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Sad news to report, we had a run in with a demon.

A guest who had attended our Midsummer, whom we met at pride, seemed like a good person. He came to our Witches’ tea and checked out (so it seemed).

He asked to throw a few things in the fire, a small Beltane pole, and a poppet… he left very quickly after the ritual and said he was “having stomach issues”.

That night about 2am, the demon showed up. Everyone was around the fire outside, but the noises and uneasiness of the environment were felt, eyes were upon us and everyone was on edge. I personally saw the demon, black figure with white eyes, rush towards me from the Ganesh shrine. It later tried to posses me. I called Gwen Allen, our voodoo priestess and she sent Mama Brigitte over to eat it once it was trapped in the bathroom upstairs (Gwen told us it was hiding in there). We put white cornmeal across the seal, said the Lord’s Prayer, made the cross on the door, and propped up against it one of April Love’s mother’s green chairs that turned out to be solid Oak (most sacred to the druids).

$500 later (Gwen’s price) and it was gone by morning, eaten by the Goddess of the cemetery, Brigitte,  lwa of death, wife of Baron Samedi in Voodoo.

All the members of SLPS stayed up through the night, sitting around the fire, meditating and praying it would leave us be. Several times through the early witching hours it sent us messages to “open the door”, giving us images in our minds that we were letting it out. April Love had heard people laughing in the living room, when everyone else was outside the house.

By 8am the members went to sleep, finally able to rest in the light of day. The door was opened at noon, and the nothing left by the ethereal nether ashes from what was found out to be one of the 7 kings of hell. All this, from a poppet.

The reason it was able to get inside was that it came from within, it was dropped in our sacred Midsummer fire, whatever that man, Steve from Colorado, had put in the yellow doll. This probably is the worst example of what strangers, especially those with ill intent can do to a coven or circle. You let folks in who troll and abuse, and make it worse for everyone else after them, forcing us to close our doors to the public.

Because of this, ritual attendance, membership, and meetings will be restricted. SLPS is on hiatus until further notice. Expect many changes in the way the organization conducts business. We have survived something most groups should never and don’t see, but we are stronger for it, our path in the unknown is not without trials and situations, but you must be ready to face them all, even crowned kings of hell if need be.

Bright Blessings /|\,

Daniel Cureton

 

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Due to some recent events involving guests attending SLPS ritual, SLPS will be taking a hiatus to new members until further notice. New members interested will be required to attend classes on magic and ethics for a period before joining and being allowed at ritual. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Thanks to everyone who came to Midsummer 2014, held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, the Summer Solstice. It was performed in the New American Tradition by President Daniel Cureton. A special Midsummer Kings painting, acrylic on canvas, was the center piece, with two acrylic on board paintings of the Holly and Oak Kings to the sides, all done by Kurt Shoopman of Glasgow, Kentucky. Other items included flowers, cinnamon rolls, God’s eyes, ritual wine and a custom sunflower table cloth made last Midsummer by April Love.  The faeries visited, the Holly King dominated the Oak King as the new ruling king of the year till Winter Solstice, and mighty Midsummer magic was worked at the Midsummer fire. Feasting included steak, vegetables in butter sauce and home  made cinnamon rolls.

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The Wheel has turned and midsummer is upon us! This year SLPS will be celebrating Midsummer on the Solstice. The ritual is set in the Wiccan/druid style by president Cureton. A specially commissioned painting of the Holly King dominating the Oak King (LGBT) by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky will be the center item on the altar. Afterwards there will be feastings into the night!

When: Saturday, June 21, 2014 6pm

Where: Private Residence

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A small gathering of SLPS members gathered on Friday, June 13th, 2014 to take pull down and work the unique and auspicious Strawberry full moon that will not take place for another 35 years. Spells, honoring the moon goddess, setting goals for the next 35 year all took place. With special Indian condensed milk treats and cranapple juice, the Goddess was pleased. Midsummer God’s eyes adorned the altar for the upcoming Midsummer ritual on June 21, 2014. A fire was lit and cigars smoked to please the spirits after the ritual.

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This past weekend has been a very busy but successful one for SLPS! Things kicked off on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7pm with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s Interfaith service at Wasatch Presbyterian church. SLPS adviser April love read the “Who is Pagan” remark, quoting the Charge of the Star Goddess by Ann Moura and President Daniel Cureton gave a five minute discussion that all people are deserving of unconditional love, all are divine, and that everyone can have a one-on-one with the divine. The Salt Lake Men’s Choir sang and faith leaders from Native American, Pagan, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Metaphysical, Tibetan and Zen Buddhist and Christian faiths were present, with the pews full to the brim. Many hearts were full as Moudi Sbeity spoke about the Marriage fight in Utah as it began with him and two other couples who sued the state for equal rights.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 2pm was an interfaith rally that joined with the Dyke and Trans rallys and marches down from 200 S and 200 E to the festival at Washington Square at the Salt Lake City and County Building. 3pm brought the start of readings for $5. Lei Loni Tilley and Janelle Baguley join SLPS in full mermaid attire. Lei Loni read the cards at the booth entrance, drawing in all the mermaid/mermen to be! The close of the day came at 9pm when the sun set and SLPS headed off to have a late dinner of Pakistani food at Zaika on State street.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 was the Pride parade at 10am. Lined up at 400 S and 400 E in the back with the interfaith, SLPS marched in robes and pointy hats, with The Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake. President Cureton sported a new custom rainbow outfit made by April Love. The parade finished around 12pm and the readings continued, picking up an even greater pace of people the second day till the festival closed at 7pm.

The festival was very successful for SLPS, making back the booth fee and having enough to spend on a celebratory dinner at the Rio Grande Cafe and give some back to the tarot readers. Here is to next year’s pride!

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Come one come all, for a limited time only, you can get a $5 tarot reading from expert readers of the Salt Lake Pagan Society! This year at the Utah Pride Festival, SLPS will be offering $5 readings for a full 10 card spread and spiritual advice with a reader for as long as you need. Usually free, the high costs of an individual booth at this year’s festival instead of the shared Grass Roots space, drove up the costs of SLPS readings from free to $5.  Don’t have any cash? No worries, you don’t have to hobble down to the ATM, SLPS accepts all major credit cards with the Square reader, so we have you covered! Find our booth on the festival map. We are located on the loop on the west side of the festival, just look for our sign and Goddess flags. Here are the details

When: Saturday, June 7, 3-7pm; Sunday, June 8 11am-7pm

SLPS Tarot Readings Business Card AD

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