High Rite: Yule
When: This year’s Winter Solstice ritual will be December 20th-21st.The main ritual starts at 4:30 pm, but please arrive no later than 3pm so that you won’t miss the 3:30 pre-ritual brief.
We will be holding our yearly all night vigil for those who wish to stay for the entire night, but it is not required.
**Times are subject to change, please check before you leave.
Who: All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend!
Cost: Suggested donation is $10/person, which may be paid via cash or check to the Dagda’s cauldron at the Grove, or online through our paypal address: email@example.com.
Lore of the Season
This year we are having a Norse Rite honoring Frigga and her 12 handmaidens. Our prayer is:
- “Gathering Around the Hearth Fire”
Who is Frigga? Frigga is Odin’s wife. Frigga is Odin’s equal, she knows everything he knows but she doesn’t say a lot about it. She has been known to trick Odin and change the course of wars in the favor of her favorites. She is totally in control when Odin is away. She has the keys to all the doors, she makes sure everything is running smoothly, she mediates problems, she can also sit in Odin’s high seat and watch the 9 worlds. She is the one who makes the magic in the kitchen at the hearth, and with the spinning the yarn and weaving the cloth. She is the epitome of the Norse/Germanic housewife who’s work never ends. She rewards hard work.
Who are the Handmaidens? Frigga’s handmaidens can be said to be aspects of Frigga or simply all parts of a successful household or community.
- Fulla: associated with fertility, healing, bountiful harvest, abundance, entrusted secrets, blessings, and completion
- Sjöfn: associated with love, marriage, affection, sex, femininity
- Saga: associated with old tales, story-telling, family histories, Ancestors, Disir
- Eir: the healer – both for physical and spiritual ailments
- Gefjun: the giver, attended by those who die virgins; associated with vegetation and agriculture
- Lofn: allows us to follow our dreams; petitions Odin and Frigg for marriages society forbids
- Vár: listens to oaths and contracts by the hearth and punishes those that break them
- Vör: wise and inquiring, nothing can be hidden from her; a Seer
- Syn: wards the door of Frigg’s hall, keeping out those who should not enter; also acts as a defense in assemblies for matters she wants to refute
- Hlín: comforter and grief counselor; also protects those that Frigg wants to save and acts as a refuge from danger
- Snotra: holds charge over virtue, self-discipline, just causes, and is a wise goddess who embodies wisdom and fairness in social and domestic matters
- Gná: Frigg’s messenger who travels across sea and sky on her horse, Hófvarpnir. She is associated with communication, freedom, and moving beyond limitations
Where can I find more information?
Our tentative schedule is as follows:
3:30pm: Pre-Ritual Brief. Please be sure to arrive before then so you can be briefed on the details of the ritual.
4:30pm: Main ritual. This year’s main ritual is a Norse ritual! We will be honoring Frigga and her handmaidens. (See below for lore info.) Each of the 12 handmaidens will be paired with a specific portion of the ritual that best matches her attributes.
- Offerings: As it will be very cold, a long Offerings section would be quite uncomfortable. To honor Frigga and her handmaidens, we ask that you donate a cold weather item(hat, gloves, mittens, scarf, coat, blanket, etc.) in their honor. We will then take the donations to a shelter (TBA).
- Another Offering idea is to donate your time to be Fire Warden and/or Hearth Warden, as we will need both throughout the night. Please see the following forum thread to sign-up: http://www.cedarlightgrove.org/board/index.php?topic=5340.0
Approx 6:30pm: Revels!
Approx 7pm: Yule Auction. Our yearly auction to fundraise money for the care and upkeep of CedarLight Center, our wonderful building. Be sure to bring your wallets!
Approx 8:30pm: 3rd Annual Bard-off Bardic Competition.
10pm: Quiet Hours begin.
Later in the Night: Norse-themed Cards Against Humanity
7:25AM: Sunrise Morning Ritual.
- This Rite is a Responsible Drinking rite
We have decided that alcohol will be allowed during the all night vigil. We Druids have a very strict virtue of Moderation and uncontrolled inebriation was disrespectful to both the Gods and fellow humans. We all wish to share a good time and celebrate the night with friends, but please do so responsibly. Hard liquor (except for offerings) is strongly discouraged, but beer, mead and wine are always welcome! Our Senior Druid reserves the right take your keys if you are drinking. (She also wishes to add that she’s small and angry!)
- Bring a Dish for the Potluck!***
Bring a dish to share with the Grove after ritual if you wish to participate in the feast. 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 for our vegetarians. It’s also a good idea to list the ingredients if available.
- Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:
– Cookies (gingerbread, but all kinds!)
– Stews and Soups
– Beef Jerky
– Pumpkin Pie (pies in general)
– Loaf of grain bread (no white)
***Consider bringing some small snacks and some breakfast items, too, if you are staying all night. Others will be doing the same so we have plenty to eat throughout the long night.
There are cans of sodas and bottled water available at the Grove for 50 cents each. Feel free to contribute beverages to the Grove!
- Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:
Yule Auction to support CedarLight Grove!
We will be having an Auction to help raise money CedarLight Center! Our extremely talented members will be donating many goods such as jewellery, handmade divination tools, cloaks, etc. to be auctioned off to raise funds. So bring some money with you! (Please remember that if you are not a member, you must pay for any items you won before you leave.)
This year we will be holding our 3rd Annual bardic competition! Prizes and judging rules to be announced. We welcome anyone who is interested in singing, reciting poetry, storytelling, or anything of the like to join! Performance pieces should run approx. 5-7 minutes, no longer.
- Dress Warmly
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
We do not have children’s activities planned for this rite. Children are always welcome, but it is a long night and there is no guarantee of a quiet or comfortable place to sleep. Please be sure to attend your children at all time. We encourage the teaching of proper ritual etiquette. Pets however, are not allowed.