High Rite: Midsummer

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Midsummer Rite will be June 20th, 2019 both on Zoom and at CedarLight Center.   We honestly have no idea how well this is going to work.  We will open the Zoom meeting at 7pm .  The pre-ritual briefing starts at 7:30pm and the rite starts at 8pm  There will be a small group at the grove.  We simply can’t encourage everyone to come at this time.   All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to invite  a friend to the Zoom.

Pandemic Precautions
Please bring a mask.
We will have fans in front and back to keep the air circulating.
No more than 3 people in the food room at a time.
No more than 10 people in the grove space at a time.
We encourage folks to stay outside as much as possible.

For those at the grove.
As always, please wash your own dishes.  Thank you!  Times are subject to change, please check before you leave.

Lore of the Season & Ritual Information

Prayer: How may humanity sync with a healing Earth?

We have all seen how fast Earth began to recover during the lock-downs.  This rite intends to help humanity get into sync with that healing instead being the opposite,

Cedarlight has joined the American Chestnut Foundation, an organization with a chapter in Maryland, that is working to repopulate the chestnut tree canopy in the Eastern US. All proceeds from this rite will be donated to the  American Chestnut Foundation.  Let’s do this!
Donations can be made through paypal at
cedarlightgrove@gmail.com

Suggested Offerings

  • Descriptions of whatever you are doing to protect the environment.  If you send these to me by 10am on Saturday, I will print them out and off to the fire,
  • Incense,  Flowers, & Herbs  Please take plants home to plant afterwards  We all need to be growing our gardens no matter how small.
  • Not so much alcohol, and please do not pour alcohol on the ground.  Regardless of how much we love it, alcohol is a poison.  All alcohol either goes into the bowl or into the fire.
  • Bardic works you have created or simply want to sing or read (please let the ritual team know ahead of time so they can slot you in)
  • Food you have created for the rite.  All food was offered to the gods first in ancient times,  once they took what they wanted, the folk consumed the rest.
  • 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 contact Caryn before the rite if you plan on giving an oath.

Ritual Etiquette

  • Do not honor deities of different pantheons than those being honored at this rite.
        This rite is to the Norse deities.  
  • 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
  • The Waters of Life will be provided in small personal vessels, you are welcome to bring your own cup.
  • Please do not take offerings off of the altar that are not yours.

What to Bring?

Bring a Dish for the Potluck!  The food for a community feast was the primary offering

Participants who bring a dish to share are welcome to participate in the feast. Your dish should serve approximately 6-10 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, potato, macaroni, tuna, seafood, pasta, due to the heat
  • Hot dogs or burgers for the grill
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Fresh fruit
  • Sun themed dishes
  • Anything Seasonal!
  • 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!  We will also have unsweetened tea & water on tap.

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 bugspray. If you have a chair you’d like to sit in during the High Rites, we suggest bringing that too.  We will try to be prepared for afternoon showers but you never know in the summer, an umbrella can’t hurt.

Cost/Donations:  $10 Per 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 normally go towards CedarLight Center bills and upkeep but this rite they are going towards our fundraisers for Earth.

Children and Pets

Children are welcome to all CedarLight events, but 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. 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.