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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

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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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This past month brought us the wonderful opportunity again to see our wonderful brothers and sisters from Utah State University Pagan Alliance in Logan, Ut on Saturday, March 19, 2011. They celebrate and honored Liber Pater with the Roman Spring Holiday Liberalia. Masks were hung in trees, wreaths were worn on the heads and togas worn! Callista Midnyte Dreamwalker (fourth from right) related her experience, “Liberlia was a very powerful experience. It was my first ritual I ever  attended and I was nervous. However when we arrived we were invited into the circle among many fellow pagans. We called upon the God and Goddess not just of the Romans but also of others. I enjoyed the company and felt the Gods and Goddesses presence.  I felt their joy in our gathering. This three hour drive was completely worth it!” Saerra Fairbrother (end right) said “ I am so glad I went. It was a great time and I even met a woman who will be moving to go to SLCC with us in the fall.”

UUPS is very excited and cannot wait to see and join in the next celebration with USUPA! We are grateful to our wonderful friend and President of USUPA Kassie (second from right).

This month we are focusing on getting sponsored by one of the local businesses and setting up for the PRIDE Festival.  We also have added a new event page to the website so everyone can keep up to date on what is going on with UUPS!

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Liberalia with USUPA, Front row r to l-Kassie Cressal, Callista Dreamwalker, Saturday, March 19, 2011, Logan UT

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Liberalia 2011 Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA) l to r Isaac Furniss, Kassies Cressal and Anya Hawke, U of U Pagan Society combined with USU Pagan Alliance, Saturday, March 19 2011, Logan, 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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UUPS got its first booth for U of U Welcome Week August 26, 2010. Set up on the Student Union west lawn and thankfully in the shade, the sun rose in the August sky and students passed by. Plenty of Pagan literature was on the table for those interested in Paganism. The new club is up and going and is recruiting well.

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Welcome Week Tabling University of Utah Union Lawn Thursday, Muad’Dib, August 26, 2010, Salt Lake City, UT

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Hi Everyone,

As SLPPD nears us, its time to get the word out that UUPS will be tabling with their sister group Utah State University Pagan Alliance.  Please come check us out and enjoy the company of the other local pagan college students.  Look for our banner.  We will be tabling the whole day, so stop by and say hello, and get a brochure or two!

BB

Muad’Dib

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