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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Flyer by Amber Hafen)

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

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

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

Full Moon Ritual L to r-Shy Fox, Amber Hafen, Willard Swatzell, Muad’Dib, Sunday February 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all who came and made possible Imbolc. We had a great time celebrating the return of the light Sunday, January 29, 2012–the time when the goddess has/ and will be returning to her maiden state. The ritual was lead by Muad’Dib and included poetry, aspecting of the Goddess Brigid by April, and a journeying to meet with the Goddess. All in all we received helpful guidance for the coming months. Thanks be to the Goddess! The feast afterwards was full of baked chicken and garlic mashed potatoes!

Imbolc 2012 Altar Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 Altar close up Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 Handmaidens Sharon Pellum (l) and Amber Hafen Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 Woman Between the Wolves as the Goddess Brigid Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 Muad’Dib as Ritual Leader Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012 group l to r Shy Fox, Sharon Pellum, Mitchell Anderson, Woman Between the Wolves, and Amber Hafen Sunday, January 29, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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For all those interested in celebrating the cycles and the seasons in Wicca, come join in this years Imbolc as we welcome back the light!

Here are the details:

Be sure to sign up for food on the food list.

(Flyer by Amber Hafen)

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

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

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

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

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Thanks to all who came and participated in the first Yule celebration and feast by UUPS on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

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

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

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

Till we meet again at the Altar of Life!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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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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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