Moon Circle: Persephone (Aug 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.


Homework is “pick your level.”  You are not expected to do all of these things.  These are ideas to help you decided what YOU want to study more.

For final projects, will you create a peg doll of a personal deity or one you studied this term.

 This month we study “Persephone” and “Finding Balance.”

Reflect on these questions:

  1. When have you felt vulnerable or that  your life was not in your control?
  2. Do you feel that outside forces or destiny rule  your life? Or do you have free will to chose?


  3. We are seeking balance in our lives. What does that seeking mean?  Is balance static or dynamic? What are we really looking for when we say we long for balance?


  4. Persephone went from shy girl attached to her mother to a full woman standing in her power. Do you feel you are a “woman/man standing in your power”?  A person full of confidence and desire, knowing what you want out of life? Where can you improve this in your life?


  5. Have you ever had to walk away from something good but safe in your life because there was a hope for something even better?


  6. Becoming the new Queen of the Underworld meant that Persephone had to leave her childish ways and accept adulthood. Have you ever had to “grow up” quicker than you would have liked? Has change ever forced you to accept things about yourself that you might not like?


  7. What is something from childhood that you would like to bring back or return to in your adulthood?

Small Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme/tradition.




Music From Ritual

August News

Thanks to those who attended the August 5 monthly meeting! Here are the notes if you missed it.  The next meeting is Sept 2 at NOON in Room 1. 

Thanks also to those who came to the August Kemetic Ritual.  The next one is Mabon on Sept 22. Please being a non-perishable donation for the food bank or the pet food bank.  Mabon ritual is our annual food drive one. Let’s make it a bountiful harvest!


Erzulie Freda Altar

This month’s photo is from the 2018 Fall Moon Circle Block 2 Facebook group by Thornbird Burroughs-McCagren.  It is a home altar devoted to Erzulie Freda.

Thornbird says, “I travel a great deal between my home here since moving to Orlando and my home in New Orleans. I am glad to get this chance to interact and get to know local people in The UU community. I am also so happy and shocked to see the (moon circle) block starting with Erzulie Freda. Being from New Orleans with creole voodoo in my blood she is my met tet. It makes me smile to see her being celebrated here! ”

If you want to share what lights your  spirit up email your photo to and tell us about it!



First Unitarian Church of Orlando tries to do an annual “Volunteer Opportunity Fiesta” during coffee hour where new members and existing members have a chance to see the active groups and figure out where they want to volunteer, join, share their time for the church program year.

Mystic Grove was tabling with all the other 1U groups at today’s Opportunity Fiesta. We do it one more time next Sunday Aug 26th.

If your UU congregation isn’t doing something like this, perhaps it is something to consider to help church members engage and help groups be more visible. We’re pretty visible as the pagan group because we do classes, rituals and more. But it helps the “invisible” teams like Audio/Visual, pulpit flowers, buildings and grounds committee, and so on that do a lot of “behind the scenes” work have their chance to come out too.


2018 Mabon Retreat Brochure Thumbnail 200wWe are having the Mabon Retreat — a special event that happens every 5 years or so.  You can download the brochure here.  Sign up  for early birdie registration on Aug 26 at our table at the Opportunity Fiesta.


Registration for the new July – Dec block is full for “in person” students!   We have space in the “Facebook Lite” discussion group  version of the class for distance learners.

We continue our study of various deities and esbat celebrations based on Gathering for Goddess by B. Melusine Mihaltses.  .

Looking ahead to the Jan-June 2019 block, we have two new Moon Circle teachers! Welcome Michael and Christi!


On August 17 we explored beginner acrylic painting and did two dandelion designs.  If you want to try them at home, these Art Sherpa tutorials and many more are at available on YouTube!

Are you interested in hosting a craft circle in Spring semester? Tell us your idea!



Movies are on summer break.  Do you have something you want to see? Email us!


Mystic Grove and Orlando Pagan Pride Day Committee are  co-hosting Pagan Pride 2018 on Sept 29th at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando! If you want to help out simply show up to any of these events.  Many hands make light work!

Aug 26, 2018 Pagan Pride Committee Planning Meeting
Sept 7, 2018 Craft Circle – Packing Pagan Pride Give Away Beads
Sept 27, 2018 Pagan Pride Baking Day
Sept 28, 2018 Pagan Pride Set Up Day & Volunteer Orientation
Sept 29, 2018 Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2018


We will be having a book table at Pagan Pride.  If you have books you have outgrown, considering donating them at any Craft Circle on 1st or 3rd Fridays or at the monthly meeting on 1st Sundays. If you cannot make it at one of these points, call the First Unitarian front office and see if you can bring them by at during business hours. (407) 898-3621.

We will be accepting them up to Sept 21.


Questions or more info?  Please email us at

February News


Thanks to those who came out for Imbolc 2017!

We have exciting news — First Unitarian is remodeling! 

Here’s what is coming up.

 Feb 12  Special Event First Unitarian Ground Breaking Ceremony 
Feb 16, 2017 Education Cosmos: Sagan 1
Feb 17, 2017 Craft Teaching Craft Circle: Ritual Cords
Feb 23, 2017 Education Cosmos: Sagan 2
Mar 2, 2017 Education Cosmos: Sagan 3
Mar 3, 2017 Education 1st Friday BYO Craft Circle


Due to remodel, we will now be meeting in the Wiggle Room of the Sanctuary. You can keep up with the campus renovation news  here.

Mar 5  Meeting 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting

Questions or more info?  Please email us at

November News


Thanks to those who came out for Samhain 2016!

Here’s what’s coming up.

Date Type of Event Facebook RSVP
Nov 10, 2016 Education Tarot Class /  Facebook Tarot Study group
Nov 17, 2016 Education Tarot Class /  Facebook Tarot Study group
Nov 18, 2016 Craft Teaching Craft Circle: Microwave Dyeing with Silk and Acid Dyes
Nov 20, 2016 Movie 3rd Sunday Movie Nite: The Last Unicorn (G)
Dec 1, 2016 Education Tarot Class /  Facebook Tarot Study group
Dec 2, 2016 Covenant Group/
Lunar Ritual
Moon Circle (Session 5: Meditate)
Dec 4, 2017 Meeting 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting


We are now planning for Yule.  Volunteer opportunities at this time include

  • Help to sort out the decorations on Dec 16th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sign up to be a Fire Keepers at the vigil and making sure the bonfire is kept going in a safe manner. (You will have to take the tutorial)
  • Winter Solstice set up helpers in various locations on the day
  • Being in the Winter Solstice ritual
  • Helping to create a mini ritual for the Yule Vigil to bless the courtyard before the church remodel

Questions or more info?  Please email us at

October News


Date Type of Event Facebook RSVP
Oct 2, 2016 Meeting 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting
Oct 6, 2016 Education King Arthur: Class 6
Oct 7. 2016 Craft 1st Friday BYO Craft Circle
Oct 13, 2016 Education King Arthur: Class 7
Oct 16, 2016 Movie 3rd Sunday Movie Nite: Witches of Eastwick (R)
Oct 20, 2016 Education King Arthur: Class 8
Oct 21, 2016 Craft Teaching Craft Circle: Baby Hats for Charity
Oct 27, 2016 Education Learning Tarot 1: Class 1: Introduction to the Tarot
Oct 28, 2016 Covenant Group/
Lunar Ritual
Moon Circle (Session 4: Apply Knowledge with Wisdom)

Questions or more info?  Please email us at

Baby Hats in October

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October is baby hat month! We will collect all your knitted, crochetted, or sewn hats any time all month. Give them to any Mystic Grove member on Sundays or drop them by the church office with a clearly labled note.
Want to make hats in a group? Join us for this teaching craft circle! We will be making simple baby hats to donate to charity based on this tutorial:
Non-sewers and sewers alike can join in! Fabric, sewing machines, and sewing buddies provided.
A good opportunity for the non-sewer to learn how.
Assembly Room at
First Unitarian Church of Orlando
1901 E. Robinson
Orlando FL 32803
All welcome.
$5 donations welcome to help replenish Craft Circle Fund.
For more info, email

September News


Date Type of Event Facebook RSVP
Sept 4, 2016 Meeting 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting
Sept 8, 2016 Education King Arthur: Class 2
Sept 15, 2016 Education King Arthur: Class 3
Sept 16, 2016
Sept 17, 2016
Weekend Workshop Teaching Craft Circle: Sewing Robes and Cloaks Workshop
Sept 18, 2016 Movie 3rd Sunday Movie Nite: King Arthur (R)
Sept 22, 2016 Education King Arthur: Class 4
Sept 23, 2016 Covenant Group/
Lunar Ritual
Moon Circle (Session 3: Keep Thoughts in Good Order)
Sept 24, 2016 Solar Ritual Mabon Ritual
Sept 29, 2016 Education King Arthur: Class 5
Oct 2, 2016 Meeting 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting

Monthly Business Meeting – Sept 4th

Thanks to those who attended! We are on track in all areas. We are mapped out through December but will take movie and craft circle suggestions for Spring semester.

The next meeting is October 2 at 12:30 PM in Room 9 at First Unitarian Church of Orlando.

Sewing Workshop — Sept 16 & 17th

Please email to tell us which class you want a spot in and so we have enough shared supplies on hand. Cost for the weekend is $10. While space allows nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

  • Beginner Class — 3 Seam Cloak. (PDF Directions available.) 
  • Intermediate Class — T Robe / Tunic
  • Advanced Class — Simplicity 5840 pattern for a hooded and sleeved cloak.

Non-sewers welcome.  We have sewing buddies and sewing machines to loan for the day.

Mabon Ritual — Sept 24th

Please bring your percussion instruments and you potluck dish!

Tarot Class Registration is Open. 

Please email to reserve you spot.  Cost is $30 for 10 classes. It’s ok if you cannot make them all or if you want to be an online student via Facebook. We do need to know how many books to order and how many study guides to make for people.

More Info

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