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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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Some magic and precision was needed after Thanksgiving. The members of SLPS met under the Full moon Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 8pm to call upon the maiden goddess Artemis, to lend them strength, clarity, and precision to achieve their goals. The full moon is a great time to work powerful rites of any type of magic, especially when they are in need.

Some folks take into account the astrological position of the moon in the signs, the type of seasonal moon, time of day, day of the week and month. All of which can be used to forward and empower the spells performed. This particular moon helped a few members re-empower themselves and ask for clarity to find their goals.

After the ceremony, a friendly game of monopoly was played, with Ashton Longhurst winning with just two sets of property! Watch for those Scorpios, they will win in the end!

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November Full Moon 2015, altar with Artemis, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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November Full Moon 2015, l to r: (cats) Pie, Tommy, Robby, And Apirl Love, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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November Full Moon 2015, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Lauren Holman, Camille Harris, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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November Full Moon 2015, full moon gaming, Monopoly with Ashton Longhurst (l) and Camille Harris, Saturday, November 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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While President Cureton was away in Africa, The members of SLPS gathered to celebrate the Dark Moon on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8pm. Magical rites, honoring the dark Goddesses and Gods, sending peace and safety to President Cureton abroad.

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Dark Moon November 2015, altar, Saturday, November 6, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT

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Dark Moon November 2015, L to r: Lauren Holman, April Love, Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, November 6, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT

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Ever been curious about Wicca? Don’t know where to get started with you altar, spells, and magic? Come on out to our 101 class and learn the basics of Wicca, history, ritual, and how to use your altar!

The text we will be using is “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham.

Cost is $10: Pay through Paypal: slpagansociety@gmail.com or cash or card at the door.

SLPS Wicca 101 Class Flyer August 2015

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The new moon was upon us! SLPS met under the watchful eye of Artemis on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10pm, to meditate, set goals, and welcome back a member who had been away for the summer. The ritual was dedicated to the new moon goddess of the hunt, Greek Artemis. Her arrows will hit the target of our goals and let them wax full as the moon does. The offerings included Martinelli’s apple cider and chocolate, in honor of Lauren Holman’s return from India. Midnight Moon chili was the after ritual treat for Lauren, being one of her favorite dishes.

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New Moon Ritual August 2015, skull ancestral candle, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon Ritual August 2015, Lauren Holman (l) and Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon Ritual August 2015, meditation fire, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon Ritua, altar,l August 2015, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon Ritual August 2015, chocolate cake offering, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City,

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New Moon Ritual August 2015, Midnight Moon chili, Saturday, August 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Each month brings the new phases of the moon, a chance to work powerful magic by the moon light and with the Gods and Goddess. Join today if you want to study the mysteries of nature and learn moon magic. We do spells and workings each month.

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