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The members of SLPS meet under sacred roof and firm carpet to celebrate and honor the Celtic Goddess Brigid for Imbolc, Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8pm. The altar was adorned with seasonal decorations and flowers, and special poetry place before the goddess the members wrote for the occasion.

Songs were sung of the goodness of Brigid and Imbolc. She spoke to the members, and they honored her with their words before toasting with red wine. Lugh, the Celtic sun God was honored for his return, the return of the light at Imbolc, when the sun starts it zenith in the sky in the coming seasons.

The feast afterward included mustard fried pork chops, potatoes au gratin, and stir fried zucchini.

Imbolc 2016, altar, Saturday, January 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2016, poetry for Brigid, Saturday, January 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2016, feast food Saturday, January 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2016, feast l to r: Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, Piggy, and Camille Harris, Saturday, January 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Witches, wizards, druids, vikings, and Pagans gathered to celebrate community and unity. Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day was held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10-6. Held at Murray Park, the festival allows the Pagan community to educated, show their pride, and “come out of the broom closet” if they feel so. This Year’s theme was “A Harvest of Balance and Blessings.”

This year’s festival included over 20 vendors, a kid zone, Belly Dancing by Thia, and music. The opening ritual was performed by the staff of Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day. The day was sunny, shiny, and hundreds of people strolled in to shop, look, and attend public ritual. Even the local LDS missionaries stopped by for a look around.

SLPS did very well, needing a double booth this year for their $5 tarot readings. They were discounted last minute as an extra bonus for customers and to beat out competition. The closing ritual was performed in the Norse tradition by Harts Hearth Clan of Tooele Utah.

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, SLPS Booth, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Muad’Dib, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, left to right- James, Many Anderson, Michael Conrad, C.C. Delgado, David Courtier (red shirt), Gwen Allen, Josh Williams, Eddie Cooper, and Tarisa Cooper, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015,Vendors with Crones Hollow, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Vendors with Pagan store Elemental Inspirations (left), Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, Vendor booths, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray City Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Vendors, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Vendors and kid zone with Mike Hurst (r), Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Dancers at pavilion 1, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, LDS Missionaries l to r-Elder Conn, Jennifer Coates, and Elder Halisky, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Closing rite circle with Heart’s Hearth Clan, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2015, Closing rite by Heart’s Hearth Clan of Tooele, Utah, Saturday, September 12, 2015, Murray Park, Murray, UT

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If you love festivals as much as we do, then you’ll be at the Salt City Steamfest: Utah Steampunk Festival! SLPS will be reading tarot, playing cards, and palm July 17-18, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, 150 W 500 S in downtown Salt Lake City, The readings will be just $10. Stop by in full costume to get a reading. We’ll have our special steampunk tarots with us.

Flyer by Muad’Dib.

Salt Lake Pagan Society- Steamfest 2015 flyer

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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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Sad news to report, one of the local gay bars of South Salt Lake, The Paper Moon, located on 3737 S State, closed its doors this past December 2014. SLPS was informed about its closure in April 2015, which appeared to be quiet and unnoticed in the community. Its website, thepapermoonclub.com says “This webpage is not available”, but there is still a Facebook page. Yelp, a popular customer venue rating site like Urban Spoon and Angie’s List, also reports of its closure. As the only lesbian bar in Salt Lake City and the only gay bar located out of the downtown area, this is a great loss to the culture and night life of the LGBT community.

It opened in 1994, as indicated on their sign when they closed, which read “Thanks SLC for 20 Dyketastic Years.” Lauren Holman remembers being there and commented “It was a good place, good music, drinks, and a sizable dance floor, pool area, and patio. They didn’t like drinks on the floor, cover was $7. Overall was a fun place, especially for all the lesbians.”

The Paper Moon will be missed, SLPS hopes that the remaining exclusive gay bars, Tryangles, The Sun Trapp, and JAM will be able to be a safe place for all our lesbian friends. Long Live The Paper Moon

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The 13th Annual 2014 Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day fell on Saturday, September 6, 2014. From 10-6, vendors, groups, and guests enjoyed a sunny day at Murray City Park. SLPS was not in attendance since the members chose to attend the 2nd Annual 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con, happening on the same day. We swung by to check in, grab programs, and see the vendors. President Muad’Dib picked up a very nicely done ouija board by Goats creations.

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2014 Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day, Saturday, September 6, 2014, Murray City Park, UT

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2014 Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day, Saturday, September 6, 2014, Murray City Park, UT

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2014 Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day, Saturday, September 6, 2014, Murray City Park, UT

Muad’Dib’s ouija sugar skull board he picked up at the 2014 Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day.

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