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The members of SLPS gathered together to celebrate the New Moon and to honor the tradition of Hanukkah in Judaism on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm. For the last several years SLPS has been participating in the the ceremony, with the lighting of the hanukiah and serving treats such as latkes and sparking cider.

Sekhmet, the Egyptian lion Goddess and Cernunnos, Celtic Lord of the Underworld, were called in along with the Kin to guide the members on the drum meditation. A smokeless flame was provided for trance work.

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Shy Fox, and Camille Harris, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, altar, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, latkas, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, smokeless meditation fire with Piggy (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, hanukiah lit for the 7th night, Goddes Sekhmet (l) and God Cernunnos, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, hanukiah on mantle, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a wonderful time participating in the Annual Interfaith Season as part of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable. SLPS hosted an educational New Moon Ritual to Artemis, around the January new moon, at Dancing Cranes Imports Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5-7pm. 25 people showed to learn more about Wicca, Paganism and the Goddess Artemis. The ceremony included a drum circle and fire meditation. President Muad’ Dib and Woman Between the Wolves explained the items on the altar and answered questions about differences between Paganism and non Pagan traditions.

One question that came up right away was “What’s the difference between Wicca an Paganism?” President Muad’Dib commented “They’re the same thing. Paganism is the umbrella term for anything non Abrahamic.” He also discussed queerness in Paganism,  “We had a small discussion about why so many folks who are queer seem to be attracted to it. I stated that because it’s usually very accepting and how personal Pagan paths are is the big appeal. People want to do their own spirituality.”

The origins of Western Occultism were introduced by Woman Between the Wolves, “The foundation of a lot of the symbology of Neopaganism is in the Jewish mysteries of the Qabalah, the Tree of Life. It underlines much of the meanings for things like why the number 3 is a sacred number, the four quarters and their elemental associations, and the practice of ritualized, structured magic.”

After the questions, the drumming and guided meditation took place. The smokeless fire was used as a focus point while the beat of the drum and shaking of percussion instruments help people transcend. Everyone shared cookies and apple juice after offerings were given to the Goddess. Artemis blessed everyone present.

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Sign for Event, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Altar to Artemis, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Dancing Cranes Imports, Woman Between the Wolves (left) Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, people in the circle, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Dark moon arrived upon us! SLPS members met under the dark moon to celebrate the Dark Goddess, set goals, and renew vows to continually walk the Goddess Path. The ritual was held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8pm, under the dark sky with snow on the ground. a drum circle a meditation fire happened after the magical workings, and with each beat of the drum and flick of the smokeless fire, the members present were sent on a meditative journey. Some conversed with ancestors, some talked with deities and some transcended the Earthly plane.

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Shy Fox, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Piggy, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Muad’Dib, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Altar, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Altar with meditation fire, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, meditation fire, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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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 Muad’Dib’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.

New Moon Ritual, Altar center, August 18, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual, l to r-Iyata Bond, Dinora, Pamela and Robin, August 18, 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

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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Holly and Oak Kings… a fight to the death.. almost. UUPS celebrated the two great Kings of the Year. The Oak King and the Holly King. This Midsummer festival on Friday, June 24, 2011 brought us the esteemed opportunity to reenact the great battle of the two kings, the battle that twice a year ensures one will rule while the other sits at the altar of life.  This time, the Holly King was again crowned ruler for the coming winter months. UUPS sang, danced, beat drums and rang bells in honor of the Holly King. A midsummer fire allowed all present to burn away a bad habit, problem, situation or other form of negative energy in their lives. Many felt uplifted, inspired and joyful. All present had the opportunity to travel down a garden path in a guided meditation to meet and speak with the Holy Holly King himself. The final union of the Holy Holly King and Queen brought a close to the ceremony and the opening of the Midsummer feast. Mainly a garden dinner, full of salads, cabbage, mushroom, pasta and noodles, the occasional yard bird was seen wandering around before quickly vanishing into the carnivorous traps of Holly King himself.  Blessed Be all! Until we merry meet again!

Midsummer 2011, l to r-Fire Runner, Derika Jade, Lunar Oak Spirit, Julie Watson, and Marian Edmonds, Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011, l to r- Julie Watson, Marian Edmonds, Mustard Seed, and Fire Runner, Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011, l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Fire Runner, Mustard Seed, Lunar Oak Spirit, Derika Llemley, Marian Edmonds, and Julie Watson Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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