This year’s Imbolc Rite ritual will be March 25th, 2017 at CedarLight Center. The main ritual starts at 6pm, the doors open to the public at 3pm. 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
Our spring rite will be dedicated not only to the goddess of Spring, Ostara but also to the forces at work in our world from the Old-Germanic sources. Wotan was the winds, Donar was thunder and rain, Fouwa was associated with the clouds. We will be offering to them and asking them all to:
Bless the seeds, bless the tools, bless the waters, bless the land…all things in balance be.
Our Prayer is: Bless the seeds, bless the tools, bless the waters, bless the land…all things in balance be.
Theme/Opening Prayer: Welcoming the goddess of spring, the winds, the clouds, the rain/thunder.
- Incense, Flowers, & Herbs
- Eggs (decorated)
- Rabbit or Chicken Meat
- 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 only. Please do not take a bead if you are not a registered member of CedarLight.
- 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
- Egg related dishes
- Dishes made with chicken or rabbit meat
- 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 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. 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.