Archive for June, 2011

With the coming of each month, brings the coming of a new moon cycle. This past month brought an extra powerful full moon. It wasn’t just any moon, but a full moon doubled with a lunar eclipse! Lots of magic was worked this night on June 15, 2011. Cleansing, prosperity and other spells were done as the universe was in a place to grant powerful blessings. Even a few spiritual awakenings happened on this eve. Till the next month, the next full moon. See you all then under Luna’s hand of grace and delight!

Full Moon Ritual, altar, June 15, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Holly and Oak Kings… a fight to the death.. almost. UUPS celebrated the two great Kings of the Year. The Oak King and the Holly King. This Midsummer festival on Friday, June 24, 2011 brought us the esteemed opportunity to reenact the great battle of the two kings, the battle that twice a year ensures one will rule while the other sits at the altar of life.  This time, the Holly King was again crowned ruler for the coming winter months. UUPS sang, danced, beat drums and rang bells in honor of the Holly King. A midsummer fire allowed all present to burn away a bad habit, problem, situation or other form of negative energy in their lives. Many felt uplifted, inspired and joyful. All present had the opportunity to travel down a garden path in a guided meditation to meet and speak with the Holy Holly King himself. The final union of the Holy Holly King and Queen brought a close to the ceremony and the opening of the Midsummer feast. Mainly a garden dinner, full of salads, cabbage, mushroom, pasta and noodles, the occasional yard bird was seen wandering around before quickly vanishing into the carnivorous traps of Holly King himself.  Blessed Be all! Until we merry meet again!

Midsummer 2011, l to r-Fire Runner, Derika Jade, Lunar Oak Spirit, Julie Watson, and Marian Edmonds, Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011, l to r- Julie Watson, Marian Edmonds, Mustard Seed, and Fire Runner, Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011, l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Fire Runner, Mustard Seed, Lunar Oak Spirit, Derika Llemley, Marian Edmonds, and Julie Watson Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Well with everything settled down again, it’s time for reports! We had a successful venture at the LGBTQ Pride Festival a few weekends ago  Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 2011. Many folks stopped by our table and signed up for the newsletter and updates. A few people paid dues and became members, took information and all together enjoyed our presence. All of the newsletters we took (About 50) we’re gone on Saturday. A few folks even felt generous enough to put a few dollars in our donations can. All in all, it was a success! So now it’s back to the old routine of full moons and holidays, but not to worry, many events and activities are coming up this summer!

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011, Woman Between the Wolves, (r) tabling for U of U Pagan Society, Saturday, June 4, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 L to R-Fire Runner, Muad’Dib, Woman Between the Wolves, Callista Dreamwalker, Mustard Seed, Sunday June 5, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 Kai Martinez (l) and Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 4, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBTQ Pride Festival 2011, Muad’Dib after interfaith march, Saturday, June 4, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 Pride Parade on 200 S facing 400 E stop light, l to r: Mustard Seed, Callista Dreamalker, and Fire Runner,Sunday, June 5, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 Pride Parade Gene Banner (l) and Muad’Dib, June 4, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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UUPS is very pleased to announce the new sponsorship by The Church of the Sacred Circle.

Reverend Lady Avalon Starr contacted UUPS in May indicating CSC wanted to sponsor UUPS, and on board they came!

“I am very happy to have the support of such a wonderful group of people and such a respectable organization like The Church of the Sacred Circle. I have been off and on, more off than on, to their events and it has always, always been a safe, inclusive and respectable atmosphere, especially by the clergy and especially by Lady Starr” said President Muad’Dib.

What the new sponsorship means is that CSC gets a new sponsor packet, with a certificate and information sheet detailing what their sponsorship means. UUPS gets the benefit of having an organization that has a long good standing in the community to lean on.

Right now UUPS hasn’t set any dollar limit to being a sponsor. All organizations and people interested may contact UUPS indicating their desire to become apart of Salt Lake City’s only group of inclusive student and community pagans and non pagans dedicated to Education, Awareness and Inclusion.

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