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Archive for September 20th, 2014

Craft nights are exciting and bring magic to the world! This Mabon, 2014 the activity was broom or besom making. A good Friday activity, September 19, and easy enough skill, it doesn’t take much to make up a nice besom for ritual, cleansing, and protecting the home. A traditional tool of witches and even some Gods, like Ganesh, the witch’s besom is used to energetically clean an area by sweeping the astral energies out of the room. Most brooms are not built by witches to endure the physical act of sweeping, but are swept slightly off the floor. You can also lean them against a door post or hang about a door frame to protect your home.

Thanks to some pruning last fall, 2013, President Muad’Dib had a supply of staff wood to choose from. Ultimately cherry was the wood of choice. Grass from the garden was magically harvested and used for the bristles. Yarn was use to tie the bundles and secure it to the staff. After only an hour or so, *Boom* there’s a new broom!

Mabon Crafting 2014, Making Besoms, staffs and grass ingredients, Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon Crafting 2014, tied grass bundles, Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon Crafting 2014, Muad’Dib with newly made Cherry wood besom (broom), Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon Crafting 2014 Muad’Dib (l) and Piggy with newly made Cherry wood besoms (brooms) Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon Crafting 2014, Piggy, Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Everyone enjoyed a sunny morning on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 at the City Creek Center. Surprises all around that the event was held there (City Creek being invested by the LDS Church) quickly changed into excitement as the Cheer Salt Lake team pumped everyone up for the 2.5k walk around down town SLC. A few furry friends were even in attendance.

The walk started off at the Food Court and ended at the Harmons on 100 S and State. The fundraising for Utah AIDS programming was the critical component for the walk, to raise awareness about the need for funds and to reach the $60,000 goal set by the Utah AIDS Foundation. Teams from various organizations and companies such as Ebay and American Express, as well as the Royal Court of Utah and SLPS walked along side individuals, couples, and children.

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Muad’Dib (l) and Piggy, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Cheer Salt Lake dancing, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Cheer Salt Lake, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, City Creek, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Muad’Dib (r) and BJ Olsen (red bandanna), Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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