This year’s Imbolc Rite ritual will be September 23rd, 2017 at CedarLight Center. The bardic performances and feast begins: 4pm. The main ritual starts at 6:30pm, the doors open to the public at 2:30pm. Please arrive no later than 4pm so that you won’t miss the pre-ritual brief. All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend 🙂
Times are subject to change, please check before you leave.
Lore of the Season & Ritual Information
Prayer: Celebrating Our Community
We gather on the fall equinox to celebrate the harvest in Anglo Saxon tradition. We give honor to the god Ing and call upon Thunor to open the gates. CedarLight has a standing tradition of bringing thanksgiving and community into our Fall Eqninox rite. As such there will be index cards for the folk to write down shout outs to their fellow members for all good services and help we have been seen doing around the grove over the past year.
- Incense, Flowers, & Herbs
- Bardic works you have created (please let the ritual team know ahead of time so they can slot you in)
- Hand-crafted items
PLEASE NOTE: We take oaths very seriously. Any oaths given as an offering MUST be cleared with the Senior Druid prior to the High Rite. Please see Caryn upon arrival if you plan on giving an oath.
- Do not honor deities of different pantheons than those being honored at this rite
- Keep all electronic devices like cellphones and tablets off or turned down. Electrical devices ARE, however, allowed to be used to recite offerings.
- Offerings will be mainly given in silence as a group, but if you have something you wish to say, sing, or recite, let the Chief Liturgist know ahead of time so they can make time for your offering
- Do not declare any oaths during the rite without expressed permission from the Chief Liturgist well before the rite.
- If your children are noisy or wandering around the ritual space, please remove them temporarily until they can compose again in the ritual space. We are very children friendly, but we also don’t want them accidentally falling into the ritual fire.
- Membership Beads may be available for members.
- If you are sick, we ask that you not drink from the horn or chalice during the Waters of Life. We will make sure to have personal vessels available so you can still drink from the Waters of Life without sharing germs 🙂
- Do not take offerings off of the altar that are not yours
What to Bring?
Bring a Dish for the Potluck!
Participants who bring a dish to share are welcome to participate in the feast. Your dish should serve approximately 6-10 people. Please label whether your dish has meat or not on an index card or paper for our vegetarians. It’s also a good idea to list the ingredients if available for other food sensitivities.
Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:
- Stews and Soups
- Fall Harvest related dishes
- Anything Seasonal!
There are cans of sodas and bottled water available at the Grove for 50 cents each. Feel free to contribute beverages to the Grove!
The High Rite will be done outdoors, and it may be chilly. So be prepared and bring some warm clothes. If you have a chair you’d like to sit in during the High Rites, we suggest bringing that too.
All CedarLight events have a suggested donation of $10 per person. This can be contributed to Dagda’s Cauldron either at the Grove, or online via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations go towards CedarLight Center bills and upkeep.
Children and Pets
Children are welcome to all CedarLight events, but small children must be attended at all times because our center is not child proof, there are stairs, fires, candles and small items that could be swallowed. We do not yet have children activities planned for this event however that can change if we know they are coming.
Pets however, are not allowed because we have learned from past mistakes that not everyone knows how to approach an animal and not every animal will behave predictably with many strangers around. Thank you for understanding.