High Day: Beltane


This year’s Beltane Rite ritual will be May 5th, 2018 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 previous omens and Earth have led us towards a focus on protection and prosperity of Nature.
Prayer:  Initiating Action for Nature

Deities of the Occasion

Amergin for bardic inspiration
Nuada to protect us from the outsiders
An Dagda Mor as the gatekeeper
Banba and husband MacCuill
Eriu and husband MacGrainne
Fiodhla and husband MacCecht 

Suggested Offerings

  • Alcohol/Beer  (not on the ground please)
  • 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
  • Main Offering:  Letters to the Grandchildren, these will be collected as both an offering and as material for possible publication.  A compilation of the lore we want to leave to those who follow.  The topic for this rite is “Interaction with Nature, the land, sea, & sky, the spirits who walk, crawl, swim or fly.”  How does our spirituality speak to how we do this?
    Please post a copy of your work on our forum, send to clg@cedarlightgrove.org, or bring an extra copy.  ***This is important***

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.

Ritual Etiquette

  • 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 any shared 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 the personal drinking vessel of their choice.
  • 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:

  • Chili’s
  • Stews and Soups
  • Flower dishes
  • Salads:  vegetable, pasta, potato, etc  (Let’s not bring Romaine lettuce this year)
  • Red colored foods
  • Anything Seasonal!

There are cans of sodas and bottled water available at the Grove for $1.00 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 or rain clothes, as the weather dictates. If you have a chair you’d like to sit in during the High Rites, we suggest bringing that too.

Cost/Donations $10 per person

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 cedarlightgrove@gmail.com. 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.