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Yule was celebrated Sunday, December 31, 2017. The last day to end the year and welcome 2018. The society met to honor the return of the Oak King and say goodbye to the Holly King till Midsummer.

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Yule 2017, altar with Holly King plaque and Arianrhod, Sunday, December 31, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2017, altar with candles, Sunday, December 31, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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The society gathered to honor the kindred and deities on during the Samhain season Sunday, November 5, 2017. Due to scheduling the ritual was pushed back a few days to allow for accommodations, but the gods and kindred were pleased none the less!

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Samhain 2017, altar with Hekate and Anubis, Sunday, November 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2017, altar side, Sunday, November 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2017, altar with candles, Sunday, November 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS celebrated Midsummer Saturday, June 18, 2016. The members gathered on freshly cut grass, and under the grove of the pines at the temple. The sun was low in the sky, allowing for a cool evening. President Muad’Dib led the ritual in the New American tradition. The Oak and Holly Kings were present, as well as Hern and Perun. SLPS honors the transitioning of the year from the Oak King to the Holly King at Midsummer, as the sun’s zenith is reached and starts to descend to the longest night at Yule.

A dialogue about Midsummer, the path of the sun, and why it’s important to do solar rites took place. Some hand holding and dancing around the altar to the song “Litha” on the album Circle of the Seaons by Lisa Thiel allowed the members to raise energy. Some Midsummer poetry, Sign of the Daisy by Helen Hunt Jackson was read.

Perun, the patriarch of the Slavic pantheon, descended and spoke to everyone present. Perun rules over lightning, thunder, fire, oak, eagle and the ax or hammer. He gave a message of love, acceptance and inclusion, speaking about the forgotten myth, messages, and the simple ways of living like a Slav (bear meat, mushrooms, cabbage, the woods). He said how lonely he gets, with no one to talk with, no one patroning the pantheon like they once did. He encouraged everyone to love each person, work by the sun and moon, to embrace the messages of the ancient kindred, and to live simply as the Slavs did. He blessed them and accepted everyone into his family.  This message was a first, as SLPS welcomed him to the temple as a new God just arrived from the Czech Republic.

Midsummer 2016, Shy Fox (l) and Camille Harriss making tri tip steak kababs, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, altar, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, altar center, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, Perun, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, l to r- Shy Fox, Stesha Bowden, Camille Harris, Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, Sunset, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, feast l to r- steak kababs, deviled eggs, rice salad, baked purple cauliflower with Stesha Bowden (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm to celebrate the union of the Lord and Lady in matrimony and at the Beltane wedding. The Maypole was unwoven from 2014 and set up on the lawn. Flowers from the garden adorned the altar as well as the great rite statue and queer gods painting.

Poetry honoring the Gods was read. The great rite was performed, the uniting of the blade and chalice, by the high priest and high priestess, offering up white zinfandel wine. “Beltane” was played by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons as the members danced and wove the ribbons on 2016’s pole. As the members drank wine and relaxed, two morning doves flew into the trees, issuing calls to the members and giving the sign that the Lord and Lady was present.

The feasting included homemade drunken German Chocolate cake, beef stroganov, and noodles.

Beltane 2016, Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, unraveling 2014’s Maypole weaving l to r- Camille Harris, Shy Fox, and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, Maypole, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, altar, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, altar center, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, dancing around the Maypole l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, and Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving, l to r- Camille Harris, Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving l to r-Camille Harris, Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, feast: homemade drunken German chocolate cake, peas, beef stroganov, noodle, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met under the beautiful full moon Saturday, April 23, 2016 to honor the mother Goddess Gaia in honor of Earth Day Blooming blueberry bushes adorned the altar, with offerings of juice and apples for the Mother.

April 2016 Full Pink Moon Altar, Goddess Gaia with blueberry bushes, Saturday, April 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8pm to honor the full moon Goddess and plan the upcoming garden for April. Gaia was patroned and honored, the good Earth mother who sends the worms to help the soil and plants grown.

March 2016 Full Worm Moon Ritual, Gaia on altar, Saturday, March 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met under the shadow of the new moon Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8pm to honor the Moon Goddess and work powerful magical rites by the new moon. Bast was the deity of choice, lending her feline youthful energy to the circle. The members honored her with a traditional OCCAM(Orange County Circle of Ancient Magic) call “Meeeooooww, Basssssssst!” Krishna was also welcome and present.

Some spell workings were done, and a meditation by the fire with the song “Pax Deorum” by Enya helped the trance work.

January 2016 New Moon Ritual, Altar, Saturday, January 9, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

January 2016 New Moon Ritual, Camille Harris with Freyja, Saturday, January 9, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

January 2016 New Moon Ritual, meditation fire, Saturday, January 9, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS Hanukkah New Moon Dec 2015

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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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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 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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The members of SLPS gathered together to honor the full moon and mother goddess on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Each person comes seeking blessings and to be recharged by the power of the full moon. Small workings take place after grounding and cleansing each person. This full moon is named Sap moon since the sap in trees starts to come up and flow again. Offerings included pomegranate wine and lasagna (The Gods like to eat regular food too!).

March 2015 Full Moon Ritual, Sap Moon, altar, Saturday, March 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS took a slightly different turn for this year’s Imbolc, 2015. No formal ritual or rite was performed on Saturday, January 31, 2015, but a basic toast to the Goddess Brigid took place with drum sticks and chicken breasts being lifted into the air. After a busy week leading up to the event, it was decided to take an easy approach and honor Brigid in with a feast. Sometimes, no ritual is the best ritual!

Sometimes you just go easy! Imoblc 2015 was spent hailing Brigid with Popeyes spicy chicken and red beans and rice. Saturday, January 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met privately on Saturday, January 17, 2015 for their own private new moon ritual. The workings in private allow for more unique experience with a more personal connection to deity. Honoring of the moon goddess, a meditation by fire and drum and giving of offerings for the blessings all took place. The members set a goal to plan a garden for spring time, once the wintry ground defrosts in the coming months.

New Moon Ritual January 2015, l to r- Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, Saturday, January 17, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, altar, Saturday, January 17, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a wonderful time participating in the Annual Interfaith Season as part of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable. SLPS hosted an educational New Moon Ritual to Artemis, around the January new moon, at Dancing Cranes Imports Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5-7pm. 25 people showed to learn more about Wicca, Paganism and the Goddess Artemis. The ceremony included a drum circle and fire meditation. President Muad’ Dib and Woman Between the Wolves explained the items on the altar and answered questions about differences between Paganism and non Pagan traditions.

One question that came up right away was “What’s the difference between Wicca an Paganism?” President Muad’Dib commented “They’re the same thing. Paganism is the umbrella term for anything non Abrahamic.” He also discussed queerness in Paganism,  “We had a small discussion about why so many folks who are queer seem to be attracted to it. I stated that because it’s usually very accepting and how personal Pagan paths are is the big appeal. People want to do their own spirituality.”

The origins of Western Occultism were introduced by Woman Between the Wolves, “The foundation of a lot of the symbology of Neopaganism is in the Jewish mysteries of the Qabalah, the Tree of Life. It underlines much of the meanings for things like why the number 3 is a sacred number, the four quarters and their elemental associations, and the practice of ritualized, structured magic.”

After the questions, the drumming and guided meditation took place. The smokeless fire was used as a focus point while the beat of the drum and shaking of percussion instruments help people transcend. Everyone shared cookies and apple juice after offerings were given to the Goddess. Artemis blessed everyone present.

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Sign for Event, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Altar to Artemis, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Dancing Cranes Imports, Woman Between the Wolves (left) Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, people in the circle, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS gather together on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8pm to honor the Moon Goddess and receive her blessings. An evaluation of the goals set at the New Moon was in order, before saluting the Goddess and offering her wine and cakes.

January 2015 Full Wolf Moon, Altar with Moon Goddess and Quan Yin, Saturday, January 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Dark moon arrived upon us! SLPS members met under the dark moon to celebrate the Dark Goddess, set goals, and renew vows to continually walk the Goddess Path. The ritual was held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8pm, under the dark sky with snow on the ground. a drum circle a meditation fire happened after the magical workings, and with each beat of the drum and flick of the smokeless fire, the members present were sent on a meditative journey. Some conversed with ancestors, some talked with deities and some transcended the Earthly plane.

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Shy Fox, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Piggy, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Muad’Dib, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Altar, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, Altar with meditation fire, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual and Drum Circle, meditation fire, Saturday, November 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Each month brings the opportunity to work powerful magic by the full moon. The Goddess is in full power, in this bright aspect, and November brings the “Beaver Moon”, which is a time the beavers go prepare for the winter. This month SLPS members met on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8pm to work the moon magic and give honor and gratitude to the Goddess for her continual blessings.

Full Moon Ritual, November Beaver Moon, Altar, Saturday, November 8, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT

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On Friday, October 31, 2014, SLPS met to give acknowledgement and speak with the honored dead! Halloween lanterns decorated the trees, with witches’ hat candle holders on the table with painted pumpkins among other Halloween decorations. The sugar skull topped the altar, painted last week as part of the Samhain decorations, bringing in the tradition of Saint Death and Day of the Dead festivities.

A small ceremony was held in which the ancestors of those gone to the grave, were welcomed back to the world of the living, for a few brief moments to speak to their living Kin. Hounds were heard in the distance barking madly at the moment the gates were opened, only to be calmed when they left. Reports of fathers, aunts, and animals were seen around the temple. The offerings to the Goddess Hekate and the God Cernunnos who died at this time, to be reborn at Yule. Offerings were wine and hazelnut cookies, offered in the Baron La Croix bowl.

Samhain is also the last harvest holiday before snow falls, bringing in the gourds, pumpkins, and last fruits of the season such as apples, parsnips, cabbage, and berries. A feast in honor the dead was held with foods such as chicken mole enchiladas and jalapeno bean salad with wine.

Samhain 2014, Muad’Dib, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, witch lantern, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, pumpkin lantern,Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, altar with Hekate and Cernunnos, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, Baron bowl with hazelnut cookies, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, altar with candles, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, back of altar, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, Feasting on chicken mole enchiladas, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned again and Samhain is upon us. This year Samhain will take place at the Temple of the Sun and Moon. We will celebrate the honored dead and invite them to speak to us in circle. The Lord Cernunnos will die, and be born again at Yule.

When: Friday, October 31, 2014

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