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SLPS met under cool sky, warm earth, and to the sounds of crickets in the late July evening to celebrate Lughnasadh, the first harvest, and honor the Celtic God Lugh on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The altar was set, adorned with seasonal items, cock candles, corn, nude Lugh painting, and flowers. The fruits of the first harvest, the Society garden, were presented before the Gods. The harvest included: baquieu and romaine lettuce; onions; shallots;  shishito, serrano, and anaheim peppers; okra, yellow squash; parsley, oregano, and dill herbs. Four types of jam from the fruit trees that have produced from the garden: apricot mango, apricot oregon grape, apricot plum, and plum (plums from the red plum trees on the curb). The Society is greatly blessed to have such harvests from the Good Earth Mother, Gaia. All the hard work of the garden has paid off!

Homemade cornmeal buttercream cupcakes were made by member Stesah Bowden. Wyld Extra Pale Ale and Moab Brewery Dead Horse Amber were the drinks of choice for John Barleycorn, who is burned as an offering from the wheat/corn to the gods at this time. Without the god Lugh, Lughnasadh is celebrated at Lammas, as a holiday of thanksgiving surrounding the first of three harvests that happen in August, September, and October.

The members meditated to the song “Lammas” on the album Circle of the Seasons by Lisa Thiel. The members went around afterwards in a circle and offered up thanks for all the things the were grateful for in life, lending that energy to the overall gratitude of the harvests.

The feasts including sauteed yellow squash with bacon, onions, and shallots (a traditional Gullah/Charleston, SC recipe by Daniel Cureton who hails from that part of the world), BBQ-ed ribs, and chicken mole enchiladas.

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Lughnasadh 2016, altar, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, harvests of the Society garden l to r: baquieu and romaine lettuce; yellow squash; anaheim, serran, and shishito peppers; okra; shallots; onions; parsley, dill, and oregano herbs. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, altar with harvests l to r: romaine lettuce, yellow squash, anaheim, serrano, and shishito peppers; okra; tomatoes; shallots; onions; parsley. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, cornmeal and buttercream muffins, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, fruit jam from fruit tree harvests l to r: apricot mango, apricot oregon grape, plum, and plum apriocot, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, April Love lighting south candle, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Daniel Cureton, and April Love, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, preparing sauteed squash with bacon, onion and shallot (from garden), Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, feast: chicken mole enchiladas with guacamole, ribs with mustard bbq sauce, and sauteed squash, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Satanic Temple-Utah Chapter has been up and running since February of 2016. Holding regular open meetings at the public library, they have encouraged the community to think rationally and to consider the separation of church and state.

The temple hosted an unbaptism for Salt Lake City on Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 7-10pm at club metro. Cost was $10 at the door. Participants were required  to sign their soul over to Satan, which protected the event from those unworthy of being unbaptized (meaning protesters). About thirty people participated, dipping hands in dry ice, having upside down crosses painted on their forehead in fake blood, or being lit on fire (members of the temple).Those conducting the rites were in ritual regalia (or none), with Baphomet watching in the background. Sketch Cabaret of Salt Lake City helped provide entertainment. The chapter head of Arizona, Stu De Haan, participated in the rite in support of the Utah Chapter.

From TST’s Facebook, they posted about the unbaptism

“Within many theocratic constructs, baptism is both the key to one’s salvation and a claim placed by the church on its members. This claim is purposefully imposed on infants or children too young to understand what is being asked of them, who are expected to forever be subservient to the theocracy of their upbringing. It is a vow to never question or seek out truth, a complete relinquishment of personal power, and a lifetime of servitude to a vengeful dictator. 

But here, now, we stand before you and embrace the name of Satan not as a deity but as a symbol of rebellion against these impositions. A claiming back of our inherent right to personal sovereignty and morality. We are here to shed ourselves of our previous submissions and in doing so, we are reborn into our chosen life led by Satanic ideals of liberty, justice, benevolence, empathy, and common sense.”

The event had been well advertised, with flyers posted around the city from original artwork done by one of the core council member Autumn Rogers and online with digital art done by the art director of the Arizona chapter Morgan Elizabeth. The temple hopes to make it an annual event.

(Photos used by permission of The Satanic Temple-Utah Chapter)

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Flyer for The Satanic Temple-Utah Chapter done by Autumn Rogers

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Flyer for The Satanic Temple-Utah Chapter Unbaptism event by Morgan Elizabeth of the Arizona Chapter.

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, Unbaptism, Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, l to r back: Chalice Blythe, Nathaniel, Autumn Rogers (mask), Stu De Haan (end), Unbaptism, Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, Unbaptism, Stu De Haan (left center) and Nathaniel (right center), set on fire, Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, Unbaptism, Chalice Blythe (center) and Autumn Rogers (mask), Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Satanic Temple-Utah, Unbaptism, l to r: Chalice Blythe, participant, Autumn Rogers, Sunday, July 24, 2016, Club Metro, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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A little summer kitchen magic! Jam Making… that’s what the members of SLPS did for their July full moon, known as the Buck moon when young buck’s antlers grow and come in, on Saturday, July 17, 2016.

The apricots and Oregon grapes used for the jam mix had come from the Society’s own back yard. The apricots and grapes were processed and heated with lemon juice and pectin. Sugar was added and a roiling boil achieved. The jars and lids were heated in a water bath to prevent bursting from the heat differential. The jars were filled and set upside to seal the lids while they cooled. After 5 hours, the society output 23 mason jars of apricot Oregon grape jam! The taste is sweet yet wild. Delicious!

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July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-Stesha Bowden (l) and Ashton Longhurst cutting apricots, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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July 2016 Full Buk Moon Ritual, jam making-Oregon grapes, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-apricots and Oregon grapes processed, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-cooking apricot and Oregon grape jam mix and bathing jars, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-Daniel Cureton stirring jam mix, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-set up, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-filling jam jar, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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July 2016 Full Buck Moon Ritual, jam making-jam jars sealing and cooling, Saturday, July 17, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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A new meeting took place Sunday, July 10, 2016 for the druid community. President Cureton formed a Facebook group after noticing there wasn’t a group in Utah for the druids. One of the members took action and planned a simply picnic with ritual. Those who attended had a fabulous time in the early July morning, finding joy in community and meeting other druids. “Druids in Utah tend to be alone in the woods (pun intended). So few meet ups, rituals, or other activities. It all tends to be centered around witches, wiccans, and trad craft. There was a group that folded a few years ago, Nine Silver Hazels, and one or two Celtic reconstruction groups here, but they are secret. In total I only know about 10 druids in the state and about half of them are ADF (Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship)”, said president Cureton.

SLPS looks forward to the new growth and outreach to come. President Cureton also started a local home circle called Awen, Oak, and Sage (also Facebook) from AODA (Ancient Order of Druids in America) for those interested in revivalist Welsh druidry.

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Utah Druid Community meetup l to r: Seth and Kay Mildenhall, Josh Williams, Christina Neville, Sunday, July 10, 2016, Warm Springs Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS has 20 fruit and nuts trees, with lots of variety. Apple, plum, peach, pears, nectarine, apple, almond, and apricot! Blueberry bushes, Oregon grape, and concord grape as well as strawberries abound.  The apricots and Oregon grape came in and have been pick off one tree, ready to be made into homemade jam. SLPS has a long tradition of jamming it’s fruits, but sometimes so many come in that the trees have to be propped for support!

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Fruit gathering for homemade jam making,apricot tree supported with boards due to so much fruit, Sunday, July 10, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Fruit gathering for homemade jam making, Daniel Cureton getting apricots, Sunday, July 10, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Fruit gathering for homemade jam making, gathering Oregon grapes, Sunday, July 10, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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