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Thanks to everyone who came to Midsummer 2014, held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, the Summer Solstice. It was performed in the New American Tradition by President Muad’Dib. A special Midsummer Kings painting, acrylic on canvas, was the center piece, with two acrylic on board paintings of the Holly and Oak Kings to the sides, all done by Kurt Shoopman of Glasgow, Kentucky. Other items included flowers, cinnamon rolls, God’s eyes, ritual wine and a custom sunflower table cloth made last Midsummer by Woman Between the Wolves. ┬áThe faeries visited, the Holly King dominated the Oak King as the new ruling king of the year till Winter Solstice, and mighty Midsummer magic was worked at the Midsummer fire. Feasting included steak, vegetables in butter sauce and home ┬ámade cinnamon rolls.

Midsummer 2014, main altar, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, main altar center with Midsummer Kings paintings by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Temple area, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, L to r- Janelle Baguley, Willow Figueroa, Piggy, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, l to r- Lunar Oak Spirit, Uriel Lizardi, Owen Staples, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Cheyanne Opheikens (l) and Shy Fox, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, south altar with Sekhmet, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, West altar with Kali, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, North altar with Ganesh, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, East altar with Horus, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Woman Between the Wolves Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2014, Lunar performing Great Rite with Woman l to r- Janelle Baguley, Willow Figueroa, Piggy, Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves, Cheyanne Opheikens, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Owen Staples, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2014, Feasting, l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Lunar Oak Spirit, Piggy, Willow Figueroa, Janelle Baguley, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all who came and made the Yule Ritual and Feast a brilliant success. On Saturday, December 21, 2013, a few members and guests of SLPS gathered and welcomed back the Yule King from the world of the ancestors. Piggy, playing the Goddess, gave birth to Lunar Oak Spirit as Cernunnos. All knelt and honored the returned Lord. This time of year is when the sun begins his ascent and starts to increase in light, and when the Oak King reigns again till Midsummer. President Muad’Dib performed a druid rite for Yule and after a beautiful poetry reading, gave the cakes and wine offerings to the Oak King and Goddess and asked blessing for the new year as the light returns.

The feasting included rotisserie chicken, green beans and quinoa, potato salad and fruitcake. Check out the photos below!

Yule 2013, altar, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, altar center with Yule King plaque by Kurt Shoopman,,Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, Carlos Martinez (l) and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, l to r- Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Steven Wellington, and Piggy, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, Carlos Martinez (l) and Owen Staples, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, Shy Fox cooking for Yule feast, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2013, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, December 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all who attended and made Midsummer 2013 a wonderful celebration and feast! The celebrations took place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6pm and this year included a new Hammer of Thor rite.

The traditional battle between the Oak and Holly kings, with the Holly King victorious and ruling the next six months of the year took place as the center point of the ritual. The Oak King was played by SLSP President Muad’Dib and the Holly King by SLSP Advertising Director Lunar Oak Spirit. They had a mock battle and the Oak King relented control of the year to the Holly King till Yule, when the Sun will return again to increase the light on the Earth.

A druid Midsummer rite by SLPS President Muad’Dib where he called on the blessings of the God Beli, a midsummer Welch fire God, for all the members.

Oberon, King of the fairies was seen blessing the union of the Holly King and Queen. He also worked other faery magic as he danced around the circle!

Part of the magical workings on Midsummer also included power moon magic from the “super moon” that was passing over the Earth at the time. The workings including banishing bad habits in the Midsummer fire, traveling to meet the Holly King with his spouses and dancing to the song “Midsummer” by Heather Alexander.

Feastings after the ritual included tri-tip steak, chicken, hamburgers, ribs, corn on the cob and potato salad. A special homemade chocolate and coconut cream frosting cake was made by SLPS member Cheyanne Opheikens in honor of Lunar Oak Spirit’s late birthday. Delicious! Check out the photos below.

Midsummer 2013, Temple area, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Altar, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Altar Center with Oak and Holly King plaques by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, East altar with Thoth, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, South altar with Apollo, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, West altar with Hades, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, North altar with Tree Goddess, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, L to r: Patrick Lucero, Piggy, and Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, Cheyanne Opheikens (l) and Patrick Lucero, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Iyata Bond, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Patrick Lucreo (l) and Piggy, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Iyata Bond, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Midsummer 2013, Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Iyata Bond performing Great Rite, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Muad’Dib (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013 l to r: Patrick Lucero, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2013, Cake for Lunar Oak Spirit made by Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, June 22, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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The wheel has turned again and Midsummer has come upon us. Also know as Litha and Alban Heruin to the Druids, this is the time of greatest light upon the earth. A Solar holiday, the Oak and Holly Kings come together and battle each other for rule of the next six months. The Oak king has reigned gracefully and with love, giving the Earth ever greater and increasing light since the return of the King at Yule. Now the nights will lengthen and return us to the dark times at Mabon in a few months. Please join in the celebrations and feasting in honor of the new Holly King on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6pm! Please bring a substantial dish to the feasting. Contact Muad’Dib for details 801 709 4632

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All went well and smooth this past June 23, 2012 at 6pm~! Thanks to everyone who attended and made the festivities possible! President Muas’Dib led a group of 8 through a wiccan mythos duel of the Holly and Oak kings. The circle was opened with the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Qabbalistic and Rose Crosses and the druid ceremony of proclaiming peace in the four quarters. After the quarters were invoked, the Fae were invited to attend!

The apex of the ceremony was when The two kings fought a small battle and switched places as the ruling king for the next half of the year. With the beating of a drum the Holly King declared his victory over the Oak king!

Next, president Muad’Dib performed a druidic rite of invoking the God Beli, a midsummer Welch fire God honored at this time. The radiant energy of Beli was felt by everyone present. He blessed everyone before leaving to attend other rites this Midsummer Day.

The conclusion of the ceremony brought the great right by the Holly King and Queen and a blessing by Oberon, king of the Fae and consort to Mab! The festivities concluded with the usual feasting of enchiladas made by Shy Fox, the Sacred Keeper of Enchiladas and summer Russian soup, Okroshka.

Midsummer 2012, Muad’Dib with sword as High Priest Saturday, June 23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2012, Callista Dreamwalker, Saturday, June 23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2012, Rachel Sweeten (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, June 23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2012, North altar, Saturday, June 23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2012, East altar Saturday, June 23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2012, South altar,, Saturday, June 23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2012, West altar, Saturday, June 23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2012, main altar, Saturday, June 23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Midsummer 2012, main altar center, Saturday, June 23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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