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President Cureton discovered while going through the Utah Pride Center private archives a photo of the “Salt Lake Pagan Community” from the the 1995 Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. “I didn’t know that the Pagans had been marching in the parade back then. I had thought perhaps that SLPS was the first to march in the parade, but I knew others could have, just there was no evidence. This year is the 26th year of the parade, so now we know they have marched before. SLPS began marching in the parade in 2011 with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition.”

The LGBT community has had a long crossover into the Pagan community, as many of the members identify with both. It’s common that LGBT people find the Pagan community more accepting because of how personal the spirituality of Paganism is and how many various paths people walk. Paganism allows individuals to explore facets of deity, the inside self, and the universe they hadn’t previously without putting them into a box or creating a cookie cutter mentality. Often Paganism is more fulfilling than larger organized religion.

The Utah Pride Center has photographs from various events that will be transferred to the Marriott Library Special Collections Archives at the University of Utah this year under the leadership of President Cureton, who works as the library director at the center. The picture below will soon be available for everyone to access in the Multimedia Division. If anyone can identify the individuals, please send SLPS an email or leave a comment.

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The members of SLPS met on Saturday, May 21-Monday, May 23, 2016 to plant the second Society garden over the full moon. The ground was weeded, turned, and manure was added. This year the garden doubled in size, so more work was to be done and more time given to the Earth. Thankfully the rain softened the sand and only the crab grass fought back. Monday evening, after all the hard work, the starter plants from Millcreek and Traces gardens were planted under the light of the moon.

This year the society planted: corn, okra, Japanese eggplant, red watermelon; Jack-o-lantern, Jack-be-little, and Jarrahdale pumpkins; artichoke, shallots, Walla Walla sweet yellow onion, baquieu and butter lettuce, cabbage, yellow summer squash; De Milpa, Verde, and Yellow Husk tomatillo; dill and basil; Granny Green, Zebra, and Brandywine tomatoes; Armenian cucumbers; Giant Marconi, Habanero, Tobasco, Anaheim, Anaheim Chili, Serrano, Chipotle, Pimento, Ghost, Lemon Drop, Anchio, Caribbean, Shishito, and Keystone Giant peppers. The total cost this year being $300 for the plants and supplies.

Some good insects were spotted, a few spiders egg sacks and one jumping spider. Earth worms and roly polies were plenty. A few June bug larve and lacewing flies were seen. A test of the soil revealed that the sandy earth is a neutral, neither acidic or alkaline, perfect for all types of plants!

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Society Garden Planting 2016, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Camille Harris, Stesha Bowden Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, April Love, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, l to r: April Love, Camille Harris, Stesha Bowden, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, spider with egg sack, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, earth worms, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, Lauren Holman (l) and Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, jumping spider, Monday, May 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, Ashon Longhurst (l) and Lauren Holman, Monday, May 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, watermelon and pumpkins, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, okra, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, pepper plants, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, artichoke, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, celery, Wednesday, May 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, pepper, melon, pumpkin and okra patch, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, corn, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, yellow summer squash, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, romaine (bottom), baquieu, and butter lettuce, cabbage (top), Wednesday, May 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, leeks, Wednesday, May 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, eggplant (left), shallots (right), tomatoes (top, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, shallots (left), tomatoes (top left), Armenian cucumbers (middle top), tomatillos (middle), yellow onions (right), Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, view of patch by fence looking south west, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS was curious to find out what the Satanic Temple-Utah Chapter would be discussing at their open meeting. “I wanted to know more about them, what they are going to be up to, and to educate myself. I’m not a Satanist, don’t have a desire to be one, or really believe in the figure, but better to be smart than ignorant, especially considering I’m always trying to educate people about Paganism, I don’t want to make that mistake about Satanism” said president Cureton.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Watchtower coffee across from the SLCC campus on state and 1500 S. The meeting had so many RSVPS that it was moved to conference room 4 at the Salt Lake Public Library for 2pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The meeting was very professional, with chairs, a table for the council, a slide show, brochures, and refreshments afterwards. Chapter president Chalice Blyth, who received the chapter charter in February 2016,  gave the presentation, with occasional comments from the other core council members: Aaron Shea (DJ at Club Metro), Paul Black, and Autumn Rogers (bass guitarist for the goth rock band IMPXVIII).

The Satanic Temple is a nonprofit founded in 2013 and is set up in a chapter style. A state, city or county may have chapters. The main purpose of the order is to use the pre Judaic/Christian adversary figure. This figure is the one who represents the idea and function of the adversary or rebellion through time and civilization, which in this case is named Satan. The literary figure, such as Satan found in Paradise Lost by John Milton fits more with their beliefs of rebelling than the one found in mythology.

The aim of the Temple is to counter oppressive religion, especially when it comes to intolerance and preference in schools and government.  The organization is primary non-theist, as the members do not generally believe or bow to any deities. They promote benevolence, reason, and rational inquiry disconnected from religious mythology. Since they aren’t religious, they do not perform ceremonies or practice magic like the Church of Satan. There isn’t a plan for a church or space, since they don’t bow to any God/Goddess, and rejected the idea posed by the audience of having a baphomet statue in a shrine or erected in Salt Lake unless the dominate Christian faith, Mormonism or otherwise, tries to enshrine in law, school, or for the public religious rules and statues. Examples of this push back against religious agendas can be seen with the ten commandments monument erected in Oklahoma in 2015 at the state capitol building. The Satanic Temple protested and was in the process of erecting a baphomet statue when suddenly the ten commandments monument was declared illegal and removed under cover of night.

The temple will try to do community service and fun activities, like an upcoming “unbaptism” Sunday, July 24 at Club Metro which will be a performance for those who wish to undo their old baptism ($10 entrance fee and selling your soul to the Devil is required at the door, which is pure irony since they don’t believe in Satan as an ungod, so no actual souls are going to be sold).

Membership is simple, simply submit an online form, no fee required. They are seeking active members to help with events, but encouraged passive members. They also encouraged allies to the Temple, people who can share events or like their page on Facebook/Instagram. They did warn the audience that associating with the Temple comes with a “scarlet letter” due to society’s reaction to Satan.

A question and answer period was after the presentation, with many questions in the audience ranging from “Can a person be a left hand Pagan and join?” to “Since it’s for Utah, anyone want to carpool from outer areas to attend events in SLC?” No protesters or anti Satanist were present. Attendance was about 50 people.

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, brochure, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, brochure, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, L to r (table): Aaron Shea, Paul Black, Autumn Rogers, Chalice Blyth, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, L to r (table): Aaron Shea, Paul Black, Autumn Rogers, Chalice Blyth, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, Chalice Blyth talking about seven tenets, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, Chalice Blyth talking about the seven tenets, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, attendees, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, attendees, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, attendees, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, attendees, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, attendees, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Satanic Temple-Utah open meeting, attendees, Salt Lake City Public Library, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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The members of SLPS met on Saturday, May 7, 2016, to honor the goddess and mothers for Mother’s Day. The ritual began at 9pm, under the stars and damp earth. Hathor was pleased, the goddess of Mothers from Egypt. She accepted the offerings of home made dark fudge chocolate cake and strawberry lemonade. As a goal for the new moon, the coven decided to learn quilting, using pieces from old clothes to provide quilts for the needy, reduce waste, and as a fundraiser for the society.

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May 2016 New Moon Ritual, altar center with Hathor, Saturday, May 7, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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May 2016 New Moon Ritual, altar, Saturday, May 7, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The members of SLPS met on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm to celebrate the union of the Lord and Lady in matrimony and at the Beltane wedding. The Maypole was unwoven from 2014 and set up on the lawn. Flowers from the garden adorned the altar as well as the great rite statue and queer gods painting.

Poetry honoring the Gods was read. The great rite was performed, the uniting of the blade and chalice, by the high priest and high priestess, offering up white zinfandel wine. Beltane was played by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons as the members danced and wove the ribbons on 2016’s pole. As the members drank wine and relaxed, two morning doves flew into the trees, issuing calls to the members and giving the sign that the Lord and Lady was present.

The feasting included homemade drunken German Chocolate cake, beef stroganov, and noodles.

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Beltane 2016, Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, unraveling 2014’s Maypole weaving l to r: Camille Harris, Ashton Longhurst, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, Maypole, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, altar, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, altar center, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, dancing around the Maypole l to r: April Love, Ashton Longhurst, Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving, l to r: Camille Harris, Ashton Longhurs, Daniel Cureton, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving l to r: Camille Harris, Daniel Cureton, Ashton Longhurst, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, feast: homemade drunken German chocolate cake, peas, beef stroganov, noodle, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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