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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.

President Daniel Cureton provided free tarot readings for the students moving into the dorms at the University of Utah Heritage Halls on Thursday, August 16, 2012 . Several groups lined the main entrance and were there to recruit students, including LDSSA and Frisbee golf. President Cureton did a few readings while he received some side glances and evil eyes from parents of freshman.

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!

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

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.

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!

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)

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

Thanks to all who attend and helped at the booth at this year’s Utah Pride Festival. We had an eventful weekend on Saturday and Sunday June 2-3, 2012 in downtown SLC, which included the interfaith service, interfaith march, Sunday’s parade and free tarot readings at the booth! We had so many people wanting readings that we had to turn folks away when the gates closed. Wait time was over an hour! But we feel grateful being able to help and bring solace, validation and guidance to those seeking answers. Those of us that marched in the parade could feel the wealth of gratitude washing over us as we were cheered on and thanked for being the only Pagan representation at the parade and festival! We even had pagans from Logan join us in the middle of the march! All in all it was a success and UUPS can’t wait for next year! Check out the photos below!

U of U Pagan Society Marching Banner for Utah Pride Parade Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival before parade 2012 Fire Runner (l) and Shy Fox Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012 L to R-Fire Runner, Muad’Dib and Shy Fox Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012 Shy Fox (l) and Woman Between the Wolves Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012 Muad’Dib (l) and Fire Runner Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride festival Parade 2012 l to r Woman Between the Wolves, Fire Runner and Shy Fox marching west on 200s Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2012 l to r Muad’Dib, Fire Runner, Shy Fox and Woman Between the Wolves after parade Sunday, June 3, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Hi Folks!

Come out and join us for this years LGBTQ PRIDE Festival! We will be participating in several events this weekend, here’s a list

Saturday, June 2, 2012-

12:30 Interfaith service and march

3-8 festival

Sunday, June 3, 2012-

9am-1 PRIDE Parade March

2-7 festival

Come stop by the booth, march in the parade with us and have a good old time! If you’d like to help out, please contact Muad’Dib at 8017094632

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

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.

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)

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

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

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)

 

 

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

Congratulations everyone, the U of U Pagan Society has successfully completed its transition to a non profit organization. Filing under the Open Mind Foundation as a DBA, everything was set in order at the Utah Department of Commerce. Now we can really enjoy the benefits of being a unpaid service organization that is here to help people find, explore and understand paganism as well as service. Thanks to everyone who helped us in this goal.

Bright Blessings

Muad’Dib

The dark moon blessed the members of UUPS Saturday, February 18, 2012 and was gracious in giving power and spirit to those seeking guidance, validation, faith. Ritual included spell workings, meditation fire and drum circle. Photos below.

New Moon Ritual Back standing l to r- Amber Hafen, Rena Fairbrother, Sharon Pellum, Janet Duffy, Front sitting l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Brittany Walker, Daniel Fairbrother, Callista Dreamwalker and Aryssa Pellum, Saturday, February 18, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

Event flier

 

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

 

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)

UUPS had the great opportunity to table at spring term’s PlazaFest at the U of U on January 11, 2012. Muad’Dib and UUPS adviser Woman Between the Wolves gave away pamphlets, talked with students and had a general old Pagan time while letting others know there is a safe, inclusive environment where all can come who are seeking or interested in alternative earth based spiritualities.

Plazafest tabling University of Utah Union Ballroom Wednesday, January 11 2012 Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Muad’Dib

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