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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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The members of SLPS gathered to celebrate the birth of the Yule King, bringing back the light, Saturday, December 19, 2015. A homemade Yule Log cake, kahlua chocolate made at the Yule crafting Friday, December 18, 2015, adorned the altar. The altar was dressed in seasonal colors, flowers, and ritual items. The take over by the Oak King was acknowledged, who rules from Yule to Midsummer during the waxing light of the Sun as it grows brighter till Midsummer.

Poetry was read for Yule and the members danced around the Yule altar, calling back the light to the song “Bring Back the Light” by Gypsy on her album Enchantress. The feastings after included chipotle buckwheat, Gorgonzola ham stuff chicken breasts, and broccoli.

Yule Crafting 2015, cake roll, Friday, December 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule Crafting 2015, unrolled Yule log cake, Friday, December 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule Crafting 2015, Shy Fox filling Yule log cake, Friday, December 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, Yule log cake, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Shy Fox, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, Muad’Dib, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, Altar lit, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, altar, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2015, feast: gorgonzola, ham, and cheese breaded chicken, broccoli, and buckwheat, Saturday, December 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS gathered together to celebrate the Winter Solstice, known as Yule or Alban Arthuan on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 6pm. The altar was decorated for Yule and a special Hanukkiah adorned the altar. The ritual started with Yule poetry. Everyone then presented gifts and honored Cernunnos, the lord of light and dark, Oak and Holly, born of the Goddess. He spoke to the members and blessed them for being present at his return. The Holly king’s power peaks at the time of year, gives way to the god of the waxing year, the Oak King, who will reign till Midsummer.

The reading of the traditional Hanukkah prayers and lighting of the candles took place. A traditional Yule log cake was the center cake, freshly bought from World Market. Bear foot pinot noir filled the glasses of the members. The Yule feastings included gorgonzola stuffed chicken, funeral potatoes, and potato soup.

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The Wheel has turned and Yule is upon us! Also know as Alban Arthan or the Winter Solstice, the sun reaches its lowest depths before starting its ascent. SLPS will be doing a Wiccan Yule on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The ritual will also included lighting of the fifth night Hanukkah candles. The Yule king will be born, the Oak King come to rule till Midsummer. A Yule log cake will be prepared, and egg nog with brandy for the drink. The feast will include stuff chicken, potato soup, fufu, and green beans.

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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 l to r- Mustard Seed, Callista Dreamwalker, Muad’Dib, Lunar Oak Spirit, and Fire Runner, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, L to r- Callista Dreamwalker as hand maiden, Lunar Oak Spirit as God, Fire Runner as Goddess, and Mustard Seed 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-God Lunar Oak Spirit, Ritual Leader Muad’Dib, and Goddess Fire Runner, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Yule 2011, God and Goddess Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Fire Runner 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

Yule 2011, Mustard Seed, Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Yule 2011, Ember Fire Sunday, December 18, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Yule 2011, Fire Runner, 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

Yule 2011 l to r- Mikael Short, Derika Jade, Woman Between the Wolves, Ember Fire, Shy Fox, Mustard Seed, Fire Runner, 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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This past Friday December 18, 2009 brought the wonderful opportunity for UUPS to work with its newly formed offshoot group WANDS of Westminster College. A neo shamanic rite was performed by their leader, Christian under snow and full moon! A few members from both groups gathered on the south sound of the college at the amphitheater by a running rive to give honor and praise to father sky and mother earth. The crowning salute came with a drawn sword and refreshments of apple cider. UUPS can’t wait to work again with WANDS! Hail!

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December and Yule

Hi folks,

once again, with the turn of the month, the turning of the great wheel, we come to the Yule season. The God is soon to be reborn by the Goddess!. This month has slowed down, we are in the planning stages for the upcoming year. We are taking a big breath in this month and relaxing.

Student Groups:

We are working with SLCC to form a group there. We are going over the paper work and examing what exactly needs to happen. If anyone is interested, please email UUPS!

Book of the Month:

We have had an ongoing book of the month since last fall. This months book is
Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide by Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling.

If anyone is without a place to go for Christmas, they may come to my house on Friday and enjoy some dinner and festivities! Please send me an email through UUPS

Bright Blessings
Muad’Dib

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