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July 4th brings a unique opportunity to honor one of the lesser worshiped goddesses, Columbia. Hailed as the patron of America (U.S.), she watches quietly and stately at the bay of New York City. Her image has been on currency of the United States for well over two centuries. She has always welcome the tired, the poor, the hungry, and weak, and the oppressed, who yearn to be free. A symbol and beacon of freedom, she welcomes and bids all to rest in her presence.

The altar was decorated in traditional patriotic memorabilia. SLPS honored the Goddess on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 8pm. The offerings included traditional July 4th food, hot dogs. Other traditional dishes at this time are hamburgers, baked beans, grilled chicken, potatoes salad, and green jello to name a few. Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa was the song of choice for the music.

The offerings were accepted and petitioned to continue her blessings on the USA.

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June 2015 Full Moon Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, Goddess Columbia, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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June 2015 Full Moon Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, altar center with hot dog offerings, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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June 2015 Full Moon Ritual for July 4th to Goddess of America Columbia, altar, Saturday, June 27, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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We are very happy about today’s ruling, June 26, 2015.  A 5-4 vote from the U.S. Supreme Court, making marriage equality the law of the land for all U.S. states. Congrats to all our LGBT friends and followers who fought and worked hard for years to make this day, this dream a reality!

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Each month brings the new phases of the moon, a chance to work powerful magic by the moon light and with the Gods and Goddess. Join today if you want to study the mysteries of nature and learn moon magic. We do spells and workings each month.

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Midsummer, also known as Litha, was celebrated on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 8pm. The sun was setting in the west, but plenty of light abound as the longest day of the year doesn’t see a sun set till 9:30 pm. The ritual began with the song “Midsummer” by Heather Alexander.

The Gods and Goddesses were honored as Midsummer poetry was read. Each person set a goal to accomplish by Lughnasadh. The Holly King overtook the Oak King as the ruler of the next six months. This is because the sun reaches its zenith on Midsummer. Thus the power of the Oak King grew strong as all life returned after Yule. Now, as the days grow shorter and nights longer, life will peak and then begin to wane before dying and going to sleep during winter. This is the period of rule of the Holly King and natural dominance over the Oak King at Summer Solstice. The inverse is true at Yule, when the Oak King takes over to rule again.

Offerings included strawberry lemonade and fruits of the season. All were blessed of the Gods and feasted on bratwurst by a Midsummer fire.

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Midsummer 2015, altar, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2015, altar center with Queer God painting-Holly King dominating the Oak King, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2015, feast-bratwurst Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2015, fire, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned and Midsummer is upon us. The Holly King will overtake the Oak King and rule till Yule. The sun will reach its zenith and start its descent.

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SLPS had an amazing time at the 2015 Utah Pride Festival June 4-7, 2015. The Society got in gear by changing up its logos for Pride month, celebrating the diversity of all individuals. Some new swag with the new rainbow logo got the members in the mood and excited about reading tarot and palm at the festival.

Saturday, June 6, 2015, brought the opening at 3pm. A steady line of folks popping in to take advantage of the $10 readings and free buttons and books wasn’t deterred by the heavy but brief storm and hail that passed over the festivities around 5pm. The Merqueen Lei Loni Tilley from the Mermaid of the Great Salt Lake was seen in full tail giving mermaid readings at the booth and around the festival grounds at the fountains.

Sunday, June 7, 2015 SLPS paraded down 200 S with the interfaith section of the parade in front of the big rainbow flag. Sikhs were spotted at the begging the route at 400 E and 200 S, offering “Take a pic with a Sikh”and free Pepsi drinks. With cheers and kisses and hearts overflowing, the crowd was overjoyed to see Pagans and mermaids taking up the rear. President Daniel Cureton, in rainbow robe and pointy hat (made for him for the 2014 festival by April Love), was so liked by the crowd, he yelled to the people “I’m the wizard at the end of the rainbow!”. Back at the festival after the parade, members sported the new pride shirts. Swells of people descended on the booth, asked for information on Paganism and took all the free books Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by River and Joyce Higginbotham on the information table. adorned with Herne, being given away by SLPS (much like free Bibles). A few skeptics rolled by, but they were dragged in and converted to believers!

This year was its best year yet for SLPS! Many people took away needed spiritual advice, friendship, love and magic after each reading. Many expressed their gratitude to having the Pagan presence and knowing that there are Pagans who believe in LGBT rights, equality, equity, and fairness for all peoples.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, SLPS booth April Love (l) and Tanya Thorton, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, SLPS booth l to r: Nikki Pitt, Ashton Longhurst and the mermaid Leil Loni Tilley of the Meraids of the Great Salt Lake, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, l to r Ashton Longhurst (glasses), Chris Newhart (standing) and April Love (wizard hat), Tanya Thortin, Jackie Lit, and a client, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, view from the booth of the festival looking east to the City Building, Mermaid Queen Lei Loni Tilley of the Meriads of the Great Salt Lake (l) and Nikki Pitt, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Sunday, June 7, 2015

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, lineup, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, unrolling of flag 400 E 400 S, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, Pride Pipers 400 E 400 S, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, SLPS lined up to march with the interfaith section, l to r Nikki Pitt, Mermaid Lei Loni Tilely of the Mermadis of the Great Salt Lake, Ashton Longhurst, April Love, and Daniel Cureton, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, Daniel Cureton, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, “Take a pic with a Sikh” along parade route 400 E and 200 S, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, protestors along 200 S, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, parade and crowd, looking west on 300 E and 200 S Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, Grannies for Gays riding in cars in front of flag, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, festival attendees in the south east quadrant, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Pride Parade, Daniel Cureton (black hat), giving a reading, Sunday June 7, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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