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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 Muad’Dib.

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 Muad’Dib  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib behind main altar, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Ostara 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (l red) and Steven Wellington in circle, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

Ostara 2014 Feat, l to r: Steven Wellington, Rhiannon Watters, Donna Watters, Cheyanne Opheikens (middle right) and Shy Fox, (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

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib with poker chips for eyes, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Poker game with Shy Fox, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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A few members and guests of SLPS gathered last night Friday, March 21, 2014 to prepare the eggs for Ostara 2014. At first the brown eggs appeared to present a challenge of if the dye would stick, but it sure did! Some beautiful eggs are now waiting to be presented to the Goddess and eaten in sacred Ostara egg salad! There was even a black egg! The other plastic eggs hold wildflower seeds read to be sown into the barren Earth in symbol of the returning life of spring time.

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Rhiannon Watters, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Donna Watters, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, cage free eggs and dyes, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Wildflower seeds, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, Wildflower seed package, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, colorful died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, more colorful died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, yet still more color died eggs, Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Egg Dying for Ostara 2014, plastic eggs with wildflower seeds Friday, March 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The wheel has turned and it’s time to get the candles and eggs out for the Germanic Goddess Ostara, one of spring and the equinox! This year’s Ostara will be performed in the Wiccan fashion by President Muad’Dib. Ritual will be Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6pm with feasting around 7:30pm. We will be dying eggs the day before on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7pm in preparation for Ostara. You can find the ritual outline here! It will be held outside so dress warmly for early spring weather! Only those who came to Witches’ Tea may attend since this is a private ritual.

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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 Woman Between the Wolves 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.

Imbolc 2014 Altar with Lakshmi stand in for Brigid Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 Altar close up with Lakshmi stand in for Brigid Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 circle with Cathy Saremi (3rd from left), Al Colson (4th), Woman Between the Wolves (6th), Cheyanne Opheikens (8th) Colby Vaifoou (9th), Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 circle r to l Shy Fox (right), Mike Boyce (4th from right), Lyn Sawyer (5th), Adam Applegate (6th) Colby Vaifoou (7th) and Cheyanne Opheikens (8th), Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a great celebration of Hanukkah for the second year in a row this past Saturday, December 7, 2013. We lit each candle on the hanukiah each night and said the sacred prayers in Hebrew. This celebration has become a tradition after the success Hanukkah of 2012. We look forward to next year, 2014’s Hanukkah!

Hanukkah 2013, Hanukkiah on mantle, December 7, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned and Lughnasadh is upon us! The festival of Lugh, also known as Lammas, is a time to honor the Tuatha De Danann Warrior known as “Long Arm Lugh”.  A Cetlic Sun God, the first harvest come into fruition and storage now. The traditional offerings are the first loafs of bread made from the first harvest. Corn mothers, bread, grains and phalluses are all appropriate iconography for Lughnasadh. This is also the Thanksgiving Holiday, when each person give thanks for the things and blessings in their lives. The center piece and other decorations will feature full nudity of Lugh and phallus candles.  Join with us for Lughnasadh! You must come to Witches’ Tea for an invitation.

When: Saturday, August 3, 2013 6pm

Where: Muad’Dib’s House 801 709 4632

(Flyer by Lunar Oak Spirit)

Lughnasadh

Lugh

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Hi Folks

Midsummer is upon us again! UUPS will be doing a celebration and feast as usual. Be sure to check out the ritual outline and sign up for food on the food list!

(Flyer by Ember Fire)

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Thanks to all who came and made possible Imbolc. We had a great time celebrating the return of the light Sunday, January 29, 2012–the time when the goddess has/ and will be returning to her maiden state. The ritual was lead by Muad’Dib and included poetry, aspecting of the Goddess Brigid by April, and a journeying to meet with the Goddess. All in all we received helpful guidance for the coming months. Thanks be to the Goddess! The feast afterwards was full of baked chicken and garlic mashed potatoes!

Imbolc 2012, Altar, Sunday, January 29, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012, Altar close up, Sunday, January 29, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012, Handmaidens Fire Runner (l) and Ember Fire, Sunday, January 29, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012, Woman Between the Wolves as the Goddess Brigid, Sunday, January 29, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012, Muad’Dib as Ritual Leader Sunday, January 29, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2012, l to r- Shy Fox, Fire Runner, Mitchell Anderson, Woman Between the Wolves, and Ember Fire, Sunday, January 29, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Event flier by Ember Fire

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Thanks to all who came and participated in the first Yule celebration and feast by UUPS on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

The Yule altar was decorated with lots of tea light candles, votive candles, quarter candles, wreathes, spruce, holly and other seasonal plants. The God and Goddess statue with them in union (below second) was hauled out for use for this holiday as Yule is about the birthing of the God from the Goddess, his mother, queen, consort, wife and lover.

After generous praise and preparation, the Goddess went into labor right there in the temple and gave birth to the God. He greeted everyone with a loving arms carrying a message for each person to hear. Gifts, hails, praise and gratitude were given to the God this night as all kneeled in acknowledgement of his divine grace and power.

Toasting and praise to other deities ensued before closing. The roars, laughter and praise broke out especially after Baccas invoked with wine! All in all, UUPS had a wonderful time. The feasting was after and everyone ate their fill of holiday delectable!

Till we meet again at the Altar of Life!

Yule 2011 l to r- Mustard Seed, Callista Dreamwalker, Muad’Dib, Lunar Oak Spirit, and Fire Runner, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, L to r- Callista Dreamwalker as hand maiden, Lunar Oak Spirit as God, Fire Runner as Goddess, and Mustard Seed as hand maiden, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Muad’Dib as Ritual Leader, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, L to r-God Lunar Oak Spirit, Ritual Leader Muad’Dib, and Goddess Fire Runner, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Handmaidens Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Mustard Seed Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, God and Goddess Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Fire Runner Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Altar Close up, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Altar, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Altar Center, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Shy Fox (l) and Woman Between the Wolves in circle Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Mustard Seed, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Lunar Oak Spirit, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Ember Fire Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Fire Runner, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Shy Fox Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Darla Darr (l) and Derika Jade Llemley Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, l to r- Shy Fox, Derika Jade Llemley and Mikael Short Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Derika Jade Llemley (l) and Mikael Short Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 l to r- Mikael Short, Derika Jade, Woman Between the Wolves, Ember Fire, Shy Fox, Mustard Seed, Fire Runner, Callista Dreamwalker, Darla Darr, and Lunar Oak Spirit, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Food for Feast Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Feast Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Holly and Oak Kings… a fight to the death.. almost. UUPS celebrated the two great Kings of the Year. The Oak King and the Holly King. This Midsummer festival on Friday, June 24, 2011 brought us the esteemed opportunity to reenact the great battle of the two kings, the battle that twice a year ensures one will rule while the other sits at the altar of life.  This time, the Holly King was again crowned ruler for the coming winter months. UUPS sang, danced, beat drums and rang bells in honor of the Holly King. A midsummer fire allowed all present to burn away a bad habit, problem, situation or other form of negative energy in their lives. Many felt uplifted, inspired and joyful. All present had the opportunity to travel down a garden path in a guided meditation to meet and speak with the Holy Holly King himself. The final union of the Holy Holly King and Queen brought a close to the ceremony and the opening of the Midsummer feast. Mainly a garden dinner, full of salads, cabbage, mushroom, pasta and noodles, the occasional yard bird was seen wandering around before quickly vanishing into the carnivorous traps of Holly King himself.  Blessed Be all! Until we merry meet again!

Midsummer 2011, l to r-Fire Runner, Derika Jade, Lunar Oak Spirit, Julie Watson, and Marian Edmonds, Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011, l to r- Julie Watson, Marian Edmonds, Mustard Seed, and Fire Runner, Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011, l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Fire Runner, Mustard Seed, Lunar Oak Spirit, Derika Llemley, Marian Edmonds, and Julie Watson Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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Hi everyone,

Its getting near that time again.  This months instructional full moon ritual is going to take place at 1:00 am at the north entrance of Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.  Please bring any items you need cleansed or charged! See you all there!

 

August also brings us one of the 8 Sabbats in the Wiccan tradition, Lughnasadh.  We’ll be heading out to Tooele Canyon on Saturday, August 21, 2010 to see our very own secretary Laurence Miles Guide us in a shamanic rite. We’re meeting at 1:00 pm at the Home Depo in Tooele.  See you all there!

 

BB

Muad’Dib

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