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Holly and Oak Kings… a fight to the death.. almost. UUPS celebrated the two great Kings of the Year. The Oak King and the Holly King. This Midsummer festival on Friday, June 24, 2011 brought us the esteemed opportunity to reenact the great battle of the two kings, the battle that twice a year ensures one will rule while the other sits at the altar of life.  This time, the Holly King was again crowned ruler for the coming winter months. UUPS sang, danced, beat drums and rang bells in honor of the Holly King. A midsummer fire allowed all present to burn away a bad habit, problem, situation or other form of negative energy in their lives. Many felt uplifted, inspired and joyful. All present had the opportunity to travel down a garden path in a guided meditation to meet and speak with the Holy Holly King himself. The final union of the Holy Holly King and Queen brought a close to the ceremony and the opening of the Midsummer feast. Mainly a garden dinner, full of salads, cabbage, mushroom, pasta and noodles, the occasional yard bird was seen wandering around before quickly vanishing into the carnivorous traps of Holly King himself.  Blessed Be all! Until we merry meet again!

Midsummer 2011 l to r-Sharon Pellum, Derika Jade, Lunar Oak Spirit, Julie Watson and Marian Edmonds Friday, June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011 l to r- Julie Watson, Marian Edmonds, Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Friday,June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011 l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Sharon and Aryssa Pellum, Lunar Oak Spirit, Derika Llemley, Marian Edmonds, Julie Watson Friday, June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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We love traveling, especially when its to Logan to see our Pagan brothers and sisters at Utah State University.  The Pagan Alliance at USU is a bright and active group we call our sister group. UUPS has been building inter-group mingling with USUPA since April 2010.  UUPS drove up, after getting lost, on Saturday, May 1, 2010 to Logan UT. Most of UUPS members found the location in Logan Canyon and were able to attend a wonderful Celtic Reconstruction Wedding festival put on by USUPA’s own president Kassie Cressall. A large circle of stones, a beautiful altar, music, singing, fires and more were all on the agenda this day.  After wards was a lovely feast and a large May Day Pole!  All of us were able to dance around the poll honoring the God and Goddess on their day of union.

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) l Mitch O'Donnell and Kassie Cressal May 1, 2010 Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA, Mitch O’Donnell and Kassie Cressal (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 altar USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1 2012 Green Canyon Logan UT

Beltane 2010 altar USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 Circle USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1 2012 Green Canyon Logan UT

Beltane 2010 Circle USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) Daniel Cureton May 1, 2010 Green Canyon Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), Muad’Dib, May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 Bill Robinson USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Beltane 2010 USUPA Kassie Cressal (Utah State University Pagan Alliance) May 1, 2010, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

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