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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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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)

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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 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

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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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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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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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Thanks to all who came and participated in the first Yule celebration and feast by UUPS on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

The Yule altar was decorated with lots of tea light candles, votive candles, quarter candles, wreathes, spruce, holly and other seasonal plants. The God and Goddess statue with them in union (below second) was hauled out for use for this holiday as Yule is about the birthing of the God from the Goddess, his mother, queen, consort, wife and lover.

After generous praise and preparation, the Goddess went into labor right there in the temple and gave birth to the God. He greeted everyone with a loving arms carrying a message for each person to hear. Gifts, hails, praise and gratitude were given to the God this night as all kneeled in acknowledgement of his divine grace and power.

Toasting and praise to other deities ensued before closing. The roars, laughter and praise broke out especially after Baccas invoked with wine! All in all, UUPS had a wonderful time. The feasting was after and everyone ate their fill of holiday delectable!

Till we meet again at the Altar of Life!

Yule 2011 Cast- l to r- Aryssa Pellum, Callista Dreamwalker, Muad’Dib , Lunar Oak Spirit, and Sharon Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Ritual Cast L to r- Callista Dreamwalker as hand maiden, Lunar Oak Spirit, as God, Sharon Pellum as Goddess, and Aryssa Pellum as hand maiden, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Muad’Dib as Ritual Leader Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 L to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Muad’Dib, and Sharon Pellum, God, Ritual Leader and Goddess Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Handmaidens Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Aryssa Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 God and Goddess Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Sharon Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Altar Close up Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

 

Yule 2011 Altar Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Altar Center Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Shy Fox (l) and Woman Between the Wolves in circle Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

ule 2011 Aryssa Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Lunar Oak Spirit Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Amber Hafen Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Sharon Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Shy Fox Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Darla Darr (l) and Derika Jade Llemley Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 L to R- Shy Fox, Derika Jade Llemley and Mikael Short Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Derika Jade Llemley (l) and Mikael Short Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Everyone before Yule 2011 (l to r): Mikael Short, Derika Jade, Woman Between the Wolves, Amber Hafen, Shy Fox, Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Callista Dreamwalker, Darla Darr and Lunar Oak Spirit, Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Food for Feast Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Feast Sunday, December 18, 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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UUPS has the wonderful opportunity again to visit and participate with our fellow Pagans at Utah State University. The ritual is set for a nearby canyon in Logan on Saturday, August 6, 2011. We need all of you to post your comments so we can get organized and know who’s going, who can carpool, who would like to volunteer their car for use. UUPS can offer a small reimbursement for gas if necessary. We also ask everyone to chip in on the gas cost because simply… the prices are out of this world (as everyone knows).

What: Lughnasadh/ Lammas Ritual

Where: Logan UT with Utah State University Pagan Alliance

When: Saturday, August 6, 2011 7-11pm


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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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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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Hi folks,

What a great month in February as we saw and heard the Goddess Brigid!! March is the time for us to see our fellow Pagan brothers and sisters at Utah State University Pagan Alliance in Logan. They are putting on a spring Holiday, Liberalia, a Roman Spring, in honor of Liber Pater and Libera! He traditionally is a God of fertility, vegetation and wine and this day marked adolescent boys of 14 to maturation into manhood. This is a time of sacrifice, song, and hanging masks on trees! I hope you all can attend the celebration and give honor to Liber Pater and Libera.

Since USUPA is doing a spring holiday, UUPS will not put on a ritual.  This is our time to visit and attend USUPA

UUPS believes its important to reach out to the community and build ties, whether it be with the University of a local business or organization. As such, its time we start thinking about our semester volunteering!

This month is the U’s spring break, so we’ll all be taking the 21-25 off from school, so there will be no weekly meeting those two Sundays (March 20th and 27th).

Also check out the upcoming events page to see a list of all UUPS Events and Classes! Updated Monthly!

BB

Muad’Dib

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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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Hi folks,

Not much went on this month, with the new year and new semester. I hope all have settle down back into old routines, new routines and school studies.

I hope to see you all later at the Imbolc and New moon!

We have submitted our application for the grass roots section of the Utah PRIDE Festival on June 3. We are waiting to hear back for a spot. We will need volunteers though! Please send us an email if you will be available in June to help man the booth over the three day period. We are planning how long shifts will be right now.

We hope all of you can make it to the Imbolc Ritual in Cottonwood heights. Please call Muad’Dib if you get lost and need directions. 801 709 4632.

Muad’Dib

 

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Out in Tooele Canyon, a small group of UUPS members gathered to release pent up energies, dead goals, angers and other frustrations in a simple shamanic ritual led by our very own Laurence Miles.
Lughnasadh, one of the 8 holidays in several of the Pagan traditions and the first harvest fall holiday, was celebrated in the Shamanic path. A simple rite, A fire was lit, frustrations written on paper, a grounding moment, and then the paper was thrown in to be released to the four elements, deity and the universe. This mild sunny day allowed us to snack on the chicken, vegetables and fruit until about ten minutes after the ritual was completed, gale force winds came barreling down the canyon, accompanied shortly after by rain. We all understood this to mean that our energy had been released and was being taken up by higher causes!! Over all, everyone left feeling accomplished, more relaxed and spiritually deeper

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Hi everyone,

Its getting near that time again.  This months instructional full moon ritual is going to take place at 1:00 am at the north entrance of Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.  Please bring any items you need cleansed or charged! See you all there!

 

August also brings us one of the 8 Sabbats in the Wiccan tradition, Lughnasadh.  We’ll be heading out to Tooele Canyon on Saturday, August 21, 2010 to see our very own secretary Laurence Miles Guide us in a shamanic rite. We’re meeting at 1:00 pm at the Home Depo in Tooele.  See you all there!

 

BB

Muad’Dib

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Well This is was our first official activity. Kassie Cressall from Logan even joined us, bringing the whiskey! She is in the process of starting a pagan student group at Utah State University in Logan and is getting some tips on how to do things. With 7 people joining us today, we are off to good numbers after getting started only 6 months ago! We went over to the Secretaries house on Saturday, April 1, 2010 for a beautiful Ostara ritual led by Muad’Dib giving honor to the Goddess Ostara herself for whose day it was! We divined our future with boiled Easter eggs, had a wonderful chicken salad and cake and topped it off with throwing wild flowers on the barren parts of the land!

Afterward was a full moon ritual. Everyone who came brought an item to be cleansed and recharged. Everyone left feeling recharged and renewed after pulling down the energy of the Full moon.

We hope to have many more such activities so everyone can get to see what pagans do!

See you all then

Muad’Dib

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