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July 4th brings a unique opportunity to honor one of the lesser worshiped goddesses, Columbia-Libertas of the Roman pantheon who rules over liberty and justice. Hailed as the patron of America (U.S.), she watches quietly and stately at the bay of New York City. Her image has been on currency of the United States for well over two centuries. She has always welcome the tired, the poor, the hungry, and weak, and the oppressed, who yearn to be free. A symbol and beacon of freedom, she welcomes and bids all to rest in her presence.

The altar was decorated in traditional patriotic memorabilia. SLPS honored the Goddess on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 8pm. The offerings included traditional July 4th food, hot dogs. Other traditional dishes at this time are hamburgers, baked beans, grilled chicken, potatoes salad, and green jello to name a few. Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa was the song of choice for the music.

The offerings were accepted and petitioned to continue her blessings on the USA.

June 2015 Full Moon, Rose Moon, Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, altar, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2015 Full Moon Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, Goddess Columbia, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2015 Full Moon Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, altar center with hot dog offerings, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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June 2015 Full Moon Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, altar, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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Each month brings the new phases of the moon, a chance to work powerful magic by the moon light and with the Gods and Goddess. Join today if you want to study the mysteries of nature and learn moon magic. We do spells and workings each month.

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Midsummer, also known as Litha, was celebrated on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 8pm. The sun was setting in the west, but plenty of light abound as the longest day of the year doesn’t see a sun set till 9:30 pm. The ritual began with the song “Midsummer” by Heather Alexander.

The Gods and Goddesses were honored as Midsummer poetry was read. Each person set a goal to accomplish by Lughnasadh. The Holly King overtook the Oak King as the ruler of the next six months. This is because the sun reaches its zenith on Midsummer. Thus the power of the Oak King grew strong as all life returned after Yule. Now, as the days grow shorter and nights longer, life will peak and then begin to wane before dying and going to sleep during winter. This is the period of rule of the Holly King and natural dominance over the Oak King at Summer Solstice. The inverse is true at Yule, when the Oak King takes over to rule again.

Offerings included strawberry lemonade and fruits of the season. All were blessed of the Gods and feasted on bratwurst by a Midsummer fire.

Midsummer 2015, altar, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2015, altar center with Queer God painting-Holly King dominating the Oak King, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2015, fruit offering, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2015, feast-bratwurst Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2015, fire, Saturday, June 20, 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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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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The 14th Annual Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s Interfaith service kicked off the 2015 Utah Pride Festival. Held at First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, but hosted by the Community of Christ, it took place Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7pm. This was the first year that service was not hosted at the host’s facilities. Part of this reason was due to the small space at the Community of Christ, not able to accommodate 300 or more people.

With the singing of the Buddhist singing bowl, the service opened and the faith leaders processed in. Russel Baker-Gorringe informed everyone that he would be retiring from the leadership as head of the coalition. An enthusiastic speech by Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah got everyone excited about the recent changes to the state with the recent passage of the anti discrimination bill. Some great music was sun in praise of the divine, a ritual for the honored dead of the LGBT community was performed, and $1200 raised for QSAs (Queer Student Unions) around the state of Utah thanks to a heartfelt and passionate awareness raising talk by Miguel Gallegos who works with local QSA groups in schools. Light refreshments were provided afterwards and guest and faith leaders mingled.

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service Muad’Dib (l) and Woman Between the Wolves before service Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, faith leaders before service, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, faith leaders entering chapel of First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City,Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Servicem First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City opening ritual with Rev. Christopher “Myoshin” Lobow, Zen Buddhist Monk and singing bowl (center) and Maureen Duffy-Boose (r), Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service l to r- Rev. Christine Swientek (2nd from left, Metaphysical), Mahan Singh Khalsa (Sikh), Angela Elsayed (Muslim), Woman Between the Wolves (Pagan), Rev. Patty Willis (Unitarian), Rev. Steve Klemz (Christian), Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman (Jewish), Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Russell Baker- Gorringe (podium) Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rev. Curtis Price (Pastor of First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City) singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service. Troy Williams-Executive Director of Equality Utah, (podium), deaf interpreter below, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman (Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami), Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rev. Curtis Price (l) and Maureen Duffy-Boose performing the Ritual of Remembrance for all the honored dead of the LGBT community, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Miguel Gallegos (podium), deaf interpreter below, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rev. Tom Goldsmith (First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City) giving prayer for the offerings of donations, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Pride Pipers coming in to lead the recessional of faith leaders, Thursday, June 4, 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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Blessed Be the Good Earth Mother and all her fertile soil. The new society garden has been planted and blessed this past week of May 24-31, 2015. Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, and the house dog Freyja worked hard over the last week to weed, turn the soil for roots, add manure, plant the crop and water the garden. “It was back breaking work. Most of it was the weeding with hoes and turning the soil with the cultivating forks, that took the whole week.” Said Shy Fox. Gwen Allen made an appearance, “my African blood was pumping strong. We were out there working like slaves! Real strong, I was feelin’ akin to the brothas and sistas from home in the Deep South workin’ the plantations!”

The planting on Sunday morning went quickly and easily after the hard work was done. It was done over night and in the early morning hours so that the society members wouldn’t be bothered by the bees. All included are: bell, Anaheim, Tabasco and jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, tomatillo, corn, oregano, cilantro, parsley, butternut squash, yellow squash, cucumbers, Georgia collard greens, cantaloupe, watermelon, a blue berry bush and a grape vine. President Muad’Dib gave a druid blessings on the land “May the fire of life Nwyfre come up at this point and give life and fertility to everything present.”

New Society Garden, Wasatch Mountains overlooking garden area, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox with cultivating fork, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Garden Area, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox weeding, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, first dig into ground, Sunday, May 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, toadstools along the fence, Sunday, May 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, toadstools for the fae, Sunday, May 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Muad’Dib, Monday, May 25, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, weeded garden area, Monday, May 25, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Plants from Home Depot, Tuesday, May 26 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox (l) and Gwen Allen, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox (l) and Gwen Allen on break, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, l to r-Shy Fox, Gwen Allen, Woman Between the Wolves, Freyja, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Blue berry bush, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Grape vine, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, weeded pepper area with blue berry bush, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Freyja (l) and Shy Fox turning soil for roots, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox putting in manure, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox putting in pepper plants, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, jumping spider visiting and blessing garden area, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Society Garden, corn, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, planted tomatillo (front), tomatoes left going towards back), oregano (middle left), jalapeno, Anaheim, Tabasco, and bell peppers (back), corn (right coming towards front) and blue berry bush, Sunday (morning) May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, cilantro (bottom left), corn, cucumber, yellow squash and onions, (left and middle left), butternut squash and cantaloupe (upper middle), dill (middle), green onions and grape (middle right), Georgia collard greens (right and middle and lower right), Sunday (morning) May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Muad’Dib kneeling with dill plant, Corn in back, butternut squash and cantaloupe right, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Muad’Dib standing proud in new garden, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox watering garden, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox with garden behind apricot tree, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox behind beehives in watermelon area, Sunday (morning) May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox planting watermelon plants, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Watermelon plants, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a great time helping Church of the Sacred Circle at their 2015 Spring psychic fair “Rite of Spring” on Saturday, May 8, 2015 from 4-8 pm. Even though it was a rainy and overcast day, the fair was busy with patrons coming for tarot, angel, astrological, and palm readings. Some came for healing, others to find their destiny, with question about school, work, and love. President Muad’Dib had a great time reading palms and using his Deviant Moon Tarot.

Rite of Spring 2015 Psychic Fair, Muad’Dib, Church of the Sacred Circle, Saturday, May 8, 2015, West Valley City, UT

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The Goddess and God united in love and became one for the day! The Great Day of Beltane, when the God and Goddess come together for their wedding ceremony and to make new life that will be born at Yule. The ceremony was held outside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2015 at 3pm. The altar was decorated with Celtic knot work items and plaques of the Goddess and God and of the God and God for Queer mysteries. A lesson on the meaning and origin of Beltane took place, and the offerings were white wine and strawberry short cake. The feastings later in the evening were Italian sausage spaghetti, green salad, and garlic bread with red wine.

Beltane 2015, altar, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, altar center, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, strawberry short cake offerings to the Goddess and God, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Shy Fox, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Muad’Dib, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Piggy at altar, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, Italian sausage spaghetti, green salad, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2015, feast-garlic bread, Sunday, May 3, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Eostre was pleased! SLPS honored and celebrated Ostara on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm. This Spring Equinox was special because of a solar eclipse, super moon and the equinox trifecta, all on one day. Lots of juice to pull down for the ritual! The altar was set, offerings of boiled eggs and wine. A sprig of plum, flowered with beautiful pinks delicates, and yellow daffodils adorned the Goddess. Sacred music was played in her honor and the Lord Herne. A simple yet powerful right, keeping the traditions alive.

Ostara 2015, altar, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, altar center with boiled eggs, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Goddess Ostara plaque with daffodils and plum spring flowers, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, ritual area, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Muad’Dib, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Piggy, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2015, Shy Fox, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a great time at the University of Utah Vegas Night doing palm reading for students. SLPS was invited to read palms for two hours, 6-8pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the Student Union Building. These fun activities allow the members of SLPS to gain practice in those areas of divination and provide a free spiritual service for the students.

Palm readings at University of Utah Vegas Night, Wednesday, Muad’Dib (right) March 11, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Palm readings at University of Utah Vegas Night, Woman Between the Wolves (right), Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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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 enjoyed reading tarot and a few palms at the 14th Annual Belly Dance Spring Fest this past Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Utah State Fairground Promontory building. Each year Thia puts on the Fest and encourages dance, cultural, and festivities for the belly dance community in Salt Lake City. Readings went first for $10, then for $5 as traffic was slow. The pace picked up after lunch as more folks came out for the Saturday afternoon and evening shows.

14th Annual Spring Fest Belly Dance Festival, Woman Between the Wolves, Utah State Fair Grounds, Saturday, March 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

14th Annual Spring Fest Belly Dance Festival, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Muad’Dib, and Piggy, Utah State Fair Grounds, Saturday, March 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

14th Annual Spring Fest Belly Dance Festival, l to r- Piggy, Gwen Newhart, and Tanya Allen, Utah State Fair Grounds, Saturday, March 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS joins millions and more around the world in grieving for the loss of the brilliant actor and man Leonard Nimoy, who passed as Friday, February 27, 2015 fat his Bel Air home in California from complications from COPD (chronic obstructed pulmonary disorder). He is best know for playing Spock on the orignial Star Trek series 1966-1969, but was much more than just a pointy ear half human alien. A photographer, author and director, we are glad he was our grandfather (he adopted people on Twitter who didn’t have their own). We very much appreciated all his life’s work before and after his death. As in the words of Spock:

“We have always been and always shall be your friend.”

Leonard Nimoy

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SLPS had a wonderful time reading tarot and palms at the U of U Crimson Nights, themed out for Mardi Gras on Friday, February 21, 2015. Going from 9pm to midnight, SLPS read the tarot next to Kim’s Cold-Blooded Creatures… which included spiders and snakes! President Muad’Dib even carried a fire legged tarantula on his arm! The lines where out the door as usual, a big success for SLPS, who enjoys doing the events for students.

University of Utah Mardi Gras Crimson Nights, SLPS sign, Friday, February 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah Mardi Gras Crimson Nights, Muad’Dib reading the Deviant Moon Tarot, Friday, February 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah Mardi Gras Crimson Nights, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Piggy reading tarot, Friday, February 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah Mardi Gras Crimson Nights, Muad’Dib with Fire Tarantula, Friday, February 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS gathered to celebrate the full moon on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The full moon goddess such as Diana, Ane, Isis and other mother goddesses were honored with offerings. They were sought and asked to continue their blessings upon the members.

February Full Moon, Snow moon, altar, Saturday, February 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

February Full Moon, Snow Moon, offerings to the Goddess, Saturday, February 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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With all that old wax, what do you do with it? Melt it down and make candles! The members of SLPS met to make candles, a traditional activity for Imbolc as it is also known as Candle Mass (Christian). All that is need is the pot or double boiler, the wax, wicks, and the vessel in which the candles will be. Traditional dipping is an extended activity, so SLPS opted for melt and pour technique. Old glass candles had to be heated slowly, and the ones without vessels were put into a melting container specifically for that purpose.

Some sacred herbs and oils were added to the mix as well on a few. One very good note is to be sure the area is clean and the wax does not have dust or particles as this can make the candles crackle and and cause variations when they burn! It took several pours on the large vessels to achieve a solid surface as the middle of the candles would sink down. Overall, a fun and great weekend activity!

Imbolc Candle Making, melting candles, Friday, January 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc Candle Making, adding herbs to the candles, Friday, January 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc Candle Making, finished candles, Friday, January 30, 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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SLPS had a great Plazafest at the University of Utah Student Union! President Muad’Dib read tarot for free with his Deviant Moon Tarot deck for about 20 people on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the U’s Spring Plazafest, which is the U’s version of “club rush” for the first week of each semester. Most people who get their cards read are first timers, or had only had them done once or so in the past. The free tarot is a great way to connect with new people and to help others spiritually by showing them a snapshot of their lives at that moment.

Spring Plazafest 2015, Muad’Dib, Wednesday, January 14, 2015, University of Utah Student Union, Salt Lake City, UT

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