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High Rite: Samhain

Our Samhain High Rite of 2013 will be on Friday, November 1st at 7:30pm with vigil until Midnight. PLEASE NOTE: This is on Friday night, different from our normal timeslots. (So if you show up on Saturday, no one will be there!) Participants can start gathering no earlier than 5:30pm at CedarLight Center to help prepare and enjoy the center. Please arrive no later than 6:30pm for pre-ritual briefing.

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

  • Lore of the Season
    Our Prayer for this year’s Rite is:

Learning the dance of the Ancestors”.

We will be honoring the Morrighan as the Washer at the Ford as well as The Ancestors for our primary patrons with the Dagda as our Gatekeeper. With this rite, we seek to celebrate with joy those who have gone before, inspired by the themes of other holidays from this time of year such as Dia de Los Muertos and New Orleans style funerals. We wish to dance with our Ancestors on the other side of the veil and take delight in honoring their lessons and memories.

  • Suggestions on Creative Offerings for the Gods:
    As mentioned, going with a Dia de Los Muertos/New Orleans inspiration (note, not a Dia de Los Muertos rite, just an inspiration to, as our member Katie said, “gift the Gods something new and different”), we are encouraging people to dress accordingly. So black, overcoats, corsets, steampunk, etc. Have fun with it!
  • Gated Offerings: Due to Samhain being a popular ritual, we will be gating offerings this year. If you wish to give a 2 minute or less offering please be sure to speak with the Chief Liturgist, Scott, prior to ritual (don’t worry, we’ll point him out to you if need be!) As we are having a vigil until Midnight, the gates will be open and an altar will be set up for people to give other offerings that they didn’t give during the ritual itself.
  • EXTRA CREDIT HOMEWORK: For the final praise offering, some of us will be singing a song by Delta Rae called “Dance in the Graveyards”. If you wish to sing with us, please feel free to check the video below to learn it! A link to the lyrics is below it. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR NOISEMAKERS AND YOUR DANCING SHOES! (Drums, rattles, tambourines, etc!)
  • Additionally, people are welcome to bring photographs of loved ones who have passed, as well as pre-carved pumpkins to the ritual to adorn the the Grove space, as well as to provide lights in the darkness.
    Note: Please take your Jack-o-Lanterns AND photographs home with you also! While they do feed the squirrels, they also feed the rats (sorry but this is Baltimore) for which we can be fined. So take them home and enjoy them there. THANKS!

Important note: Oaths are serious business. It is highly recommended that if you make an Oath to any of the Deities present that you keep to them. We ask that any planned Oaths be done at CedarLight rituals only with prior consultation with the Chief Liturgist, as it affects community and the ritual as a whole.

  • Bardic Circle and Midnight Vigil
    After the main ritual has ended, as mentioned, the gates will be left open during revels for a vigil that will last until midnight! A bardic circle will be held outside at the fire, so all are welcome to bring their songs and stories to perform for one another. Please bring your A games for this. We’re hoping for story tellers, not readers (unless you’re reading your own original work). ;)
  • Bring a Dish for the Potluck!

Bring a dish to share with the Grove after ritual if you wish to participate in the feast. We have meat eaters, vegetarians, and people on sugar restricted diets. 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 for our vegetarians. It’s also a good idea to list the ingredients if available. We are planning on preparing dishes that were passed down to us by an Ancestor if at all possible. We will be asking our Ancestors to join us for dinner and will be setting up a special place setting for them at their Altar, so if you want to save them a little, we can put some at their table for you.

  • Some suggested dishes include:
    • Various fruits for this time of year (apples for example)
    • 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.


  • There are cans of sodas available at the Grove for 50 cents each. Feel free to contribute beverages to the Grove!
  • Dress Warmly
    DRESS FOR COLD WEATHER. Samhain rites tend to be longer so warm shoes or boots are a must. Toe warmers are recommended. Warm clothing, cloaks, coats and gloves. Remember that being outside for several hours is much different from running between car and buildings. If you don’t have enough, you are going to be miserable if it is really cold. Check the weather forecast before the ritual. If you have a chair you’d like to sit in during the High Rite, we suggest bringing that too. Ritual robes are not required, and if you have no cold weather robes please don’t freeze yourself. We don’t want any pre-emptive ancestors.
  • We allow responsible drinking.
    As the vigil will be held until Midnight, we permit moderate drinking during reveals. Moderation is one of our virtues, however, and we will ask anyone who become disruptive to leave or call them a cab home. We do also reserve the right to hold your keys for you until you are capable of taking yourself home.
  • 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.

    • All donations go towards CedarLight Center bills and upkeep.
  • Note: In 2009 our maintenance & repair costs were over $16,000.00 and by the end of Aug 2010 our costs for this year alone were nearly $18, 000.00. THIS is where your money goes, to provide a sanctuary where any pagan can come and enjoy public worship of the gods, every week and every High Day, along with providing space for other pagan groups to rent for their own services/workshops.
  • Who?: Our high rites are always open to the public, bring a friend!
  • Children and Pets
    Children are always welcome to all CedarLight events, but must be attended at all times. We do not yet have children activities planned for this event. Pets however, are not allowed. Thank you for understanding.


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