High Rite: Ostara

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This year’s rite WILL NOT be held at Cedarlight Center due to the COVID outbreak. Please check our Facebook page for the ritual script and any other news on a virtual rite. We hope to see you for Beltane.

Times are subject to change, please check before you leave.


Lore of the Season & Ritual Information

Our spring rite will be dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring, Eostre with offerings also to Ing and Sunna.

Our Prayer is: Doing Our Part to Save Endangered Species

Lore:   We can all do something to help endangered species, whether that’s giving up straws, physically replanting native species of trees, or donating money to organizations doing environmental work around the world. As a group offering, Cedarlight will be joining the American Chestnut Foundation, an organization with state chapter (including Maryland), that is working to repopulate the chestnut tree canopy in the Eastern US. We will also be collecting donations for the American Chestnut Foundation.

Suggested Offerings

  • Lists of things you’ve done to help endangered species and/or promises for future actions
  • Incense, Flowers, & Herbs
  • Eggs (decorated)
  • Seasonal Foods
  • Bardic works you have created (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

  • Please 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • We will be using personal drinking vessels for the waters so please feel free to bring your own if you would like to use something special. We always have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices.
  • 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. **IMPORTANT:  We have folk with severe food allergies!  Please label your ingredients!
CELERY (juice and seed)
BANANAS
KIWI
RAW TOMATOES
This doesn’t mean you can’t bring these things, it means it has to be labeled….PLEASE!

Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:

  • Chilis
  • Stews and Soups
  • Egg related dishes
  • Dishes made with chicken or rabbit meat
  • Anything Seasonal!

There are cans of sodas and bottled water available at the Grove for $1 each. Feel free to contribute beverages to the Grove!

Dress Warmly

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. Please check the weather prior to leaving for CLG, as it changes rapidly this time of year!

Cost/Donations

All CedarLight events have a suggested donation of $10 per person. This can be contributed to Dagda’s Cauldron (cash or check) at the Grove, or online via paypal by clicking the button below. 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.