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A few of the core members gathered to honor Lugh on Saturday, August 2, 2014. This year’s Lughnasadh was small in comparison, due to schedules and other circumstances, regardless, Lugh was satisfied and happy to be honored and remembered with penis break and sausage gravy as the main offerings.

Lughnasadh is the traditional time for offering the first bread of the harvest, in which this year’s form they were penis bread. The foundations of the Sun and Moon temple were restored and the Angels welcomed back. A simple druid ceremony brought all the parts together before the close. The feast included grilled bratwursts in honor of Lugh, spinach salad and funeral potatoes.

Lughnasadh 2014, Muad’ Dib Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (L) and Shy Fox, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Altar Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Penis Bread, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014 Altar center with Lugh painting, Saturday August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014 Shy Fox, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Shy Fox lighting elemental candle (fire), Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Celtic Sun God Lugh Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to everyone who came to Midsummer 2014, held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, the Summer Solstice. It was performed in the New American Tradition by President Muad’Dib. A special Midsummer Kings painting, acrylic on canvas, was the center piece, with two acrylic on board paintings of the Holly and Oak Kings to the sides, all done by Kurt Shoopman of Glasgow, Kentucky. Other items included flowers, cinnamon rolls, God’s eyes, ritual wine and a custom sunflower table cloth made last Midsummer by Woman Between the Wolves.  The faeries visited, the Holly King dominated the Oak King as the new ruling king of the year till Winter Solstice, and mighty Midsummer magic was worked at the Midsummer fire. Feasting included steak, vegetables in butter sauce and home  made cinnamon rolls.

Midsummer 2014, main altar, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, main altar center with Midsummer Kings paintings by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Temple area, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, L to r- Janelle Baguley, Willow Figueroa, Piggy, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, l to r- Lunar Oak Spirit, Uriel Lizardi, Owen Staples, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Cheyanne Opheikens (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, south altar with Sekhmet, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, West altar with Kali, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, North altar with Ganesh, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, East altar with Horus, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Woman Between the Wolves Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2014, Lunar performing Great Rite with Woman l to r- Janelle Baguley, Willow Figueroa, Piggy, Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves, Cheyanne Opheikens, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Owen Staples, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Feasting, l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Lunar Oak Spirit, Piggy, Willow Figueroa, Janelle Baguley, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 21, 2014, 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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