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Exploring Pagan Traditions in Rockford, IL

A form of quartz, amethyst is a bringer of intense spiritual growth.  Strong healer of addiction. Quiet the negative mind, and clear negative energy.  Connect with spirit.

A stone associated with the Greek God Dionysus, it was said that amethyst got it’s color from tears and wine spilled out of Dionysus’ cup.  Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that you would not get drunk if drinking from a goblet made of Amethyst.

Crystal art journal by Kristen Nereis

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
― Mark Twain

Imbolc Pinterest Board

Easy Imbolc Altar

Not all modern pagans celebrate Imbolc, but many wish to honor the cycles of nature in one way or another. It’s easy to pull together a simple altar space to cleanse and purify your home while encouraging those first inklings of new life from deep within the earth. Spring is beginning to stir. Small trays of crystals for healing and guidance, salt jars with purifying greens, and white candles can add a decorators touch to your home while still keeping the sacredness of your space in the forefront.

What will you put on your altar space this season? Here’s a peek at what’s on mine. Continue reading “Easy Imbolc Altar”

Two Minute Tarot: Meaning of the Suits

Q: What do the different suits of my tarot deck mean?

A:  In short, Staves/Rods/Wands equate to topics dealing with inspiration, creativity, tasks, goals, beginnings, growth. They are associated with the element and astrological signs of FIRE. Cups/Chalice are generally equated with emotions, relationships, feelings, desires, emotions, internal. They are associated with the element and astrological signs of WATER.  Swords are the tool of reason, truths, observations, actions, struggles, intellect.  They are associated with the element and astrological signs of AIR.  Finally Coins/Pentacles tend to refer to material goods, home life, career, manifestations.  They are associated with the element and astrological signs of EARTH.

 

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

Earth and subtle, Garnet supports the Chi.

A protective talisman against negative energy garnet is a stone of romantic love.  Linked with the heart chakra, the deep red color brings and intensity to love,  Used in jewelry for protection since ancient Greece & Rome.  Garnet has a deep and lasting energy, and brings passion that burns slow and steady.

Garnet comes from the latin word for pomegranate.

Crystal art journal by Kristen Nereis

I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic.

~ CHARLES DE LINT, attributed, Creatureton High

Two Minute Tarot: Major vs. Minor Arcana

Q: What is the difference between the tarot cards with numbers, and the cards named for people?

A: There are generally 78 cards in a tarot deck; and I say generally because some decks are only the Major Arcana or sometimes liberal with a few additional cards. The tarot deck is broken down into Major and Minor Arcana. There are 22 Major Arcana cards (usually numbered 0-21) and 56 Minor Arcana cards which are spread over 4 different suits Ace through 10, and Page, Knight, Queen, and King. The most common used are Staves (or Wands), Cups, Swords, Coins (or Pentacles).

Think of the Major Arcana as major happenings, milestones, events, and energy that one can use or call upon. The Minor Arcana can be viewed as smaller (daily) happenings, details, or events. The Minor lends insight into the steps needed to reach goals or changes that need to be made.

You can do a tarot reading with just the Major Arcana, but most will not do one with only the Minor Arcana. The Major helps to clue you into the large events that may be supported by the Minor.

 

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

Yule Ritual Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Join us Wednesday, December 18, 2019,

at Rockford Unitarian Universalist

for a family-friendly ritual to celebrate the arrival of the shortest day and longest night!  

This Yule Ritual will be led by Allen and begins at 6 PM. Snacks and desserts served after the ritual.

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