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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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Thanks to all who came and joined in the July 2013 Full Moon ritual on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8pm. Being such a wonderful evening with a warm breeze, crickets and birds chirping and the setting of the sun in the west behind the Oquirrh Mountains, a small altar was set up outside.  Iyata Bond led the ritual and instructed everyone in the beginnings of the Women’s Mysteries. The ritual was opened with the usual LBRP, Rose Cross and Thor’s Hammer. Blessings from the Moon Goddess on the objects was performed, along with healing and other spell workings. A special scepter dedication was done by President Muad’Dib for his new Medusa scepter. Cakes and Wine were passed around and a special coconut cake was eaten as the late night snack. Next up Lughnasadh!

Full Moon Ritual, Altar with Aphrodite, Moon Goddess, Hathor, Lugh, and Bast, Saturday, July 20, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual, Steven Wellington (l) and Piggy, Saturday, July 20, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Full Moon Ritual, l to r-Piggy, Iyata Bond, and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, July 20, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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Thanks to all who came and made this “once in a blue moon” occasion extra special! On Saturday, Sept 1, 2012 at 8pm, with a crowd of nine, some UUPS members and a few guests gathered. The ritual started out with the usual calling in of deity and elementals to join our work. President Mu’adDib performed the druid grove open ceremony by proclaiming peace in the quarters and invoking Awen.

Next, those who needed to performed cleansing and charging magic before a welcoming of the new deities to the humble abode of the president. With drums, rattles, sistrums and other percussion instruments, the members and guests hailed and welcomed new gods and goddesses to the circle such as Apollo and Medusa! They certainly showed up, as everyone reported feeling the shivers up and down there spine the power the gods and goddesses bring.

A cleansing by the blue moon came after the welcoming. Everyone was consecrated with smoke from thurber by president Muad’Dib, then they washed their bodies ritually in a basin of water with sweet grass oil representing blood and spirit. President Muad’Dib lit a smokeless fire where he pulled in the Gods and Goddesses and nwyfre, the fire of life and the Earth.  The fire represented the fire within and the burning fire of blue moon. Hands were passed through the fire to give a sealing to the washings and consecrations. President invoked a blessing of Cerriwden, Arianrhod to empower the soul, Shiva to transform, Medusa to see past the physical, Justice to find wisdom, Apollo to see the light within, Ganesh to overcome and Isis to heal the body, mind and spirit of all. The end of the blue moon magic brought an anointing with a special blue moon lunar oil.

Cakes, ale and gratitude offerings were presented to the Goddesses and Gods before closing and dismissing the energy and the grove. The traditional Merry Meet and Merry Part chant finished the magic on this very special blue moon! President Muad’Dib gave everyone tarot readings for the coming month with his special Deviant Moon Tarot to ad an extra punch to the blue moon magic!

Blue Moon Altar, Goddess Isis, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, altar, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, altar center, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Goddess side, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual God side September 1, 2012 Salt Lake City UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Muad’Dib, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Iyata Bond, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Donna Mae, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Woman Between the Wolves, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Donna Mae at Fire, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Ganesh statue, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Woman Between the Wolves, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, l to r- Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Rena Fairbrother and Callista Dreamwalker September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Fire Runner (l) and Mustard Seed, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Offering bowl and holy water, September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Moon Ritual, Callista Dreamwalker (l) and Rena Fairbrother September 1, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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