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The Salt Lake Pagan Society has recently parted ways with Gwendoline M. Allen Newhart (married to Chris Newhart) of Pensacola, Florida living in Salt Lake City. Some of her aliases known are Gwen Allen, Rev. Lady Draikaina HPS (witchvox), Emprezz Rude or Selectrixxx Rude. She owns currently a shop, Wiggin’ and Weaving in West Jordan; a music business Gorrilla Mafia Entertainment; a cleaning business Crossroads Cleaning; a tour group Tour Utah Activities; and a school of New Age spirituality called “S.T.O.N.E.-Spiritual Teachings on Natural Eclecticism”.

She conned more than $30,000 from society members and itself in the name of “Voodoo and Santeria” for protection in her Voodoo house Ille Ori Ille Iku, for cleansings of evil and negativity, and for her version of cult spirituality. The excitement of a new tradition and the exploration of Afro-Cuban diaspora coupled with Ms. Allen’s charismatic excitement and Florida East Coast attitude slowly reeled in the members. The truth was revealed over the last few months and the pieces put together, and the exit from it all made over Thanksgiving.

For the benefit of the Society and the members, SLPS advises those who come in contact with her to use caution and take her fast talking business selling proposal Florida tactics with a grain of salt and to seek out other psychics and advice.

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Gwendoline M. Allen Newhart

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Some magic and precision was needed after Thanksgiving. The members of SLPS met under the Full moon Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 8pm to call upon the maiden goddess Artemis, to lend them strength, clarity, and precision to achieve their goals. The full moon is a great time to work powerful rites of any type of magic, especially when they are in need.

Some folks take into account the astrological position of the moon in the signs, the type of seasonal moon, time of day, day of the week and month. All of which can be used to forward and empower the spells performed. This particular moon helped a few members re-empower themselves and ask for clarity to find their goals.

After the ceremony, a friendly game of monopoly was played, with Ashton Longhurst winning with just two sets of property! Watch for those Scorpios, they will win in the end!

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November Full Moon 2015, altar with Artemis, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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November Full Moon 2015, l to r: (cats) Pie, Tommy, Robby, And Apirl Love, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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November Full Moon 2015, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Lauren Holman, Camille Harris, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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November Full Moon 2015, full moon gaming, Monopoly with Ashton Longhurst (l) and Camille Harris, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS was invited to participate in the Utah Faith Fair, which was a part of the Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance. The rally and fair took place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 11am to 1pm at the Utah State Capitol building. Organized by Tim VanZeban, the fair was part of the community response to the new policy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on children, which states that children of same-sex couples and marriages are not allowed to be baptized unless they disavow their parents.

The fair was successful, with a handful of religious organizations, community groups, and county services occupying the capitol building rotunda from 11-1, while the rally took place on the steps of the capitol. The rally gathered about 100, and it appeared around 150 people resigned their membership using the PostMormon table, who would be delivering the resignations for those that resigned. Others browsed the groups looking at support or getting details on their options being post Mormon. SLPS offered daily advice through a one card pull of the Medieval Cat Tarot, giving positive messages and uplifting confidence to those who had resigned their LDS membership.

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Rotunda, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, PostMos (l) and Mormon Spectrum, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, South Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (Patty Willis rainbow stole), Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Red Cliff Counseling and Wellness List Warner (l) and April Love of the Salt Lake Pagan Society, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Salt Lake Pagan Society Daniel Cureton (l) and April Love, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Mathew Cockrum of First Unitarian Church, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Mormon Spectrum, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Center for Spiritual Living, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Salt Lake County Youth Services, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, First Baptist Church (l-Curtis Price) and Wasatch Metropolitan Community Church, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, signs at rally, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, rally, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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While President Cureton was away in Africa, The members of SLPS gathered to celebrate the Dark Moon on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8pm. Magical rites, honoring the dark Goddesses and Gods, sending peace and safety to President Cureton abroad.

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Dark Moon November 2015, altar, Saturday, November 6, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT

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Dark Moon November 2015, L to r: Lauren Holman, April Love, Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, November 6, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT

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Ever heard of a furry? Seen some people in animal suits walking around? Unfamiliar with the term otherkin? You may have a had a furry encounter! SLPS vended at the 2015 Furry Unlocked convention at the Doubletree Suites Hotel in Salt Lake City, Friday October 30- Sunday November 1. It was an excellent venue in which to get familiar with the furry community of Utah and to perform outreach. Many of the furrers showed surprised, and the admin came to the table announcing how surprised they were that SLPS had event contacted them, much less wanted to vend at their convention and do a panel! SLPS told them they we are a supportive and inclusive group, that even in the furry community we can find a way to outreach. SLPS did $10 furry tarot and paw readings, using the Tarot of the Animal Lords deck by Lo Scarabeo and Angelo Giannini which uses anthorpomorphized animal in costumes.

The business was slower, but that’s what happens at small conventions with less than 1,000 people. The panel “Animal Totems for Furries” on Saturday, October 31 at 2pm was very successful. SLPS was placed upstairs in a cozy room with 15 people who showed. The atmosphere was a back and forth dialogue about animal totems, furries, books, card decks, and strategies for furries to access and encounter their totems.

It was a wonderful experience, a successful panel, and an educational outreach for SLPS members who were unfamiliar with the community. SLPS looks forward to the warm and welcoming audience it found at Furry Unlocked in 2015 at the 2016 convention!

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Furry Unlocked 2015, registration, Friday, October 30, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, vendors Friday, October 30, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, vendors, Friday, October 30, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, vendors, Friday, October 30, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, vendors and fursuiters,Friday, October 30, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, fursuit parade, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, reindeer fursuiter Hart, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, fursuit parade, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, fursuiters parade, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, fursuiters parade, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, fursuiters parade, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, fursuiters parade, reindeer Hart, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, SLPS Panel on “Animal Totems for Furries” Daniel Cureton (l), Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, fursuiters, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, guests at the SLPS panel “Animal Totems for Furries”, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, Daniel Cureton reading tarot, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, Ashton Longhurst (l) and April Love (orange vest), Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, guests with tails, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, guests with tails, Sunday, November 1, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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Furry Unlocked 2015, guests with tails, Sunday, November 1, 2015, Double Tree Suites, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel turned and the time of the Ancestors was upon us! In the SLPS tradition, we do not only work with them at Samhain (pronounced Souw Win, not Sam Hane), but throughout the year. Even so, Samhain is THE time for the kindred and ancestral workings.

SLPS performed their personal coven rite on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8pm. This was necessary as SLPS also was to perform a public rite. Private group workings as well as personal work is an important component as it allows for self work and the members to bond together, express higher emotions, and be comfortable instead of having onlookers or worrying about strangers energies.

The right on October 24 went splendidly, with a homemade death by chocolate cake being the main cake, and bloody Mary’s for the wine. Osiris and Arianrhod were invoked as the patrons of the rite. The ancestors were called in with the song Samhain by Lisa Thiel on her album “Circle of the Seasons”. To calm the energies, the song Shanti (Peace Out) by MC Yogi on his album Elephant Power was played to bring everyone back and dismiss the dead. Feastings afterwards were spiced apple cider and Puerto Rican spaghetti.

SLPS was asked to conduct a public rite on Halloween for the Pagan shop As Above So Below in Roy, UT. SLPS gladly accepted. With a count of 45 people, the rite proceeded at 8:30. The archangels invoked in the quarters, the barriers thrown up, the song Samhain by Lisa Thiel was played after the ancestors were invoked to join the circle under the watch oft he High Priest Daniel Cureton and High Priestess April Love. Deities present were Cerridween, Arianrhod, Hades, and Osiris. HP Daniel Cureton performed a druid rite to Cerridwen, the ancestors, and the fall season. A toast with the coven chalice full of wine was passed around the room before the closing and pot luck feastings.

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Samhain 2015, altar, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, altar center, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Camille Harris (l) and Lauren Holman, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Donotello- a temple cat guarding the ritual space, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Ashton Longhurst (l) and April Love, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, bloody Mary ritual drink, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Death by chocolate cake made by Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, glasses prepared for bloody Mary drinks, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Puerto Rico meatball spaghetti for the feast, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Public Samhain 2015, l to r: Tarisa Cooper, Daniel Cureton, and C.C. Delgado, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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Public Samhain 2015, altar with cow skull, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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Public Samhain 2015, crowds seated at ceremony with Daniel Cureton (r) and Lauren Holman (far right), As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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Public Samhain 2015, feast, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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