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Exploring Pagan Traditions in Rockford, IL

Earth, Air, Fire, and Water

 

Cultures throughout the world have expressed in their philosophies and mysticism the use of the elements to express the ideas of body, mind and soul. In the western world the elements most commonly used are Earth, Air, Fire and Water

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Aphrodite Pinterest Board

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

Aphrodite has two birth stories, with the most commonly believed story is that from Hesiod’s Theogony, that she was born when Cronus cut off Ouranus’s genitals and threw them into the sea. So potent was the sky father that a great sea foam arose and from the sea foam Aphrodite was born and was carried to shore a on a scallop shell, fully formed and radiating beauty. In the Illiad however, Homer it is mentions that Aphrodite’s parents were Zeus and Dione.

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Mini Shrines Pinterest Board

Our Calendar of Events page has been updated with the upcoming events of 2019!  The board is excited to be bringing in several guest speakers to lead monthly discussion groups, and for the first time ever we will be offering several new rituals this year!  Check out our Calendar of Events  page and be sure to save the dates!

 

 

Swords in Magic

 

Swords in Magic

The sword has held a place of power and ritual since it first started being made and used. Continue reading “Swords in Magic”

The Roman God Janus

The Roman God Janus

Janus is the ancient Roman God of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. A uniquely Roman God, Janus has no equivalent in Greek religion. However late roman period art from the Greek regions has turned up a handful of Janus inspired Hermes artworks. Janus is usually depicted as having two faces, one looking forward, the other back. This forward and backward, future and past, war and peace dichotomy embodies the nature of the God.

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Divination Sunday

Join at the Rockford UU 12:00pm us on Sunday January 6th for Divination Day.  Bring your favorite divinations tools to share and discuss.  Practice giving readings or have a reading done for you!

Celebrating The Poseidea

Modern American pagans often consider Poseidon in the summer, when they make their way to beaches across the land.  However – in ancient Attica the month of Poseidon feel in mid-winter.

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