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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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The members of SLPS gathered together to celebrate the New Moon and to honor the tradition of Hanukkah in Judaism on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm. For the last several years SLPS has been participating in the the ceremony, with the lighting of the hanukiah and serving treats such as latkes and sparking cider.

Sekhmet, the Egyptian lion Goddess and Cernunnos, Celtic Lord of the Underworld, were called in along with the Kin to guide the members on the drum meditation. A smokeless flame was provided for trance work.

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December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, l to r: April Love, Lauren Holman, Ashton Longhurst, Camille Harris, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, altar, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, latkas, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, smokeless meditation fire, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, hanukiah lit for the 7th night, Goddes Sekhmet (l) and God Cernunnos, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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December 2015 Hanukkah New Moon Ritual, hanukiah on mantle, Saturday, December 12, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS gathered together to celebrate the Winter Solstice, known as Yule or Alban Arthuan on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 6pm. The altar was decorated for Yule and a special Hanukkiah adorned the altar. The ritual started with Yule poetry. Everyone then presented gifts and honored Cernunnos, the lord of light and dark, Oak and Holly, born of the Goddess. He spoke to the members and blessed them for being present at his return. The Holly king’s power peaks at the time of year, gives way to the god of the waxing year, the Oak King, who will reign till Midsummer.

The reading of the traditional Hanukkah prayers and lighting of the candles took place. A traditional Yule log cake was the center cake, freshly bought from World Market. Bear foot pinot noir filled the glasses of the members. The Yule feastings included gorgonzola stuffed chicken, funeral potatoes, and potato soup.

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On Friday, October 31, 2014, SLPS met to give acknowledgement and speak with the honored dead! Halloween lanterns decorated the trees, with witches’ hat candle holders on the table with painted pumpkins among other Halloween decorations. The sugar skull topped the altar, painted last week as part of the Samhain decorations, bringing in the tradition of Saint Death and Day of the Dead festivities.

A small ceremony was held in which the ancestors of those gone to the grave, were welcomed back to the world of the living, for a few brief moments to speak to their living Kin. Hounds were heard in the distance barking madly at the moment the gates were opened, only to be calmed when they left. Reports of fathers, aunts, and animals were seen around the temple. The offerings to the Goddess Hekate and the God Cernunnos who died at this time, to be reborn at Yule. Offerings were wine and hazelnut cookies, offered in the Baron La Croix bowl.

Samhain is also the last harvest holiday before snow falls, bringing in the gourds, pumpkins, and last fruits of the season such as apples, parsnips, cabbage, and berries. A feast in honor the dead was held with foods such as chicken mole enchiladas and jalapeno bean salad with wine.

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The Wheel turned and Mabon came upon us. The members of SLPS gathered to celebrate the Fall Equinox on Saturday, September 20, 2014, known as Mabon and Alban Eiler, to honor the Gods, Goddess, and the coming Dark Times, when we all turn inward and study the self, inside mysteries and take time alone as the God dies.

The altar was beautifully decorated with the fruits of the season: peaches, plums, apples and flowers. A seasonal table cloth my by Trustee April Love and a Fall Queer God painting by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky adorned the table. Lanterns hung in the trees gave an extra witchy and magical feel to the temple area. The new brooms gave the perfect backdrop to the altar.

The Goddess present was Bast, Cat God of Egypt, one who walks between worlds, and Cernunnos, Celtic Lord of Light and Dark.  The ritual included a lighting of the lamp, signaling the light within during the dark, and a Ganesh birthday celebration. Shortbread cookies with jam were offered Ganesh and the song “Ganesh (Sound the Horn)” by MC Yogi was played in his honor.

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