This year’s Harvest Home Rite ritual will be:
September 28th, 2018 at CedarLight Center.
3:00 PM: Doors open to the public
4:00 PM: Fill Out Shout Out cards for grove members
5:00 PM: Chant Workshop
6:00 PM: Pre-ritual brief
6:45 PM: Harvest Home ritual
Prayer & Focus of the Rite
“Blessing the Legacy of Living Sustainably”
This means all the work we are doing to try and walk more gently upon the Mother of Life and not just what we are doing individually but the skills in this that we are teaching others.
Harvest Home is also CedarLight’s thanksgiving celebration and as such, we celebrate all the things that our members have done over the year. Not any of us can remember everything so we rely on each other to fill out cards that can be a shout out for the good things we know about them doing.
Fundraisers: We are still collecting funds to both plant trees and seed the Chesapeake Bay with baby oysters.
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
Prayer: Blessing the Legacy of Living Sustainably
We gather on the fall equinox to celebrate the apple harvest in the Norse/Germanic tradition. We give honor to the goddess of the apples of rejuvenation herself, Idunna and her husband, master of poetry and song, Braggi. We also call upon Frey, the god of abundance and frith and good friend in our grove as the gatekeeper to open the gates. CedarLight has a standing tradition of bringing thanksgiving and community into our Fall Eqninox rite. As such there will be index cards for the folk to write down shout outs to their fellow members for all good services and help we have been seen doing around the grove over the past year.
- Stories of your efforts to walk gently upon the Mother
- Stories of the workshops you are proposing
- Donations to our Earth Friendly fundraisers
- Bardic works you have created (please let the ritual team know ahead of time so they can slot you in)
- Offerings to the Community of CedarLight
- Shout-Out cards to highlight our fellow member’s work
- Letters to the Grandchildren on the importance of community in our spiritual practice
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.
- 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. Electrical devices ARE, however, allowed to be used to recite offerings.
- 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 and the ground is uneven.
- Membership Beads may be available for members.
- If you are sick, we ask that you not drink from any shared drinking vessels. We will make sure to have personal vessels available. You are welcome to bring your own also.
- 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 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:
- Stews and Soups
- Fall Harvest related dishes
- Anything Seasonal! Apples!
There are cans of sodas and bottled water available at the Grove for $1.00 each. Feel free to contribute beverages to the Grove!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations go towards CedarLight Center bills and upkeep.
Children and Pets
Children are welcome to all CedarLight events, but small children 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 however that can change if we know they are coming.
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.