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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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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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Once again with the coming of the end of October we have a chance to really push ourselves in the time when the guards of most people come down for Halloween. Now is the best time to let that Pagan Pride show! Check out the event schedule to see what we’ll be doing for Pagan Awareness Week this October 24-31 2011. Among activities will be a new moon ritual and the Live showing of Rocky Horror!~! See you all there!

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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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With the coming of each month, brings the coming of a new moon cycle. This past month brought an extra powerful full moon. It wasn’t just any moon, but a full moon doubled with a lunar eclipse! Lots of magic was worked this night on June 15, 2011. Cleansing, prosperity and other spells were done as the universe was in a place to grant powerful blessings. Even a few spiritual awakenings happened on this eve. Till the next month, the next full moon. See you all then under Luna’s hand of grace and delight!

Full Moon Ritual altar June 15, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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Holly and Oak Kings… a fight to the death.. almost. UUPS celebrated the two great Kings of the Year. The Oak King and the Holly King. This Midsummer festival on Friday, June 24, 2011 brought us the esteemed opportunity to reenact the great battle of the two kings, the battle that twice a year ensures one will rule while the other sits at the altar of life.  This time, the Holly King was again crowned ruler for the coming winter months. UUPS sang, danced, beat drums and rang bells in honor of the Holly King. A midsummer fire allowed all present to burn away a bad habit, problem, situation or other form of negative energy in their lives. Many felt uplifted, inspired and joyful. All present had the opportunity to travel down a garden path in a guided meditation to meet and speak with the Holy Holly King himself. The final union of the Holy Holly King and Queen brought a close to the ceremony and the opening of the Midsummer feast. Mainly a garden dinner, full of salads, cabbage, mushroom, pasta and noodles, the occasional yard bird was seen wandering around before quickly vanishing into the carnivorous traps of Holly King himself.  Blessed Be all! Until we merry meet again!

Midsummer 2011 l to r-Sharon Pellum, Derika Jade, Lunar Oak Spirit, Julie Watson and Marian Edmonds Friday, June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011 l to r- Julie Watson, Marian Edmonds, Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Friday,June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011 l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Sharon and Aryssa Pellum, Lunar Oak Spirit, Derika Llemley, Marian Edmonds, Julie Watson Friday, June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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Well with everything settled down again, it’s time for reports! We had a successful venture at the LGBTQ Pride Festival a few weekends ago  Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 2011. Many folks stopped by our table and signed up for the newsletter and updates. A few people paid dues and became members, took information and all together enjoyed our presence. All of the newsletters we took (About 50) we’re gone on Saturday. A few folks even felt generous enough to put a few dollars in our donations can. All in all, it was a success! So now it’s back to the old routine of full moons and holidays, but not to worry, many events and activities are coming up this summer!

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Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011, Woman Between the Wolves, (r) tabling for U of U Pagan Society, Saturday, June 4, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 L to R-Sharon Pellum, Muad’Dib, Woman Between the Wolves, Callista Dreamwalker, Aryssa Pellum, Sunday June 5, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 Kai Martinez (l) and Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 4, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah LGBTQ Pride Festival 2011, Muad’Dib after interfaith march, Saturday, June 4, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 Pride Parade on 200 s facing 400 e stop light, l to r Aryssa Pellum, Callista Dreamalker, Sharon Pellum Sunday, June 5, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 Pride Parade Gene Banner (l) and Muad’Dib, June 4, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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This year has showered man opportunities among us in the LGBTQ community. As a member of the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition, we are allowed to march in the Sunday morning parade! Come dressed in robes, hats and staffs and be ready to carry our banner.

Time: Line up at 8:30 am

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011

Location: 300 E 400 S

We need people who can march to come and hold the banner, three people would be nice!

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Hi everyone

We have the esteemed opportunity to be participants in the 2011 interfaith service.  We will be ringing bells and invoking the gods of clarity and peace to help everyone. Here are the details

Time: 2-3pm

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011

Location: First Methodist Church, 203 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

After the service, we will all march to the festival with our banners behind a league of bag pipers! We hope you can all join us for this unique and privelaged experience!

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A few select members of the Pagan Society meet under the beautiful gaze and light of the full moon to give honor and grace to the Moon Goddess on May 17, 2011 at 8pm.

After a few magical workings, personal offerings were given and treats shared among the members. Till next we meet!

Full Moon Ritual Fire Wizard May 17, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual Fire Wizard May 17, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual Sharon (l) and Aryssa Pellum May 17, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual Sharon (l) and Aryssa Pellum May 17, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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Wow, time to take a breath.  April was super busy!! Here are a few of the things we accomplished in April 2011:

Deciding to go nonprofit

Joining the Terracycle Program

Being sponsored by the local pagan store Kindred Paths

Joining the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition

Here are some of the stories:

UUPS Joins Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition

One thing UUPS is good at is community outreach.  Here again is another: including LGBTQ persons in their activities and rituals.

This past April, UUPS became a member of the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition. “We want to include everyone! There are a lot of pagans who are LGBTQ and lot of LGBTQ who practice a pagan faith, it was only natural and a matter of time before we united forces, like some of the other pagan groups in Salt Lake City, and really showed our support of the LGBTQ community. We especially want them to know that you don’t have to be straight to practice your religion or faith and to be spiritual.” said President Muad’Dib. He goes on to mention “I know people who are straight pagans worshiping and honoring gay gods and goddess and LGBTQ people worshiping and honoring straight gods and goddess!.”

UUPS is excited to participate in their first interfaith service at this years LGBTQ PRIDE festival in Salt Lake City.  The interfaith service is being held at the old Methodist Church of Salt Lake located at 203 e 200 s on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm.  After the service everyone will be able to march behind bag pipers with their groups and banners to the pride festival.

Terracycling

Recycling! Recycling! Or rather… terracycling? What is terracycling?

Terracycling is an organization that came into being in 2001 to collect all those hard to recycle products such as candy wrappers, chip bags, cookie bags, cell phone, cell phones, Neosporin tubes, those red plastic party cups and so on. President Muad’Dib commented “I thought it was a good idea and everyone agreed that its great way to join the global community in not just recycling, but taking it a step further with really trying to make sure everything gets reused.”

Terracycle will give $.02 for each wrapper and bag that is shipped back to their processing center. These items are then processed into usable products such as bags, totes, bottle and more.  Terracycle send out pre-paid boxes and labels each time a full box is sent in, so there is minimal cost involved with shipping.

Collection dates for UUPS: Please bring your candy wrappers, cookie wrappers (like Oreo and Keebler) and their trays to the last weekly meeting of each month.

We hope to keep moving forward with outreaching our arm to help, involve and support the community and students.  We hope May brings us many more opportunities !

BB

Muad’Dib

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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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A change and evolution. The new moons will now include a drum circle and meditation by smokeless fire! A few members met under the dark shadow of the new moon Monday, April 4, 2011 to celebrate the cycles of Luna and ask guidance for the coming month. Since new moons are about setting goals, the members burned old goals in the fire and set new ones to wax in fruition with the waxing moon. Cookies and juice were the offerings to Luna. Till next we meet!

New moon Ritual April Love (l) and Ashton Longhurst April 4, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

New moon Ritual Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Shy Fox, Monday, April 4, 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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