High Rite: Samhain

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Our Samhain High Rite of 2020 will be on
Saturday, November 7nd

Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions required by Baltimore City, we are unable to accommodate more than 25 people to celebrate rites at CedarLight Center, and this includes the ritual team on site. If you would like to celebrate with us at CedarLight, YOU MUST RSVP to events@cedarlightgrove.org and we will let you know if there is still space available.

Masks will be required inside the building for all participants at CedarLight Center and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.

All are welcome to participate remotely via Zoom, that link will be posted on our public Facebook page at 5pm on the 7th. Don’t use Facebook? Send an email to events@cedarlightgrove.org and we will email you the link when we open the room.

  • Cost?  A donation of $10 is greatly appreciated!
  • 4:00 PM:  Doors open to those who have RSVPed
  • 5:00 PM:  Zoom room will open
  • 5:30 PM:  Pre-ritual brief
  • 6:00 PM:  Ritual start.
  • After ritual:  Revels!
  • Times are subject to change, please check before you leave.

Lore of the Season

Our Prayer for this year’s Rite is: Honoring our Dead

Deities of the Occasion

This year we will be honoring the ancestors as our primary honorees in true Samhain fashion, and specific offerings will be made in rememberance of the following groups of ancestors: those lost due to COVID, medical personnel, the military fallen, collateral damage of wars, and police/firefighters/first responders.

The overall pantheon of the rite will be Irish, with the Morrighan as deity of the occasion.  On this night we remember those who left their mark of our hearts, souls, and history. through education, science, stories, or their service and sacrifice for the future. We speak to them and tell them we have not forgotten them.

Offerings

At CedarLight Center, a basket will be passed for burnable offerings, this can be letters to the dead, incense, flowers, food, etc. We will have an ancestors altar at CedarLight Center with offerings and rememberances of our beloved dead.

During the rite, the CedarLight members who are active with the ADF Order of the Dead will perform their rededication oath, and we will witness two new members taking their membership oaths as well.

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 dragonfaerie@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 4-6 (or more) 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:

  • Chilis
  • 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!

GUESTS WILL BE ASKED TO WASH THEIR OWN DISHES WHEN THEY ARE DONE.

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

DRESS FOR COLD WEATHER BUT DRESS UP TOO!

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.

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.

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

All donations go towards CedarLight Center bills and upkeep.

FUNDRAISERS!
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 or oyster planting fundraiser.

Who?

Anyone can attend via Zoom. See the note at the top of the page if you’re thinking of joining us at CedarLight Center.

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  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 skull head. Pets however, are not allowed. Thank you for understanding.