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October is here and so are some awesome gatherings


The growing season is winding down, and we stand between the two final harvest holidays of the Wheel of the Year.  It is a beautiful time to deepen our spirituality, release that which no longer serves and set new intentions for the coming season. 

Today we gather for our in-person Sumbel to Freya!

Join us as we stay connected and come together to honor the Earth, Gods, Ancestors, and Wheel of the Year. We are stronger together. If you have an internet connection, or even just a phone, you can stay connected to the community.



An up-to-date listing of events is always available at, our Google Calendar as well as on the Events section of our Facebook page

Hope to see you soon!
The Wyoming Valley Crows

            Today at 5PM at UUCWV            

Join us for an evening of ritual, myth and community at our Freya Sumbel followed by our Legends Lodge!

A Sumbel is Norse Pagan ritual consisting of rounds where each participant has a turn to toast, praise or hail a God, spirit or self, or make an oath. They then pour a beverage and everyone drinks. Traditionally there are three rounds. Wyoming Valley CUUPs facilitator, Raven Redfeather will lead us in a Sumbel focused around three aspects of the Goddess Freya. Freya is a Vanir Goddess of love, magic, warriorship and many other things.

Raven will begin each round by reading passages of the written lore on the aspect of Freya we will focusing on, followed by a toast to Freya. Going around the group, she will ask each participant how that aspect manifests in their life within their unique spiritual path.

After the third round, we will do a final toast to Freya asking her guidance in our ability to use these aspects in our lives to protect those defending women’s rights and reproductive health, something dear to Freya as well as our community.

With the reflections from the rounds of Sumble, Raven will then welcome CUUPs officer Shannon Saylor to guide us in Legends Lodge.

The Lodge is a place to gather with friends for the sharing of stories from our faith paths.

You're welcome to come to listen or to share! If you would like to tell a story, please plan to share a myth or tale from your tradition (ancient and contemporary myths welcome), a song or poem, or simply speak about what a specific Deity means to you. Please plan to speak for no more than 10 minutes.

This event is Bring-Your-Own-Beverages-And-Snacks (yes, mead is welcome)

Join us for Magick and connection in our online Full Moon ritual! Many of us started out as solitary practitioners on our Pagan and Witch paths. To those of us introverts, it can be quite a leap to seek out other like-minded groups. Online rituals can offer the best of both worlds to those who are more comfortable casting alone. You can turn off a video feed if you are more comfortable, set up your space and connect while being led in ritual simultaneously.
In Pagan practices, the Full Moon means many things. Abundance, spirituality, peak psychic ability, fertility, a good time for Magick, The Mystery. Something about that silvery light sets the subconscious to dreaming. Things are possible by moonlight that are not in the revealing light of day. We can be more truly ourselves, casting off some of the masks we layer on in order to fit in during our daytime lives. Our truths are easier to manage in moonlight. We’re more willing to step into Mystery, to allow dreams, and to listen to what our inner voice has to say.
-Irene Glasse
President of Frederick CUUPS

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Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the Full moon!

The labyrinth will be illuminated from 7:30pm-9:00pm. Everyone is welcome.

During the cooler months, we take our Labyrinth practice indoors. The first half hour will be a quiet walk, the remaining drumming, so feel free to bring hand drums and other percussion instruments of choice.

If you haven't walked a Labyrinth before, there is no ceremony or ritual. A Labyrinth Walk is safe, open Sacred Space for personal exploration.

We will also have Tarot, Rune and Oracle card readings available.

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Click here to learn more about Labyrinth Walking
Have you ever been interested in learning about Tarot cards? How to use them? What the cards mean? Well then this is the series for you. This 13 bi-monthly session will go through the history of the cards, go through the different components of the deck and allow for some practice reading.
The tarot can help you understand yourself better and teach you how to tap your inner resources more confidently. You do not have to have "psychic powers" to use the tarot successfully. All you need is the willingness to honor and develop your natural intuition. If you're a new reader, this course will help you find your way to reading fluently over the course of several months. If you're a somewhat experienced or even a veteran reader, it will help you fill in interpretive gaps and consolidate your knowledge into a strong and flexible practice.

Recommended materials include:
 - Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck
 - Something to take notes with

Class Schedule - Wednesdays 7PM-9PM EST

10/12 Major Arcana 15-21
10/26 Swords 1-7
11/9 Swords 8-Courts
11/23 Wands 1-7
12/7 Wands 8-Courts
12/28 Cups 1-7
1/11 Cups 8-Courts
1/25 Pentacles 1-7
2/8 Pentacles 8-Courts
2/22 Classic Tarot Spreads

A 201 Course will be March 2023! That creating your own spreads, Tarot with numerology, astrology, qabalah, spell work and more!


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Join us for Those Named and Unnamed: Death Work and Ancestral Practice with Nichole Cardillo
In this workshop we will discuss the tenets of death work and the importance of planning for one’s death. Participants will also learn different beliefs around honoring ancestors and ways these can be incorporated into daily spiritual practice. Special consideration will be given to honoring those whose names we don’t yet know and those who may have been problematic.

Nichole Cardillo is a Celtic Devotional Polytheist who lives in northern RI and runs Blackstone Grove, The Celtic Studies Group, The New Moon Tarot Group and Divination By Nichole. Her path in Paganism began in 2000 in Traditional Witchcraft and in 2012 she switched to Druidry after joining OBOD and the NOD. She has a B.A. in Psychology and worked in Human Services and Education for many years. She also enjoys stepdancing, larping, faires and is an advocate for adoptee rights.
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Please join us for our monthly meeting where we will be planning events and gatherings for December

All are welcome to attend whether you are a member of WVCUUPS or not. This meeting is for those that have ideas or interest in participating and volunteering in our events. The meeting will be held online via zoom.

We use google docs for our Meeting Agenda, Notes and Discussion points. Meeting Notes & Agenda can be found here:

Have some ideas for our Winter rituals or other events? We'd love to hear them?

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Join the Wyoming Valley CUUPs chapter as we dive into a different dark God, Goddess or other Spiritual Power each month around the dark moon. These lessons may include a degree of shadow work and self-reflection.

Dark Deities, Gods and Goddesses of the Underworlds, chaos, shadow and destruction, are sometimes thought of as bad in a binary good vs evil light.

These Deities may not hide their shadow side and may make some of us feel uncomfortable, but through that shadow we often find deep introspection, shadow work, self-improvement, devotion and even love.

This Dark Moon, we are honoring the Goddess Hecate.

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Join members of the Wyoming Valley CUUPS community for an informal hangout and check-in. We believe cultivating community care is an important facet of us not just surviving, but thriving in the times we live in.

The Witching Hour is a social time. Everyone should have their favorite beverage at the ready. There are no rules about this beverage. ALL beverages are equally welcome.

This event does not have a structure per se. You are invited to attend as your true self, in the company of other Pagans. You may wear a hat, or not. You may paint your face, or not. Do you have a new tattoo? You can show us if you'd like! Did you just get a new item for your altar that is the absolute BEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN? Why yes, we would love to see that.

Depending on the number of attendees, Zooms raised hand feature may be used to direct the flow of discussion See you there!

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For our monthly Dark Moon Discussions Wyoming Valley CUUPS is diving into the book "Warrior Goddess Training" by Heatherash Amara. Each Dark Moon, we will delve into a new chapter for discussion, learning, healing and deeper work.

The Eighth chapter is "Speak your Truth"

All are welcome. If there are a lot of people, we will use zooms raise hand feature to direct the flow of discussion.

Book can be found here:
It is 99¢ on kindle right now.

Optional workbook found here:
Also 99¢ on kindle right now.
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Join Wyoming Valley CUUPS for our Samhain Rituals (and Potluck for our in-person gathering)!

Samhain falls at the time of year the light noticeably fades. Pagans reflect on and review the past year and welcome the Celtic New Year. In this season, Pagans also honor death as a part of the sacred circle of life and remember those who have died.

Arrive between 4:00-4:15pm
Ritual will start at 4:20PM

Please feel free to bring an item or items for the Ancestral/Remembrance Altar. This year, we will have spaces for Ancestors, Beloved Friends, Ancestors of the Order (ascended masters, trailblazing witches - the Mighty Dead of Witchcraft), and Animal Companions. We will also be hosting a Samhain ritual for the children at the same time for our in-person gathering!

Traditional dress for Samhain is harvest colors or dark colors (mourning dress).
If the weather is good, this will be an outdoor ritual. In the event of rain, we take our spiritual practice indoors.

After the in-person ritual, we will gather for the Potluck after the ritual. Please either keep ingredient list or label all offerings with the included ingredients to allow those with dietary restrictions to make healthy choices for themselves.

Our rituals like to include drumming, so feel free to bring a percussion instrument if you have one. Depending on the weather, we may do a fire outside and have a drum circle after our potluck. Its late October so probably not, but one can hope...

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November Events Planned so far.
Stay connected in a way that works best for you!!
Chant Library
Our Current Leadership
Wyoming Valley CUUPS Recommended Books

Many of us are frequently asked what books we recommend for people beginning to explore Earth-Centered Spirituality.  Here are a few of our suggestions :)

Beginner's Texts
Blackfeather Mystery School: The Magpie Training by Irene Glasse and Caine Dreamwalker 
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak
Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religion by River Higginbotham and Joyce Higgenbotham
Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life by Tom Cowan
Spiral Dance by StarHawk
The Sabbats by Edain McCoy
Good Magic by Mariana Medici
Circle Round by StarHawk (great resource for families)

Pagan History & Culture
Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler

Reference Books
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by Scott Cunningham
A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith
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