July 27th, 2010
|11:45 am - Moving through the IP and updating the website|
I've finally gotten the gumption together to re-start some of the work I've been doing, and the past few weeks have been focused on doing work around the Initiate's Path program I've been planning out, as some may have noticed from my previous entry. Right now, I'm in the process of building the schedule, which means buying a calendar and trying to fit the work into a more visible representation of the year than what's in my head.
I'm also in the process of building the tools that go with the IP program I'm working on. This has proved to be rather entertaining, as I am enjoying the chance to try and build tools and make them work. Of course, finding apple-shaped bells has been a bit of a problem, but I think I finally zeroed in on a site that has them.
I'm working on an update to the Chronarchy.Com front page. That's been long in coming, and with the completion of (and temporary closing-the-book-on) my CTP work, I have a lot of stuff that needs to be updated and re-built on the site. I'm pushing out a new look to the site, updating a few things that have been built over the past few weeks, and rolling out a new online shop so I can sell stuff. Speaking of, I need to get back to my testers on that.
I also updated my DP work. Since I passed the DP under the "old" requirements, there have been some gaps in my DP work as displayed on the site. I've just finished my "nature awareness" requirement that was added to the DP in 2003, and I have just one more requirement to finish now, the 3 Kindreds essays.
See, even ADF's most trained Priests have to revisit their DP work from time to time.
And I'm slowly exiting my patronage relationship with Eris. I have a lot of odd, conflicting feelings about that, to be honest.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Music: "Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season", -JB
|Date:||July 27th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)|| |
Is there going to be a closing ritual for ending your formal time with Eris? I don't suspect it would be public (or even for public consumption for the most part) but I'd be interested in hearing some general feelings on how that goes.
I think that there will be. Some sort of formal, "This is my stop, thanks for the ride, Babe," sort of thing.
It may happen at Summerland, as that would mirror my Patron Oath. Still, it'd be private and quiet, just me and her.
I'm just not sure. We talk a lot about finding patrons, but we rarely speak about what it is that happens when the relationship runs its course. . . or what it means to have one end.
Somehow I feel as if I should be present for this. *sigh*
There's a bed you can use in our cabin, free of charge. . . :)
I would also be interested in hearing about your experiences/procedures for parting ways with a patron--I imagine it is more common than most people realize.
I'm certain it is! I think that part of the reason we don't hear too much about it is that people who end that relationship may also end that relationship with Paganism in general, and so they quietly fade away without telling their story. . . or else they chalk up their patronage to "youthful indiscretion" and hope that no one notices when they move from "cool death goddess Morrigan" to "homely old Hestia."
Not that Hestia is actually homely, mind you. But to a brand-new Pagan, Morrigan is awesome, and Hestia isn't even a blip on the radar, generally.
Also there is the whole movement away from whole pantheons. I have found that Odin recruits Pagans, and then leaves. At least in my case that is what happened. I moved away from the Norse pretty much or they moved away from me. We have an understanding with Odin though since He has claimed my son.
However, I think of the moving away of Patrons as the African proverb - there are friends of the way, and friends of the heart. I think that saying this is your stop is like saying She was a friend of the way, no less important but now you are getting off the bus.
Perhaps this is a topic for .... OAK LEAVES: WHEN PATRONS LEAVE YOU.....
Indeed, I think you and I are on the same page there :)
I don't think that Eris and I can expect a permanent parting, just a relationship change, really :)
|Date:||July 27th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm excited to learn more about your IP program (Ian's too) but I'm dismayed that I have started before either of these are public!
Well mine has a very
general outline at http://www.adf.org/cgi-bin/adf/wiki/view/Main/APathThroughNineSacredWoods
that might give you an idea about what's going on. I'm working on a more explanatory note for it right now, and also charting it out. It'll be a while before I can get an actual book out, I'm afraid.
Stuff will start to filter out soon, though, and you can start using it piecemeal, I suspect, as I go through it.
But look at the bright side: if you're diligent in your journaling and get all the way through the IP, you might also have a system to provide to others at the end of it!
|Date:||July 27th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)|| |
Thanks for the link! It looks like a helpful guide already! I like the idea of making tools, although I already have some...
If you've already got one of the tools (say, a wand), then this would give you the option of consecrating that tool for this work, or creating another one, I guess.
Part of the problem of all of these systems (DP, IP, CTP, Guild programs) is that they all have to assume "lowest common denominator" in terms of skill level, so that we can serve the most people possible. So, each program sort of starts out with the real basics for that level. . . though I think the IP is going to assume more than the CTP does, actually.
|Date:||July 29th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)|| |
Ok, that makes sense. Actually, I don't believe I've ever consecrated my wand (it's a fairy wand - a branch with bells...) and I would like to make a new wand now that you mention it.