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As groups evolve and change, so to do the needs of its members. The starting in 2019 the Salt Lake Pagan Society will move beyond domestic geography to be just “The Pagan Society”, inclusive of people around the world. We are updating names for better privacy on all our old blog posts from the archives. It will take some time to shift the administrative paperwork to a new name, but we will be victorious!

Welcome to year 10 of the Society!

SLPS is currently updating it’s website. For those subscribers, please disregard the emails about “new posts” as we are updating some old ones. They have always been here, just we are making select updates.

SLPS Will be at the 17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day at Liberty Park, 9-5pm

SLPS Celebrated a wonderful Lughnasadh on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Members gathered to give thanks to the God Lugh of the Celtic pantheon and to acknowledge blessings received over the last year. Cock biscuits made an appearance, and all the members took a bite of the golden cock.


Lughnasadh 2018, altar, August 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT
Lughnasadh 2018, B. Banks and Shy Fox feasting, Saturday, August 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2018, Spencer Angell and B. Banks drinks and discussion, Saturday, August 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS members gathered on Saturday, July 16, 2018 to honor the New Moon Goddesses and set goals as a coven together. No drumming was heard, as the hour was late and the temple neighbors would have not been pleased by the beating of drums in the night. Goals were set as a coven, to work towards as the new moon waxes full, as well as personal goals to work on for inner progress. A beautiful sunset with a crescent moon kept the west as the candles flicker in the evening sun.

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July 2018 New Moon, altar, Saturday, July 14, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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July 2018 New Moon, sunset, Saturday, July 14, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

SLPS is making an official announcement, condemning the actions of the Trump Administration with the zero tolerance policy meant to deter asylum seekers to the U.S. We, the members of SLPS, stand with immigrants and believe in immigrants rights. We call on state leaders and our government to end the inhumane separation and detention of children. This act is unlawful and is inflicting unnecessary torture and trauma on those families.

Let us not forget the words of our Lady Liberte, Goddess of America Columbiana

The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus, 1883

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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SLPS had a wonderful time reading tarot and participating in the 2018 Utah Pride Festival. The theme for the event this year was “Get Salty.” The festival was held at the usual City and County Building June 2-3. The Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition kicked off services Thursday, May 31 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. SLPS was in attendance as the one of the Pagan faith representatives.

Many folks came by for readings, all for $10. The Merqueen, formerly of Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake  and her wife marched with SLPS in the parade Sunday, June 3.

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Utah Pride Festival, booth looking north to City and County Building, Saturday, June 2, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, booth with Shy Fox, Saturday, June 2, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Parade, l to r: Willow and Rachel Figueroa, and Shy Fox, June 3, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS gathered on Saturday, May 5, 2018 to honor the marriage feast of the Lord and Lady. Beltane brings the marriage of the Goddess and God, coming together to form a union. The creation of life, the son of the Goddess happens over the summer, as the Wheel turns and the year moves towards Litha.

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Beltane 2018, Altar, Saturday, May 5, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2018, Altar, Saturday, May 5, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

To all the readers, the time has come to archive the archives… from the front page. SLPS has decided to shelve internally its content. It has retained some of the more important community stories on the rolling blog and archives sidebar, but all other posts have been internally archived on the WordPress server (don’t worry, we wouldn’t delete our digital history!). This was to clean up the blog itself and to allow for easier reading. We look forward now to years of practice, rituals, events, readings, community service, and fun to come. You can still find old posts using the search box, searching subject tags such as “Pride, Moab, rituals, community service, Ostara, Plazafest” and etc. We also have archived our blog over the years in the Wayback Machine on the Internet Archive.

We plan to do an annual archive of stories to keep the new year fresh. All our pictures are still available on our Facebook page. If you are conducting research and history, and can’t find a post, please contact us and we can assist you.

SLPS read for a third year in a row at the 2018 SLC International Tattoo Convention Saturday and Sunday March 24-25 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. $10 readings for the tattoo goes and artists. We were placed next to another piercer/reader by the competition area, but all was well, with a total of 30 readings being done.

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SLC International Tattoo Con, SLPS booth, Sunday, March 25, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT.

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The light has returned, and the members are happy to see the dark times over Sunday, February 4, 2018. Much introspection and meditation. The traditional beginning of Spring, the members honored the goddess Brigid and gave offerings in thanks of her continued support of the society.

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Imbolc 2018, altar, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Imbolc 2018, Brigid, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Imbolc 2018, altar close up, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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

To those trying to purchase Enheduanna vols 1 and 2 from its website, we have worked a temporary solution for our shopping cart issue. You can click on the link for Paypal on the product page in “click here to buy now” which will direct you to Paypal. Sorry an inconvenience, we were just informed of the issue. Alternatively you can also buy your copies off of this site under the Enheduanna tab.

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

The Salt Lake Pagan Society is pleased to announce the publication of vol 2 of its literary journal Enheduanna. Vol. 2 continues with its goal of promoting creative literary and writing spaces in the contemporary Pagan community. This volume has returning and new authors, with over 20 from around the world contributing their works. Featured work is part 2 of “The Sacred Faeires’ Chronicles”: journal entries published for the first time detailing the history of the Sacred Faery group of Pagans in Utah from 1989-1993. Vol. 2 includes essays, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, and short fiction.

Languages included in this issue: English and Spanish.

Price is $14.99 and flat rating shipping worldwide. Hardcover book ships from China.

Go to our sister website enheduannajournal.com to get your copy today or click here!

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The Salt Lake Pagan Society is pleased to announce its literary journal, Enhedunna, has been offered to be included in EBSCO products. “EBSCO is one of the primary vendors of databases for libraries and research. EBSCO will index the journal, having a PDF file on their servers. Enheduanna will live on forever, accessible to millions of people and thousands of libraries that subscribe to their products.” said president Muad’Dib who also happens to be a librarian. A substantial feat, only in its second year. SLPS is humbled and gratified that the journal is being so recognized for its literary and scholastic achievement, adding legitimacy to the scholastic study of Paganism.

SLPS enjoyed a pleasant, hot day at Liberty Park at the 16th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The day was clear, with a bright shining sun. President Muad’Dib opened the festivities with a morning druid ritual to the Celtic sun god Lugh at 10am. Twenty five people gathered, hands were raised, and the drinking horn passed around in offering to open the wallets of customers, promote inclusivity, and all around good Pagan community.

A steady flow of patrons came through the park. SLPS read tarot and palms. It was very hot at points in the afternoon, and the food vendor failed to show, but frozen ice cones cooled those in the park. About twenty five vendors showed from across Utah and Montana. Raven Digitalis was present signing his newly released booked Esoteric Empathy: A Magickal and Metaphysical Guide to Sensitivity. He led the closing right, an alchemical ceremony to Baphomet at 5pm.

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, open druid ritual to Lugh, Raven Digitalis in brown, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, drinking horn offering, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Photo by Pam Hennesey)

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, drinking horn offering with Jennifer Coates, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Photo by Pam Hennesey)

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, drinking horn offering with Muad’Dib, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Photo by Pam Hennesey)

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, drinking horn offering with Muad’Dib (right), Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Photo by Pam Hennesey)

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendors looking west, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendors, looking southwest, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, SLPS Booth looking south with Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendors looking southeast, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, open ritual area looking southwest, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Raven Digitalis signing books, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Raven Digitalis and Muad’Dib, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, people in the SLPS booth, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, closing ritual to Baphomet, Raven Digitalis center brown, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Raven Digitalis leading closing ritual to Baphomet, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Video of the day early morning

The members enjoyed a lovely Lughnasadh, praising the Celtic sun god Lugh on Saturday, August 5, 2017. The gathering was held at the temple, with dimming light in the west and the altar of life set in the center. A beautiful sunset graced the meditations, and a journey was led to meet the Celitc God, who gave warm, brotherly advice to those present. The feastings included chicken, mashed potatoes, and baked asparagus.

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Lughnasadh 2017, altar with dog Freyja, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2017, l to r: Shy Fox, Willow and Rachel Figueroa, Spencer Angell, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2017, L to r: Spencer Angell, Willow Figueroa, Shy Fox, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2017, feast, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

We welcome Montana based author Raven Digitalis to the 2017 Festival! (1)

Thanks to all who came and made this “once in a blue moon” occasion extra special! On Saturday, Sept 1, 2012 at 8pm, with a crowd of nine, some UUPS members and a few guests gathered. The ritual started out with the usual calling in of deity and elementals to join our work. President Daniel Cureton performed the druid grove open ceremony by proclaiming peace in the quarters and invoking Awen.

Next, those who needed to performed cleansing and charging magic before a welcoming of the new deities to the humble abode of the president. With drums, rattles, sistrums and other percussion instruments, the members and guests hailed and welcomed new gods and goddesses to the circle such as Apollo and Medusa! They certainly showed up, as everyone reported feeling the shivers up and down there spine the power the gods and goddesses bring.

A cleansing by the blue moon came after the welcoming. Everyone was consecrated with smoke from thurber by president Cureton, then they washed their bodies ritually in a basin of water with sweet grass oil representing blood and spirit. President Cureton lit a smokeless fire where he pulled in the Gods and Goddesses and nwyfre, the fire of life and the Earth.  The fire represented the fire within and the burning fire of blue moon. Hands were passed through the fire to give a sealing to the washings and consecrations. President invoked a blessing of Cerriwden, Arianrhod to empower the soul, Shiva to transform, Medusa to see past the physical, Justice to find wisdom, Apollo to see the light within, Ganesh to overcome and Isis to heal the body, mind and spirit of all. The end of the blue moon magic brought an anointing with a special blue moon lunar oil.

Cakes, ale and gratitude offerings were presented to the Goddesses and Gods before closing and dismissing the energy and the grove. The traditional Merry Meet and Merry Part chant finished the magic on this very special blue moon! President Cureton gave everyone tarot readings for the coming month with his special Deviant Moon Tarot to ad an extra punch to the blue moon magic!

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These past weeks were awesome! Many students stopped by UUPS table at Welcome Week on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 10am-2pm on the U of U Student Union West Lawn for free tarot readings. Ganesh watched over the table as president Daniel Cureton and UUPS adviser April Love gave free readings to almost fifty people in the four hours available to students to table at the student union. There were even a few people interested in joining the Pagan Society! All in all, things went well and we got the word out that there is a safe and inclusive space for all persons to come and explore alternative spirituality! 

Everyone should come pull down the power of the Blue Moon. The “once in a blue moon” is a special time to empower your soul, cleanse your mind and really add power to the spells, emotions, goals and dreams your working on. Come experience the power of the moon Goddess in her Blue form this September 1, 2012 at 8pm!

(Flyer by Amber Hafen)