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Yule 2016

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SLPS meeting under sacred pine on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 9pm to celebrate the Fall Equinox. The crickets were in unison, the breeze calm as the altar was dedicated and the candles lit. Ganesh and Bast joined the circle of the ancestors and took in the offerings of pears, watermelon, juice and cookies. Mabon being the second harvest, the fruits were pulled from the Society Garden.

The ritual included music by Lisa Thiel, “Mabon” off the album Circle of the Seasons. Spoken word and poetry were performed in honor of the seaons. Bast and Ganesh came down and spoke to the attendees and accepted the food. He will open the way for individuals to succeed in their inner workings. Each person chose a habit to banish in the Mabon fire.

The feast afterwards with the Gods was beef and barely stew with oreo bards for dessert. A bowl was left out for the Gods to enjoy.

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Mabon 2015, altar, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2015, altar center, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2015, Daniel Cureton calling the spirits, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2015, l to r: Daniel Cureton, Lauren Holman, Ashton Longhurst, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2015, Daniel Cureton selfie with Ganesh, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2015, Goddess Bast, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2015, altar with candles, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2015, Beef and barley stew for feast, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2015, oreo bars for dessert, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Mabon 2015, feast offereings to the Gods with apple juice, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Dark Times have arrived! The sun lessens in light and beings its descent to the dark lands till it will rise again at Yule. The 2nd harvest, season fruits now are pumpkin, gourds, berries, mushrooms, and pears. The Goddess will soon enter her Crone phase at Samhain, when the God dies.

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The Wheel has turned and Mabon is upon us. The fall Equinox, Alban Eiler hit’s this Tuesday, September 23, 2014. SLPS will be celebrating the return of the dark times Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 6pm. Only members are allowed to participate in this sacred rite. If you’d like to join, send in your membership application!

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The Gods are Happy! Everyone was blessed at Beltane this year, held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6pm.

The ritual opened with the usual banishings and circle protections and elemental callings. The altar was decorated in Beltane colors and Celtic Knotwork, symbolizing the eternal nature of the Gods and everyonekinds connection to them. A special commissioned painting by Kurth Shoopman of Kentucky of Ganesh and Pan in the great rite was the centerpiece, symbolizing the Queer nature of divinity and everyonekind.

With drumming and music, the wedding party entered the circle. The God was played by Sergey Khrushchev and the Goddess was played by April Love. The declarations of unity, blessings and love was followed by the great rite, with the blade entering the chalice, symbolizing the unity of the Goddess and God to each other as well as to everyonekind.  With the throwing of rice and the reading of Beltane poetry, president Cureton performed a druid rite to Niwalen.  The dancing of the sacred dance around the newly made May Day Pole was next. After some confusion, the pace picked up and the weaving of a tight knotwork took place, to ensure the blessings and desires of everyone who dance till next Beltane.

The feastings included wine, spirits, ribs, steak, greens beans and mushrooms, scalloped potatoes, yellow rice and curry chicken, and three bean salad. Check out the photos below!

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Ostara shining face was seen this past Ostara 2014. SLPS held Ostara 2014 on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6pm. The ritual was done in the New American Tradition by SLPS president Daniel Cureton.

With the opening of the ceremony by the LBRP and other rites, the ritual quickly moved to the story of Ostara or Easter. Centering around the Goddess Eostre and her blessing of the bunnies to spread her name, a guided journey to meet the Goddess was performed. Afterward, wildflower seeds were spread in a barren patch of land, to bring new life as spring rolls forward. President Cureton performed a druid rite of spring to Coel. The cakes and ales included bunny bread rolls made by Rhiannon Watters that were offered up to the Goddess in thanks for the return of Spring, with the song “The Earth is Our Mother” by Libana being chanted in remembrance of our ties and duty to care for the land. The ritual ended peacefully with spring poetry.

The feastings included vegan lentil soup, potato rolls, grilled chicken, spinach and cucumber salad, and enchiladas. With the wine and juice flowing freely, the feastings continued into the night and ended with a few hands of five card poker!

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Ostara 2014 East altar with Winged Isis, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 South altar with Apollo, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 West altar with Hades, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014, North altar with Gaia, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 main altar, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014, main altar center, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 Goddess Ostara arcyliic on board plaque by Kurth Shoopman, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 l to r: Rhiannon Watters, Yuriel Lizardi, Donna Watters ,Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 Bunny biscuits made by Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 fire, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 Daniel Cureton (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 Daniel Cureton behind main altar, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 Steven Wellington, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 April Love (l red) and Steven Wellington in circle, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 wildflower seed area, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 l to r: Cheyanne Opheikens, Steven Wellington, Rhiannon Watters, Yuriel Lizarid, Ashton Longurst, and Donan Watteres in circle, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 Feat, l to r: Steven Wellington, Rhiannon Watters, Donna Watters, Cheyanne Opheikens (middle right) and Ashton Longhurst, (bottom right), with vegan lentil soup with ladle, water, apple juice and grilled chicken, potato salad, tomato soup, potato rolls (by Steven). Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 Daniel Cureton with poker chips for eyes, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Post Ostara 2014 Poker game with Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to everyone who came and participated in the Imbolc ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports at 6pm. SLPS helped kick off the 2014 Interfaith Month with Imbolc. Lakshmi stood in since Brigid arrived late. The table was decorated with a handmade table cloth by April Love in the late winter seasonal design. Flowers, cookies, sparkling apple cider, candles and more all decorated the altar. Since the ritual was squeezed into the small time space of an hour, some creative editing was necessary.

After reading Imbolc poetry, there was singing and dancing, cleansing and blessing, all before Brigid appeared. She stepped in for a visit through one of the mediums and gave spiritual advice to everyone through the tarot. Afterwards, everyone came forward to received blessings from her through sacred fire.

The energy was sent out into the universe at the close and the rest was returned to the living Earth.

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