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I just sent my Art Muse essay in.  I’m hopeful that it’s okay but I’m always prepared to make revisions.  I know a lot of people in ADF get uptight about that, but I guess I got so used to having to do it in college (I was an English major) that I know it’s just part of the writing process.  Nobody is perfect and it often takes another set of eyes to help us find the areas that need tweaking.  Sometimes it’s grammatical and sometimes it’s content-related.

“Why not excellence?” is a wonderful motto, but I think sometimes people lose sight of the necessary journey to get there.  Rarely is someone or something “excellent” in one go.  I can understand the feelings of frustration and despair when something you’ve worked hard on is ripped apart and you thought you had it all right to begin with.  I’ve been there.  I’ve also survived it and am better of for it.  I don’t condone professors/tutors/reviewers/editors who belittle a writer – but I also think that people need to realize that writing essays is a process.  Having to revise is not equal to failure – it’s just a necessary detour to your growth.

Whenever my essay is officially accepted, I’ll be sure to add it to my website and post a link to it here.  🙂

Now…  Off to continue working on Magic 1!

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Bits and Bobs

A few days ago I did a ritual to transfer the energies from my original oath ring to another.  You see, the first one broke.  😦  I stumbled across an old ring a few weeks after and it struck me as 100% appropriate for my oath ring.  It has swirls, the archaic symbol I am so drawn to.  It came from my mother who wore it herself as a young girl, so it has a “family treasure” aura about it.  I went about the ritual as a way to reaffirm my oath.  It was a very positive experience.

I used the Druid oracle cards for my omen and drew the deer, cow, and swan from the Nature Spirits, Ancestors, and Gods respectively.  I feel that my Nature Kin, especially the unseen variety, are inviting me further into the hidden places of the forests within and without.  I feel that the Ancestors are calling me to their hearthways.  They also offer comfort and maternal understanding.  The Gods, I feel, are telling me of a transformation I must go through to progress through my Druidic studies.

How are my Druidic studies going?  Well I’m currently being discussed by the Clergy Council.  If I really think about it, the process puts knots in my stomach.  What are they saying about me?  Am I up to snuff or do I have to fix items in my DP?  Do they think I have what it takes?

My progress through the Artisan Guild study program is slow.  I’m waiting for my sister to bring some of her old art history books to me to take a look at before I decided if I should just buy one.  I’m studying the lore and folk practices connected to Brighid which is incredibly fascinating.  There are so many things I didn’t know or hadn’t thought about before.  A lot of it is clicking.

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