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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 on his album Elephant Power was played in his honor.

Mabon 2014, ritual area, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, main altar, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, main altar center, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, Saturday, Goddess Bast on right, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, God Cernunnos, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, God Ganesh, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, equinox lamps, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, Shy Fox, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, Muad’Dib, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, Mabon lamps at night, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, altar with candles, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014, Piggy (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2014,Shy Fox (l) and Piggy, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Craft nights are exciting and bring magic to the world! This Mabon, 2014 the activity was broom or besom making. A good Friday activity, September 19, and easy enough skill, it doesn’t take much to make up a nice besom for ritual, cleansing, and protecting the home. A traditional tool of witches and even some Gods, like Ganesh, the witch’s besom is used to energetically clean an area by sweeping the astral energies out of the room. Most brooms are not built by witches to endure the physical act of sweeping, but are swept slightly off the floor. You can also lean them against a door post or hang about a door frame to protect your home.

Thanks to some pruning last fall, 2013, President Muad’Dib had a supply of staff wood to choose from. Ultimately cherry was the wood of choice. Grass from the garden was magically harvested and used for the bristles. Yarn was use to tie the bundles and secure it to the staff. After only an hour or so, *Boom* there’s a new broom!

Mabon Crafting 2014, Making Besoms, staffs and grass ingredients, Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon Crafting 2014, tied grass bundles, Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon Crafting 2014, Muad’Dib with newly made Cherry wood besom (broom), Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon Crafting 2014 Muad’Dib (l) and Piggy with newly made Cherry wood besoms (brooms) Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon Crafting 2014, Piggy, Friday, September 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 brought the Fall Equinox known and Alban Elued or Mabon. After a bit of an unorthodox start, the ritual got rolling at 10pm (instead of the usual 6).  The ritual kicked off with the usual cleansing and spheres of protection. President Muad’Dib performed the druid opening rites and led everyone into the celebration of light and dark. The Hermit came knocking to the temple doors  holding the light of life. He spoke to everyone, announcing himself as the guide of souls before passing his lantern to Ra who said his goodbyes from the light time of year and finally onto Cernunnos who takes over at this time. Cernunnos spoke of his support and love for each person, how they should not be afraid to push forward into the dark times and look into the soul. He blessed everyone and promised to walk the journey with them.

Mabon magic was worked with everyone burning away a problem in their lives in the Cauldron Awen. Esus danced in the circle as part of the druid rite of Alban Elued performed by president Muad’Dib. Ganesh stopped by as part of the Chaturthi celebrations to have a piece of pie and hear the Mabon poetry read, and with that, the ritual closed till next fall and the feasting of ribs and pickled mushrooms began. A heathen symbol performed with the traditional drinking horned being passed as cheers to the deities went up into the air late into the night.

Mabon 2013 l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Lunar Oak Spirit, Piggy, and Monty Hansen, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2013, Main altar, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2013, Main altar center with Mabon Painting by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2013, God side of altar, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2013, Goddess side of altar, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2013 l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Lunar Oak Spirit as Ra (with lantern), and Piggy, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2013, Feast l to r- Lunar Oak Spirit, Piggy, Iyata Bond, and Monty Hansen, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2013 Feast, Muad’Dib with drinking horn, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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