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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

“Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore.”

~ NEIL GAIMAN, The Books of Magic: The Invisible Labyrinth

Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I’ve had to make myself.

~ SHEL SILVERSTEIN, “Magic”

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When you’re touched by magic, nothing’s ever quite the same again. What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the chance to know that touch. They’re too busy, or they just don’t hold with make-believe, so they shut the door without really knowing it was there to be opened in the first place.

~ CHARLES DE LINT, What the Mouse Found and Other Stories

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

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

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

“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

Wonderful Wednesday Yule Ritual

White Oak Grove CUUPs will once again be presenting a Yule ritual as part of the Rockford Unitarian Universalist Church Wonderful Wednesday programing. After a community dinner, we will introduce guests to many celebrations of the winter season before inviting them to join us for a candlelit Yule Ritual in the sanctuary, and desserts afterwards.

This event will be held Wednesday, December 20th, 2018 Dinner begin at 5:30pm, and costs $5 per adult, children under 12 are free.  Activities will begin at 6:00pm.

This is a family event, so no childcare will be provided.

Please use the following link to RSVP!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxmXqRjzKSZvj-Dz3WzLmou48YrOmSLZND5VsLJlcv7fptvQ/viewform?usp=pp_url&entry.631548922

We will be hosting Hospitality for the Church Service on Sunday, October 1st 2017.  Please arrive at 9am to help staff the required positions, you do not need to attend service in the sanctuary to be useful.  Greeters, runners, and help with refreshments in the Hall is always needed. 9:15am – 11:30am

Our regular meeting will begin at Noon, and details are still being stirred up for a class by April on Kitchen Witchery!

RSVP on the Facebook Group!

 

Under The Sea Flyer

Calling all mermaids, pirates, and folks who dream of their toes in the sand, the ocean is calling to us to spend A Night By The Sea.  It’s the 3rd Annual Frolick Fantastical and we hope you come join White Oak Grove CUUPs at this fun for all ages, Halloween event.

Saturday October 28th, 2017

6:00 – 8:00 PM Music, Games, Fortune Teller, and Light Refreshments

8:00 PM Light Refreshments, Music, Contests, and Fortune Teller

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Grown-up Card Games

Our event is open this year with just a $10 suggested donation.  Tickets will be sold for a fundraising raffle to help support future White Oak Grove CUUPs activities.

Please RSVP by October 20th to whiteoakgrovecuups@gmail.com

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30 Gift Ideas For A Pagan Gift Exchange

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Are you coming to the White Oak Grove CUUPS Yule Potluck and Party on December 6th?  Do you still not know what you’ll be bringing for the mystery gift exchange?  Here are 30 great gifts for pagans to spark your imagination!  Remember – the CUUPs gift exchange suggests a $10 value for each gift, and to get a gift you must also bring a gift.

  1. Smudge sticks
  2. Herbal blends
  3. Blessed oils
  4. Candles
  5. Candleholder
  6. Candle snuffer
  7. Feathers
  8. Crystals
  9. Shells
  10. Amulets
  11. Incense
  12. Incense burner
  13. Divination aids
  14. Bells / chimes
  15. Book
  16. Journal
  17. Decorative boxes
  18. Small statuary
  19. Sacred music
  20. Charm kits
  21. Witches ladders
  22. Dream catchers
  23. Chalice
  24. Libation vessels
  25. Offering plates
  26. Prayer beads
  27. Ritual cords
  28. Tea and Cakes
  29. Fairy Cakes
  30. Goddess dolls

 

 

 

Announcing Witches Ball 2015

White Oak Grove CUUPS & Rockford Red Tent invite you to join is for a night of fun and dancing at the Witches Ball on Saturday October 31st, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm, at the Rockford Unitarian Universalist Church.  We’ll gather the community and stir the pot of magic with music, dancing, snacks, funny fortune tellers, and costume contests (prizes for ages 12 and under, 13 through 18, and 18 and over, as well as some special categories), so be sure to dress up!

We will also be honoring our beloved dead with an ancestral altar in the narthex of the church that will be up during the party and for services the next morning.  If you would like to contribute to the altar please bring a copy of a photograph of those you with to honor to leave on the altar.  We may not be able to get it back to you, so please don’t plan on leaving anything of value.

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