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The members of SLPS gathered on Saturday, May 5, 2018 to honor the marriage feast of the Lord and Lady. Beltane brings the marriage of the Goddess and God, coming together to form a union. The creation of life, the son of the Goddess happens over the summer, as the Wheel turns and the year moves towards Litha.

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Beltane 2018, Altar, Saturday, May 5, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2018, Altar, Saturday, May 5, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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Everyone should come pull down the power of the Blue Moon. The “once in a blue moon” is a special time to empower your soul, cleanse your mind and really add power to the spells, emotions, goals and dreams your working on. Come experience the power of the moon Goddess in her Blue form this September 1, 2012 at 8pm!

(Flyer by Amber Hafen)

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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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Thanks to everyone who attended Junes’ New Moon Ritual/Drum Circle and Fire meditation. As usual ritual started out with magical workings but President Daniel Cureton instituted a new circle design that uses the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Qabbalistic Cross and Rose Cross for protection. Arch angels were invoked as well as quarters and even a special circle of faeries attended as those present requested the tossing and blessings of the fae. Shortly after the dust was spread around the circle a large ring of fae poofed into circle, happy, cheering and excited to be with everyone.

Energies ran extremely high this circle. Lots of ancestors were reported being seen by president Cureton while drumming, Callista Dreamwalker and Ryc Pellum (top photo left and inside left) said that children wee heard singing and humming. Even a fire guest was present during the meditation.  UUPS is certainly grateful for all astral visitors and ancestors who helped the members set goals and find answers in their lives. The Goddesses blessings were upon everyone and thanks were given by offerings of double stuffed cookies and berry juice!

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Saturday, June 9, 2012, the member of UUPS had the great chance to meet and perform magic under the moon. A review of the principles of magic, the quarters, will and spell casting was included in this circle. Luna gave freely of her blessings and Ganesh helped everyone accomplish their goals and magic rites. Thanks to all who attended. Till next we meet under mother moon!

Full Moon Ritual l to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 9, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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Each month brings the waxing full moon. At its peak, magic is performed. This months full moon circle was lead by President Muad’Dib on Saturday, May 12, 2012. President Muad’Dib took the guests through the workings and honoring of the moon. The guests then drew down the energy of the moon to cleanse several items, one of which was a new wand.

Some of the folks who attended needed additional forms of energy work. A fire was lit and energy, goals and ambitions released with the burning of paper. Afterwards, President Muad’Dib divined the future by what he saw in the ashes.

“We always feel so welcome and so uplifted at these rituals. I felt so much better afterward. I really felt I had accomplished what I set out to do this night in my magic” commented Sharon Pellum.

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We have the great honor to host a celebration for the Goddess and God this Beltane as they unite in love. As usual a feast will be after. Sign up for the food list so we all can eat and celebrate! Here are the details

(Flyer by Amber Hafen)

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Once again the moon has gone and we met to channel the dark moon in our lives. A time for banishing, powerful magic, magic that grows as the moon grows full. The members of SLPS met on Saturday, April 21, 2012 to engage in sacred space with a ceremonial fire and drum circle were, used for meditation, and for spellcasting.

New Moon Ritual l to r- Shy Fox, Amber Hafen and Sharon Pellum, April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City,UT 

New Moon Ritual Amber Hafen April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual l to r: Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, Amber Hafen, Sharon and Aryssa Pellulm, Saturday April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual altar with Amber Hafen April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual Shy Fox (l) and Amber Hafen, Saturday April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual Sharon (l) and Aryssa Pellum, Saturday, April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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UUPS is pleased to announce the upcoming Ostara celebration! There will be a ritual by Daniel Cureton as usual and a feast after. Be sure to sign up for the food list!

(Flyer by Amber Hafen)

 

 

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Luna has returned in her full power and light and once again mother moon blessed the members of UUPS on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Magic was done this night, blessing received, spells cast, and thanks giving to the God and Goddess. Muad’Dib drew down the moon to help the magic and lives of the participants.

 

Full Moon Ritual, altar, Saturday, March 10, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual, altar center, Saturday, March 10, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual l to r-Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, Amber Hafen March 10, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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The dark moon blessed the members of UUPS Saturday, February 18, 2012 and was gracious in giving power and spirit to those seeking guidance, validation, faith. Ritual included spell workings, meditation fire and drum circle. Photos below.

New Moon Ritual Back standing l to r- Amber Hafen, Rena Fairbrother, Sharon Pellum, Janet Duffy, Front sitting l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Brittany Walker, Daniel Fairbrother, Callista Dreamwalker and Aryssa Pellum, Saturday, February 18, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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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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The dark moon has come, a time for magic and setting goals! The members of UUPS met on Sunday, January 22, 2018 to set goals, meditate, commune with the ancestors and find guidance in their lives.

New Moon Ritual l to r- Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday January 22, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual Woman Between the Wolves, January 22, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Sunday, January 22, 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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Once again Luna has gained in light and is full and bright smiling upon us. Mother moon is reaching out and calling for us to worship and stand in her light. UUPS met this month on Monday, January 9, 2012 and honored the moon, working magic rites, renewing themselves, cleansing objects and charging stones with energy.

Full Moon Ritual L to r-Aryssa Pellum, Shy Fox, Sharon Pellum, Monday, January 9, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual, Aryssa Pellum, Monday January 9, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual Shy Fox, Monday January 9, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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Each month brings another opportunity to draw down the power of the dark moon. UUPS had a wonderful time celebrating the last new moon of the year on Tuesday, December 20, 2011! As usual the ritual included spellworking and meditation by drum circle.

New Moon Ritual altar Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual, Meditation fire, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual, Meditation fire center, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon Ritual l to r- Shy Fox, Callista Dreamwalker and Muad’Dib, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual, Muad’Dib with Drum, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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Every month brings the renewed opportunity to call down the power of the full moon. This month brought a wonderful time for UUPS members to call on Luna and embrace Lord Ganesh to help them be empowered and overcome difficulties on Saturday, December 10, 2011. During the full moon, members Laura Farnsworth and Ryc Pellum dueled over who would get to call on Lord Ganesh to help them in their magic.  All present could feel the helping hand of Lord Ganesh come down from above to overcome difficulties and accomplish their magical rites. The magic was pooled together by the members. UUPS can’t wait till next month to call down Lord Ganesh and work magic rites.

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Full Moon Ritual Ganesh Saturday, December 10, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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Full Moon Ritual l to r-Laura Farsnworth, Callista Dreamwalker, Arrysa Pellum, Saturday, December 10, 2011 Salt Lake City UT

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Full Moon Ritual l to r-Laura Farnsworth, Callista Dreamwalker, Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Saturday, December 10, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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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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The members of UUPS gathered on November 19, 2011 at 8pm to celebrate the return the dark moon. The ritual began as usual with the welcoming of the dark moon and moved into the drum circle and meditation. There were reports during the drumming of ancestors singing and dancing around the circle.

After the meditations the offerings of wine and cookies were given in gratitude to Luna for another month of blessings, work, solace and guidance in the coming month as she waxes full to the full moon power. Check out the photo below!

New Moon Ritual Ashton Longhurst (l) and Callista Dreamwalker November 19, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual Shy Fox (l) and Callista Dreamwalker November 19, 2011 Salt Lake City, 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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