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President Muad’Dib discovered while going through the Utah Pride Center private archives a photo of the “Salt Lake Pagan Community” from the the 1995 Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. “I didn’t know that the Pagans had been marching in the parade back then. I had thought perhaps that SLPS was the first to march in the parade, but I knew others could have, just there was no evidence. This year is the 26th year of the parade, so now we know they have marched before. SLPS began marching in the parade in 2011 with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition.”

The LGBT community has had a long crossover into the Pagan community, as many of the members identify with both. It’s common that LGBT people find the Pagan community more accepting because of how personal the spirituality of Paganism is and how many various paths people walk. Paganism allows individuals to explore facets of deity, the inside self, and the universe they hadn’t previously without putting them into a box or creating a cookie cutter mentality. Often Paganism is more fulfilling than larger organized religion.

The Utah Pride Center has photographs from various events that will be transferred to the Marriott Library Special Collections Archives at the University of Utah this year under the leadership of President Muad’Dib, who works as the library director at the center. The picture below will soon be available for everyone to access in the Multimedia Division. If anyone can identify the individuals, please send SLPS an email or leave a comment.

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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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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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Join SLPS at Moab Pride 2015 Saturday, September 26, 2015. We will be doing tarot and palm readings at the 4th Annual Moab Pride Festival.

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Live in Utah County? Ready to see pride in your community? We are too! SLPS will be attending the 3rd Annual Provo Utah Pride festival at Memorial Park Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10-6. We will be offering $10 tarot, palm, and playing card readings. We will also have the Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake with us giving Mermaid readings!

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June may be over, but pride isn’t! The first annual Ogden Pride Festival will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at City Hall Park/Municipal Gardens in Ogden, UT. The theme is Love Within Reach.  (also Lughnasadh or Lammas). SLPS will be present and ready at their first festival, supporting he community in Ogden. Look for the booth and sign, stop by for a tarot, playing card, or palming reading for only $10!

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We are very happy about today’s ruling, June 26, 2015.  A 5-4 vote from the U.S. Supreme Court, making marriage equality the law of the land for all U.S. states. Congrats to all our LGBT friends and followers who fought and worked hard for years to make this day, this dream a reality!

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SLPS had an amazing time at the 2015 Utah Pride Festival June 4-7, 2015. The Society got in gear by changing up its logos for Pride month, celebrating the diversity of all individuals. Some new swag with the new rainbow logo got the members in the mood and excited about reading tarot and palm at the festival.

Saturday, June 6, 2015, brought the opening at 3pm. A steady line of folks popping in to take advantage of the $10 readings and free buttons and books wasn’t deterred by the heavy but brief storm and hail that passed over the festivities around 5pm. The Merqueen Lei Loni Tilley from the Mermaid of the Great Salt Lake was seen in full tail giving mermaid readings at the booth and around the festival grounds at the fountains.

Sunday, June 7, 2015 SLPS paraded down 200 S with the interfaith section of the parade in front of the big rainbow flag. Sikhs were spotted at the begging the route at 400 E and 200 S, offering “Take a pic with a Sikh”and free Pepsi drinks. With cheers and kisses and hearts overflowing, the crowd was overjoyed to see Pagans and mermaids taking up the rear. President Muad’Dib, in rainbow robe and pointy hat (made for him for the 2014 festival by Woman Between the Wolves), was so liked by the crowd, he yelled to the people “I’m the wizard at the end of the rainbow!” Back at the festival after the parade, members sported the new pride shirts. Swells of people descended on the booth, asked for information on Paganism and took all the free books Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by River and Joyce Higginbotham on the information table. adorned with Herne, being given away by SLPS (much like free Bibles). A few skeptics rolled by, but they were dragged in and converted to believers!

This year was its best year yet for SLPS! Many people took away needed spiritual advice, friendship, love and magic after each reading. Many expressed their gratitude to having the Pagan presence and knowing that there are Pagans who believe in LGBT rights, equality, equity, and fairness for all peoples.

Utah Pride Festival 2015, SLPS booth Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Tanya Thorton, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, SLPS booth l to r- Nikki Pitt, Shy Fox, and the mermaid Leil Loni Tilley of the Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, l to r- Shy Fox (glasses), Chris Newhart (standing) and Woman Between the Wolves (wizard hat), Tanya Thorton, Jackie Lit, and a client, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, view from the booth of the festival looking east to the City Building, Mermaid Queen Lei Loni Tilley of the Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake (l) and Nikki Pitt, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, unrolling of flag 400 E 400 S, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, Pride Pipers 400 E 400 S, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, SLPS lined up to march with the interfaith section, l to r Nikki Pitt, Mermaid Lei Loni Tilely of the Mermadis of the Great Salt Lake, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, and Muad’Dib, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade with Shy Fox (l) and Woman Between the Wolves holding SLPS Banner, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, Muad’Dib, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, “Take a pic with a Sikh” along parade route 400 E and 200 S, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, protesters along 200 S, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, parade and crowd, looking west on 300 E and 200 S Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, Grannies for Gays riding in cars in front of flag, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, festival attendees in the south east quadrant, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, Muad’Dib (black hat) giving a reading, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Please join SLPS at the Utah Pride Festival for $10 Tarot and Palm readings. SLPS will be vending Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the City building of Salt Lake City, where the festival is located. SLPS will also be marching the parade Sunday morning, so if you cant’ make it to the festival, come see us in robes and hats at the march!

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The beloved Pagan and Magick shop of Utah County has decided to close its door. Gypsy Wagon, run by mother and daughter team Penny and Misty Mcinelly will be moving in the direction of festival vending, private psychic readings, and online shopping.

The shop has had a history of ups and downs over the last six years since it opened in Spring of 2009 in the basement of a house in Lindon, UT. President Muad’Dib fondly remembers shopping there when he first became a Pagan. “I was thrilled they were so close, as I was a student in Provo at BYU. I don’t remember how I found them. Most likely their website, as I was new to Paganism and new to Utah as well, so I had to do Google searches and looking at Witchvox.com. I met Misty when I went to the house, which I had to enter through the back through a door. It was very secretive, being in a highly Mormon neighborhood in Lindon, which is basically Orem. Misty and I got along great, and formed a friendship I still maintain till this day. She even participated in some of the early functions of the U of U Pagan Society and traveled with me to visit Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA) in Logan over Beltane 2010.

I made my first purchase, a large one, of magick supplies from her in June of 2009. I also had my first psychic readings from her, which turned me on to divination. I paid for a few readings. We did a playing card reading, threw some herbs in some water in a scrying bowl, and the biggest one which provided the most detail was the coffee ground reading. She provided information about people I would later meet when I started helping out at LGBT pride, and at the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Utah in spring of 2010. She warned me about some, showing me the frowns and horns on some faces next to letters that had come up in the cup. I then purchased The Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson, which was my first tarot. Meeting her and having those discussions about my path and the changes I was contemplating at the time (transferring schools to the University of Utah) set me on the path I am on today. Gypsy Wagon was an influential and important part of my history since the very beginning of my journey in Paganism and in Utah.”

The shop moved in 2010 to Pleasant Grove where in the fall they hosted a psychic fair on the front lawn of the house they were using, the same weekend, June 19, 2010, as the City of Fun Carnival which was held at the park a block away. President Muad’Dib read at the fair, doing coral readings along with a few ladies who did tarot and angel cards. Troubles plagued them there, with marginalization from the community and the occasional window breaking from hooligans.  In 2011 the shop moved to a new location in American Fork, in a strip mall on 52 S. Main St where it stayed to date.

The store at one point was closing, but a secret partner stepped up in the spring of 2013 just as the doors were about to shut. So it continued for a while, until September 2014 when the shop made an announcement on its Facebook page that they are changing the structure and closing its door to focus more online, with private sales and festivals in the mix. SLPS wishes them all the blessings of the Goddess on this new journey, may they continue to be the lifeblood of the community in Utah County!

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This past weekend has been a very busy but successful one for SLPS! Things kicked off on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7pm with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s Interfaith service at Wasatch Presbyterian church. SLPS adviser April love read the “Who is Pagan” remark, quoting the Charge of the Star Goddess by Ann Moura and President Muad’Dib gave a five minute discussion that all people are deserving of unconditional love, all are divine, and that everyone can have a one-on-one with the divine. The Salt Lake Men’s Choir sang and faith leaders from Native American, Pagan, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Metaphysical, Tibetan and Zen Buddhist and Christian faiths were present, with the pews full to the brim. Many hearts were full as Moudi Sbeity spoke about the Marriage fight in Utah as it began with him and two other couples who sued the state for equal rights.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 2pm was an interfaith rally that joined with the Dyke and Trans rallys and marches down from 200 S and 200 E to the festival at Washington Square at the Salt Lake City and County Building. 3pm brought the start of readings for $5. Lei Loni Tilley and Janelle Baguley joined SLPS in full mermaid attire. Lei Loni read the cards at the booth entrance, drawing in all the mermaid/mermen to be! The close of the day came at 9pm when the sun set and SLPS headed off to have a late dinner of Pakistani food at Zaika on State street.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 was the Pride parade at 10am. Lined up at 400 S and 400 E in the back with the interfaith, SLPS marched in robes and pointy hats, with The Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake. President Muad’Dib sported a new custom rainbow outfit made by Woman Between the Wolves. The parade finished around 12pm and the readings continued, picking up an even greater pace of people the second day till the festival closed at 7pm.

The festival was very successful for SLPS, making back the booth fee and having enough to spend on a celebratory dinner at the Rio Grande Cafe and give some back to the tarot readers. Here is to next year’s pride!

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, faith leaders preparing to enter l to r- Liz Paige (Congregation Kol Ami), Gage Church (Congregational United Church of Christ), Patty Willis (South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society), Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, Salt Lake Men’s Choir in back, L to R faith leaders at Podium: Mark D. Trujillo (Community of Christ), Liz Paige (Congregation Kol Ami), Gage Church (Congregational United Church of Christ), Patty Willis (South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society), Woman Between the Wolves (Salt Lake Pagan Society), Carl Tasso (Tribal Elder Winnebago/South Cheynne-Araphao), Shareen Kayyali and Fawad Sadiq Alhoushani (Al-Frah Islamic Society), Barry Kessler (Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple), Mahan Singh Khalsa (Sikh Leader), Christine Swientek (Inner Light Center), Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Muad’Dib, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, Muad’Dib speaking at podium for “Who is Pagan”, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, l to r-Maureen Duffy-Boose (1732 Tradition Witchcraft), Patty Willis (South Valley Unitarian Universalist), Muad’Dib (middle, rainbow wizard) and Anna Zumwalt (far right, Zen Buddhist), Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Interfaith March 2014, Muad’Dib (middle) and Lunar Oak Spirit with anti-gay protester, First United Methodist Church, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2014, Transgender March marching east on 200 S to 200 E, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2014, Dyke March 200 S 200 E, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith March 200 S 200 E, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Muad’Dib in combined Dyke, Trans, and Interfaith marches, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival, West side, Washington Square, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival, looking north as MerQueen Lei Loni Tilley reads for a client, Washington Square, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, before the parade in back 400 S 400 E , Willow Figueroa (l) and Janelle Baguley (r), Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, L to r- Kyler Guerra, Lunar Oak Spirit, Willow Figueroa, Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, Janelle Baguley, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, Drag Queen Precious (yellow feathers) on The Sun Trapp Bar float, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, Rainbow Wizard Muad’Dib as the wizard at the end of the rainbow, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, Grannies for Gays, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2014 Parade, The Sun Trapp float on 400 E heading to 300 S, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, protesters at 200 S and 400 E, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, 200 S facing west, on 400 E, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, SLPS turning onto 200 S from 400 E, l to r- Shy Fox, Kyler Guerra, Willow Figueroa, Janelle Baguely, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, Parade marching west along 200 S, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2014, SLPS booth with Piggy (center green), Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Please join SLPS for the 13th Annual Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Service. Set to take place June 5, 2014 at 7pm at Wasatch Presbyterian church, this service is held for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or other identities, to promote inclusion of LGBTQ peoples in the faith communities. UPIC wants everyone to know that regardless of who you are, you can have a relationship with the divine, and that God (Gods/Goddesses) love all and wants to have an active relationship with them! There will be ministers and clergy there from many churches and faiths including Metaphysical, Sikh, Pagan, Muslim, Free Masonry, Jewish, and Christian. Here are the details

When: June 5, 2014 7pm

Where: Wasatch Presbyterian Church 1626 S 1700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

An interfaith rally at 2pm on June 7 will meet at the First United Methodist Church on 200 S 200 E and join with the Trans and Dyke Marches before going to the festival gates.

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The beginning of June brings the annual Utah Pride Festival, hosted by the Utah Pride Center. The festival this year, 2014, runs from June 5-8, at Washington Square at the Salt Lake City Building on 400 S and 200 E. SLPS will be participating in the festivities, starting with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s Interfaith Service on June 5. An interfaith rally at 2pm on June 7 will meet at the First United Methodist Church on 200 S 200 E and join with the Trans and Dyke Marches before going to the festival gates. June 7-8, SLPS will be offering $5 tarot readings at the booth inside the festival. And Sunday, June 8 SLPS will be marching in the Parade at 9am. Join us for any of the events, come get spiritual at the interfaith, or receive a tarot reading!

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Thanks to all who attend and helped at the booth at this year’s Utah Pride Festival. We had an eventful weekend on Saturday and Sunday June 2-3, 2012 in downtown SLC, which included the interfaith service, interfaith march, Sunday’s parade and free tarot readings at the booth! We had so many people wanting readings that we had to turn folks away when the gates closed. Wait time was over an hour! But we feel grateful being able to help and bring solace, validation and guidance to those seeking answers. Those of us that marched in the parade could feel the wealth of gratitude washing over us as we were cheered on and thanked for being the only Pagan representation at the parade and festival! We even had pagans from Logan join us in the middle of the march! All in all it was a success and UUPS can’t wait for next year! Check out the photos below!

U of U Pagan Society Marching Banner for Utah Pride Parade Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2012 before parade Fire Runner (l) and Shy Fox Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012 L to R-Fire Runner, Muad’Dib and Shy Fox Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012, Shy Fox (l) and Woman Between the Wolves Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012, Muad’Dib (l) and Fire Runner Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride festival Parade 2012, l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Fire Runner, and Shy Fox marching west on 200s Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2012, l to r Muad’Dib, Fire Runner, Shy Fox, and Woman Between the Wolves after parade Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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