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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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The wheel has turned and Samhain has come and gone. Thanks to all whom attended the combined UUPS and Sunstave Samhain ritual and feast on Saturday, October 27, 2012 6pm.

The temple area was decorated with the altars and tables with their elemental associations. Flowers and gourds were placed on the main altar and a special ancestral table was placed in the west for people to set items of loved ones onto. Arianrhod watched over the table while the event took place.

Everyone entered the circle space after the circle was cast and were cleansed with sage and holy water. President Muad’Dib opened the circle in the druid fashion and had the quarters called afterwards.

What first took place was a calming chant We Are the Old Ones, followed by the death of Cernunnos, who left us to go to the land of spirits to await rebirth at Yule. Hades then was channeled by president Muad’Dib and spoke to the circle before interacting with gate keeper of the west. The Gate Keeper, played by Iyata Bond, offered her soul in payment for a few minutes with the spirits of the dead. Hades, being so honored by her sincerity, open the gate without taking her soul. The spirits of the dead came rushing in to meet and talk with their loved ones. Some reported seeing lovers, parents and even pets that had gone on. In the middle of all this, three hounds were heard in the distance barking madly in the silence.

To the tune of the song Queen Medusa by Whispering Woods, Medusa was seen and heard from next. She joined the circle and took everyone’s problems that they had been dealing with throughout the year and burned them in the new year’s fire. She transformed and supported and will continue to support those whom accepted her offering of help.

The circle and grove were closed and the feasting began. The feast included deviled eggs, funeral potatoes, chicken and butternut squash soup. After the feast brought the Samhain part at the Church of the Sacred Circle temple where all sat by the fire and welcomed the new year while drinking Drunken Oak mead. Check out the photos below!

Samhain 2012, l to r Diana Schaffer, Heron, Ember Fire, Angel Starr, Steven Wellington, and Rena Fairbrother, October 27, 2012 Salt Lake City UT

Samhain 2012, south altar and fire, October 27, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2012, Medusa, October 27, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2012, Main altar, October 27, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2012, main altar center, October 27, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2012, ancestral altar, October 27, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2012, west altar, October 27, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2012, Arianrhod on ancestral altar, October 27, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2012, Feast l to r around table: Maddy, Ed Solmak, Iyata Bond, Mike McLaughlin, Denise Halter, Ember Fire, Avalon Starr, and Steven Wellington, October 27, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2012, after party l to r: L. Maddy, Avalon Starr (costume) and Lunar Oak Spirit (r), Church of the Sacred Circle, October 27, 2012 West Valley City, UT

Samhain 2012, After Party, Muad’Dib, Church of the Sacred Circle, October 27, 2012, West Valley City, UT

Samhain 2012, after party l to r- Avalon Starr, Maddy, Muad’Dib, Church of the Sacred Circle, October 27, 2012 West Valley City, UT

Samhain 2012, after party with Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Maddy, Church of the Sacred Circle, October 27, 2012 West Valley City, UT

Samhain 2012, after party, Rena Fairbrother (l) and Steven Wellington, Church of the Sacred Circle, October 27, 2012 West Valley City, UT

Samhain 2012, after party l to r-Iyata Bond, Muad’Dib, Steven Wellington, Rena Fairbrother, Lunar Oak Spirit, and Shy Fox, Church of the Sacred Circle, October 27, 2012 West Valley City, UT

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