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Thanks to all who came and made the Yule Ritual and Feast a brilliant success. On Saturday, December 21, 2013, a few members and guests of SLPS gathered and welcomed back the Yule King from the world of the ancestors. Piggy, playing the Goddess, gave birth to Lunar Oak Spirit as Cernunnos. All knelt and honored the returned Lord. This time of year is when the sun begins his ascent and starts to increase in light, and when the Oak King reigns again till Midsummer. President Muad’Dib performed a druid rite for Yule and after a beautiful poetry reading, gave the cakes and wine offerings to the Oak King and Goddess and asked blessing for the new year as the light returns.

The feasting included rotisserie chicken, green beans and quinoa, potato salad and fruitcake. Check out the photos below!

Yule 2013, altar, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, altar center with Yule King plaque by Kurt Shoopman,,Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, Carlos Martinez (l) and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, l to r- Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Steven Wellington, and Piggy, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, Carlos Martinez (l) and Owen Staples, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, Shy Fox cooking for Yule feast, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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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
Muad’Dib

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