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White Oak Grove CUUPS

Exploring Pagan Traditions in Rockford, IL

COVID-19 Pandemic Precautions

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and well being of our members and friends, all in person meetings and events for White Oak Grove CUUPS have been canceled through the end of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  See our facebook group for upcoming online events.

Stay safe, stay strong, stay home. 

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Samhain Ritual 2020

Welcome one and all to our online ritual for Samhain in the year of 2020. Though we are unable to gather together physically in once place this year, we can still honor our beloved dead together by taking part in this ritual together. This year’s ritual will be led by April Kane.

For this Ritual you’ll need the following items:

  • Cakes and Ale
  • Fire of some sort- matches, lighter, etc.
  • Bay Leaves, paper will do in a pinch
  • Pen
  • Fireproof Container
  • Divination Tool of choice
  • Decorations on altar of your own choosing

You can find the full ritual script and notes by following this link.

Swords and Wands Pinterest Board

“Magic is a matter of focusing the disciplined will. But sometimes the will must be abandoned. The secret lies in knowing when to exercise control, and when to let go.”

― Marion Zimmer Bradley, Lady of Avalon

Two Minute Tarot: Tarot Related Fiction

Looking for a fun read to keep you busy on the dark nights to come?  Betsy compiled a list of tarot related fiction to entertain and delight.

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Black Tourmaline transmutes negative energy into positive, Continue reading “October Crystal of the Month – Black Tourmaline”

“As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses…. I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Mabon Pinterest Board

Two Minute Tarot: Reference Books

Q: I’m looking for a book that will help me dive deeper into the world of tarot.  Do you have any suggestions?

A: Yes!  There are many great websites & books for people who want to learn more about reading tarot cards.  Here are just a few for you to start with.

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Carnelian is a stone of courage and vitality. Continue reading “September Crystal of the Month – Carnelian”

Interim President White Oak Grove CUUPs

I am happy to announce that after serving many years on the Board of Directors, I have become the Interim President for the White Oak Grove Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans.

Labyrinth Pinterest Board

“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”

~ Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

Two Minute Tarot: Charging, Cleansing, and Storing

Q: Is there a special way I should take care of my tarot cards?

A: You can cleanse your deck in whatever method you have used for other divination tools. Some prefer to use stones, one specific element they have an affinity for, or the simple go to of smudging… smudge all the things. It is up to you and what you feel is right for your deck in how to store them. Trust your instinct and care for your tools the way you wish.

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Sigil Magick: What it is, how to use it, how to make your own

 

What is a sigil?

  • Simply put, a sigil is a symbol, marked onto something else, that is believed to have magical properties
  • Sometimes thought of as “high magick” by ceremonialists and occultists cf. the Lesser Key of Solomon, a widely known set of sigils used for controlling demons.
  • Often much more organic and basic. The simple pentagram is one such sigil. Hex signs, often seen on old farms, are sigils.

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Life of a Water Witch Pin Board

“Of course you don’t believe in fairies. You’re fifteen. You think I believed in fairies at fifteen? Took me until I was at least a hundred and forty. Hundred and fifty, maybe. Anyway, he wasn’t a fairy. He was a librarian. All right?”

~Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections

Two Minute Tarot: What’s this Signifier Thing?

Q: The same card keep popping up in all of my spreads, and I think it’s throwing my readings off.  What does this mean?

 A:  A signifier card is not necessary for a tarot reading.  Everyone has their own opinion about signifiers, their use, and how to choose them.  A signifier represents the person who the reading is for, either yourself, or to use them as a placeholder for a person that isn’t “there” for their reading.

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Building your Pagan Bookshelf!

For the most part, Pagans are readers. We have no one path and no one text – so we rely on a variety of sources for inspiration. Building your own Pagan bookshelf can be confusing – so here are a few titles to get you started. Many, if not most, are available as Kindle books as well. Continue reading “Building your Pagan Bookshelf!”

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”

~ Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Summer Solstice Pin Board

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