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SLPS gathered to celebrate the Summer Solstice Friday, June 23, 2017. After mowing the lawn, moving logs and stacking firewood, the ritual space was clean and ready. Part of doing ritual is coming together to prepare the space, whether clean or dirty, all parts should be a joint effort with the members.

The Holly King took over for the Oak King, acknowledging the path of the sun as it has reached its zenith and will now descend till Winter Solstice. The members sing “Midsummer” by Heather Alexander and read poetry, “Midsummer” by William Cullen Bryant. Almond marzipan cookies and sweet wine toasted the change of kings. The feast included chicken kebabs, lentils, and rice pilaf.

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Midsummer 2017, altar, Friday, June 23, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2017, f to b: Lei Loni and Rachel Figueroa, Ashton Longhurst, April Love, Friday, June 23, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2017, sunset Friday, June 23, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2017, feast: lentils, rice pilaf, chicken kebabs, June 23, 2017, 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 gathered to celebrate the birth of the Yule King, bringing back the light, Saturday, December 19, 2015. A homemade Yule Log cake, kahlua chocolate made at the Yule crafting Friday, December 18, 2015, adorned the altar. The altar was dressed in seasonal colors, flowers, and ritual items. The take over by the Oak King was acknowledged, who rules from Yule to Midsummer during the waxing light of the Sun as it grows brighter till Midsummer.

Poetry was read for Yule and the members danced around the Yule altar, calling back the light to the song “Bring Back the Light” by Gypsy on her album Enchantress. The feastings after included chipotle buckwheat, Gorgonzola ham stuff chicken breasts, and broccoli.

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Yule Crafting 2015, cake roll, Friday, December 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule Crafting 2015, unrolled Yule log cake, Friday, December 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule Crafting 2015, Ashton Longhurst filling Yule log cake, Friday, December 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2015, Yule log cake, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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Yule 2015, l to r: April Love, Lauren Holman, Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2015, Daniel Cureton, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2015, Altar lit, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2015, altar, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2015, feast: gorgonzola, ham, and cheese breaded chicken, broccoli, and buckwheat, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to everyone who came to Midsummer 2014, held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, the Summer Solstice. It was performed in the New American Tradition by President Daniel Cureton. A special Midsummer Kings painting, acrylic on canvas, was the center piece, with two acrylic on board paintings of the Holly and Oak Kings to the sides, all done by Kurt Shoopman of Glasgow, Kentucky. Other items included flowers, cinnamon rolls, God’s eyes, ritual wine and a custom sunflower table cloth made last Midsummer by April Love.  The faeries visited, the Holly King dominated the Oak King as the new ruling king of the year till Winter Solstice, and mighty Midsummer magic was worked at the Midsummer fire. Feasting included steak, vegetables in butter sauce and home  made cinnamon rolls.

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