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SLPS enjoyed a pleasant, hot day at Liberty Park at the 16th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The day was clear, with a bright shining sun. President Muad’Dib opened the festivities with a morning druid ritual to the Celtic sun god Lugh at 10am. Twenty five people gathered, hands were raised, and the drinking horn passed around in offering to open the wallets of customers, promote inclusivity, and all around good Pagan community.

A steady flow of patrons came through the park. SLPS read tarot and palms. It was very hot at points in the afternoon, and the food vendor failed to show, but frozen ice cones cooled those in the park. About twenty five vendors showed from across Utah and Montana. Raven Digitalis was present signing his newly released booked Esoteric Empathy: A Magickal and Metaphysical Guide to Sensitivity. He led the closing right, an alchemical ceremony to Baphomet at 5pm.

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, open druid ritual to Lugh, Raven Digitalis in brown, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, drinking horn offering, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Photo by Pam Hennesey)

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, drinking horn offering with Jennifer Coates, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Photo by Pam Hennesey)

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, drinking horn offering with Muad’Dib, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Photo by Pam Hennesey)

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, drinking horn offering with Muad’Dib (right), Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Photo by Pam Hennesey)

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendors looking west, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendors, looking southwest, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, SLPS Booth looking south with Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendors looking southeast, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, open ritual area looking southwest, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Raven Digitalis signing books, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Raven Digitalis and Muad’Dib, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, people in the SLPS booth, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, closing ritual to Baphomet, Raven Digitalis center brown, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Raven Digitalis leading closing ritual to Baphomet, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Video of the day early morning

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Thanks to all who came and made this “once in a blue moon” occasion extra special! On Saturday, Sept 1, 2012 at 8pm, with a crowd of nine, some UUPS members and a few guests gathered. The ritual started out with the usual calling in of deity and elementals to join our work. President Daniel Cureton performed the druid grove open ceremony by proclaiming peace in the quarters and invoking Awen.

Next, those who needed to performed cleansing and charging magic before a welcoming of the new deities to the humble abode of the president. With drums, rattles, sistrums and other percussion instruments, the members and guests hailed and welcomed new gods and goddesses to the circle such as Apollo and Medusa! They certainly showed up, as everyone reported feeling the shivers up and down there spine the power the gods and goddesses bring.

A cleansing by the blue moon came after the welcoming. Everyone was consecrated with smoke from thurber by president Cureton, then they washed their bodies ritually in a basin of water with sweet grass oil representing blood and spirit. President Cureton lit a smokeless fire where he pulled in the Gods and Goddesses and nwyfre, the fire of life and the Earth.  The fire represented the fire within and the burning fire of blue moon. Hands were passed through the fire to give a sealing to the washings and consecrations. President invoked a blessing of Cerriwden, Arianrhod to empower the soul, Shiva to transform, Medusa to see past the physical, Justice to find wisdom, Apollo to see the light within, Ganesh to overcome and Isis to heal the body, mind and spirit of all. The end of the blue moon magic brought an anointing with a special blue moon lunar oil.

Cakes, ale and gratitude offerings were presented to the Goddesses and Gods before closing and dismissing the energy and the grove. The traditional Merry Meet and Merry Part chant finished the magic on this very special blue moon! President Cureton gave everyone tarot readings for the coming month with his special Deviant Moon Tarot to ad an extra punch to the blue moon magic!

Goddess Isis statue

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Each month brings the opportunity for the members of the U of U Pagan Society to gather the drums and candles and welcome back the new moon into their lives! This past Saturday, August 18, 2012,  everyone gathered at president Daniel Cureton’s House to work new moon magic and meditate by a smokeless fire.

The drumming helped those present to trance into a state of higher consciousnesses and do journeyings to other realms to communicate with ancestors, spirits and deity. As the drumming rolled into the night, several members reported seeing ancestors and even the Goddess Isis! The high energy made it difficult for some to want to come back this corporeal realm.. they wanted to stay with the Gods! The Om meditation after the drums helped bring them back from those other blessed states.

The magic concluded with a few cleansing and charging of items as well as a healing spell for a fellow pagan under the weather. The Green Man made a visit and gave messages to each person after they were anointed with the power and blessing of the new moon.

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This past Saturday, August 4, 2012 brought many fun experiences and blessing on all whom attended the Lughnasadh celebrations and feastings! Lugh himself and his consort goddess Rosmerta (the Moon) were present and even spoke to the audience!!!  Lughnasadh is the time for celebration of the first harvest and Lugh, the Celtic Sun God!

The ritual started off with the usual clearing and cleansing of the sacred space at the Salt Lake City Temple of the Sun and Moon. After the barriers were put up, President Daniel Cureton opened the circle in the revivalist druidic style before calling in the four quarters. With everything and everyone present, including the archangels, everyone present was blessed by the God Lugh and his consort Rosmerta.  They shook bells and chimes to help focus the energy. President Cureton then called upon the Goddess Sul, the Celtic Sun Goddess, to give grace and guidance to all present. With the beating of a drum and the shaking of the chimes, Sul showed up on que, electrified and ecstatic to be there! She opened the way for others who were experiencing journings and feelings of love in the circle! Several reported being swept away to the clouds for a time during Sul’s presence!

After the druid rite of Sul, everyone present partook of the sacred bread, traditionally baked and offered at Lughansadh as part of the first harvest… except this bread turned out extra special in the oven. Lugh himself was seen in the kitchen shaping these into nothing else but the proper representation of the Celtic Sun God… the phallic! With the semi beltane energy and the rise phallic of the Sun God… all were very grateful to give thanks and tell everyone what they are thankful for at this harvest time. The phallices were thrown into the Lugh fire and president Cureton read the story of the Tuatha de Danann to close up the rite!

Shrimp creole was served as the main course at the feasting and that concluded the celebrations! Thanks to all who attended and made this Lughnasad extra special…till next we meet! Check out the photos below!

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Here’s the article written by Ms. Sweeten who attended UUPS Midsummer 2012. She was very gracious in her words and gave us high praise. Thanks for everything Ms. Sweeten!

R. Sweeten report on UUPS Midsummer 2012

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Midsummer 2012

All went well and smooth this past June 23, 2012 at 6pm~! Thanks to everyone who attended and made the festivities possible! President Daniel Cureton led a group of 8 through a wiccan mythos duel of the Holly and Oak kings. The circle was opened with the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Qabbalistic and Rose Crosses and the druid ceremony of proclaiming peace in the four quarters. After the quaurters were invoked, the Fae were invited to attend!

The apex of the ceremony was when The two kings fought a small battle and switched places as the ruling king for the next half of the year. With the beating of a drum the Holly King declared his victory over the Oak king!

Next, president Cureton performed a druidic rite of invkoking the God Beli, a midsummer Welch fire God honored at this time. The radiant energy of Beli was felt by everyone present. He blessed everyone before leaving to attend other rites this Midsummer Day.

The conclusion of the ceremony brought the great right by the Holly King and Queen and a blessing by Oberon, king of the Fae and consort to Mab! The feastivities concluded with the usual feasting of enchiladas made by Ashton Longhurst, the Sacred Keeper of Enchiladas and summer Russian soup, Okroshka.

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Hi Folks

Midsummer is upon us again! UUPS will be doing a celebration and feast as usual. Be sure to check out the ritual outline and sign up for food on the food list!

(Flyer by Ember Fire)

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Thanks to all who came and made possible Imbolc. We had a great time celebrating the return of the light Sunday, January 29, 2012–the time when the goddess has/ and will be returning to her maiden state. The ritual was lead by Muad’Dib and included poetry, aspecting of the Goddess Brigid by April, and a journeying to meet with the Goddess. All in all we received helpful guidance for the coming months. Thanks be to the Goddess! The feast afterwards was full of baked chicken and garlic mashed potatoes!

Imbolc 2012 Altar Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 Altar close up Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 Handmaidens Sharon Pellum (l) and Amber Hafen Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 Woman Between the Wolves as the Goddess Brigid Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 Muad’Dib as Ritual Leader Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 group l to r Shy Fox, Sharon Pellum, Mitchell Anderson, Woman Between the Wolves, and Amber Hafen Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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For all those interested in celebrating the cycles and the seasons in Wicca, come join in this years Imbolc as we welcome back the light!

Here are the details:

Be sure to sign up for food on the food list.

(Flyer by Amber Hafen)

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Every couple of months UUPS has the esteemed opportunity to visit its sister group the Utah State University Pagan Alliance.

This trip came around one of the most favored of all holidays for most pagans: Samhain! A time to honor the dead and set goals for the Pagan New Year.

Each year, USUPA puts on a big ritual at the local Unitarian Universalist Church in Logan Utah. Complete with food, fun, wine and ritual, this is the best Samhain North of Salt Lake City!

UUPS got the ritual outline, food for the potluck, robes and staffs and heads north (carpooling of course) to just south of Potato country.

This time, UUPS arrived in mass carrying its share of pagans and food…always a good combination.

Tickets were $5.00 before and $10.00 at the door. The ritual started promptly at 8:00pm. A beautiful circle of leaves, with a portable fire pit and altar in the west was set up outside behind the UU church under a clear night with the moon shining brightly down upon everyone through the leaves of the autumn trees.

Each participant was led to the west gate were they were cleansed and consecrated with sage and water before entering the circle. Making a circle clockwise, the participants lined up in a circle with nearly seventy people squeezing in.

Four helpers stood in the quarters invoking, blessing and dismissing with the elementals. Kassie lead the ritual with a poem reading, raising and dismissing the collective energy in the circle with great efficiency and her big sword, shouting to the Gods, Goddesses and ancestors before falling to the earth. The fire was dimmed and everyone was given a few moments to reflect on life, their dead, and goals to be set for the New Year. At this point, all were given slivers of wood to be thrown into the Samhain fire, signifying a renewal of goals or the setting thereof. Each person said aloud what they desired to do, change or work in their life in the coming year from having a cat to obeying what the Gods and Goddesses tell them.

Many tears flowed as hearts became soft and the participants reflected on their lives.

Afterwards, all were treated to a wonderful feast of stew and other sides that were brought such as swamp muck (guacamole), shriveled heads (backed pears) and love potion no 9. (grape juice with cinnamon and spices). All in all, UUPS can’t wait to go again! Thanks USUPA!

USUPA Samhain 2011 Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Muad’Dib, Sunday, October 30, 2011, Logan UT

USUPA Samhain 2011 Ancestral Altar with candles Sunday October 30, 2011 Logan, UT

USUPA Samhain 2011 Ancestral Altar Sunday, October 30, 2011, Logan UT,

Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA), Samhain 2011 Circle Sunday, October 30, 2011,Unitarian Universalist Church, Logan, UT

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On August 6, 2011, UUPS drove up to Logan to attend a wonderful ritual set back 2 miles in Green canyon with USUPA. A small altar, decorated with flowers, fruit, chalices and more was set in the south of a circle lined with rose petals.

Our very own Muad’Dib played the part of Lugh. The participants entered through the west gate. Each attendant was cleansed with water and purified with air. The circle was closed when everyone was inside and Kassie began the elegant and short ritual to the God and Goddess.

Bread and honey were offered in thanks. All the participants took a piece of bread as the symbol of their harvest and were asked to think about what they were grateful for, what blessings they had received, what service had been given to them and what all of this meant in the larger cycle of their life.  After a moment, each person was allowed to speak allowed their feelings, thoughts and emotions and to throw the bread in the fire as the final act of thanks to the God(s)

With the closing of the ritual brought a feast and fire with the God and Goddess. The food included items such as mead, red beans and rice, pie and dutch oven enchiladas!

As the sun set, the fire added a much appreciated light! Even the fire Gods were seen walking around this night!

UUPS Thanks USUPA for hosting another wonderful ritual. We can’t wait to see you all again!

Lughnasadh 2011 Muad’Dib as Celtic Sun God Lugh USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011 Green Canyon, Logan, UT 

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Lughnasadh 2011 main altar USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011 Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Lughnasadh 2011 center fire Kassie Cressal USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011 Green Canyon, Logan, UT

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Lughnasadh 2011 l to r Muad’Dib, Megan Sjoberg and Kassie Cressal USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011 Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Lughnasadh 2011 Camp site USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011 Green Canyon, Logan, UT

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Lughnasadh 2011 l to r: Woman Between the Wolves, Megan Sjoberg, Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, Astral Eventide, Kate Black, Isaac Furniss, Unknown and Unknown Child, Dano Harvey, Saturday, August 6, 2011, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Lughnasadh 2011 l to r Dano Harvey, Kassie Cressal, and Kate Black USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011 Green Canyon, Logan, UT

 

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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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Thanks to everyone to attended this year’s Earth and Arbor Day ritual and gratitude ceremony.  This past Friday, April 29, 2011 at 4pm, members of UUPS met at President Muad’Dib’s House to perform a gratitude ceremony and druid tree blessings as part of honoring Gaia and giving thanks for all they have received. Member Sarah Cochran even brought along her Bast Goddess Statue to give praise to the Egypt Queen and lover of Cats! All deities were welcome. After the ceremony, the members walked outside to bless a newly planted apple tree. President Muad’Dib performed the tree blessing from the Ancient Order of Druids in America tree blessing rite. This invoke Nwyfre, the fire of life to come and attend that place where the tree is, give it strength health and life, and drawing the invoking and evoking rays of light from Awen to merge at the center where the new tree was planted. Blessed Holy Water sealed the blessing and the members went back inside for refreshments.

Earth Day Gratitude Altar to Gaia Muad’Dib, April 29, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Earth Day Gratitude Altar to Gaia Sarah Cochran April 29, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to everyone for all the hard work accomplished in March! April has been a busy month, but isn’t holding anyone back!

KUTE Radio Interview

On Friday, March 18, 2011, President Muad’Dib was asked to appear on our very own 1620 AM University radio K-UTE.  President Muad’Dib was asked to explain and talk about the U of U Pagan Society, its goals, what it does, ambitions, history, current projects, membership and he was even invited to give a blessing on the campus!

Here is a little what he said, “The U of  U Pagan Society is a group of students who have reached out to include the community. We currently have seventy members and many monthly activities going on such as crafting classes, classes and rituals.” One of the hosts asked him at that point “What is a ritual?” He explained “A ritual can be a number of things.  For me it means a structured and repetitious ceremony that I can do again and again the same way, or feel free to change it.  For me, I incorporate different parts from different religions like Druidry, Shamanism and Wicca. A ritual for me is a way to connect with deity, ancestors, spirits and the universe.  Really it can be seen as a form of prayer or worship.”

When asked about community and student involvement, President Muad’Dib commented, “We are trying to educate and make everyone aware through experience.  We advertise classes and activities from other groups so that people who are living far away and can’t make it, can know that there are activities going on near them.”

Finally President Muad’Dib gave a simple but elegant blessing over the campus “May there be peace in your heart and success on your midterms this spring break, with lots of relaxing time on vacation. So mote it be.”

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This past Samhain brought the wonderful opportunity for UUPS and USUPA to be together and honor the ancestors! UUPS drove up to Logan on Sunday, October 31, 2010 and joined in the druid  celebrations that took place at the UU church in Logan. Around 50 people were in attendance under the moon and light rain. A beautiful altar filled with photos of family members and loved ones with antlers was set behind a fire pit where the honoring took place.

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Samhain 2010 Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA) l to r Astral Eventide, Inu, Drew Hamblin, Kassie Cressal and Megan Sjoberg, October 31, 2010, Logan, UT

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Samhain 2010 Altar Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA), October 31, 2010, Logan, UT

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Samhain 2010 Kassie Cressal and Muad’Dib (r) USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), October 31, 2010, Logan UT

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We love traveling, especially when its to Logan to see our Pagan brothers and sisters at Utah State University.  The Pagan Alliance at USU is a bright and active group we call our sister group. UUPS has been building inter-group mingling with USUPA since April 2010.  UUPS drove up, after getting lost, on Saturday, May 1, 2010 to Logan UT. Most of UUPS members found the location in Logan Canyon and were able to attend a wonderful Celtic Reconstruction Wedding festival put on by USUPA’s own president Kassie Cressall. A large circle of stones, a beautiful altar, music, singing, fires and more were all on the agenda this day.  After wards was a lovely feast and a large May Day Pole!  All of us were able to dance around the poll honoring the God and Goddess on their day of union.

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) l Mitch O'Donnell and Kassie Cressal May 1, 2010 Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA, Mitch O’Donnell and Kassie Cressal (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 altar USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1 2012 Green Canyon Logan UT

Beltane 2010 altar USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 Circle USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1 2012 Green Canyon Logan UT

Beltane 2010 Circle USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) Daniel Cureton May 1, 2010 Green Canyon Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), Muad’Dib, May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 Bill Robinson USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA Kassie Cressal (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

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