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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!

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Website Updates

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.

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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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Salt Lake Pagan Society

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Welcome Week Tabling 2012

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! 

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President Daniel Cureton provided free tarot readings for the students moving into the dorms at the University of Utah Heritage Halls on Thursday, August 16, 2012 . Several groups lined the main entrance and were there to recruit students, including LDSSA and Frisbee golf. President Cureton did a few readings while he received some side glances and evil eyes from parents of freshman.

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Congratulations everyone, the U of U Pagan Society has successfully completed its transition to a non profit organization. Filing under the Open Mind Foundation as a DBA, everything was set in order at the Utah Department of Commerce. Now we can really enjoy the benefits of being a unpaid service organization that is here to help people find, explore and understand paganism as well as service. Thanks to everyone who helped us in this goal.

Bright Blessings

Muad’Dib

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As Mabon has passed and Samhain approaches, the dark time of the year has come again. A time to reflect, turn inward, and reflect on our inner self, and seek wisdom to improve our lives. Many do this through meditation and ritual.  As we do this, let us not forget why we are on the path we are on, in this world, walking to or away from the Gods and Goddesses. I give many blessings to all on this journey, I wish you success, patience, courage and faith to walk forward in the darkest parts of the Universe, ourselves.

 

Many blessings

Maud’Dib

 

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Once again the wheel has turned and we are brought to the fall equinox, a great time of division and preparation for dark times. The second harvest is in and now is the time to thank the dying god and aging goddess!

 

Join us for a Mabon Ritual

When: Sunday, September 25, 2011

What time: 7pm

Where: Muad’Dib’s House-Call or text for directions 801 709 4632

 

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What a wonderful opportunity we have! We will be attending the 2011, 10th anniversary of the Salt Lake Pagan Pride Festival. We will have a booth all day there and need several people to step up and volunteer to help man the booth so we can all take turns enjoying the festival. Below is information about the event, and a list of times we would like people to sign up for. We are glad to be visiting our sponsor Crone’s Hollow.

Location: Crone’s Hollow 2470 S Main St. Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Time: 10-6

We should like two people per the two hour shifts.

Here are the slots and who’s filling them

10-12: Muad’Dib, open

12-2: open, open

2-4: Sharon Pellum, open

4-6: Open, open

Please sign up by sending an email to uofupagansociety@gmail.com, on facebook or post a reply to our blog!

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Due to the Holiday of Labor day, the Beehive Tea Room will be closed, so UUPS will have no meeting. Plan on meeting later in the week to plan for Pagan Pride Day this upcoming Saturday, September 10!! Maybe Wednesday, Thursday Night. We need at least four people to man the table at the festival so we can all have turns instead of being glued to our seats all day. I’ll send out an email update for our Pagan Pride Planing meeting. See you all then!

 

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Muad’Dib

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UUPS Membership BBQ

Hi Everyone,

Today is the membership BBQ. Come by Muad’Dib’s House for some food, fun, membership forms and to pay your dues~! It starts at 7 and goes till… August is when dues are well, due. So come join in and be part of Salt Lake’s most diverse group of student and community pagans!

Muad’Dib’s place

7455 Parkridge Cir (1870 e 7455 s)

Cell: 801 709 4632

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UUPS is pleased to announce the arrival of a new officer! Kirsten Caron has gladly volunteered to fill the Public Relations Manager Officer for the coming year. Here is her Bio: “Kirsten Caron is a senior at the University of Utah working on a double major in film studies and history. Kirsten is a self-dedicated priestess of Aphrodite. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, writing, film making, pin-up modeling, play video games and watching movies. Her guilty pleasures include Law and Order, Keanu Reeves and Abba. Kirsten studies divination, dream interpretation, folk lore and psychic awareness. She currently lives with her daughter, Willow, in Midvale with their 2 cats and a host of fae visitors.” “I am very excited to have her on board. Its high time we have someone who is capable and committed. There are many things we do that have a need for a PR person from scheduling rooms, planning rituals with other groups and communicating with different authors we are thinking about bringing in.” Said President Muad’Dib Kirsten is also looking forward to a new opportunity. In her own words “I’ve glad to be here and get involved. I can feel great things coming!”.

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UUPS is pleased to announce the addition of a new sponsor to its ranks: Crone’s Hollow of Salt Lake City.

“I was very pleased when the folks from CH called us up and said they wanted to sponsor us. We couldn’t believe what we were hearing! Such a prominent and famous establishment that is well respected by the community wanted to sponsor us?? We were astounded and very happy” Said President Muad’Dib.

One of the things UUPS is looking forward to is building a relationship with Crone’s Hollow, using the space there for ritual on occasion, and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere that Crone’s Hollow has.

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Harry Potter! Harry Potter! At least that’s what the members of UUPS were singing on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 11:20pm… the premiere of the 8th and final film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II

Megaplex 12 at the Gateway played host to a large number of Harry Potter fans. The crowed was a mix of muggles and wizarding folk. The movie itself was packed full of action, love, death, tragedy and a great story line.

“It was an amazing film. So well done. I was so sad to see it end. I just need to keep telling myself that there are the stories and that I can retell them to kids and find different was of keeping them alive in the future” Said Amber Hafen.

Many tears were shed after the final scene. Young boys and girls, adults, elderly, UUPS members were all wiping their faces. “I was so sad when it ended. I feel like it’s equal to the space shuttle program… an era in human history is over. I grew up with Harry and his friends since I was 13. Now I know how those who were present when Star Wars first Came out, or Star Trek feel. The ending of a great saga which has greatly impacted human history.  I think Harry has done a great service to the pagan community and how non pagans view the magical community. The HP impact seems to be a positive one.” Said President Muad’Dib.

Most of the members of UUPS and others are trying their best to have a positive outlook like Amber; finding a way to keep the stories alive. Some have even suggested they might write Harry Potter fan fiction novels

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II Movie Release L to R-Woman Between the Wolves, Amber Hafen and Muad’Dib Gateway Megaplex Theaters, July 15, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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UUPS is very pleased to announce the new sponsorship by The Church of the Sacred Circle.

Reverend Lady Avalon Starr contacted UUPS in May indicating CSC wanted to sponsor UUPS, and on board they came!

“I am very happy to have the support of such a wonderful group of people and such a respectable organization like The Church of the Sacred Circle. I have been off and on, more off than on, to their events and it has always, always been a safe, inclusive and respectable atmosphere, especially by the clergy and especially by Lady Starr” said President Muad’Dib.

What the new sponsorship means is that CSC gets a new sponsor packet, with a certificate and information sheet detailing what their sponsorship means. UUPS gets the benefit of having an organization that has a long good standing in the community to lean on.

Right now UUPS hasn’t set any dollar limit to being a sponsor. All organizations and people interested may contact UUPS indicating their desire to become apart of Salt Lake City’s only group of inclusive student and community pagans and non pagans dedicated to Education, Awareness and Inclusion.

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