March 8th, 2006
|02:10 pm - Do I have plans? Yeah, I have plans.|
"This book by a well-known Celtic American shaman"
Wow. I'm twitching. Hard. And I can't stop.
I've spent nearly every night in the past two weeks working past midnight on the Generalist Study Program for ADF, updating an average of 3 essays per day on my website, with an eye to Dedicant Priest Concecration. It's been interesting and, quite honestly, fun experience, even if it does have that sort of "hoop" feel to it.
It's not hard, just a *lot* of work. It has, when combined with the (not so) regular, day-to-day administrative work I've been tied up in recently with ADF, given me the occasion to look seriously at ADF and evaluate it and my own future with it. This has been invaluable.
I'm looking forward to being done with it, and hope I can pull off that March 14 deadline: between this and my paper for Jones' class, I'm really hurting for free time.
But my next project, I think, is going to be about a certain Nemeton in Arizona.
The questions and insights I've come across with this class have been amazing, and I'm anxious to find out what I can learn about a place that I can not only visit, but interview the people who built *and* utilize the space.
And I think that I can get a paper out of that circle that's worth submitting to an academic journal of some sort.
Here's hoping that Jones is willing to advise me on this particular project.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Brown-Eyed Girl", -JB
hmmmm. good luck with that.
I think you are freaking awesome to tackle the GSP...if anyone can get though it, it will be you.
I lust after the SSG nemeton (is it possible to lust over stones and mortar?).
Oh, and guess what I just got certificate saying I was a Druid Wiccan Priestess Shaman! Is that cool, or what?
|Date:||March 8th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: by the way
I'm not doing it that well, I'm afraid. I have the distinct impression that I'm only doing it sufficiently. And even that is, possibly, quite questionable. I've not heard back on any that I've submitted yet. I expect some rejections.
And yes, it is possible to lust after it.
I'll take "or what" for 400, Alex. ;)
If the certificate also announced your Atlantean geneology, though, I'd call *that* cool.
I'm hoping to knock off a couple of those essays during the next month. Got any book suggestions?
You can do the entirety of most courses from a single book, usually. With Hisotry of Neo-Paganism, it's DDM. With IE studies, it's Mallory. With IE Myth, it's Phuval. With Critical Thinking, it seems to be Wikipedia. :)
Awesome, I've already read Puhvel and Mallory. I even found a copy of Comparative Mythology for a dollar.
That's quite the deal :) I spent last night reading about what he had to say about Esus, which was remarkably extensive.
|Date:||March 9th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)|| |
This is VERY good to know. Thank you! I have all those books and at least started the ones I haven't read all the way through. Well, except Wikipedia.
I do recommend further reading, because I supplement a lot of this stuff with things I already know (myth, ritual, and Neo-Pagan history are things I've also had classes in), and I find additional books to be pretty useful, especially when I know less about the subject matter.
I found that Classical Mythology
by Morford and Lenardon had some good things to say about allegorical myth, for instance, and I spent a *lot* of time flipping between books for things like Bardic 1, which I don't know a whole lot about cross-culturally, really.
Wikipedia, of course, has mounds of issues, not the least of which is that it's eternally changing. I'm still torn about using it for a "scholarly" citation.
But it was certinaly helpful.
Oh, there's a particular question . . . History of Neopaganism
, Requirement 2
. . . Where Hutton's Triumph of the Moon
Now that I think about it, Ellis' The Druids
might be really good for question 9, which I haven't done yet because I've been wondering where to locate source material.
I think that when it's all over, you should buy yourself a massive case of beer. :)
And, of course, be incredibly proud of yourself.
If I liked beer. Alas, I do not. *sniffs* I think I'll just have to celebrate at Trillium
at the end of April with some good friends and a very large bottle of mead. . .
Congrats on your excellent productivity. :) The Nemeton looks very impressive... I wasn't aware that something like that had been constructed here in the States. I kind of wish they had a better overview photo of the completed product. There are lots of closeups, but it's hard to get a good sense of the scope of the site from those.
Here's a good view of the whole thing:
You can also see it on GoogleMaps, on their satellite images.
No, seriously :)
Thank you, that's a nice shot. :) Very impressive that they were able to design, fund, and implement such a project. I would always be nervous that some group of thugs would come along and vandalize it, though. It looks like it's completely exposed in the middle of nowhere.
Actually, they've got an action plan in case that happens, but the circle is literally right outside Tucson, on a pretty major road. It just happens to be adjacent to a national park, which is why you don't see any "civilization" out there.
The setting is . . . ideal for the circle, really.
I'll point out where it is on a map next time He-Man comes out and we get together :)