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The members of SLPS gathered on Saturday, August 23, 2014 to honor the new moon, set goals, and work magic. Talks of the fall service project and rededication to the craft all took place. A mediation fire burned through the night.

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New Moon Ritual, Altar, Saturday, August 23, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon Ritual, ritual fire, Saturday, August 23, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

 

 

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A few SLPS members gathered by the light of the Sturgeon full moon to plant herbs on Sunday, August 11, 2014. Dill, Thyme and Sorrel, were all sewed to the light of the moon, with chants of the Goddess and magic being woven. The pots were magically empowered with symbols and shapes. We will wait and see what the late summer and fall brings of this planting. Big or little harvest? Only the Goddess will tell.

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The members of SLPS gathered in Mill Creek Canyon on Sunday, August 11, 2014 for some magical ingredient gathering. This year the harvest brought in lots of sage, mountain dirt, sagebrush wood, oak wood, and Jerusalem sunflowers and shale. At the middle and ends of summer, SLPS makes a trip to get the bulk supplies to for the apothecary and personal use for the next year. Offerings were left in thanks and gratitude for the items gathered. Even a small brown praying mantis was spotted, gracing those present with its beauty and blessing.

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A few members of SLPS gathered to honor the sturgeon full moon on Saturday, August 10, 2014. This is the moon and time when sturgeon are easiest to catch. Workings included petitions to the Goddess for blessings and to Kali. Curry egg salad sandwiches were accepted as the cakes and apple juice as the ale.

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After some recent events at Midsummer 2014, SLPS took a brief hiatus to reconsider its direction. SLPS will now solely be a coven using the New American Tradition at all rituals. New members will undergo an application process and will now come in as candidates under the new Tradition on the path to initiation.

This new application process is intended for those who are serious about magical study and who would like to master nature spirituality and magic in a small but supportive community. The application will be required to answer questions about their intent, experience, and understanding of the Mysteries. An interview by the Officers after the written form is complete will also take place leading to a final review for membership.

Those interested may find the application here

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A few of the core members gathered to honor Lugh on Saturday, August 2, 2014. This year’s Lughnasadh was small in comparison, due to schedules and other circumstances, regardless, Lugh was satisfied and happy to be honored and remembered with penis break and sausage gravy as the main offerings.

Lughnasadh is the traditional time for offering the first bread of the harvest, in which this year’s form they were penis bread. The foundations of the Sun and Moon temple were restored and the Angels welcomed back. A simple druid ceremony brought all the parts together before the close. The feast included grilled bratwursts in honor of Lugh, spinach salad and funeral potatoes.

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