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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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Yule was celebrated Sunday, December 31, 2017. The last day to end the year and welcome 2018. The society met to honor the return of the Oak King and say goodbye to the Holly King till Midsummer.

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Yule 2017, altar with Holly King plaque and Arianrhod, Sunday, December 31, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2017, altar with candles, Sunday, December 31, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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The society gathered to honor the kindred and deities on during the Samhain season Sunday, November 5, 2017. Due to scheduling the ritual was pushed back a few days to allow for accommodations, but the gods and kindred were pleased none the less!

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Samhain 2017, altar with Hekate and Anubis, Sunday, November 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2017, altar side, Sunday, November 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2017, altar with candles, Sunday, November 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all who came and made this “once in a blue moon” occasion extra special! On Saturday, Sept 1, 2012 at 8pm, with a crowd of nine, some UUPS members and a few guests gathered. The ritual started out with the usual calling in of deity and elementals to join our work. President Daniel Cureton performed the druid grove open ceremony by proclaiming peace in the quarters and invoking Awen.

Next, those who needed to performed cleansing and charging magic before a welcoming of the new deities to the humble abode of the president. With drums, rattles, sistrums and other percussion instruments, the members and guests hailed and welcomed new gods and goddesses to the circle such as Apollo and Medusa! They certainly showed up, as everyone reported feeling the shivers up and down there spine the power the gods and goddesses bring.

A cleansing by the blue moon came after the welcoming. Everyone was consecrated with smoke from thurber by president Cureton, then they washed their bodies ritually in a basin of water with sweet grass oil representing blood and spirit. President Cureton lit a smokeless fire where he pulled in the Gods and Goddesses and nwyfre, the fire of life and the Earth.  The fire represented the fire within and the burning fire of blue moon. Hands were passed through the fire to give a sealing to the washings and consecrations. President invoked a blessing of Cerriwden, Arianrhod to empower the soul, Shiva to transform, Medusa to see past the physical, Justice to find wisdom, Apollo to see the light within, Ganesh to overcome and Isis to heal the body, mind and spirit of all. The end of the blue moon magic brought an anointing with a special blue moon lunar oil.

Cakes, ale and gratitude offerings were presented to the Goddesses and Gods before closing and dismissing the energy and the grove. The traditional Merry Meet and Merry Part chant finished the magic on this very special blue moon! President Cureton gave everyone tarot readings for the coming month with his special Deviant Moon Tarot to ad an extra punch to the blue moon magic!

Goddess Isis statue

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Everyone should come pull down the power of the Blue Moon. The “once in a blue moon” is a special time to empower your soul, cleanse your mind and really add power to the spells, emotions, goals and dreams your working on. Come experience the power of the moon Goddess in her Blue form this September 1, 2012 at 8pm!

(Flyer by Amber Hafen)

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Each month brings the opportunity for the members of the U of U Pagan Society to gather the drums and candles and welcome back the new moon into their lives! This past Saturday, August 18, 2012,  everyone gathered at president Daniel Cureton’s House to work new moon magic and meditate by a smokeless fire.

The drumming helped those present to trance into a state of higher consciousnesses and do journeyings to other realms to communicate with ancestors, spirits and deity. As the drumming rolled into the night, several members reported seeing ancestors and even the Goddess Isis! The high energy made it difficult for some to want to come back this corporeal realm.. they wanted to stay with the Gods! The Om meditation after the drums helped bring them back from those other blessed states.

The magic concluded with a few cleansing and charging of items as well as a healing spell for a fellow pagan under the weather. The Green Man made a visit and gave messages to each person after they were anointed with the power and blessing of the new moon.

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Thanks to everyone who attended Junes’ New Moon Ritual/Drum Circle and Fire meditation. As usual ritual started out with magical workings but President Daniel Cureton instituted a new circle design that uses the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Qabbalistic Cross and Rose Cross for protection. Arch angels were invoked as well as quarters and even a special circle of faeries attended as those present requested the tossing and blessings of the fae. Shortly after the dust was spread around the circle a large ring of fae poofed into circle, happy, cheering and excited to be with everyone.

Energies ran extremely high this circle. Lots of ancestors were reported being seen by president Cureton while drumming, Callista Dreamwalker and Ryc Pellum (top photo left and inside left) said that children wee heard singing and humming. Even a fire guest was present during the meditation.  UUPS is certainly grateful for all astral visitors and ancestors who helped the members set goals and find answers in their lives. The Goddesses blessings were upon everyone and thanks were given by offerings of double stuffed cookies and berry juice!

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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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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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Once again the moon has gone and we met to channel the dark moon in our lives. A time for banishing, powerful magic, magic that grows as the moon grows full. The members of SLPS met on Saturday, April 21, 2012 to engage in sacred space with a ceremonial fire and drum circle were, used for meditation, and for spellcasting.

New Moon Ritual l to r- Shy Fox, Amber Hafen and Sharon Pellum, April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City,UT 

New Moon Ritual Amber Hafen April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual l to r: Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, Amber Hafen, Sharon and Aryssa Pellulm, Saturday April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual altar with Amber Hafen April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual Shy Fox (l) and Amber Hafen, Saturday April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual Sharon (l) and Aryssa Pellum, Saturday, April 21, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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