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TPS Members met in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Saturday, February 2, 2019 to honor the return of the light. Known as Candlemass to the Catholics, This sacred holiday honors the coming light and spring and is ruled over by Brigid in the Celtic pantheon.
The fires were lit, poetry read, and music played. A meditation to Brigid was performed under the music of “Imbolc” by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons. Offerings included wine and chocolate biscotti.

Imbolc 2019, Spencer A., Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, February 2, 2019, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Imbolc 2019, Woman Between the Wolves, Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, February 2, 2019, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Imbolc 2019, Spence A. (l) and Woman Between the Wolves reading the 1,001 names of the Goddess, Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, February 2, 2019, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Imbolc 2019, Altar with Triple Brigid, Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, February 2, 2019, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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TPS Celebrate the arrival of Yule and its King, the Oak Lord, in Big Cottonwood Canyon Saturday, December 22, 2018. Digging out the snow, the fires were lit and the Lord honored with wine and cakes. The Holly King gave up his seat, and the God was born again of the Goddess after his death at Samhain.

Yule 2018, Bradley B. lighting fire, Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, December 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Yule 2018, Yule fire, Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, December 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Yule 2018, Altar with Kwan Yin and Cernunnos, Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, December 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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SLPS members met in Big Cottonwood Canyon Saturday, October 27, 2018 to honored the blessed kindred. Candles were lit next to a sacred fire. With snow on the ground already, some shoveling of the pit was required, but the logs burned true. The waning life for winter could be felt, as crisp as the chill in the hair and the frost on the ground.
Some poetry and music warmed the spirit as the fire did the body. Sacred Pomegranate wine was shared between attendees before hailing and farewells.


Samhain 2018, altar with Arianrhod and Veles, Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Samhain 2018, altar looking up the mountain,
Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Samhain 2018, ritual fire,
Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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The members of SLPS met on Saturday, September 22, 2018 to honor the gods and accept the coming dark times of Mabon. The Fall Equinox brings in the spirit of the retreat, the inward lookings of the hermit figure, set for the six months between September 21st and March 21st, the Spring Equinox.
Offerings were given-seasonal fruits adorned the altar. Allegiances pledged while asking for guidance during this waning time. Kali Ma and Cernunnos were present to guide the attendees and give advice for the coming months.

Mabon 2018, altar, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2018, altar with Kali and Cernunnos, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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What a fun day out after Sunday morning tea! A few SLPS members headed to Big Cottonwood Canyon to gather magical plants and items on Sunday, September 15, 2013. River rocks, white sage, wild rose and granite were on the list and after several hours of hunting and gathering, they were successful! Each September brings the opportunity to gather the last of the summer plants and the pre-fall blooms. With the river being almost too cold to wade through, any time post Mabon is just too cold!

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Chakra yoga mat and steps to the Big Cottonwood Creek, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT, Sunday, September 15, 2013

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Big Cottonwood Creek, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT, Sunday, September 15, 2013

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Piggy in the Big Cottonwood Creek, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT, Sunday, September 15, 2013

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Piggy (l) and Iyata Bond gathering sage, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT, Sunday, September 15, 2013

Magical Ingredient Gathering, white sage, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT, Sunday, September 15, 2013

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Iyata Bond with wild rose bush, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT, Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Thanks to all who came this morning, September 30, 2012 at 9am and helped collect magical plants and herbs! After finding the appropriate guides and maps to wildflowers and trees of the Wasatch, the members of UUPS headed up to Big Cottonwood. With field guides and magical bolines, the identifying, harvesting and thanking commenced. Many of the plants were eager to be part of a magical apothecary and be in a warm home before the fall snow hits in October.

After a few hours, the sun was sneaking high into the sky and everyone called it a day. There will be another herb gathering event. For now the fruits of the harvest include sage brush, prickly pear cactus, unita groundsel, hairy goldenaster, perry’s goldenrod, and scarlet gilia!  The big poisonous plant we found is Myrtle Spurge! Just a note, the flowers look pretty but this plant in the third and fourth photos is poisonous and considered a noxious weed when cultivated! So do not cultivate if you take some home on our next trip. Check out the photos below!

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Prickly Pear Cactus, September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Uinta Groundsil, September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Creeping Myrtle Spurge (Poisonous), September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Magical Ingredient Gathering-Creeping Myrtle Spurge (Poisonous) September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Utah Goldenrod, September 20, 2012

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Scarlet Gilia, September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Shy Fox gathering Hairy Goldenaster, September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Magical Ingredient, Gathering Lunar Oak Spirit, September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon

Magical Ingredient Gathering- Muad’Dib September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Magical Ingredient Gathering-l to r Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, and Muad’Dib, September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Helvijs Vigners, September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Magical Ingredient Gathering, Shy Fox, September 30, 2012 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Remember everyone that we are meeting this morning around 10:30 at the 711 of Big Cottonwood Canyon to hunting for acorns and sage. No tea since we’ll be gathering. Bring you magical bolines, basket, biscuits and hiking boots!

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