June 8th, 2012
|04:17 pm - Court of Sif|
Well it's official. I'll be doing the Court of Sif at Summerlands ADF festival in August. This will pretty much be the same thing that Ian Corrigan did last year with his Court of Brigid except that it will be for the Norse Goddess, Sif. Much thanks to Ian for inspiring me to do this. I was mightily impressed with what was done last year.
Ian calls this a "prospecting" ritual where we are trying to find spirits willing to help us in magical working. Think of this as neopagan grimoire magick. But instead of using the Goetia or other Judeo-Christian trappings, this will be purely from a pagan point of view. Instead of using some Golden Dawn kabalistic ritual we will be using ADF core order of ritual.
In my youth, I spent a great deal of time learning ceremonial magick. However after I became Pagan, I found that I couldn't go back to the ceremonial stuff as that was all based on the Judeo-Christian god. That wasn't my god anymore and it didn't fit. This is a way to fulfill the need for some deeper magical work, but in a way that I find approachable.
However I have to admit to a certain trepidation at the prospect of standing up there in front of everyone and doing this thing. I've not lead rituals in front of the ADF people in general as Ian has. I'm worried I won't be seen to have the same amount of ritual "clout" as he does. I'm also not much of a singer or song writer, so I really don't have any Sif specific songs to use. Nor do I have cool phrases in Old Norse.
I have the rite written up and it seems complete. Just need to gather the items for the offerings, then write up the stuff for Part one where I explain what's going on and hand out information to the people. I'm even going to try to come up with a ritual to use when contacting a specific spirit for magical working.
I'm not as strict of a ceremonialist as Ian. I'll be taking some shortcuts. For instance in his Court of Brigid, he had an annointing part to help with the spirit vision. I plan on using my Run Valdr to echant a bunch of bracelets for people to wear to help them get into trance, open their inner eye and have a better trance work experience. Also after words Run Valdr will be used to help with grounding after the ritual. You know the Run Valdr motto: I've got a symbol for that!
I suppose I need to reach out to people for a bit of help during the ritual, I'm thinking of _crow365__ for the omens. As an Initiate and a fellow son of Odin I would trust him with that. Also robsteiner to open the gates as he does a wonderful job with that. I can beg those Bardic types out there for a Sif song or two.
Well, need to go pick up Liz at work now. I took the day off.
Current Mood: good
Looking forward to seeing you in July!
Lalala? I like writing songs and singing :)
|Date:||June 9th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)|| |
Sadly, there is no like button here...
|Date:||June 11th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)|| |
If you are volunteering to make a Sif song then yes!!!! Go for it. Something for a group to sing as part of a praise thing.
Right now the ritual doesn't have any songs at all.
Send me some things regarding how you see Sif and describe her? I've read your other post as well, about the various Chieftains.
|Date:||June 12th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)|| |
Where would you like me to send it to?
I hope I get a chance to be there!
|Date:||June 9th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm looking forward to this!
I understand your fears, when you are internally comparing yourself to Ian as far as his bardic abilities and large group ritual experience. I would probably be feeling the same way in your shoes. But I would hope that those around me would be supportive and blunt enough to say to me what I am about to say to you...
Just because the base idea is the same, does NOT mean that they need to be compared. For starters, you are working within a different culture, and you are an entirely different person, with a different spiritual approach. So it only follows that you would lead us in a ritual differently than Ian would.
This is what it is, neither good nor bad, just different.
And to have a variety of approaches to something that is fairly experimental seems, at least to me, to be a wise thing. What works for one person may not work as well for another, so you may find someone who had little success during Ian's working to be much more successful during your own.
I also think that the Rune Valdr bracelets are an inspired idea.
:) I don't want to wish my summer away, but this makes me even more excited for Summerlands this year.
|Date:||June 10th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)|| |
Very sound advice!
I feel so much better after reading this.
As of now, I am planning on being at Summerland. It would be my honor to help in whatever way I can. Can't wait!
|Date:||June 11th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)|| |
Excellent! I'll put you down to do that. It really is good and everyone needs to see you.