Rituals 2015

Rituals are spiritual expressions of community. Some are large, including our opening ritual, the Saturday main ritual, and Drawing Down the Moon. Some have a dozen or two folks like the traditional Men’s Mysteries and Women’s Mysteries. Some rituals have just a few people which often tend to be the most meaningful.

2015 Ritual Schedule

 

Wednesday:

5:00p Community Center- Teens of Dragonfest Meet & Greet
This is a potluck for the teens and their parents. Please bring a dish to share, as well as your plates & utensils. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be provided

6:30p Main Ritual Area – Opening Ritual
Presented by Bruce, Director of Operations and Staff!

11:00a Hecate’s Grove – Flower Frenzy
Pre-register
This is a time honored, all female, or identifying as female, ritual. It is based on the Mayan Spiritual Healing Tradition and is the highlight of the year for many of us. Since it is on a waning moon, it will be important to prepare your intention for washing out that which you no longer need, to make room for other energies to enter. Please come, prepared with a bucket, basin or some water container to mix your bath in. Bring any flowers, herbs, oils, etc to add and to share with your bath. It is a skyclad ritual and is warded by faithful guardians on all sides. If you are uncomfortable being skyclad, you may choose a bathing suit or underwear. Any Maidens preparing for the Moon Rite Ritual that evening are encouraged to attend along with their female sponsor or parent. Be sure to bring a towel, a chair if you desire and your spiritual self with your intentions for the ritual set in your mind.

6:30p Hecate’s Grove – Women’s Mysteries
Presented by Four Crone’s of Dragonfest: Judy, Galandrea, Pamela & Mary Ann
We all come from the Goddess. This is a little difficult to remember as we are bombarded by the media telling us how to improve the look of our bodies. Join us as we celebrate the bodies that we were given. Skyclad ritual by four Crones, three of whom are members of Coven of the Grove.

7:00p Trance Circle – Men’s Mysteries – Presented by Bruce and Eric
People often talk about balance, but what does that mean? How do we achieve balance in our various roles as men: lovers, fathers, warriors and wizards. How do we maitain balance on a spiritual path that is often female- / Goddess- centric? Bring an open heart, an open mind and your concept of “balance” to share with others. This is a ritual for all those who identify as male.

5:00p – Meet at Community Center – Moon Rite Ritual (formerly known as the COA)
The Moon Rite Ritual is for young Maidens who have reached their first menses and who feel inclined and prepared to make this step over the threshold into Womanhood. The girls will need to connect with Janie Felix (Ritual Lt and Priestess for this rite) when they arrive at Fest. There are several steps that are required of these young maidens prior to the ritual. There should be a sponsor who will accompany the young lady through the ritual. The girls should come prepared with sleeping bag, flashlight, etc for an overnight stay with the other maidens. It is asked that the maidens please pre register with Janie or Tanna (Ritual cocoordinator) prior to Fest so that preparations may be made to accommodate the girls. Please feel free to contact Janie. No eligible girl will be turned away, but prior to fest registration is desirable so that the priestess may be prepared.

 

Friday:

11:00a Crone’s Workshop Area – Croning Ritual
Maiden talks to us about beginnings, and the Mother of maturity, the Crone makes us think of endings. Although the energies and the aspects of the Crone are certainly present and working in us and our rituals, there is something different about actually crossing the threshold to become the Crone. Join the Crones of Dragonfest for this intimate and fulfilling Rite of Passage. Crone Workshop is required.

2:30p Community Center – Saging Ritual
Hail and Salutations all Elder Men of the Community. In the tradition that Robin Vinehall started many years ago, I have been given the honor of bringing new Sages into the fold. If you are interested and ready to share your wisdom with our younger generations, please sign up at the Kiosk/Info booth. Please bring your Ritual Robes or wear attire for ritual. We will meet at the Community Center at 2:30 on Friday then proceed to our Sacred Space for a 3:00 Ritual. Hope to see both new and returning folk! Presented by SageBear

5:00p Community Center – Boy’s Rite of Manhood
Presented by Clif, this important rite of passage is for boys 13 and older. This is the time they cut the ties to Mother and join the Fathers as they take their first steps into Manhood. This is an overnight ritual, please bring warm clothes and jacket, a sleeping bag, and a journal and pen. The Sages will be cheering on and seeing off the boys, and will welcome our new young men the next morning. Fathers you will escort your young man through this ritual.

5:30p Hecate’s Grove – Multiple Drawing Down of the Moon
The Drawing Down of the Moon is one of our most Sacred Mystery Rites. Our High Priestesses or High Priests become a Vessel for the God and the Goddess. The Vessel invokes the Goddess or the God directly into themselves.

 

Saturday:

7:00a Phoenix Circle – Caffeina Ritual
Phoenix Circle will be facilitating a Caffeina ritual at 7 am.. Please attend in your sleeping attire unless you sleep sans clothes in which case, put your darn bathrobe on. Curlers are optional but welcome. The less “ready” you are, the better. Please bring your own coffee cup. All else will be provided (tea, coffee, and sweet things).

1:00p Hecate’s Grove – Women’s Coming of Age Ritual
Women’s Reclaiming Our Rites of Passage. ….WRORP RITE
Many of us were not blessed with the gift of a rite of passage as women. This rite is designed to fill that gap left on our path. This is a women’s only rite for those who never went through a rite of passage such as a maiden rite. WRORP is not based on any faith but open to all faiths. The rite is limited to the first 25 women who have preregistered. Think long and hard if you are ready to take this step as sacrifices from each participant will be asked of you.

5:00p Community Center – Bob Key’s Community Soup Dinner
In the spirit of community, The Kitchen along with the teens continues The Saturday night tradition of stone soup! This year’s soups are:
• Vegetable Soup
• Chicken Noodle and
• Vegan tomato vegetable
If you have nonperishable goods for donation, please bring them as we are collecting them for the Food Bank of the Rockies!

7:00p Main Ritual Area – Main ritual
Beautiful musical ritual honoring the diversity of our world as we celebrate the harvest from various pantheons. Presented by Coven of the Grove.

Chocolate Frenzy
It is a Mystery! Talk to Med Mom Nancy at the Medical Tent regarding the secret time and location. And don’t forget to bring her your Chocolate Devotion Offerings.

 

Sunday:

10:30a Main Ritual Area – Closing Ritual
Presented by the Teens of Dragonfest

After Closing Ritual @ Giving Tree – Giving Tree Ritual
Presented by Raven – The Giving Tree ritual will be centered on not only giving but also receiving in more ways than one. Most are not very good at receiving things like energy or messages or help when they are down. This will be a ritual to help people understand what that means and how important it is to walk in gratitude every day as we will be sharing energy as well as gifts. You can bring a magical tool that you no longer use, a craft, a book or other things you think need to be given. Please do not bring old junk as anything I deem as such will be removed before the ritual will begin. We must remember that sometimes to be able to receive we must also be willing to let go to make room for the new. Be open and prepared to receive what it is spirit says you need at that time. Please also remember to only receive one item as we want to be sure all who give also receive! The ritual will take place at the tree across the road from the community center on Sunday after closing ritual. Thank you and blessed be!