Come and share a hot drink and warm company at Citrus and Sage on Sunday. Bring your battle stories of Thanksgiving dinner and the night attack, known as “black Friday”.
Date: 25 November
Time: 11:05 AM
Location: Citrus & Sage
School has started and summer is soon to fade away. I thought that I might offer some advice on returning to school and practicing your own flavor of paganism on/around campus.
I have always watched the world through a broad lens. Growing up, my family experienced a lot of pain and a lot of death. It made me feel heavy, and it brought many burdens, but these experiences taught me about what life means, and they shaped me into the person I am now. I was never angry at God for the things that happened. I’m still not. I understood that being responsible for myself and loving others to the best of my ability are the only things I can do in this life, and that blame solves nothing. I turned to God without anger when times were hard and I never felt truly abandoned. I know now that the universe never abandons you, but that you often abandon yourself. The universe is always there waiting for you when you want to return home to yourself.
Yes we are active during the summer! Check out our Event calender on this website and see what we are up to!
PLEASE READ THE BELTAINE FB EVENT PAGE! We just changed a few things. The site is clean so we don’t need people up there Friday afternoon.
Please be at the site and ready to go by 7 pm. yes ritual starts at sundown but it would be disruptive to show up later. **This is a closed ritual. Remember USUPA dues need to be paid before attending and you have to have been abiding by attendance rules. Why? because we want a safe environment both physically and spiritually and knowing YOU before helps create that. Non-members are not allowed( exception is spouses)**
0.6 miles from the gate in Green Canyon will be our ritual site and campsite will be just above that. please park by the USUPA banner and walk up the trail to the site. Please bring stories/poetry/songs to share over the Beltaine fires. please see the website for ritual details.
We need the following volunteers:
- 4 people to call the directions
- A man and a woman to start each of the Beltaine Fires
- 1 or 2 face-painters
We need everyone participating to bring these items along with their camping gear (if you are staying the night):
- at least 1 bundle of firewood (the fires will go all night)
- A bright strip of cloth for clooties
- Drum or tambourine (if you’ve got them)
- Bright clothing
- Colorful flowers
I kept thinking how hot it was, and how uncomfortable I might end up being from staying outside too long. I saw new people, and wondered what a different experience this would be. Were the new kids old hands at paganism? Would we scare them? I hoped they would feel welcome and tried to open a few lines of conversation.
Then we began the ritual. A perfect breeze rolled in, and brought the fresh smell of our Mother deep into my lungs. I stood silently listening to Megan conduct the ritual, feeling little bugs occasionally land on my skin. At first I brushed them away, but then I realized that I might need them there to help me connect, so I let the little fellas rest in my arm hairs.
Breathing deeply, eyes closed, I imagined myself sitting deep in green canyon’s shade, feet bare to connect with the Earth herself. I felt the sun and imagined tendrils of energy running through me between the dirt below and the sky above. I imagined a conversation that my body was able to have with the universe around me, and felt more relaxed that my life had purpose and direction. Not from any specific personality telling me what I should do, but that I had decided to make my life useful, according to my own mores.
As the conversation ended, I felt a bit drained, but that was resolved with some delicious cupcakes and juice. I appreciate the ritual we did to proclaim and renew our promises as stewards over Earth. I pledge to do my part by picking up trash as I’m walking, recycling, and foraging for re-usable items that I can use in my garden and home.
I had great conversation with those who came to attend for the first time, and hope that they feel welcome at future functions. I cannot wait to jump the flames of Beltaine.
USU needs a pagan alliance. A place where minority Polytheistic faiths and practices can gather and feel a sense that they are not alone. My name is Kassie and I am the founder of USUPA. I come from a background of diverse religious practices and understandings and want to create a haven for those like me to Logan, Utah. To show that we are here, we care about are community, educations and selves and to have a chance to communicate with those like us.
I’ve noticed a severe lack of options for Pagan students and I think there is nothing worse than feeling like the only one. Hopefully I am not. *wink. The USUPA’s goal is not to provide any formal initiation into any particular tradition but to provide a place where we can all express ourselves, learn from each other and show and help the community with our hearts and hands.
USU provides a unique opportunity to open a positive door into the Logan community and show the residents the loving side of Paganism. I’ve experienced an intense feeling of family and love in other Pagan communities and really it’s only fair that we show that to other people. To have open and honest discussions from the heart about our spirituality and practices and to take away the negative impressions and the anti-social behaviors.
We must actively embrace our place here. My life has brought me here and I intend to make the best of it and I’m not kidding myself about how difficult this might be. But I am putting out the call. I know there are others out there. My vision is to have an active, supportive Pagan community here at USU, where people aren’t afraid and embrace us and show good stewardship over ourselves, our University and this beautiful valley.
If you are Druid, Wiccan, Voodoo, Heathen, Hermetic, Buddhist, Shinto, Hindu, Shamans, Asatru, Witch, Tree-hugging Dirt worshipers, Animistic, Pantheistic or are just interested in Alternative Religions then please join me. ( by no means is this a comprehensive list. We will gladly welcome all!! )
If you are interested in helping me start this Alliance and be a founding member please contact me here, leave an email address and I will get back with you. Sadly at this moment I am only opening officer positions and membership to currently enrolled students at USU but will take into consideration other members at a future date.
May your days be blessed and I hope to speak with you soon.