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Exploring Pagan Traditions in Rockford, IL

Emerald is Green Beryl.

The stone of successful love.

Emeralds open the heart chakra  to receive love in all aspects of life.  Let go of negativity and create positive outcomes. Emeralds help us to find strength.  A favorite gem since ancient days in Egypt, it was also sacred to the Aztec and Inca.  Emeralds are associated with detoxing the body.

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Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of energy that, with our permission, can encase our every action.

~ Dorothy Morrison

Two Minute Tarot: Shuffling the Cards

Q: Is there a special way I should be shuffling my tarot cards?

A: When doing any tarot reading, it is helpful to clear your mind to the best of your ability. If you know it is a difficult thing for you to do, you may want to take a few preparatory deep cleansing breaths first. While shuffling the cards, I prefer to ask for assistance and guidance (use your  spirit of choice) to offer the reading that is requested and needed.  I personally tend to favor the number 3 and will shuffle 3 times, cut the deck into 3 portions, and shuffle 3 more times. How you shuffle and/or cut your deck is completely up to you. There is no WRONG or RIGHT way to do it! Through trial and error you will know what works for you and when the cards are ready for you to read them.

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

Dark green with red hematite inclusions.

Bloodstone is used to ground out negative energy and remove blockages.  It can increase strength and energy to combat fatigue.  Bloodstone enhances the functions of the mind and boosts creativity.

Called Heliotrope by  the ancient Greeks, this stone was thought to reflect the setting sun dropping into the ocean.  This connects it to the Greek God Helios.

Pliny the Elder called it a stone of invisibility.

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“I’m doing fine. On my festival days they still feast on eggs and rabbits, on candy and on flesh, to represent rebirth and copulation. They wear flowers in their bonnets and they give each other flowers. They do it in my name. More and more of them every year. In my name, old wolf.”

~ Easter, Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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 June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Stay safe, stay strong, stay home. 

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