CedarLight Grove, ADF

A Druid Fellowship in Baltimore Maryland

Our Ritual Format


Preliminary Ritual Activity

Individual Meditations & Prayers
Lighting the Sacred Fire(s)
Pouring the Sacred Waters
Optional: Consecrating the Sacred Pole
Optional: Consecrating the Altar & Tools

Phase One

Starting the Rite and Establishing the Groupmind


Clear-cut Beginning: Consecration of Time
Musical Signal
Opening Prayer

Consecration of Space & of Participants
The Processional/Sigil Marking
Purification(s) of Participants
Optional: Purification(s) of Site

Honoring the Earth-Mother

Centering, Grounding, & Merging
The Grove Meditation
Unity Chant/Song
Specification of Ritual Purpose & Historical Precedent
Naming Deity(ies) of the Occasion & Reasons for Choice


Phase Two

Recreating the Cosmos and Preliminary Power Raising


Creating the Vertical Axis
Planting the Cosmic Tree/Honoring the Sacred Pole
Evoking the Gate Keeper/Defining the Ritual Center
Evoking the Fire & Water Deities & Linking to Center

Gaining Assistance & Preventing Interferences
Invoking the Bardic Deity(ies) or Spirit
Acknowledgement of the Outsiders

Filling Out the Cosmic Picture by Invoking..
Nature Spirits, Ancestors, Deities in Three Worlds or..
Helpful Beings of each World/Realm or..
Helpful Beings by Province/Function or..
(Type and number will vary according to ethnic cosmologies.)
(Possibly different invocations at each of five fires.)

Settling and Focusing

Phase Three

Major Sending of Power to Deity/ies of the Occasion
Descriptive Invocation of Diety(ies) of the Occasion

Primary Power Raising
Praise Offerings, Dance, Libations, etc.
The Sacrifice
Seeking the Omen of Return

Phase Four

Receiving and Using the Returned Power
Preparation for the Return

Meditation upon Personal and Group Needs
Induction of Receptivity
Consecration Agreement

Reception of Power from Dieity(ies) of the Occasion
Consecration and Sharing
Acceptance of Individual Blessings
Reinforcement of Group Bonding
Optional: Spell Casting or Rite of Passage

Phase Five

Unwinding and Ending the Ceremony

Thanking of Entities Invited, in Reverse Order
Thanking the Gatekeeper & Closing the Gates
Affirmation of Past/Future Continuity and Success
Unmerging, Regrounding & Recentering – Meditation
Draining off Excess Power – The Restoration

Clear-cut Ending: Deconsecration of Time and Space
Final Benediction
Announcement of End
Dissolving the Sigil
Musical Signal