Friday, January 21, 2011

Another beginning.

I've recently had the pleasure of joining a study group for the ADF Initiate Program based on the new book by Ian Corrigan entitled The Book of the Nine Moons. It is a nine-month intensive program that will walk you through the practicum portions of the IP with a strong root in pagan sorcery and the celtic hearth. Although not my chosen hearth, I am greatly looking forward to this work, particularly in a small group, if online setting. I've gotten quite skilled at adapting things to fit my personal needs. Anyone interested in the study group should read Ian's blog post.

The one thing about the ADF study programs that is the most difficult to overcome is the simple fact that we don't have any teachers. Perhaps as more of us get through this program, we can at least have a mentoring program in place to help those who walk these paths after us to walk with ease.

I'm sure there will be more as we begin with the new moon in March!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A poem in one sitting.

The following is an exercise found in The Bardic Handbook by Kevan Manwaring (full book review forthcoming after I work through more of it):

[Paraphrased] Intone Awen three times and wait for the Muse as you see him or her to arrive. Some may visualize the Goddess Brighid, who is the patroness of Bards. Some may see the wiccan Horned Consort. Some may see any of the various Greek Muses. Wait for your Muse to arrive and write a poem in one sitting.

Beautiful Lady, let me love you with the pen in my hand,
Crafting for you, capturing the very power of written word
And holding it as an offering for you.
I offer these words, written with such beauty and care,
And yet these words need a voice to fill them with magic.

Inspiring Woman, let me love you with the words in my mouth,
Giving them depth and breadth, giving them energy for motion
And propelling them forth as an offering for you.
I offer these words, spoken with such eloquence and beauty,
And yet these words must be infused with love to give them flight.

Gracious Goddess, let me love you with the song in my heart.
Let my voice rise to the loftiest heights of the heavens with your name upon my lips
And resound deep within the Earth as I sing your praises.
I offer these words, filled with love and wrapped in song
That they may be worthy to be held in the palm of your hand.

Now I think I must ponder this work and see what it says about my relationship with Brighid...