The Salt Lake Pagan Society gives thanks to the Great Cosmic Goddess and God this day for the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). SLPS is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights and was thrilled today to hear the decision by the Supreme Court. Goddess Bless This Great Nation!
Archive for June, 2013
While in the middle of a displacement due to the Beehive Tea Room being closed the month of June, Witches’ Tea for Sunday, June 30, 2013 will be held at Bad Ass Coffee. Please join us there at 11am. If you’re taking public transit, it is 3500 s on State and the Millcreek Trax Stop. Hope to see you all there!
After three years of faithful service, Amber Hafen was released from her duties as Advertising Director of the society on June 9, 2013. “I am sad to see her go, but happy at the same time. She had years of experience and now we have the opportunity to have another artist gain experience in the society” said President Daniel Cureton
Ms. Hafen became the advertising director on June 24, 2011. She designed beautiful work for most of the sabbats, special events, banners and other occasions. Her work as a mix of photography and hand drawn style. She often incorporated themes of the seasons with suns, moon, stars, and animals. SLPS thanks her and wishes her well in life!
Thanks to all who attended and made Midsummer 2013 a wonderful celebration and feast! The celebrations took place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6pm and this year included a new Hammer of Thor rite.
The traditional battle between the Oak and Holly kings, with the Holly King victorious and ruling the next six months of the year took place as the center point of the ritual. The Oak King was played by SLSP President Daniel Cureton and the Holly King by SLSP Advertising Director Sergey Khrushchev. They had a mock battle and the Oak King relented control of the year to the Holly King till Yule, when the Sun will return again to increase the light on the Earth.
A druid Midsummer rite by SLPS President Daniel Cureton where he called on the blessings of the God Beli, a midsummer Welch fire God, for all the members.
Oberon, King of the fairies was seen blessing the union of the Holly King and Queen. He also worked other faery magic as he danced around the circle!
Part of the magical workings on Midsummer also included power moon magic from the “super moon” that was passing over the Earth at the time. The workings including banishing bad habits in the Midsummer fire, traveling to meet the Holly King with his spouses and dancing to the song Midsummer by Heather Alexander.
Feastings after the ritual included tri-tip steak, chicken, hamburgers, ribs, corn on the cob and potato salad. A special homemade chocolate and coconut cream frosting cake was made by SLPS member Cheyanne Opheikens in honor of Sergey Khrushchev’s late birthday. Delicious! Check out the photos below.
The Beehive Tea Room has unexpected shutout down for the month of June! SLPS will have to find a new temporary or even permanent location at which to meet. The big question now is that is it time to find a new meeting place all together?! Questions to be answered at the next meeting. Stay updated through the blog about the new location!
The wheel has turned again and Midsummer has come upon us. Also know as Litha and Alban Heruin to the Druids, this is the time of greatest light upon the earth. A Solar holiday, the Oak and Holly Kings come together and battle each other for rule of the next six months. The Oak king has reigned gracefully and with love, giving the Earth ever greater and increasing light since the return of the King at Yule. Now the nights will lengthen and return us to the dark times at Mabon in a few months. Please join in the celebrations and feasting in honor of the new Holly King on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6pm! Please bring a substantial dish to the feasting. Contact Daniel C. for details 801 709 4632
A small group of SLPS members gathered on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8pm for the June New Moon Ritual. Starting off with the traditional circles that are cast and a new one by Thor’s Hammer, the members felt the power of the magic immediately. After cleansing, anointings and blessings. The new Awen cauldron custom made for Druid President Daniel Cureton was broken in at this ritual as well as the new stone mortal and pestle. Cactus, rose and sun flower petals were among the many ground up for the spell workings done.
President Cureton took the members to meet Mjolnir, Thor’s Blessed Hammer. Iyata Bond then took everyone on a guided journey through their heart chakras before closing the ritual. Until the next moon!