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The planning committee for Salt Lake Pagan Pride met at IHOP on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10 am to discuss the 2016 festival. Out of ten, three people showed: Debra Hurst, Jen Coates, and SLPS President Muad’Dib. Much progress was made in the details, including an extensive list was made for vendors, author signing suggestions, $10 tshirts for the festival, logo contest, entertainment selections, and the program layout.

The committee is seeking to grow the festival and make it as inclusive as possible, with not just Pagan vendors, but those who support the community and provide services (like the library and Planned Parenthood). This year’s festival is booked for the northeast quadrant of Liberty Park in downtown Salt Lake City.

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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 together on Saturday, January 23, 2016 to honor the moon goddess and work magic by the full moon, also know as the wolf moon in January.

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January 2016 Full Moon Ritual, altar, Saturday, January 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

January 2016 Full Moon Ritual, L to r- Shy Fox, Piggy, and Woman Between the Wolves, temple room, Saturday, January 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met under the shadow of the new moon Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8pm to honor the Moon Goddess and work powerful magical rites by the new moon. Bast was the deity of choice, lending her feline youthful energy to the circle. The members honored her with a traditional OCCAM(Orange County Circle of Ancient Magic) call “Meeeooooww, Basssssssst!” Krishna was also welcome and present.

Some spell workings were done, and a meditation by the fire with the song “Pax Deorum” by Enya helped the trance work.

January 2016 New Moon Ritual, Altar, Saturday, January 9, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

January 2016 New Moon Ritual, Camille Harris with Freyja, Saturday, January 9, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

January 2016 New Moon Ritual, meditation fire, Saturday, January 9, 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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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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Witches, wizards, druids, vikings, and Pagans gathered to celebrate community and unity. Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day was held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10-6. Held at Murray Park, the festival allows the Pagan community to educated, show their pride, and “come out of the broom closet” if they feel so. This Year’s theme was “A Harvest of Balance and Blessings.”

This year’s festival included over 20 vendors, a kid zone, Belly Dancing by Thia, and music. The opening ritual was performed by the staff of Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day. The day was sunny, shiny, and hundreds of people strolled in to shop, look, and attend public ritual. Even the local LDS missionaries stopped by for a look around.

SLPS did very well, needing a double booth this year for their $5 tarot readings. They were discounted last minute as an extra bonus for customers and to beat out competition. The closing ritual was performed in the Norse tradition by Harts Hearth Clan of Tooele Utah.

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, SLPS Booth, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Muad’Dib, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, left to right- James, Many Anderson, Michael Conrad, C.C. Delgado, David Courtier (red shirt), Gwen Allen, Josh Williams, Eddie Cooper, and Tarisa Cooper, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015,Vendors with Crones Hollow, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Vendors with Pagan store Elemental Inspirations (left), Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, Vendor booths, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray City Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Vendors, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Vendors and kid zone with Mike Hurst (r), Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Dancers at pavilion 1, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, LDS Missionaries l to r-Elder Conn, Jennifer Coates, and Elder Halisky, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Closing rite circle with Heart’s Hearth Clan, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Closing rite by Heart’s Hearth Clan of Tooele, Utah, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

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Join us at the annual Pagan Pride Day. SLPS will be doing $10 tarot and palm readings. If you’re around, stop by pavilions 1, 2, and 3 at Murray Park in Murray, UT from 10-6.

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Join us Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 3pm for our Coffee and Book Club meeting at Cafe Solstice.

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The sun was setting in the west when SLPS celebrated Lughnasadh. The ritual took place Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 8pm. SLPS is fond of honoring the Celtic Sun God Lugh, as he’s been so good to us. Corn was in order, and bread the offering. A simple ritual giving thanks, creating sacred space, and discussing what we are all thankful for took place. Ears of corn and chrysanthemums decorated the altar, and the song “Heart Beat of Harvest” by Cernunnos Rising was sung in honor of Lugh. John Barleycorn was burned in the fire, and the feast included bowls of hardy chili and mango nectar.

Lughnasadh 2015, altar, Sunday, August 2, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2015, altar center, Sunday, August 2, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2015, burning the john barleycorn in the fire, Sunday, August 2, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned and Lughnsadh is upon us. The first of three harvest holidays, also known as Lammas, Lughnasadh is the time of Thanksgiving and to honor the Celtic Sun God Lugh.

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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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The Wheel has turned and Midsummer is upon us. The Holly King will overtake the Oak King and rule till Yule. The sun will reach its zenith and start its descent.

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The 14th Annual Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s Interfaith service kicked off the 2015 Utah Pride Festival. Held at First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, but hosted by the Community of Christ, it took place Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7pm. This was the first year that service was not hosted at the host’s facilities. Part of this reason was due to the small space at the Community of Christ, not able to accommodate 300 or more people.

With the singing of the Buddhist singing bowl, the service opened and the faith leaders processed in. Russel Baker-Gorringe informed everyone that he would be retiring from the leadership as head of the coalition. An enthusiastic speech by Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah got everyone excited about the recent changes to the state with the recent passage of the anti discrimination bill. Some great music was sun in praise of the divine, a ritual for the honored dead of the LGBT community was performed, and $1200 raised for QSAs (Queer Student Unions) around the state of Utah thanks to a heartfelt and passionate awareness raising talk by Miguel Gallegos who works with local QSA groups in schools. Light refreshments were provided afterwards and guest and faith leaders mingled.

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service Muad’Dib (l) and Woman Between the Wolves before service Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, faith leaders before service, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, faith leaders entering chapel of First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City,Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Servicem First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City opening ritual with Rev. Christopher “Myoshin” Lobow, Zen Buddhist Monk and singing bowl (center) and Maureen Duffy-Boose (r), Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service l to r- Rev. Christine Swientek (2nd from left, Metaphysical), Mahan Singh Khalsa (Sikh), Angela Elsayed (Muslim), Woman Between the Wolves (Pagan), Rev. Patty Willis (Unitarian), Rev. Steve Klemz (Christian), Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman (Jewish), Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Russell Baker- Gorringe (podium) Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rev. Curtis Price (Pastor of First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City) singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service. Troy Williams-Executive Director of Equality Utah, (podium), deaf interpreter below, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman (Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami), Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rev. Curtis Price (l) and Maureen Duffy-Boose performing the Ritual of Remembrance for all the honored dead of the LGBT community, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Miguel Gallegos (podium), deaf interpreter below, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rev. Tom Goldsmith (First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City) giving prayer for the offerings of donations, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Pride Pipers coming in to lead the recessional of faith leaders, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a great time helping Church of the Sacred Circle at their 2015 Spring psychic fair “Rite of Spring” on Saturday, May 8, 2015 from 4-8 pm. Even though it was a rainy and overcast day, the fair was busy with patrons coming for tarot, angel, astrological, and palm readings. Some came for healing, others to find their destiny, with question about school, work, and love. President Muad’Dib had a great time reading palms and using his Deviant Moon Tarot.

Rite of Spring 2015 Psychic Fair, Muad’Dib, Church of the Sacred Circle, Saturday, May 8, 2015, West Valley City, UT

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The Goddess and God united in love and became one for the day! The Great Day of Beltane, when the God and Goddess come together for their wedding ceremony and to make new life that will be born at Yule. The ceremony was held outside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2015 at 3pm. The altar was decorated with Celtic knot work items and plaques of the Goddess and God and of the God and God for Queer mysteries. A lesson on the meaning and origin of Beltane took place, and the offerings were white wine and strawberry short cake. The feastings later in the evening were Italian sausage spaghetti, green salad, and garlic bread with red wine.

Beltane 2015, altar, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, altar center, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, strawberry short cake offerings to the Goddess and God, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Shy Fox, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Muad’Dib, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Piggy at altar, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Italian sausage spaghetti, green salad, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, feast-garlic bread, Sunday, May 3, 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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