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SLPS meeting under sacred pine on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 9pm to celebrate the Fall Equinox. The crickets were in unison, the breeze calm as the altar was dedicated and the candles lit. Ganesh and Bast joined the circle of the ancestors and took in the offerings of pears, watermelon, juice and cookies. Mabon being the second harvest, the fruits were pulled from the Society Garden.

The ritual included music by Lisa Thiel, “Mabon” off the album Circle of the Seasons. Spoken word and poetry were performed in honor of the seaons. Bast and Ganesh came down and spoke to the attendees and accepted the food. He will open the way for individuals to succeed in their inner workings. Each person chose a habit to banish in the Mabon fire.

The feast afterwards with the Gods was beef and barely stew with oreo bards for dessert. A bowl was left out for the Gods to enjoy.

Mabon 2015, altar, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, altar center, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Muad’Dib calling the spirits, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, l to r- Muad’Dib, Piggy, Shy Fox, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Muad’Dib selfie with Ganesh, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Goddess Bast, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, altar with candles, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Beef and barley stew for feast, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, Oreo bars for dessert, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Mabon 2015, feast offerings to the Gods with apple juice, Monday, September 21, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Dark Times have arrived! The sun lessens in light and beings its descent to the dark lands till it will rise again at Yule. The 2nd harvest, season fruits now are pumpkin, gourds, berries, mushrooms, and pears. The Goddess will soon enter her Crone phase at Samhain, when the God dies.

Flyer by Muad’Dib
Salt Lake Pagan Society

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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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The Wheel has turned and Mabon is upon us. The fall Equinox, Alban Eiler hit’s this Tuesday, September 23, 2014. SLPS will be celebrating the return of the dark times Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 6pm. Only members are allowed to participate in this sacred rite. If you’d like to join, send in your membership application!

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Thanks to all who came and made Mabon a terrific event! This past Saturday, September 22, 2012, UUPS met under the shade of pines to give honor and celebration to the passing of the light to the dark and the aging deities.

Starting the ritual right after sunset, President Muad’Dib got things rolling with the calling the elements and deities and giving praise and honor to the aging Gods and Goddesses in the Wiccan Celtic pantheon. With a beautiful altar, all those present danced and sang while  beating drums, shaking rattles and ringing bells!

About then, the Hermit showed up carrying a lantern! It was the aged God! He divided the light from the dark and allowed Apollo to speak to us and to pass the lantern of light to the Shadow side of himself, the Lord of Shadow Cernunnos. The Lord of Shadow allowed everyone to banish something into the Mabon fire that they wish to work on before the light was dimmed. A meditation on the darkness followed for a few minutes before the Lord departed. Now all are on the path as the dark times move forward!

Ganesh showed up in time for his birthday celebration! Lots of dancing and singing took place as Ganesh channeled himself into everyone present.

The closing of Mabon brought a memorial service for one of the members cats, Ms. Big Kitty. She passed on to the big castle in the sky with the Goddess at the age of 16. Condolences and words of comfort were offered before cakes and ale and the closing before the feast!

Feasting brought stuffed chickens, garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and more! With wine flowing, Baccus was making his rounds! All had a wonderful and safe time at this year’s Mabon. Till next we meet under magic and moon at Samhain!

Mabon 2012, Lunar Oak Spirit at south altar, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon (l), and Callista Dreamwalker September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012 Willow Figueroa (l) and Fire Runner September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, l to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Iyata Bond, and Fire Runner, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, l to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves and Callista Dreamwalker, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, Fire Runner opening wine, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, main altar, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, altar center, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, lights, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, feast l to r-Mustard Seed, Lunar Oak Spirit, Callista and Mr. Dreamwalker, Darla Darr, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Shy Fox, Rena Fairbrother, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, feast l to r-Fire Runner, Iyata Bond, Mustard Seed and Lunar Oak Spirit, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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The fall is coming! The dark times are near! Come join in the celebration and witness the passing of the light times of the year from Apollo to the dark times of the year to Hades. This is an auspicious time when light and dark are equal again. The increasing darkness tells us to turn inward, walk the path and seek the light within. We will also be celebrating Ganesh’s birthday! Feast as usual will be after the ritual!

(Flyer by Lunar Oak Spirit)

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As Mabon has passed and Samhain approaches, the dark time of the year has come again. A time to reflect, turn inward, and reflect on our inner self, and seek wisdom to improve our lives. Many do this through meditation and ritual.  As we do this, let us not forget why we are on the path we are on, in this world, walking to or away from the Gods and Goddesses. I give many blessings to all on this journey, I wish you success, patience, courage and faith to walk forward in the darkest parts of the Universe, ourselves.

 

Many blessings

Maud’Dib

 

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Once again the wheel has turned and we are brought to the fall equinox, a great time of division and preparation for dark times. The second harvest is in and now is the time to thank the dying god and aging goddess!

 

Join us for a Mabon Ritual

When: Sunday, September 25, 2011

What time: 7pm

Where: Muad’Dib’s House-Call or text for directions 801 709 4632

 

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Hi folks,

So as the fall season approaches and summer comes to glorious end, the time nears to gather the altar up and travel the woods one last time before snow falls and we are locked away among hearth and home. UUPS will be doing a fall equinox ritual in Big Cottonwood Canyon. A simple Wiccan ritual. Its the time to celebrate the aging deities.  The goddess enters her crone phase and the god approaches death.  The harvest is finished, and now is time for reflection on ones life and the meaning of death. Please bring seasonal appropriate offerings and a food dish for afterward. Berries, berry wine, nuts and apples are all appropriate for this time! It will start about 4 pm and end hopefully before 6pm. Please check the even details on Facebook as well. We’ll be meeting at the 711 on the corner of 6200 s and Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd. and drive up the mile to the site.

 

I hope to see you all there
BB

Muad’Dib

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