High Rite: Samhain


Our Samhain High Rite of 2018 will be on
Saturday, November 3rd.

  • 3:00 PM:  Doors open to the public.
  • 4:30 PM:  Workshop on Ancestor Worship by Rev Francesca Hedrick
  • 5:45 PM:  Pre-ritual Brief
  • 6:30 PM  Ritual start.  Participants may want to bring a candle in glass as Samhain tends to be ‘very’ dark.  
  • Times are subject to change, please check before you leave.

Lore of the Season

Our Prayer for this year’s Rite is: Honoring the Sacrifices of the Fallen

This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and our rite will be very close to Veteran’s Day, aka Armistice Day or Remembrance Day and thus we will be honoring the fallen as we also honor the ancestors.

Deities of the Occasion

This year we will be honoring the ancestors as our primary honorees in true Samhain fashion.  However the overall pantheon of the rite will be Continental Celtic in honor of the WWI fallen.  On this night we remember those who left their mark of our hearts, souls, and history.  We speak to them and tell them we have not forgotten them.


There will be altar set up for the folk to light candles to the dead.  The folk may bring representations of their dead if they choose and small candle(s) in glass if they choose to light a candle for their dead.  We have some tea light holders but not enough for everyone and you will surely want to take your candle home and place it on your own altar.

Important note: Oaths are serious business. It is highly recommended that if you make an Oath to any of the Deities present that you keep to them. We ask that any planned Oaths be done at CedarLight rituals only with prior consultation with the Chief Liturgist, as it affects community and the ritual as a whole.   Contact caryn@cedarlightgrove.org if you are considering an oath.

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.
**IMPORTANT:  We have folk with severe food allergies!  Please label your ingredients!
CELERY (juice and seed)

Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:

  • Chili’s
  • Stews and Soups
  • Anything Seasonal!
  • Various fruits for this time of year
  • Baked breads and pastries
  • Pumpkin dishes or orange dishes in general
  • Lots of apple dishes!
  • Apple cider and mulled spices
  • Ancestral recipes or foods your ancestors enjoyed.
  • We always need help with main dishes!


There are cans of sodas available at the Grove for $1:00 each. Feel free to contribute beverages to the Grove!


Samhain rites tend to be longer so warm shoes or boots are a must. Toe warmers are recommended. Warm clothing, cloaks, coats and gloves. Remember that being outside for several hours is much different from running between car and buildings. If you don’t have enough, you are going to be miserable if it is really cold. Check the weather forecast before the ritual.

DRESS UP!  Come in garb or costume!
We are encouraging the folk to come as an ancestor (it doesn’t have to be one you know!).  Any time period is good.  There are all kinds of traditions of dressing as the dead, becoming the dead, feasting with the dead, dancing with the dead.  If that is not your style, think of this as a memorial and let that guide you.  Let’s do this!

We allow responsible drinking AFTER the High Rite.
We permit moderate, responsible drinking during revels at Samhain. Moderation is one of our virtues, however, and we will ask anyone who become disruptive to leave or call them a cab home. We do also reserve the right to hold your keys for you until you are capable of taking yourself home.  Note: we will not be providing any alcohol other than the Waters of Life.


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 through Paypal. Our Paypal address is cedarlightgrove@gmail.com

All donations go towards CedarLight Center bills and upkeep.

CedarLight is running a tree planting fundraiser through Arbor Day Foundation.  You can plant a tree for $1!  We are also running an Oyster Planting fundraiser to help cleanup the Chesapeake Bay.  See the donation can on the table with our general donations cauldron or you can payapl us, just be sure to mention the tree planting fundraiser.


Our high rites are always open to the public, bring a friend!

Children and Pets

Children are always welcome to all CedarLight events, but small children must be attended at all times. We do not yet have children activities planned for this event. Special Samhain note: this rite has the potential to be incredibly creepy for children so please act judiciously. If you wouldn’t take them to a haunted house, don’t take them to Samhain. We love kids, but we don’t want to leave scars on them because they accidentally backed into an unidentified people-shaped thing with a deer skull head. Pets however, are not allowed. Thank you for understanding.