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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.

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Samhain 2016, painting sugar skulls, April Love and Ashton Longhurst (r), Friday, October 28, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, Jack-O-Lantern from the garden, Friday, October 28, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, Ashton Longhurst with Jack-O-Lantern, Friday, October 28, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, chershire cat carved pumpkin, Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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Samhain 2016, April Love and Ashton Longhurst (r), Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, ritual altar, Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, altar center with bloody marys and painted sugar skull Frankenstein, Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2016, ritual- Veles on altar, Saturday, October 29, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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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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The members of SLPS met on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm to celebrate the union of the Lord and Lady in matrimony and at the Beltane wedding. The Maypole was unwoven from 2014 and set up on the lawn. Flowers from the garden adorned the altar as well as the great rite statue and queer gods painting.

Poetry honoring the Gods was read. The great rite was performed, the uniting of the blade and chalice, by the high priest and high priestess, offering up white zinfandel wine. Beltane was played by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons as the members danced and wove the ribbons on 2016’s pole. As the members drank wine and relaxed, two morning doves flew into the trees, issuing calls to the members and giving the sign that the Lord and Lady was present.

The feasting included homemade drunken German Chocolate cake, beef stroganov, and noodles.

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Beltane 2016, Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, unraveling 2014’s Maypole weaving l to r: Camille Harris, Ashton Longhurst, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, Maypole, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, altar, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, altar center, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, dancing around the Maypole l to r: April Love, Ashton Longhurst, Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving, l to r: Camille Harris, Ashton Longhurs, Daniel Cureton, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving l to r: Camille Harris, Daniel Cureton, Ashton Longhurst, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, feast: homemade drunken German chocolate cake, peas, beef stroganov, noodle, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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The members of SLPS met under the beautiful full moon Saturday, April 23, 2016 to honor the mother Goddess Gaia in honor of Earth Day Blooming blueberry bushes adorned the altar, with offerings of juice and apples for the Mother.

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April Full Pink Moon Altar, Goddess Gaia with blueberry bushes, Saturday, April 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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