This year’s Imbolc Rite ritual will be May 6th, 2017 at CedarLight Center. The main ritual starts at 7pm, the doors open to the public at 4pm. Please arrive no later than 5pm 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 focus and prayer for this rite is the protection/defense of the land, sea, and sky. Towards this effort we specifically chose deities whose skills might be helpful in this endeavor.
Tailtue: Land goddess and patron of CLG
Manannan Mac Lir: Walker between the worlds, teacher, lord of wisdom and magic.
Brigid: Fire in the sky, in our heads, hearts, and hands. Goddess of hospitality, justice and compassion. She who gives voice to those cannot speak.
Danu: Mother of Rivers that become the sea
Macha: Goddess of horses and grasslands
An Dagda Mor: Chieftain, diplomat, Brehon, Bard, Warrior and god of hospitality
The official prayer is Communication/ Cooperation/ Compromise for the benefit/health of Earth(land, sea, sky)
Our hope is that the gods will help us manifest this on a local and national level.
- Alcohol/Beer (not on the ground please)
- Porridge for the Dagda
- 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
- Boasts of work you have completed in service to the Land-Sea-Sky
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.
- We rarely pass a horn or chalice anymore due to germs and people with compromised immune systems. 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, also everyone is encouraged to bring their personal drinking vessel.
- 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
- Flower dishes
- Salads: vegetable, pasta, potato, etc
- Red colored foods
- 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!
Dress for the Weather
The High Rite will be done outdoors, and it may be chilly or hot, who knows! So be prepared and bring some warm clothes and sunscreen. 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.