Samhain

Schedule

Ostara Rite will be November 5th, 2022 both on Zoom and at CedarLight Center

  • 4:00 PM:  Doors open to guests
  • 4:30 PM:  Zoom room will open
  • 5:30 PM:  Pre-ritual brief
  • 6:30 PM:  Ritual start.
  • After ritual:  The Feast!
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  • Cost:  $10.00 suggested donation

Times are subject to change, please check our website blog, our Event Calendar or our Samhain Facebook event for the most up-to-date information on the ritual. All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend 🙂

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

NOTE: We follow all Maryland and Baltimore City COVID guidelines. Currently, those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing while on the property. Please check the current COVID guidelines prior to ritual, as they may change.

Zoom Info

Lore of the Season & Ritual Information

Prayer: x

Deities of the Occasion

x

What to Bring

Other than what was discussed above, you may want snacks and something to drink with the folk after the rite.  ** We have folks with severe allergies and food sensitivities so a list the ingredients if available is much appreciated.** 

Suggested Seasonal Food:

  • Chilis
  • Stews and Soups
  • Anything Seasonal!
  • Various fruits for this time of year
  • 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!

We will have food available during the afternoon games and desserts for after the rite.

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 for the Weather if you are joining us from an outside location. The High Rite will be done outdoors, and it may be cold.  If it rains we will be under the pavilion.  Be prepared with a coat, hand warmers and warm clothes. If you have a chair you’d like to sit in during the High Rites, we suggest bringing that too.

 

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.

 

Suggested Offerings

  • At CedarLight Center, a basket will be passed for burnable offerings, this can be letters to the dead, incense, flowers, food, etc. We will have an ancestors altar at CedarLight Center with offerings and remembrances of our beloved dead. The folk are encouraged to bring pictures of their dead.  Please bring copies, not originals, it has been known to rain at Samhain.

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 Caryn upon arrival if you plan on giving an oath.

Ritual Etiquette

  • 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.

After Ritual

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!

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.

Previous Samhain Rituals

Our Samhain High Rite will be held on Saturday, November 7.

Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions required by Baltimore City, we are unable to accommodate more than 25 people to celebrate rites at CedarLight Center, and this includes the ritual team on site. If you would like to celebrate with us at CedarLight, YOU MUST RSVP to events@cedarlightgrove.org and we will let you know if there is still space available.

Masks will be required inside the building for all participants at CedarLight Center and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.

All are welcome to participate remotely via Zoom, that link will be posted on our public Facebook page at 5pm on the 7th. Don’t use Facebook? Send an email to events@cedarlightgrove.org and we will email you the link when we open the room.