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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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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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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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Many thanks to those who came and made Beltane 2012 a possibility on Saturday, May 12, 2012! The Goddess and God are now one, united in love, in the great rite! The ritual included poetry praise, violin music, whiskey and tobacco offerings, a great rite performed by members in aspect of the God and Goddess. What a great time everyone had! With a mighty feast after! Thanks to everyone!

Beltane 2012 Aryssa Pellum Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Aryssa Pellum Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 l to r Sharon Pellum, Callista Dreamwalker and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 Shy Fox and Lunar Oak Spirit (r), Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 altar Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 East Altar Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 South Altar Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 west altar Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 North Altar Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2012 Temple as facing west Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 South altar with triple moon May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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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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Thanks to everyone who came and gave honor and thanks to the Goddess Ostara~! UUPS Met on Saturday, March 24, 2012 to honor the Goddess and welcome the Spring. We feel her blessing upon us and are grateful for her guidance. The ritual included poetry,  a guided journeying to meet Ostara, egg divination and thanks giving for all we have received. The journey work was performed by President Cureton who led the members to a grove in trans to see the Germanic Goddess. Tears of joy were cried and messages received. The divination provided a good annual insight to the next year’s of work that people need to focus on.

The feasting had grilled chicken, potato salad, and wine.

Ostara 2012 L to R-Ashton Longhurst, Sharon Pellum, Sergey Khrushchev and Aryssa Pellum, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012 L to R-Ashton Longhurst, Sharon Pellum, Sergey Khrushchev and Aryssa Pellum, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012 Amber Hafen as witch with east altar, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012 Center of Main altar, Aryssa Pellum, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2012 main altar with Aryssa Pellum, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012 South Altar Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012 West altar, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostar 2012 North Altar, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012 main altar with Aryssa Pellum, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012 Feast l to r: potatoe salad, grilled chicken, green salad, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012 Ashton Longhusrt (l) and Amber Hafen Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012 Feast, Back to Front-Sharon and Aryssa Pellum, April Love and Sergey Khrushchev, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City,UT

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Congratulations everyone, the U of U Pagan Society has successfully completed its transition to a non profit organization. Filing under the Open Mind Foundation as a DBA, everything was set in order at the Utah Department of Commerce. Now we can really enjoy the benefits of being a unpaid service organization that is here to help people find, explore and understand paganism as well as service. Thanks to everyone who helped us in this goal.

Bright Blessings

Muad’Dib

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Luna, the ever loving mother moon has returned to full power. UUPS members met on Sunday, February 12, 2012 and called her down into their lives to do magic, over obstacles, healing and more. This group consisted of just the core members of UUPS and its adviser. This full moon brought the opportunity for UUPS members to give thanks and show gratitude to Aphrodite or Venus for continued love and support in their lives. Photos below

Full Moon Ritual Aphrodite altar center Sunday, February 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual Aphrodite altar center with Shy Fox, Sunday, February 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual L to r-Shy Fox, Amber Hafen, Willard Swatzell, Muad’Dib, Sunday February 12, 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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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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Thanks to all who came and participated in the first Yule celebration and feast by UUPS on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

The Yule altar was decorated with lots of tea light candles, votive candles, quarter candles, wreathes, spruce, holly and other seasonal plants. The God and Goddess statue with them in union (below second) was hauled out for use for this holiday as Yule is about the birthing of the God from the Goddess, his mother, queen, consort, wife and lover.

After generous praise and preparation, the Goddess went into labor right there in the temple and gave birth to the God. He greeted everyone with a loving arms carrying a message for each person to hear. Gifts, hails, praise and gratitude were given to the God this night as all kneeled in acknowledgement of his divine grace and power.

Toasting and praise to other deities ensued before closing. The roars, laughter and praise broke out especially after Baccas invoked with wine! All in all, UUPS had a wonderful time. The feasting was after and everyone ate their fill of holiday delectable!

Till we meet again at the Altar of Life!

Yule 2011 Cast- l to r- Aryssa Pellum, Callista Dreamwalker, Muad’Dib , Lunar Oak Spirit, and Sharon Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Ritual Cast L to r- Callista Dreamwalker as hand maiden, Lunar Oak Spirit, as God, Sharon Pellum as Goddess, and Aryssa Pellum as hand maiden, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Muad’Dib as Ritual Leader Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 L to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Muad’Dib, and Sharon Pellum, God, Ritual Leader and Goddess Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Handmaidens Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Aryssa Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 God and Goddess Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Sharon Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Altar Close up Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

 

Yule 2011 Altar Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Altar Center Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Shy Fox (l) and Woman Between the Wolves in circle Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

ule 2011 Aryssa Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Lunar Oak Spirit Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Amber Hafen Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Sharon Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Shy Fox Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Darla Darr (l) and Derika Jade Llemley Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 L to R- Shy Fox, Derika Jade Llemley and Mikael Short Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Derika Jade Llemley (l) and Mikael Short Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Everyone before Yule 2011 (l to r): Mikael Short, Derika Jade, Woman Between the Wolves, Amber Hafen, Shy Fox, Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Callista Dreamwalker, Darla Darr and Lunar Oak Spirit, Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Food for Feast Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Feast Sunday, December 18, 2011, 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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All the members of UUPS and a few guests from Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day gathered at the House of Muad’Dib on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 7pm to celebrate the deities, prepare for the dark times and give thanks for blessings received. The ritual started at sunset and included praise, music, drums, dance, a ritual putting out of the light times fire and the lighting of black candles in semblance of the coming dark period and ruling time of the God. President Muad’Dib took all those present on a path working to the Crone and used pear fruit to help those present think about what they want to do in the coming months of introspection, reflection and darkness. Afterwards was the traditional feasting which included freshly baked bread! All in all it was an excellent feast and celebration! Till next we meet!

Mabon Feast 2011 l to r- Derika Jade Llemley, Fonz Torres Sheila Morales Laura Farnsworth Claire Cornick Ms Corinick and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, September 25, 2011, Salt lake City UT

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Thanks to all who came and helped out at the booth at this years Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day. This year’s was hosted by Crone’s Hollow on Main street on September 10, 2011 from 9am-6pm. The smaller space was unable to allow for all the vendors that usually would have came. UUPS gave away lots of information, met new people, discussed why we’re here and even had a few people sign up! Live rock music provided by Lady of the Lake set the scene as the sun rose high in the sky before we were all rained out about 4:00 pm. As a bronze sponsor of Pagan Pride Day in Salt Lake City, UUPS was happy to attend, renew friendships, relationships and provide the support and inclusive of the pagan community in the Salt Lake Valley. Till next year!

10th Annual Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2011 Sharon Pellum (left) and Rain tabling for UUPS Saturday, September 10, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

10th Annual Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2011 L to r- Sharon Pellum, Raine Hogan, Jennifer Swaener Saturday, September 10, 2011 Salt Lake City, 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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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 Altar July 2, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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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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