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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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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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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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The Wheel has turned and Yule is upon us! Also know as Alban Arthan or the Winter Solstice, the sun reaches its lowest depths before starting its ascent. SLPS will be doing a Wiccan Yule on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The ritual will also included lighting of the fifth night Hanukkah candles. The Yule king will be born, the Oak King come to rule till Midsummer. A Yule log cake will be prepared, and egg nog with brandy for the drink. The feast will include stuff chicken, potato soup, fufu, and green beans.

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December and Yule

Hi folks,

once again, with the turn of the month, the turning of the great wheel, we come to the Yule season. The God is soon to be reborn by the Goddess!. This month has slowed down, we are in the planning stages for the upcoming year. We are taking a big breath in this month and relaxing.

Student Groups:

We are working with SLCC to form a group there. We are going over the paper work and examing what exactly needs to happen. If anyone is interested, please email UUPS!

Book of the Month:
We have had an ongoing book of the month since last fall. This months book is
Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide by Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling.

If anyone is without a place to go for Christmas, they may come to my house on Friday and enjoy some dinner and festivities! Please send me an email through UUPS

Bright Blessings
Daniel C

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