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Thanks to all who attended and made Midsummer 2013 a wonderful celebration and feast! The celebrations took place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6pm and this year included a new Hammer of Thor rite.

The traditional battle between the Oak and Holly kings, with the Holly King victorious and ruling the next six months of the year took place as the center point of the ritual. The Oak King was played by SLSP President Muad’Dib and the Holly King by SLSP Advertising Director Lunar Oak Spirit. They had a mock battle and the Oak King relented control of the year to the Holly King till Yule, when the Sun will return again to increase the light on the Earth.

A druid Midsummer rite by SLPS President Muad’Dib where he called on the blessings of the God Beli, a midsummer Welch fire God, for all the members.

Oberon, King of the fairies was seen blessing the union of the Holly King and Queen. He also worked other faery magic as he danced around the circle!

Part of the magical workings on Midsummer also included power moon magic from the “super moon” that was passing over the Earth at the time. The workings including banishing bad habits in the Midsummer fire, traveling to meet the Holly King with his spouses and dancing to the song “Midsummer” by Heather Alexander.

Feastings after the ritual included tri-tip steak, chicken, hamburgers, ribs, corn on the cob and potato salad. A special homemade chocolate and coconut cream frosting cake was made by SLPS member Cheyanne Opheikens in honor of Lunar Oak Spirit’s late birthday. Delicious! Check out the photos below.

Midsummer 2013, Temple area, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Altar, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Altar Center with Oak and Holly King plaques by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, East altar with Thoth, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, South altar with Apollo, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, West altar with Hades, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, North altar with Tree Goddess, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, L to r: Patrick Lucero, Piggy, and Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, Cheyanne Opheikens (l) and Patrick Lucero, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Iyata Bond, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Patrick Lucreo (l) and Piggy, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Iyata Bond, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Iyata Bond performing Great Rite, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Muad’Dib (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013 l to r: Patrick Lucero, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Cake for Lunar Oak Spirit made by Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all who came and made this “once in a blue moon” occasion extra special! On Saturday, Sept 1, 2012 at 8pm, with a crowd of nine, some UUPS members and a few guests gathered. The ritual started out with the usual calling in of deity and elementals to join our work. President Mu’adDib performed the druid grove open ceremony by proclaiming peace in the quarters and invoking Awen.

Next, those who needed to performed cleansing and charging magic before a welcoming of the new deities to the humble abode of the president. With drums, rattles, sistrums and other percussion instruments, the members and guests hailed and welcomed new gods and goddesses to the circle such as Apollo and Medusa! They certainly showed up, as everyone reported feeling the shivers up and down there spine the power the gods and goddesses bring.

A cleansing by the blue moon came after the welcoming. Everyone was consecrated with smoke from thurber by president Muad’Dib, then they washed their bodies ritually in a basin of water with sweet grass oil representing blood and spirit. President Muad’Dib lit a smokeless fire where he pulled in the Gods and Goddesses and nwyfre, the fire of life and the Earth.  The fire represented the fire within and the burning fire of blue moon. Hands were passed through the fire to give a sealing to the washings and consecrations. President invoked a blessing of Cerriwden, Arianrhod to empower the soul, Shiva to transform, Medusa to see past the physical, Justice to find wisdom, Apollo to see the light within, Ganesh to overcome and Isis to heal the body, mind and spirit of all. The end of the blue moon magic brought an anointing with a special blue moon lunar oil.

Cakes, ale and gratitude offerings were presented to the Goddesses and Gods before closing and dismissing the energy and the grove. The traditional Merry Meet and Merry Part chant finished the magic on this very special blue moon! President Muad’Dib gave everyone tarot readings for the coming month with his special Deviant Moon Tarot to ad an extra punch to the blue moon magic!

Blue Moon Altar, Goddess Isis, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, altar, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, altar center, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Goddess side, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual God side September 1, 2012 Salt Lake City UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Muad’Dib, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Iyata Bond, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Donna Mae, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Woman Between the Wolves, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Donna Mae at Fire, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Ganesh statue, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Woman Between the Wolves, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, l to r- Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Rena Fairbrother and Callista Dreamwalker September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Fire Runner (l) and Mustard Seed, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Offering bowl and holy water, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Rena Fairbrother September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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