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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.

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Yule 2016, altar with pine tree, Saturday, December 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2016, Cernunnos, Saturday, December 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2016, altar, Saturday, December 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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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.

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Mabon 2016, Circle, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, altar to Cernunnos, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, oak wands, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

 

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Mabon 2016, Ashton Longuurst and Daniel Cureton (r), Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, Ashton Longuurst and Daniel Cureton (r), Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, ancestors in the mountains, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, Horus on the horizon, Saturday, September 24, 2016, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mabon 2016, Egyptian tarot reading with Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, September 24, 2016, El Farol Restaurant, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2016, tacos and chimichanga, Saturday, September 24, 2016, El Farol Restaurant, Salt Lake City, UT

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A new meeting took place Sunday, July 10, 2016 for the druid community. President Cureton formed a Facebook group after noticing there wasn’t a group in Utah for the druids. One of the members took action and planned a simply picnic with ritual. Those who attended had a fabulous time in the early July morning, finding joy in community and meeting other druids. “Druids in Utah tend to be alone in the woods (pun intended). So few meet ups, rituals, or other activities. It all tends to be centered around witches, wiccans, and trad craft. There was a group that folded a few years ago, Nine Silver Hazels, and one or two Celtic reconstruction groups here, but they are secret. In total I only know about 10 druids in the state and about half of them are ADF (Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship)”, said president Cureton.

SLPS looks forward to the new growth and outreach to come. President Cureton also started a local home circle called Awen, Oak, and Sage (also Facebook) from AODA (Ancient Order of Druids in America) for those interested in revivalist Welsh druidry.

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Utah Druid Community meetup l to r: Seth and Kay Mildenhall, Josh Williams, Christina Neville, Sunday, July 10, 2016, Warm Springs 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 Wheel turned and the time of the Ancestors was upon us! In the SLPS tradition, we do not only work with them at Samhain (pronounced Souw Win, not Sam Hane), but throughout the year. Even so, Samhain is THE time for the kindred and ancestral workings.

SLPS performed their personal coven rite on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8pm. This was necessary as SLPS also was to perform a public rite. Private group workings as well as personal work is an important component as it allows for self work and the members to bond together, express higher emotions, and be comfortable instead of having onlookers or worrying about strangers energies.

The right on October 24 went splendidly, with a homemade death by chocolate cake being the main cake, and bloody Mary’s for the wine. Osiris and Arianrhod were invoked as the patrons of the rite. The ancestors were called in with the song Samhain by Lisa Thiel on her album “Circle of the Seasons”. To calm the energies, the song Shanti (Peace Out) by MC Yogi on his album Elephant Power was played to bring everyone back and dismiss the dead. Feastings afterwards were spiced apple cider and Puerto Rican spaghetti.

SLPS was asked to conduct a public rite on Halloween for the Pagan shop As Above So Below in Roy, UT. SLPS gladly accepted. With a count of 45 people, the rite proceeded at 8:30. The archangels invoked in the quarters, the barriers thrown up, the song Samhain by Lisa Thiel was played after the ancestors were invoked to join the circle under the watch oft he High Priest Daniel Cureton and High Priestess April Love. Deities present were Cerridween, Arianrhod, Hades, and Osiris. HP Daniel Cureton performed a druid rite to Cerridwen, the ancestors, and the fall season. A toast with the coven chalice full of wine was passed around the room before the closing and pot luck feastings.

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Samhain 2015, altar, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, altar center, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Camille Harris (l) and Lauren Holman, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Donotello- a temple cat guarding the ritual space, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Ashton Longhurst (l) and April Love, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, bloody Mary ritual drink, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Death by chocolate cake made by Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, glasses prepared for bloody Mary drinks, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2015, Puerto Rico meatball spaghetti for the feast, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Public Samhain 2015, l to r: Tarisa Cooper, Daniel Cureton, and C.C. Delgado, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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Public Samhain 2015, altar with cow skull, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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Public Samhain 2015, crowds seated at ceremony with Daniel Cureton (r) and Lauren Holman (far right), As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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Public Samhain 2015, feast, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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