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White Oak Grove CUUPS

Exploring Pagan Traditions in Rockford, IL

Ritual Date Change.

Please note that the date for our Ancestor Ritual has been moved to November 2nd, 2019.  You can find more information on our 2019 Ritual Schedule Page.

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I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.

~ R. A. SALVATORE, Streams of Silver

Two Minute Tarot: Introduction

Q: How do I learn to read Tarot Cards?

A: Learning to read the tarot can include going off of the symbology of the cards and what you interpret them to mean, memorizing the book that comes with your tarot deck (everyone seems to have their own opinion with overarching similarities), journaling a daily diary with a meditation on the card and what impressions you get from it, reading books on tarot, taking classes on tarot (paid and free versions are available all over the internet), or diving in through dabbling.

Whatever method you have for your knowledge, tarot in many ways is very subjective. There is an overarching similarity in themes of cards, ie. The World, Death, numerical symbology, etc. however it is up to the reader with the impressions they are receiving with the reading that will likely influence how a card is or is not read. Also, it is the knowledge of the reader that _____ card means _____ that governs what is interpreted. Not all decks are created equally if you only go off of the words of the deck author.

Trust your instincts with the cards and know that there is no “one way” to make tarot work for you.  Go forth and TAROT!

This Two Minute Tarot was originally presented by April Kane for White Oak Grove CUUPS August 4, 2019.  ©2019 April Kane

5 Sacred Ideas for Harnessing the Power of Perseid Meteor Shower

The ancient Greeks believed that meteorites were special objects worthy of veneration. Many  Greek temples enshrined rocks that had reportedly fallen from the heavens. The Perseid Meteor Shower radiates from the constellation Perseus, and is named for the sons of this ancient Greek Hero. Continue reading “5 Sacred Ideas for Harnessing the Power of Perseid Meteor Shower”

Lughnasadh / Lammas / First Harvest Pin Board

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

~ ROALD DAHL, The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets

Mercury In Retrograde Pin Board

Two more weeks!  Here are a few pins to help you get by…

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Crystals To Help Combat Mercury In Retrograde

We’re almost a week into Mercury’s Current Retrograde (July 7 to August 2, 2019) and I admit that the communication problems in my house have included everything from the inability to find the right words in my brain,  to personal communication faux pas, and even my internet router crapping out on me.  Yes – Mercury is in retrograde and like many people I’m feeling the shift.

I’m not usually one to feel t he retrograde, but this time it seems to be particularly strong.  Fed up with the communication calamity, it’s time for me to make sure I’m grounded, calm and focused.  That means I’m switching up the crystals on my alter to help boost specific energies in my home that will help us all to make it through.  Here are four fabulous crystals I’m adding to my home to combat those crazy vibes.

  • Black Tourmalineassists in letting go of chaotic energy. This is one of my favorite stones for it’s ability to transmute the negative into positive.  It works with the root chakra, grounding you into the energy of the Earth.
  • Hematite – is another great piece for grounding, and it packs a punch especially when paired with black tourmaline and smokey quartz.
  • Blue Lace AgateNow that your space is grounded, get some great energy in to ease communications with this beautiful and gentle throat chakra stone.  It also promotes  promotes good decision-making, and organization.  Blue Lace Agate is all about finding your voice but in a very calm way.
  • Fluorite – a great overall promoter of peace and harmony.  EnergyMuse.com calls it an energetic vacuum cleaner, that sucks up and neutralizes negative energy to bring harmony and balance.

To sum it up you want stones that are going to help you stay grounded, promote peace within, and aid in clear communications. 

We’ve got another couple of weeks to get through this retrograde phase, and then we’ll be good until October 31, 2019 which is the next time that Mercury goes retrograde.

 

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