July Online Events

For the duration of Social Distancing due to Coronavirus, all Frederick CUUPS offerings are moving online!  As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in person, we are offering a dense programming schedule for the summer months. This situation is challenging, scary and unpredictable, but we do not need to walk through this upheaval alone. If you have an internet connection, or even just a phone, you can stay connected to community.

We are hosting a minimum of two gatherings each week. All online gatherings welcome donations but do not require them. What we most wish is to keep each other connected, safe, sane, and loved during this time. Please feel free to attend any or all of our offerings whether you can make a donation or not.

All our offerings are open to everyone, not just members of the Frederick CUUPS community. All times listed are in Eastern.

We are using Zoom, a video conferencing platform.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom:

1 minute Introduction to Zoom: https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

8 minute Zoom demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

Weekly Recurring Events:

Paganism and Wicca 101
Mondays at 7 pm starting July 6th – 10 week series

Join Alythia of the Ash and members of the Frederick CUUPS community for this fascinating 10 week series. This is a class series for seekers who are new to paganism and/or witchcraft or who are looking for more formal instruction after a period of self-directed learning. Develop the basic tools and understanding that will allow you to take your next steps on your spiritual path with greater confidence and insight. This series includes history and traditions, some theologies common to paganism, influences and related practices, observances and holidays, etiquette and ethics, pantheons and Elements, magickal tools and much more.
Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link

 

Yoga with Irene
Mondays at 8 am
Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am

Yoga for Advancing Beginners is Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am.  Yoga for Intermediate Practice is Mondays at 8 AM.

Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link
A collection of previous classes is available here

 

Stitch-N-Witch with Eira
The 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 3 PM

Grab your yarn and knitting needles, your crochet hooks or embroidery, your paints or markers or WHATEVER you like to craft with and join the Stitch-n-Witch. Hosted by Eira on Zoom, this group meets the second Monday of the month at 3 PM Eastern.
Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link

 

Blackfeather Mystery School
The 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM

Intermediate magickal training, drop-ins welcome. Supplementary journey circle the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm.
Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

Single Date Events/Short Series:

 

Full Moon Divination Circle
Sunday, July 5th, 7 pm
Monday, August 3rd, 7 pm

Join Heather and the Frederick CUUPS Community on Full Moon nights at 7 PM Eastern for a Divination Circle! This facilitated open discussion circle is an opportunity for the FCUUPS community to meet up and exchange ideas and techniques surrounding the different types of divination we all use.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/725120178271227/
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

 

Bone Art and Crystal Growing
Thursday, July 23rd, 7 PM

Join Dani and members of the Frederick CUUPS community for this fun, crafty class. In this class we will be learning all the tips and secrets on making art with bones and crystals. Dani will be teaching step by step processes on making dreamcatchers, how to make crystals, and bone processing. We will be discussing how to find, clean, and utilize bones in a safe, legal, and respectful way. If you would like to make a dreamcatcher while taking this class, you will need the following items: LOTS of string, a circular item to weave on, and feathers (beads are optional too).
Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link

 

July Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, July 12th, 12 PM

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.”
Facebook event
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87539406695

 

Introduction to Hellenic Polytheism
Tuesday, July 28th, 7 PM
Wednesday, August 5th, 7 PM

Join Suz and members of the Frederick CUUPS community for a fun and informative trip through ancient Greece to meet the Gods who inspired some of mankind’s greatest myths, and explore your own traditional or utterly eclectic method of meeting and worshipping them.
Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link

 

Dark Moon Mourning and Passageway Ritual
Monday, July 20th, 7 PM
Tuesday, August 18th, 7 PM

Join Irene Glasse and members of the Frederick CUUPS community in a Dark Moon ritual to honor the souls lost to COVID-19, the grief of those who remain, and support the transition of the newly dead to the Afterlife. The first ritual in this series will be presented on Sunday, June 21st, at 7 PM. This ritual will include offerings to the newly dead, the Ancestors, and the Norse goddess Hel: the gracious Lady of the Underworld. Please plan to have ready:

~Three offerings and offering receptacles (beverages and bowls, incense and incense holders, grain and a brazier)
~Three candles, holders and lighter/matches
~Tissues in case you need them

Facebook event
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83732003795

Weaving Enchantments ~ Creating Magickal Jewelry with Caine
Wednesday, July 29th, at 7:30 PM

One of humanities greatest talents is that of being able to make and use tools. Building on the premise that reality is a tapestry, participants will learn the basic skills necessary to transform mundane objects into powerful magical tools. This allows for the practitioner to maximize their efforts in everything from spellwork to day-to-day tasks like shielding and cleansing.
Facebook event
Please email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

Litha Ritual this Saturday!

Blessed Litha!

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Litha Ritual this Saturday, June 20th, at 7 PM!  As we appreciate all that is in full blossom around us, we will also contemplate ways in which we can harness our gratitude, and our creativity for change and healing. Change in our own selves, change in our communities, and perhaps change that will ripple out across our extraordinary planet.

For this ritual, you will need:

A central (white) candle, lighter / matches
An item to represent the Ancestors if desired
An item to represent Air (incense / a feather / clear or white item)
An item to represent Fire (ashes / hot spices / red, orange or yellow item)
An item to represent Water (a small dish of water / seashells / blue item)
An item to represent Earth (small bowl of soil, sand or salt / green item)
A ribbon, cord, string, anything that can hold 3 knots

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.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85887604105

You can learn more about the ritual in the video below.

Online Events for June

For the duration of Social Distancing due to Coronavirus, all Frederick CUUPS offerings are moving online!  All times listed are in Eastern.

We are using Zoom, a video conferencing platform.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom:

1 minute Introduction to Zoom: https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

8 minute Zoom demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

Weekly Recurring Events:

Yoga for Advancing Beginners with Irene, Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/394799498

 

Blackfeather Mystery School the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 pm.  Intermediate magickal training, drop-ins welcome.  Supplementary journey circle the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm. Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

Single Date Events/Short Series:

Gratitude, Sarcasm and Support with Cat
Wednesdays at 7 pm, June 3rd – 24th

Join Cat and the Frederick CUUPS community on Wednesday nights at 7 PM Eastern for a mid-week gratitude group. We will learn techniques for see the positive aspects of our lives. We will learn to rework our challenges into learning moments and create a plan for the following week. This will be presented with Cat’s usual sarcastic and funny way of seeing life. We are also planning on some special guests. A Facebook Group to help support you on your journey is right here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/730510494411521/. To RSVP, please email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

Full Moon Divination Circle with Heather
Friday, June 5th, 7 PM; Sunday, July 5th, 7 PM; Monday, August 3rd, 7 PM

Join Heather and the Frederick CUUPS Community on Full Moon nights at 7 PM Eastern for a Divination Circle!  This facilitated open discussion circle is an opportunity for the FCUUPS community to meet up and exchange ideas and techniques surrounding the different types of divination we all use. Please email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

Stitch-N-Witch with Eira
Monday, June 8th, 3 PM; Monday, June 13th, 3 PM; Monday, August 10th, 3 PM

Grab your yarn and knitting needles, your crochet hooks or embroidery, your paints or markers or WHATEVER you like to craft with and join the Stitch-n-Witch. Hosted by Eira on Zoom, this group meets the second Monday of the month at 3 PM Eastern.  Please email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link

Mojo Bag Workshop with Jason
Friday, June 12th, 7 PM

A mojo bag is a handmade cloth pouch filled with items that grant the
owner the properties they desire. The mojo bag is the traditional amulet of American hoodoo rootwork and can be created for almost any need, want, or desire of the owner’s. Essentially, mojo bags are magical and physical prayers carried on one’s person to draw or repel what you want or don’t want depending on the type of mojo.  Please email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation for class is $10. To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Mojo” in the memo box.

June Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, June 14th, 12 PM

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.” Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87539406695

Recommended donation is $5. To make a donation for the ritual, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Earth Service” in the memo box.

Frederick CUUPS Online-Only Litha Ritual
Saturday, June 20th, 7 PM

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Litha Ritual !As we appreciate all that is in full blossom around us, we will also contemplate ways in which we can harness our gratitude, and our creativity for change and healing. Change in our own selves, change in our communities, and perhaps change that will ripple out across our extraordinary planet.
 
For this ritual, you will need:
 
A central (white) candle, lighter / matches
An item to represent Air (incense / a feather / clear or white item)
An item to represent Fire (ashes / hot spices / red, orange or yellow item)
An item to represent Water (a small dish of water / seashells / blue item)
An item to represent Earth (small bowl of soil, sand or salt / green item)
A ribbon, cord, string, anything that can hold 3 knots

Recommended donation is $5. To make a donation for the ritual, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Litha” in the memo box.

Dark Moon Mourning and Passageway Ritual
Sunday, June 21st, 7 PM; Monday, July 20th, 7 PM, Tuesday, August 18th, 7 PM

Join Irene Glasse and members of the Frederick CUUPS community in a Dark Moon ritual to honor the souls lost to COVID-19, the grief of those who remain, and support the transition of the newly dead to the Afterlife. The first ritual in this series will be presented on Sunday, June 21st, at 7 PM. This ritual will include offerings to the newly dead, the Ancestors, and the Norse goddess Hel: the gracious Lady of the Underworld. Please plan to have ready:

~Three offerings and offering receptacles (beverages and bowls, incense and incense holders, grain and a brazier)
~Three candles, holders and lighter/matches
~Tissues in case you need them

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83732003795

Recommended donation is $5. To make a donation for the ritual, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Mourning” in the memo box.

Weaving Enchantments ~ Creating Magickal Jewelry with Caine
Friday, June 26th, at 7 PM

One of humanities greatest talents is that of being able to make and use tools. Building on the premise that reality is a tapestry, participants will learn the basic skills necessary to transform mundane objects into powerful magical tools. This allows for the practitioner to maximize their efforts in everything from spellwork to day-to-day tasks like shielding and cleansing.  During class we will create:

– A shielding tool
– A healing tool
– A focusing tool

It is highly recommend that participants bring:

-One ring (Any kind will do)
-One necklace (Any materials are fine)
-One glass stone/flat marble (such as the kind from a fish tank)

We will be using these items as our “blanks” that will be magically enhanced. In addition it is also recommended you have on hand:

-A journal
-Snacks for grounding
-Pillows/blankets for comfort.
-Smoke or liquid cleansing tools such as dry burnable herbs or essential oils.

Please email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation is $10. To make a donation for the ritual, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Jewelry” in the memo box.

Orlog, Wyrd, and Luck with Chris of Elk Ridge Kindred
Monday, June 29th, 7 PM

We are constantly building our own fate. Who we associate with and where we come from all come into play when building our metaphysical store of energy. Our decisions open and close possibilities. Our friendships influence the path we’re on. What’s the best way to build a strong energetic framework? Orlog, Wyrd, and Luck are important parts of Heathen spirituality. This workshop will focus on these three concepts, how they are connected, and how to positively increase their influences in your life and the lives of people you choose to spend your time with. Please email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation for class is $10. To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Luck” in the memo box.

 

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:

https://uuma.zoom.us/j/761854533

Meeting ID: 761 854 533

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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.

 

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.