High Rite: Yule

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Yule Winter Solstice in Baltimore Maryland

This year’s Yule Rite ritual will be December 21th, 2019. Our prayer is: TBD

3:00 PM:  The doors will open to the public.
5:00 PM:  There will be a pre-ritual brief to explain the rite and teach the songs.
6:00 PM:  The rite will start.  All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend 🙂

-After the rite: Pot luck feast, please bring a dish to share if you’d like to feast (see What to Bring below).

-Secret Yulbok Gift Exchange: If you would like to participate, bring a gender-neutral wrapped gift with a value of not greater than $20. All participants will draw numbers and pick a gift from the wrapped pool. Good opportunity to regift magical tools, but please bring nice things, not old junk.

We will be holding an optional all-night vigil this year. Schedule is TBD. If you plan to attend, please bring snacks for the overnight, games to share, as well as blankets/pillows/air mattresses/etc if you plan to nap. We will end the vigil with a dawn ritual/blot to Sunna.

Responsible alcoholic consumption is permitted. BYOB. Irresponsible drinkers will have their keys confiscated and an Uber called. Don’t be that Druid.

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


Lore of the Season & Ritual Information

We will be calling on Odin in his role as Shaman. We seek to tell the story of the ancient ones reaching out to us from the past to teach us the primordial wisdom of this season. The main praise offering of the rite will be based on a BBC radio play about Santa, Shamans, and the Yule season.

We will also be honoring Thor and Sunna during the rite, and all members of Cedarlight Grove who have signed the membership book are invited to renew their membership oath as a magical working.

Suggested Offerings

  • Yule cards to the gods or ancestors
  • Letters to the future about how we celebrate Yule in our current spiritual practice.
  • Holiday foods & spice bundles that can be put into the fire
  • Liquid offerings to be poured into the blot bowl (hard liquor over 80 proof may be poured on the fire)
  • Incense, Flowers, & Herbs
  • Milk & Honey
  • Bardic works you have created (please let the ritual team know when you arrive if you have a praise offering you’d like to perform)

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.
  • 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.
  • We do not erect a magical barrier around our ritual space, so participants are free to quietly come and go to use the restrooms or warm up inside.
  • We no longer drink from a communal chalice for sharing the Waters of Life. Shotglasses and some mugs are available at CLG. Please feel free to bring your own personal festive drinking vessel. We love to share blessings, but not the flu!
  • 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.

**IMPORTANT:  We have folk with severe food allergies!  Please label your ingredients!
CELERY (juice and seed)
BANANAS
KIWI
RAW TOMATOES
This doesn’t mean you can’t bring these things, it means it has to be labeled….PLEASE!

Suggested Seasonal Food to Bring:

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

Please plan to take home your leftovers!

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 rite will be held outside so please dress for being outside for about an hour. This means: foot and hand warmers, lap blankets, warm coats/cloaks/hats/gloves/etc, favorite insulated mug(s). 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, hand & toe warmers are your friends!

Cost/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 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. We are tentatively planning one for sometime in the spring.

 


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 unless they are service animals.