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SLPS gathered together to celebrate the Winter Solstice, known as Yule or Alban Arthuan on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 6pm. The altar was decorated for Yule and a special Hanukkiah adorned the altar. The ritual started with Yule poetry. Everyone then presented gifts and honored Cernunnos, the lord of light and dark, Oak and Holly, born of the Goddess. He spoke to the members and blessed them for being present at his return. The Holly king’s power peaks at the time of year, gives way to the god of the waxing year, the Oak King, who will reign till Midsummer.

The reading of the traditional Hanukkah prayers and lighting of the candles took place. A traditional Yule log cake was the center cake, freshly bought from World Market. Bear foot pinot noir filled the glasses of the members. The Yule feastings included gorgonzola stuffed chicken, funeral potatoes, and potato soup.

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The Wheel has turned and Yule is upon us! Also know as Alban Arthan or the Winter Solstice, the sun reaches its lowest depths before starting its ascent. SLPS will be doing a Wiccan Yule on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The ritual will also included lighting of the fifth night Hanukkah candles. The Yule king will be born, the Oak King come to rule till Midsummer. A Yule log cake will be prepared, and egg nog with brandy for the drink. The feast will include stuff chicken, potato soup, fufu, and green beans.

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SLPS had a great celebration of Hanukkah for the second year in a row this past Saturday, December 7, 2013. We lit each candle on the hanukiah each night and said the sacred prayers in Hebrew. This celebration has become a tradition after the success Hanukkah of 2012. We look forward to next year, 2014’s Hanukkah!

Hanukkah 2013, Hanukkiah on mantle, December 7, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all whom came to the new moon ritual/drum circle and meditation fire this past Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 8pm.

The first order of magic was to finish up the Hanukkah celebrations! It being the last night of Hanukkah, the eighth candle was lit. The full and majestic power of the collective memory and history of the Jews and Maccabees descended on SLPS. Much gratitude could be felt for keeping the tradition alive.

Very quickly did the ancestors show up when they were invoked. Apparently they had much needed information for those present at the ritual. The ritual opened with the usual welcoming of the new moon and the lighting of the black candle before the mirror of fate. The drum circle brought journeying and out of body experiences as well as a connection with the divine.

After the fire died down, the grounding, center and peace meditation started. Being guided by president Muad’Dib, the members breathed in, chanted om and released all negativity to the calming song of Shanti by MC Yogi on his album Elephant Power. This particular song has a powerfully and accurate centering effect when doubled up with a continuous Om. Lunar Oak Spirit did reiki on everyone present to help increase the releasing and centering process.

New Moon Ritual, Hanukkah l to r-Fire Runner, Lunar Oak Spirit, Muad’Dib, Mustard Seed, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Shy Fox, December 15, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual, Hanukkah l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Fire Runner, Lunar Oak Spirit, Mustard Seed, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Shy Fox, December 15, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon Ritual Hanukkah, Hanukkiah, December 15, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon Ritual Hanukkah, Seated Moon Goddess, December 15, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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