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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.

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

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

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.

 

‘Shinto is essentially a religion of gratitude and love.’  

– W.G. Aston  Shinto, the Way of the Gods

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” 
― John Lennon

“Don’t dismiss the elements. Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Swallow their spells. There’s a certain sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.” 
― Victoria Erickson

“True Magic is the greatest of all natural sciences, because it includes a knowledge of visible and invisible nature. It is not only a science but an art, because it cannot be learned out of books and must be acquired by practical experience.”

~ L. W. DE LAURENCE, Great Book of Magical Art

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!

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Celebrate the Posidea this month with all things Poseidon.

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Do you feel the pull of the water?  People born from approximately June 22 to July 22 are born under the sign of Cancer.   Individuals born during these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called “Cancerians.”  Kristen’s put together a great Pinterest board for all you folks that feel the pull of the sea.

Essential Reading For The Modern Pagan

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Are you looking for a few good books to dive into this Summer?  Check out this great pagan reading list from Juliette.  She’s gathered together some essential titles for the modern pagan practitioner.    You want to see this list!

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Check Out The March Traditions Pinterest Board

2018 White Oak Grove Discussion Calendar

UPDATES:  An Updated Calendar is out as of 6/30/18

Please be sure to check the Calendar page to see what has changed. CLICK HERE!

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To see our full calendar of events for 2018 CLICK HERE!

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October 20th Hellenic

Mark you calendars because White Oak Hellenic will meet again on Friday, October 20th for a discussion of Sea Gods!  Join us in the church’s library from 6:30 – 9pm, with the lesson starting around 7pm-ish. Hope to see you there!

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June 16th Hellenic

Mercury, Augustin Pajou, LouvreHermes was one of the 12 Olympian Gods and was god of trade, thieves, travelers, sports, athletes, and border crossings, guide to the Underworld.  Join our Hellenic discussion group in at 6:30pm on June 16th in the Rockford Unitarian Universalist library for a look at this young energetic God.

June 4th Art In Paganism

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Join us in the library at Noon on June 4th, 2017 at the Rockford unitarian Universalist Church for a discussion of paganism in art, lead by Betsy.  Be sure to bring a picture of your favorite piece of pagan art to share!

Practices in Public Ritual

Join our month discussion group as we explore Practices in Public Ritual. Cara Freyasdaughter will lead us in sharing etiquette and experiences that make ritual a good experience, what can ruin the experience, and general ideas of what to expect. We will discuss some best ritual practices for both ritual hosts and ritual attendees.

November 6th, 2016
from Noon until 3pm

Please RSVP on the Facebook Page

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