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A few of the core members gathered to honor Lugh on Saturday, August 2, 2014. This year’s Lughnasadh was small in comparison, due to schedules and other circumstances, regardless, Lugh was satisfied and happy to be honored and remembered with penis break and sausage gravy as the main offerings.

Lughnasadh is the traditional time for offering the first bread of the harvest, in which this year’s form they were penis bread. The foundations of the Sun and Moon temple were restored and the Angels welcomed back. A simple druid ceremony brought all the parts together before the close. The feast included grilled bratwursts in honor of Lugh, spinach salad and funeral potatoes.

Lughnasadh 2014, Muad’ Dib Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (L) and Shy Fox, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Altar Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Penis Bread, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014 Altar center with Lugh painting, Saturday August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014 Shy Fox, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Shy Fox lighting elemental candle (fire), Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Celtic Sun God Lugh Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to everyone who came to Midsummer 2014, held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, the Summer Solstice. It was performed in the New American Tradition by President Muad’Dib. A special Midsummer Kings painting, acrylic on canvas, was the center piece, with two acrylic on board paintings of the Holly and Oak Kings to the sides, all done by Kurt Shoopman of Glasgow, Kentucky. Other items included flowers, cinnamon rolls, God’s eyes, ritual wine and a custom sunflower table cloth made last Midsummer by Woman Between the Wolves.  The faeries visited, the Holly King dominated the Oak King as the new ruling king of the year till Winter Solstice, and mighty Midsummer magic was worked at the Midsummer fire. Feasting included steak, vegetables in butter sauce and home  made cinnamon rolls.

Midsummer 2014, main altar, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, main altar center with Midsummer Kings paintings by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Temple area, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, L to r- Janelle Baguley, Willow Figueroa, Piggy, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, l to r- Lunar Oak Spirit, Uriel Lizardi, Owen Staples, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Cheyanne Opheikens (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, south altar with Sekhmet, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, West altar with Kali, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, North altar with Ganesh, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, East altar with Horus, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Woman Between the Wolves Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2014, Lunar performing Great Rite with Woman l to r- Janelle Baguley, Willow Figueroa, Piggy, Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves, Cheyanne Opheikens, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Owen Staples, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Feasting, l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Lunar Oak Spirit, Piggy, Willow Figueroa, Janelle Baguley, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned and midsummer is upon us! This year SLPS will be celebrating Midsummer on the Solstice. The ritual is set in the Wiccan/druid style by President Muad’Dib. A specially commissioned painting of the Holly King dominating the Oak King (LGBT) by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky will be the center item on the altar. Afterwards there will be feastings into the night!

When: Saturday, June 21, 2014 6pm

Where: Private Residence

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The Gods are Happy! Everyone was blessed at Beltane this year, held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6pm.

The ritual opened with the usual banishings and circle protections and elemental callings. The altar was decorated in Beltane colors and Celtic Knotwork, symbolizing the eternal nature of the Gods and everyonekinds connection to them. A special commissioned painting by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky of Ganesh and Pan in the great rite was the centerpiece, symbolizing the Queer nature of divinity and everyonekind.

With drumming and music, the wedding party entered the circle. The God was played by Lunar Oak Spirit and the Goddess was played by Woman Between the Wolves. The declarations of unity, blessings and love was followed by the great rite, with the blade entering the chalice, symbolizing the unity of the Goddess and God to each other as well as to everyonekind.

With the throwing of rice and the reading of Beltane poetry, president Muad’Dib performed a druid rite to Niwalen.  The dancing of the sacred dance around the newly made May Day Pole was next. After some confusion, the pace picked up and the weaving of a tight knotwork took place, to ensure the blessings and desires of everyone who dance till next Beltane.

The feastings included wine, spirits, ribs, steak, greens beans and mushrooms, scalloped potatoes, yellow rice and curry chicken, and three bean salad. Check out the photos below!

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib cleaning the temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves with May Day Pole ribbons, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves with May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves stapling the flowers to the top of the May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib with May Day Pole flowers, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r: Shy Fox, Piggy, Cheyanne Opheiknes, Rhiannon and Dinne Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Shy Fox, Dianne and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Piggy (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, main altar with Ganesh and Pan Great Rite painting by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, main altar center with Ganesh and Pan Great Rite painting by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib in temple area contemplating the ritual, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib in temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, South altar with Shekmet, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, West altar with Kali, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, North altar with Gaia, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, East altar with Isis, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves as God and Goddess approaching ritual circle, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves as God and Goddess entering ritual circle, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r: Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, Dianne Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Cheyanne Opheikens, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Owen Wilson, Lunar Oak Spirit and Anji Smith, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves (r in red) performing the Great Rite. Back l to r- Cheyanne Opheikens, Piggy, and Owen Wilson, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit performing the Great Rite, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib (l) and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Piggy, Owen Wilson, Woman Between the Wolves, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole, l to r- Owen Wilson, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, After May Day dance, l to r: Rhiannon Watters, Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Cheyanne Opheikens, Muad’Dib, Owen Wilson, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Rhiannon Watters, Piggy, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, Cheyanne Opheikens, and Muad’Dib after dancing the May Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole after weaving dance, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting, l to r: Anji Smith, Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Owen Wilson, Dianne and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting, l to r-Rhiannon Watters, Cheyanne Opheikens, Piggy, and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting with Anji Smith (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Join us on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6pm for Beltane Ritual and Feast. The union of the God and Goddess as one will take place with feastings afterward. A special commissioned painting of Ganesh and Pan by Kurt Shoopman in Kentucky in the great right will be the center for the gay gods at this Beltane! photo

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Ostara shining face was seen this past Ostara 2014. SLPS held Ostara 2014 on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6pm. The ritual was done in the New American Tradition by SLPS president Muad’Dib.

With the opening of the ceremony by the LBRP and other rites, the ritual quickly moved to the story of Ostara or Easter. Centering around the Goddess Eostre and her blessing of the bunnies to spread her name, a guided journey to meet the Goddess was performed. Afterward, wildflower seeds were spread in a barren patch of land, to bring new life as spring rolls forward. President Muad’Dib  performed a druid rite of spring to Coel. The cakes and ales included bunny bread rolls made by Rhiannon Watters that were offered up to the Goddess in thanks for the return of Spring, with the song “The Earth is Our Mother” by Libana being chanted in remembrance of our ties and duty to care for the land. The ritual ended peacefully with spring poetry.

The feastings included vegan lentil soup, potato rolls, grilled chicken, spinach and cucumber salad, and enchiladas. With the wine and juice flowing freely, the feastings continued into the night and ended with a few hands of five card poker!

Ostara 2014, East altar with Winged Isis, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, South altar with Apollo, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, West altar with Hades, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, North altar with Gaia, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 main altar, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014, main altar center, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Goddess Ostara acrylic on board plaque by Kurth Shoopman, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014 l to r: Rhiannon Watters, Yuriel Lizardi, and Donna Watters ,Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Bunny biscuits made by Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, fire, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib behind main altar, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Steven Wellington, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (l red) and Steven Wellington in circle, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, wildflower seed area, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014 l to r: Cheyanne Opheikens, Steven Wellington, Rhiannon Watters, Yuriel Lizarid, Shy Fox, and Donan Watteres in circle, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014 Feat, l to r: Steven Wellington, Rhiannon Watters, Donna Watters, Cheyanne Opheikens (middle right) and Shy Fox, (bottom right), with vegan lentil soup with ladle, water, apple juice and grilled chicken, potato salad, tomato soup, potato rolls (by Steven). Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib with poker chips for eyes, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Poker game with Shy Fox, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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A few members and guests of SLPS gathered last night Friday, March 21, 2014 to prepare the eggs for Ostara 2014. At first the brown eggs appeared to present a challenge of if the dye would stick, but it sure did! Some beautiful eggs are now waiting to be presented to the Goddess and eaten in sacred Ostara egg salad! There was even a black egg! The other plastic eggs hold wildflower seeds read to be sown into the barren Earth in symbol of the returning life of spring time.

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Rhiannon Watters, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Donna Watters, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, cage free eggs and dyes, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Wildflower seeds, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Wildflower seed package, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, colorful died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, more colorful died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, yet still more color died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, plastic eggs with wildflower seeds Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The wheel has turned and it’s time to get the candles and eggs out for the Germanic Goddess Ostara, one of spring and the equinox! This year’s Ostara will be performed in the Wiccan fashion by President Muad’Dib. Ritual will be Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6pm with feasting around 7:30pm. We will be dying eggs the day before on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7pm in preparation for Ostara. You can find the ritual outline here! It will be held outside so dress warmly for early spring weather! Only those who came to Witches’ Tea may attend since this is a private ritual.

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Thanks to everyone who came and participated in the Imbolc ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports at 6pm. SLPS helped kick off the 2014 Interfaith Month with Imbolc. Lakshmi stood in since Brigid arrived late. The table was decorated with a handmade table cloth by Woman Between the Wolves in the late winter seasonal design. Flowers, cookies, sparkling apple cider, candles and more all decorated the altar. Since the ritual was squeezed into the small time space of an hour, some creative editing was necessary.

After reading Imbolc poetry, there was singing and dancing, cleansing and blessing, all before Brigid appeared. She stepped in for a visit through one of the mediums and gave spiritual advice to everyone through the tarot. Afterwards, everyone came forward to received blessings from her through sacred fire.

The energy was sent out into the universe at the close and the rest was returned to the living Earth.

Imbolc 2014 Altar with Lakshmi stand in for Brigid Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 Altar close up with Lakshmi stand in for Brigid Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 circle with Cathy Saremi (3rd from left), Al Colson (4th), Woman Between the Wolves (6th), Cheyanne Opheikens (8th) Colby Vaifoou (9th), Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 circle r to l Shy Fox (right), Mike Boyce (4th from right), Lyn Sawyer (5th), Adam Applegate (6th) Colby Vaifoou (7th) and Cheyanne Opheikens (8th), Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned and Lughnasadh is upon us! The festival of Lugh, also known as Lammas, is a time to honor the Tuatha De Danann Warrior known as “Long Arm Lugh”.  A Cetlic Sun God, the first harvest come into fruition and storage now. The traditional offerings are the first loafs of bread made from the first harvest. Corn mothers, bread, grains and phalluses are all appropriate iconography for Lughnasadh. This is also the Thanksgiving Holiday, when each person give thanks for the things and blessings in their lives. The center piece and other decorations will feature full nudity of Lugh and phallus candles.  Join with us for Lughnasadh! You must come to Witches’ Tea for an invitation.

When: Saturday, August 3, 2013 6pm

Where: Muad’Dib’s House 801 709 4632

(Flyer by Lunar Oak Spirit)

Lughnasadh

Lugh

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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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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, Mustard Seed, Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Beltane 2012, l to r- Fire Runner, 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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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 Muad’Dib who led the members to a grove in trance 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-Shy Fox, Fire Runner, Lunar Oak Spirit, and Mustard Seed, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, L to R-Mustard Seed, Ember Fire, and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, Ember Fire as witch with east altar, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, Center of Main altar, Mustard Seed, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2012, main altar with Mustard Seed, 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, chicken mole enchiladas by Shy Fox for the feast, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Ostara 2012, Shy Fox (l) and Ember Fire Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, Feast, Back to Front-Fire Runner, Mustard Seed, Woman Between the Wolves, and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, March 24, 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 Fire Runner (l) and Ember Fire, 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, l to r- Shy Fox, Fire Runner, Mitchell Anderson, Woman Between the Wolves, and Ember Fire, Sunday, January 29, 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 l to r- Mustard Seed, Callista Dreamwalker, Muad’Dib, Lunar Oak Spirit, and Fire Runner, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, L to r- Callista Dreamwalker as hand maiden, Lunar Oak Spirit as God, Fire Runner as Goddess, and Mustard Seed 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-God Lunar Oak Spirit, Ritual Leader Muad’Dib, and Goddess Fire Runner, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Yule 2011, God and Goddess Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Fire Runner 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

Yule 2011, Mustard Seed, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Yule 2011, Ember Fire Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Fire Runner, 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

Yule 2011 l to r- Mikael Short, Derika Jade, Woman Between the Wolves, Ember Fire, Shy Fox, Mustard Seed, Fire Runner, 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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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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Once again the wheel has turned and we are brought to the fall equinox, a great time of division and preparation for dark times. The second harvest is in and now is the time to thank the dying god and aging goddess!

 

Join us for a Mabon Ritual

When: Sunday, September 25, 2011

What time: 7pm

Where: Muad’Dib’s House-Call or text for directions 801 709 4632

 

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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

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

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

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

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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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-Fire Runner, 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, Mustard Seed, and Fire Runner, Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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

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This past month brought us the wonderful opportunity again to see our wonderful brothers and sisters from Utah State University Pagan Alliance in Logan, Ut on Saturday, March 19, 2011. They celebrate and honored Liber Pater with the Roman Spring Holiday Liberalia. Masks were hung in trees, wreaths were worn on the heads and togas worn! Callista Midnyte Dreamwalker (fourth from right) related her experience, “Liberlia was a very powerful experience. It was my first ritual I ever  attended and I was nervous. However when we arrived we were invited into the circle among many fellow pagans. We called upon the God and Goddess not just of the Romans but also of others. I enjoyed the company and felt the Gods and Goddesses presence.  I felt their joy in our gathering. This three hour drive was completely worth it!” Saerra Fairbrother said “ I am so glad I went. It was a great time and I even met a woman who will be moving to go to SLCC with us in the fall.”

UUPS is very excited and cannot wait to see and join in the next celebration with USUPA! We are grateful to our wonderful friend and President of USUPA Kassie (second from right).

This month we are focusing on getting sponsored by one of the local businesses and setting up for the PRIDE Festival.  We also have added a new event page to the website so everyone can keep up to date on what is going on with UUPS!

Liberalia with USUPA, Front row r to l-Kassie Cressal, Callista Dreamwalker, Back (2nd from right) Anya Hawke, Saturday, March 19, 2011, Logan, UT

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Liberalia 2011, Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA) l to r-Isaac Furniss, Kassies Cressal, and Anya Hawke, U of U Pagan Society combined with USU Pagan Alliance, Saturday, March 19 2011, Logan, UT 

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Brigid herself was pleased with the joyous celebration of the day of the return of the light. She was aspected by our very own adviser April, in a wonderful black and white costume, signifying the duality of the solstice and equality of day and night before the day becomes longer. The four quarters were called upon with candles and wreathes upon the heads of those who were in their elements respectively. A roaring fire in the grill helped keep us warm on the chilly night, and light Brigid’s candle. Milk and oats were passed, and blessings given, and blessings received. Thanks to all who came and enjoyed and made Imbolc 2011 a reality.

Following Imbolc we had home made chicken soup and participated in a new moon ritual. We hailed Luna and meditated with the beating of drums and set goals for the coming month. Blessings of the moon were given by the Priest before everyone was led into past life visions by April. Many things were revealed. All very instructional and helpful to the people to better understanding their time in this existence.

All in all, we can’t wait to do it again! Come join us each month for new and full moon rituals and draw down the power of the moon into your lives. See you there!

BB
Muad’Dib

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So now that everyone has settled in, lets dig in! Brigid is about to arrive as this month we have Imbolc as well as a new and full moon we are doing. About average activity for a group this size. We are in the works of getting speakers from the community and one big speaker——- Oberon-Zell Ravenheart in September. We would like to bring him in for Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2011. He has sent us the break down of his cost and what he requires, and to say the least, we are going to have to pull the larger community of salt lake together to cover the 30 % of the expense and 50 % of his travel. The University will cover 70 % of the cost of everything outside travel. His one day fee is $500.00 and he requires a driver and three meals a day and a booth for selling his items.. So if you haven’t got the feeling,… its going to be a lot of work to bring him in and have it all work out without calamity befalling us!! What are some of your ideas about OZ? Should we try and invite him to speak or lead a ritual? Email us and let us know or reply with your ideas on the discussion on Facebook or our website.

Volunteering: It is our goal to have one volunteering activity per semester (at least). We are planning that now, do you have an idea for spring 2011 volunteering project? Email us or reply on facebook and the website!

Sundays: Weekly meeting at the Beehive Tea Room in Salt Lake City (12 w 300 s) at 11:00 am. This is the important place where everyone can pool together. This is also where we do our planning and finalize events! Please come and voice your ideas.

Needed: Students!! We need more student participation and activity.

Needed: Volunteers for posting fliers around Salt Lake valley. There are many places that have cork boards that allow posting such as coffee shops and grocery stores. If you are willing to post a few while you are out in town, please email us and let us know so we can get those fliers to you!

Needed: Carpooling– there are a fair amount of members who live far away and have difficulty attending meetings and activities because of lack of perosonal/ UTA transportation to the areas where they live. There is a place on facebook to post a replies and coordinate carpooling/ transportation.

Have a wonderful Imbolc!

Bright Blessings!
Muad’Dib
President

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Hi folks,

Not much went on this month, with the new year and new semester. I hope all have settle down back into old routines, new routines and school studies.

I hope to see you all later at the Imbolc and New moon!

We have submitted our application for the grass roots section of the Utah PRIDE Festival on June 3. We are waiting to hear back for a spot. We will need volunteers though! Please send us an email if you will be available in June to help man the booth over the three day period. We are planning how long shifts will be right now.

We hope all of you can make it to the Imbolc Ritual in Cottonwood heights. Please call Muad’Dib if you get lost and need directions. 801 709 4632.

Muad’Dib

 

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This past Friday December 18, 2009 brought the wonderful opportunity for UUPS to work with its newly formed offshoot group WANDS of Westminster College. A neo shamanic rite was performed by their leader, Christian under snow and full moon! A few members from both groups gathered on the south sound of the college at the amphitheater by a running rive to give honor and praise to father sky and mother earth. The crowning salute came with a drawn sword and refreshments of apple cider. UUPS can’t wait to work again with WANDS! Hail!

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December and Yule

Hi folks,

once again, with the turn of the month, the turning of the great wheel, we come to the Yule season. The God is soon to be reborn by the Goddess!. This month has slowed down, we are in the planning stages for the upcoming year. We are taking a big breath in this month and relaxing.

Student Groups:

We are working with SLCC to form a group there. We are going over the paper work and examing what exactly needs to happen. If anyone is interested, please email UUPS!

Book of the Month:

We have had an ongoing book of the month since last fall. This months book is
Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide by Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling.

If anyone is without a place to go for Christmas, they may come to my house on Friday and enjoy some dinner and festivities! Please send me an email through UUPS

Bright Blessings
Muad’Dib

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