High Rite: Samhain


Our Samhain High Rite of 2017 will be on Saturday, November 4th.
Doors open to the public at 3:00 PM.
The feast and bardic circle will begin at 4:00 PM come sing songs and tell stories of the dead.
Pre-ritual brief will start at 5:30 PM.
The Rite will start at 6:30 PM.  Participants may want to bring a candle in glass as Samhain tends to be ‘very’ dark.  It is the full moon however the moon won’t be high in the sky until much later.

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

Lore of the Season

Our Prayer for this year’s Rite is: TBA (we are working on it)

Deities of the Occasion

This year we will be honoring the ancestors as our primary honorees in true Samhain fashion.  We have lost so many in the last few years.  On this night we remember those who left their mark of our hearts and souls.  We speak to them and tell them we have not forgotten them.


We will have a large altar set up.  We encourage the folk to 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.   After the primary invocations, there will be time for the folk to come up in twos to light candles while the folks sing “Mothers and Fathers of Old”
Link here:  https://www.adf.org/rituals/chants/ancestors/mothers-and-fathers-of-old.html

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!

Bring a dish to share with the Grove after ritual if you wish to participate in the feast. We have meat eaters, vegetarians, and people on gluton restricted diets. 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 for our vegetarians. It’s also a good idea to list the ingredients if available. We are planning on preparing dishes that were passed down to us by an Ancestor if at all possible.

Some suggested dishes include:

Various fruits for this time of year (apples for example)

  • 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 50 cents 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, it’s totally bring your own.


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!  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.