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The members enjoyed a lovely Lughnasadh, praising the Celtic sun god Lugh on Saturday, August 5, 2017. The gathering was held at the temple, with dimming light in the west and the altar of life set in the center. A beautiful sunset graced the meditations, and a journey was led to meet the Celitc God, who gave warm, brotherly advice to those present. The feastings included chicken, mashed potatoes, and baked asparagus.

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Lughnasadh 2017, altar with dog Freyja, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2017, l to r: Shy Fox, Willow and Rachel Figueroa, Spencer Angell, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2017, L to r: Spencer Angell, Willow Figueroa, Shy Fox, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2017, feast, Saturday, August 5, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS met under cool sky, warm earth, and to the sounds of crickets in the late July evening to celebrate Lughnasadh, the first harvest, and honor the Celtic God Lugh on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The altar was set, adorned with seasonal items, cock candles, corn, nude Lugh painting, and flowers. The fruits of the first harvest, the Society garden, were presented before the Gods. The harvest included: baquieu and romaine lettuce; onions; shallots;  shishito, serrano, and anaheim peppers; okra, yellow squash; parsley, oregano, and dill herbs. Four types of jam from the fruit trees that have produced from the garden: apricot mango, apricot oregon grape, apricot plum, and plum (plums from the red plum trees on the curb). The Society is greatly blessed to have such harvests from the Good Earth Mother, Gaia. All the hard work of the garden has paid off!

Homemade cornmeal buttercream cupcakes were made by member Stesah Bowden. Wyld Extra Pale Ale and Moab Brewery Dead Horse Amber were the drinks of choice for John Barleycorn, who is burned as an offering from the wheat/corn to the gods at this time. Without the god Lugh, Lughnasadh is celebrated at Lammas, as a holiday of thanksgiving surrounding the first of three harvests that happen in August, September, and October.

The members meditated to the song “Lammas” on the album Circle of the Seasons by Lisa Thiel. The members went around afterwards in a circle and offered up thanks for all the things the were grateful for in life, lending that energy to the overall gratitude of the harvests.

The feasts including sauteed yellow squash with bacon, onions, and shallots (a traditional Gullah/Charleston, SC recipe by Muad’Dib who hails from that part of the world), BBQ-ed ribs, and chicken mole enchiladas.

Lughnasadh 2016, altar, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, harvests of the Society garden l to r- baquieu and romaine lettuce; yellow squash; Anaheim, Serrano, and shishito peppers; okra; shallots; onions; parsley, dill, and oregano herbs. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, altar with harvests l to r-romaine lettuce, yellow squash, Anaheim, Serrano, and shishito peppers; okra; tomatoes; shallots; onions; parsley. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, cornmeal and buttercream muffins, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, fruit jam from fruit tree harvests l to r- apricot mango, apricot Oregon grape, plum, and plum apricot, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, Woman Between the Wolves lighting south candle, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, l to r- Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, preparing sauteed squash with bacon, onion and shallot (from garden), Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2016, feast: chicken mole enchiladas with guacamole, ribs with mustard bbq sauce, and sauteed squash, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The sun was setting in the west when SLPS celebrated Lughnasadh. The ritual took place Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 8pm. SLPS is fond of honoring the Celtic Sun God Lugh, as he’s been so good to us. Corn was in order, and bread the offering. A simple ritual giving thanks, creating sacred space, and discussing what we are all thankful for took place. Ears of corn and chrysanthemums decorated the altar, and the song “Heart Beat of Harvest” by Cernunnos Rising was sung in honor of Lugh. John Barleycorn was burned in the fire, and the feast included bowls of hardy chili and mango nectar.

Lughnasadh 2015, altar, Sunday, August 2, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2015, altar center, Sunday, August 2, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2015, burning the john barleycorn in the fire, Sunday, August 2, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Wheel has turned and Lughnsadh is upon us. The first of three harvest holidays, also known as Lammas, Lughnasadh is the time of Thanksgiving and to honor the Celtic Sun God Lugh.

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A few of the core members gathered to honor Lugh on Saturday, August 2, 2014. This year’s Lughnasadh was small in comparison, due to schedules and other circumstances, regardless, Lugh was satisfied and happy to be honored and remembered with penis break and sausage gravy as the main offerings.

Lughnasadh is the traditional time for offering the first bread of the harvest, in which this year’s form they were penis bread. The foundations of the Sun and Moon temple were restored and the Angels welcomed back. A simple druid ceremony brought all the parts together before the close. The feast included grilled bratwursts in honor of Lugh, spinach salad and funeral potatoes.

Lughnasadh 2014, Muad’ Dib Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (L) and Shy Fox, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Altar Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Penis Bread, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014 Altar center with Lugh painting, Saturday August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014 Shy Fox, Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Shy Fox lighting elemental candle (fire), Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2014, Celtic Sun God Lugh Saturday, August 2, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all who came and attended Lughnasadh on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6pm. The sabbat kicked off with the usual preparations of cleaning the temple site, pine cone, and doggie poo sweeps, and set up. A pre ritual crafting activity took place with several society members making Corn Mothers. At this time of harvest of the grains, corn or maize as it was known in South America, was the sustaining grain for the peoples there. The Corn Mother was believed to be the responsible for production and care of her peoples through providing corn. Since this is a crop Lughnasadh, it was appropriate to make and decorate them to her and to Lugh.

The ritual began with the usual open rites and cleansing rituals. A few special items decorated the altar including a Lughnasadh corn designed table cloth made by Woman Between the Wolves, a corn chalice, a black phallus candle, and the crowning center item a Lugh painting of Lugh lying against a hill side with an erect uncut phallus of acrylic on canvas done by Kurt Shoopman in Kentucky.  Other items included seasonal flowers, branches, penis bread, and the first fruits of the harvest. Lugh and his consort Cernunnos spoke to the guests. Afterwards people enjoyed special cheese and chive penis bread made by Woman Between the Wolves and said what they were grateful for at this time of thanksgiving. President Muad’Dib performed a druid rite to Sul, after which he performed Celtic reels on the violin, honoring Lugh, Cernunnos, and Sul. Other offerings, libations, and blessing were performed by the society members including a blessing of a Ganesh painting and a wood burned Ingvas. Iyata Bond blessed everyone with a Lughnasadh oil made by her for the occasion.

The feasting included an organic blueberry cobbler made by Cheyanne Opheiknes, roasted vegetables and hamburgers. All in all, a wonderful time!

Lughnasadh 2013, Corn Dolly, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lugnasadh 2013, Ritual area, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lugnasadh 2013. Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens in ritual area, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Lugh painting acrylic on canvas by Kurt Shoopman, harvest offerings to Lugh, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Main altar center, Patrick Lucero (l), Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Main altar with penis bread, harvest, and corn offerings, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, East altar with Thoth, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2013, South altar with Triple Brigid with Aragnotie egg, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, West altar with Hades, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, North altar with tree goddess with plate of dirt, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2013, People lined up to enter ritual area, Front to back: Piggy, Cheyanne Opheikens, Patrick Lucero, Lunar Oak Spirit, and Iyata Bond, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, ritual area l to r: Cheyanne Opheikens, Iyata Bond, Patrick Lucero, Piggy, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, View of south altar, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Iyata Bond with penis bread, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Muad’Dib playing Celtic reels on his violin made by Romanian luthier Vasile Gliga, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Muad’Dib presenting offerings to Lugh, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Iyata Bond, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2013, Iyata Bond giving personal libation, Saturday, August 3, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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This past Saturday, August 4, 2012 brought many fun experiences and blessing on all whom attended the Lughnasadh celebrations and feastings! Lugh himself and his consort goddess Rosmerta (the Moon) were present and even spoke to the audience!!!  Lughnasadh is the time for celebration of the first harvest and Lugh, the Celtic Sun God!

The ritual started off with the usual clearing and cleansing of the sacred space at the Salt Lake City Temple of the Sun and Moon. After the barriers were put up, President Muad’Dib opened the circle in the revivalist druidic style before calling in the four quarters. With everything and everyone present, including the archangels, everyone present was blessed by the God Lugh and his consort Rosmerta.  They shook bells and chimes to help focus the energy. President Muad’Dib then called upon the Goddess Sul, the Celtic Sun Goddess, to give grace and guidance to all present. With the beating of a drum and the shaking of the chimes, Sul showed up on cue, electrified and ecstatic to be there! She opened the way for others who were experiencing journings and feelings of love in the circle! Several reported being swept away to the clouds for a time during Sul’s presence!

After the druid rite of Sul, everyone present partook of the sacred bread, traditionally baked and offered at Lughansadh as part of the first harvest… except this bread turned out extra special in the oven. Lugh himself was seen in the kitchen shaping these into nothing else but the proper representation of the Celtic Sun God… the phallic! With the semi beltane energy and the rise phallic of the Sun God… all were very grateful to give thanks and tell everyone what they are thankful for at this harvest time. The phallices were thrown into the Lugh fire and president Muad’Dib read the story of the Tuatha de Danann to close up the rite!

Shrimp creole was served as the main course at the feasting and that concluded the celebrations! Thanks to all who attended and made this Lughnasad extra special…till next we meet! Check out the photos below!

Lughansadh 2012, l to r- Iyata Bond, Lunar Oak Spirit, Fire Runner, Mustard Seed, and Callista Dreamwalker, Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughansadh 2012, l to r- Iyata Bond, Mustard Seed, and Callista Dreamwalker Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasah 2012, Iyata Bond (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughansadh 2012, Callista Dreamwalker, Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2012, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Muad’Dib Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2012, Iyata Bond (l) and Fire Runner, Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2012, Mustard Seed as Goddess (l) and Shy Fox as God Saturday, August 4 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2012 Shy Fox (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2012, Penis Bread Offerings Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2012 Main altar with Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Lughnasadh 2012, Feast, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, August 4, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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On August 6, 2011, UUPS drove up to Logan to attend a wonderful ritual set back 2 miles in Green canyon with USUPA. A small altar, decorated with flowers, fruit, chalices and more was set in the south of a circle lined with rose petals.

Our very own Muad’Dib played the part of Lugh. The participants entered through the west gate. Each attendant was cleansed with water and purified with air. The circle was closed when everyone was inside and Kassie began the elegant and short ritual to the God and Goddess.

Bread and honey were offered in thanks. All the participants took a piece of bread as the symbol of their harvest and were asked to think about what they were grateful for, what blessings they had received, what service had been given to them and what all of this meant in the larger cycle of their life.  After a moment, each person was allowed to speak allowed their feelings, thoughts and emotions and to throw the bread in the fire as the final act of thanks to the God(s)

With the closing of the ritual brought a feast and fire with the God and Goddess. The food included items such as mead, red beans and rice, pie and dutch oven enchiladas!

As the sun set, the fire added a much appreciated light! Even the fire Gods were seen walking around this night!

UUPS Thanks USUPA for hosting another wonderful ritual. We can’t wait to see you all again!

Lughnasadh 2011, Muad’Dib as Celtic Sun God Lugh, USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Lughnasadh 2011, main altar, USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Lughnasadh 2011, center fire with Kassie Cressal, USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Lughnasadh 2011, l to r Muad’Dib, Megan Sjoberg, and Kassie Cressal USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Lughnasadh 2011, Camp site, USUPA, Saturday, August 6, 2011, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Lughnasadh 2011, l to r: Woman Between the Wolves, Megan Sjoberg, Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, Astral Eventide, Kate Black, Isaac Furniss, Unknown and Unknown Child, Dano Harvey, Saturday, August 6, 2011, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

Lughnasadh 2011, l to r: Dano Harvey, Kassie Cressal, and Kate Black USUPA Saturday, August 6, 2011, Green Canyon, Logan, UT

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