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So...now what?

I'm still in the process of figuring out the relationships between what I am capable of, and what I am and what I can be <i>in the ADF context.</i>  I know I'm theoretically capable of being a bard, liturgist, seer, warrior, presiding priest, scholar - but do I want to wear all of those hats in ADF, or only some?  Which ones?  So far, the only level on which I've really had much chance to strut my stuff in Awen's Breath is bardic - in a setting where people chant a lot, they'll eventually notice if you can actually sing.  :D  But there aren't such automatic opportunities to show that you know how to read the omens, or carry in the energy, or protect the space.  And I'm less sure of how to create opportunities in the setting of public rituals - it seems pushy.  Maybe this is a disadvantage of not living particularly close to one's Grovemates - less chances to see each other on other than the ritual days themselves, and learn about each other.

Anyway - pursuant to bardic being where I've been able to put myself out there thus far - I wrote two liturgical songs that I've given to Illious.  I may post the lyrics here at some point soon.
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My DP has been approved.  Yay!
Current Mood:
cheerful cheerful
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From Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate, by Koenraad Elst.  Am I selectively posting articles that support my views?  Absolutely!  :D

http://www.bharatvani.org/books/ait/ch47.htm

I shall write Vedic rituals one day, oh friends.  And I shall worship Indra.

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Okay, I'm pretty sure that my paper against Swinburne (for Philosophy of Religion) can, with a proper bibliography tacked on, cover the "argument" half of the Research and Composition requirement for the GP.  I'd just need an expository paper.  If at some point I were to get past the DP, I could make pretty quick work of that.  :D  I think I could do likewise with Mythology and Divination - but not, interestingly, General Bardic or Magic, necessarily.  (The focus is on history rather than practice in those, and a particular kind of history.)
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My DP edits are turned in, so I'm back to waiting to hear back about whether they now make the cut.  (I'm hoping that I was only asked for several because of my request to Raven that it be judged with an eye toward going for IP or CTP somewhere down the line, since I didn't want to have to do a whole assignment over again at some vague future date.  I'm still not sure what my goal is in the long term, but I do know I will want those options to be open to me.)
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So...yesh.  Chewing on this a lot.  Sadly, a lot of portions of interest consist mostly of references to other works.  Of course, that at least gives one an idea of other works to look for...but a lot of them are old.  And/or in German.

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Another big long quote (it's okay, really - the whole book is online at   http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/%7Ewitzel/VedicHinduism.htm  ), in its entirety in a separate post because it's especially important to a main sticking point for me, the nature of the transition from Vedism to Hinduism and all that implies for modern recon. 

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...since I'm learning potentially useful bits like how to sing Agni's mantra from the Rig Veda anyway, and since it passes the time while I'm waiting to hear back about my DP tweaks.  Behind the cut for lengthiness. 

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I've finally heard back something about my DP.  Although my reader likes it a lot on the whole, she wants several things tweaked.  (None of them the one I was a little nervous about based on how it went over here, and one of them something I'd also been asked to consider for Oak Leaves.  Much depends on the specific reader, as always.)  Nothing major, but a good little handful of nips and tucks.

So be it, at least on a day when my head is feeling clear.  (Um, it's January.  Yeah.)  I've been running into enough strife on the teacher end of this equation not to be too quick to pull at the reins as the student.  Give 'em what they want, that's what I say.

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Haven't heard back about the DP yet.  No background for knowing whether this is a good, bad, or indifferent sign.  Hmm hmm hmm.

I have, however - lest you think I am doing nothing - written a snazzy paper for Philosophy of Religion, defending polytheism against its dismissal by Swinburne.  Got an A, it did.  Maybe I could use it for the Critical Thinking bit in the GP, or something.  And, you know, I go to Holy Days and do my meditations and all.

Hmm hmm hmm.

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