CUUPs had a wonderful Imbolc ritual on January 21st. We lit a candle to wake the sleeping goddess while also lighting a flame within our own hearts. We took home tulips as symbols of our budding intentions for the year. Now, it’s time to plan for a new, magickal year.
We have dates, but there are still a few things up in the air. We could use a leader for the Midsummer ritual. Also, we’re hoping for a camping adventure at Beltane, which means we don’t currently have anyone to lead our normal Maypole ritual. If anyone would like to lead a Maypole or other ritual for those who can’t make it out to the mountains, we would be happy to lend our materials (including our beautiful Maypole) to them. Just let us know.
Obviously, since the location of the church could change over the year, location and times could also change. With that in mind, here is our schedule for the upcoming Wheel of the Year:
Ostara: Sunday March 18, 1:00 pm. Christine Hernandez and/or her Wicca 101 graduates will host our Spring Equinox ritual.
Beltane: We’re hoping for a Beltane in the woods. Our current plans are to go camping in the local mountains with our friends from the Coven of the Silver Grove. Come for a weekend of adult fun with perhaps a touch of debauchery. This event will require pre-registration. More details to follow.
Anyone who would like to lead a celebration locally, please let Christine know. We have a great Maypole!
Midsummer: Sunday June 24, 1:00 pm. Let us know if you’d like to lead this one!
Lammas: Saturday July 28, 6:00 pm. Christine Hernandez will lead a ritual honoring the sacrifice of the harvest. Make corn dollies and offer them in expectation of an abundant harvest of gifts in your life.
Mabon: Sunday September 23, 1:00 pm. Come and celebrate the vine, the wine, and the harvest in honor of Dionysus. Tim and Brenda Titus will lead a ritual of thanks for the fruits of our labors.
Samhain: Saturday October 27. 7:00 pm (pending confirmation from COSG). Join us for our popular and introspective ritual honoring our ancestors and the Mighty Dead. Once again, the Coven of the Silver Grove will lead this beautiful and meaningful ritual of love for our ancestors. This is a more solemn ritual, open to anyone over age 12. A donation will be requested to pay for our feast and per-registration will be required. Final details will be posted in early October.
Yule: The Winter Solstice Singing Ritual, our most loved event of the year, will return on December 15 at 8:00 pm, followed by a second ritual during Sunday service on the 16th at 10:30 am. Our musical descent into the darkness and rise into the light will once again inspire us all to bring our tender lights into the world.
Imbolc: Assuming that the world still exists ;) our Imbolc/Candlemas ritual will be on February 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Brenda and Tim Titus will lead the group in a healing ritual, and we will bless candles to light our way for the upcoming turn of the Wheel.
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