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The members of SLPS met on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm to celebrate the union of the Lord and Lady in matrimony and at the Beltane wedding. The Maypole was unwoven from 2014 and set up on the lawn. Flowers from the garden adorned the altar as well as the great rite statue and queer gods painting.

Poetry honoring the Gods was read. The great rite was performed, the uniting of the blade and chalice, by the high priest and high priestess, offering up white zinfandel wine. “Beltane” was played by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons as the members danced and wove the ribbons on 2016’s pole. As the members drank wine and relaxed, two morning doves flew into the trees, issuing calls to the members and giving the sign that the Lord and Lady was present.

The feasting included homemade drunken German Chocolate cake, beef stroganov, and noodles.

Beltane 2016, Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, unraveling 2014’s Maypole weaving l to r- Camille Harris, Shy Fox, and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, Maypole, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, altar, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, altar center, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, dancing around the Maypole l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, and Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving, l to r- Camille Harris, Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving l to r-Camille Harris, Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2016, feast: homemade drunken German chocolate cake, peas, beef stroganov, noodle, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Gods are Happy! Everyone was blessed at Beltane this year, held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6pm.

The ritual opened with the usual banishings and circle protections and elemental callings. The altar was decorated in Beltane colors and Celtic Knotwork, symbolizing the eternal nature of the Gods and everyonekinds connection to them. A special commissioned painting by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky of Ganesh and Pan in the great rite was the centerpiece, symbolizing the Queer nature of divinity and everyonekind.

With drumming and music, the wedding party entered the circle. The God was played by Lunar Oak Spirit and the Goddess was played by Woman Between the Wolves. The declarations of unity, blessings and love was followed by the great rite, with the blade entering the chalice, symbolizing the unity of the Goddess and God to each other as well as to everyonekind.

With the throwing of rice and the reading of Beltane poetry, president Muad’Dib performed a druid rite to Niwalen. ¬†The dancing of the sacred dance around the newly made May Day Pole was next. After some confusion, the pace picked up and the weaving of a tight knotwork took place, to ensure the blessings and desires of everyone who dance till next Beltane.

The feastings included wine, spirits, ribs, steak, greens beans and mushrooms, scalloped potatoes, yellow rice and curry chicken, and three bean salad. Check out the photos below!

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib cleaning the temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves with May Day Pole ribbons, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves with May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves stapling the flowers to the top of the May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib with May Day Pole flowers, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r: Shy Fox, Piggy, Cheyanne Opheiknes, Rhiannon and Dinne Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Shy Fox, Dianne and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Piggy (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, main altar with Ganesh and Pan Great Rite painting by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, main altar center with Ganesh and Pan Great Rite painting by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib in temple area contemplating the ritual, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib in temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, South altar with Shekmet, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, West altar with Kali, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, North altar with Gaia, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, East altar with Isis, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves as God and Goddess approaching ritual circle, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves as God and Goddess entering ritual circle, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r: Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, Dianne Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Cheyanne Opheikens, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Owen Wilson, Lunar Oak Spirit and Anji Smith, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves (r in red) performing the Great Rite. Back l to r- Cheyanne Opheikens, Piggy, and Owen Wilson, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit performing the Great Rite, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib (l) and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Piggy, Owen Wilson, Woman Between the Wolves, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole, l to r- Owen Wilson, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, After May Day dance, l to r: Rhiannon Watters, Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Cheyanne Opheikens, Muad’Dib, Owen Wilson, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Rhiannon Watters, Piggy, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, Cheyanne Opheikens, and Muad’Dib after dancing the May Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole after weaving dance, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting, l to r: Anji Smith, Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Owen Wilson, Dianne and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting, l to r-Rhiannon Watters, Cheyanne Opheikens, Piggy, and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting with Anji Smith (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Join us on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6pm for Beltane Ritual and Feast. The union of the God and Goddess as one will take place with feastings afterward. A special commissioned painting of Ganesh and Pan by Kurt Shoopman in Kentucky in the great right will be the center for the gay gods at this Beltane! photo

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Thanks to all who attended and made Midsummer 2013 a wonderful celebration and feast! The celebrations took place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6pm and this year included a new Hammer of Thor rite.

The traditional battle between the Oak and Holly kings, with the Holly King victorious and ruling the next six months of the year took place as the center point of the ritual. The Oak King was played by SLSP President Muad’Dib and the Holly King by SLSP Advertising Director Lunar Oak Spirit. They had a mock battle and the Oak King relented control of the year to the Holly King till Yule, when the Sun will return again to increase the light on the Earth.

A druid Midsummer rite by SLPS President Muad’Dib where he called on the blessings of the God Beli, a midsummer Welch fire God, for all the members.

Oberon, King of the fairies was seen blessing the union of the Holly King and Queen. He also worked other faery magic as he danced around the circle!

Part of the magical workings on Midsummer also included power moon magic from the “super moon” that was passing over the Earth at the time. The workings including banishing bad habits in the Midsummer fire, traveling to meet the Holly King with his spouses and dancing to the song “Midsummer” by Heather Alexander.

Feastings after the ritual included tri-tip steak, chicken, hamburgers, ribs, corn on the cob and potato salad. A special homemade chocolate and coconut cream frosting cake was made by SLPS member Cheyanne Opheikens in honor of Lunar Oak Spirit’s late birthday. Delicious! Check out the photos below.

Midsummer 2013, Temple area, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Altar, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Altar Center with Oak and Holly King plaques by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, East altar with Thoth, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, South altar with Apollo, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, West altar with Hades, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, North altar with Tree Goddess, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, L to r: Patrick Lucero, Piggy, and Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, Cheyanne Opheikens (l) and Patrick Lucero, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Iyata Bond, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Patrick Lucreo (l) and Piggy, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Iyata Bond, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Iyata Bond performing Great Rite, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Muad’Dib (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013 l to r: Patrick Lucero, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Cake for Lunar Oak Spirit made by Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all whom came to the Beltane celebrations on May 4, 2013 at 6pm. The God and Goddess united in love and spirit in the presence of SLPS members. The celebrations began with dancing, singing and drum beating welcome the wedding party to the circle. Lunar Oak Spirit played the God and Callista Dreamwalker the Goddess.

Each member took turns reading Beltane poetry, giving offerings, and watching the Great Rite performance. The wedding party exited to the throws of rice and treats in honor of their union. After the wedding party exited, a druid Beltane rite calling on Niwalen was performed by SLPS President and druid Muad’Dib. Niwalen rose from the Earth and blessed everyone.

Personal libations came before the close. Penis rolls and clit cakes were loving homemade by Lauren Holman. Each person enjoyed a taste of the God and Goddess! Feastings included ribs by Woman Between the Wolves, Enchiladas by Shy Fox and an organic homemade Green Man spice cake by Cheyanne Opheikens.

Beltane 2013, Piggy (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit before ritual, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Ember Fire doing tarot before ritual, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Iyata Bond preparing the Beltane fire, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, South altar with red cloth, Beltane fire and west altar (r), May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, South altar with Brigid statue, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, West altar with Anubis statue, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, North altar with Tree Goddess statue, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, East altar with Thoth statue, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, l to r- Tyson Chase, Lunar Oak Spirit, Patrick Lucero, Cheyanne Opheikens, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, and Shy Fox, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Iyata Bond (l) and Muad’Dib, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, l to r-Iyata Bond, Cheyanne Opheikens, Tyson Chase, and Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Shy Fox at main altar, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Main altar, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Main altar center, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, main altar with god and goddess plaques and phallic cakes, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Callista Dreamwalker as Goddess, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Muad’Dib with Beltane fire, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit (l-kneeling) and Callista Dreamwalker performing the Great Rite, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Green Man Organic spice cake made by Cheyanne Opheikens, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2013, Sherelyn Cureton (l) and Patrick Lucero after Beltane Feast, May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Many thanks to those who came and made Beltane 2012 a possibility on Saturday, May 12, 2012! The Goddess and God are now one, united in love, in the great rite! The ritual included poetry praise, violin music, whiskey and tobacco offerings, a great rite performed by members in aspect of the God and Goddess. What a great time everyone had! With a mighty feast after! Thanks to everyone!

Beltane 2012, Mustard Seed, Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012, Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Mustard Seed, Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012, l to r- Fire Runner, Callista Dreamwalker and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012, Shy Fox and Lunar Oak Spirit (r), Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012 altar Saturday, May 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012, East Altar, Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012, South Altar, Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012, west altar, Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012, North Altar, Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2012, Temple as facing west, Saturday, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2012, South altar with triple moon, May 12, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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