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A little summer kitchen magic! Jam Making… that’s what the members of SLPS did for their July full moon, known as the Buck moon when young buck’s antlers grow and come in, on Saturday, July 17, 2016.

The apricots and Oregon grapes used for the jam mix had come from the Society’s own back yard. The apricots and grapes were processed and heated with lemon juice and pectin. Sugar was added and a roiling boil achieved. The jars and lids were heated in a water bath to prevent bursting from the heat differential. The jars were filled and set upside to seal the lids while they cooled. After 5 hours, the society output 23 mason jars of apricot Oregon grape jam! The taste is sweet yet wild. Delicious!

July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-Stesha Bowden (l) and Shy Fox cutting apricots, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

July 2016 Full Buk Moon Ritual, jam making-Oregon grapes, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-apricots and Oregon grapes processed, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-cooking apricot and Oregon grape jam mix and bathing jars, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-Muad’Dib stirring jam mix, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-set up, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-filling jam jar, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-jam jars sealing and cooling, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met on Saturday, May 21-Monday, May 23, 2016 to plant the second Society garden over the full moon. The ground was weeded, turned, and manure was added. This year the garden doubled in size, so more work was to be done and more time given to the Earth. Thankfully the rain softened the sand and only the crab grass fought back. Monday evening, after all the hard work, the starter plants from Millcreek and Traces gardens were planted under the light of the moon.

This year the society planted: corn, okra, Japanese eggplant, red watermelon; Jack-o-lantern, Jack-be-little, and Jarrahdale pumpkins; artichoke, shallots, Walla Walla sweet yellow onion, baquieu and butter lettuce, cabbage, yellow summer squash; De Milpa, Verde, and Yellow Husk tomatillo; dill and basil; Granny Green, Zebra, and Brandywine tomatoes; Armenian cucumbers; Giant Marconi, Habanero, Tobasco, Anaheim, Anaheim Chili, Serrano, Chipotle, Pimento, Ghost, Lemon Drop, Anchio, Caribbean, Shishito, and Keystone Giant peppers. The total cost this year being $300 for the plants and supplies.

Some good insects were spotted, a few spiders egg sacks and one jumping spider. Earth worms and roly polies were plenty. A few June bug larve and lacewing flies were seen. A test of the soil revealed that the sandy earth is a neutral, neither acidic or alkaline, perfect for all types of plants!

Society Garden Planting 2016, l to r- Shy Fox, Camille Harris, and Stesha Bowden, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, l to r- Woman Between The Wolves, Camille Harris, and Stesha Bowden, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, Shy Fox, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, spider with egg sack, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, earth worms, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, Piggy (l) and Shy Fox, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, jumping spider, Monday, May 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, Shy Fox (l) and Piggy, Monday, May 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, watermelon and pumpkins, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, okra, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, pepper plants, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, artichoke, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, celery, Wednesday, May 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, pepper, melon, pumpkin and okra patch, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, corn, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, yellow summer squash, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, romaine (bottom), baquieu, and butter lettuce, cabbage (top), Wednesday, May 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, leeks, Wednesday, May 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, eggplant (left), shallots (right), tomatoes (top, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, shallots (left), tomatoes (top left), Armenian cucumbers (middle top), tomatillos (middle), yellow onions (right), Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, view of patch by fence looking south west, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met under the beautiful full moon Saturday, April 23, 2016 to honor the mother Goddess Gaia in honor of Earth Day Blooming blueberry bushes adorned the altar, with offerings of juice and apples for the Mother.

April 2016 Full Pink Moon Altar, Goddess Gaia with blueberry bushes, Saturday, April 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8pm to honor the full moon Goddess and plan the upcoming garden for April. Gaia was patroned and honored, the good Earth mother who sends the worms to help the soil and plants grown.

March 2016 Full Worm Moon Ritual, Gaia on altar, Saturday, March 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS participated in the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable’s interfaith month by hosting an open full moon rite to the Norse Goddess Freyja. Held Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 7-9 at the Sugar Space in downtown Salt Lake, ten people gathered to see and participate in the Wiccan rite. The altar was decorated with bone runes, statues of the deities, flowers, and a drinking horn. A hand burned wooden slab of the rune Ingwas provided the perfect backdrop.

The society opened by invoking the Goddess Freyja and the All-father Odin. The song “Freya” by Kelliana on her album I Walk With the Goddess. The Goddess spoke to all those present and gave them advice for the next month to guide their lives. A rune was pulled for each person to give them further clarity and wisdom through divination.

The offerings were apple juice and cookies, after which sacred items presented to the Goddess were blessed and a question and answer period opened. People asked tradition differences, how Pagans view the world, and thanked SLPS for hosting as part of the interfaith.

Salt Lake interfaith Roundtable Full Moon Rite to Freyja, altar, Sunday, February 21, 2016, Sugar Space, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake interfaith Roundtable Full Moon Rite to Freyja, people gathered, Sunday, February 21, 2016, Sugar Space, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of the society met under moon and night on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8pm to give thanks to the moon goddess for her continued support and blessings. Full moon chicken tacos were prepared for the members who are practicing their kitchen magic skills.

February’s moon is known as the snow moon as the heaviest snow fall and cold comes during the month. Quan Yin was honored as the mother goddess in the full aspect.

February 2016 Full moon ritual, Snow moon, full moon chicken tacos, Quan Yin, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

February 2016 Full moon ritual, Snow moon, Quan Yin, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

February 2016 Full moon ritual, Snow moon, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

February 2016 Full moon ritual, Snow moon, Muad’Dib, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS gathered to celebrate and work magic of the last full moon of 2015 on Saturday, December 26, 2015. It was also the start of Kwanzaa, so the altar was decorated and adorned with traditional Kwaznaa items as well. The Kinara was lit, the black called, for the first night for the discussion about the first principal of Kwanzaa, unity. A discussion followed about the importance of unity in the community. After the ritual, a special chicken and ground nut stew and fufu were prepared to honor the start of the holiday and were offered to the Moon Goddess.

Kwanzaa 2015 Full Moon December Cold Moon, Muad’Dib making fufu, Saturday, December 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Kwanzaa 2015 Full Moon December Cold Moon, altar Saturday, December 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Kwanzaa 2015 Full Moon December Cold Moon, Kinara on the mantle Saturday, December 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Kwanzaa 2015 Full Moon December Cold Moon, altar with candles Saturday, December 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Kwanzaa 2015 Full Moon December Cold Moon, chicken and ground nut stew and fufu (white ball), Saturday, December 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Kwanzaa 2015 Full Moon December Cold Moon, chicken and ground nut stew with fufu, Saturday, December 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS gathered together to celebrate the New Moon and to honor the tradition of Hanukkah in Judaism on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm. For the last several years SLPS has been participating in the the ceremony, with the lighting of the hanukiah and serving treats such as latkes and sparking cider.

Sekhmet, the Egyptian lion Goddess and Cernunnos, Celtic Lord of the Underworld, were called in along with the Kin to guide the members on the drum meditation. A smokeless flame was provided for trance work.

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Shy Fox, and Camille Harris, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, altar, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, latkas, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, smokeless meditation fire with Piggy (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, hanukiah lit for the 7th night, Goddes Sekhmet (l) and God Cernunnos, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, hanukiah on mantle, Saturday, December 12, 2015, 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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SLPS members met under the blessed new moon Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8pm to perform rites to the Goddess. The altar was set up, the elements displayed, and the rite conducted by President Muad’Dib. Blessings were performed on the newly rolled smudge sticks done by the society for Mabon crafting. Offerings included Jo Jo’s and coffee.  Late night dancing Club Jam to celebrate the visit of an old Society friend in from London took place in the late hours of the night.

New Moon October 2015, Blessing sage bundles, Saturday, October 11, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon October 2015, After ritual dancing at club Jam, Saturday, October 11, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon October 2015, Muad’Dib and Helvijs Vigners, Club Jam, Saturday, October 11, 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.

Flyer by Muad’Dib

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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July 4th brings a unique opportunity to honor one of the lesser worshiped goddesses, Columbia-Libertas of the Roman pantheon who rules over liberty and justice. Hailed as the patron of America (U.S.), she watches quietly and stately at the bay of New York City. Her image has been on currency of the United States for well over two centuries. She has always welcome the tired, the poor, the hungry, and weak, and the oppressed, who yearn to be free. A symbol and beacon of freedom, she welcomes and bids all to rest in her presence.

The altar was decorated in traditional patriotic memorabilia. SLPS honored the Goddess on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 8pm. The offerings included traditional July 4th food, hot dogs. Other traditional dishes at this time are hamburgers, baked beans, grilled chicken, potatoes salad, and green jello to name a few. Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa was the song of choice for the music.

The offerings were accepted and petitioned to continue her blessings on the USA.

June 2015 Full Moon, Rose Moon, Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, altar, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2015 Full Moon Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, Goddess Columbia, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2015 Full Moon Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, altar center with hot dog offerings, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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June 2015 Full Moon Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, altar, Saturday, June 27, 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.

Flyber by Muad’Dib

Salt Lake Pagan Society

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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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Curious about moon magic and the Goddess? Come celebrate her at this open new moon ritual!

As part of the interfaith season and a member of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, we will be hosting an open new moon ritual for all those curious. We will be working magic by the moon on the first new moon of 2015. The ritual will be centered around the Greek Goddess Artemis, huntress and goddess of the new moon.

This is a free event and we will have a Q & A after

New Moon Flyer SLPS January 2015

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The members of SLPS gather together on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8pm to honor the Moon Goddess and receive her blessings. An evaluation of the goals set at the New Moon was in order, before saluting the Goddess and offering her wine and cakes.

January 2015 Full Wolf Moon, Altar with Moon Goddess and Quan Yin, Saturday, January 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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