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February 22nd, 2007


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10:44 am - Going back to the work I long to do. . .
In a discussion last night, I realized that I have been slacking on my Clergy Training work. I need to get back into it.

So this morning I started in on the essays for Magic 2, and I'll start the trancework for that and Trance 1 shortly.

I will need to finish transcribing my Liturgy Practicum 2 work over from my paper journals, as well.

Also, I am going to begin to use the divinations I've been doing for others for my Divination 2 work (don't worry, I'll ask you before I use something I did for you, and you are encouraged to say "no" if the idea makes you even the least bit uncomfortable). Because of the recent upswing in requests of that nature and my attention to the notation of those readings, I should have my requisite nine very shortly.

Of course, now here I sit thinking that it would be good to do Divination 2 based off the Magic 8 Ball on my desk, a powerful (and wholly IE) divination tool, if I do say so.

The journaling requirements in the second circle of the CTP are huge, but not really daunting. We took into account that a lot of journaling would be done in this circle, and so we merged two requirements for different courses, and set the time limits to be reasonable so that people could complete them all in a year. I don't really have an issue with 5 months of trance practice, or 5 months of daily/weekly divination. The four months of journaling for LitPracticum 1 were, simply put, amazing.

ardgruntler indicated that the first circle of the CTP requires (roughly) 26,800 words. I don't know if she counted "Law and the Church", which is technically Second Circle at this point, but that does put things in perspective. I never thought about it in terms of "total wordcount". Shockingly, after having done it, I'm surprised that I had so few of my essays that scraped by at the minimum. Perhaps more surprising is the fact that I learned so much in the process, that what once looked like a daunting task turned into such a learning experience that I didn't have problems making it happen.

With the second circle of the CTP being roughly 25,500 words with 5 out of 12 courses still unwritten, it's safe to say that Clergy Training in ADF will become twice as "hard" with every Circle you pass. But, as I look at the requirements and read through them, I can't help but smile and say, "Yes, this is harder, but the previous Circle prepared me well for this, and I can certainly do it."

For reference, the Dedicant Path has about 7,700 required words, if you're looking at the requirements.
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From:viedansante
Date:February 22nd, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I never thought about that stuff in word count before. My MA dissertation is meant to be 12000 words, which puts that into vivid perspective.

And, if you need another guinea pig for your divination req, look no further ;-)
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 22nd, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Well, how about if you need some divination, I'll be happy to do some for you. :)

And yeah, reading the number of words was a strange way to look at it. I admit, thinking about it as a "counted word task" never occurred to me until I saw the word count and wondered what the next level was like. I think I had always seen it as "learning experience" instead, which made the word count not matter quite so much, and also made it much less like a task.

But it is an interesting measure, to be sure, about what we require from our Clergy.
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From:whitmanschild
Date:February 22nd, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
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"...the Magic 8 Ball on my desk, a powerful (and wholly IE) divination tool..."

What's "IE"?

Also, I offer myself as yet another divination subject if you find yourself in need of one (which I somehow doubt wil happen...).
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 22nd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
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"IE" is "Indo-European". ADF is a "pan-Indo-European" church, basically meaning that anything IE is considered fair game: we're not just Celts, we're also Norse and Romans and Vedics and such.

Because IE is a linguistic term (somewhat cultural but certainly not racial), anything developed in a culture speaking an IE language is good to go.

The Magic 8 Ball, developed by Tyco, fits the description, as American English is an IE language.

Of course, "American" as IE has its own problems (I mean, where do you stop?), but if it comes down to me defending my beloved Magic 8 Ball, well, I'm completely in the "American" camp there.

Besides, it's interesting to think of things like Liberty as a goddess, as well as the tripartation of our Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches, so akin to the roles of Warrior (Executive), Priest (Judicial), and herder-cultivator (Legislative, or "the people").

(More on Tripartation, including problems)
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From:spottedtoad
Date:February 23rd, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
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Praise Eris that I am not the only one with a Magic 8 Ball on the shelf 'O divination stuff.

Fnord!
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 23rd, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
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On the shelf? It's my primary divination tool!
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 22nd, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and re: divination, like I noted above: if you need some divination, I'll be happy to do some for you.

One of the most interesting things about my more recent forays into divination is that the questions I've been getting are no longer "what's next in my life" or "where do I go from here?" They've actually become far more complicated and real recently. I think that the best way to put it is that people who actually have real problems are asking for divination-supported advice, rather than people who aren't sure where to go asking me for divination.

Ugh, I don't like the way that sentence is phrased, because it makes it seem like previous requests weren't "real". More to the point, they weren't as life-and-death, as pointed and direct as the questions I'm getting now. It also probably reads like I'm devaluing that sort of latter questioning, which I'm not (it's just as valid and just as needed). But there's an ineffable flavour to these questions that I can't really describe.

Perhaps it's best to put it this way: it puts a whole new spin on it when someone asks the gods about their plea-bargain through you, and you have to relay the answer.
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From:whitmanschild
Date:February 22nd, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
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And how would one put in a request, without advertising it here on your LJ?
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 22nd, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Drop me a line (I love my website's cgi-mail. . . no posting of email addresses) and let me know what you're looking for. Specific questions are fine, as are general "where am I going and what's up with the handbasket" questions.

I use runes for the most part (well, except for yes/no questions, for which I would be happy to use my Magic 8 Ball), so you'll get your answers through that medium.

If I get it before 5 PM EDT, I'll have the answer(s) for you tomorrow.
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From:whitmanschild
Date:February 22nd, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Awesome. Thanks. Will do.
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From:tanrinia
Date:February 22nd, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
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dunno if it's what you're looking for, but you have permission to use mine, in advance.
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 22nd, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. When I get them together and look over them, I'll let you know if I would like to. I want a good variety of different questions and answers.
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From:ardgruntler
Date:February 22nd, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Ardgruntler did indeed count Law and the Church. Isn't that required for Dedicant Clergy status? (That one was fascinating.)
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 22nd, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
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It is. Of course, it doesn't have, I don't think, any "set" word count minimums.

I didn't count it for the count I did for second circle.
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From:ardgruntler
Date:February 22nd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Ah - that's right! I may have guestimated the words needed for the answers - but didn't include the words in the laws themselves.

The 26,800 words got a gasp at Pantheacon during Isaac's lecture - LOL!
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From:ardgruntler
Date:February 22nd, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
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With the second circle of the CTP being roughly 25,500 words with 5 out of 12 courses still unwritten, it's safe to say that Clergy Training in ADF will become twice as "hard" with every Circle you pass.

What do you mean? 25,500 is less than 26,800 in the first circle. VERY interesting about one's dissertation only needing to be 12,000 words.

As fascinating as the CTP may be . . . it is rather excessive, IMO. But I'll do it first - then complain;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 22nd, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
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*nods* But 5 of 12 courses are not approved yet. No exit standards, so we can't count how many words are in them :)

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