High Rite: Midsummer

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This year’s Midsummer Rite ritual will be June 22nd, 2019 at CedarLight Center. The pre-ritual briefing starts at 6:00pm,  the doors open to the public at 3pm.   Please arrive no later than 5:30pm 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.

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:  Empowering the Earthfolk to do what must be done.

Our omens over many years now have spoken of ‘joining together and doing what must be done.’  We all know that we live in changing times and what we do in the present will determine the future of Earth and life as we know it.  Our rite is dedicated to taking the physical actions and the magical actions towards this end.

All proceeds from this rite will be donated to the two on-going fundraisers we are involved in.  Planting trees through the American Forests Foundation and planting oysters through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  $1 plants a tree and $1 plant 100 baby oysters.  Just think how many trees you could plant.   Let’s do this!

Suggested Offerings

  • Descriptions of whatever you are doing to protect the enviroment.
  • Incense,  Flowers, & Herbs  Please take plants home to plant afterwards  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)
  • 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 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.
  • 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.