When: Our Yule High Rite of 2015 will be on Saturday, December 19th. Guests may begin to arrive at 4:00pm, and we ask that you arrive no later than 5:00pm for our Pre-Ritual Briefing. The High Rite will start at 6:00pm. Times are subject to change, so please check before you leave.
Who: All High Rites are open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend!
What Else to Bring:
• Offering(s) (see below for ideas)
• A potluck dish to share for Revels
Lore of the Season
In recognizance of the warning of coming obstacles and chaos we received at Samhain, our rite will be focused on the myth of the Binding of the Fenris Wolf and the Sacrifice of Týr. A decent telling of the myth may be found here: http://www.sacred-texts.com/etc/omw/omw61.htm. We will be asking Týr to help us restrain those elements and forces in our lives and in the world around us that bring destructive conflict and chaos. The main/final offering for our rite will consist of sacrificing up tangible items that represent obstacles in our own lives and binding them with our own version of Gleipnir, the magic dwarf-rope that chained the Wolf.
Earth Mother: Jörð
Bardic Inspiration: Óðinn
Gatekeepers: Heimdallr & Skírnir
Beings of the Occasion: Týr & the Dvergar (the Dwarves)
Prayer: “Binding the forces of destructive chaos.”
A Note on ADF Ritual: Since for many in attendance the ideas and flow of ADF ritual will be unfamiliar, a brief explanation of our worldview and goals in ritual is in order. ADF ritual focuses around the ancient and broadly acknowledged concept of hospitality, the notion of ‘a gift for a gift’. During ritual, we offer sacrifices of various kinds—e.g. incense, craft, food and drink, service—to the Kindred of Earth (the Ancestors, the Spirits of Nature, and the Shining Ones) in the trust that they will reciprocate, hear our prayers, offer us their blessings, and speak to us in return. In ritual, offerings and prayers are made to the Gods by way of the Sacred Fire (the gateway to the above worlds), their blessings are received through the sharing of the Waters of Life, and their voices recorded through the taking of omens. The giving of offerings is the primary core of ritual and both our means of and our purpose for interacting with the beings we invite, so bringing offerings of devotion is highly encouraged.
Suggested Offerings: For the Dwarves, offerings of craft and skill are highly prized. For Týr, deeds of great courage and integrity are his highest honor. Mead is of course an excellent choice for all Norse rites; however, if you want to pour it on the Fire, opt for a beverage with a higher proof!
It is important to point out that it is not appropriate to make offerings in honor Gods who are not specifically invited, unless it is generally to ‘the Gods’ or ‘the Shining Ones’. The reason for this is again, a matter of hospitality and courtesy—one does not invite a friend over to share in a meal and then take that meal down the street to your neighbor, at the expense of your guest: to do so is simply rude, and we wish to treat the Gods we honor with all the dignity, praise, and respect to which they are entitled.
PLEASE NOTE: Any oaths given as an offering MUST be cleared with the Grove Organizer prior to the High Rite, as any oaths made in sacred space effect the wyrd of all present at the ritual. Please see Scott upon arrival if you plan on making an oath.
Intoxication during ritual is NOT permissible, as it is disrespectful to both our Gods and to fellow participants. An alcoholic beverage will be passed around at the end of ritual as we accept the blessings of the Gods through the Waters of Life; however, a non-alcoholic alternative will be provided. Please bring your own cup if you have a communicable illness—oversharing is not caring!
Bring a Dish for the Potluck!
Bring a dish to share with the Grove after ritual if you wish to participate in the feast. 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.
The High Rite will be done outdoors, so be sure to check the weather and dress appropriately. Ritual garb is of course appropriate, but not necessary. Our rites are public and family-friendly, so please do not come skyclad, but otherwise feel free to dress in whatever way makes you comfortable. If you have a chair you’d like to sit in during the High Rite, we suggest bringing that too.
Children and Ritual:
We do not have specific children’s activities planned for this Rite. Children are very welcome to all Raven’s Hollow events, and may participate to whatever extent they desire/their parents permit, but they must be attended at all times. If you bring them with you, please be prepared for them to stay with you throughout the Rite rather than wander off or wait for you inside.