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Ár nDraíocht Féin
Three Cranes
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August 26th, 2009

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03:16 pm - Summerland '09
Really, I had a great time. There were highs and lows, as there are at every festival, but let me tell ya, the highs greatly outweighed the lows.

I managed to put together my tent on Wednesday night, though it was a hell of a battle in a very humid and hot afternoon. Then, I ran off to the Dayton airport to pick up Kathleen.

Thursday morning, I got in early and took care of distributing a few things around camp. Then I settled into my workshop. It interested me that people were excited about this one: I'd gotten such poor turnout at Wellspring, and here I found that people were actually looking forward to the workshop at Summerland. Oh, such different festivals :) There's an Oak Leaves article in store with this, and I hope to get it polished over the Winter.

I ended up going to bed very early on Thursday night, as work pressure just hasn't been letting up (I got called about an issue, even though my calendar was clearly marked: "vacation," though I didn't mind too much, really).

Friday was pretty good, starting with an awesome dawn ritual and culminating in the bardic circle and auction, where it turns out that we had way too much awesome stuff to auction off. I think the best part of the evening was watching Maggie run around in a backless red dress to show off auction items. Just before the Circle, though, I had some work to do: the ADF clergy have made a standing appointment based on lunar cycles, and I wasn't about to miss it. I'm so pleased I did, too, because it led to a grand experience the next day.

And, dude, if you missed the posting about several 3CG members engaging in a Barbershop (Barbarian) Quartet version of Led Zepplin's Immigrant Song, you just click that link and check it out.

On Saturday, I ended up doing a lot of Ancestor work: writing an invitation to them for the Unity Rite, I found myself going far deeper into the process than I expected to go. The result was a deeply meaningful understanding of the Ancient Wise, who they are, and what they do. This understanding led me to draw on images and lore that, until now, had been locked mostly within my own mind, and allowed me to introduce some of that imagery to the Folk of ADF. . . if they were paying attention, I guess. I hear, though, that the Ancestors invitation went very well for the most part.

On Saturday night, I participated in a panel discussion about various aspects of the future of ADF, which was something I was looking forward to talking about, but I admit to feeling somewhat disappointed: after all the work I put into my portion, I see that very few people found value in it. People have remarked about boredom during the discussion, or that it was a farce of unimportance. To those who engaged with it and enjoyed it, thank you for making it a useful and good discussion: I've seen one or two people describe it as useful, and several people engaged positively with it during the event. I really do this sort of stuff on the notion that a single person learning a single thing is enough for me, so I'm so very pleased I did it. Still, I have a notion that the discussion might have been better served in a workshop slot that was a bit less "okay, everyone attend"-like. It might have made me feel better in the long run, and less like the work I've done and continue to do is generally not worth the time of others.

Saturday night also led to several good conversations, some of which were rather eye-opening and theologically deep. I love this sort of thing at festivals, even if I did end up missing pretty much the entire concert as a result. I also understand that I went to bed at just the right time to avoid drama (really, going to bed before 1 AM is the best way to avoid drama at most festivals, as the drinking heats up around that point and so do the arguments: it's like clockwork).

Sunday involved the taking down of many tents, cleaning, cooking (I love being in the kitchen with the Cranes) and lots of hugs. Then a collapse at home for a couple of hours' worth of napping.

Awesome festival, though, like always! I love meeting new and interesting people from around ADF, and I was so very happy to see that so many people came from so far away to attend and sorely missed the people who couldn't be there. I hope that those who came felt as honoured to be our guests as we felt to be your hosts!
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: "Bob Robert's Society Band", -JB

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Date:August 26th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
the round table was good for me. I like hearing about the future plans for the org. Sure, some of it didn't require as much time as it got (I thought raven could have given us a few sentences along the lines of "I'm hiring some assistants" and been done with it, but really, it was all good information. I think it boiled down to whether or not people cared about the info being shared. It might have helped to have a layout on the schedule (ie: listing the topics) so that people didn't go if the topics were not of interest to them, but I liked it all.

And i'm one that was looking forward to the IE afterlife discussion and I thought it was good. It sounds dry at first, i guess, but I had never really read or thought much about the afterlife. We, as a group, do not talk about it much, so I was interested to see what the take was.
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Date:August 26th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
At least Raven choose not to read the entire proposal :) It's five pages long, I think. :)

I had a copy of the schedule, but I imagine that we're always balancing between "save trees, print only bibliographies" and "make sure everyone has a schedule" :)

I'm glad that you found the afterlife discussion interesting. We don't actually spend any time on the afterlife (since, like good Indo-European boys and girls, we're not particularly focused on it), but I think that there's a lot that our cosmology can benefit from if we think about it and start to work it into our ritual work.

Definitely more to come on this topic.
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Date:August 26th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I mean, there must, of course, BE an afterlife, since we call to the Ancestors (and don't think I missed the bit about ancestors in the underworld having received appropriate rites last night) but we skip over the part in between being alive and being an ancestor and i think that's sort of odd (especially since the primary focus of so many faiths is the afterlife).

I mean, I love the focus on life, but as we get to be older and older pagans, it's clear that we should give it at least a little thought. I mean, I want to make sure that Cranes of the future will call me to rites and give me beer and undercooked meat.
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Date:August 26th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that bit about "proper rites" was a sort of, "Oh, I should really mention that," sort of feeling that I don't often have with the Ancestors, but it seemed important last night.

I do like the focus on this life. I mean, I really like it. I'm not big into "doin' stuff so my eternity is better than my life," mostly because I think that my life is pretty darn near awesome as it stands. I have very, very few complaints, and life without complaints would cause you to fail to see how awesome the highs are.

But yeah, you and I are totally going to be getting drunk and avoiding trichinosis through the virtue of being incorporeal: this much is clear to me.

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