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Ár nDraíocht Féin
Three Cranes
Chaos Matrix

December 15th, 2006

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10:38 am - Book shopping for myself and the Grove
Last night, I went to Borders, since the Grove liturgy meeting got canceled.

There, I picked up three things:
  1. The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
  2. A Moleskine notebook for a project I'm working on
  3. A blank book to replace (if necessary) our current Grove sign-in books.
The first book, of course, is self-explanitory. The entry I wrote yesterday, along with the amazingly fruitful (and still on-going) discussion in the comments with ferrelux should sum up most everything I have to say about that book.

The second book I picked up because I realized that I really don't journal enough. Part of that is because I never have paper when I want to. What I would like to start doing is taking quick notes that read something like this:
12/15/06; AM
religious: 3
magical: 5
chaos magical: 7
Druidic: 4
Discordian: 2
I want to indicate how I feel, on a scale of 1-10, about my worldview: when is religion, magic, chaos, and any other factor at its highest? Can I chart it over time? Does the cycle vary by time of month, phase of moon, or day of week? If I can grab these vital stats, I think I can get an interesting outlook on things.

The third book stems from the idea that we might have lost our sign-in books for the Grove. Which is mostly okay: they'll turn up, I'm sure, eventually. I'm working on the theory that someone accidentally took them home at the last rite and will bring them back. But rather than see this as a net loss, I want to look at it as a net gain: we can do things we have never done in the past, things that we really ought to be doing. I sent this email to my scribe the other day:
If we are still missing the sign-in books on Saturday, I think I'd like to pick up a new one.

I have just realized that we can turn the loss into an opportunity for growth:

The book should be a sign-in book for each rite, as it has been.

But after each rite, we should pass the book to a) the person who took the omen and have them write out the omen, b) the person who led the rite to write out how they think it went, and c) the SD (or another member if the SD led the rite) to give their impressions.

I think we could get a lot more out of the rites if we did that, plus we'd find ourselves with a solid history.

Presuming, of course, that we didn't lose the damn books again. :)
As I was thinking more about this, some things dawned on me: we can generally model it after the Book of Ceaderlight and the Book of Sassafras.

There is a lot going on in my mind now about this, but again, we can turn loss into real gain for the Grove. I'll show the Grove the book I bought on Sunday at the Yule rite. It really is nice and well-bound. Plus, if we ever need to scan it in, it'll lay flat enough to do that.
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Date:December 15th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
I like your ideas for the new sign-in book.
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Date:December 15th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I think they'll go well.
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Date:December 16th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
i am intrigued by the sign in book idea. is this something like a "guest book" that you have for each rite? i think i would like to suggest it for GOG so would like to know how to explain the concept.
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Date:December 16th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
We started out with just a sign-in book. It just lists name and email address (if they wish) and then we write the omen from the rite at the end.

I want to do a bit more than we have been, though.

I'll try to post and talk more about it after this weekend. A lot of my ideas are outlined pretty well in the above entry, though.
Date:December 17th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
That reminds me, a trip to Borders Outlet or Half Price Books needs to be in my future.

I think the elaborated book idea is a good one - and perhaps people could be welcome to write a small paragraph about something that hit them? Or, even better, one person could be asked to write their impressions (2pg or less) per rite. I think that'd be cool. Definitely, whatever is done, it will be good for posterity (and it should be digitized).

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