Archive for December, 2012

The last witches’ Tea of 2012 went well! The number of regulars to the beehive tea room has grow considerably from a few to around eight to ten on a regular basis. We may have to move venues if the numbers keep up! Everyone enjoyed each others company, drank tea, ate lunch and were even serenaded by president Daniel Cureton testing a potential violin he may purchase! Not a bad wrap up to a fun fill year. SLPS hopes 2013 brings even more opportunities for magic, community and tea!

Witches' Tea December 30, 2012 l to r- Kendra and Bri Kennedy, Kandrie Mylroie, Steven Wellington, Stephanie, Callista Dreamwalker, Tyson Chase and Daniel Cureton, Beehive Tea Room, Salt Lake City, UT December 30, 2012

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Thanks to all whom came on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8pm to the full moon ritual. This was the last moon of 2012 and right in the middle of Kwanzaa. The members of SLPS discussed ujamaa or community economics based in the Kwanzaan tradition. After lighting the Kinara everyone partook of the Kikombe Cha Umoja or the communal cup made from coconut~! A few spells were worked and offerings given to the moon goddess before closing. SLPS looks forward to the first moons of 2013!

Full Moon December 29, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT l to r-April Love, Sharon Pellum, Ashton Longhurst and Aryssa Pellum

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Website Issues

Hi All. Currently the website is experiencing issues with the menus. Please hold tight while we try and resolve why the blog is not updating our menus and where half of them disappeared to!

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What a wonderful Yule celebration! The members of SLPS met on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7pm to feast with the Gods and Goddesses and prepare for the new year. A little unorthodox, the feast came first to prepare everyone for the long hours of ritual ahead. Mole enchiladas, vegan lentil soup, vegetarian lasagna and chicken were just a few things on the menu.

The altar was decorated with deity statues, red and white candles, altar stand with Gaia atop, pictures, stones, offering bowl and more. The She-Hawk’s Nest was built in front of the altar in the shape of an egg using pine boughs  Each person took a turn curling up in the next, releasing personal problems, goals, desires and announcing the birth of new ones to take the place of the old, much like the birthing of the new Yule King. When they emerged they were given salt to taste the bitterness of death.

After the nesting, everyone lined up to be pulled through the birthing canal. Each took a turn being pulled between all sixteen people. At the end, Iyata Bond was waiting with a drop of honey so that all could taste the sweetness of the birth.

A short break with root beer floats was for a light snack and right at 12am and at the end of the Maya calendar, President Daniel Cureton commenced the Maya rite with the Earth Goddess Ixchel. She blessed everyone with sacred earth and blessings.

The closing came with a druid ceremony to the God Hu and the dismissing of the quarters.

Afterwards, there were reports of voices, spirits, ancestors and high emotions during the nesting and other rites. Many tears flowed this night!

Yule 2012 December 21, 2012 l to r: April Love, Brittany Walker, Amber Hafen, Sergey Khrushchev and Iyata Bond Feasting IMG_2453 IMG_2454 IMG_2457 IMG_2461 IMG_2462 IMG_2463

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Mark it on your calendars! Yule 2012 is Here! This Yule will be a little unorthodox since the end of the Maya calendar is taking place. Yule Feast and Ritual is taking place on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7pm. We will be eating first around 6pm, then having the ritual around 8pm. Please bring a seasonal dish and be prepared to stay awake till 12am!..

(Flyer by Amber Hafen)

Yule 2012 Flyer

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Thanks to all whom came to the new moon ritual/drum circle and meditation fire this past Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 8pm.

The first order of magic was to finish up the Hanukkah celebrations! It being the last night of Hanukkah, the eighth candle was lit. The full and majestic power of the collective memory and history of the Jews and Maccabees descended on SLPS. Much gratitude could be felt for keeping the tradition alive.

Very quickly did the ancestors show up when they were invoked. Apparently they had much needed information for those present at the ritual. The ritual opened with the usual welcoming of the new moon and the lighting of the black candle before the mirror of fate. The drum circle brought journeying and out of body experiences as well as a connection with the divine.

After the fire died down, the grounding, center and peace meditation started. Being guided by president Daniel Cureton, the members breathed in, chanted om and released all negativity to the calming song of Shanti by MC Yogi on his album Elephant Power. This particular song has a powerfully and accurate centering effect when doubled up with a continuous Om. Sergey Khrushchev did reiki on everyone present to help increase the releasing and centering process.

New Moon Ritual December 15, 2012 L to R: Sharon Pellum, Sergey Khrushchev, Daniel Cureton, Aryssa Pellum, Kandrie Mylorie and Ashton Longhurst, Salt Lake City, UT IMG_2419 IMG_2420

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The vote is in. After several weeks of debating the name change, a majority rule has settled on changing the U of U Pagan Society’s name to the Salt Lake Pagan Society. It will take some time for the transition, so please hold tight while we get everything switched over!

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