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.

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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.

All Frederick CUUPS events through 2019 now updated

Upcoming Events with Frederick CUUPS

Sunday, July 8th, 11:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene and Raven.  Facebook event here.

Friday, July 27th, 8:30 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, August 4th, 7:45 pm: 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. This family-friendly ritual is open to everyone and will be led by Kim.  Facebook event here.

Friday, August 10th, 6 pm: Dark Moon Drum Circle
Shake off the summer heat, 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.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, August 12th, 11:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene, Tamara and Channa.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, August 26th, 8 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Friday, August 31st, 7:45 pm: Hela Blót (Heathen Ceremony)
Elk Ridge Kindred is a small, local group who practice the Norse traditions of Heathenry. On August 31st, 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 honor the Goddess of the underworld and caretaker of the ancestors, Hela. While open to the public, space is limited so we are asking that people make reservations by emailing us at ElkRidgeKindred(at)gmail(dot)com if you wish to attend. Ritual will be held at the UUCF and begins promptly at 7:45pm.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, September 9th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene and Josh. Facebook event here.

Saturday, September 15th, 10 am – 6 pm: Frederick Pagan Pride Day (Frederick CUUPS’ Mabon offering)

Monday, September 24th, 7 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, October 14th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene, Robyn & Raven.  Facebook event here.

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

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 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.

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, December 9th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Chris and Josh.  Facebook event here.

Saturday, December 22nd, 7:45 pm: 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. Facebook event here.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, 7 – 9 pm: New Year’s Day Purification Ritual
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 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.  Facebook event here.

There are no Labyrinth Walks in November and December due to calendar conflicts

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.

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.