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SLPS enjoyed a pleasant, hot day at Liberty Park at the 16th Annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The day was clear, with a bright shining sun. President Cureton opened the festivities with a morning druid ritual to the Celtic sun god Lugh at 10am. Twenty five people gathered, hands were raised, and the drinking horn passed around in offering to open the wallets of customers, promote inclusivity, and all around good Pagan community.

A steady flow of patrons came through the park. SLPS read tarot and palms. It was very hot at points in the afternoon, and the food vendor failed to show, but frozen ice cones cooled those in the park. About twenty five vendors showed from across Utah and Montana. Raven Digitalis was present signing his newly released booked Esoteric Empathy: A Magickal and Metaphysical Guide to Sensitivity. He led the closing right, an alchemical ceremony to Baphomet at 5pm.

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, open druid ritual to Lugh, Raven Digitalis in brown, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendors looking west, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendors, looking southwest, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, SLPS Booth looking south, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, vendors looking southeast, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, open ritual area looking southwest, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Raven Digitalis signing books, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Raven Digitalis and Daniel Cureton, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, people in the SLPS booth, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, closing ritual to Baphomet, Raven Digitalis center brown, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City 16th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Raven Digitalis leading closing ritual to Baphomet, Saturday, August 12, 2017, Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT

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We are very sad we lost a pine tree in the storm yesterday. Winds knocked it into the neighbors yard and patio, thankfully away from all houses. We had be nurturing, watering, and trimming the tree for years to strengthen it but it just went. We’ll have the cut the one next to it down as well as it’s just as vulnerable. Sad to loose two pines. We will have one left in the temple, but we can make fire wood with the down trees. The area will be reused for native trees and plants. It’s still a shock though to loose a friend. It gave us many beautiful experiences as it watched over our temple area as seen from our Midsummer 2014 photo.

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Fallen Pine tree, Sunday, March 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2014 temple area showing Pine tree in all its glory.

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The society met to honor the return of the Yule King, born again the longest night, and to give thanks for the blessings of 2016. The Oak King now reigns till Midsummer. A special snow covered pine tree adorned the altar. The members sang “Yule” by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons and prayed to the Celtic God Cernunnos. The offering was a home made chocolate raspberry yule log cake.

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Yule 2016, altar with pine tree, Saturday, December 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2016, Cernunnos, Saturday, December 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2016, altar, Saturday, December 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, 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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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 celebrated Midsummer Saturday, June 18, 2016. The members gathered on freshly cut grass, and under the grove of the pines at the temple. The sun was low in the sky, allowing for a cool evening. President Daniel Cureton led the ritual in the New American tradition. The Oak and Holly Kings were present, as well as Hern and Perun. SLPS honors the transitioning of the year from the Oak King to the Holly King at Midsummer, as the sun’s zenith is reached and starts to descend to the longest night at Yule.

A dialogue about Midsummer, the path of the sun, and why it’s important to do solar rites took place. Some hand holding and dancing around the altar to the song “Litha” on the album Circle of the Seaons by Lisa Thiel allowed the members to raise energy. Some Midsummer poetry, Sign of the Daisy by Helen Hunt Jackson was read.

Perun, the patriarch of the Slavic pantheon, descended and spoke to everyone present. Perun rules over lightning, thunder, fire, oak, eagle and the ax or hammer. He gave a message of love, acceptance and inclusion, speaking about the forgotten myth, messages, and the simple ways of living like a Slav (bear meat, mushrooms, cabbage, the woods). He said how lonely he gets, with no one to talk with, no one patroning the pantheon like they once did. He encouraged everyone to love each person, work by the sun and moon, to embrace the messages of the ancient kindred, and to live simply as the Slavs did. He blessed them and accepted everyone into his family.  This message was a first, as SLPS welcomed him to the temple as a new God just arrived from the Czech Republic.

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Midsummer 2016, Ashton Longhurst (l) and Camille Harriss making tri tip steak kababs, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2016, altar, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2016, altar center, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2016, Perun, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2016, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Stesha Bowden, Camille Harris, April Love, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2016, Sunset, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2016, feast l to r: steak kababs, deviled eggs, rice salad, baked purple cauliflower with Stesha Bowden (l) and Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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