High Rite: Midsummer

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This year’s Midsummer Rite ritual will be June 23th, 2018 at CedarLight Center. The main ritual starts at 6:00pm,  the doors open to the public at 3pm.   Please arrive no later than 6pm so that you won’t miss the pre-ritual brief. All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend 🙂

4:00PM:  This year, in honor of Epona, we have author D.C. McLaughlin (Devon) coming to present a workshop on Epona.  Devon has been a devotee of Epona for decades, raises Halflinger horses, does horse massage, rode a horse into a CedarLight Beltane honoring Epona at Highland Farm about 12 years ago, and many other things.  She’s going to talk about  Epona’s history starting with the Celts and then the Romans with some French influences also.  Epona’s symbolism and most importantly, how we can worship her in a modern context.

We are hoping to have the grill hot and have hot dogs and burgers in the afternoon.   I am certain there will be many wonderful dishes too.

Desserts will be saved for after the ritual.
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:  Quickening the healing of the soil biome, the basis for all life on land.

That might sound strange but our previous omen from Beltane spoke to us of taking specific action. “Put in the necessary toil so that you can make the sacrifices necessary to live in greater balance with the earth. You already have the skills to build upon. This is the action you should be focused on for the planet and its kindred. ”   Epona is a horse goddess and all the horse goddesses are strongly connected with the land.  We looked at our omen and at the land and the Earth and asked what kinds of specific actions and/or magics we should be doing.  We decided to do a series of rites towards this end and we are starting with the basis of all life on land, the soil biome.  This is important because the biome is under constant attack via all manner of human actions.  Our rite is dedicated to taking the physical actions and the magical actions towards this end.

We are continuing to plant trees through American Forests Foundation.  We  have planted well over 1000 trees so far.  There is a tree donation can at the grove but you could also donate through paypal at:cedarlightgrove@gmail.com.  $1 will plant 1 tree.  Just think how many trees you could plant.

Suggested Offerings

  • COMPOST! Yes you read that right.  We will be collecting vegetable scraps and matter to put into our grove’s compost bin and get serious about using it.
  • Worm castings:  If you happen to have a worm farm at home.
  • Apples and Ginger Snaps for Epona.  All will got into the composter after the rite.
  • Incense,  Flowers, & Herbs  (these could be to plant at the grove or better yet be blessed on the altar and take back home)  We all need to 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)
  • 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 honor deities of different pantheons than those being honored at this rite.
        This rite is to the Continental Celtic deities of ancient Gaul.  
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Membership Beads may be available for members only.
  • If you are sick, we ask that you not drink from the horn or chalice during the Waters of Life. We will make sure to have personal vessels available so you can still drink from the Waters of Life without sharing germs 🙂
  • 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 6-10 people. Please label whether your dish has meat or not on an index card or paper for our vegetarians. It’s also a good idea to list the ingredients if available for other food sensitivities.

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!

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

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 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.