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The society gathered to honor the kindred and deities on during the Samhain season Sunday, November 5, 2017. Due to scheduling the ritual was pushed back a few days to allow for accommodations, but the gods and kindred were pleased none the less!

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Samhain 2017, altar with Hekate and Anubis, Sunday, November 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2017, altar side, Sunday, November 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Samhain 2017, altar with candles, Sunday, November 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel turned and the time of the Ancestors was upon us! In the SLPS tradition, we do not only work with them at Samhain (pronounced Souw Win, not Sam Hane), but throughout the year. Even so, Samhain is THE time for the kindred and ancestral workings.

SLPS performed their personal coven rite on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8pm. This was necessary as SLPS also was to perform a public rite. Private group workings as well as personal work is an important component as it allows for self work and the members to bond together, express higher emotions, and be comfortable instead of having onlookers or worrying about strangers energies.

The right on October 24 went splendidly, with a homemade death by chocolate cake being the main cake, and bloody Mary’s for the wine. Osiris and Arianrhod were invoked as the patrons of the rite. The ancestors were called in with the song “Samhain by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons. To calm the energies, the song “Shanti (Peace Out)” by MC Yogi on his album Elephant Power was played to bring everyone back and dismiss the dead. Feastings afterwards were spiced apple cider and Puerto Rican spaghetti.

SLPS was asked to conduct a public rite on Halloween for the Pagan shop As Above So Below in Roy, UT. SLPS gladly accepted. With a count of 45 people, the rite proceeded at 8:30. The archangels invoked in the quarters, the barriers thrown up, the song “Samhain by Lisa Thiel was played after the ancestors were invoked to join the circle under the watch oft he High Priest Muad’Dib and High Priestess Woman Between the Wolves. Deities present were Cerridween, Arianrhod, Hades, and Osiris. HP Muad’Dib performed a druid rite to Cerridwen, the ancestors, and the fall season. A toast with the coven chalice full of wine was passed around the room before the closing and pot luck feastings.

Samhain 2015, altar, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, altar center, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Camille Harris (l) and Piggy, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Donotello- a temple cat guarding the ritual space, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Shy Fox and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, bloody Mary ritual drink, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Death by chocolate cake made by Shy Fox, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, glasses prepared for bloody Mary drinks, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2015, Puerto Rican meatball spaghetti for the feast, Saturday, October 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Public Samhain 2015, l to r-Tarisa Cooper, Muad’Dib, and C.C. Delgado, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

Public Samhain 2015, altar with cow skull, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

Public Samhain 2015, crowds seated at ceremony with Muad’Dib (r) and Piggy (far right), As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

Public Samhain 2015, feast, As Above So Below, Saturday, October 31, 2015 Roy, UT

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On Friday, October 31, 2014, SLPS met to give acknowledgement and speak with the honored dead! Halloween lanterns decorated the trees, with witches’ hat candle holders on the table with painted pumpkins among other Halloween decorations. The sugar skull topped the altar, painted last week as part of the Samhain decorations, bringing in the tradition of Saint Death and Day of the Dead festivities.

A small ceremony was held in which the ancestors of those gone to the grave, were welcomed back to the world of the living, for a few brief moments to speak to their living Kin. Hounds were heard in the distance barking madly at the moment the gates were opened, only to be calmed when they left. Reports of fathers, aunts, and animals were seen around the temple. The offerings to the Goddess Hekate and the God Cernunnos who died at this time, to be reborn at Yule. Offerings were wine and hazelnut cookies, offered in the Baron La Croix bowl.

Samhain is also the last harvest holiday before snow falls, bringing in the gourds, pumpkins, and last fruits of the season such as apples, parsnips, cabbage, and berries. A feast in honor the dead was held with foods such as chicken mole enchiladas and jalapeno bean salad with wine.

Samhain 2014, Muad’Dib, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, witch lantern, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, pumpkin lantern,Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, altar with Hekate and Cernunnos, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, Baron bowl with hazelnut cookies, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, altar with candles, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, back of altar, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2014, Feasting on chicken mole enchiladas, Friday, October 31, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned again and Samhain is upon us. This year Samhain will take place at the Temple of the Sun and Moon. We will celebrate the honored dead and invite them to speak to us in circle. The Lord Cernunnos will die, and be born again at Yule.

When: Friday, October 31, 2014

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Thanks to who came to the Samhain ritual and feast on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 6pm. The society began the Samhain by painting pumpkins and rocks for the dead. The rocks were later buried under a tree and the pumpkins put out on display. The crowning piece of this year’s Samhain was a hand painted skull for dia de Los Muertos as the center piece. The ritual was performed in the druid/wiccan style by SLPS president Muad’Dib.

The main rite of the Samhain ritual was Lord Shiva, Hindu God of Death, unlocking the gate of the underworld in Nataraja pose to allow the spirits of the dead to attend their living. After a few moments, they were sent back to the underworld till the next ancestral working. Cernunnos had gone before to prepare the dead for the visitation as it was he who died that day, to be reborn again at Yule. Cerridwen of the druids was seen during the druid Samhain rite. The offerings were home made pumpkin bread and Bloody Mary’s in the frog cauldron. Medusa burned away all the worries and problems of the people (played by Piggy). It came to a close with the blessings of Samhain being given by Lady Hecate.

The feasting included home made pumpkin bread, green beans, buckwheat and mummy chicken (wrapped in bacon). After the feast, everyone rested by a Samhain fire, lit for the ancestors and enjoyed eggnog and brandy.

Samhain 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit painting a pumpkin, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Shy Fox painting a skull, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Piggy painting a pumpkin, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Piggy painting a red and black pumpkin, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, altar, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, sugar skull painted by coven, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, altar center, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Shy Fox (l) and Piggy, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, left to right- Shy Fox, Piggy, Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, working Samhain magick, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Samhain feast, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, mushroom buckwheat, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, mummy chicken, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, post ritual fire, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Samhain 2013, Piggy (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Hi folks,

Soon under the wing of the Goddess, Hecate’s time will come, Samhain, or Halloween.  As part of the end of October, we will be doing Pagan Awareness Week the last week.  There will be an altar set up at the University of Utah.  Awareness and understanding,  especially at such a commercial time, while peoples guards on witches and pagans has been let down for all the candy they’ll get on this night, is the best time to make the true meaning of this sacred holiday known.  Here is the link to the Facebook group so you all can see the events that are upcoming

As part of that week, don’t be afraid to show you’re a god and/or goddess worshiper!  We want to educate the community on the real meaning of Paganism, so be proud to sport your alternative clothing or jewelry, even if its for an hour!  This is part of the goal of Pagan Awareness Week, to get the local pagan’s out of fear and out of the broom closet! I hope to see you all there!

BB

Muad’Dib

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