May 1st, 2007
|10:45 am - Some tired ramblings|
ADF elections finally ended last night. I've been spending the past several nights at my workbench, working on things in order to keep my mind off a lot of things, but those in particular. Last night, I spent my time working to finish the set of runes I've promised for so many years to make for the Grove, but have never managed to actually do.
I also have a set of Ogham sticks that I hope to make for the Grove. As I was working last night, trying my hardest to avoid fretting over other things (a common thread in my life recently), I began thinking about the other divination tools we might need on hand.
I'm a fan of culturally-appropriate symbol sets, which has been a perennial issue with a Gaulish hearth culture. Ian, apparently, has a new symbol set of his own that looks intriguing (I just heard about it recently, though it's apparently been discussed on ADF-Seers a couple of times. . . which doesn't help much for me, who went NOMAIL there a long time ago because it wasn't worth reading), so we might need to get something like that. I made up a set of Discordian Futhark runes for my own personal use (I don't think the Grove needs them), and I've found that they're really fun to use. [note: I have a similar creative project underway, and others have also thought about Discordian divination.]
Of course, I have no idea what to do with this whole Vedic thing and seership. I suppose I'll just do what I'm doing now: read up on the famous Vedic seers and pretend I know what I'm doing. [mental note: get a fire extinguisher for the altar, idiot.]
I've been reading as much as possible about Usas over the past few days, and as a result, I've been encountering her in my thoughts quite often. I'm back in the habit of my dawn and sunset devotionals, which are really the one thing that I will always recommend to folks who are having a hard time spiritually: it's amazing how they affect your religious life.
Of course, because I'm staying up late and getting up before sunrise, I'm getting really, really freakin' tired. At this point, we're looking at about 14 hours of daylight at this latitude, and it's only going to get longer for the next six weeks (peaking at about 15 hours). I do not expect to sleep in until late September, after the daylight savings change.
The one thing that I really feel I need to do with these rites is to wake up and stay up, which means no more lazy mornings in bed. And, if I can swing it, I'd really like to wake up, shower, and be ready for my day by the time I stand before my altar at dawn. So far, because of how late I've been up, I've chosen practicality over piety, but at least dawn is waking me: that's the real goal.
And I've been rambling for a while now, so I'm going to shut up. This, apparently, is the effect of three hours of sleep on my writing.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: sleepy
Current Music: "Hello Texas", -JB
Randomly - You+Me=Wendy's lunch sometime next week?
Yes, most certainly. You pick the day, and I'll be free.
Cool, will do. Once I get my schedule sorted, I will contact you! (well, I may *even* contact you before that)
|Date:||May 1st, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)|| |
Ian posted a link to the new divination deck last night; I can email you the link if you'd like to see it (he's asked that it not be widely spread just yet, and not given out to non-ADF members, elsewise I'd just post the link here)
It's cool: he crossposted it to ADF-Dedicants. Looks like a good system :) I'll have to make some of those.
But thank you for the offer :)
I'm disappointed...your three-hours-of-sleep ramblings aren't nearly as stream-of-consciousness as one might hope. Or perhaps I'm the only one that loses my mouth-brain buffer when sleep-deprived.
Oh, don't worry: many people are like that. My own buffers, though, always work just fine in online communication. It's the one-on-one communication where things get interesting, because I have an innate trust of just about everyone.
I envy you your functioning buffers. I guess I'll just have to go elsewhere for titillation today. ;)
Well, if titillation is what you'd like, I suppose I could just talk more about Usas, what with all her disrobing and rising from baths and such that goes on.
I've been thinking of writing a sex-related entry, but dude, no one wants to read one of those from me.
(More correctly to the point, I'd probably just putter out or manage to stop being interesting after about 10 sentences. Writing about sex is hard!)
[all innuendo intended]
I dunno. Sometimes writing about sex is easy, sometimes it is
hard difficult, but either way, I always find it to be fun.
And as for no one wanting to read a sex-related entry from you, may I just point vaguely in the direction of your harem? I'm sure they'd trip over themselves to read it. The rest of us probably wouldn't mind either...you know those that have voyeuristic tendencies. Not that I'd know anything about those things. Nope. Not at all...
It's interesting, but the harem seemed to dissolve when I became single: just about everyone would still refer *to* it, but no one referred to being a *part* of it. Now, it just seems to exist as some odd floating palace beyond the sea, and while everyone's positive that someone lives there, no one can get into it to find out!
From a chemical standpoint, if you want something that has dissolved to reconstitute, you need to change the conditions. Shake it up, add more, heat it up, that sort of thing. Perhaps that would work for your harem. Just a thought.
(And therein is *clear* proof that I've been spending too much time with my nose in my MCAT prep books...)
just about everyone would still refer *to* it, but no one referred to being a *part* of it.
Oh, God, it's a meme!
We just had a great conversation about you at game. We were talking about chaos magic and your Cthulhu invocation came up and we talked about how funny it would be if you posted to your lj like a normal person, but all the while you were sitting on a pile of filth eating the flesh of a live cat.
Well . . . clearly that's a dark sort of humor, but still.
I hadn't thought back to that working in a while. . . That's certainly one hell of a way to get beyond the wall of sleep, so to speak.
Hmmm. . . I do have three cats. . .
(there is no humour too dark). . .
Thanks for the Erisian Links!
Np! There are a number of good Discordian divination options out there. Fun to read through, and impressive to think about.
You've seen PMC's E-Jing-A-Ling-Thing (I-Ching), of course?
Dude, seriously if you have to choose between sleep and sunrise rituals- SLEEP! I know religion is important to you but you have to keep in good health or you won't be able to all the other stuff!
Well, "all the other stuff" isn't quite as important to me as my devotional practice. But don't worry, the key to being "early to rise" is being "early to bed", as the old proverb goes. I'll just be to bed earlier, is all, once these elections are announced.
|Date:||May 2nd, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)|| |
BTW, do you know when they're going to announce the winners?
These elections take forever!
|Date:||May 2nd, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)|| |
Re: ADF elections
Even though there are electronic counts (I don't have them, don't ask :), we are having human beings do counts also for consistency with previous election procedures, to eliminate any question of bias in the electronic system, and to include the counts from the (few, I think) paper ballots.
Patience, it hasn't even been 24 hours since the election closed - talk about an instant gratification society ;)
Well, she's got a point: they do take forever :)
Of course, that's by necessity: mailing the ballots out, receiving them in return, transferring them to wherever they're supposed to be counted, etc. . . All that, of course adds to the time.
I do hope that, at some point in the future, we'll be able to shorten the voting period, but that won't happen, of course, until we've almost entirely eliminated paper mailings, or else move to a "you need to request a ballot before X date in order to get one mailed to you" system.
|Date:||May 2nd, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: ADF elections
Actually, according to Brian we got more paper ballots than I expected/hoped - I think he said 54.
I think we also need to promote the no paper mailings
option a bit more too.
And I need to add it to the new membership form
, but that's a PITA because I have to get into the feed from that into the membership database and that's nowhere near as easy to do as it was adding that option to the renewal page