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Archive for September, 2014

The Wheel turned and Mabon came upon us. The members of SLPS gathered to celebrate the Fall Equinox on Saturday, September 20, 2014, known as Mabon and Alban Eiler, to honor the Gods, Goddess, and the coming Dark Times, when we all turn inward and study the self, inside mysteries and take time alone as the God dies.

The altar was beautifully decorated with the fruits of the season: peaches, plums, apples and flowers. A seasonal table cloth my by Trustee April Love and a Fall Queer God painting by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky adorned the table. Lanterns hung in the trees gave an extra witchy and magical feel to the temple area. The new brooms gave the perfect backdrop to the altar.

The Goddess present was Bast, Cat God of Egypt, one who walks between worlds, and Cernunnos, Celtic Lord of Light and Dark.  The ritual included a lighting of the lamp, signaling the light within during the dark, and a Ganesh birthday celebration. Shortbread cookies with jam were offered Ganesh and the song “Ganesh (Sound the Horn)” by MC Yogi was played in his honor.

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Craft nights are exciting and bring magic to the world! This Mabon, 2014 the activity was broom or besom making. And easy enough skill, it doesn’t take much to make up a nice besom for ritual, cleansing and protecting the home. A traditional tool of witches and even some Gods, like Ganesh, the witch’s besom is used to energetically clean an area by sweeping the astral energies out of the room. Most brooms are not built by witches to endure the physical act of sweeping, but are swept slightly off the floor. You can also lean them against a door post or hang about a door frame to protect your home.

Thanks to some pruning last fall, 2013, President Cureton had a supply of staff wood to choose from. Ultimately cherry was the wood of choice. Grass from the garden was magically harvested and used for the bristles. Yarn was use to tie the bundles and secure it to the staff. After only an hour or so, *Boom* there’s a new broom!

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Everyone enjoyed a sunny morning on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 at the City Creek Center. Surprises all around that the event was held there (City Creek being invested by the LDS Church) quickly changed into excitement as the Cheer Salt Lake team pumped everyone up for the 2.5k walk around down town SLC. A few furry friends were even in attendance.

The walk started off at the Food Court and ended at the Harmons on 100 S and State. The fundraising for Utah AIDS programming was the critical component for the walk, to raise awareness about the need for funds and to reach the $60,000 goal set by the Utah AIDS Foundation. Teams from various organizations and companies such as Ebay and American Express, as well as the Royal Court of Utah and SLPS walked along side individuals, couples, and children.

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If you have time this Mabon, come join us in the Salt Lake AIDS Walk tomorrow, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 am at the City Creek Center to raise awareness and fund raise for AIDS programs throughout Utah. We will be walking as a team! You can find us on the registration. www.saltlakeaidswalk.org10505523_635316023213315_5536674935988706128_n

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SLPS thanks Sergey Khrushchev for all the beautiful work he did as Advertising Director in the society. His stay was over a year, from June 2013-September 2014. We will still see him around as a member, but will miss his energy and drive as our official artist.

Sergey Khrushchev March 2, 2013 Rio Grand Restaurant

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The Wheel has turned and Mabon is upon us. The fall Equinox, Alban Eiler hit’s this Tuesday, September 23, 2014. SLPS will be celebrating the return of the dark times Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 6pm. Only members are allowed to participate in this sacred rite. If you’d like to join, send in your membership application!

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The 13th Annual 2014 Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day fell on Saturday, September 6, 2014. From 10-6, vendors, groups, and guests enjoyed a sunny day at Murray City Park. SLPS was not in attendance since the members chose to attend the 2nd Annual 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con, happening on the same day. We swung by to check in, grab programs, and see the vendors. President Daniel Cureton pricked up a very nicely done ouija board by Goats creations.

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2014 Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day, Saturday, September 6, 2014, Murray City Park, UT

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2014 Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day, Saturday, September 6, 2014, Murray City Park, UT

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2014 Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day, Saturday, September 6, 2014, Murray City Park, UT

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Daniel Cureton’s ouija sugar skull board he picked up at the 2014 Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day.

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