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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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With the coming of each month, brings the coming of a new moon cycle. This past month brought an extra powerful full moon. It wasn’t just any moon, but a full moon doubled with a lunar eclipse! Lots of magic was worked this night on June 15, 2011. Cleansing, prosperity and other spells were done as the universe was in a place to grant powerful blessings. Even a few spiritual awakenings happened on this eve. Till the next month, the next full moon. See you all then under Luna’s hand of grace and delight!

Full Moon Ritual altar June 15, 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-Sharon Pellum, 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, Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Friday,June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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

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Thanks to everyone for all the hard work accomplished in March! April has been a busy month, but isn’t holding anyone back!

KUTE Radio Interview

On Friday, March 18, 2011, President Muad’Dib was asked to appear on our very own 1620 AM University radio K-UTE.  President Muad’Dib was asked to explain and talk about the U of U Pagan Society, its goals, what it does, ambitions, history, current projects, membership and he was even invited to give a blessing on the campus!

Here is a little what he said, “The U of  U Pagan Society is a group of students who have reached out to include the community. We currently have seventy members and many monthly activities going on such as crafting classes, classes and rituals.” One of the hosts asked him at that point “What is a ritual?” He explained “A ritual can be a number of things.  For me it means a structured and repetitious ceremony that I can do again and again the same way, or feel free to change it.  For me, I incorporate different parts from different religions like Druidry, Shamanism and Wicca. A ritual for me is a way to connect with deity, ancestors, spirits and the universe.  Really it can be seen as a form of prayer or worship.”

When asked about community and student involvement, President Muad’Dib commented, “We are trying to educate and make everyone aware through experience.  We advertise classes and activities from other groups so that people who are living far away and can’t make it, can know that there are activities going on near them.”

Finally President Muad’Dib gave a simple but elegant blessing over the campus “May there be peace in your heart and success on your midterms this spring break, with lots of relaxing time on vacation. So mote it be.”

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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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So now that everyone has settled in, lets dig in! Brigid is about to arrive as this month we have Imbolc as well as a new and full moon we are doing. About average activity for a group this size. We are in the works of getting speakers from the community and one big speaker——- Oberon-Zell Ravenheart in September. We would like to bring him in for Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2011. He has sent us the break down of his cost and what he requires, and to say the least, we are going to have to pull the larger community of salt lake together to cover the 30 % of the expense and 50 % of his travel. The University will cover 70 % of the cost of everything outside travel. His one day fee is $500.00 and he requires a driver and three meals a day and a booth for selling his items.. So if you haven’t got the feeling,… its going to be a lot of work to bring him in and have it all work out without calamity befalling us!! What are some of your ideas about OZ? Should we try and invite him to speak or lead a ritual? Email us and let us know or reply with your ideas on the discussion on Facebook or our website.

Volunteering: It is our goal to have one volunteering activity per semester (at least). We are planning that now, do you have an idea for spring 2011 volunteering project? Email us or reply on facebook and the website!

Sundays: Weekly meeting at the Beehive Tea Room in Salt Lake City (12 w 300 s) at 11:00 am. This is the important place where everyone can pool together. This is also where we do our planning and finalize events! Please come and voice your ideas.

Needed: Students!! We need more student participation and activity.

Needed: Volunteers for posting fliers around Salt Lake valley. There are many places that have cork boards that allow posting such as coffee shops and grocery stores. If you are willing to post a few while you are out in town, please email us and let us know so we can get those fliers to you!

Needed: Carpooling– there are a fair amount of members who live far away and have difficulty attending meetings and activities because of lack of perosonal/ UTA transportation to the areas where they live. There is a place on facebook to post a replies and coordinate carpooling/ transportation.

Have a wonderful Imbolc!

Bright Blessings!
Muad’Dib
President

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Hi folks,

Soon under the wing of the Goddess, Hecate’s time will come, Samhain, or Halloween.  As part of the end of October, we will be doing Pagan Awareness Week the last week.  There will be an altar set up at the University of Utah.  Awareness and understanding,  especially at such a commercial time, while peoples guards on witches and pagans has been let down for all the candy they’ll get on this night, is the best time to make the true meaning of this sacred holiday known.  Here is the link to the Facebook group so you all can see the events that are upcoming

As part of that week, don’t be afraid to show you’re a god and/or goddess worshiper!  We want to educate the community on the real meaning of Paganism, so be proud to sport your alternative clothing or jewelry, even if its for an hour!  This is part of the goal of Pagan Awareness Week, to get the local pagan’s out of fear and out of the broom closet! I hope to see you all there!

BB

Muad’Dib

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Thanks to all who made the Mabon and full moon rituals a great time in Big Cottonwood Canyon! We prepared the site before and made a circle of stones. Only after we had gathered the stones, did we see the beautiful scrub oak tree hanging inside the circle to the north!

We did a ritual putting out of the fires for the coming months of darkness, sang songs and danced around the fires, all before having a delicious butternut squash soup!

Thanks to all
BB
Muad’Dib

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Hi folks,

The new moon has passed, and the goddess shines her face again on us. UUPS will be doing its monthly full moon for everyone interested. We’ll be at the same spot in Big Cottonwood Canyon as the fall equinox.  Plan on meeting at the 711 on the corner of 6200 s and Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd and driving up to the site.  This will be after our Fall Equinox ritual that day. Please come celebrate the Goddess with us and recharge your life for another month!

 

BB

Muad’Dib

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Hi folks,

So as the fall season approaches and summer comes to glorious end, the time nears to gather the altar up and travel the woods one last time before snow falls and we are locked away among hearth and home. UUPS will be doing a fall equinox ritual in Big Cottonwood Canyon. A simple Wiccan ritual. Its the time to celebrate the aging deities.  The goddess enters her crone phase and the god approaches death.  The harvest is finished, and now is time for reflection on ones life and the meaning of death. Please bring seasonal appropriate offerings and a food dish for afterward. Berries, berry wine, nuts and apples are all appropriate for this time! It will start about 4 pm and end hopefully before 6pm. Please check the even details on Facebook as well. We’ll be meeting at the 711 on the corner of 6200 s and Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd. and drive up the mile to the site.

 

I hope to see you all there
BB

Muad’Dib

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Pagan Pride Day is here!! We will be tabling with our sister group from USU.  Please come out and visit our table and help us volunteer!  We’ll be there at Murray Park Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 9am – 6 pm.  Come see the and buy from the vendors and participate in the ritual at 12:00 pm.

BB

Muad’Dib

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

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

Beltane 2010 altar USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1 2012 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 2012 Green Canyon Logan UT

Beltane 2010 Circle USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) Daniel Cureton May 1, 2010 Green Canyon Logan, UT

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

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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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