Moonspirit CUUPS – Imbolc – Thursday, February 1st ~ 4:30 pm

Image result for imbolc


Come join Moonspirit CUUPS

to celebrate Imbolc!

Thursday, February 1st

Come early for craft making and potluck dinner!

Craft Making at 4:30 pm

Ritual at 6:00 pm

Potluck to follow. Please bring food or drink to share.

Imbolc is a holiday with a variety of names, depending on which culture and location you’re looking at. In the Irish Gaelic, it’s called Oimelc, which translates to “ewe’s milk.” It’s a precursor to the end of winter when the ewes are nursing their newly born lambs. Spring and the planting season are right around the corner. [Read more here.]

For more information, contact Donna Johnston.

Image result for imbolc

MABAN/EQUINOX Weds Sept 24, 5-7pm

Join mabon22UUWC CUUPS as we celebrate the fall equinox (Mabon in Celtic cultures) with crafting, ceremony, and feasting on Weds Sept 24th, 5-7pm

This is the time of year we gather in the harvest of the past year, while simultaneously beginning prepare for that of the coming year.

5-6pm  Craft an amulet representing your acknowledgement and gratitude for lessons of the closing bountiful season; your intentions for this coming season of darkness (sub/inconscious work), while also representing potential maifestations of their spring rebirth.  Bring representative small treasures that can be woven into your amulet.

6pm  Ceremony, usually including song and dance.

Potluck of seasonal foods and fellowship follows.

 

Fall Equinox has been a time of gratitude and honoring our Mother, from whom all things come, around the world since pre-history:

The Southward equinox marks the first day of Mehr or Libra in the Iranian calendar. It is one of the Iranian festivals called Jashne Mihragan, or the festival of sharing or love in Zoroastrianism.

 

  • The Roman celebration of the Fall Equinox was dedicated to Pomona, goddess of fruits and growing things.[3]
  • The traditional harvest festival in the United Kingdom was celebrated on the Sunday of the full moon closest to the September equinox.

For a tale of how one Native American family celebrates the fall equinox, read here.

… The axis of Mother Earth is straight rather than tilted in relation to the sun’s rays. In other words, it’s fall.

Night [dark] and day[light] are almost the same length on this day, though not quite, as Space.com explains.

In the northern hemnispere, [T]his day also signifies the beginning of the harvest season, when gourds, apples and other ripe nuggets that have been nourished by Mother Earth’s soil all summer are ready to eat.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/09/22/autumnal-equinox-first-day-fall-sacred-sites-and-quarter-moon-135356

 

UUWC & Dia de los Muertos

The Dali Lama was once asked how to bring peace and understanding to people in places with intractable problems like hate and war. He said
that directed peace talks would not succeed because these would be too hard; he said that first there must be festivals and picnics. For the last 17
years, the South Valley of Albuquerque has used the Dali Lama’s advice to help counteract the effects of racism in our community by celebrating
the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) holiday with a parade and other cultural events.  

UUWC members and friends follow Dalai Lama’s advice – and party the weekend through!

Fri, Nov 1st, 6pm   beginning with a Celtic / Goddess / Mexoamerican twist on Samhain & Dia de los Muertos, join CUUPS, our Earth Based Spirituality Small Group, in

singing, dancing and feasting (potluck)

we continue on with

Dialogo2009

Sun, Nov 3, following our HOMECOMING SERVICE, dress up – or not – to join us at the South Valley’s 17th annual Muertos y Marigold Parade

face painting at UUWC before we leave – some supplies available, more welcome

carpool from UUWC or meet us there!   Shuttle Schedule  – traffic’s abominable

email us to connect up

also:

visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St. SW) on Friday, November 1, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the NHCC will also host their annual despedida – an evening celebration consisting of music, poetry, Mexican chocolate, and pan de muerto. This free, family-oriented event provides an intimate opportunity to “tour the ofrendas around the NHCC campus, enjoy music, traditional foods, and sharing of special and heartfelt memories.”  from unm.edu/LatinAm&Iberian Institute

 

Muertos y Marigolds Parade 2013
Muertos y Marigolds Parade 2013