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The Salt Lake Pagan Society is pleased to announce the publication of vol 2 of its literary journal Enheduanna. Vol. 2 continues with its goal of promoting creative literary and writing spaces in the contemporary Pagan community. This volume has returning and new authors, with over 20 from around the world contributing their works. Featured work is part 2 of “The Sacred Faeires’ Chronicles”: journal entries published for the first time detailing the history of the Sacred Faery group of Pagans in Utah from 1989-1993. Vol. 2 includes essays, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, and short fiction.

Languages included in this issue: English and Spanish.

Price is $14.99 and flat rating shipping worldwide. Hardcover book ships from China.

Go to our sister website enheduannajournal.com to get your copy today or click here!

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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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SLPS is excited to announce that starting the 1st of April, the esteemed Donald Trump will be taking over the organization. “We are excited to have his skills as a manager, leader, and effective spokesman to help brand the company” said former President Muad’Dib. It was a competitive process, but once we received Mr. Trumps resume, we knew he was the best fit. Some of Mr. Trumps former successful business ventures include steaks, an airline, and hotels. The welcoming ceremony will be held in the LDS temple throne room at 7pm, where Mr. Trump will be crowned leader of SLPS.

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The members of SLPS gathered together on Saturday, January 23, 2016 to honor the moon goddess and work magic by the full moon, also know as the wolf moon in January.

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January 2016 Full Moon Ritual, altar, Saturday, January 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

January 2016 Full Moon Ritual, L to r- Shy Fox, Piggy, and Woman Between the Wolves, temple room, Saturday, January 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Join us this weekend at Furry Unlocked! Stop by our panel Oct 31 on “Animal Totems for Furries” in “The Room” at 2pm.

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SLPS Furry Unlocked 2015 flyer

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What a wonderful adventure! The excitement keeps on coming at every turn. SLPS had a terrific weekend attending the 4th Annual Moab Pride Festival Saturday and Sunday September 26-27, 2015. The group drove down Friday evening, staying at the Days Inn motel. After a mix up with only one king sized bed for three people, the readers finally got some rest for the big day in the morning. No time for the the Pre-Pride Party at the Rio bar that the pride crowds were attending.

Saturday morning September 26, breakfast was at the local Moab Diner, but due to the tourists, had to be taken to go. The festival started at 10:30 at Swanny City Park. The vendor booths were placed in a semi-circle around the stage in the park. Various vendors included Equality Utah, Human Rights Campaign, The National Forest Service, The Grand County Library, and the Trevor Project.

A visibility march took place at 11:30 am, marching a few blocks east, south, then west before circling back around to the park. Groups such as Utah Naturalists, Mormons Building Bridges, the Moab Valley Multicultural Center and the local fire department participated with their fire engine bringing up the rear.

The day was very hot, upwards of 95 degrees F. Various bands performed through the day, with drag shows scattered throughout the programming. SLPS’ booths was busy, bringing in many customers who had never had a reading. The Native American Club from Grand County School District sold Navajo tacos. The Moab Valley Multicultural Center sold tostadas, and the mobile vendor Quesadilla Mobilla sold various quesadillas.

Dinner was at the local restaurant La Hacienda. Enchiladas were in order, with shrimp and chicken. The guacamole had to be spiced up somewhat with pepper sauce, but the food was pretty good overall.  The staff continued to check on us throughout the dinning experience and even gave us tips about the parks in the area.

The Pride after party was held at the Rio, same place as the Pre-Pride party next door to the park. Door fee was $15, which went to help fund the local youth center. Filled with Pride attendees, people drank, partied, and danced the warm night away.

Since SLPS was so successful, we decided to stay another night. Because of the trouble the night before, Days Inn gave us a discounted room, with two beds this time! Sunday morning, September 27 brought a chance to do some shopping and eat breakfast at Love Muffin Cafe, reinvesting the money from the community back into the local economy. The Love Muffin Cafe turned out to be the spot where all the hung over Post-Pride Parties came to get their fill of breakfast burritos, coffee, and muffins.

SLPS headed over to the mighty Colorado river to performing a morning ritual. After meditating and collecting some special water, a trip to Arches National Park was in order. The $10 fee was a good price to spend a day hiking and viewing sacred nature!

With many pictures, selfies, and group shots, SLPS did the whole circuit. Balanced rock, Double Arch, Skyline Arch, and Window Arch before heading off to hike to the famous Delicate Arch which is on the Utah license plates. The hike was arduous, in the heat of the day, with a difficult trail up a 45 degree slickrock face and uneven terrain, little shade was in sight, but the members of SLPS completed the trail in 2 1/2 hours with the help of a Venezuelan family after running out of water. We spent some time at the arch and headed back down the mainly descending trail. A drive back to Moab for water, food, and gas came as a relief.

Sucking down a gallon of water and eating pulled pork from Wendy’s, SLPS got back on the road for the return trip to Salt Lake City. The sun set over the western desert, illuminating the red rock, and we watched the supermoon eclipse on highway 6 outside of Price, UT. We pulled over to perform some quick eclipse full moon magic and take in the stunning view of the Milky Way Galaxy that can be seen in the wild desert away from the city lights.

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib arrived in Moab at 2am, Days Inn, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, l to r- Shy Fox, Piggy, and Muad’Dib having to share a king bed, Days Inn, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, breatkfast at Moab Diner, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, view from Moab Diner of a Mesa looking south west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Moab Valley Cultural Center in visibility march, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, visibility march at main street and 100 N, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, visibility march heading west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib and Mormons Building Bridges in visibility march, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, visibility march with Utah Naturalists in purple roabs, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, rainbow flag in visibility march, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, pride banner, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, SLPS booth with Shy Fox, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, National Forest Service, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking north west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking south west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking south east, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths in a half circle looking north, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, stage, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Quesadilla Mobila food vendor, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Native American Club of Grand County School District, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, L to r- Piggy, Shy Fox, and Muad’Dib, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Kali Ma, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, view of the festival looking west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, stage from wine and beer area, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, attendees listening to music, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, after pride dinner- shrimp enchiladas at La Hacienda, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, after price dinner-restaurant menu, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, moonbeam flowers outside of La Hacienda, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Pride after party- electric car charging station at Best Western, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Pride after party at the Rio, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, dancers at the Pride after party, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, the long motel corridor at Days Inn, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, view from Days Inn- Mesa looking south west, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, the Days Inn, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Love Muffin Cafe, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, La Poutine breakfeast the Love Muffin Cafe (potatoes, sausage gravy, two eggs, bacon, blue cheese, pico), Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, the mighty Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at the Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, l to r-Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, and Piggy at the Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Sunrise Ritual at the Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, entrance to Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park hoodoos, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park view of entrance and road to Moab, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park road down to entrance, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park- La Sal moutain range in back, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park-view of cliffs, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Petrified Sand Dunes sign, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Petrified Dunes with Le Sal Mountain Range in back, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park outcropping, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib with cigar at the Ancient Sand Dunes, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Balanced Rock info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at Balanced rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib balancing Balanced rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, mini balanced rocks at Balanced rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Piggy, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Skyline Arch info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, sign, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, sign for trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at Skyline Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Double Arch trail passes, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, formation along Double Arch trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Double Arch trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib on Double Arch trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Queen Nefertiti Rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Courthouse, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Wolfe Ranch Info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Wolfe Ranch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Wolfe Ranch house, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail river, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail dried river bed, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Petroglyphs trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Petroglyphs, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail with Piggy and Shy Fox, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail slick rock face, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail slick rock at 45 degree angle, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail slick rock climb with view of park, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail mesas and peaks of La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail rock strata, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail rock layers,, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, bird perched at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib (l) and Piggy at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah



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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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Sometimes the good ole church fair is in full swing and you gotta check out the goods. SLPS attended the Annual Carmelite fair, put on by the nuns of the Carmelite Monastery in Holladay, UT on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

The fair was full of goods, food, music, and beer. The monastery and grounds are set back and hidden off of Holladay Blvd. Parking was slim, but a brisk walk along the Blvd provided a good pep for the SLPS members. The grounds were serene and beautiful, with gardens and a large statue of Our Blessed Mother Virgin Mary.

The festival had about 4,000 attendees eating, shopping, and listening to the live music. The entry was free, but “Carmelite Cash” was required to purchase items (converted at a cash booth). SLPS browsed the religious good and textiles and picked up a wall plaque of the Holy Mother Virgin Mary, a Swarovski crystal rosary, and a print of Our Lady Saint Guadalupe, adding to the eclectic temple space.

Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, sign, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, general store, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, crowds and Shy Fox (right green) and Piggy (right white) Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, caremlite cafeteria, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, live band with monastery in back right, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, Mary garden statue, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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If you’re into the Goth scene or industrial music, stop by our booth at the Dark Arts Festival at Area 51 in Salt Lake City for a $10 tarot, palm or voodoo bone reading!

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SLPS Dark Arts 2015 Flyer

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The society garden has grown remarkable well! The land has been bountiful and fertile. August is expected to bring bountiful harvests, just in time for Lughnasadh, the firs great harvest time of the year.

July has provided much sun and heat for considerable growth. Here is an update as to the state of the garden. Many fruits and vegetables are near ripping and will be ready for pickin in the dogs days of August. Gaia has blessed us this year to grow organically from our own hands and to promote the real Earth working. Getting back to our ancestors of agriculture, the simple joys of growing and feeling the soil in your hands as you care for these creatures. This is the real meaning of Paganism. These shots are from July 2015.

Society Garden 2015, l to r- corn, peppers, and tomatoes, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, watermelon, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, main garden area, l to r-corn, cucumbers, dill, cabbage, cantaloupe, butternut squash, collard greens, green onion, St. Francis and grape vine, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-corn, tomato, tomatillo, cucumber, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-corn, tomato, tomatillo, cucumber, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-tomatoes, peppers, corn, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, collard greens, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- cucumber, dill, butternut squash, cantaloupe, cabbage, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-tomatillo, corn, yellow squash, cucumber, dill, butternut squash, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, yellow watermelon, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- corn, cucumber, cantaloupe, butternut squash, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, watermelon patch, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- tomatillo, corn, yellow squash, cucumber, dill, cabbage, cantaloupe, butternut squash, collard greens, St. Francis, green onion, grape, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-cantaloupe, green onion, St. Francis, Grape, collard greens, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-corn, cucumber, dill, cantaloupe, butternut squash, cabbage, collard greens, green onion, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- tomato, blue berry bush, tomatillo, corn, yellow squash, cucumber, dill, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-corn, beans, peppers, tomato,Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, peppers (l) and tomatoes, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, corn, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-peppers, corn, peppers, tomatoes, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, beans around corn stalk, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, bell pepper, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-herbs- oregano, cilantro, parsley, Thursday, July 24, 2015, 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 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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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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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 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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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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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 gathered together to celebrate the Winter Solstice, known as Yule or Alban Arthuan on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 6pm. The altar was decorated for Yule and a special Hanukkiah adorned the altar. The ritual started with Yule poetry. Everyone then presented gifts and honored Cernunnos, the lord of light and dark, Oak and Holly, born of the Goddess. He spoke to the members and blessed them for being present at his return. The Holly king’s power peaks at the time of year, gives way to the god of the waxing year, the Oak King, who will reign till Midsummer.

The reading of the traditional Hanukkah prayers and lighting of the candles took place. A traditional Yule log cake was the center cake, freshly bought from World Market. Bear foot pinot noir filled the glasses of the members. The Yule feastings included gorgonzola stuffed chicken, funeral potatoes, and potato soup.

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The Wheel has turned and Yule is upon us! Also know as Alban Arthan or the Winter Solstice, the sun reaches its lowest depths before starting its ascent. SLPS will be doing a Wiccan Yule on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The ritual will also included lighting of the fifth night Hanukkah candles. The Yule king will be born, the Oak King come to rule till Midsummer. A Yule log cake will be prepared, and egg nog with brandy for the drink. The feast will include stuff chicken, potato soup, fufu, and green beans.

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Everyone enjoyed a sunny morning on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 at the City Creek Center. Surprises all around that the event was held there (City Creek being invested by the LDS Church) quickly changed into excitement as the Cheer Salt Lake team pumped everyone up for the 2.5k walk around down town SLC. A few furry friends were even in attendance.

The walk started off at the Food Court and ended at the Harmons on 100 S and State. The fundraising for Utah AIDS programming was the critical component for the walk, to raise awareness about the need for funds and to reach the $60,000 goal set by the Utah AIDS Foundation. Teams from various organizations and companies such as Ebay and American Express, as well as the Royal Court of Utah and SLPS walked along side individuals, couples, and children.

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Muad’Dib (l) and Piggy, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Cheer Salt Lake dancing, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Cheer Salt Lake, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, City Creek, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake AIDS Walk, Muad’Dib (r) and BJ Olsen (red bandanna), Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Society exhibit “A Look at Paganism: Beliefs and Culture of the Neopagan Community” that was held at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah ran from January 17- March 16, 2014. It was an enormous success! All the hard work paid off. 8 people came together donating items or approving of their use for display in the wall cases at the library. It was headed, organized, and proposed to the exhibition committee by President Muad’Dib. All the explanatory cards were also written by President Muad’Dib. Sections included (As pictured in level one) music, art, literature, crafts, (as pictured in level 2) films, Pagan deities, Magical Arts and Sciences (top), Jewelry (bottom), ritual items and elementals.

Louise Poulton of the exhibition committee and Rare Book Division of Special Collections said the application was “very well written and put together.” A few of the members of the committee said they were very impressed with the display and that it received only positive feedback. Many students and guests stopped to look at the different displays and contemplate Paganism. It was one of the highest trafficked exhibitions to date!

The reserve desk on level two, which is next door to the display cases also reported many people stopping to look at the displays. SLPS is so happy that it succeed that there is a plan in the works to have the exhibition go to other schools and universities to teach people about Paganism. Currently Salt Lake Community College Library and the library at Utah Valley University are the best places.  Here are photos from the exhibition.

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Wall display cases l to r- music, art, books, crafts, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Wall display cases l to r- movies, deity statues, divination and jewelry, ritual items and elementals, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 2, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Art, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Art- Oak and Holly King plaques by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Ganesh painting by Lunar Oak Spirit, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Art-Horned God Plaque by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky, Digital print by Lunar Oak Spirit, The Sorcerer (Cave Art) plaque, and Green Man mug by Remembrances Potter of Sarnia, Canada, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Green Man mug by Natalie Dufort Sheldon of Remembrances Pottery in Sarnia, Canada, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, literature, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, tradition literature, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, The Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, tradition literature with Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart open, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts-witches’ bottle and hand carved pork bone runes made by Muad’Dib, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts-river wood wand by Muad’Dib, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts-apothecary herbs, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Crafts-Wheel of the year, beading, and Lughanasadh corn dolly, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, beaded owl pendant necklace by Shy Fox and sunflower table cloth by Woman Between the Wolves, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Wall display cases l to r-movies, deity statues, divination and astrology, elements and ritual, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 2, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, movies, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 2, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, movies close up, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 2, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, deity statues, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, deity statues l to r-Gaia, Thoth, and Ganesh, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, deity statues l to r-Lugh, Kwan Yin, and Eostre plaque by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, divination and jewelry, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, divination-Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson, Ogham on river stones, Faire Oracle by Brian Fraud, and a Citrine crystal ball, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, jewelry l to r- Oak leaf circlet, Thor’s Hammer, Awen and skull bead necklace made by Muad’Dib, First Nation necklace, Pentagram Wicca ring, Copper and peridot Ankh, and right is an ancestral rosary made by Muad’Dib, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Ritual items and elementals, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, Ritual items l to r: Dugway UT geode, drinking horn, smudge stick, wand made by Muad’Dib, silver chalice for water, pentacle for earth, and ancestral skull, J Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

A Look at Paganism Exhibition, ritual items elementals l to r-feather for element air, oak leaf offering tray, athame for fire, and incense, J Willard Marriott Library Level 1, January 17- March 16, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Student exploring the literature in level 1 of the exhibition, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library, February 13, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a wonderful time reading tarot for all the dancers at the 12th Annual Springfest- Bellydance Festival by Thia on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Held every spring at the Utah State Fair Grounds, it’s a full day of dance, shows, vendors, food, and great music. As the evening goes on, the music get’s louder, since the better troupes and shows wait to dance in the evening. SLPS stayed till around 8pm before heading out. Many folks received spiritual advice and healing messages from the tarot.

12th Annual Bellydance Festival by Thia, l to r-Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, and Muad’Dib, Saturday, March 2, 2013, Utah State Fairground, Salt Lake City, UT

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This spring term on April 21, 2011, a different kind of service project was undertaken. Prison pen pals was on the list for the members of UUPS this past April. A few people asked about why such a project was undertaken, to write to prisoners, to which President Muad’Dib replied “We believe firmly in outreaching to all people, free or not free. It’s not our place to judge who they are or what they’ve done just because they’re in a jail cell. They’re a people, they are human beings, and  deserve light and love not matter their circumstance.”

Initially there were some who had concerns about the project but after President Muad’Dib explained the motives, all took up the pen to write, “We weren’t asking everyone to put their home address on the letters! They had the choice to put the University mailing address we have or none at all. Our chief concern was making sure every person will receive a nice, uplifting letter to brighten their day. We wrote to people inside and out of Utah, Pagan, Christian, straight and gay.”

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