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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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December 27th, 2004

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10:10 am - Yule 2004 rite!
Added a new ritual to my website.

Because I was unable to celebrate with my Grove for the first time in two years, I got to try my hand at writing a solitary ritual for my own use. It was a nice change. And, on top of that, I really like the way it came out.

So, if you're in need of a ritual (slackers), there's one available.


ADF standard format, of course, because if I'm going to share something, it might as well be something that will count toward the DP :)

I'm particularly proud of my Outdwellers invocation. Just keep in mind that it was written under about a foot of ice and snow during the holiday season.

Also, something that is a bit daunting is the length of the patron invocation. It just kept growing. . . I couldn't stop it :)
Current Mood: working
Current Music: "A Thousand Steps to Nowhere", -JB

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Date:December 27th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
I love it! I don't have that much experience with ritual, but I tried my own one this year, with spontaneous ideas that kept cluttering my mind all day until I went to obey. It was from fancy -- I didn't even have candles with me, and I used my Nalgene for a "well" of a sorts -- but hey. I tried, even if I did get mildly tongue-tied and end up just cuddling against the Earth for a while and letting that substitute speech. >.<

I hope some day to be as eloquent in ritual as you, and also much less shy! I feel very very shy and self-conscious when I do rituals by myself. It's not the typical self-consciousness of "oh my gods I must look so ridiculous" or anything like that, but I guess it's just that I feel so humble, maybe even borderline offensive by attempting such meager, half-assed-looking rituals. I ask myself: what do you know? Shouldn't you be a much better person for this and your gods? It's harder with me, I guess, because I'm not really that open, and I consequently have to make sure I can escape and find privacy first. And then, when I do, it usually doesn't seem that private after all, so I have some distractions that make it more difficult. >.<

Do you have an advice there? Thanks for sharing your cool rite. :)
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Date:December 27th, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
I still feel exactly the same, actually. It's a shocking and humbling experience to stand in front of your deities and not be sure what to do next. You feel kinda like you invited them to a party, but have no games to play and nothing to talk about.

I find that scripting things helps, and then just forging ahead with whatever you're going to do. Really, a lot of it is in the fact that you just need to do something, and put the idea that what you're doing isn't "right" out of your head.

Practice makes perfect, and our deities aren't angry sky gods looking for excuses to strike us down.

But to really get over that, scripting yourself might be the best thing to do. You'll always have something to say, and that's a good chunk of the battle.

ADF has a saying: "Sincerity is no substitute for competence!" The corellary to that, though, is just as important, even if it isn't as fun to say: "Competence is no substitute for sincerity!"

Whatever you do, be true, and you're halfway there. Eloquence comes from practice (and I don't consider myself half as eloquent as a lot of people). Competence comes from study. But the one thing that we should all start out with is sincerity, and that is a true gift to the gods.
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Date:December 27th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
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Date:December 27th, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)
Great ritual! I really enjoyed it. :) Mostly, I like the simplicity of just sticking to the liturgical format that you incorporated into this, as well as the way you weaved in the references to the solstice and return of the light. Thanks for sharing.
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Date:December 27th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
I had a good time weaving in the bit about the sun traveling through the underworld, which is prevalent in a lot of myths, though not necessarily IE ones. I'm thinking particularly of the epic Gilgamesh, where the sun travels underground to get back to where it was.

I couldn't get over why it would take longer in the winter, and I liked the idea that it just took longer and longer paths through the underworld, and that each of the Kindred (and especially the Earth Mother) could help find shorter paths.

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