Welcome, Yule!

YuleAltarThe days grow ever darker, but light is growing in the distance.  In this season, we celebrate the return of the Sun.  It’s a great time of year to come together and share our time with like minded spirits.  We have some great December & early January activities lined up!

Sunday, December 3rd, 6 – 8 pm: Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

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

Monday, December 18th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Dark Moon Drum Circle

Friday, December 22nd, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Yule Ritual (Volunteers needed!  Scroll down for more)

Monday, January 1st, 7 pm: New Year’s Day Purification Ritual (Volunteers needed!  Scroll down for more)

Saturday, January 6th, 8 pm: A Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help with both the Yule Ritual on Friday, December 22nd, and the New Year’s Day Purification Ritual on Monday, January 1st.  If you are interested in helping, please email Irene at info (at) FrederickCUUPS (dot) com

Pagan Prom is coming!!  We’re giving away some tickets!

Masquerade FlyerThe second annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball is coming up FAST!  Time for a Facebook ticket giveaway!

Every Friday in December, we will give away one pair of tickets for the masquerade ball. If you win them, you can either use them yourself, or gift them to a friend!  To enter, SHARE this graphic. Make sure you do it publicly, or we won’t be able to see the post. Then, COMMENT on the graphic and tell us your favorite faery or fantasy creature.

Every Friday, we will randomly select one name and award tickets. And YES, you can enter more than once!

Ready…set…go!

dancingA Midwinter Night’s Dream
Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser
Buy Tickets Here

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 (snow date of Saturday, February 10th)

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 (full vendor list here)
~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs
~Performance by Tribal Belly Dance Troupe Amandari
~Costume Contest, Raffle, Silent Auction & More

Faery and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged
8 pm – 1 am, 21+, BYOB
No entry after 10 pm
Tickets are $35 in advance
$40 at the door, if any tickets remain

Purchase Tickets Here.

 

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Samhain Ritual Photos and Next Ritual Offering

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Frederick CUUPS Samhain Ritual last night.  Deep gratitude as well to all the volunteers who worked so hard to serve our community by creating such a beautiful, moving space.  Below are some photos from the altars and releasing fire last night.

Our next ritual is this upcoming Friday – the Veteran’s Day Blot (Heathen Ceremony). This ritual has limited space available, so if you are interested in attending, please email info@frederickcuups.com to reserve a space in the circle. Elk Ridge Kindred, a small Heathen group containing several Frederick CUUPS members, invites you to join us as we celebrate Veteran’s Day the Norse way. We will honor our fallen Heroes, called the Einherjar, and drink to their memory. A Norse Blot is a ritual that is characterized by passing a mead horn around 3 times, once for the gods, once for the ancestors, and once for the people. In this ritual, we will blot to Odin, the Einherjar, and to those left behind (us). Everyone will be given a moment to speak if they wish. Participants are not required to drink, but alcohol (mead) will be present at this ritual.

Samhain Ritual Saturday, November 4th

Samhain Altar
Altars at the 2016 Frederick CUUPS Samhain Ritual

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Samhain Ritual (Facebook event here)! 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 and decide whether your child will be comfortable exploring those emotions.

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. You are also welcome to bring your preferred method of divination (tarot cards, runes, what have you) for the snack/dessert potluck and socializing afterward. Samhain is a wonderful time for divination. And no worries if you don’t do any divining–I’m sure there’ll be plenty of readers who would be happy to practice on you 🙂

Irene created a video to help you learn the chants we’ll be using:

There is No Time by Kellianna

There is no time but now
There is no place but here
In the sacred we do stand
In a circle hand in hand

Invocation
(Part 1) Carry our words on the wings of the wind
(Part 2) Come to us our blessed kin

Weaver Weaver

Weaver, weaver weave this thread,
Whole and strong into your web.
Healer, healer, heal our pain,
In love may they return again

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.

Frederick Pagan Pride Day THIS SATURDAY!!!

20160917_135341It’s finally here!  The 3rd Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day is this Saturday, September 16th, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick at 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick, MD 21703!  The festival opens at 10 am and runs till 6 pm.  Admission is the donation of a non-perishable food item that will be given to The Foodbank Program operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency.  Last year’s festival drew around 400 people over the course of the day and raised 391 pounds of food for The Foodbank Program. We’re hoping to top 400 pounds of donations this year!

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See the full Pride schedule right here.  Our event includes workshops, rituals, live music and entertainment 30 vendors (including a food vendor), and representatives from eight local Covens, Groups and Charities.

Here’s a last-minute list of things you might consider bringing with you: a camp or other folding chair (or a picnic blanket) for attending the workshops and watching performances. There will be water filling stations, so a water bottle is also recommended. Remember to bring some money for our wonderful vendors, cash if you would like to enter the raffle, a hand drum or other percussion if you’d like to participate in the drum circle, and sunblock if you need it.

Speaking of the raffle, tickets are $3 each or $5 for two.  All proceeds benefit Frederick Pagan Pride Day.

New Fall Class Series

Divination_toolsThe Art of Divination

This four-session series meets on Tuesday, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, Dec 5th and Dec 19th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Join Frederick CUUPS co-chair Irene Glasse for a four-session series devoted to exploring the Art of Divination. We will cover different types of divination – cartomancy (tarot and oracle cards), scrying, sigil systems (runes, ogham), dowsing (pendulums, dowsing rods), dream interpretation and more. We will also explore techniques for enhancing psychic and divinatory abilities. Each class includes a lecture portion, exercises, open Q&A, and a handout. Recommended donation of $10 per session.  This course can be taken as a full series or as drop-in sessions.  Facebook event here.

Lammas Ritual Indoors this evening

Don’t worry about the weather – the Frederick CUUPS Lammas Ritual will take place inside this evening 🙂  The ritual begins at 7:45 pm.  Full details below:

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Lammas Ritual! Lammas or Lughnassadh is the time of year when plants first start to drop their fruits or seeds. The bounty and fullness of Summer are in full swing, and we begin to harvest what we have sown. Around the world, cultures are celebrating the abundance around us. Join Frederick CUUPS for a Lammas Ritual on Friday, July 28th, at 7:45 pm. This family-friendly ritual will honor some of the Gods and Goddesses of the Harvest and provide an opportunity to make offerings and petitions within Sacred Space.

Due to the weather, the ritual will be held indoors in the sanctuary.

The Deities honored will be: Pachamama, Demeter, Cernunnos, Sif, Osiris, and Annapurna Devi. Each Altar will have offerings provided – you do not need to bring anything with you (unless you feel so called).

Irene made a video teaching the chants and talking a litle bit about what to expect. Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/irene.glasse/videos/10212328744907085/

Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

One of the Deities honored at Lammas will be Cernunnos. The practitioner speaking for Him is Nick, and Nick is also a Reiki practitioner.

Cernnunos is one of the lords and protectors of all animals. As such, Nick would like to offer a healing Reiki service, combined with Cernnunos blessing for any of your animal companions. Please feel free to bring one of your companion’s toys, treats, bed, blanket, pillow or other object that is theirs to have it Reiki charged and Cernnunos’s blessing to heal and protect your companion.

If your companion has a specific ailment that you’re concerned about, an object that comes in contact with that area of their body may be most effective. But the Reiki energy will radiate from the object as well. A picture of your pet may be useful as well to attune the energy and blessing to them.

Frederick CUUPS Lammas Ritual

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Lammas Ritual! Lammas or Lughnassadh is the time of year when plants first start to drop their fruits or seeds. The bounty and fullness of Summer are in full swing, and we begin to harvest what we have sown. Around the world, cultures are celebrating the abundance around us. Join Frederick CUUPS for a Lammas Ritual on Friday, July 28th, at 7:45 pm. This family-friendly ritual will honor some of the Gods and Goddesses of the Harvest and provide an opportunity to make offerings and petitions within Sacred Space. Facebook event here.

The Deities honored will be: Pachamama, Demeter, Cernunnos, Sif, Osiris, and Annapurna Devi. Each Altar will have offerings provided – you do not need to bring anything with you (unless you feel so called).

Irene is leading this year’s Lammas ritual and created a video teaching the chants that we will be suing. Scroll down to watch it and become familiar with the chants 🙂

Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

Lyrics to the chants:

There Is No Time by Kellianna:

There is no time but now,
There is no place but here,
In the sacred we do stand,
In a circle hand in hand

Hoof and Horn, Hoof and Horn,
All that dies shall be reborn,
Corn and Grain, Corn and Grain,
All that falls shall rise again

The circle, circle is open,
But never, never broken

Open Frederick CUUPS Board Meeting this Sunday

This Sunday, July 2nd, at 11:30 a.m., is the Frederick CUUPS Open Board Meeting.  We will meet in room 124 after Sunday Service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.

Are you interested in getting more involved with Frederick CUUPS? Or just curious as to how our organization works? Feel free to attend our upcoming Open Board Meeting. At the meeting, we will:

~Table any issues for discussion that need to be aired
~Plan and assign the rituals for the remainder of 2017
~Plan and assign the Earth Services for the remainder of 2017
~Talk about Pagan Pride Day
~Talk about the next Midwinter Ball

If any of that interests you, feel free to attend 🙂

Midsummer/Litha Ritual this Saturday!

On the longest day of the year, with the Sun at its highest point in the sky, we rejoice in the Sun’s life-giving warmth and ability to make things grow. We will share a Litha celebration (led by Lora) on Saturday, June 24th, at 7:45 pm.  All Frederick CUUPS rituals are family-friendly and open to everyone, and this ritual will include a drumming portion – please bring hand percussion if you would like to drum!  If you would like to assist with setup, Frederick CUUPS members will begin getting the ritual space ready at 7 pm. This year’s ritual will focus on giving energy back to the beautiful Earth that sustains us.  Lora created a great video teaching the chants that we will be using.  Click here to watch it and learn the chants 🙂  A snack/dessert potluck will follow the ritual, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.