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SLPS members met in Big Cottonwood Canyon Saturday, October 27, 2018 to honored the blessed kindred. Candles were lit next to a sacred fire. With snow on the ground already, some shoveling of the pit was required, but the logs burned true. The waning life for winter could be felt, as crisp as the chill in the hair and the frost on the ground.
Some poetry and music warmed the spirit as the fire did the body. Sacred Pomegranate wine was shared between attendees before hailing and farewells.


Samhain 2018, altar with Arianrhod and Veles, Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Samhain 2018, altar looking up the mountain,
Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Samhain 2018, ritual fire,
Ledgemere Picnic Area, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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The Wheel turned and the time of the Ancestors was upon us! In the SLPS tradition, we do not only work with them at Samhain (pronounced Souw Win, not Sam Hane), but throughout the year. Even so, Samhain is THE time for the kindred and ancestral workings.

SLPS performed their personal coven rite on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8pm. This was necessary as SLPS also was to perform a public rite. Private group workings as well as personal work is an important component as it allows for self work and the members to bond together, express higher emotions, and be comfortable instead of having onlookers or worrying about strangers energies.

The right on October 24 went splendidly, with a homemade death by chocolate cake being the main cake, and bloody Mary’s for the wine. Osiris and Arianrhod were invoked as the patrons of the rite. The ancestors were called in with the song “Samhain by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons. To calm the energies, the song “Shanti (Peace Out)” by MC Yogi on his album Elephant Power was played to bring everyone back and dismiss the dead. Feastings afterwards were spiced apple cider and Puerto Rican spaghetti.

SLPS was asked to conduct a public rite on Halloween for the Pagan shop As Above So Below in Roy, UT. SLPS gladly accepted. With a count of 45 people, the rite proceeded at 8:30. The archangels invoked in the quarters, the barriers thrown up, the song “Samhain by Lisa Thiel was played after the ancestors were invoked to join the circle under the watch oft he High Priest Muad’Dib and High Priestess Woman Between the Wolves. Deities present were Cerridween, Arianrhod, Hades, and Osiris. HP Muad’Dib performed a druid rite to Cerridwen, the ancestors, and the fall season. A toast with the coven chalice full of wine was passed around the room before the closing and pot luck feastings.

Samhain 2015, altar, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, altar center, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Camille Harris (l) and Piggy, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Donotello- a temple cat guarding the ritual space, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Shy Fox and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, bloody Mary ritual drink, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Death by chocolate cake made by Shy Fox, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, glasses prepared for bloody Mary drinks, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Puerto Rican meatball spaghetti for the feast, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Public Samhain 2015, l to r-Tarisa Cooper, Muad’Dib, and C.C. Delgado, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

Public Samhain 2015, altar with cow skull, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

Public Samhain 2015, crowds seated at ceremony with Muad’Dib (r) and Piggy (far right), As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

Public Samhain 2015, feast, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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SLPS Samhain 2015 Flyer

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SLPS Samhain 2015 Flyer

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On Friday, October 31, 2014, SLPS met to give acknowledgement and speak with the honored dead! Halloween lanterns decorated the trees, with witches’ hat candle holders on the table with painted pumpkins among other Halloween decorations. The sugar skull topped the altar, painted last week as part of the Samhain decorations, bringing in the tradition of Saint Death and Day of the Dead festivities.

A small ceremony was held in which the ancestors of those gone to the grave, were welcomed back to the world of the living, for a few brief moments to speak to their living Kin. Hounds were heard in the distance barking madly at the moment the gates were opened, only to be calmed when they left. Reports of fathers, aunts, and animals were seen around the temple. The offerings to the Goddess Hekate and the God Cernunnos who died at this time, to be reborn at Yule. Offerings were wine and hazelnut cookies, offered in the Baron La Croix bowl.

Samhain is also the last harvest holiday before snow falls, bringing in the gourds, pumpkins, and last fruits of the season such as apples, parsnips, cabbage, and berries. A feast in honor the dead was held with foods such as chicken mole enchiladas and jalapeno bean salad with wine.

Samhain 2014, Muad’Dib, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, witch lantern, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, pumpkin lantern,Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, altar with Hekate and Cernunnos, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, Baron bowl with hazelnut cookies, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, altar with candles, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, back of altar, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, Feasting on chicken mole enchiladas, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned again and Samhain is upon us. This year Samhain will take place at the Temple of the Sun and Moon. We will celebrate the honored dead and invite them to speak to us in circle. The Lord Cernunnos will die, and be born again at Yule.

When: Friday, October 31, 2014

jack o lantern

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The May 2013 Full Moon ritual that was held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8pm was a special moon ritual. Being an Eclipse moon, an entire cycle of the moon from full-new-full can be seen and felt just in the course of a few hours. After the usual LBRP cleansing and Rose Cross shielding, the quarters were called and deities invoked. When it came time to call in the Goddess and God, more than the usual ones asked to be present. Our beloved Moon Goddess Diana along with Quan Yin, Hecate, Medusa and Aphrodite with Ganesh, Lugh, Hanuman and Herne for the Gods.

Some intense cleansing work had to be done on the members. Sage, water, spritzer, smoke and a Slavonic egg cleansing by Lunar Oak Spirit. Lunar also took the members on a journey to the Goddess with traditional chants such as “We All Come From the Goddess”, “The Elements”, and “We Are the Flow”. Everyone present felt cleansed, renewed and fulfilled with the full moon.

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, Altar, Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, Altar center, Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, Goddess side of altar, Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, God side of altar Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City,UT

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, Goddesses with candles, Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, Gods Close Up, Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, Hekate, Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, Ancestors, Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, Muad’Dib, Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

May Full Moon-Eclipse Moon, Lunar Oak Spirit giving offerings to the Gods, Saturday, May 25, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Every couple of months UUPS has the esteemed opportunity to visit its sister group the Utah State University Pagan Alliance.

This trip came around one of the most favored of all holidays for most pagans: Samhain! A time to honor the dead and set goals for the Pagan New Year.

Each year, USUPA puts on a big ritual at the local Unitarian Universalist Church in Logan Utah. Complete with food, fun, wine and ritual, this is the best Samhain North of Salt Lake City!

UUPS got the ritual outline, food for the potluck, robes and staffs and heads north (carpooling of course) to just south of Potato country.

This time, UUPS arrived in mass carrying its share of pagans and food…always a good combination.

Tickets were $5.00 before and $10.00 at the door. The ritual started promptly at 8:00pm. A beautiful circle of leaves, with a portable fire pit and altar in the west was set up outside behind the UU church under a clear night with the moon shining brightly down upon everyone through the leaves of the autumn trees.

Each participant was led to the west gate were they were cleansed and consecrated with sage and water before entering the circle. Making a circle clockwise, the participants lined up in a circle with nearly seventy people squeezing in.

Four helpers stood in the quarters invoking, blessing and dismissing with the elementals. Kassie lead the ritual with a poem reading, raising and dismissing the collective energy in the circle with great efficiency and her big sword, shouting to the Gods, Goddesses and ancestors before falling to the earth. The fire was dimmed and everyone was given a few moments to reflect on life, their dead, and goals to be set for the New Year. At this point, all were given slivers of wood to be thrown into the Samhain fire, signifying a renewal of goals or the setting thereof. Each person said aloud what they desired to do, change or work in their life in the coming year from having a cat to obeying what the Gods and Goddesses tell them.

Many tears flowed as hearts became soft and the participants reflected on their lives.

Afterwards, all were treated to a wonderful feast of stew and other sides that were brought such as swamp muck (guacamole), shriveled heads (backed pears) and love potion no 9. (grape juice with cinnamon and spices). All in all, UUPS can’t wait to go again! Thanks USUPA!

USUPA Samhain 2011, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Muad’Dib, Sunday, October 30, 2011, Logan, UT

USUPA Samhain 2011, Ancestral Altar with candles, Sunday October 30, 2011, Logan, UT

USUPA Samhain 2011, Ancestral Altar, Sunday, October 30, 2011, Logan, UT

Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA) Samhain 2011 Circle, Sunday, October 30, 2011, Unitarian Universalist Church, Logan, UT

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