High Rite: Yule
This year’s ritual will be December 22nd-23rd. The main ritual starts at approximately 6pm, please arrive no later than 5pm (time are subject to change). We will be holding our yearly all night vigil for those who wish to stay for the entire night, but it is not required. All High Rites are open to the public, bring a friend!
Times are subject to change, please check before you leave.
- Lore of the Season
This year we will be honoring Thor and Freya with Heimdall as Gatekeeper with the prayer of “Celebrating and strengthening our community and friends”. More details will be announced as they are planned.
Our tentative schedule is as follows:
6pm: Main ritual. The gates will be left open all night for further personal magic, and will be a quiet area.
Approx 8pm: Revels!
9pm: Yule Auction to raise funds to waterproof our basement! Bring your wallets!
10:00pm: Bard-off Bardic Competition
Midnight: Blot in Dun Elphame
7:30am: Closing Ritual
- This Rite is a Responsible Drinking rite
We have decided that in the tradition of the Norse, alcohol will be allowed during the all night vigil. The Norse had a very strict virtue of Moderation however, and to them 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 (expect for offerings) is strongly discouraged, but beer, mead and wine is always welcome! Our Vice 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)
Considering bringing some small snacks 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 waterproof CedarLight Grove’s basement!
We will be having an Auction to help raise money in order to waterproof the building’s basement. We’ve had a great deal of issues with water and flooding in the past years and we wish to prevent this from happening any further! Members will be donating many goods such as jewelry, handmade divination tools, cloaks, etc. to be auctioned off to raise funds for this project. 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 a 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! Contact taryn [@] cedarlightgrove.org with your interest! Performance pieces should run apprx. 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
Children are welcome to all CedarLight events, but must be attended at all times. If your children start running around during ritual or being noisy, you will be asked to escort them out of the sanctuary. We do not yet have children activities planned for this event. Pets however, are not allowed.