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SLPS enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon September 25, 2016 gathering Elder berries in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT. A friend of the society took us on the afternoon gathering, driving up to a select location along the road among the Aspen forests. Traipsing through the underbrush, the Elder berry bushes were in many spots, rising some 10 feet into the air with the berries dangling before the gatherers. The whiter the berry, the sweeter the juice is how it goes, but always leave some berries for next year if there aren’t any green ones left as the dears also eat the berries.

A trip to the river refreshed everyone. While walking back to the car, President Cureton stumbled upon a Mountain Ash, also known as Rowan, containing bright red berries. What delicious jam all these berries will make!

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, view at canyon, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, view in canyon looking south west, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, Elder berries on tree with Ashton Longhurst (l) and Lei Loni Middleton, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, Daniel Cureton (north view), Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, in the Aspen forest l to r: Rachel Figueroa, Ashton Longhurst, Lei Loni Middleton, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, river with Lei Loni Middleton (l) and Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, Lei Loni Middleton with Rowan berries, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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SLPS celebrated Mabon in Big Cottonwood Canyon Saturday, September 24, 2016, under the shade of an oak and the watchful eyes of the land spirits and ancestors of the mountains. Cernunnos was honored with wine, acorns, lavender sage, and apples. Poetry was read, and the members listened to “Mabon” from the album Cycle of the Seasons by Lisa Thiel. The setting sun created a magical atmosphere in which Cernunnos emerged from the forest to bless those present. Natural oak wands added the right touch to the fall season.

The after Mabon feast was tacos at El Farol restaurant in Midvale. Egyptian tarot readings gave everyone guidance for the dark times ahead.

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Mabon 2016, Circle, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, altar to Cernunnos, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, oak wands, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

 

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Mabon 2016, Ashton Longuurst and Daniel Cureton (r), Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, Ashton Longuurst and Daniel Cureton (r), Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, ancestors in the mountains, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, Horus on the horizon, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, Egyptian tarot reading with Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, September 24, 2016, El Farol Restaurant, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2016, tacos and chimichanga, Saturday, September 24, 2016, El Farol Restaurant, Salt Lake City, UT

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In the best interest of the organization, SLPS has decided to open its old model for membership, allowing for general members.┬áThere is still an application and interview, but the membership fee is now just $25.┬áBeing a general member means there is no application for clergy candidacy, no application for the degree system, and a minimum attendance requirement for the 8 sabbats. Instead of an ethics test, general members agree to a code of conduct. This should help those who in the past who couldn’t join, but can now get full membership in the organization and participate in all activities except leadership.

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Society garden has started to produce melons and herbs. Peppers are still flowing, pumpkins growing, and tomatoes dropping on the vines. In full steam, so much to produce that the members of SLPS can’t keep up!

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Society Garden, drying herbs l to r: oregano, dill, basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, Sunday, September 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden, watermelons, Sunday, September 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, Watermelon and Armenian, September 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, artichoke in bloom, Monday, September 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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