The purpose of this blog is to display past rituals, and show what to expect when attending our circles. Often we get caught up in planning fun rituals, and we get behind on posting photos. Your patience is appreciated.
In continuation of our theme Saints and Achetypes we will be celebrating Mary. Don’t let the Christian theme deter you, we’re acknowledging the qualities that make Mary such a powerful figure across the world. Plus, Mary replaced many of the local Goddesses when Christianity became the main religion, and retained their qualities as well. Hope to see you there!
Full Circle lead the opening ceremony for Beltane weekend at Mountain Mysteries.
One of our favorite quotes dispelling the myth that dancing the maypole will get your pregnant is “Touching the maypole will not cause babies, having sex does”
On November 11 & 12, Full Circle and Nuit Moore celebrated it’s first literal Red Tent Event at UUCA Fahs House Emerson Room. Four participants had traveled out of state enjoy this supportive community created by Full Circle. “It was great to be with educated women talking about women issues” said one participant after the event. Topics ranged from eco-friendly feminine products (see list at bottom of this page), making peace with our bodies cycles of pain, discomfort and inconvenience, making a place for mourning our unborn children, surviving sexual abuse, discussing how our reproductive rights are being challenged locally and nationally, and inspiration to make changes at a grass root level for sex education in the Anne Arundel County School System. There was magic when women get together to talk and listen to matters deep in our hearts.
Many of us try to live lightly on the earth by reducing our waste and recycling. It is estimated that the menstrual product waste produced in the US alone is over 12 million (6 gallon) trash cans per year. Many of us are becoming more aware of the chemicals that come in contact with our skin can have dire long term effects. For these reasons we reviewed some products in the market that are safe for our bodies, reduce waste, and support small family owned companies in the US & Canada (Full Circle does not profit from these products, nor are they the opinions of the UUCA administration and congregation.)
Every year near Oct. 31st, Full Circle, a spiritual practice group at the UU church of Annapolis, marks the turning of the year and honor those who have passed away. A canvas labyrinth is set up and used in a walking meditation to remember those who have passed away, and to be mindful of things that need to be released from ones life.
At the center candles are lit to to honor those who have passed. As participants walk out following the labyrinth, they meditated on letting in new things into their lives for the new year. Below are photos of the altars that participants set up prior to the ritual. The individual altars have photos and objects of friends and family that have passed away. Past events including the full ritual outline can be found here .