Rituals

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 can be the most meaningful.

 

Pre-Registration Rituals

The following rituals require registration in advance of the retreat so the facilitator can prepare materials and possibly collect a fee. Click on a ritual title below to see more information.

Flower Frenzy  – Thursday 11:00 am
Moon Rite – Thursday  5:00 pm
Boy’s Rite of Manhood – Thirsday 5:00 pm

 

 

Wednesday
6:30 pm Main Ritual Area
Opening Ritual
Presented by the Directors of Operations! Stick and Bruce
Join us in celebrating Forward Together. Once a year we have the opportunity to come together at Dragonfest. We share many things together, joy and grief, food and drink, success and failure. Each of us has a hand in moving forward because of and sometimes despite what we share. Join us, no matter your path. Come together and help move ourselves and Dragonfest forward!
Thursday
11:00 am Hekate’s Grove
Flower Frenzy
Pre-register pentacat22@gmail.com
This is a time honored, all female, or identifying as female, ritual. It is based on the Mayan Spiritual Healing Tradition and is the high light of the year for many of us. Since it is a waning moon you will need to prepare your intention to wash out what no longer serves you, making room for what you want to bring into your life. 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.
5:00 pm Hekate’s Grove
Moon Rite
Please pre-register by emailing pentacat22@gmail.com
The Moon Rite 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. This rite will be held in the late afternoon and overnight on the 10th of August. 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, up past Hekate’s Grove. It is asked that the maidens please pre-register with Janie or Mary Ann (ritual coordinator) prior to Fest so that preparations may be made to accommodate the girls. Please feel free to contact Janie at pentacat22@gmail.com with any questions, etc prior to coming to fest. No eligible girl will be turned away.
5:00 pm Grove across from Trance Circle
Boy’s Rite of Manhood
Please pre-register by emailing rituals@dragonfest.org
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 that includes their Father or Father Mentor, 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/Mentors will spend the night with the young man in this ritual. There is a wonderful wooded area up across from Trance Circle where the young men will camp.
7:00 pm Hekate’s Grove
Women’s Mysteries
Presented by Raven Lyons & Starr
Balance is not static, so the pendulum will swing back and forth. Many identify with the beauty that comes forth as the Goddess, especially in this patriarchal society. As the pendulum swings, there are many ways to bring the balance. We will explore what the balance is for ourselves through meditation and recognition of the masculine to balance the feminine. how do they complement each other? How do these two parts of ourselves fit? How do we find the balance and acknowledge both Gods and Goddesses in our spirituality? Join us as we work to answer the questions for ourselves.
7:00 pm Trance Circle
Men’s Mysteries
Presented by Eric Sisler & Bruce K.
All men of the Dragonfest community are invited to join Eric and Bruce in an open discussion on the mysteries of being a male pagan, as we take this discussion “forward together ” we would also like to invite each participant to bring a piece of their path or tradition which we would like to include in an impromptu ritual.
7:00 pm Main Ritual Area
Gender Fluid Mysteries
Presented by Jaylo
These Mysteries were introduced last year for those within our community who have never heard the calling for the Women or Men’s Mysteries. This will be a safe space for those who want to connect with the Divine beyond the duality of male and female. That being said, this ritual is only for those who fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between male and female, or those who feel they don’t fall on the spectrum at all.
Jason “Jaylo” Wilson was born and raised in the greater Colorado Pagan and Dragonfest communities. Jaylo has also been longed involved grassroots and community organizing within communities of Queer and Transgender youth since their early teens. Currently Jaylo is studying for their first degree initiation into Wicca with the Sisters of the Turquoise Moon coven.
Friday
11:00 am 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, Thursday 11 am.
2:00 pm Crone’s Workshop Area
Sage Ritual
Hail and Salutations all Elder Men of the Communities. In the tradition that Robin Vinehall started some years ago. There will be a Saging held Friday afternoon., If you are interested and ready to share and bring your wisdom to our younger generations. This will be a real ritual. Please bring your Ritual Robes. Or wear attire for ritual.
5:30 pm 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. If you would like to volunteer to be a vessel, walker or have any questions please email our Ritual Coordinator at rituals@dragonfest.org. Set-up Friday 10a – 3p.
Saturday
7:00 am Phoenix Circle
Caffeina Ritual
Presented by Phoenix Circle
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).
7:00 pm Main Ritual Area
Main Ritual
Presented by Sara Rain
Grounding, Centering and Expanding our “Togetherness!”
Main ritual this year will certainly include music and will utilize the power of our magic-wielding community. Focusing our energy toward healing and blessing for our closest beloveds, and bridging the gap between self and other. Arrive with your strong loving heart!
BRING a chair or picnic blanket for sitting on the ground. Most of our ritual will be seated. Surprise!
Chocolate Frenzy
It is a Mystery! Talk to Med Mom Nancy. And don’t forget to bring her your Chocolate Devotion Offerings at Nancy’s camp after Main Ritual. Email MedMom for more information nancynurse@dragonfest.org
Sunday
10:30 am Main Ritual Area
Closing Ritual
Presented by the Teens of Dragonfest
After Closing Ritual Giving Tree
Giving Tree Ritual
Presented by Raven
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. 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!

 

 

 

If you would like to present a ritual next year, contact the ritual coordinator at rituals@dragonfest.org.