High Rite: Yule


Yule Winter Solstice in Baltimore Maryland

This year’s Yule Rite ritual will be December 16th 2017. The sumbel to the Alfar and the Desir will start at 3:30 pm and the main ritual starts at 5:30 pm,  the doors will open to the public at 2:30 pm.   There will be a pre-ritual brief after the sumbel.   All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend 🙂

We will not be holding an all night vigil this year.

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

Lore of the Season & Ritual Information

The divinations from our previous rites and for the coming year have spoken strongly of strengthening our foundation and our skills.  We determined that our primary foundation is the worship and protection of Earth,  the same founding principle as ADF and can be found in our original documents.  Our skills are also listed in the same documents from practical: open ritual, developed liturgy,  environmentalism, and conflict resolution, to the more esoteric: healing, divination, magic, journey work and more.  Towards this end, we decided that Frey and Freya were the best deities among the Norse pantheon to help with such a large undertaking. Frey has already offered to help us with frith, fertility, community and Freya is the goddess to talk to about all forms of magic.  We will be calling upon the walker between the worlds himself, Odin, to open the gates and help facilitate this communication, upon Thor for protection and upon Bragi for poetic skills with our words.

Suggested Offerings

  • Alcohol
  • Incense, Flowers, & Herbs
  • Milk & Honey
  • Bardic works you have created (please let the ritual team know ahead of time so they can slot you in)

Ritual Etiquette

  • 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.
  • A blot is a little different from our usual rites.  The folk will bring cups to be able to toast the gods.  We will provide mead and juice for this purpose.
  • 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
  • Do not declare any oaths during the rite without expressed permission from the Chief Liturgist well before the rite.
  • During our Yule Rite, the members of CedarLight have the ability to reaffirm their oaths to CedarLight. This is optional, but is also for members who have signed the book only.
  • Please be aware of small children, it will be dark and we don’t want them falling or getting dangerously close to the fire.
  • If you are sick, we ask that you not share a drinking vessel during the Waters of Life. We will make sure to have personal vessels available so you can still drink from the Waters of Life without sharing germs 🙂
  • 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. 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.

Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:

  • Anything Seasonal!
  • Chili’s & stews & soups
  • Cookies (gingerbread, but all kinds!)
  • Ancestor recipes
  • Pies
  • Stuffing, Potatoes, Roasted vegetables
  • Homemade breads

There are cans of sodas and bottled water available at the Grove for $1.00 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.
Remember:  In the colder times of year, toe warmers are your friends!


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 cedarlightgrove@gmail.com. All donations go towards CedarLight Center bills and upkeep.

Yule Auction to support CedarLight Grove!

No auction this year, sorry, but we can only do so much in one night.


Children and Pets

We do not have children’s activities planned for this rite. Children are always welcome. Please be sure to keep an eye on them as there are stairs and candles that could be dangerous.  We encourage the teaching of proper ritual etiquette. Pets however, are not allowed.