Sunday, August 2 @ 5:00 pm
Cascadia Grove will be holding our summer cross quarter High Rite ritual on August 2nd at 5pm via Zoom. All folk of good will are invited! Jeff Olhoeft will be leading our rite. We will be honoring the Hellenic pantheon, specifically Athena and Hephaestus. Traditionally they would be honored at Chalcia, an event held in the fall, but as with many ancient rituals that were held on the other side of the world, our seasons don’t necessarily line up with theirs so we are celebrating them now.
Isolation is still the best practice, so we will use the raw stuff of the internet to make magic and meet via Zoom.
Here is the link to download Zoom to your device: https://zoom.us/support/download
And here is the Zoom link: Cascadia Ritual
Here are some suggestions for during the ritual.
If you are able to do so, prepare space for yourself to take part in the ritual. Here are some ideas:
Maybe you have an altar or shrine already or you wish to prepare one.
Maybe you have a space to set out a candle (fire or battery).
Perhaps you can burn a bit of incense.
You could take a bit of time to meditate or center yourself in your space. Or read something relevant to your path.
The actual thing you do isn’t the most important thing here. Your intention is the important thing. Not everyone has the luxury of dedicated spaces and places. We make do. We Folk work our magic with whatever is at hand.
Jeff is going to be presenter for the ritual proper. Shane, who will be controlling Zoom, will mute everyone during the ritual. Kirk Thomas, of White Mountain Druid Sanctuary*, will be leading the singing. Sadly, Zoom does not allow us to all sing together so we’ll each need to sing muted. I’ve attached the song sheet to this email.
During the personal offering time, we will pause for about 3 minutes so that each of us can make our offerings in our own bit of the sacred space we create. Offerings are encouraged, but are not mandatory. If you have a thing you wish to offer, be prepared to put it out of use by human hands after ritual.
For food items, this could be placing it out for the nature spirits to consume.
If you wish to burn a thing and have means to have a fire, you could do that.
If it is not a thing to be burned, like a stone, a bit of metal etc., you could put it in a container to save for the next ritual we are able to have in person and give it to the Kindreds at that time.
Liquid offerings can be given into the hands of Cloacina, Roman goddess of drains and sewers (no I’m not kidding 🙂 ).
Waters of life:
Come to ritual with a glass of something to use for the Waters of Life. During the ritual, we will imbue these waters with magic, bless them and then drink them. Waters of life are typically water, cider (hard or not), meade etc. Have a glass of something available as we drink together of these waters that we make sacred.
If you would like to donate to help us pay for the Zoom account and sundries, please go to adfcascadia.org
May you be healthy and well until we meet again by the hearth’s fire,
Debbie Olhoeft, Pursewarden
Shane Coineandubh, Scribe
James Harmon, Senior Druid
Cascadia Grove, ADF 501(c)(3)
*White Mountain Druid Sanctuary is a modern day interpretation of ancient Indo-European rituals and practices. We are currently finishing a Shrine to the Goddess Brigid. If you are curious, check out patreon.com/wmds.