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March 8th, 2006


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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.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 8th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
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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. :)
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From:zalon_draconis
Date:March 9th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
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Awesome, I've already read Puhvel and Mallory. I even found a copy of Comparative Mythology for a dollar.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 9th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
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That's quite the deal :) I spent last night reading about what he had to say about Esus, which was remarkably extensive.
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From:qorinda
Date:March 9th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
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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.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 9th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
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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.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 9th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Oh, there's a particular question . . . History of Neopaganism, Requirement 2 . . . Where Hutton's Triumph of the Moon is invaluable.

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.

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