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The members of SLPS met on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm to celebrate the union of the Lord and Lady in matrimony and at the Beltane wedding. The Maypole was unwoven from 2014 and set up on the lawn. Flowers from the garden adorned the altar as well as the great rite statue and queer gods painting.

Poetry honoring the Gods was read. The great rite was performed, the uniting of the blade and chalice, by the high priest and high priestess, offering up white zinfandel wine. “Beltane” was played by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons as the members danced and wove the ribbons on 2016’s pole. As the members drank wine and relaxed, two morning doves flew into the trees, issuing calls to the members and giving the sign that the Lord and Lady was present.

The feasting included homemade drunken German Chocolate cake, beef stroganov, and noodles.

Beltane 2016, Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, unraveling 2014’s Maypole weaving l to r- Camille Harris, Shy Fox, and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, Maypole, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, altar, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, altar center, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, dancing around the Maypole l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, and Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving, l to r- Camille Harris, Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving l to r-Camille Harris, Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, feast: homemade drunken German chocolate cake, peas, beef stroganov, noodle, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Goddess and God united in love and became one for the day! The Great Day of Beltane, when the God and Goddess come together for their wedding ceremony and to make new life that will be born at Yule. The ceremony was held outside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2015 at 3pm. The altar was decorated with Celtic knot work items and plaques of the Goddess and God and of the God and God for Queer mysteries. A lesson on the meaning and origin of Beltane took place, and the offerings were white wine and strawberry short cake. The feastings later in the evening were Italian sausage spaghetti, green salad, and garlic bread with red wine.

Beltane 2015, altar, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, altar center, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, strawberry short cake offerings to the Goddess and God, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Shy Fox, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Muad’Dib, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Piggy at altar, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Italian sausage spaghetti, green salad, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, feast-garlic bread, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The beloved Pagan and Magick shop of Utah County has decided to close its door. Gypsy Wagon, run by mother and daughter team Penny and Misty Mcinelly will be moving in the direction of festival vending, private psychic readings, and online shopping.

The shop has had a history of ups and downs over the last six years since it opened in Spring of 2009 in the basement of a house in Lindon, UT. President Muad’Dib fondly remembers shopping there when he first became a Pagan. “I was thrilled they were so close, as I was a student in Provo at BYU. I don’t remember how I found them. Most likely their website, as I was new to Paganism and new to Utah as well, so I had to do Google searches and looking at Witchvox.com. I met Misty when I went to the house, which I had to enter through the back through a door. It was very secretive, being in a highly Mormon neighborhood in Lindon, which is basically Orem. Misty and I got along great, and formed a friendship I still maintain till this day. She even participated in some of the early functions of the U of U Pagan Society and traveled with me to visit Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA) in Logan over Beltane 2010.

I made my first purchase, a large one, of magick supplies from her in June of 2009. I also had my first psychic readings from her, which turned me on to divination. I paid for a few readings. We did a playing card reading, threw some herbs in some water in a scrying bowl, and the biggest one which provided the most detail was the coffee ground reading. She provided information about people I would later meet when I started helping out at LGBT pride, and at the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Utah in spring of 2010. She warned me about some, showing me the frowns and horns on some faces next to letters that had come up in the cup. I then purchased The Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson, which was my first tarot. Meeting her and having those discussions about my path and the changes I was contemplating at the time (transferring schools to the University of Utah) set me on the path I am on today. Gypsy Wagon was an influential and important part of my history since the very beginning of my journey in Paganism and in Utah.”

The shop moved in 2010 to Pleasant Grove where in the fall they hosted a psychic fair on the front lawn of the house they were using, the same weekend, June 19, 2010, as the City of Fun Carnival which was held at the park a block away. President Muad’Dib read at the fair, doing coral readings along with a few ladies who did tarot and angel cards. Troubles plagued them there, with marginalization from the community and the occasional window breaking from hooligans.  In 2011 the shop moved to a new location in American Fork, in a strip mall on 52 S. Main St where it stayed to date.

The store at one point was closing, but a secret partner stepped up in the spring of 2013 just as the doors were about to shut. So it continued for a while, until September 2014 when the shop made an announcement on its Facebook page that they are changing the structure and closing its door to focus more online, with private sales and festivals in the mix. SLPS wishes them all the blessings of the Goddess on this new journey, may they continue to be the lifeblood of the community in Utah County!

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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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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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This past April 30 UUPS had a great opportunity to table at the 2011 Earth Jam Festival held in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park.

Earth Jam is a non-profit organization that raises awareness of environmental issues with a free festival and free concerts.

The weather was not favorable on this morning, with upwards of eight inches of snow in the valley. The sun did come out later to shine its face and warm up the participants and vendors.

“The weather was awful, cold, snowy and some wind. Despite that, we did have about fifteen people sign up to receive our newsletter and many people stopped by for information and pamphlets” said President Muad’Dib.

President Muad’Dib even secured a five minute speaking spot between stage changes of the bands to talk about the group. He commented, “I spoke for a few minutes, but no one was really listening. The problem really was that no one was there because of the weather!  A few lolly gaggers, but they all left once I got to the mic.”

Sorry President Muad’Dib! Hopefully next years Earth Jam will have Gaia treating the crowds with a more tender fist!

Earth Jam 2011 Tabling, May 1, 2011, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Earth Jam 2011 Tabling, Sarah Cochran (l) and Muad’Dib, May 1, 2011, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Earth Jam 2011 Tabling, Autin Bakaric (l) and Sarah Cochran, May 1, 2011, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Earth Jam 2011 tabling, l to r- Austin Bakaric, Sarah Cochran, and Abbie Minckler, May 1, 2011, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Earth Jam 2011, Music Stage side, May 1, 2011, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Earth Jam 2011, Music Stage, May 1, 2011, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

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