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March 7th, 2007

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10:42 am - The Wheel of the Year, She is A-Turnin'. . .
Since I put the Wheel of the Year document (WotY) on my CaféPress site in late October of 2005, I've sold 37 copies of it. I made $3.02 off of it before I revised it and published it at cost last July. 15 copies were then sold at no profit to me. I've only once held an actual published copy of WotY, thanks to _crow365__: I don't even own a copy of my own book. It's kinda funny, thinking about how much work I've put into it, and what the return has been.

That return has been amazing.

It's interesting: the monetary return has been so darn low (so low I can't even collect it from CaféPress), but the value I place on the experience and the comments I've gotten back from it has been extremely high. Watching Dedicants use the plan (even if only for a month or two) has been very good, and a fairly solid indication that the program is helpful to at least some people.

My original, stated goal with the WotY was this: "If it helps one person, it will have been worth it."

I think WotY has surpassed that original goal.

The highest validation I got that it was a Good Idea™ was from Ian, who said he saw the next edition of the DP as including the WotY, possibly as an appendix, or even as a "book two". That, of course, was before the newest call for DP revisions* took place.

Now, I'm in an interesting fix. By reformatting the DP into more of a "path" than a "program", WotY faces an uncertain future. I fully support the revisions, but I wonder if there's any room for WotY in that path. More to the point, I wonder if WotY is more problem than solution: it was made unerringly clear that many folks feel we focus too much on "completion", and in my eyes WotY contributes to that.

No one else has worried about this, just me. No one has ever said, "Hey, you know, what you did was great and all, but we're looking to go a different direction." There's no pressure on me to re-think this, to re-work it, or to remove it from circulation.

But over time, if we wish to de-emphasize the idea that the DP is "a program you must complete" instead of "a path you can follow", we're going to have to back off on concentrating on the requirements. WotY, of course, is all about the requirements, and it is a central, driving force in the perception of the DP as a program you need to finish. This, then, puts WotY in a jam.

So now I'm stuck here, looking at nearly two years of WotY circulation, thinking about whether WotY will see another full year of use, wondering if it was worth it to write it and then come to a point where we might scrap it.

And I find myself saying, "Yes, it was."

Who knows, though, what the future holds for the WotY document? I certainly don't, and I'm not making actual plans for it. I'm really just thinking about it, and surprised at how satisfied I am with the six or so months I spent working on WotY, and how obvious it is that no matter what happens, what I decide or what ADF's Council of Lore decides, I'll be very happy with the outcome.

* - FYI: These DP "revisions" don't affect the exit standards, so don't worry about work you're doing somehow becoming obsolete. The booklet is just being cleaned up.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Tonight I Just Need My Guitar", -JB

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Date:March 8th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
I know that you are not making plans for it (you say so in the entry) but what about expanding it to give different ways of looking at the requirements and different places to look for the answers (such as providing examples from the different IE cultures for the requirements or reading lists from cultural specific books or articles specific to the different sections). I mean, I know the DP does not require you have a hearth culture or patron (just that you start looking), but maybe giving meditations or rituals to introduce people to different pantheons within the context of the DP requirements may help in making it a bit more of a "path" than jumping through hoops. Or maybe that should just be another guide entirely....
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Date:March 8th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
I do try and introduce at least a bit of culture to the DP through WotY. I do this particularly through two sections: 1) the virtues, where I offer cultural examples for each of the nine, and 2) the High Days, where I have an appendix that covers various rituals from various cultures.

I also try and get folks to read various articles from other pantheons. ferrelux's article on Ratri figures into each of the "personal religion" lessons in WotY, for instance.

I like the idea of adding in meditations to introduce other pantheons, though.
Date:March 8th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
His article isn't much as far as "other" goes (no offense to my husband is meant). But then I am to blame for that specific culture and various ones near it. Bad me.

I know you do introduce the idea of "hey folks, more than Celtic here", you more than anyone else I have ever met in ADF. :P
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Date:March 8th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
To be fair, romandruid has been talking about Romans for a long time :) And she's actually gotten somewhere with her stuff (there's now a Roman Kin which is pretty active and doing good work). And there's that big Norse movement in ADF that's going on which is entertaining to watch.

But I try and introduce those other cultures. And, if the question post on ADF-Liturgists recently, "are "chakras" a Vedic or later Hindu concept?" is any indication, there's been actual movement on that front. So, we're doing alright.

The Ratri article was just the first one that came to mind. I've been fortunate to get a lot of articles written and submitted to OL about various cultures, and I've been stealing them and publishing them on the site, too.

Now that I think about it, I wonder if Jenni's articles on Roman High Days was ever published?
Date:March 8th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
I did not realize I was being unfair.... I'm was referencing the eastern IEs specifically in the first half of my previous comment. Other people may be introducing things outside the Celtic, but I stand by that you've done the most as far as I have seen in regards to giving the idea that there is more (I put in the "far as I've seen" because it's an opinion I have, factual or not). Others may have done more in specific places with specific cultures, I take your word for it completely. :) I am not saying work is not being done-- there seem to be far more Greeks and Norse now than I ever noticed before. I just like to think that at this stage there should be more openness than I, personally, have experienced. :)

I cannot say as there really has been movement on the eastern IEs specifically, but then I head a Kin for that and I either find silence or that I'm being argued with there when I try to share information. But, mostly silence, hahaha. :D
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Date:March 8th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. I was just saying that I've seen others who do a lot, too. :) You know, spreading that nougatty goodness of "thank the gods someone else isn't Irish, too" around some. :)

I hadn't thought of this (probably because I'm not on the EIE list), but my Hittite ritual might be of interest to folks on that list: A Hittite Rite of Offering (43 Kb .pdf)

It was also published in OL this past issue.
Date:March 8th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmm, nougatty!

As far as I think, there shouldn't be an EIE list for all the good it does (re: none). It stands as a testament that me = fail, hahaha. But yeah, you should send it there, or ask ferrelux to (I am currently unsubscribed with the travel).

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