High Day: Imbolc

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This year’s Imbolc Rite- will be February 1st, 2019 at CedarLight Center.

  • 3:00 PM:  Doors open to the public.
  • 4:30 PM: Pre-ritual briefing
  • 5:30 PM:  Imbolc Rite.    All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend 🙂
  • Cost:  $10.00 suggested donation

Times are subject to change, please check before you leave.


Lore of the Season & Ritual Information

The prayer and the lore of this rite is:  TBD

Our hearth culture will be Gaulish. Main deity honored will be Brigantia, Cernunnos will serve as our Gatekeeper.

Imbolc is not a day, it’s a season and it was a month long from the rise of the wolf moon to the rise of the next full moon.  It was a time of new beginnings with the birth of both lambs and babies happening both of which called for preparation and work to be done to help keep the young alive.  It was also a time to the young wolf warriors to enter into the tribe as adults.  There were baths, haircuts, new clothes and weaponry to prepare the new adult for the raiding/campaign season in the coming year.  It was a time to celebrate the new arrivals and do the hard work to stay alive until the Spring Equinox when the rabbits go into rut and the hens start laying eggs and everyone gets the protein they have been lacking. 

In a modern context,  it is a time to clean out, de-clutter, simplify and purify our homes.  It’s a time to consider the details of what must happen in the coming year and consider our priorities especially in regards to the waters, the air, and the land as in conservation and sustainability.  Brigid is a goddess of both fire and water, we have to pay attention to both.  She is a goddess of doing the hard work, the work that must be done. We must do the work of keeping the waters of the Earth clean.  Tending the Fire, HER fire, means not only carrying Her fire in our hearts, minds, and bodies, but it also means doing the work in our home, in our grove, and out in the world. As Druids, we hold Earth to be alive and sacred. Our omens have called us to “do the work” and “walk our talk” in every way. We have been called to get out in the world and do the work to teach others to walk gently on the Earth, to do our part to clean the waters, to plant the trees, to live sustainably on our planet home. 

 

Suggested Offerings

  • Acts of healing performed over the last year (will have index cards available to write your offerings)
  • Promises to the Gods for future healing acts (note, these will be given as silent, written offerings and are not considered oaths to anyone besides your Gods)
  • Alcohol (high proof alcohol can be offered directly to the fire)
  • Incense, Flowers, & Herbs (please check with us before burning, we do have some folks with allergies)
  • Milk & Honey
  • Bardic works you have created (please let the ritual team know ahead of time so they can slot you in)

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.
  • Please bring an insulated cup with you if you like, otherwise there are ceramic mugs at the grove.
  • 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
  • Homemade bread
  • Milk and cheese oriented dishes
  • 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 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.
***Toe warmers are your friends!***

Cost/Donations

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

We do not have children’s activities planned for this rite. Children are always welcome, but please be sure to attend your children at all time. We encourage the teaching of proper ritual etiquette. Pets however, are not allowed.