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The members of SLPS met on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8pm to honor the full moon Goddess and plan the upcoming garden for April. Gaia was patroned and honored, the good Earth mother who sends the worms to help the soil and plants grown.

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March 2016 Full Worm Moon Ritual, Gaia on altar, Saturday, March 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS enjoyed a fun evening reading free Celtic tarot for the University of Utah students at their bi-annual Crimson Nights event on Friday, March 25, 2016 from 10-2am. The line for readings didn’t end till about 1:30 am, and a few trickled in till 2. Some even asked for palm readings. Many of the students had never had a reading, which is usually the case. Though SLPS has been reading at Crimson Nights for three years, very few are repeat patrons.

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U of U Celtic Crimson Nights, April Love and Ashton Longhurst (r) Friday, March 25, 2016, University of Utah Student Union, Salt Lake City, UT

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U of U Celtic Crimson Nights, Ashtong Longhurst (l) and April Love (hat) reading for students, Friday, March 25, 2016, University of Utah Student Union, Salt Lake City, UT

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Enheduanna: A Pagan Literary Journal is a new annual literary journal published each Samhain (Halloween) by the Salt Lake Pagan Society. We accept submissions of creative writing and fiction, poetry, book reviews, author interviews and biographical sections, letters, short stories, essays, and other literary works. The works are intended to promote and encourage the literary capacity of the contemporary Pagan community.

Enheduanna: A Pagan Literary Journal is now open till May 1 for submissions. Please send them to Enheduanna@slpagansociety.org and read our style guidelinesĀ under the Enheduanna tab to guide you in the submission process.

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Since 2015’s garden was highly successful, the society will be planting a garden for 2016. This year the space with be expanded to included more room for pumpkins, asparagus, garlic, and other heirloom plants of choice by the society members.

SLPS president Daniel Cureton and vice president Ashton Longhurst worked in the evening on Sunday, March 20, 2016 to clean and clear the old dead plants and evaluate the space. Surprisingly, a number of plants survived the winter! A few of the onions, one parsley, oregano, both cabbage plants, and all of the collard greens!

The old dead leaves were plucked off the cabbage and collards and the space cleaned for what is to come. Because some plants went to seed, the society expects to have a few self starters for dill and tomatillo.

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Society Garden 2016, collard green survived the winter (with dead leaves removed), Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, onions survived the winter, Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, parsely survived the winter, Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, cabbage survived the winter, Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, view of the garden looking south west- Oquirrh mountains in back and Ashton Longhurst (right), Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met under descending sun and half moon on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6pm to honor and celebrate the Germanic Goddess Ostara. The altar was decorated with flowers from the society garden-daffodils, the first to come up in spring. The cirlces were invoked, and a meditation to ground the members took place. Everyone enjoyed the song Ostara by Lisa Thiel on her album “Circle of the Seasons.”

The Goddess spoke to all present, giving them guidance for the new season of spring. Offerings of juice and eggs were given, and thanks for her continual support and blessings. Hern was honored as well, the young god with mighty loins who will soon marry the Goddess at Beltane.

The feat included baked chicken, potato salad, and succotash with lemon bunt cake for dessert. Some after dinner equinox gaming was in order, with a few rounds of Mahjong tiles and backgammon .

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Ostara 2016, altar, Saturday, March 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2016, altar center, Saturday, March 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2016, Ashtong Longhurst, Saturday, March 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2016, Camille Harris, Saturday, March 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2016, altar at sunset, Saturday, March 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2016, after feast gamin-Majong, Saturday, March 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2016, after feast gaming- backgammon with Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, March 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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