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. 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.

1pm: Doors open and games begin
6pm: Preritual brief and teaching of the songs
7pm: Lughnasadh Rite
Afternoon game activities will be both inside and out. There will be food on the tables early reserving the desserts until after the rite.

Planned activities include: Corn Hole, Mock Caber toss, and possibly Kubb. Indoor activities include a pagan jeopardy game.

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

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.  Either way, she is the reason that it was cleared and when she died, her foster son Lugh Lamfada buries 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: Blessing the work!

Raffle Fundraiser

  The folk are encouraged to bring gently used items from home that might be useful to a fellow pagan/druid/heathen. We all have more stuff than we need or use (You know it’s true). Raffle tickets will be sold and we put our tickets into the cup corresponding to the item we want. Is it time to downsize your stuff? We can help.

Suggested Offerings

  • Come prepared to speak of the work you have been doing to expand you own or other’s horizons.  
  • Bring a token of this work to be offered to the fire
  • 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)
  • Note: There will be a bardic circle for stories and songs during the afternoon games if folks wish
  • 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 see Caryn upon arrival 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
  • Keep all electronic devices like cellphones and tablets off or turned down unless being used in the ritual.
  • Do not declare any oaths during the rite without expressed permission from the Chief Liturgist well before the rite.
  • If your children become unruly during the rite, please remove them temporarily until they can compose again  We are very children friendly, but we also don’t want them accidentally falling into the ritual fire.

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 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 plan to have burgers and dogs so bringing extras would be greatly appreciated.

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. 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.

Children and Pets

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.