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SLPS attended the 17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Liberty Park. The theme was “One Forest, Many Paths.” The day was hot, but breezes kept blowing in to cool the vendors down. The setup began at 6am with festival leader Debra Hurst going in and staking zones. Vendors were set up by the opening, 9am, and all the traffic rolled through. Muad’Dib opened the event with a sunrise ritual to Perun, Slavic deity of the sun, asking for a blessed day and to open the heart and pocketbooks of the attendees.
SLPS did $10 tarot and palm readings, and did about 15 in total. Not bad for an event full of psychics and fellow readers. SLPS was tented next to the Blue Antler of Tooele-a Pagan shop out that way. A few local shops, like Elemental Inspirations of Sugar House and the Rusty Skull were there as well.
A couple local groups also attended. The festival even had the return of long time community members who had previously been excluded or felt they couldn’t attend due to community politics/wars of the past.
Mr. Hooper, A rapper from Sacramento, California drove in to give a few hours of music in the afternoon. The closing rite was performed by local druid Kay M. who led everyone in the calling of the Great Irish Queen, the Morrigan.
Vendors left tired, but happy. Overall, a great day for all who attended. Each year the festival improves in small measure, but grows and shows the vitality of the Pagan community.

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, attendees at opening morning ritual, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, morning ritual altar to Slavic Perun, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, SLPS booth with Woman Between the Wolves, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths looking west, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, entertainment booth with a mermaid performing, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths looking east, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths on south side looking west, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths on west side looking south, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, Rusty Skull vendor, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, Muad’Dib, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

17th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, Kay M. leading closing druid rite to the Morrigan, Liberty Park, Saturday, August 18, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a wonderful time reading tarot and participating in the 2018 Utah Pride Festival. The theme for the event this year was “Get Salty.” The festival was held at the usual City and County Building June 2-3. The Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition kicked off services Thursday, May 31 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. SLPS was in attendance as the one of the Pagan faith representatives.

Many folks came by for readings, all for $10. The Merqueen, formerly of Mermaids of the Great Salt LakeĀ  and her wife marched with SLPS in the parade Sunday, June 3.

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Utah Pride Festival 2018, booth looking north to City and County Building, Saturday, June 2, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2018, booth with Shy Fox, Saturday, June 2, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Parade 2018, l to r- Willow and Rachel F., and Shy Fox, June 3, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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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 ReligionsĀ 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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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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