High Rite: Lughnasadh


Lughnasadh is a time to bring in the grain harvest, to celebrate our hard work, and to compete in games of skill and strength.  Yes, that’s what it is but this year, in the time of pandemic, our omens from the gods have told us to reflect inward, to find the strength and skill we hold inside to help us get through these difficult times.  Thus while we will be honoring Tailtue, the patron of CedarLight, daughter of the great plain, her foster-son Lugh Lamfada god of all skills, and Manannan MacLir, Lugh’s teacher, and god of wisdom and peace, we will also me on a reflective journey inward to seek our inner skills and strength.

NOTE: All people inside the building must be wearing a mask!
3 pm: Ritual team begins to arrive.
6 pm:  Doors open to limited guests.  Note, We have already reached our maximum number of people for this rite.  Please join us via Zoom, instructions below.
6:30 pm:  Open Zoom Meeting
7 pm: Preritual brief 
8 pm: Lughnasadh Rite

There will be no games this year, sorry.

ZOOM Instructions
All High Rites are open to the p
ublic via Zoom, if you would like to receive and email with the link on the day of the rite, please send an email to witan@cedarlightgrove.org so we can get you on the list.  

Zoom link will be provided on the members and friends FB page and via emails that the folk have provided as their contact info.   We will be opening the meeting at 7PM to allow for folks to find their way to the meeting and provide any help they might need.  We all know why this is necessary and while we miss our sanctuary and all of you, our collective health is more important right now.  We continue to assess to situation as it evolves and maybe we will all be able to be back in our sacred space soon.

Please keep your Zoom microphone muted unless you have a speaking part in the rite.

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.

Our prayer for the rite: Looking inward.
The waters of life will be cold beer, please bring a bottle for your self and at least one extra.  Nonalcoholic choices will be available.

Suggested Offerings

  • Come prepared to make silent offerings at you home or at the grove, depending on where you are.
  • Incense, Flowers, & Herbs
  • Any and all grains and things made from them
  • Bardic works you have created (please let the ritual team know ahead of time so they can slot you in)
  • Hand-crafted items

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.

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! Yes but think in terms of 10 to 15 people.  

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!

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 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. 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.