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Summerland Spirit Festival 2013
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Free Spirit Gathering 2013: Many Paths
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Between the Worlds: An Interfaith Esoteric Conference
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Summer Solstice Ritual, SF Ocean Beach
Summerland Spirit Festival 2012
Toon Town’s Pagan Summer Fest: A Ten Year Long Dream
Mabon with Blackberry Circle
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Michigan Midwest Bazaar and Witches Ball
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Starwood Festival 2011 (A Review by Oberon Zell)
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The New Orleans Witches' Ball
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St. Louis Pagan Picnic
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Summerland Spirit Festival 2011: The Initiation of a Community
2011 Midwest Witches Ball and Bazaar
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43rd Annual Gathering of the Tribes
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Midwest Witches' Ball 2010
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The Sacred Space Conference and Winterfest Banquet
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
Sacred Harvest Festival 2008
The Land Institute Prairie Festival 2008
Sacred Harvest Festival 2008; The Fool's Journey, Breaking the Hermetic Seal
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4th of July Pagan Religious Rights Rally and Ritual and Chesapeake Pagan Community Summer Gathering
Sirius Rising 2007: Making Connections
The 12th Annual Halloween Festival London UK
Louisville Pagan Pride Day
Central Vermont Lughnasadh Festival
2nd Annual Children's Camp
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Southeast Women's Herbal Conference
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Canadian National Pagan Conference
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Rally for Religious Freedom
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Chesapeake Pagan Community Gathering: Dancing with Devas 2006
WitchFest Wales, 2006
Pagan Pride Day - Metro Detroit
Rochester Pagan Pride Day
The 2006 Between the Worlds Men's Gathering
Hellfire Caves Ritual
Beltaine 2006: A Pagan Odyssey
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Starwood XXV: Feelin' the Love
Persephone's Masquerade: The 4th Annual OHF Spring Ball
Pictures from New Orleans
Sirius Rising 2005: Restoring the Balance
Harvest Home 2005: Magick, Imagination, and Love
Spirit's Haven in the Woods
Inner Mysteries Intensive with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
People of Beauty, People of Peace: CPC Summer Gathering 2005
Mid-Atlantic Pagan Alliance’s Wicked Awesome Lugh Beach Party
WES Raises Funds for Katrina Victims
Adirondack Pagan Pride Day
The 2005 Between The Worlds Men's Gathering
WytcheHaven Weekend 2
Midsummer's Haven in the Woods
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Sun Stave Circle Beltane|
Author: Rev. Heron, MTR
Posted: May 2nd. 2004
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Location: Riverton, Utah
Event Date(s): May 1st. 2004
If I had a dollar for every time I have heard the question "Are there really Pagans in Utah?" then I'd be a happy witch. The answer, of course, is YES, and today over 115 of us celebrated Beltane! We arrived at high noon at the Riverton Homestead where our gracious host and hostess had thoughtfully posted a ren-fair style pole flag with the word Beltane painted on it.
Making our way to the back of the house, we were greeted with a huge, luscious expanse of two acres of green grass with the 16 foot Maypole erected at one end. Everyone was busy laying out picnic blankets, getting chairs set up, and relaxing a bit before we got started.
There was some excitement around a small table near the food tents, the Church of the Sacred Circle had brought some beautiful themed baskets of goodies to raffle as a fund-raiser for their Sacred Earth Fund. We bought a few tickets and kissed them for good luck. (I wanted to win the Ritual Bath basket, but my husband Sean was secretly hoping for the Massage basket, I am sure!)
It was a gorgeous warm day, with blue skies and the mountains looming close in the clear air. We spent some time chatting with friends and then the announcement came to gather for circle! We passed the Bel-fire at the entrance to circle and then it was time for a powerful druidic Elemental and Spirit calling in Gaelic by our host. Small squares of green paper held our wishes and were burned in the Bel-fire while we were preparing for the Maypole dance.
Over 100 multi-colored ribbons were tied to the wreath atop the sculptured tip of the Maypole, and some time was spent distributing ribbons around the circle. The most recently-wedded couple became our King and Queen of the May, and came to the center of circle to help collect the energies of the dance that they would release later that night.
A short explanation was given on how to weave the ribbons, and then we were off! Around and around, in and out, the weave tightened on the pole and we danced and sang and drummed until the deed was done and the King and Queen of the May were bound together. (and there was much rejoicing...)
After some short community announcements, the release of the King and Queen, the passing of the staff and the grounding of circle, we returned to the picnic area. The raffle tickets were pulled, (we didn't win) foodstuffs were barbecued, kids played and the rest of us whiled the afternoon away in the warm sun.
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