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Two Minute Tarot: Introduction

Q: How do I learn to read Tarot Cards?

A: Learning to read the tarot can include going off of the symbology of the cards and what you interpret them to mean, memorizing the book that comes with your tarot deck (everyone seems to have their own opinion with overarching similarities), journaling a daily diary with a meditation on the card and what impressions you get from it, reading books on tarot, taking classes on tarot (paid and free versions are available all over the internet), or diving in through dabbling.

Whatever method you have for your knowledge, tarot in many ways is very subjective. There is an overarching similarity in themes of cards, ie. The World, Death, numerical symbology, etc. however it is up to the reader with the impressions they are receiving with the reading that will likely influence how a card is or is not read. Also, it is the knowledge of the reader that _____ card means _____ that governs what is interpreted. Not all decks are created equally if you only go off of the words of the deck author.

Trust your instincts with the cards and know that there is no “one way” to make tarot work for you.  Go forth and TAROT!

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

Hestia Symbolism in the Unitarian Universalist Association

A flame within a chalice, first deigned by Hans Deutsch in 1941, is a primary symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. Many of our congregations kindle a flaming chalice in gatherings and worships and feature the chalice symbol prominently.  What does this have to do with the greek Goddess of Home and Hearth? Continue reading “Hestia Symbolism in the Unitarian Universalist Association”

Introduction to the Runes

“I know that I hung

on a wind-battered tree

nine long nights,

pierced by a spear

and given to Odin,

myself to myself,

on that tree

whose roots grow in a place

no one has ever seen.

 

No one gave me food,

No one gave me drink.

At the end I peered down,

I took the runes—

screaming, I took them—

and then I fell.”

(Havamal verses 138 – 139, “The Poetic Edda” translated by Jackson

Crawford)

Continue reading “Introduction to the Runes”

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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Continue reading “Aphrodite: Goddess of Love”

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”

Discovering Magical Wands

 

Magical Wands

Definition: a wand is an energetic tool to focus intent and subtle energy to change oneself, others or one’s environment. Continue reading “Discovering Magical Wands”

Magical Tea & Tasseography Pinterest Board

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Gifts for the Gods, 10 Simple Offerings

Offerings that you make don’t need to be expensive or extravagant.  Here are 10 simple gifts for the Gods that will show your devotion without breaking the bank.

Continue reading “Gifts for the Gods, 10 Simple Offerings”

Zeus Pinterest Board

 

Shrines & Altars

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a shrine and an altar?  In a previous White Oak Grove discussion, we talked about the differences, and saw a few contrasting examples for different paths and purposes.

Continue reading “Shrines & Altars”

Crystal Love Pinterest Board

5 Simple Ideas For Boosting Spirituality

It can be hard to find time in this busy world to appreciate magic, the Gods, and the natural world around you.  If you’re looking for ways that you can reconnect with the magic within you, we’ve got 5 simple ideas for boosting your spirituality!

Continue reading “5 Simple Ideas For Boosting Spirituality”

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!

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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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