Archive for July, 2011

UUPS has the wonderful opportunity again to visit and participate with our fellow Pagans at Utah State University. The ritual is set for a nearby canyon in Logan on Saturday, August 6, 2011. We need all of you to post your comments so we can get organized and know who’s going, who can carpool, who would like to volunteer their car for use. UUPS can offer a small reimbursement for gas if necessary. We also ask everyone to chip in on the gas cost because simply… the prices are out of this world (as everyone knows).

What: Lughnasadh/ Lammas Ritual

Where: Logan UT with Utah State University Pagan Alliance

When: Saturday, August 6, 2011 7-11pm

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Harry Potter! Harry Potter! At least that’s what the members of UUPS were singing on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 11:20pm… the premiere of the 8th and final film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II

Megaplex 12 at the Gateway played host to a large number of Harry Potter fans. The crowed was a mix of muggles and wizarding folk. The movie itself was packed full of action, love, death, tragedy and a great story line.

“It was an amazing film. So well done. I was so sad to see it end. I just need to keep telling myself that there are the stories and that I can retell them to kids and find different was of keeping them alive in the future” Said Ember Fire.

Many tears were shed after the final scene. Young boys and girls, adults, elderly, UUPS members were all wiping their faces. “I was so sad when it ended. I feel like it’s equal to the space shuttle program… an era in human history is over. I grew up with Harry and his friends since I was 13. Now I know how those who were present when Star Wars first Came out, or Star Trek feel. The ending of a great saga which has greatly impacted human history.  I think Harry has done a great service to the Pagan community and how non pagans view the magical community. The HP impact seems to be a positive one.” Said President Muad’Dib.

Most of the members of UUPS and others are trying their best to have a positive outlook like Ember; finding a way to keep the stories alive. Some have even suggested they might write Harry Potter fan fiction novels

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II Movie Release, L to R-Woman Between the Wolves, Ember Fire, and Muad’Dib, Gateway Megaplex Theaters, July 15, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Each month brings the opportunity to work powerful magic and spells under the light of Diana. The moon is at full strength and freely gives her energy and light to those who call upon it.

This month those present worked with money, banishing and cleansing objects. President Muad’Dib drew down the moon on  Friday, July 15, 2011 to perform the magic necessary.

“I always feel so good afterwards. I love coming and participating in these rituals. In these, I feel the true spirituality of my practice. I feel the true craft. I see and understand what others have been talking about for centuries when they talked about the Craft and Magic. I can feel the gods and ancestors. I know they’re helping me and creating positive change in my life.” Said Fire Runner.

UUPS is looking forward to seeing everyone again next month under the light of the Moon

Full Moon Ritual, l to r- Kirsten Coran, Mustard Seed, Fire Runner, and Laura Farnsworth, Friday, July 15, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Gratitude… one spell that isn’t seen in many books. Thanksgiving is one of the most humbling and best ways to dive deep into spiritual workings. UUPS always makes it a point to honor (there are lots of honoring spells) and give thanks to deities whose days pass throughout the year. President Muad’Dib lead the ceremony.

This time it was Columbia, the goddess of America. A few faithful UUPS members met by moon light under a pine tree on Saturday, July 2, 2011 and gave an offering of traditional American food: hot dogs and tater-tots with milk. On the altar were quarter candles and patriotic themed flowers for the Goddess.

Everyone felt humbled and thankful afterward as the presence of Columbia descended and accepted these offerings.

Columbiana Gratitude Ceremony, Altar, July 2, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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