When: This year’s Ostara Rite ritual will be March 23rd, 2019 at CedarLight Center.
Doors Open to public: 3 pm
Pre-ritual brief: 5:30 pm Please plan to arrive in time for the brief.
Main Ritual: 6:30 pm
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
Our spring rite will be dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring, Eostre with offerings also to Ing and Sunna.
Our Prayer is: Restoring the Balance
Lore: When we say “Restoring the Balance” we mean in the microcosm of self and grove but also in the macrocosm of community, state, country, and world. We came to prayer through the omens from Imbolc and also our yearly omen. The harmony and balance between humans and nature is precariously ‘off’, the situation endangers all life. We are asking the help of the gods in restoring the balance. We encourage all to add this to their home prayers.
- Letters to the grandchildren on this holiday and the deities we are invoking. Hardcopy for offering, digital copy to Caryn if you want it included in the book.
- Lists of things we are working on this year that we have completed.
- 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.
- 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)
This doesn’t mean you can’t bring these things, it means it has to be labeled….PLEASE!
Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:
- 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!
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 email@example.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.