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SLPS celebrated Midsummer Saturday, June 18, 2016. The members gathered on freshly cut grass, and under the grove of the pines at the temple. The sun was low in the sky, allowing for a cool evening. President Muad’Dib led the ritual in the New American tradition. The Oak and Holly Kings were present, as well as Hern and Perun. SLPS honors the transitioning of the year from the Oak King to the Holly King at Midsummer, as the sun’s zenith is reached and starts to descend to the longest night at Yule.

A dialogue about Midsummer, the path of the sun, and why it’s important to do solar rites took place. Some hand holding and dancing around the altar to the song “Litha” on the album Circle of the Seaons by Lisa Thiel allowed the members to raise energy. Some Midsummer poetry, Sign of the Daisy by Helen Hunt Jackson was read.

Perun, the patriarch of the Slavic pantheon, descended and spoke to everyone present. Perun rules over lightning, thunder, fire, oak, eagle and the ax or hammer. He gave a message of love, acceptance and inclusion, speaking about the forgotten myth, messages, and the simple ways of living like a Slav (bear meat, mushrooms, cabbage, the woods). He said how lonely he gets, with no one to talk with, no one patroning the pantheon like they once did. He encouraged everyone to love each person, work by the sun and moon, to embrace the messages of the ancient kindred, and to live simply as the Slavs did. He blessed them and accepted everyone into his family.  This message was a first, as SLPS welcomed him to the temple as a new God just arrived from the Czech Republic.

Midsummer 2016, Shy Fox (l) and Camille Harriss making tri tip steak kababs, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, altar, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, altar center, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, Perun, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, l to r- Shy Fox, Stesha Bowden, Camille Harris, Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, Sunset, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2016, feast l to r- steak kababs, deviled eggs, rice salad, baked purple cauliflower with Stesha Bowden (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to everyone who came and gave honor and thanks to the Goddess Ostara~! UUPS Met on Saturday, March 24, 2012 to honor the Goddess and welcome the Spring. We feel her blessing upon us and are grateful for her guidance. The ritual included poetry,  a guided journeying to meet Ostara, egg divination and thanks giving for all we have received. The journey work was performed by President Muad’Dib who led the members to a grove in trance to see the Germanic Goddess. Tears of joy were cried and messages received. The divination provided a good annual insight to the next year’s of work that people need to focus on.

The feasting had grilled chicken, potato salad, and wine.

Ostara 2012, L to R-Shy Fox, Fire Runner, Lunar Oak Spirit, and Mustard Seed, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, L to R-Mustard Seed, Ember Fire, and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, Ember Fire as witch with east altar, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, Center of Main altar, Mustard Seed, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2012, main altar with Mustard Seed, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, South Altar Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, West altar, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostar 2012, North Altar, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, chicken mole enchiladas by Shy Fox for the feast, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, Feast l to r: potato salad, grilled chicken, green salad, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, Shy Fox (l) and Ember Fire Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2012, Feast, Back to Front-Fire Runner, Mustard Seed, Woman Between the Wolves, and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, March 24, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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