Divination 2

Describe the geographical and temporal distribution of your chosen symbol set. If the symbol set was used cross-culturally, describe how each culture used your chosen symbol set. (min. 200 words) In his book Ogham: the Secret Language of the Druids, Rev. Skip Ellison estimates that the ogham writing system that is estimated to have appeared... Continue Reading →

CTP-1 Trance 1

Define the following terms in your own words: “Trance,” “meditation,” and “hypnosis.” (min. 25 words per definition, dictionary definition does not count toward final word count.) Trance is an altered state of consciousness.  It is a mental and physical state that is different than the normal state we as humans function in most of the […]

CTP-1 Ritual Mechanics

Explain why purification is important prior to ritual, and what you do to purify yourself before you lead a rite. Include any prayers said, items used, and any stage directions needed to help your reviewer understand what is happening. (min. 150 words, not including prayers, items, and directions) Purification is a necessary step in ADF... Continue Reading →

CTP-1 Magic 1

Survey: Discuss the importance and actions of the magico-religious function as it is seen within the context of general Indo-European culture. (minimum 100 words). The Magico-Religious Function is made up of those whose responsibilities include the performing of sacrifices, funeral rites, divinations and their interpretations, as well as dream and auspice interpretations (Mallory 131).  Xenophon... Continue Reading →

CTP-1 Litergical Writing

Describe how ADF's order of ritual expresses the following concepts: "Serving the people"; "Reaffirming shared beliefs"; “Reestablishing the cosmic order"; “Building enthusiasm". (Min. 500 words)                 The Core Order of Ritual (COoR) is a central part of ADF tradition. Through it we communicate with our Kindreds as well as our patrons and, hopefully, receive their... Continue Reading →

CTP-1 Indo-European Mythology 2

Standard Set 1: Basic Myths Describe and compare how the cosmos is created through sacrifice in two different IE cultures. (150 words min. each culture)                 Beginnings are important.  Throughout history humans have wondered how we got here and why things are the way they are.  The creation stories of the world’s cultures came into... Continue Reading →

CTP-1 Ethics

Find and provide  an  appropriate  definition,  discuss  your  understanding,  and  provide illustrative examples for each of the following seven terms: morals, values, personal-bias, professional boundaries,  confidentiality,  right  and  wrong  (100  words  each  minimum,  not including definitions)                                           Morals - “Of or relating to right behavior” (Merriam-Webster) I believe the most important, and contentious, part... Continue Reading →

CTP-1 Divination

Name and briefly describe one method of divination or seership technique common to three paleo-pagan Indo-European cultures. (minimum 100 words each) Cultures from around the world have various methods and systems for divination.  This includes the Indo-European cultures.  One method that several of these cultures have in common is something that everyone does: Dream.   Receiving... Continue Reading →

CTP-1 Crisis Response

Provide both an objective (from a source e.g. dictionary, textbook) and subjective definition (in your own words) for the following terms: "crisis" and "precipitating event." (minimum 50 words each, excluding the objective definitions) According to Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary a crisis is “a difficult or dangerous situation that needs serious attention.”  I think the most important... Continue Reading →

CTP – 1 Bardic Studies

Write two poems of at least 16 lines each appropriate for performance at a High Day ritual. One poem may be in free-verse form, but one must employ some form of meter and/or rhyme. Note in each case for which High Day the poem is intended.   To The Ancestors at Samhain Ancestors Mighty Dead... Continue Reading →

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