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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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Chaos Matrix

April 26th, 2006

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10:57 am - As the Wheel of the Year turns. . .
I hit a sudden writer's block last night. I was doing so well, too: I'd finally managed to crack the main problem with the DP Through the Wheel of the Year book that I wrote: the fact that I managed to fit nine freakin' High Days into one year.

I mean, I'm a magician, sure, and a Chaote to boot, but who can fit nine High Days into a single year?

But I wrote out the entire schedule in dates, and I think I managed to set it so that the High Day rites are at least somewhat more correctly spaced, and there are now only 8 of them.

Of course, with the removal of two lessons (each High Day includes two lessons: one on the High Day and traditions associated with it and the other about the ritual recap), I now have two weeks left to make up lessons for: the last two weeks.

One of those weeks was easy: it's basically just a list of items that need to be included, to ensure that the Dedicant has everything. It includes where to send it, what to expect when you send it, etc. I should have included that before.

The other one is more difficult. It's about reviewing what you learned and creating an idea of where you want to go from there. It's designed to show that the DP isn't an end, but a beginning (which I firmly believe it is). So I'm trying to work up some things about that, but that's where the writer's block comes in.

I've got two sentences on that lesson. If anyone wants to help on this topic, though, I have some very specific ideas of how you can. I just need to think about it more, I think.

For those using the current draft, I doubt anything has changed up to the point you're currently at. The first change was at week 15, and it was just a re-ordering of dates. The biggest changes are at the very end, where things started to get massively shuffled around.

A full list of changes is available to ADF members on the ADF Wiki, at MJDProjects, if you're interested to see what the difference in editions will be. It's toward the bottom.

But I'm using the DP book to take my mind off other things, and it's helping a bit. Hopefully, version two can be out shortly.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: "Death of an Unpopular Poet", -JB

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Date:April 26th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
Dedicant Program. It's ADF's initial training program.
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Date:April 26th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
I don't think that there really is. It's our "first step" program, but the language used about it seems to sometimes reflect an idea that finishing it is an end point. What I want to do, really, is change the way we talk about it. Most of our literature doesn't talk about what to do after the DP. It talks about how to finish it.

We just generally assume that people will move on to the next step, but not everyone does, so that's another thing I want to discuss, too.
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Date:April 26th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
You have to complete the DP before you can become clergy, for one thing, so you'd go on to the Clergy Training Program if you wanted to do that. If you wanted to learn bardic skills, you'd join the Bardic Study Program. If you want to focus on magic, you'd join the Magicians' Study Program. If you were interested in brewing, you'd join the Brewers' Study Program. Each program has between 3 and 5 circles of training.

Each of the guilds has a training program (or is developing/revising it), so there's lots you can focus in after finishing your DP.

We do have some initiatory leanings, but there's no "initiation" at the end of the DP, just an oath that dedicates you to the path. We're looking at an initiation program to follow that, and we do have an initiation process for our clergy, but the "Initiate's Program" is still in the works. I expect that we might see it early next year. It's to be a sort of "half-step" to ordination, in between the DP and the Clergy Training Program.
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Date:April 26th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Heh. Well, I suppose it's good that there are no longer 9 high days but hmmmm, does this mean my grovies and I all get to buy new copies from Cafe Press?

Seriously, though, I think the work you are doing is great, and I totally appreciate it!
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Date:April 26th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
You won't have to: there's little actual change, mostly typo corrections and a schedule update.

And ADF will be publishing the next version, so I might not have to include it on CafePress.

Plus, I'll make damn sure that it's available in .pdf.

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