Samhain

The growing season is winding down, and we stand between the two final harvest holidays of the Wheel of the Year.  It is a beautiful time to deepen our spirituality, release that which no longer serves and set new intentions for the coming season.

Learn the chants we’ll be using at the Frederick CUUPS Open Samhain Ritual on Saturday, November 10th, with the video above.

Saturday, November 10th, 7:45 pm: Samhain Ritual

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open Samhain Ritual! Samhain falls at the time of year the light noticeably fades. Pagans reflect on and review the past year and welcome the Celtic New Year. In this season, Pagans also honor death as a part of the sacred circle of life and remember those who have died. We will share a Samhain celebration (led by Irene). Parents, please remember that grief is a part of Samhain – this ritual is recommended for ages 12 and up. Please consider whether your child will be comfortable exploring the emotions of loss and grief.  Please note: the doors will open for this ritual at 7:30 pm and they will be closed at 8 pm.  Latecomers will not be admitted.

Please feel free to bring an item or items for the Ancestral/Remembrance Altar. This year, we will have spaces for Ancestors, Beloved Friends, Ancestors of the Order (ascended masters, trailblazing witches – the Mighty Dead of Witchcraft), and Animal Companions. Traditional dress for Samhain is harvest colors or dark colors (mourning dress).  Snack/dessert potluck to follow the ritual, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.  Facebook event here.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30 pm
Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, October 28th, 1 pm
Beginning Pagan Practices: What is Paganism?

Learn the basics of Pagan spiritual practices with Frederick CUUPS members. Build a strong philosophical foundation, develop your spiritual connection, learn common beliefs and practices and deepen your journey into Pagan faith. This is a beginner’s course and everyone is welcome. Each class includes a lecture portion, open Q&A, practical application exercises, and a handout. Classes run from 1 – 3 pm and meet the 4th Sunday of the month.  Recommended donation of $5/class.

Pagan ManSunday, November 4th, 1 pm
Archetypes for Pagan Men with special guest Rath Cobv

Many pagan men have a call to become the very best versions of themselves. In an era of toxic masculinity and paternalism, our Gods have much to teach us about how we may move through the world in a strong nurturing way, with full recognition that what that looks like for one of us, may not apply to all.

We will cover archetypes of pagan deities, discuss common challenges we face as pagan men, and deepen our understandings of how our Gods may help us achieve our birthright. We will share ritual space devoted to our connection to the Divine Masculine.

All male identified persons over the age of 13 are welcomed with open arms in a spirit of brotherhood. Due to some of the subject matter, our brothers under the age of 18 will need a suitable family figure to vouch for them.

Suggested donation of $20 to cover expenses, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. “To his friend a man should bear him as friend / and gift for gift bestow” – Havamal 42

About your instructor, Rath Cobv:

Rath has been called a druid by druids, a heathen by heathens, and a witch by witches. He is the High Priest of the Coven of the Black Vulture, based in Alexandria Virginia. He has led public rituals for Fertile Ground Gathering, Moonfire CUUPS, and open sabbats at Sacred Circle Bookshop. He has taught publicly at Shenandoah Midsummer, Fertile Ground Gathering, the Firefly Housewarming, Moonfire CUUPS, Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day, Northern Virginia Pagan Moot, Hallowed Homecoming Samhain Retreat, and Frederick Pagan Pride Day.

 

Sunday, November 11th, 10:30 am
Earth Centered Spirituality Service

This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene and Tamara.  Facebook event here.

 

Sunday, November 25th, 1 pm
Beginning Pagan Practices: Crafting the Pagan Soul

Learn the basics of Pagan spiritual practices with Frederick CUUPS members. Build a strong philosophical foundation, develop your spiritual connection, learn common beliefs and practices and deepen your journey into Pagan faith. This is a beginner’s course and everyone is welcome. Each class includes a lecture portion, open Q&A, practical application exercises, and a handout. Classes run from 1 – 3 pm and meet the 4th Sunday of the month.  Recommended donation of $5/class.

New Class Series – Beginning Pagan Practices

Witch-casting-spellLearn the basics of Pagan spiritual practices with Frederick CUUPS members. Build a strong philosophical foundation, develop your spiritual connection, learn common beliefs and practices and deepen your journey into Pagan faith. This is a beginner’s course and everyone is welcome. Each class includes a lecture portion, open Q&A, practical application exercises, and a handout. Classes run from 1 – 3 pm and meet the 4th Sunday of the month.

Sunday, October 28th, 1 pm: What Is Paganism?
Sunday, November 25th, 1 pm: Crafting the Pagan Soul
Sunday, December 23rd, 1 pm: Energy and Energy Work
Sunday, January 27th, 1 pm: Tools of the Trade
Sunday, February 24th, 1 pm: Protective and Defensive Magick
Sunday, March 24th, 1 pm: Pagan Paths

Recommended donation of $5/session

Facebook event here

Two new events on the calendar

We have two additions to the Frederick CUUPS calendar!

Wednesday, July 18th, 7 pm: Donation Energy Healing Clinic

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick and OakHeart Healing would like to welcome you to come and enjoy their first ever donation-based energy healing clinic. We will be utilizing a mixture of techniques such as Reiki and crystal healing to help create the space within you for natural healing and recovery. All sessions are on a first come, first serve basis and will last approximately 10-15 minutes. This service is pay-what-you-can as it is our sincere wish to be able to offer our aid compassionately, and to any who need it regardless of where they are in their life’s journey.

Saturday, December 8th, 7:45 pm: Seidr Ritual

seidrSeidr is a Norse-inspired divinatory practice wherein participants can ask questions of our ancestors, our gods and goddesses, and other beings. Participants take a guided journey to the entrance to Hel (the realm of the dead), then one person (the Seidr Kona or Madr) crosses into Hel to relay answers. The Mid-Atlantic Spae Team are the special guests of Frederick CUUPS and will be offering this ritual to the community. Facebook event here.