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Each month brings the opportunity to work powerful magic and spells under the light of Diana. The moon is at full strength and freely gives her energy and light to those who call upon it.

This month those present worked with money, banishing and cleansing objects. President Muad’Dib drew down the moon on  Friday, July 15, 2011 to perform the magic necessary.

“I always feel so good afterwards. I love coming and participating in these rituals. In these, I feel the true spirituality of my practice. I feel the true craft. I see and understand what others have been talking about for centuries when they talked about the Craft and Magic. I can feel the gods and ancestors. I know they’re helping me and creating positive change in my life.” Said Sharon Pellum. (L to R: Kirsten Caron, Ryc and Sharon Pellum, La Farn)

UUPS is looking forward to seeing everyone again next month under the light of the Moon

Full Moon Ritual l to r- Kirsten Coran, Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Laura Farnsworth, Friday, July 15, 2011 Salt Lake City UT

 

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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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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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President Muad’Dib had the unique opportunity to participate in an Ostara Ritual with our eastern brothers and sister in Rockingham, NC.

President Muad’Dib relates some of his experience, “I had the best time this past spring break. I drove up from Columbia, SC, where my parents live to Rockingham, NC, about a three hour drive up U.S. Hgwy 1 on Monday, March 21, 2011. I got there in time to meet up and drive ten minutes to a smaller town where the healing center was we would be renting for the space. We had an Easter egg hunt, in which I mowed everyone over and won, then we set up the five altars, one for each direction and the main altar, and waited for dark.  It got to be so late we finally had to bring them and do it.

The altars were so beautifully decorated with flowers, eggs and natural items. I was in the north and really loved using a dogwood branch for my wand. It still had the buds on it! I really enjoyed that. We listened as the high priestesses related the story of Ostara to us, then guided us into an egg for path working. We all meet the Green Main in front of an oak tree. We listened to what he had to say before leaving again. These are such great people!  We can learn a lot from the magic of the east!”

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Ostara 2011 J. Mohlere (l) and Muad’Dib, U of U Pagan Society combined Ostara with Spirit of the Evergreens Coven March 21, 2011 Pinehurst NC

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Ostara 2011 l to r Val Mohlere, Laura Redman, J. Mohlere, U of U Pagan Society combined Ostara with Spirit of the Ever Greens Coven March 21, 2011 Pinehurst, NC

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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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Thanks to all who made the Mabon and full moon rituals a great time in Big Cottonwood Canyon! We prepared the site before and made a circle of stones. Only after we had gathered the stones, did we see the beautiful scrub oak tree hanging inside the circle to the north!

We did a ritual putting out of the fires for the coming months of darkness, sang songs and danced around the fires, all before having a delicious butternut squash soup!

Thanks to all
BB
Muad’Dib

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Hi folks,

The new moon has passed, and the goddess shines her face again on us. UUPS will be doing its monthly full moon for everyone interested. We’ll be at the same spot in Big Cottonwood Canyon as the fall equinox.  Plan on meeting at the 711 on the corner of 6200 s and Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd and driving up to the site.  This will be after our Fall Equinox ritual that day. Please come celebrate the Goddess with us and recharge your life for another month!

 

BB

Muad’Dib

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Hi folks,

So as the fall season approaches and summer comes to glorious end, the time nears to gather the altar up and travel the woods one last time before snow falls and we are locked away among hearth and home. UUPS will be doing a fall equinox ritual in Big Cottonwood Canyon. A simple Wiccan ritual. Its the time to celebrate the aging deities.  The goddess enters her crone phase and the god approaches death.  The harvest is finished, and now is time for reflection on ones life and the meaning of death. Please bring seasonal appropriate offerings and a food dish for afterward. Berries, berry wine, nuts and apples are all appropriate for this time! It will start about 4 pm and end hopefully before 6pm. Please check the even details on Facebook as well. We’ll be meeting at the 711 on the corner of 6200 s and Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd. and drive up the mile to the site.

 

I hope to see you all there
BB

Muad’Dib

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Out in Tooele Canyon, a small group of UUPS members gathered to release pent up energies, dead goals, angers and other frustrations in a simple shamanic ritual led by our very own Laurence Miles.
Lughnasadh, one of the 8 holidays in several of the Pagan traditions and the first harvest fall holiday, was celebrated in the Shamanic path. A simple rite, A fire was lit, frustrations written on paper, a grounding moment, and then the paper was thrown in to be released to the four elements, deity and the universe. This mild sunny day allowed us to snack on the chicken, vegetables and fruit until about ten minutes after the ritual was completed, gale force winds came barreling down the canyon, accompanied shortly after by rain. We all understood this to mean that our energy had been released and was being taken up by higher causes!! Over all, everyone left feeling accomplished, more relaxed and spiritually deeper

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Hi everyone,

Its getting near that time again.  This months instructional full moon ritual is going to take place at 1:00 am at the north entrance of Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.  Please bring any items you need cleansed or charged! See you all there!

 

August also brings us one of the 8 Sabbats in the Wiccan tradition, Lughnasadh.  We’ll be heading out to Tooele Canyon on Saturday, August 21, 2010 to see our very own secretary Laurence Miles Guide us in a shamanic rite. We’re meeting at 1:00 pm at the Home Depo in Tooele.  See you all there!

 

BB

Muad’Dib

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We love traveling, especially when its to Logan to see our Pagan brothers and sisters at Utah State University.  The Pagan Alliance at USU is a bright and active group we call our sister group. UUPS has been building inter-group mingling with USUPA since April 2010.  UUPS drove up, after getting lost, on Saturday, May 1, 2010 to Logan UT. Most of UUPS members found the location in Logan Canyon and were able to attend a wonderful Celtic Reconstruction Wedding festival put on by USUPA’s own president Kassie Cressall. A large circle of stones, a beautiful altar, music, singing, fires and more were all on the agenda this day.  After wards was a lovely feast and a large May Day Pole!  All of us were able to dance around the poll honoring the God and Goddess on their day of union.

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) l Mitch O'Donnell and Kassie Cressal May 1, 2010 Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA, Mitch O’Donnell and Kassie Cressal (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 altar USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1 2012 Green Canyon Logan UT

Beltane 2010 altar USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 Circle USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1 2012 Green Canyon Logan UT

Beltane 2010 Circle USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) Daniel Cureton May 1, 2010 Green Canyon Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), Muad’Dib, May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 Bill Robinson USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA Kassie Cressal (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

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Well This is was our first official activity. Kassie Cressall from Logan even joined us, bringing the whiskey! She is in the process of starting a pagan student group at Utah State University in Logan and is getting some tips on how to do things. With 7 people joining us today, we are off to good numbers after getting started only 6 months ago! We went over to the Secretaries house on Saturday, April 1, 2010 for a beautiful Ostara ritual led by Muad’Dib giving honor to the Goddess Ostara herself for whose day it was! We divined our future with boiled Easter eggs, had a wonderful chicken salad and cake and topped it off with throwing wild flowers on the barren parts of the land!

Afterward was a full moon ritual. Everyone who came brought an item to be cleansed and recharged. Everyone left feeling recharged and renewed after pulling down the energy of the Full moon.

We hope to have many more such activities so everyone can get to see what pagans do!

See you all then

Muad’Dib

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