The oldest continually meeting neo-pagan group in Virginia
The 2018 Rituals (dates noted below) will be held on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. in the UUFP sanctuary. If you are interested in helping with planning a ritual, you are welcome to join us at the Friday planning sessions that occur two weeks before each scheduled Ritual.
Who is welcome:
Anyone with an open mind and an open heart and their loved ones. (Yes, children are welcome.)
What to bring:
Feel free to bring a dish of your choosing to the potluck held after the ritual. To help people avoid potential allergens, please include a label (some available at UUFP) with ingredients.
Is childcare available?
Childcare can be made available to those who need it. Please let us know at least a week in advance.
Upcoming Holiday Celebration: OSTARA or "Spring Equinox"
March 16, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
March 16, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Planning for this ritual will be on Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary building.
Ostara is an Old English word which refers to the Germanic Goddess “Eostre." This holiday is celebrated on or near the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. EarthRising’s rituals for this holiday usually contain imagery and elements of Springtime, including planting, seeds, flowers, eggs, rabbits, birds, etc.. We have also celebrated the “Equinox" aspect, focusing days divided evenly into dark and light, etc. And of course, we will often say farewell to Winter while welcoming Spring.
January 26 - Imbolc
March 16 - Ostara/Spring
April 27 - Beltane
June 15 - Litha/Summer
July 27 - Lughnassadh
September 21 - Mabon/Autumn
October 26 - Samhain
December 21 - Yule/Winter
Our Rituals usually include:
- Before the Ritual, gathering time begins at 7:00 p.m. in the UUFP foyer/lobby area (of the Sanctuary building). We sit in a Circle; each person introduces themselves, sometimes sharing feelings or impressions of the season or holiday. The Planners share info on the Ritual to come. There is often a brief meditation. Then we rise and walk to the Ritual space.
- Within the Ritual space, we walk in a line three times around the space to cast the circle. We call to each of the four directions for protection, wisdom and aid. At this point, the leaders begin the ritual. New rituals are created for each gathering.
- The Rituals usually end with a libation of non-alcoholic drink and a simple snack, usually fruit or baked goods. As we share this, we often exchange ideas, inspirations, or impressions received during Ritual time.
- After libation, we all rise, say Farewell to any entities we have invited in, as well as to each quarter. Then the circle is opened with a poem, reading, dancing and/or song.
- Time is provided for the Potluck Feast, social time and tidying up. We generally finish around 10:00 p.m.
Since a new Ritual is created for every Sabbat, only the planners will know in advance what will happen each time. We strive to keep our Rituals “family friendly,” appropriate for all ages, non-violent, and welcoming.