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SLPS Celebrated a wonderful Lughnasadh on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Members gathered to give thanks to the God Lugh of the Celtic pantheon and to acknowledge blessings received over the last year. Cock biscuits made an appearance, and all the members took a bite of the golden cock.


Lughnasadh 2018, altar, August 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT
Lughnasadh 2018, B. Banks and Shy Fox feasting, Saturday, August 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2018, Spencer Angell and B. Banks drinks and discussion, Saturday, August 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS members gathered on Saturday, July 16, 2018 to honor the New Moon Goddesses and set goals as a coven together. No drumming was heard, as the hour was late and the temple neighbors would have not been pleased by the beating of drums in the night. Goals were set as a coven, to work towards as the new moon waxes full, as well as personal goals to work on for inner progress. A beautiful sunset with a crescent moon kept the west as the candles flicker in the evening sun.

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July 2018 New Moon, altar, Saturday, July 14, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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July 2018 New Moon, sunset, Saturday, July 14, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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The light has returned, and the members are happy to see the dark times over Sunday, February 4, 2018. Much introspection and meditation. The traditional beginning of Spring, the members honored the goddess Brigid and gave offerings in thanks of her continued support of the society.

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Imbolc 2018, altar, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Imbolc 2018, Brigid, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Imbolc 2018, altar close up, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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The members enjoyed a lovely Lughnasadh, praising the Celtic sun god Lugh on Saturday, August 5, 2017. The gathering was held at the temple, with dimming light in the west and the altar of life set in the center. A beautiful sunset graced the meditations, and a journey was led to meet the Celitc God, who gave warm, brotherly advice to those present. The feastings included chicken, mashed potatoes, and baked asparagus.

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Lughnasadh 2017, altar with dog Freyja, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2017, l to r: Shy Fox, Willow and Rachel Figueroa, Spencer Angell, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2017, L to r: Spencer Angell, Willow Figueroa, Shy Fox, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2017, feast, Saturday, August 5, 2017, 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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Welcome Week Tabling 2012

These past weeks were awesome! Many students stopped by UUPS table at Welcome Week on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 10am-2pm on the U of U Student Union West Lawn for free tarot readings. Ganesh watched over the table as president Daniel Cureton and UUPS adviser April Love gave free readings to almost fifty people in the four hours available to students to table at the student union. There were even a few people interested in joining the Pagan Society! All in all, things went well and we got the word out that there is a safe and inclusive space for all persons to come and explore alternative spirituality! 

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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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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 attend and helped at the booth at this year’s Utah Pride Festival. We had an eventful weekend on Saturday and Sunday June 2-3, 2012 in downtown SLC, which included the interfaith service, interfaith march, Sunday’s parade and free tarot readings at the booth! We had so many people wanting readings that we had to turn folks away when the gates closed. Wait time was over an hour! But we feel grateful being able to help and bring solace, validation and guidance to those seeking answers. Those of us that marched in the parade could feel the wealth of gratitude washing over us as we were cheered on and thanked for being the only Pagan representation at the parade and festival! We even had pagans from Logan join us in the middle of the march! All in all it was a success and UUPS can’t wait for next year! Check out the photos below!

U of U Pagan Society Marching Banner for Utah Pride Parade Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival before parade 2012 Fire Runner (l) and Shy Fox Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012 L to R-Fire Runner, Muad’Dib and Shy Fox Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012 Shy Fox (l) and Woman Between the Wolves Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012 Muad’Dib (l) and Fire Runner Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride festival Parade 2012 l to r Woman Between the Wolves, Fire Runner and Shy Fox marching west on 200s Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2012 l to r Muad’Dib, Fire Runner, Shy Fox and Woman Between the Wolves after parade Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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Hi Folks!

Come out and join us for this years LGBTQ PRIDE Festival! We will be participating in several events this weekend, here’s a list

Saturday, June 2, 2012-

12:30 Interfaith service and march

3-8 festival

Sunday, June 3, 2012-

9am-1 PRIDE Parade March

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Come stop by the booth, march in the parade with us and have a good old time! If you’d like to help out, please contact Muad’Dib at 8017094632

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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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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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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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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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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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