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What a wonderful adventure! The excitement keeps on coming at every turn. SLPS had a terrific weekend attending the 4th Annual Moab Pride Festival Saturday and Sunday September 26-27, 2015. The group drove down Friday evening, staying at the Days Inn motel. After a mix up with only one king sized bed for three people, the readers finally got some rest for the big day in the morning. No time for the the Pre-Pride Party at the Rio bar that the pride crowds were attending.

Saturday morning September 26, breakfast was at the local Moab Diner, but due to the tourists, had to be taken to go. The festival started at 10:30 at Swanny City Park. The vendor booths were placed in a semi-circle around the stage in the park. Various vendors included Equality Utah, Human Rights Campaign, The National Forest Service, The Grand County Library, and the Trevor Project.

A visibility march took place at 11:30 am, marching a few blocks east, south, then west before circling back around to the park. Groups such as Utah Naturalists, Mormons Building Bridges, the Moab Valley Multicultural Center and the local fire department participated with their fire engine bringing up the rear.

The day was very hot, upwards of 95 degrees F. Various bands performed through the day, with drag shows scattered throughout the programming. SLPS’ booths was busy, bringing in many customers who had never had a reading. The Native American Club from Grand County School District sold Navajo tacos. The Moab Valley Multicultural Center sold tostadas, and the mobile vendor Quesadilla Mobilla sold various quesadillas.

Dinner was at the local restaurant La Hacienda. Enchiladas were in order, with shrimp and chicken. The guacamole had to be spiced up somewhat with pepper sauce, but the food was pretty good overall.  The staff continued to check on us throughout the dinning experience and even gave us tips about the parks in the area.

The Pride after party was held at the Rio, same place as the Pre-Pride party next door to the park. Door fee was $15, which went to help fund the local youth center. Filled with Pride attendees, people drank, partied, and danced the warm night away.

Since SLPS was so successful, we decided to stay another night. Because of the trouble the night before, Days Inn gave us a discounted room, with two beds this time! Sunday morning, September 27 brought a chance to do some shopping and eat breakfast at Love Muffin Cafe, reinvesting the money from the community back into the local economy. The Love Muffin Cafe turned out to be the spot where all the hung over Post-Pride Parties came to get their fill of breakfast burritos, coffee, and muffins.

SLPS headed over to the mighty Colorado river to performing a morning ritual. After meditating and collecting some special water, a trip to Arches National Park was in order. The $10 fee was a good price to spend a day hiking and viewing sacred nature!

With many pictures, selfies, and group shots, SLPS did the whole circuit. Balanced rock, Double Arch, Skyline Arch, and Window Arch before heading off to hike to the famous Delicate Arch which is on the Utah license plates. The hike was arduous, in the heat of the day, with a difficult trail up a 45 degree slickrock face and uneven terrain, little shade was in sight, but the members of SLPS completed the trail in 2 1/2 hours with the help of a Venezuelan family after running out of water. We spent some time at the arch and headed back down the mainly descending trail. A drive back to Moab for water, food, and gas came as a relief.

Sucking down a gallon of water and eating pulled pork from Wendy’s, SLPS got back on the road for the return trip to Salt Lake City. The sun set over the western desert, illuminating the red rock, and we watched the supermoon eclipse on highway 6 outside of Price, UT. We pulled over to perform some quick eclipse full moon magic and take in the stunning view of the Milky Way Galaxy that can be seen in the wild desert away from the city lights.

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib arrived in Moab at 2am, Days Inn, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, l to r- Shy Fox, Piggy, and Muad’Dib having to share a king bed, Days Inn, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, breatkfast at Moab Diner, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, view from Moab Diner of a Mesa looking south west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Moab Valley Cultural Center in visibility march, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, visibility march at main street and 100 N, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, visibility march heading west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib and Mormons Building Bridges in visibility march, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, visibility march with Utah Naturalists in purple roabs, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, rainbow flag in visibility march, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, pride banner, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, SLPS booth with Shy Fox, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, National Forest Service, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking north west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking south west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking south east, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths in a half circle looking north, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, stage, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Quesadilla Mobila food vendor, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Native American Club of Grand County School District, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, L to r- Piggy, Shy Fox, and Muad’Dib, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Kali Ma, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, view of the festival looking west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, stage from wine and beer area, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, attendees listening to music, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, after pride dinner- shrimp enchiladas at La Hacienda, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, after price dinner-restaurant menu, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, moonbeam flowers outside of La Hacienda, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Pride after party- electric car charging station at Best Western, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Pride after party at the Rio, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, dancers at the Pride after party, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, the long motel corridor at Days Inn, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, view from Days Inn- Mesa looking south west, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, the Days Inn, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Love Muffin Cafe, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, La Poutine breakfeast the Love Muffin Cafe (potatoes, sausage gravy, two eggs, bacon, blue cheese, pico), Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, the mighty Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at the Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, l to r-Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, and Piggy at the Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Sunrise Ritual at the Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, entrance to Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park hoodoos, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park view of entrance and road to Moab, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park road down to entrance, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park- La Sal moutain range in back, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park-view of cliffs, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Petrified Sand Dunes sign, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Petrified Dunes with Le Sal Mountain Range in back, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park outcropping, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib with cigar at the Ancient Sand Dunes, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Balanced Rock info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at Balanced rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib balancing Balanced rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, mini balanced rocks at Balanced rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Piggy, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Skyline Arch info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, sign, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, sign for trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at Skyline Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Double Arch trail passes, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, formation along Double Arch trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Double Arch trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib on Double Arch trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Queen Nefertiti Rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Courthouse, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Wolfe Ranch Info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Wolfe Ranch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Wolfe Ranch house, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail river, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail dried river bed, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Petroglyphs trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Petroglyphs, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail with Piggy and Shy Fox, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail slick rock face, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail slick rock at 45 degree angle, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail slick rock climb with view of park, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail mesas and peaks of La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail rock strata, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail rock layers,, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, bird perched at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib (l) and Piggy at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah



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SLPS meeting under sacred pine on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 9pm to celebrate the Fall Equinox. The crickets were in unison, the breeze calm as the altar was dedicated and the candles lit. Ganesh and Bast joined the circle of the ancestors and took in the offerings of pears, watermelon, juice and cookies. Mabon being the second harvest, the fruits were pulled from the Society Garden.

The ritual included music by Lisa Thiel, “Mabon” off the album Circle of the Seasons. Spoken word and poetry were performed in honor of the seaons. Bast and Ganesh came down and spoke to the attendees and accepted the food. He will open the way for individuals to succeed in their inner workings. Each person chose a habit to banish in the Mabon fire.

The feast afterwards with the Gods was beef and barely stew with oreo bards for dessert. A bowl was left out for the Gods to enjoy.

Mabon 2015, altar, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, altar center, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Muad’Dib calling the spirits, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, l to r- Muad’Dib, Piggy, Shy Fox, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Muad’Dib selfie with Ganesh, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Goddess Bast, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, altar with candles, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Beef and barley stew for feast, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Oreo bars for dessert, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, feast offerings to the Gods with apple juice, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Dark Times have arrived! The sun lessens in light and beings its descent to the dark lands till it will rise again at Yule. The 2nd harvest, season fruits now are pumpkin, gourds, berries, mushrooms, and pears. The Goddess will soon enter her Crone phase at Samhain, when the God dies.

Flyer by Muad’Dib
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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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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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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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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 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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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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SLPS took a slightly different turn for this year’s Imbolc, 2015. No formal ritual or rite was performed on Saturday, January 31, 2015, but a basic toast to the Goddess Brigid took place with drum sticks and chicken breasts being lifted into the air. After a busy week leading up to the event, it was decided to take an easy approach and honor Brigid in with a feast. Sometimes, no ritual is the best ritual!

Sometimes you just go easy! Imoblc 2015 was spent hailing Brigid with Popeyes spicy chicken and red beans and rice. Saturday, January 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS gathered together to celebrate the Winter Solstice, known as Yule or Alban Arthuan on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 6pm. The altar was decorated for Yule and a special Hanukkiah adorned the altar. The ritual started with Yule poetry. Everyone then presented gifts and honored Cernunnos, the lord of light and dark, Oak and Holly, born of the Goddess. He spoke to the members and blessed them for being present at his return. The Holly king’s power peaks at the time of year, gives way to the god of the waxing year, the Oak King, who will reign till Midsummer.

The reading of the traditional Hanukkah prayers and lighting of the candles took place. A traditional Yule log cake was the center cake, freshly bought from World Market. Bear foot pinot noir filled the glasses of the members. The Yule feastings included gorgonzola stuffed chicken, funeral potatoes, and potato soup.

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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 again and Samhain is upon us. This year Samhain will take place at the Temple of the Sun and Moon. We will celebrate the honored dead and invite them to speak to us in circle. The Lord Cernunnos will die, and be born again at Yule.

When: Friday, October 31, 2014

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The members of SLPS gathered on Saturday, August 23, 2014 to honor the new moon, set goals, and work magic. Talks of the fall service project and rededication to the craft all took place. A mediation fire burned through the night.

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New Moon Ritual, Altar, Saturday, August 23, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon Ritual, ritual fire, Saturday, August 23, 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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The Gods are Happy! Everyone was blessed at Beltane this year, held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6pm.

The ritual opened with the usual banishings and circle protections and elemental callings. The altar was decorated in Beltane colors and Celtic Knotwork, symbolizing the eternal nature of the Gods and everyonekinds connection to them. A special commissioned painting by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky of Ganesh and Pan in the great rite was the centerpiece, symbolizing the Queer nature of divinity and everyonekind.

With drumming and music, the wedding party entered the circle. The God was played by Lunar Oak Spirit and the Goddess was played by Woman Between the Wolves. The declarations of unity, blessings and love was followed by the great rite, with the blade entering the chalice, symbolizing the unity of the Goddess and God to each other as well as to everyonekind.

With the throwing of rice and the reading of Beltane poetry, president Muad’Dib performed a druid rite to Niwalen.  The dancing of the sacred dance around the newly made May Day Pole was next. After some confusion, the pace picked up and the weaving of a tight knotwork took place, to ensure the blessings and desires of everyone who dance till next Beltane.

The feastings included wine, spirits, ribs, steak, greens beans and mushrooms, scalloped potatoes, yellow rice and curry chicken, and three bean salad. Check out the photos below!

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib cleaning the temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves with May Day Pole ribbons, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves with May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves stapling the flowers to the top of the May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib with May Day Pole flowers, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r: Shy Fox, Piggy, Cheyanne Opheiknes, Rhiannon and Dinne Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Shy Fox, Dianne and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Piggy (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, main altar with Ganesh and Pan Great Rite painting by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, main altar center with Ganesh and Pan Great Rite painting by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib in temple area contemplating the ritual, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib in temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, South altar with Shekmet, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, West altar with Kali, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, North altar with Gaia, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, East altar with Isis, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves as God and Goddess approaching ritual circle, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves as God and Goddess entering ritual circle, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r: Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, Dianne Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Cheyanne Opheikens, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Owen Wilson, Lunar Oak Spirit and Anji Smith, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves (r in red) performing the Great Rite. Back l to r- Cheyanne Opheikens, Piggy, and Owen Wilson, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit performing the Great Rite, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib (l) and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Piggy, Owen Wilson, Woman Between the Wolves, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole, l to r- Owen Wilson, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, After May Day dance, l to r: Rhiannon Watters, Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Cheyanne Opheikens, Muad’Dib, Owen Wilson, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Rhiannon Watters, Piggy, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, Cheyanne Opheikens, and Muad’Dib after dancing the May Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole after weaving dance, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting, l to r: Anji Smith, Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Owen Wilson, Dianne and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting, l to r-Rhiannon Watters, Cheyanne Opheikens, Piggy, and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting with Anji Smith (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara shining face was seen this past Ostara 2014. SLPS held Ostara 2014 on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6pm. The ritual was done in the New American Tradition by SLPS president Muad’Dib.

With the opening of the ceremony by the LBRP and other rites, the ritual quickly moved to the story of Ostara or Easter. Centering around the Goddess Eostre and her blessing of the bunnies to spread her name, a guided journey to meet the Goddess was performed. Afterward, wildflower seeds were spread in a barren patch of land, to bring new life as spring rolls forward. President Muad’Dib  performed a druid rite of spring to Coel. The cakes and ales included bunny bread rolls made by Rhiannon Watters that were offered up to the Goddess in thanks for the return of Spring, with the song “The Earth is Our Mother” by Libana being chanted in remembrance of our ties and duty to care for the land. The ritual ended peacefully with spring poetry.

The feastings included vegan lentil soup, potato rolls, grilled chicken, spinach and cucumber salad, and enchiladas. With the wine and juice flowing freely, the feastings continued into the night and ended with a few hands of five card poker!

Ostara 2014, East altar with Winged Isis, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, South altar with Apollo, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, West altar with Hades, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, North altar with Gaia, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 main altar, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014, main altar center, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Goddess Ostara acrylic on board plaque by Kurth Shoopman, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014 l to r: Rhiannon Watters, Yuriel Lizardi, and Donna Watters ,Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Bunny biscuits made by Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, fire, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib behind main altar, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Steven Wellington, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (l red) and Steven Wellington in circle, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, wildflower seed area, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014 l to r: Cheyanne Opheikens, Steven Wellington, Rhiannon Watters, Yuriel Lizarid, Shy Fox, and Donan Watteres in circle, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014 Feat, l to r: Steven Wellington, Rhiannon Watters, Donna Watters, Cheyanne Opheikens (middle right) and Shy Fox, (bottom right), with vegan lentil soup with ladle, water, apple juice and grilled chicken, potato salad, tomato soup, potato rolls (by Steven). Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib with poker chips for eyes, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Poker game with Shy Fox, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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A few members and guests of SLPS gathered last night Friday, March 21, 2014 to prepare the eggs for Ostara 2014. At first the brown eggs appeared to present a challenge of if the dye would stick, but it sure did! Some beautiful eggs are now waiting to be presented to the Goddess and eaten in sacred Ostara egg salad! There was even a black egg! The other plastic eggs hold wildflower seeds read to be sown into the barren Earth in symbol of the returning life of spring time.

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Rhiannon Watters, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Donna Watters, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, cage free eggs and dyes, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Wildflower seeds, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Wildflower seed package, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, colorful died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, more colorful died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, yet still more color died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, plastic eggs with wildflower seeds Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The wheel has turned and it’s time to get the candles and eggs out for the Germanic Goddess Ostara, one of spring and the equinox! This year’s Ostara will be performed in the Wiccan fashion by President Muad’Dib. Ritual will be Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6pm with feasting around 7:30pm. We will be dying eggs the day before on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7pm in preparation for Ostara. You can find the ritual outline here! It will be held outside so dress warmly for early spring weather! Only those who came to Witches’ Tea may attend since this is a private ritual.

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Thanks to everyone who came and participated in the Imbolc ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports at 6pm. SLPS helped kick off the 2014 Interfaith Month with Imbolc. Lakshmi stood in since Brigid arrived late. The table was decorated with a handmade table cloth by Woman Between the Wolves in the late winter seasonal design. Flowers, cookies, sparkling apple cider, candles and more all decorated the altar. Since the ritual was squeezed into the small time space of an hour, some creative editing was necessary.

After reading Imbolc poetry, there was singing and dancing, cleansing and blessing, all before Brigid appeared. She stepped in for a visit through one of the mediums and gave spiritual advice to everyone through the tarot. Afterwards, everyone came forward to received blessings from her through sacred fire.

The energy was sent out into the universe at the close and the rest was returned to the living Earth.

Imbolc 2014 Altar with Lakshmi stand in for Brigid Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 Altar close up with Lakshmi stand in for Brigid Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 circle with Cathy Saremi (3rd from left), Al Colson (4th), Woman Between the Wolves (6th), Cheyanne Opheikens (8th) Colby Vaifoou (9th), Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 circle r to l Shy Fox (right), Mike Boyce (4th from right), Lyn Sawyer (5th), Adam Applegate (6th) Colby Vaifoou (7th) and Cheyanne Opheikens (8th), Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a great celebration of Hanukkah for the second year in a row this past Saturday, December 7, 2013. We lit each candle on the hanukiah each night and said the sacred prayers in Hebrew. This celebration has become a tradition after the success Hanukkah of 2012. We look forward to next year, 2014’s Hanukkah!

Hanukkah 2013, Hanukkiah on mantle, December 7, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned and Lughnasadh is upon us! The festival of Lugh, also known as Lammas, is a time to honor the Tuatha De Danann Warrior known as “Long Arm Lugh”.  A Cetlic Sun God, the first harvest come into fruition and storage now. The traditional offerings are the first loafs of bread made from the first harvest. Corn mothers, bread, grains and phalluses are all appropriate iconography for Lughnasadh. This is also the Thanksgiving Holiday, when each person give thanks for the things and blessings in their lives. The center piece and other decorations will feature full nudity of Lugh and phallus candles.  Join with us for Lughnasadh! You must come to Witches’ Tea for an invitation.

When: Saturday, August 3, 2013 6pm

Where: Muad’Dib’s House 801 709 4632

(Flyer by Lunar Oak Spirit)

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