October 28th, 2009
|09:11 am - Crane Order Announcement|
For years, Three Cranes Grove, ADF, has honoured the Crane in our rituals and in our fellowship. To us, the Crane has long been more than just a name: the Crane is a symbol of transformation and service, both internally and externally. We hope now to bring this symbol into the lives of others within ADF through an ADF Order.
The ADF Order of the Crane is an Order based on a complex of devotional and transformative work. The Order and its members will work to serve ADF by developing ritual, liturgy and tradition at our hearth shrines and as part of a wider community. Order members will develop rituals to build and respond to transformative experience. Through all this work, the image, motif, and personality of the Crane will inform our path, and we will adopt and adapt the traits of the Crane, as presented in myth and lore, to be our guide on this path.
We have created a temporary website on the 3CG site, which will be placed on the ADF site after the Order is formally approved. The site includes our bylaws, initial meditations, and a link for joining our mailing list. You may view the site here:
Additionally, there is a book available for our members that outlines the work of each level of the Order of the Crane. The book is a first step, a general working guide that includes a devotional ritual, all requirements for advancement in the Order, discussion on the myth and symbolism of the Crane, and other important tidbits about the Order. There is no need to be a member of the Order to purchase the book, and you may find it at:
The Order itself is designed to work for both Grove-affiliated members and Solitary members, and there is an emphasis on solitary work done at the home shrine, and and advancement within the program can be done alone or with a group.
To be clear, this Order is not an extension of Three Cranes Grove, ADF, other than on a most basic level: this work with the Crane began in 3CG, but not all 3CG members are Order Members, and not all Order Members are 3CG members. This order is designed to delve deeper into the motifs of the Crane, and while some overlap with existing crane-centric traditions like 3CG is expected, we hope that it will be but one facet of an independent, growing and changing Order.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: calm
Current Music: "Everybody's On the Run", -JB
Well, you could always rejoin ;)
If you can find that link, I'd love to see it. And thanks for the luck-wish!
Not that I have any reason to believe this will be a problem, but may I suggest that all members of this order remember Isaac's http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html
(Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame). Having seen it happen with some members of ADF I'd want to prevent it in future... (just me being a worrywort - but sometimes there's a good reason for it)
Please read the bylaws and the material and check it against the ABCDEF.
Oh - I agree that there is nothing giving me any reason to believe that - but it is ALWAYS good to check yourself now and again. It's possible for groups to run that way without people noticing. I'm being a worrywort. But any time there is such an intense social cohesion (which can be a wonderful thing) the possibility arises. I support and encourage anyone interested in pursuing this Order's program.
You should know this Order was created by Michael and Seamus right and is meant to be a specifically ADF religious order.
I have not yet decided if it is for me but I have looked over most of the information that is available on the 3CG website and it is nothing at all like a dangerous cult.