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Lughnasadh 2015

The Wheel has turned and Lughnsadh is upon us. The first of three harvest holidays, also known as Lammas, Lughnasadh is the time of Thanksgiving and to honor the Celtic Sun God Lugh.

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June may be over, but pride isn’t! The first annual Ogden Pride Festival will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at City Hall Park/Municipal Gardens in Ogden, UT. The theme is Love Within Reach.  (also Lughnasadh or Lammas). SLPS will be present and ready at their first festival, supporting he community in Ogden. Look for the booth and sign, stop by for a tarot, playing card, or palming reading for only $10!

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We want to relate to all of our people about our experience today at Lotus in Draper, UT. We had a successful class today, our Wicca 101. Afterwards is when things went south. They discriminated against us, our business, the society and our faith.

We were told by the female business owner that we couldn’t do anymore classes there because certain people, like their supporters, don’t like Wicca and it would cause issues. We didn’t understand this, because Wicca is a New Age faith and they are a new age store… selling stones, oracle cards, psychic readings, chakra flags, pentagrams, and even had a young woman who told us she was Wiccan working the front. It was bizarre and puzzling.

We had no warning or idea, as when we first schedule the class a month ago with the other owner and manager (2 people) in person and over email, not a word of this was mentioned…till after we paid for the class space, (they did give us the fee back, but not the money they made off our class).

When we tried to reason about the whole circumstance of a New Age business discriminating against a New Age spirituality, the owner repeated the same thing to us, and said they are trying to be inclusive (while excluding us).

What in essence they are saying is that they don’t want any Wiccan, Witches, Shaman, Druids, or anyone else in their store, since they don’t support that or the mystic arts. They don’t want any information on it being taught there. We’d never thought we’d see the day when a New Age store wouldn’t want a New Age Spirituality being taught there. They must keep their clients in the dark about anything beyond crystals and angel oracles.

We want everyone to know this, as they seem to be willing to take your money, but don’t accept who you are if you practice a New Age/Pagan faith. There are better stores who are truly supportive you can shop at such as Jeweled Maidens, Dancing Cranes, Turiya’s, Gypsy Moon, Silver Moons (Formerly Gypsy Wagon in American Fork) and As Above So Below (Roy, UT).

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Ever thought about how the moon influences our lives? Considered casting your own spell or praying to the Goddess?

This class introduces you to the basics of Wicca, Nature’s moon based spirituality. It will cover the history, myth, deities, and practice. You will learn what it means to be Wiccan, how to become one, and how to set up your first altar for working magic and shaping your destiny.

Cost $30: Includes textbook “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham and a basic altar kit (pic is just an example, not the real kit).

Sign up on meetup or send money through Paypal to slpagansociety@gmail.com. We will only buy the supplies for those who have purchased their tickets by July 23, 2015.

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This past weekend brought the wonderful opportunity for SLPS to read tarot and palm as well as meet lots of great folks at the 4th annual Salt City Steamfest, Utah’s annual steampunk convention. The convention took place Friday and Saturday June 17 and 18, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, UT. President Daniel Cureton and trustee April Love used the Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore to keep the theme of the convetion. It was a great success and SLPS Looks forward to next year’s!

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, Daniel Cureton, Friday, July 17, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, SLPS table, Friday, July 17, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, Daniel Cureton (l) and plague priest cosplayer, Friday, July 17, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, plague priest cosplayer, Friday, July 17, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, Daniel Cureton (l) and April Love, Saturday, July 18, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, a card spread with the Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore, Saturday, July 18, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, Daniel Cureton (middle right), April Love (right), Saturday, July 18, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, cosplayers, Saturday, July 18, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, cosplayers Saturday, July 18, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt City Steamfest 2015, Matthew Cortes, Saturday, July 18, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

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If you love festivals as much as we do, then you’ll be at the Salt City Steamfest: Utah Steampunk Festival! SLPS will be reading tarot, playing cards, and palm July 17-18, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, 150 W 500 S in downtown Salt Lake City, The readings will be just $10. Stop by in full costume to get a reading. We’ll have our special steampunk tarots with us.

Salt Lake Pagan Society- Steamfest 2015 flyer

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The Garden has taken off! With over 15 types and variety of fruits and vegetables, SLPS is expecting a great harvest in a few months! This is how everything grew over the month of June 2015

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Society Garden 2015, Society dog Frejya walking in the garden l to r: dill, cabbage, butternut squash, cantaloupe, Frejya, collard greens, St. Francis, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2015, main garden area with St. Francis l to r: tomato, tomatillo, corn, yellow squash, cucumber, cabbage, dill, cantaloupe, butternut squash, collard green, green onion, grape vine, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lakei City, UT

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Society Garden 2015, l to r: tomatillo, tomato, pepper, and corn plants, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2015, St. Francis and collard greens, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2015, l to r: corn, yellow squash, cucumber, butternut square, cantaloupe, dill and cabbage, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2015, l to r: herbs-parsley, cilantro and oregano, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2015, watermelon patch, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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