We’re excited to appear again on the Comfest schedule for our Sunday morning Summer Solstice ritual! This year’s celebration is a pan-Indo-European ritual, honoring the Sun and our community. And we’re returning to an ritual idea that we last used in about 2005: it’s a SOULstice, where all our music will be well-known popular songs, so come ready to sing along.
This rite is free and open to the public, and you’re welcome to join us in person or over Zoom. We strive to weave all attendees into our magic, no matter how they join us. We invite remote participants to pray at their home shrines along with us if they have them, or in the shrine of their heart if they do not, and to join with us in offering.
This is a morning ritual. You’re welcome to meet us at 10am at our ritual site, just east of the Live Arts Stage at Comfest/Goodale Park, or you can meet us a little earlier in front of the Shelterhouse for a brief procession. There will be no potluck at this ritual, but there will be many food vendors on site.
9:30 — Gather in front of the Goodale Park shelterhouse for procession
9:45 — Process to our ritual site, just east of the Live Arts Stage (Google Map pin)
10:00 — Ritual begins (approximate time; we have to set things up when we get there!)
If you can’t make it in-person, we’d love to see you via Zoom. Exact timing for the Zoom meeting will depend on how quickly we get things set up, but we’ll get it up at running as quickly as we can.
Meeting ID: 337 362 382
What should I have with me?
If you’re new to all this, check our information for first-time attendees!
In-person attendees do not need to bring anything in particular, though as always we invite you to bring offerings for the Sun and for any of the Kindreds who you would honor. (We will also have some offering items available for your use.)
Remote participants are welcome to make offerings at your home shrine if you have one, or to give offerings of your attention and praise. We will ask what blessings the Holy Ones offer us in exchange for our gifts, and we will call down those blessings into waters that we share. In person we will pour out waters for all to share, but we will also bless your waters at home: have a beverage handy to receive those blessings.
This ritual is part of the event schedule for Comfest (now in its 51st year!). Comfest is celebrated on the grounds Goodale Park, just north of I-670 in the Short North. Our ritual will take place in the open grassy area just east of the Live Arts Stage. You can see a map on pp. 32-33 of the 2023 Comfest program guide (we’ll be right next to Mario, near the top-center of the map), or you can see a Google Maps pin.
There are numerous garages and parking lots in the area. Street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhood and is free on Sundays; pay close attention to all posted parking signs and be neighborly! The Comfest bike corral is also back this year, in the park near the corner of Buttles and Dennison.