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I have most my freakin’ mind!

As if I’m not doing enough, how exact­ly did I let myself fall into a project of work­ing on a gri­moire-style col­lec­tion of Druidic mag­ics?

Posted on October 8th 2008 by James

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More clergy stuff

I’ve had a new devel­op­ment in my role as cler­gy for the grove. Two mem­ber of the grove (three if you count their young child) are mov­ing into a new home. They have asked me, as their Senior Druid, to do a bless­ing on the new home for them.

This is wonderful. I love this sort of thing!Â

Posted on August 27th 2006 by James

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People get to me sometimes!

I had an inter­est­ing lit­tle expe­ri­ence yes­ter­day that has made me think about some things.

My super­vi­sor is on vaca­tion this week, but yes­ter­day he sent the depart­ment an email telling us a cou­ple of things he need­ed us to know. Then, as a P.S. to his mes­sage, he added that his son had been bap­tized into their church on Sun­day. I wrote him an email con­grat­u­lat­ing him on that.

One of my cowork­ers saw the email I was send­ing and asked me “How can you con­grat­u­late him? You’re a Pagan, you don’t approve of that sort of thing!” I tried to explain that the con­grat­u­la­tions have noth­ing to do with my beliefs, but with those of the per­son I’m con­grat­u­lat­ing. He couldn’t under­stand it.

Sud­den­ly I’m inun­dat­ed by peo­ple in the depart­ment want­i­ng to know why I am doing some­thing that they see as demean­ing to Chris­tian­i­ty. (Yes, the one who saw the mes­sage decid­ed to talk to every­one about it.) I don’t under­stand the rea­son­ing, but sev­er­al peo­ple insist­ed that my “con­grat­u­la­tions” was noth­ing but sar­casm and I was intend­ing an insult to the prac­tice and the spe­cif­ic event by say­ing that.

No, I was intend­ing to con­grat­u­late my super­vi­sor and his fam­i­ly on the event. You see…I actu­al­ly like my super­vi­sor and I know some­thing like this means a lot to him and I was hap­py for him and his fam­i­ly that some­thing so impor­tant to them had hap­pened.

I may be the office Pagan – yes, I am now the only open Pagan in this entire com­pa­ny! – but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any respect for oth­er people’s reli­gion. In fact, see­ing how many peo­ple react to the beliefs of oth­ers, I think I prob­a­bly have more respect for the beliefs of oth­ers than pret­ty much any­one else in the place!

Posted on August 1st 2006 by James

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Clergy activity

Today I expe­ri­enced a first. I’m Senior Druid for my ADF Grove and that tech­ni­cal­ly makes me the lead clergyperson. This usu­al­ly involves noth­ing more com­pli­cat­ed than mak­ing sure all arrange­ments for rit­u­als and dis­cus­sions are made and mak­ing sure that every­one who attends any of our events knows what’s going on.

Today I had one of my Grove mem­bers call me seek­ing advice on a mat­ter per­tain­ing to his spir­i­tu­al life. Well…that, while a bit of a sur­prise, is part of the “job” and a duty I owe to the mem­bers of the Grove.Â

Actu­al­ly, I think the dis­cus­sion with the Grove mem­ber went rather well. I’m very hap­py about this devel­op­ment, even if I was a bit blind­sided by it orig­i­nal­ly.

Posted on July 2nd 2006 by James

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Study, scholarship…and religion

Through­out my school career, I always loved to read books and dig through them for information. Pos­ing a ques­tion and look­ing through every source I could find was a pow­er­ful pas­sion of mine and I enjoyed in ways that are hard to explain.

Some­where along the way, I stopped doing that. I don’t know why. I would still read for plea­sure and to study, but that sort of research seemed to become less impor­tant.

Now I’m back to it. Thanks to my work on the ADF Cler­gy Train­ing Pro­gram I’m redis­cov­er­ing my love of research and in-depth study. I’m work­ing my way through a book called HEAVEN, HEROES, AND HAPPINESS which deals with com­mon traits between Indo-Euro­pean cul­tures as per­tain­ing to social struc­ture, gov­ern­ment, mythol­o­gy, reli­gion, trade with oth­er nations, craft­work, lan­guage, and bur­ial customs. (There are oth­er mat­ters involved, but those are some of the most cru­cial.)

The cur­rent ques­tion fac­ing me in the Study Pro­gram is the def­i­n­i­tion of what makes/made a cul­ture Indo-Euro­pean and how those fac­tors shaped the way the peo­ple of that cul­ture view them­selves and the world.

It is so good to return to this passion. And even bet­ter to learn that it is even stronger than it used to be.Â

Posted on June 28th 2006 by James

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Hiatus over, I hope.

I’m final­ly get­ting a chance to post again. The last few days have been absolute­ly insane. Work has been killing me, but at least there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, I have rea­son to believe that said light is actu­al­ly an oncom­ing train.

My Grove held our Sum­mer Sol­stice rit­u­al on Sat­ur­day, 24 June 2006. It was quite good. This was the largest group we’ve ever had in atten­dance, most­ly because David and Chad decid­ed to invite every­one they’ve ever met. The rit­u­al was very good, even if we did get a few sprin­kles of rain dur­ing it. The only dif­fi­cult part was that we had to say good-bye to Heather, as this was her last rit­u­al with us. She and her part­ner have found jobs in their cho­sen fields, but unfor­tu­nate­ly those jobs are in a dif­fer­ent state. She was one of the found­ing mem­bers and has been my Chief Litur­gist since we became a Grove rather than a Pro­toGrove and I became Senior Druid. (That’s still a fright­en­ing and sober­ing thought!)

Posted on June 28th 2006 by James

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Solstice

Today is Sum­mer Solstice. I will be doing my own obser­vance at home after work and cel­e­brat­ing with the Grove on Sat­ur­day.

So…brightest of bless­ings to any who cel­e­brate this day.

Posted on June 21st 2006 by James

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Today’s meeting

We had a grove dis­cus­sion meeting. It was rather interesting. We only had a few peo­ple show up, but that includ­ed my friend David, who only recent­ly joined ADF and our grove. He had some ques­tions about our rit­u­al struc­ture and why we do what we do in the way we do it.

The ques­tions were easy to answer, but they got me to thinking. I’ve been doing these rit­u­als for so long that the struc­ture is pret­ty much sec­ond nature for me. It was good to dis­cuss the rea­son­ing and poly­the­ol­o­gy behind the con­cepts and to renew my own under­stand­ing of it.Â

I def­i­nite­ly enjoy this sort of thing.

Posted on June 11th 2006 by James

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