September 2nd, 2009


Order of the Crane: first steps

Time to let the Crane out of the Crane-bag, since both Skip and seamus_mcnasty have already done so on various fora :)

I have been spending a lot of time recently working on this Order of the Crane, which is partially a way to extend what our Grove does to the rest of ADF, but mostly a way to get people dedicated to doing work within their daily spiritual lives.

The focus will be on the Crane as a symbol of transformation and service: we expect to cover, in particular, healing and rites of passage (birth, marrying and burying), but also have a commitment to service projects (because what good, really, are transformative rituals if you can't be out there doing transformative work for others?). There's devotional work required, as well, but to join and do the work, it's really just a simple process. . . and you don't need to be a member to do the work, either.

It's a full curriculum, really, with very simple rules and reliant on existing SP's for some of the advancement work. The structure is pretty darn simple, and I'm starting to think that the skeleton we have is actually pretty neat.

In the past week or so, Seamus and I have worked out most everything we need: bylaws, devotional rites, a method of joining, a prepared e-mail list (with public archives), and (as of early this morning) an initiation rite. There's even a place to submit healing requests. We're up to about a 50 page guide for the Order, as well, with rituals and requirements set out pretty clearly. I'm just waiting on a few final things from Seamus to put the lid on it and call it "finished" (for now).

I'm not opening the pages up to many people yet, but they're at least as complete as some Guild pages, even if they're just sitting on the 3CG pages so far. We'll probably wait until the book is finished before we open the Order to new members. . . and I cannot wait to do that!