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2013 SLPS Blog in Review

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The members of SLPS had a deeply spiritual time on Saturday, December 28, 2013. AT 8pm the members gathered for the last ritual of the year, the new moon. How auspicious that another new moon phase fell before the onset of 2014, allowing for preparations and goals to be made, habits to be banished to kick start the new year. Ritual cleansing, Singing and chanting, praising of the goddess, and spell work all lead to an intimate and moving circle around the altar of the goddess. Cookies and wine were offered and blessings received from the dark moon goddess.

Afterwards, members playing poker using beans and pennies into the early hours of the weekend. SLPS members look forward to 2014 with hope and strength.

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No Witches’ Tea today for Sunday, December 29, 2013, see you all in 2014. Have a Happy New Year!

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Thanks to all who came and made the Yule Ritual and Feast a brilliant success. On Saturday, December 21, 2013, a few members and guests of SLPS gathered and welcomed back the Yule King from the world of the ancestors. Lauren Holman playing the Goddess gave birth to Sergey Khrushchev as Cernunnos. All knelt and honored the returned Lord. This time of year is when the sun begins his ascent and starts to increase in light, and when the Oak King reigns again till Midsummer. President Daniel Cureton performed a druid rite for Yule and after a beautiful poetry reading, gave the cakes and wine offerings to the Oak King and Goddess and asked blessing for the new year as the light returns.

The feasting included rotisserie chicken, green beans and quinoa, potato salad and fruitcake. Check out the photos below!

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SLPS had a great time viewing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10pm at the Century 16 Union Heights theater in Sandy, UT. Instead of calling down the moon and working spells, the members headed over to the theater and had a good old magical time with the dragons and dwarves.

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Don’t miss out on the upcoming exhibition by the Salt Lake Pagan Society at the J. Willard Marriott Library, at the University of Utah titled “A Look at Paganism: Beliefs and Cultures of the Neopagan Community” Jan 17-March 16 2014 which will feature different cultural and spiritual items from the Neopagan community. Artwork provided by Sergey Khrushchev.

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SLPS had a great celebration of Hanukkah for the second year in a row this past Saturday, December 7, 2013. We lit each candle on the hanukiah each night and said the sacred prayers in Hebrew. This celebration has become a tradition after the success Hanukkah of 2012. We look forward to next year, 2014’s Hanukkah! 2013-12-06 00.38.06

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