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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.
Posted in Pagan, Ritual, Sabbat, wicca, witchcraft, tagged garden, halloween, pumpkin carving, ritual, Samhain 2016, Slavic Paganism, sugar skull painting, tri tip steak, Veles on October 30, 2016| Leave a Comment »
SLPS celebrated Samhain Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Temple of the Sun and Moon. The altar was set with Samhain decorations. Pumpkins from the garden gave the right touch of the season, the final harvest, to the altar of life and death.
Veles, the Slavic god of the underworld was invoked as the primary deity. Sitting between spinal column candles, representative of the dead, Veles opened the door and allowed the beloved Kin to visit as the members sang along to “Samhain” from the album Cycle of the Seasons by Lisa Thiel. Bloody Mary’s and maple cookies were offered, in symbol of the body and blood of sacrifice and gratitude.
the feasts included apple pear salad, tri tip steak, and potatoes au gratin.
Posted in druidry, Pagan, Ritual, Sabbat, shamanism, witchcraft, tagged Ancestors, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Cernunnos, Cycle of the Seasons, El Farol, Mabon 2016, mountain spirits, tacos, tarot reading on September 24, 2016| Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in diversity, Pagan, palms, religion, Ritual, Tarot, Vending, tagged Bellydancing by Thia, Ceol Realm, Creating Pagan Archives, crones hollow, Fu, harts hearth clan, Harvest Moon, healing, Liberty Park, Maiden Voyage, Mooncakes, new venue, ritual, Salt Lake City 15th Annual Pagan Pride Day, Tarot readings, Utah Horror Writers on September 18, 2016| Leave a Comment »
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.