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The Time has arrived, orders are now open for our new literary journal Enheduanna! Get a copy today for just $14.99 and $3.99 shipping! Will be printed After October 31.

The inaugural issue of the new journal published by the Salt Lake Pagan Society, Enheduanna contains 28 authors from many Pagan traditions living across the world. 116 pages of content, with poetry, book reviews, short stories, essays, and memoirs, volume 1 is packed full of spectacular new content from brilliant writers. The highlight of the journal is the first part in a five part series of the memoir of a gay activist fae who was at the 20th anniversary of the the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1989.

Featuring famous Pagan authors: Druid Philip Carr-Gomm, head of OBOD; Druid Ellen Evert Hopman, co-founder of the Order of WhiteOak; and author Raven Digitalis, co-founder of Opus Aima Obscuræ (OAO)

You can order the journal on our publications page

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SLPS celebrated Samhain Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Temple of the Sun and Moon. The altar was set with Samhain decorations. Pumpkins from the garden gave the right touch of the season, the final harvest, to the altar of life and death.

Veles, the Slavic god of the underworld was invoked as the primary deity. Sitting between spinal column candles, representative of the dead, Veles opened the door and allowed the beloved Kin to visit as the members sang along to “Samhain” from the album Cycle of the Seasons by Lisa Thiel. Bloody Mary’s and maple cookies were offered, in symbol of the body and blood of sacrifice and gratitude.

the feasts included apple pear salad, tri tip steak, and potatoes au gratin.

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Samhain 2016, painting sugar skulls, April Love and Ashton Longhurst (r), Friday, October 28, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, Jack-O-Lantern from the garden, Friday, October 28, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, Ashton Longhurst with Jack-O-Lantern, Friday, October 28, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, chershire cat carved pumpkin, Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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Samhain 2016, April Love and Ashton Longhurst (r), Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, ritual altar, Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, altar center with bloody marys and painted sugar skull Frankenstein, Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, ritual- Veles on altar, Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The plants just keep on giving, but there ain’t no more room! SLPS filled its last buckets and picked its last peppers, as the fall season is here in full swing, so it was time to prepare the garden for winter by pulling out all the plants that wouldn’t survive the snowfall and cold temperatures. A bucket of tomatoes and tomatillos, some squash, a bucket of peppers, a few watermelons, and many pumpkins were harvested in the last harvest in time for Samhain. SLPS has been truly blessed with bountiful produce and few pests in 2016. The 2017 garden will have similar items, but will be scaled back a little bit with fewer pepper and pumpkin plants.

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Society Garden 2016, pumpkins in the field, Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, Ashton Longhurst with Jack-O-Lantern, Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, harvest pumpkins and watermelons, l to r: pie pumpkin, watermelon, Jack-O-Lantern, Jarrahdale, Jack-Be-Little, Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, Ashton Longhurst cleaning garden for winter, Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, Daniel Cureton with pumpkins Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

The 6th annual Moab Pride festival took place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Multicultural Center in Moab, UT. SLPS attended the 2015 festival and enjoyed Moab, so we decided to go back to support the community. Breakfast was at the Moab Dinner. This year’s festival was smaller, later in the day, with fewer visitors and participants. The festival still enjoyed large crowds, entertainment, and good food. SLPS did about 20 tarot and palm readings, receiving the blessings of Perun who stood quietly by on his altar. A cemetery set up for day of the dead had names of the Orlando victims, murdered LGBT citizens, and others who have passed on, evoking education¬†about the gay bashings, youth suicide, trans murders, and the shootings in Florida.

Sunday afternoon allowed the SLPS to return to Love Muffin Cafe for breakfast before site seeing. After breakfast, SLPS visited some of the beautiful areas surrounding Moab- The Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park! Canyonlands is full of canyons carved by water and the weather over many eons. Pinyon Pine trees sit in view, shedding their nuts every fall among red rock and millions of years of geology. What magnificent landscapes Utah has in its deserts!

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Moab Pride 2016, April Love and Ashton Longhurst (r), Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, breakfast at Moab Diner, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, festival entrance, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, SLPS booth, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab U

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Moab Pride 2016, altar to Perun with mushrooms and axe, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, pride parade, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, parade flag, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Daniel Cureton, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, karate drum performers, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Miss New Mexico performing, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, LGBT history panels, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, funerals for Orlando shooting victims and dead LGBT citizens, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, after Pride dinner at Fiesta Mexicana, l to r: Daniel Cureton, April Love, Ashtong Longhurst, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, breakfast at Love Muffin Cafe, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Daniel Cureton, April Love, Colorado River, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Colorado River, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, open range on the way to Canyonlands National Park, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Island in the Sky, L to r: April Love, Ashton Longhurst, Daniel Cureton, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Island in the Sky, Saturday, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Pinyon Pine Tree, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Pinyon Pine nuts, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Daniel Cureton, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, April Love and Ashton Longhurt (r) walking in Canyonlands National Park, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Cayonlands National Park, Moab, UT

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Moab Pride 2016,gorge, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grand View Point Overlook sign, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grant View Point northeast view, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grant View Point, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grand View Point southeast view, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grand Viewpoint overlook panerama, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, rainbow on Highway 6, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Helper, UT

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SLPS enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon September 25, 2016 gathering Elder berries in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT. A friend of the society took us on the afternoon gathering, driving up to a select location along the road among the Aspen forests. Traipsing through the underbrush, the Elder berry bushes were in many spots, rising some 10 feet into the air with the berries dangling before the gatherers. The whiter the berry, the sweeter the juice is how it goes, but always leave some berries for next year if there aren’t any green ones left as the dears also eat the berries.

A trip to the river refreshed everyone. While walking back to the car, President Cureton stumbled upon a Mountain Ash, also known as Rowan, containing bright red berries. What delicious jam all these berries will make!

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, view at canyon, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, view in canyon looking south west, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, Elder berries on tree with Ashton Longhurst (l) and Lei Loni Middleton, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, Daniel Cureton (north view), Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, in the Aspen forest l to r: Rachel Figueroa, Ashton Longhurst, Lei Loni Middleton, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, river with Lei Loni Middleton (l) and Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, Lei Loni Middleton with Rowan berries, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT