Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Oviedo

A group meeting on the first and third Sundays of every month. Open to all pagan paths, and those interested in learning more about paganism.

We are the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans at the University Unitarian Universalist Society. We are a ley-led group founded in order to support the study, practice and practitioners of pagan and earth-centered religions and spiritualities. We exist in order to provide a safe meeting space and open forum for members of our church and members of the community at large who wish to practice or learn more about pagan and earth-centered paths. This includes all types of pagan paths from Wicca to Druidry, from Asatru to Stregheria, from Taoism to Buhhdism and many many more. NO PERSON IS EXCLUDED. Any person, regardless of age, gender, sexual-orientation, or religious affiliation is welcome within our space and one does not need to be a member of UUUS to be a member of CUUPS. We also work to provide public rituals and workshops created by our members and yes, we are child-friendly! Hail and Welcome!

Mission: To promote the study and practice of all pagan and earth-centered spiritualities and religions that are in accordance with the principles of Unitarian Universalism in the greater Orlando area.

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Classes

Our friends at 1U are having classes open to the public! Follow the link posted below for registration!

mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com Join us for adult pagan education in a warm, casual atmosphere! Here’s the listing for the 2015-2016 church year. Fall 2015: Early bird registration is Aug 28 at the Opportunity Fiesta.  Regu…

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Fort Myers

Blessings all, in case any of you are heading to Salem, this event is coming up. I am looking at doing this. I share this for all.
National CUUPs Convocation

Join UU Pagans from across the country this August 26-28 in Salem, MA for the first CUUPS Convocation in a decade! Titled Awakening Our Tribe, there will be ritual and music and special guest speakers Shirley Ranck, John Beckett, Byron Ballard, CUUPS President Amy Beltaine, and Gypsy Ravish. Organizers are working hard with local businesses to provide special deals for convocation-goers. For more information and to catch the early bird special, register at http://couup.roundtablelive.org/event-285450.

If you have any questions, please reach out to convocation organizer and CUUPS Board of Trustees member Jerrie Hildebrand at [email protected].

[06/18/16]   We will be gathering for solstice tonight at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary at UUUS if anyone wishes to join us. Happy solstice everyone!

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Wicca for Beginners: How to Find Your Wiccan God and Goddess

Good advice whether you identify as wiccan or not!

exemplore.com Learning to connect with your deities is the heart of what Wicca is about, but just how do you do it? Read here for some ideas to begin your relationship with your Gods.

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How to Cut Etheric Cords: A Ritual You Need to Know - Forever Conscious

foreverconscious.com Have you ever seen the etheric cord that connects you to every thing on this planet? You may get a glimpse of it every now and again, especially in your most meaningful relationships. When we connect with another person, especially romantically we activate an energetic cord with them. As we continu...

Photos from our small but lovely Beltane ritual. Happy Beltane everyone and may we all dance hand in hand with Lord and Lady

[03/19/16]   A blessed Equinox to everyone!

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Fort Myers

It's that time again!

To make your Brighid's Cross, you'll need straw, reeds, or construction paper -- if you're using plant material like straw or reeds, you'll want to soak it overnight so it's pliable when you go to make your Cross. Your end result will be about the length of one piece of your material -- in other words, a bundle of 12" reeds will yield a Brighid's Cross just slightly longer than 12".
** Note: for a super-easy, kid-friendly edition of this project, use pipe cleaners.
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Brighid's Cross, Steps 1 & 2
- Image © Patti Wigington 2007
Start by bending two pieces to form the base of your Brighid's Cross. Photo Credit: Image © Patti Wigington 2007
To begin, you'll form a base for your Cross by bending two pieces of straw in their middles to create a pair of loops -- in fact, you'll do this with each piece as you make your Cross. Link the two pieces together at their centers, as shown in Figure 1.

Next, turn these two pieces so they lie flat, and at a right angle to one another, as shown in Figure 2. This basic two-piece unit is the base for the rest of the Cross, and it's the only time you'll have two pieces hooked together in the middles like this.

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Brighid's Cross Step 3
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The third piece passes over both legs of the base of your Brighid's Cross. Photo Credit: Image © Patti Wigington 2007
Next, bend a third piece of straw in half, and loop it over one of your two base pieces, as indicated in Figure 3. Both legs of the loop in the new piece will pass over both legs of the base piece. Pull this third piece tight to hold it in place.

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Brighid's Cross Step 4
- Image © Patti Wigington
Loop the next piece over the piece you just added to your Brighid's Cross. Photo Credit: Image © Patti Wigington
Take a fourth piece, and bend it in half as you've done with the others. Loop this one over the legs of the piece you added in Step 3. You should now have four pieces, each pointing in a different direction, as shown in Figure 4.

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Brighid's Cross Step 5
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Continue looping pieces in the same manner until your Brighid's Cross is the size you want. Photo Credit: Image © Patti Wigington
Finally, you'll continue looping pieces over one another (see Figure 5)as you did in the last step, until your cross reaches the size you want. Each piece loops over the previous one. When you're all done, use a piece of string, ribbon, or even another bit of straw to secure the four ends. Trim off excess pieces.

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Brighid's Cross Step 6
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Hang your Brighid's Cross on your door or walls. Photo Credit: Image (c) Patti Wigington 2014; Licensed to About.com

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The Path of She: Why Does the Goddess Matter?

patheos.com In our modern sensibilities, God is the fundamental construct for Divinity; the Goddess typically doesn’t even make the list. You may ask yourself: why does this matter? What do we gain from a feminine concept of the Divine?

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Tonight, we hold all the people in and around Paris in our hearts. http://bbc.in/1MsHhml

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Respect your ancestors, for you are the result of a thousand loves.

[10/18/15]   I hope to see everyone at CUUPS tonight! We will be having a planning meeting for Samhain!

[10/04/15]   Hope to see everyone tonight at 7!

[09/14/15]   Hello everyone! Our meetings have moved to Sunday nights until the foreseeable future! It is now on the first and third Sunday every month at 7pm!

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A Floridian’s View: Separation of UU & Pagan

A short article from a former speaker at our congregation, Mr.Joe Wolfarth

www.patheos.com I live in an area where numerous Pagan groups have been formed, with some lasting longer than others, even for decades, while some have struggled...

[08/24/15]   We'll be moving our regular meetings to the first and third Sunday of the month at 7pm! Keep a look out for more information about our next meeting!

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Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Oviedo

[07/15/15]   Our meeting last night on totems was great! Many in the group were able to make contact with their totem during meditation and some were able to find theirs for the first time.

Did you know that the terms "totem" and "spirit animal" are often used interchangeably? Have you searched for your totem or spirit animal? Do you have questions about how to go about it? Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Here's to blossoming relationships all around with your totems!

Shift of the Ages

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Why I Am Not a Christian

www.patheos.com This is the only essay of his I’ve read. I recommend it. It’s short, amusing and to the point. Many of the arguments he raises are still being...

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Stonehenge is not alone: 7 ancient megaliths you've never seen

www.fromthegrapevine.com Positively looming with significance, the mysteriously arranged structure of Stonehenge is one of the world's greatest wonders.

AlterNet

Please.

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A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment

ecopagan.com A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment Add your voice to our call to protect all life in this historic moment by signing the statement below or click here to sign now. A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment Who we are Paganism is a family of spiritual paths rooted in ancestral reli…

[04/27/15]   Hope to see everyone at UUUS on Tuesday! Our topic for this week will be shielding!

[04/14/15]   I can't wait to see everyone tonight at 7 for the last of the elemental talks!

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Forget Coffins: These Pods Will Turn You Into A Tree When You Die

distractify.com Capsula Mundi is an eco-friendly alternative to being buried in a coffin.

Zig Ziglar

"Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be." -unk

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Topless Minoan Women: Not What You Think

witchesandpagans.com The modern Pagan world is awash in womb symbolism and I can’t say I mind. After all, the feminine side of the Divine has been almost entirely ignored by the major religions of the past few centuries. OK, millennia. But the ancients didn’t always focus on the womb as the central symbol of the feminin…

The Provocative Witch

~ The Dark Queen

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Shift of the Ages

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Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus

bbc.com Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It’s made of fungus

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Paul Kingsnorth – On the green man

This is a great read!

aeon.co Was the green man, that pagan spirit of nature, in fact England’s secret symbol of resistance to Norman oppression?

Contemporary Shamanism (Safe Practices)

The shamans tree is a portal beyond time and space.

It offers safe containment when traveling through and returning from multiple dimensional travel.

What you learn there will be birthed and seeded into growth within ordinary reality. Then it is up to you to tend to what has taken root.

Blessings

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A Unitarian Universalist Pagan’s Thoughts on Ash Wednesday

An interesting thing to think about in this time.

patheos.com Partly as a result of my post-Catholic, Pagan, UU identities, I have been ambivalent about Ash Wednesday for some years. Not because I don’t approve of Lent, mind you—a season to return to the heart of one’s tradition, to consider one’s relationship to social justice (particularly poverty), and to d…

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