Online-Only Ostara Ritual Tonight

Join Frederick CUUPS for an online-only streaming Ostara Ritual! We will be focusing on drawing the blessing of Springtime into our hearths and homes.

For the ritual, please have ready:

A small bowl of water
Candles and a lighter or matches (if desired/possible)

This ritual will include a Pathworking (guided meditation). If you find that food helps you ground, you might consider having snacks nearby for after the ritual.

We will be using Zoom, a video conferencing platform, to celebrate together. If you do not have stable internet connectivity in your area, using the call-in function for audio only can be more accessible.

If you have not used Zoom before, you should watch:

1-minute “Introduction to Zoom”
https://youtu.be/vFhAEoCF7jg

8-minute “Zoom Demonstration”.
https://vimeo.com/397678793

Here is the Zoom link for our Ostara Ritual:

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Frederick CUUPS Ostara Ritual

Blessed Ostara!

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Ostara Ritual on Saturday, March 21st, at 7:45 PM! 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.

A snack/dessert potluck will follow the ritual. Please clearly label any contributions with the ingredients used so that people with food sensitivities and dietary restrictions can make safe choices for themselves.

Our theme this year is planting. Before the ritual, think about what you would like to begin this spring. You are welcome to put intention into and decorate a biodegradable seed cup before ritual and bring it along, or decorate one of the ones we will provide. We will also have seeds and dirt available, but you’re welcome to take your seed cup back home with you and plant whatever you would like in it. If you have a black thumb or do you not have the option of tending a plant wherever you live, you can simply plant the container as your “seed.”

You can learn the chants we will be using in the video below.

Health and Safety note from Frederick CUUPS

It is currently cold and flu season and as you know, there’s a new virus running amuck on the world stage. It’s always good to practice safe hygiene – this is an opportunity to cultivate good habits on that front.

Frederick CUUPS events are open to all and take place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. The UUCF shelters a robust, diverse community of all ages. As a result, it’s good to remember that the spaces we are using and events we offer are shared by many people. At this time, please err on the side of caution when it comes to protecting our beloved community. If you are feeling unwell, please do not ‘push through’ in order to attend an event. It’s better to miss an activity than run the risk of getting other people sick.

When you arrive, if you have not recently washed your hands, please do so. There are also hand sanitizer dispensers mounted throughout the building. Please feel free to use them. Try not to touch your face and cough into your elbow rather than into your hands if you need to cough.

We have historically been an affectionate community and hugs are a common form of greeting for us. However, I would like to encourage some different expressions of affection. Elbow bumps are becoming popular and I have long felt that the art of bowing is sadly underrepresented in our culture. If you do want to hug someone, please get consent first (this should be standard practice anyway). Remember that it’s impossible to tell by looking if a person is immunocompromised.

At this time, we do not have any plans to scale back or cancel any Frederick CUUPS events. However, we will continue to monitor the evolving news regarding coronavirus and adjust our offerings to best support the health and safety of our community.

May you be well, always.

 

New Years Day Purification Ritual, Masquerade Ball Ticket Giveaway

A New Year Begins!

The board of Frederick CUUPS wishes you and yours a gentle, centered entry into the new calendar year.  To help support a new solar cycle, every year we offer the New Year’s Day Purification Ritual.  It is one of our most beautiful and most highly attended rituals every year.  On Wednesday, January 1st, Sacred Space will be held from 5 to 8 pm in the Sanctuary of the UUCF.

Attendees are invited to move through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2019 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 time of meditation 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 5 to 8 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 7 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.  This ritual is held in silence and includes written prompts.  As a result, we recommend this ritual for ages 12 and up. Child care is available for younger children.

 Masquerade Ball Ticket Giveaway!

Saturday, January 18th, 7 pm – Midnight

The 4th Annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball is coming up!  Our annual fundraiser supports all Frederick CUUPS events as well as the annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day.  We offer an incredible night of dancing to music by the Dapper DJ’s, a Winter Faery Market featuring incredible vendors, a performance by Tribal Belly Dance Troupe Amandari, a costume contest and so much more.  In honor of the New Year, we are offering a ticket giveaway.  Hop onto Facebook and visit this post to enter to win.  Not sure what to wear?  Here are some photos from last year to inspire you.  Tickets are on sale now.  Get yours here.

Other Upcoming Events

Friday, January 10th, 7 – 8:30 pm
Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Donation Energy Healing

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! 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.

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 8 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/

Donation energy healing will be available. 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. Please help support Labyrinth Walks at the UUCF.

Sunday, January 12th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
January Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel. During the cooler months, we meet 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.”

Sunday, January 25th, 7 – 10 pm
Legends Lodge Tavern

Join us for an evening of myth and community at Legends Lodge! The Lodge is a place to gather with friends for the sharing of stories from our faith paths. You’re welcome to come to listen or to share! If you would like to tell a story, please plan to share a myth or tale from your tradition (ancient and contemporary myths welcome), a song or poem, or simply speak about what a specific Deity means to you. Please plan to speak for no more than 10 minutes. This event is Bring-Your-Own-Beverages-And-Snacks (yes, mead is welcome). Recommended donation of $5. Also, if you have large floor cushions or pillows and don’t mind them being used, please bring them along. We make a big cushy nest as one of the seating options (along with tables and chairs).

Blackfeather Mystery School ~ Rook Course 2020

Begins Thursday, February 6th, at 7 pm

The Blackfeather Mystery School is a full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and shaman Jake Hackney. The 2020 series is the Rook level, an intermediate training. This training is focused specifically on developing relationships with the Ancestors, Gods and Spirits, Shamanic healing techniques, Pagan Pastoral Counseling, Shadow Work, Journeywork and Remediation (Hex/Curse Breaking, Ancestral Paradox healing, Space Clearing, etc). 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. A basic grounding in witchcraft and meditation/journeywork is recommended. More advanced practitioners may find the course helpful in terms of filling ‘gaps’ in their skill sets. This series is drop-in-able.

This is the inaugural run of this training level, so it is donation-based. Recommended donation of $10/session. Blackfeather Mystery School meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting in February of 2020.

 

July and August Events with Frederick CUUPS

Friday, July 12th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS July 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.   This blót honors Loki and the LGBTQ community.

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

Tuesday, July 16th, 8:30 pm: July Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing & Divination Practice

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

Rejoice in the growing season, 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.

Saturday, August 3rd, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Open 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.

Snack potluck included, please clearly LABEL all offerings with the included ingredients to allow those with dietary restrictions to make healthy choices for themselves.

Sunday, August 11th, 11:30 am: August Earth-Centered Spirituality Service

Monday, August 12th, 19th and 26th at 7 pm: An Introduction to the Runes: Messages, Magick and Mystery

Join Chris Kackley of Frederick CUUPS and Elk Ridge Kindred for a three session workshop series on learning the Runes: the ancient Norse alphabet and magickal system. This series will cover the names, associations and myths of each Rune as well as how to use Runes in magick and divination. Each session will focus on one aett – one 8 Rune set from the 24 Runes of the Elder Futhark. Classes are approximately 2 hours, recommended donation of $10 per session. Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil. If you have a set of Runes, you are welcome to bring them for reference and practice, but you do not need to own Runes to take the series.

Thursday, August 15th, 8 pm: August Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing & Divination Practice

Friday, August 23rd, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS August 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.

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

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.