May 6th, 2008
|12:48 pm - Lectures, rites, and festivals . . .|
I was fortunate enough to be asked to give a presentation on ADF and Discoridanism yesterday. This meant that I got to talk about two of my favourite things ever during my lunch hour. I was very pleased.
Dr. Urban asked me in to speak on these things to his class, which is doing an entire quarter on "Neo-Paganism, Witchcraft, and Satanism". The next class meeting is on Chaos Magic and Play, and I had a wonderful discussion with the class (well, I enjoyed it. . . I hope they did too. . .)
I'm spending the next few days working with the ADF Dedicant Path Documentation, trying to work up a monthly schedule for Grove Meetings. I'm also working on the outline for the next few Druid Moon rites, since I realized that as I head out to Desert Magic, I'm leaving shawneen_bear and tanrinia without much guidance, and because we're still feeling this out, I want to make sure that we get that guidance in place in the future.
This next rite is a lovely fire ritual, so I'm excited to see what they come up with.
It's odd, but with Desert Magic right around the corner (I literally leave from work tomorrow to go to the airport) I find myself most excited about Summerland coming up in August. . .
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: "Tampico Trauma", -JB
Hmmm. How did the class react to the Discordian bits?
Generally with some laughter and amusement. Which is good.
Except the serious bits. Those they laughed about even more.
Excellent. So what all did you discuss? [I must admit, I find you blend of Erisian thought and ADF very intriguing. I know a druid who would be an ADF member out here in Oregon, but he's more interested in the SCA.]
I ran through a basic ADF rite, but the bulk of the presentation wasn't actually about combining the two, though it did come up. I wanted to discuss the Erisian High Mass, but we ran out of time.
I discussed some of the basic history of the movement threw in as many odd quotes as I could, and described as much chaos magic as I could.
As we moved on, though, it became more of a dialog of play and how it interacts within Neo-Pagan and Discordian ritual. I drew pretty heavily from Huizinga and his Homo Ludens and managed to make a not-so-serious religion look absolutely seriously not serious all at once, I think.
I'd offer my notes, but I ended up almost entirely off-script.