Midsummer’s Eve Rite
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Union Project, Highland Park
Plan to arrive at 6:30 pm for briefing
Ritual begins promptly at 7 pm
At Yule, we waited in darkness for the sun’s birth. Six months later we wait for it rise in fullest power and glory…the time of waiting and nurturing is over and we move into a time of growth, maturation, and action.
This year’s rite will honor our Good Neighbors – Nature Spirits, Worldly Spirits and the Fair Folk who dwell alongside us on our Mother Earth.
Midsummer’s Eve is the time to look into the night, through the shadows to seek our elder kin. It is often easier to feel the soul of the natural world at night. In the darkness before the sun rises and blinds us to the mysteries of the life of the planet, we are more in tune to the call of birds, the rustle of animals, the whisper of the tree branches. It is also in the night under the light of ancient stars that we more easily look beyond the physical world and seek the places in between.
It’s a weeknight and we’re under a bit of time constraint, so please plan to arrive at 6:30 for the ritual briefing. We will start the rite promptly at 7. All Pagan and Pagan-friendly folks are welcome to attend.
What to bring:
Offerings for the Nature Spirits, Worldly Spirits and Fair folk. Suggested offerings are food, crafts, silver, beads, jewelry and other shiny things. Offerings of poetry, prose and song also welcome. Quiet words of thanks are always appropriate!
We won’t be having a full out pot-luck, but bring a light snack to share in fellowship after the ritual.
The Union Project is located at 801 N. Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, 15206, at the corner of Negley and Stanton Aves. There is plenty of free street parking. You can also take a bus – 71A Negley stops right across the street at Stanton Ave. 71B Highland Park stops at Highland and Stanton Aves. Walk down Stanton to Negley.
Plant a Tree! Over the next year, Sassafras Grove will be collecting cash donations to be used to plant trees through the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the Earth Mother. For just $2.00 we can plant a tree in a National Forest! So if you have an extra dollar or two, please consider donating. We’ll keep you updated quarterly on the planting progress!
There is no cost to attend our rites and events, but we do rely on donations to help us cover the cost of space rental and supplies. If you can, please support your local Druids!