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The members of SLPS gathered in Mill Creek Canyon on Sunday, August 11, 2014 for some magical ingredient gathering. This year the harvest brought in lots of sage, mountain dirt, sagebrush wood, oak wood, and Jerusalem sunflowers and shale. At the middle and ends of summer, SLPS makes a trip to get the bulk supplies to for the apothecary and personal use for the next year. Offerings were left in thanks and gratitude for the items gathered. Even a small brown praying mantis was spotted, gracing those present with its beauty and blessing.

Magical ingredient gathering, Shy Fox, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Mill Creek Canyon, UT

Magical ingredient gathering, Muad’Dib harvesting sage, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Mill Creek Canyon, UT

Magical ingredient gathering, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Mill Creek Canyon, UT

Magical ingredient gathering, brown praying mantis, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Mill Creek Canyon, 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-Fire Runner, 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, Mustard Seed, and Fire Runner, Friday, June 24, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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

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