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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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The wheel has turned and Samhain, known to non magical folks as Halloween is upon us. The Celtic new year is a time for renewing commitments, setting goals and honoring the dead.

This year’s Samhain is a special one since UUPS picked up the Sun Stave Staff and will be hosting Sun Stave for Samhain. Part of this year’s Samhain will consist of drinking to the new year, a druid rite, wiccan death ceremony of Cernunnos, and calling in the dead or ancestors to deliver messages from the other realm, help their living loved ones improve and move forward in their lives.

Please bring an item or photo of a loved one that has passed. There will be a separate ancestral table to set them on. This ritual will included heavy emotions, be prepared to see those beyond the grave. Feast will be after as usual. Dress warmly and if able, please bring a seasonally appropriate dish.

Address: 7455 Parkridge Cir, SLC UT 84121
**** Here are some helpful tips for food ****

If you can, please think beyond bringing chips and salsa for your food contribution. 🙂 We have paper plates, plastic forks and spoons and plastic cups and two microwaves for re-heating items. If you are allergic to cats, be aware that the house is owned…errrr shared by 11 of those feline beasties: plan accordingly with your meds.

Ideas and suggestions for seasonal foods include: steamed carrots, pumpkin pie, garlic mashed potatoes, chicken (rotisserie or otherwise), soups (for example winter squash soup) macaroni & cheese, rice pilaf, enchiladas, other casseroles. Remember our vegetarian sisters & brothers, but think beyond the “vegetable platter.”

www.sunstave.org

(Flyer by Lunar Oak Spirit)

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Thanks to all who came and made Mabon a terrific event! This past Saturday, September 22, 2012, UUPS met under the shade of pines to give honor and celebration to the passing of the light to the dark and the aging deities.

Starting the ritual right after sunset, President Muad’Dib got things rolling with the calling the elements and deities and giving praise and honor to the aging Gods and Goddesses in the Wiccan Celtic pantheon. With a beautiful altar, all those present danced and sang while  beating drums, shaking rattles and ringing bells!

About then, the Hermit showed up carrying a lantern! It was the aged God! He divided the light from the dark and allowed Apollo to speak to us and to pass the lantern of light to the Shadow side of himself, the Lord of Shadow Cernunnos. The Lord of Shadow allowed everyone to banish something into the Mabon fire that they wish to work on before the light was dimmed. A meditation on the darkness followed for a few minutes before the Lord departed. Now all are on the path as the dark times move forward!

Ganesh showed up in time for his birthday celebration! Lots of dancing and singing took place as Ganesh channeled himself into everyone present.

The closing of Mabon brought a memorial service for one of the members cats, Ms. Big Kitty. She passed on to the big castle in the sky with the Goddess at the age of 16. Condolences and words of comfort were offered before cakes and ale and the closing before the feast!

Feasting brought stuffed chickens, garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and more! With wine flowing, Baccus was making his rounds! All had a wonderful and safe time at this year’s Mabon. Till next we meet under magic and moon at Samhain!

Mabon 2012, Lunar Oak Spirit at south altar, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon (l), and Callista Dreamwalker September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012 Willow Figueroa (l) and Fire Runner September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, l to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Iyata Bond, and Fire Runner, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, l to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves and Callista Dreamwalker, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, Fire Runner opening wine, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, main altar, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, altar center, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, lights, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, feast l to r-Mustard Seed, Lunar Oak Spirit, Callista and Mr. Dreamwalker, Darla Darr, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Shy Fox, Rena Fairbrother, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mabon 2012, feast l to r-Fire Runner, Iyata Bond, Mustard Seed and Lunar Oak Spirit, September 22, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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