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Each fall brings many opportunities to craft! Magical crafting is one of our favorite activities at SLPS. Each year SLPS gathers sacred sagebrush to make smudge sticks, magical wands, and other crafts with. This year SLPS gathered on the fall equinox, Mabon on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. A little known spot in Big Cottonwood Canyon contains all the sage needed to make smudge sticks for years to come! The little leafed Artemisia Tridentata in Utah is a different variety than the broad leafed of California found in most shops. The little leafed grows all over the North American West. This small leafed kind is even more powerful than the broader leaf, and smells sweeter. Having gathered it ourselves, SLPS can charge the sticks with love, protection, and power.

Magical Ingredient Gathering 2015, sagebrush, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Magical Ingredient Gathering 2015, Piggy and Tanya Thorton (r) picking sagebrush, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Magical Ingredient Gathering 2015, Woman Between the Wolves picking sagebrush, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Magical Ingredient Gathering 2015, Muad’Dib, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Magical Ingredient Gathering 2015, Mabon Sage Smudge Sticks, rolling smudge sticks with juniper and mullein, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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The members of SLPS gathered in Mill Creek Canyon on Sunday, August 11, 2014 for some magical ingredient gathering. This year the harvest brought in lots of sage, mountain dirt, sagebrush wood, oak wood, and Jerusalem sunflowers and shale. At the middle and ends of summer, SLPS makes a trip to get the bulk supplies to for the apothecary and personal use for the next year. Offerings were left in thanks and gratitude for the items gathered. Even a small brown praying mantis was spotted, gracing those present with its beauty and blessing.

Magical ingredient gathering, Shy Fox, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Mill Creek Canyon, UT

Magical ingredient gathering, Muad’Dib harvesting sage, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Mill Creek Canyon, UT

Magical ingredient gathering, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Mill Creek Canyon, UT

Magical ingredient gathering, brown praying mantis, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Mill Creek Canyon, 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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