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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 to celebrate the birth of the Yule King, bringing back the light, Saturday, December 19, 2015. A homemade Yule Log cake, kahlua chocolate made at the Yule crafting Friday, December 18, 2015, adorned the altar. The altar was dressed in seasonal colors, flowers, and ritual items. The take over by the Oak King was acknowledged, who rules from Yule to Midsummer during the waxing light of the Sun as it grows brighter till Midsummer.

Poetry was read for Yule and the members danced around the Yule altar, calling back the light to the song “Bring Back the Light” by Gypsy on her album Enchantress. The feastings after included chipotle buckwheat, Gorgonzola ham stuff chicken breasts, and broccoli.

Yule Crafting 2015, cake roll, Friday, December 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule Crafting 2015, unrolled Yule log cake, Friday, December 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule Crafting 2015, Shy Fox filling Yule log cake, Friday, December 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, Yule log cake, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Shy Fox, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, Muad’Dib, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, Altar lit, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, altar, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, feast: gorgonzola, ham, and cheese breaded chicken, broccoli, and buckwheat, Saturday, December 19, 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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The Wheel turned and the time of the Ancestors was upon us! In the SLPS tradition, we do not only work with them at Samhain (pronounced Souw Win, not Sam Hane), but throughout the year. Even so, Samhain is THE time for the kindred and ancestral workings.

SLPS performed their personal coven rite on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8pm. This was necessary as SLPS also was to perform a public rite. Private group workings as well as personal work is an important component as it allows for self work and the members to bond together, express higher emotions, and be comfortable instead of having onlookers or worrying about strangers energies.

The right on October 24 went splendidly, with a homemade death by chocolate cake being the main cake, and bloody Mary’s for the wine. Osiris and Arianrhod were invoked as the patrons of the rite. The ancestors were called in with the song “Samhain by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons. To calm the energies, the song “Shanti (Peace Out)” by MC Yogi on his album Elephant Power was played to bring everyone back and dismiss the dead. Feastings afterwards were spiced apple cider and Puerto Rican spaghetti.

SLPS was asked to conduct a public rite on Halloween for the Pagan shop As Above So Below in Roy, UT. SLPS gladly accepted. With a count of 45 people, the rite proceeded at 8:30. The archangels invoked in the quarters, the barriers thrown up, the song “Samhain by Lisa Thiel was played after the ancestors were invoked to join the circle under the watch oft he High Priest Muad’Dib and High Priestess Woman Between the Wolves. Deities present were Cerridween, Arianrhod, Hades, and Osiris. HP Muad’Dib performed a druid rite to Cerridwen, the ancestors, and the fall season. A toast with the coven chalice full of wine was passed around the room before the closing and pot luck feastings.

Samhain 2015, altar, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, altar center, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Camille Harris (l) and Piggy, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Donotello- a temple cat guarding the ritual space, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Shy Fox and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, bloody Mary ritual drink, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Death by chocolate cake made by Shy Fox, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, glasses prepared for bloody Mary drinks, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Puerto Rican meatball spaghetti for the feast, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Public Samhain 2015, l to r-Tarisa Cooper, Muad’Dib, and C.C. Delgado, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

Public Samhain 2015, altar with cow skull, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

Public Samhain 2015, crowds seated at ceremony with Muad’Dib (r) and Piggy (far right), As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

Public Samhain 2015, feast, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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For all those interested in attending SLPS rituals, now is the chance to come and see first hand how SLPS conducts their rites!

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SLPS Samhain 2015 Flyer

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Join us today for the last class in the intermediate Wicca series.

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SLPS Wicca 202 Flyer 2015 (2)

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SLPS Samhain 2015 Flyer

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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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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.

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

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

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

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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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Ever thought about how the moon influences our lives? Considered casting your own spell or praying to the Goddess?

This class introduces you to the basics of Wicca, Nature’s moon based spirituality. It will cover the history, myth, deities, and practice. You will learn what it means to be Wiccan, how to become one, and how to set up your first altar for working magic and shaping your destiny.

Cost $30: Includes textbook “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham and a basic altar kit (pic is just an example, not the real kit).

Sign up on meetup or send money through Paypal to slpagansociety@gmail.com. We will only buy the supplies for those who have purchased their tickets by July 23, 2015.

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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.

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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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