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The Salt Lake Pagan Society is pleased to announce the publication of vol 2 of its literary journal Enheduanna. Vol. 2 continues with its goal of promoting creative literary and writing spaces in the contemporary Pagan community. This volume has returning and new authors, with over 20 from around the world contributing their works. Featured work is part 2 of “The Sacred Faeires’ Chronicles”: journal entries published for the first time detailing the history of the Sacred Faery group of Pagans in Utah from 1989-1993. Vol. 2 includes essays, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, and short fiction.

Languages included in this issue: English and Spanish.

Price is $14.99 and flat rating shipping worldwide. Hardcover book ships from China.

Go to our sister website enheduannajournal.com to get your copy today or click here!

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The Salt Lake Pagan Society is pleased to announce its literary journal, Enhedunna, has been offered to be included in EBSCO products. “EBSCO is one of the primary vendors of databases for libraries and research. EBSCO will index the journal, having a PDF file on their servers. Enheduanna will live on forever, accessible to millions of people and thousands of libraries that subscribe to their products.” said president Cureton who also happens to be a librarian. A substantial feat, only in its second year. SLPS is humbled and gratified that the journal is being so recognized for its literary and scholastic achievement, adding legitimacy to the scholastic study of Paganism.

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The 15th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day took place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Liberty Park in downtown Salt Lake City. Over 30 vendors came to celebrate Pagan pride, build community, share goods, services, and fellowship.

The change in venue was a necessary step in the progression, health, and building of Pagan pride. Returning it to Salt Lake City limits allowed for more access, more people to stroll through, and provided the opportunity to build awareness of Paganism. Traffic came from all over the park, as passers by, people who lived near Liberty, and overflow from the 9th and 9th Street Fair happening at the same time.

The opening ritual was performed by Crone’s Hollow, who chanted and welcomed the first timers into the community, encircling them and encouraging the old Pagans to give hugs and handshakes to the new people. Music was heard and dancers performed continually throughout the day, with a mix of country and rock. Bands like Ceol Realm and Maiden Voyage with Bellydancing by Thia and Shadow of the Moon. Several workshops took place, with president Cureton teaching a workshop on creating Pagan archives.

SLPS had a booth next to Hart’s Heart Clan of Grantsville, a Norse clan. SLPS decorated the booth with Chinese lanterns, coffee, mooncakes, and an altar was set up to Fu, the Chinese folk deity of success, to honor the Harvest Moon that happened on Friday, September 16. Fu did indeed bring the money and success, with many clients coming to the tent for $5 readings. One student of SLCC even interviewed president Cureton for a diversity project about religions in Salt Lake.

The closing rite was performed by Hart’s Hearth Clan who honored Freyja and Freyr, blessing the people with apple juice and a pine bow. Everyone left the festival feeling relieved, happy, and excited. The energy of the day was uplifting, positive, and rooted in togetherness. There was a sense of healing, that the festival provided the community a step in the right direction to heal old wounds and to move forward in fellowship. Many old Pagans commented on the change, and how everyone left with smiles. All the vendors were happy with the success of the day, committing to returning next year.

The new steering committee and leadership of Pagan Pride wanted to be more inclusive, so they invited non Pagan vendors such as the Utah Chapter of the Horror Writers Association to connect Pagans to resources and opportunities in the community. UCHWA helps writers write, edit, and has publishing opportunities. They were very happy, “We loved it, we sold many books and all of the 2nd anthology we published last year that we brought we us. Many folks are interested in joining. We’ll be back next year!” Commented Cody Langille.

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Rita Morgan (white center), Opening ritual, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Rita Morgan (white center), Opening ritual, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Rita Morgan (white center), Opening ritual, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Rita Morgan (white center), Opening ritual, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, opening ritual, Tamara Gold (center brown), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, opening ritual, Tamara Gold (center brown), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, registration booth, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, registration booth, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, announcements, ASL translator, Debra Hurst (right), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, announcements, ASL translator, Debra Hurst (right), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Lei Loni Middleton (middle), SLPS booth, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Lei Loni Middleton (middle), SLPS booth, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, altar with Fu, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT —

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, altar with Fu, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, altar with Fu, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, altar with Fu, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendor booth (looking NW), Saturday, vendor booth (looking NW), September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendor booth (looking NW), Saturday, vendor booth (looking NW), September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths (looking NE), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths (looking NE), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths (looking SE), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths (looking SE), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths (looking N), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendor booths (looking N), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Temple of Isis booth, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Temple of Isis booth, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Bellydancing by Thia dancers, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT —

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Bellydancing by Thia dancers, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, festival (looking NE), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, festival (looking NE), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, closing rith with Hart's Hearth Clan, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, closing rith with Hart’s Hearth Clan, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Closing ritual with Hart's Hearth Clan, atlar, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Closing ritual with Hart’s Hearth Clan, atlar, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, closing ritual with Hart's Hearth Clan, cirlce, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT —

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, closing ritual with Hart’s Hearth Clan, cirlce, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT —

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Saturday, Rex Juhlin (center right), September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Saturday, Rex Juhlin (center right), September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Rex Juhlin (l), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Rex Juhlin (l), Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Rex Juhlin (l) and Debra Hurst offering sacred oath, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Rex Juhlin (l) and Debra Hurst offering sacred oath, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, after festival dinner, nabeyaki udon noodles at Kyoto, Saturday, September 17, 2016, Liberty Park, 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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Sometimes the good ole church fair is in full swing and you gotta check out the goods. SLPS attended the Annual Carmelite fair, put on by the nuns of the Carmelite Monastery in Holladay, UT on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

The fair was full of goods, food, music, and beer. The monastery and grounds are set back and hidden off of Holladay Blvd. Parking was slim, but a brisk walk along the Blvd provided a good pep for the SLPS members. The grounds were serene and beautiful, with gardens and a large statue of Our Blessed Mother Virgin Mary.

The festival had about 4,000 attendees eating, shopping, and listening to the live music. The entry was free, but “Carmelite Cash” was required to purchase items (converted at a cash booth). SLPS browsed the religious good and textiles and picked up a wall plaque of the Holy Mother Virgin Mary, a Swarovski crystal rosary, and a print of Our Lady Saint Guadalupe, adding to the eclectic temple space.

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Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, sign, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, general store, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, crowds and Ashton Longhurst (right green) and Lauren Holman (right white) Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT —

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Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, caremlite cafeteria, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, live band with monastery in back right, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Carmelite Monastery Fair 2015, Mary garden statue, Sunday, September 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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