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Yule was celebrated Sunday, December 31, 2017. The last day to end the year and welcome 2018. The society met to honor the return of the Oak King and say goodbye to the Holly King till Midsummer.

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Yule 2017, altar with Holly King plaque and Arianrhod, Sunday, December 31, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Yule 2017, altar with candles, Sunday, December 31, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all who came and participated in the first Yule celebration and feast by UUPS on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

The Yule altar was decorated with lots of tea light candles, votive candles, quarter candles, wreathes, spruce, holly and other seasonal plants. The God and Goddess statue with them in union (below second) was hauled out for use for this holiday as Yule is about the birthing of the God from the Goddess, his mother, queen, consort, wife and lover.

After generous praise and preparation, the Goddess went into labor right there in the temple and gave birth to the God. He greeted everyone with a loving arms carrying a message for each person to hear. Gifts, hails, praise and gratitude were given to the God this night as all kneeled in acknowledgement of his divine grace and power.

Toasting and praise to other deities ensued before closing. The roars, laughter and praise broke out especially after Baccas invoked with wine! All in all, UUPS had a wonderful time. The feasting was after and everyone ate their fill of holiday delectable!

Till we meet again at the Altar of Life!

Yule 2011 Cast- l to r- Aryssa Pellum, Callista Dreamwalker, Muad’Dib , Lunar Oak Spirit, and Sharon Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Ritual Cast L to r- Callista Dreamwalker as hand maiden, Lunar Oak Spirit, as God, Sharon Pellum as Goddess, and Aryssa Pellum as hand maiden, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Muad’Dib as Ritual Leader Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 L to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Muad’Dib, and Sharon Pellum, God, Ritual Leader and Goddess Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Handmaidens Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Aryssa Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 God and Goddess Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Sharon Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Altar Close up Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

 

Yule 2011 Altar Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Altar Center Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Shy Fox (l) and Woman Between the Wolves in circle Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

ule 2011 Aryssa Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Lunar Oak Spirit Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Amber Hafen Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Sharon Pellum Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Shy Fox Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Darla Darr (l) and Derika Jade Llemley Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 L to R- Shy Fox, Derika Jade Llemley and Mikael Short Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Derika Jade Llemley (l) and Mikael Short Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Everyone before Yule 2011 (l to r): Mikael Short, Derika Jade, Woman Between the Wolves, Amber Hafen, Shy Fox, Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Callista Dreamwalker, Darla Darr and Lunar Oak Spirit, Sunday, December 18, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Food for Feast Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011 Feast Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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Holly and Oak Kings… a fight to the death.. almost. UUPS celebrated the two great Kings of the Year. The Oak King and the Holly King. This Midsummer festival on Friday, June 24, 2011 brought us the esteemed opportunity to reenact the great battle of the two kings, the battle that twice a year ensures one will rule while the other sits at the altar of life.  This time, the Holly King was again crowned ruler for the coming winter months. UUPS sang, danced, beat drums and rang bells in honor of the Holly King. A midsummer fire allowed all present to burn away a bad habit, problem, situation or other form of negative energy in their lives. Many felt uplifted, inspired and joyful. All present had the opportunity to travel down a garden path in a guided meditation to meet and speak with the Holy Holly King himself. The final union of the Holy Holly King and Queen brought a close to the ceremony and the opening of the Midsummer feast. Mainly a garden dinner, full of salads, cabbage, mushroom, pasta and noodles, the occasional yard bird was seen wandering around before quickly vanishing into the carnivorous traps of Holly King himself.  Blessed Be all! Until we merry meet again!

Midsummer 2011 l to r-Sharon Pellum, Derika Jade, Lunar Oak Spirit, Julie Watson and Marian Edmonds Friday, June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011 l to r- Julie Watson, Marian Edmonds, Aryssa and Sharon Pellum, Friday,June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2011 l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Sharon and Aryssa Pellum, Lunar Oak Spirit, Derika Llemley, Marian Edmonds, Julie Watson Friday, June 24, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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