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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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August 7th, 2009

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02:45 pm - Virgins, Kings, and CTP roadblocks
As I wait (and wait, and wait and wait some more) for the Windows 7 image to download to my hard drive, burn to a disk, and get uploaded to the software site I maintain, I end up reflecting on many things regarding my CTP work.

First, it seems that I'm not real good with the "King-and-Virgin" interaction in various IE cultures. Sure, there are Celtic ones, but I'm displeased by the lack of other cultures. I posted on my LJ the other day that sometimes the ADF Clergy Training Program questions are harder for me because I wrote so many of them, and this is a solid example. I'm avoiding the use of the Mahabharata as long as possible, as it's so well into the classical Hindu age of India that I don't know what to do with it. And I don't really want to talk about Math's feet all that much on the Celtic side.

This, of course, puts me in a hell of a position regarding that question. I don't really want to break down and re-gurge something, but I might have to. I think I'll spend part of my weekend reading Enright's Lady With a Mead Cup and see what's in there, and possibly pick at the Usas/Indra relationship some. If nothing else, at least it'll be more interesting and less like a bad Telemundo soap opera.

I've also noticed the limitation of another question, which asks for two examples of a deity engaging in unethical behavior. This is all well-and-good, but I think I'd intended it to read something more along the lines of "a usually ethical deity engaging in unethical behavior." Obviously, it's just too easy to talk about Loki or Eris there, and answering with either of them would sort of defeat the purpose of the question. The aim was more to examine what causes "good gods to do bad things," and I think I failed in writing that question as well as I'd have liked.

Still, some questions are coming along swimmingly, and if I can manage to stay on track, I may be able to complete two courses this weekend: IE Studies 2 and IE Myth 2. Sometimes I wonder what we were thinking when we expected that these courses could all be done in a single year. Of course, it doesn't help that we've been writing them as we go along (fortunately, they're now complete through Circle 3).

I have books on order for Ethics 1 (I hope they're good sources for the questions I need answered), and I have a notion that Leadership Development 1 is going to be a bear, as well. Trance 2 is proving to be an issue of "I just can't get started on finishing it" more than anything else, but fortunately, I don't actually need to do Trance 2 for anything. . . except the ADF Initiate Path, in which it's the last required course I haven't submitted.

Anyway, here's hoping I can get something done in the next two weekends. I'll put this out here now:

Summerland 2010 is my target for Ordination as a Third Circle ADF Priest. Everything I've been working at has been with that in mind. That's my goal. I expect to make it.

Now I just gotta get past Circle 2.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: "Smart Woman (In a Real Short Skirt)", -JB

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Date:August 7th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Not sure what your question is but 'gods doing unethical things' would be Diancecht killing his son Diarmid for being a better healer. (check spellings)
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Date:August 7th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
That's a great example :) I have a feeling Oðin is probably too easy to pick on, as well. Then again, so are nearly all the male gods who are even remotely associated with the sky.
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Date:August 7th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Well, good luck! Let us know if we can do anything to help/support you, brother. :)
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Date:August 7th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Will do, and thanks.
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Date:August 7th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)

Third Circle

"Summerland 2010 is my target for Ordination as a Third Circle ADF priest."

Gluttony? ;-)
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Date:August 7th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Third Circle

Well, we can't all be flatterers.
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Date:August 7th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
If you're looking for deities being unethical, you don't have to look far in the Metamorphosis or the Illiad... IMHO, anyway. :p
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Date:August 7th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
*nods* Yep, that's a great source for it. Maybe I'll add some Greco-Roman flavour to my very Vedic/Norse work with it!
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Date:August 10th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
would the Skadi/Njord marriage be part of that Virgin/King mythos?

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