Litha Ritual This Saturday!

Blessed Litha! 

At the Summer Solstice, we celebrate the bounty of summer, and the power of the sun.  Frederick CUUPS will honor the longest day of the year with a family-friendly ritual.

Frederick CUUPS Litha Ritual (Facebook Event Page)
Saturday, June 23rd, 7:45 pm

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Litha Ritual! Hand drummers are needed during the ritual – please bring a percussion instrument if you would like to help out. There will be a snack/dessert potluck after the ritual – please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included. 

Summer Rituals & Gatherings

Wednesday, July 27th, 7 – 9 pm
Frederick CUUPS Open Board Meeting
(Facebook Event)

Are you interested in becoming more involved with CUUPS? Join us for our bi-yearly board meeting and learn more about how CUUPS operates and ways you can get involved. During this meeting, we will plan out our Earth Service, Ritual and Event Schedule for the next 6 months. Interested in helping with or leading an Earth Service or Ritual? This meeting is when those plans are made. Also, you do not have to be a member of the UUCF to be a part of CUUPS, although many of us are 🙂

Thursday, June 28th, 8:45 – 10 pm
Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Divination Practice with Potluck

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 at the latest to allow enough time for your walk. Divination practice is welcome – please feel free to bring your preferred divinatory tool (runes, tarot, ogham, etc) to practice/trade readings. Or, just stop by for a reading!  Recommended donation of $5.

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 7:30 pm to allow enough time for your walk. For an in-depth article on Labyrinths and what to expect at one of our open walks, visit this link: https://pinkpaganpriestess.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/an-introduction-to-labyrinth-walking/

Sunday, July 8th, 11:30 am
Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 11:30 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 July meeting.

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March Events with Frederick CUUPS!

As the season turns to growth and renewal, the Frederick CUUPS calendar is heating up!  Join us for opportunities to connect with like minds and deepen your spiritual practice.

Thursday, March 1st, 6:30 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Divination Night
Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 6:30 – 8:30 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. Please plan to arrive by 8 pm at the latest to allow enough time for your walk. Divination practice is welcome – feel free to bring your preferred divinatory tool (runes, tarot, ogham, etc) to practice/trade readings. Or, just stop by for a reading!  Recommended donation of $5.

Friday, March 9th, 7 pm: Vanir Blót (Heathen Ceremony)
Elk Ridge Kindred is a small, local group who practice the Norse traditions of Heathenry. On March 9th they will be hosting a blót (pronounced blōt), which is a traditional way of toasting and honoring Deity and our ancestors. For this event we will call to the Vanir, the Gods and Goddesses of nature, fertility and magic. While open to the public, space is limited so we are asking that people make reservations by emailing us at ElkRidgeKindred@gmail.com if you wish to attend. Ritual will be held at the UUCF and begins promptly at 7:45pm. We will also be available at 7pm for an informal information session and Q&A about Heathenry, the Vanir and how a blót works if interested!

Sunday, March 11th, 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 March meeting (led by Kim).

Monday, March 19th, 6 – 8 pm: Dark Moon Drum Circle
Shake off your 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.

Friday, March 23rd, 7:45 pm: 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 (led by Irene and Chris). Potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

Saturday, March 31st, 7:30 pm – Blue Moon Labyrinth Walk & Potluck!
Celebrate the Blue Moon with Frederick CUUPS! A Blue Moon occurs during the second full moon of a calendar month. This Blue Moon, join us for a Labyrinth walk as well as a Divination night (give or receive readings) and potluck! Please clearly LABEL potluck offerings with the ingredients they contain.  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.  Please plan to arrive by 9 pm at the latest to allow enough time for your walk. Divination practice is welcome – please feel free to bring your preferred divinatory tool (runes, tarot, ogham, etc) to practice/trade readings. Or, just stop by for a reading!  Recommended donation of $5.

Photos from the Masquerade Ball

Deep gratitude to everyone who came out to dance the night away with us at our annual Midwinter Masquerade Ball!! Mark your calendars now – next year, the ball is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th, 2019!

Also, heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the group of people who came together to plan, set up, run and clean up our annual Masquerade. An event of that size takes MANY hands to pull off, and I am beyond blessed to be part of the Frederick CUUPS team. Special thanks to the clean-up crew – that’s the hardest shift and we didn’t leave the building till 2:30 in the morning. THANK YOU, my friends. You are my heroes. I love you.

New Year’s Day Purification Ritual this Monday

Start 2018 from a place of Clarity, Authenticity and Light

NYD 2018Enter 2018 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 in the Sanctuary of the UUCF on Monday, January 1st.

Attendees are invited to move through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2017 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. Silence is held for the duration of the ritual, so please use your judgement about appropriateness for children. A Children’s Ritual is available at the same time that is not dependent on silence 🙂

The Midwinter Ball is Almost Here!

Masquerade FlyerThe second annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball is coming up FAST!  Make sure to reserve your tickets here.  Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

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.

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.

 

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.