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May 9th, 2009


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07:56 am - Passing Div2, and a review of my work for a change
Wow. I got an e-mail about a week and a half ago from [info]Ian Corrigan saying that my Divination 2 papers were "exemplary" . . . I admit, I had no such thoughts myself. I thought they would be somewhat average.

Among the comments he returned to me were these:
  1. I should write a booklet on runes based on my answers to Req 5
  2. A short article such as "Are the Runes a Magical Alphabet?" should be submitted to OL
  3. The creation of a bind-rune I did for one reading was, and I quote, "good cunning-work." This is an awesome phrase to me
  4. He and I go in completely opposite directions when it comes to public ritual, though: while you'll rarely hear me offer the names of runes, often giving only an interpretation, Ian only gives the name and translation and lets folks figure out the meanings on their own.
I thought his final comment was best, though, as when speaking about a rune reading that we did in public that had a major affect on ADF (that one truly cold Yule when the Grove was first founded; some of you may recall it), he said:
  1. Almost like there was something wyrd going on, innit?
Just. . . wow ;)

Over the last year or two, I've become a lot more in-depth with my reviewing, returning positive comments along with negative ones (should they be necessary) and trying to help the student flesh things out if they'd like to. It's nice to get a response like this one, because it helps to verify that the system I've been developing is something worth doing.

I don't really feel that I can just say, "Oh, you passed." I find it important to highlight certain parts of the piece that I really liked, and discuss what I liked about them. By the same token, we can't just say, "Oh, you didn't pass. Re-write it." If something doesn't pass, I always explain why, and offer suggestions for passage if I can.

This sort of reviewing takes a lot more time, though, and sometimes it's downright hard: I've occasionally come across something so bad that I didn't know what to do with it and had to struggle to find some positives to return. Rare as that is (it's probably happened twice in the past several years), I've believed it important enough to ensure that I've done all I can to make it happen.

Attempting to do this little thing is part of what I do to make ADF a bit brighter, and receiving a review back that's along those same lines makes me feel great about what I'm doing with reviews.
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From:wcm
Date:May 9th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on passing!

And I totally agree. I feel very lucky to have a reviewer for the DP who is communicative. Grollwynn not only told me what he really liked about my DP but, in regards to the areas that I need to improve, he has been very upfront and honest. I really appreciate that. With Druids like that in ADF, I think the organization will continue to grow and improve.
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From:dubhlainn
Date:May 9th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
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He and I go in completely opposite directions when it comes to public ritual, though: while you'll rarely hear me offer the names of runes, often giving only an interpretation, Ian only gives the name and translation and lets folks figure out the meanings on their own.

I really hope we get the chance to have that talk about divination this summer! I tend to follow along with Ian's method of omen during ritual and a couple days ago, while setting outside, a Great Blue Heron flow over my head, literally about 5 feet above my head. It is only the 2nd time I have ever seen this bird in person in my life, and they happened within about a week of one another. I absolutely took it as an omen but I know you do not feel divination can happen when one is not seeking it. The first thing I thought was... I wish Michael was here to talk about this!

Congrats on passing the course, I thought your work was pretty exemplary too
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From:druid_medb
Date:May 11th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
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It drives me nuts when someone just gives the rune name and no interpretation. Anyone can pull a rune out of a bag and tell you the name (well anyone who reads runes or anyone with a cheat sheet). I can't/don't do runes (I read ogham) so the name of the rune means nothing to me without an interpretation.

People did that type of reading several times at Desert Magic and it had absolutely no meaning to me. Someone says "hagalaz," everyone makes disapproving noises and I think "what just happened?"

BTW: Congrats on passing and all the cool kudos you received. I really need to get off my a$$ and work on that now that I have all this time off.

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