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SLPS members met in Big Cottonwood Canyon Saturday, October 27, 2018 to honored the blessed kindred. Candles were lit next to a sacred fire. With snow on the ground already, some shoveling of the pit was required, but the logs burned true. The waning life for winter could be felt, as crisp as the chill in the hair and the frost on the ground.
Some poetry and music warmed the spirit as the fire did the body. Sacred Pomegranate wine was shared between attendees before hailing and farewells.


Samhain 2018, altar with Arianrhod and Veles, Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Samhain 2018, ritual fire,
Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, 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

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SLPS celebrated Midsummer Saturday, June 18, 2016. The members gathered on freshly cut grass, and under the grove of the pines at the temple. The sun was low in the sky, allowing for a cool evening. President Muad’Dib led the ritual in the New American tradition. The Oak and Holly Kings were present, as well as Hern and Perun. SLPS honors the transitioning of the year from the Oak King to the Holly King at Midsummer, as the sun’s zenith is reached and starts to descend to the longest night at Yule.

A dialogue about Midsummer, the path of the sun, and why it’s important to do solar rites took place. Some hand holding and dancing around the altar to the song “Litha” on the album Circle of the Seaons by Lisa Thiel allowed the members to raise energy. Some Midsummer poetry, Sign of the Daisy by Helen Hunt Jackson was read.

Perun, the patriarch of the Slavic pantheon, descended and spoke to everyone present. Perun rules over lightning, thunder, fire, oak, eagle and the ax or hammer. He gave a message of love, acceptance and inclusion, speaking about the forgotten myth, messages, and the simple ways of living like a Slav (bear meat, mushrooms, cabbage, the woods). He said how lonely he gets, with no one to talk with, no one patroning the pantheon like they once did. He encouraged everyone to love each person, work by the sun and moon, to embrace the messages of the ancient kindred, and to live simply as the Slavs did. He blessed them and accepted everyone into his family.  This message was a first, as SLPS welcomed him to the temple as a new God just arrived from the Czech Republic.

Midsummer 2016, Shy Fox (l) and Camille Harriss making tri tip steak kababs, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, altar, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, altar center, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, Perun, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, l to r- Shy Fox, Stesha Bowden, Camille Harris, Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, Sunset, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, feast l to r- steak kababs, deviled eggs, rice salad, baked purple cauliflower with Stesha Bowden (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Some magic and precision was needed after Thanksgiving. The members of SLPS met under the Full moon Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 8pm to call upon the maiden goddess Artemis, to lend them strength, clarity, and precision to achieve their goals. The full moon is a great time to work powerful rites of any type of magic, especially when they are in need.

Some folks take into account the astrological position of the moon in the signs, the type of seasonal moon, time of day, day of the week and month. All of which can be used to forward and empower the spells performed. This particular moon helped a few members re-empower themselves and ask for clarity to find their goals.

After the ceremony, a friendly game of monopoly was played, with Shy Fox winning with just two sets of property! Watch for those Scorpios, they will win in the end!

November Full Moon 2015, altar with Artemis, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

November Full Moon 2015, l to r- (cats) Pie, Tommy, Robby, And Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

November Full Moon 2015, Beaver Moon, l to r-Shy Fox, Piggy, Camille Harris, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

November Full Moon 2015, full moon gaming, Monopoly with Shy Fox (l) and Camille Harris, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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While President Muad’Dib was away in Africa, The members of SLPS gathered to celebrate the Dark Moon on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8pm. Magical rites, honoring the dark Goddesses and Gods, sending peace and safety to President Muad’Dib abroad.

Dark Moon November 2015, altar, Saturday, November 6, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT

Dark Moon November 2015, L to r- Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, and Shy Fox, Saturday, November 6, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT

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Ever been curious about Wicca? Don’t know where to get started with you altar, spells, and magic? Come on out to our 101 class and learn the basics of Wicca, history, ritual, and how to use your altar!

The text we will be using is “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham.

Cost is $10: Pay through Paypal: slpagansociety@gmail.com or cash or card at the door.

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SLPS Wicca 101 Class Flyer August 2015

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The new moon was upon us! SLPS met under the watchful eye of Artemis on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10pm, to meditate, set goals, and welcome back a member who had been away for the summer. The ritual was dedicated to the new moon goddess of the hunt, Greek Artemis. Her arrows will hit the target of our goals and let them wax full as the moon does. The offerings included Martinelli’s apple cider and chocolate, in honor of Piggy’s return from India. Midnight Moon chili was the after ritual treat for Piggy, being one of her favorite dishes.

New Moon Ritual August 2015, skull ancestral candle, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual August 2015, Piggy (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual August 2015, meditation fire, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual, altar with Artemis, August 2015, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual August 2015, chocolate cake offering, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City,

New Moon Ritual August 2015, Midnight Moon chili, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Each month brings the new phases of the moon, a chance to work powerful magic by the moon light and with the Gods and Goddess. Join today if you want to study the mysteries of nature and learn moon magic. We do spells and workings each month.

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Midsummer, also known as Litha, was celebrated on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 8pm. The sun was setting in the west, but plenty of light abound as the longest day of the year doesn’t see a sun set till 9:30 pm. The ritual began with the song “Midsummer” by Heather Alexander.

The Gods and Goddesses were honored as Midsummer poetry was read. Each person set a goal to accomplish by Lughnasadh. The Holly King overtook the Oak King as the ruler of the next six months. This is because the sun reaches its zenith on Midsummer. Thus the power of the Oak King grew strong as all life returned after Yule. Now, as the days grow shorter and nights longer, life will peak and then begin to wane before dying and going to sleep during winter. This is the period of rule of the Holly King and natural dominance over the Oak King at Summer Solstice. The inverse is true at Yule, when the Oak King takes over to rule again.

Offerings included strawberry lemonade and fruits of the season. All were blessed of the Gods and feasted on bratwurst by a Midsummer fire.

Midsummer 2015, altar, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2015, altar center with Queer God painting-Holly King dominating the Oak King, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2015, fruit offering, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2015, feast-bratwurst Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2015, fire, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Eostre was pleased! SLPS honored and celebrated Ostara on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm. This Spring Equinox was special because of a solar eclipse, super moon and the equinox trifecta, all on one day. Lots of juice to pull down for the ritual! The altar was set, offerings of boiled eggs and wine. A sprig of plum, flowered with beautiful pinks delicates, and yellow daffodils adorned the Goddess. Sacred music was played in her honor and the Lord Herne. A simple yet powerful right, keeping the traditions alive.

Ostara 2015, altar, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, altar center with boiled eggs, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Goddess Ostara plaque with daffodils and plum spring flowers, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, ritual area, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Muad’Dib, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Piggy, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Shy Fox, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS gathered together to honor the full moon and mother goddess on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Each person comes seeking blessings and to be recharged by the power of the full moon. Small workings take place after grounding and cleansing each person. This full moon is named Sap moon since the sap in trees starts to come up and flow again. Offerings included pomegranate wine and lasagna (The Gods like to eat regular food too!).

March 2015 Full Moon Ritual, Sap Moon, altar, Saturday, March 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS gathered to celebrate the full moon on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The full moon goddess such as Diana, Ane, Isis and other mother goddesses were honored with offerings. They were sought and asked to continue their blessings upon the members.

February Full Moon, Snow moon, altar, Saturday, February 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

February Full Moon, Snow Moon, offerings to the Goddess, Saturday, February 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met privately on Saturday, January 17, 2015 for their own private new moon ritual. The workings in private allow for more unique experience with a more personal connection to deity. Honoring of the moon goddess, a meditation by fire and drum and giving of offerings for the blessings all took place. The members set a goal to plan a garden for spring time, once the wintry ground defrosts in the coming months.

New Moon Ritual January 2015, l to r- Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, Saturday, January 17, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, altar, Saturday, January 17, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a wonderful time participating in the Annual Interfaith Season as part of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable. SLPS hosted an educational New Moon Ritual to Artemis, around the January new moon, at Dancing Cranes Imports Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5-7pm. 25 people showed to learn more about Wicca, Paganism and the Goddess Artemis. The ceremony included a drum circle and fire meditation. President Muad’ Dib and Woman Between the Wolves explained the items on the altar and answered questions about differences between Paganism and non Pagan traditions.

One question that came up right away was “What’s the difference between Wicca an Paganism?” President Muad’Dib commented “They’re the same thing. Paganism is the umbrella term for anything non Abrahamic.” He also discussed queerness in Paganism,  “We had a small discussion about why so many folks who are queer seem to be attracted to it. I stated that because it’s usually very accepting and how personal Pagan paths are is the big appeal. People want to do their own spirituality.”

The origins of Western Occultism were introduced by Woman Between the Wolves, “The foundation of a lot of the symbology of Neopaganism is in the Jewish mysteries of the Qabalah, the Tree of Life. It underlines much of the meanings for things like why the number 3 is a sacred number, the four quarters and their elemental associations, and the practice of ritualized, structured magic.”

After the questions, the drumming and guided meditation took place. The smokeless fire was used as a focus point while the beat of the drum and shaking of percussion instruments help people transcend. Everyone shared cookies and apple juice after offerings were given to the Goddess. Artemis blessed everyone present.

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Sign for Event, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Altar to Artemis, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Dancing Cranes Imports, Woman Between the Wolves (left) Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, people in the circle, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned and Yule is upon us! Also know as Alban Arthan or the Winter Solstice, the sun reaches its lowest depths before starting its ascent. SLPS will be doing a Wiccan Yule on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The ritual will also included lighting of the fifth night Hanukkah candles. The Yule king will be born, the Oak King come to rule till Midsummer. A Yule log cake will be prepared, and egg nog with brandy for the drink. The feast will include stuff chicken, potato soup, fufu, and green beans.

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The members of SLPS gathered to honor the Moon Goddess for the last full moon of the year, the December full moon known as the cold moon. This is the cold moon since its occurs around the longest and coldest nights of the year. Offerings to the goddess included red wine, in semblance of the blood of the members, and chocolate cookies, in semblance of their bodies, walking the path of the Goddess. Each month brings the opportunity to evaluate the goals set at the new moon, and work powerful magical rights and be recharged by the moon’s energy.

Full Moon Ritual, December Cold Moon, Altar, Woman Between the Wolves (r), Saturday, December 6, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Full Moon Ritual, December Cold Moon, Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, December 6, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual, December Cold Moon, Full moon, Saturday, December 6, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Dark moon arrived upon us! SLPS members met under the dark moon to celebrate the Dark Goddess, set goals, and renew vows to continually walk the Goddess Path. The ritual was held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8pm, under the dark sky with snow on the ground. a drum circle a meditation fire happened after the magical workings, and with each beat of the drum and flick of the smokeless fire, the members present were sent on a meditative journey. Some conversed with ancestors, some talked with deities and some transcended the Earthly plane.

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Shy Fox, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Piggy, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Muad’Dib, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Altar, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Altar with meditation fire, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, meditation fire, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Each month brings the opportunity to work powerful magic by the full moon. The Goddess is in full power, in this bright aspect, and November brings the “Beaver Moon”, which is a time the beavers go prepare for the winter. This month SLPS members met on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8pm to work the moon magic and give honor and gratitude to the Goddess for her continual blessings.

Full Moon Ritual, November Beaver Moon, Altar, Saturday, November 8, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned and Mabon is upon us. The fall Equinox, Alban Eiler hit’s this Tuesday, September 23, 2014. SLPS will be celebrating the return of the dark times Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 6pm. Only members are allowed to participate in this sacred rite. If you’d like to join, send in your membership application!

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A few members of SLPS gathered to honor the sturgeon full moon on Saturday, August 10, 2014. This is the moon and time when sturgeon are easiest to catch. Workings included petitions to the Goddess for blessings and to Kali. Curry egg salad sandwiches were accepted as the cakes and apple juice as the ale.

Full Moon Ritual, Sturgeon Moon, Altar, Saturday, August 10, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual, Sturgeon Moon, altar center, Saturday, August 10, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual, Sturgeon Moon, Moon rise, Saturday, August 10, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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A few of the core members gathered to honor Lugh on Saturday, August 2, 2014. This year’s Lughnasadh was small in comparison, due to schedules and other circumstances, regardless, Lugh was satisfied and happy to be honored and remembered with penis break and sausage gravy as the main offerings.

Lughnasadh is the traditional time for offering the first bread of the harvest, in which this year’s form they were penis bread. The foundations of the Sun and Moon temple were restored and the Angels welcomed back. A simple druid ceremony brought all the parts together before the close. The feast included grilled bratwursts in honor of Lugh, spinach salad and funeral potatoes.

Lughnasadh 2014, Muad’ Dib Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (L) and Shy Fox, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Altar Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Penis Bread, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014 Altar center with Lugh painting, Saturday August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014 Shy Fox, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Shy Fox lighting elemental candle (fire), Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Celtic Sun God Lugh Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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A small gathering of SLPS members gathered on Friday, June 13th, 2014 to take pull down and work the unique and auspicious Strawberry full moon that will not take place for another 35 years. Spells, honoring the moon goddess, setting goals for the next 35 year all took place. With special Indian condensed milk treats and cranapple juice, the Goddess was pleased. Midsummer God’s eyes adorned the altar for the upcoming Midsummer ritual on June 21, 2014. A fire was lit and cigars smoked to please the spirits after the ritual.

June 2014, Strawberry Full Moon, altar, Friday the 13th, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2014, Strawberry Full Moon, Piggy and Shy Fox (r), Friday the 13th, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2014, Strawberry Full Moon, Woman Between the Wolves and Lunar Oak Spirit (r), Friday the 13th, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2014, Strawberry Full Moon, cauldron magic, Friday the 13th, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2014, Strawberry Full Moon, Lunar Oak Spirit offering prayers, Friday the 13th, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2014, Strawberry Full Moon, Midsummer God’s Eyes, Friday the 13th, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2014, Strawberry Full Moon, full moon fire, Friday the 13th, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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A few members of SLPS gathered on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8pm to give thanks to the New Moon Goddess for her blessings and support this path may. “We worked magic, set goals, and had a great time chanting the songs of our Mother” said President Muad’Dib. Treats included a PB&J sandwich, almonds, and lemonade for the cakes and ale.

New Moon Ritual, Shy Fox, Saturday, May 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual, l to r-Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, and Piggy, Saturday, May 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual, altar with seated moon goddess, Saturday, May 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual, Shy Fox cleansing necklace, Saturday, May 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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A few select members of SLPS meet under the auspicious second dark moon of March, known as a black moon on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The members worked dark moon magic together, set goals, and went on a vision quest by the beating of the drum by President Muad’Dib who guided the quest. With each beat of the drum, whip of the flame and shake of the rain stick, the travels to the astral realm were accomplished. Offerings included orange and chocolate brownies and juice.

March 2014, Black Moon Ritual altar, Saturday, March 29, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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