This year’s Imbolc Rite will be February 4th, 2023. You are welcome to join us in-person at Cedarlight Center or on Zoom.
CedarLight will no longer be requiring proof of covid vaccination or a negative covid test result to attend in-person events at CedarLight Grove, or collecting contact information to perform contact tracing.
.We ask that those who are sick please stay home and join us through Zoom. Thank you for bearing with us through the last 3 years. Here’s hoping that the worst has passed. The officers will continue to monitor the situation in case things get worse and act accordingly.
Meeting ID: 468 067 1478
Lore of the Season & Ritual Information
Prayer: Bringing our skills together to create community
Deities of the Occasion
Our hearth culture will be Irish. The main offering will allow participants to honor a skill they bring to our community, whether through performance, bringing a project to decorate the altar, and/or as a written note to be burned.
Imbolc is the ending of the fallow winter-time, and as we turn this spoke on the Wheel and begin to plan for the planting and growing seasons of the year, each of us will have our parts to play. How do YOUR unique skills and experiences enrich our community? Let’s celebrate each other and our roles within the whole. All that we do in service is valued and appreciated.
Please dress for the weather, fiery colors encouraged.
Children and Pets
Children are welcome to all CedarLight events, but small children must be attended at all times because our center is not child proof, there are stairs, fires, candles and small items that could be swallowed. We do not yet have children activities planned for this event however that can change if we know they are coming.
Pets however, are not allowed because we have learned from past mistakes that not everyone knows how to approach an animal and not every animal will behave predictably with many strangers around. Thank you for understanding. Service animals are, of course, welcome.
- Seasonal foods/dishes: Cheese, dishes made with dairy, lamb, gingerbread/spiced cakes
- Incense, Flowers, & Herbs
- Libations (mead, beer, wine, cider, fruit juice, good whiskey)
- Early spring flowers (snowdrops, crocus), seeds to be taken home and planted
- Performance offerings of poetry, dance, or song (see Chief Liturgist prior to ritual for approval)
- Donations to Passport Animal Rescue, a local organization that rescued the CLG porch kitties that appeared back in December.
- Bring a candle (decorated, if you wish) to be blessed with Brigid’s Fire and taken home
PLEASE NOTE: We take oaths very seriously. Any oaths given as an offering MUST be cleared with the Senior Druid prior to the High Rite. Please see Sean-Paul or Caryn upon arrival if you plan on giving an oath.
What to Bring
Other than what was discussed above, please bring a dish (4 to 6 servings will be plenty!) to share for the post-ritual Revels. ** We have folks with severe allergies and food sensitivities so a list the ingredients if available is much appreciated.**
Suggested Seasonal Food:
- Warm Stews and Foods to fight the cold
- Dairy-based Dishes, Sides. and Desserts
- Irish Foods (soda bread, shepherd’s pie, colcanon, lamb stews, etc)
- Anything Seasonal!
There are cans of sodas and bottled water available at the Grove for $1.00 each. Feel free to contribute beverages to the Grove!
Please wash your dishes when you are finished eating and PLEASE take your leftovers home with you when you depart for the evening. We’d rather you take it home and enjoy it than throw it away!
Dress for the Weather if you are joining us at Cedarlight Center. The High Rite will be done outdoors (either in the Sanctuary or under our pavilion), and it may be chilly and damp. February weather can change drastically, so be sure to check the weather one last time while you are packing up your car to head to CLG.
If you have a chair you’d like to sit in during the High Rites, we suggest bringing that too, though some plastic outdoor chairs are available on site.
- Do not honor deities of different pantheons than those being honored at this rite
- PLEASE KEEP YOURSELF MUTED ON ZOOM unless you are giving an individual invocation as part of the liturgy or performing a praise offering. Group call and responses should remain muted unless otherwise requested by the Chief Liturgist. Attendees who continually disrupt the ritual with background noise because they are unmuted will be removed from the Zoom room.
- 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 Imbolc Rite, the members of CedarLight who wish to dedicate or rededicate themselves to Brigid will have the ability to make an oath to Her. This is optional for those who are interested.
If participants wish to hang out after the rite, the Zoom room will remain open for socializing. Feel free to bring dinner and make it a virtual potluck! We won’t even nag you about washing the dishes!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations go towards CedarLight Center bills and upkeep, or to a designated charity as specified for an event.