High Rite: Lughnasadh


This year’s Lughnasadh Rite will be July 31, 2021. Our prayer is Honoring Tailtue.

  • Noon: Doors open at Cedarlight Center for the return of Lughnasadh games! More info below.
  • 5:30 PM: Zoom room opens.
  • 6:00 PM: Pre-ritual briefing.
  • 7:00 PM: Lughnasadh Rite.
  • Cost:  $10.00 suggested donation

NOTE: We follow all Maryland and Baltimore City COVID guidelines. Currently, those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing while on the property. Please check the current COVID guidelines prior to ritual, as they may change.

All are welcome to join us via Zoom. Zoom login information is also pasted at the bottom of this page.

Times are subject to change, please check our website blog, our Event Calendar or our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on the ritual.

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

Lughnasadh Games

2021 marks the return of the traditional Lughnasadh games. Please arrive no earlier than NOON for the games, which will run until about 4pm or so. Games will be a mix of yard games, board games, and water games. You may want to bring a swimsuit and/or a change of dry clothes for the rite, as well as sunblock.


Lore of the Season & Ritual Information

Lughnasadh is the story of Tailtue, a Fir Bolg queen who comes to live in the courts of the Tuatha da Dannan after a war in which the Fir Bolg lost.  She is responsible for the work of clearing a plain so that her people could grow food and have pasture land for their cattle.  The stories vary but she either did this herself in the form of a horse or she used her influence to make it happen as a queen.  Either way, she is the reason that it was cleared and when she died, her foster son Lugh Lamfada buried her in the great mound in this place which carries her name.  Lugh then caused funeral games and later fairs to commemorate Tailtue and her sacrifice for her people.

Tailtue is the patron of Cedarlight Grove as in 1995 she spoke to our founder, William Pierson, and said “Build a home for my people.”  Thus the search began and at Yule 1996 we held our first High Rite in the building and property we now own.

The rite this year will honor Tailtue as the patroness of our Grove and the spirits of our land. Lugh will serve as Gatekeeper, with Brighid called for Bardic Inspiration. The primary sacrifice will be the burning of a Wicker Man.

Suggested Offerings

  • Poetry or songs in praise of Tailtue, Lugh, or Cedarlight Grove
  • Notes on physical projects you’ve done at Cedarlight Center, or pledges for future work
  • Incense, Flowers, & Herbs to tuck into the Wicker Man (only burnable items!)
  • Food made from seasonal items (cornbread, home brewed beers, etc)
  • Hand-crafted items for Tailtue or Lugh

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 speak to Caryn before the day of the rite if you plan on giving an oath.

If you plan on giving a Bardic praise offering, please let the Chief Liturgist know prior to the rite.

Ritual Etiquette

  • DO NOT BLOCK THE NEIGHBORS’ DRIVEWAYS!  Please give them enough room on either side of the space to swing cars in.
  • Do not honor deities of different pantheons than those being honored at this rite
  • Please keep your Zoom microphone muted unless you have a part and it’s time for you to perform it.

What to Bring?

Bring a Dish for the Potluck!   (And take your leftovers home!)

Participants who bring a dish to share are welcome to participate in the feast. Your dish should serve approximately 4-6 (or more) people. Please label your dish, we have vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores. 
** We have folks with severe allergies and food sensitivities so a list the ingredients if available is much appreciated.**

Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:

  • Cold dishes such as salads due to the heat
  • Fresh fruit
  • Grain dishes of all kinds (don’t forget our gluten-free folks!)
  • Anything Seasonal!

We will have food available during the afternoon games and desserts for after the rite.

There are cans of sodas and bottled water available at the Grove for $1.00 each. Feel free to contribute beverages to the Grove! Wash your dishes!

Dress Appropriately

The High Rite will be done outdoors, and it may be hot.  If it rains we will be under the pavilion.  So be prepared and bring some cooler clothes, sunscreen or a hat and bug-spray. If you have a chair you’d like to sit in during the High Rites, we suggest bringing that too.

Cost/Donations:  $10/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.  Targeted fundraisers are also available for planting trees and oysters.

Children and Pets

Normally, children are welcome to all CedarLight events, but must be attended because our center is not child proof,  there are stairs, fires, candles and small items that could be swallowed. Some of the games may be child-friendly, but we do not have specific 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.

Zoom Login Information

The Zoom room will open for the rite at 5:30pm. Please do not try to log in earlier than this, you’ll be sitting in the lobby all by yourself!

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