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Salt Lake Pagan Society
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Salt Lake City, Utah
Key Contact: Baron
Spiritual Path: Cunningham Wicca/Eclectic
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: What Tradition is the Society
The Society is coven with a degree system and ordination. The Cunningham Tradition, formed by president Cureton, takes the core of the Scott Cunningham’s work and put them into practice. His teachings are overlaid with other teachings from various contemporary authors such as druids, shamans, and high magicians to create a mix and balanced approach to Nature spirituality. With activities, rituals, and hands on training, each degree focuses on a different aspect of self and element, taking you through each of the elements from most dense to most ethereal.
Who is Qualified?
Any person seeking admission regardless of race, class, gender, gender identity/expression, economic status, sexuality orientation, religion, education, and who is of sound mind, body, and soul. A basic belief in deity, in some fashion is required. It is ok to be exploring the path of Paganism, but it is expected that you will have already developed a faith, belief, or knowledge in a higher power and have come seeking the specific mysteries of the Society in the Cunningham Tradition.
Honesty and being a person of good ethics is also required. Those interested in Wicca, Witchcraft, Druidry, Shamanism, Nature, Magic, Meditation, the Occult, Service, Metaphysics, Fun, and the study of the Mystic Arts as a student will find they will fit in naturally.
Who is not Qualified?
Those seeking a social club. While social aspects are abundant in the Society, we are here to Work. Those whose intentions are to corrupt, disrupt, back bite, not of good ethical standards, seeking power to control others for their own gain, gain titles for ill use, stir the cauldron or otherwise cause problems in, among or through the Society.
Persons not believing in the divine in some fashion, as well as Left-Hand path Pagans. The focus on the Society is Right-hand paths such as Druidry, Shamanism, Witchcraft, Norse, Egyptian, Hindu, Greek, Native American, Aztec, High Magic, and specifically Wicca according to Scott Cunningham.
Also those with Cat/Dog/Bee allergies will find it very hard to participate as there are many temple cats, beehives and a dog. Many activities take place inside, so if you have allergies, be ready to take appropriate medication for allergies to these pets.
What can I Expect?
You can expect the highest level of sincerity, honesty, and inclusion by the officers and members of the society. A membership certificate and welcome letter if approved. Group, one on one, as well as independent study and practice of the mysteries. Opportunities to practice the mysteries, make crafts, enjoy movie nights, game nights, sewing classes, book club, dinners, nature walks and all sort of fun activities along your new journey. We are tight knight and closed community, so you can expect to find a safety net and new family if you join.
How Intense is the Degree Training?
The training is designed for personal work and focuses on the three areas of self: physical, practical, spiritual. It is writing intensive and is designed to give you training with options, and exposure to a number of areas in magic, spirituality, the occult, community, self work, and group working. The tradition focuses especially on Earth living and sustainability, spiritual maturity, knowledge of paganism and magic, and serving the community. The later degrees have service hours that will be completed before advancement following degrees. With each degree you receive a certificate of completion and a color cord for the level completed.
What are the Degrees?
THERE ARE THREE DEGREES
Degree 0- Earth Path Candidacy. This is the beginning period a year and a day study with the coven where you demonstrate your desire to study and work, begin to explore the magical side of yourself; it gets you involved with the Living Earth, nature, natural magic, working with the element of earth, being embodied in yourself, present, as well as interacting with your surroundings.
Degree 1- Moon Path. This is the Goddess Path. You learn to work with a goddess of your choice, learn the inner mysterious of the tradition such as meditation, divination, moon magic, working with the element of water, fairies, astrology and phases of the moon.
Degree 2 -Sun Path. This is the God Path. You learn to work with a god of your choice, what the outer mysteries are, solar rites, candle magic, working with the element of fire, high magic, non-leader ritual roles, and writing and designing rituals and getting involved in the community through service hours.
Degree 3- Spirit path. This path is the end of the training and teaches you to continue your studies in the inner and outer mysteries, ritual leadership, receiving spiritual messages for others, working with the element air, leading groups, guiding others on vision quests, starting your own circle, advanced magical practices, drawing down the moon, completing a community service project, aspecting deities and taking on the mantle of High Priest or High Priestess.
What if I Want to be a an Ordained Minister and Marry Couples?
Great! We offer that upon complete of the third degree. We have the right to ordain you. Utah law says in Title 30, Chapter 1 Section 6: “Who may solemnize marriages — Certificate”
(1) Marriages may be solemnized by the following persons only:
(a) ministers, rabbis, or priests of any religious denomination who are:
(i) in regular communion with any religious society; and
(ii) 18 years of age or older;
What If I Don’t Want to be Ordained?
Ok, you don’t have to be! That is just a certificate we grant upon complete of the last degree so that you have the right and entitlement in Utah to perform sacred ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, baby blessings and so on. The third degree is the High Priest/tess degree and entitles you to form you own coven and teach new initiates.
So How Do I Join?
Send in your completed application and application fee and the process will begin. We will evaluate the application and get in touch with you for a personal interview. You can also attend our open monthly meeting at Cafe Solstice. The application is used a way to gauge who you are and if you will success in the Society. The followup interview gives the in person face-to-face meeting. Be honest and sincere in your application, as this only can add to helping your candidacy. After you successfully complete the application, you then sign the Candidacy agreement which beings the year and a day study. If you are denied membership, you may continue to attend the open meeting and events, and reapply with a new application and fee in one year's time.
When do I Start Attending?
If you successfully join, you will take an “Ethics in Magic” class which introduces you to morals and ethics of magical practice. After finishing this, passing the exam, you will be allowed to attend activities.
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