Ordination Study Group, 2015 – 2018

This is a private section of the Lyceum web site.

NOTES OF MEETINGS: The Notes of Meetings pages will have my write-ups of the meetings. I need to backfill some of these, so many of the first links are red, meaning the link doesn’t go anywhere yet. While I do not expect it to happen for a while, any of you are free to add additional notes to what I am doing. Especially when I get things wrong.

This and all its descendant pages are available only to members of the study group. The resources and materials available here are not for public consumption. Discussions are private to the group.

Ostara Night 2015

The picture is a montage of an image of the aurora from Greenland on March 17 and the eclipse from Svalbard on Ostara. The aurora was active at the time of the eclipse but there is probably no way to have both it and the eclipse visible in the same photograph.

Our technical group name on the web site is osg2015ers. (I doubt that you really need to know that— I will be handling the technical stuff at least until someone else is ready to step in.)

We will soon have a mailing list, if Eris will kindly take Her golden apple somewhere else for a while, and let Harmonia help me figure out how to make it all work. Until then we’ll have to email each other. Or we can try to use the “Discussion” area at the bottom of this page to speak to the group. This will work if we all check it frequently. There is a way to tell the wiki to send you notices whenever a new comment is posted— see the Discussion Area.

Our Syllabus

This is likely going to be an evolving document.

  • This second version has been vetted by the elders and incorporates suggested changes, current as of 2/15/15.

Our Meetings

  • Here are notes of our first organizational meeting of 1/18/2015 at Boomers.
  • The notes of the second meeting of 2/15/15 are in this PDF file: Notes of the 2/15/15 meeting
  • Our third meeting was on 3-15-15. We brought our written work on calling the quarters, dedications, blocked out the ritual, and did a read-through. Result is the dedication ritual described below.
  • The Notes of Meetings pages will replace this section, when I get a round tuit for moving the material referenced above to this new location.

Various Resources

Essays, notes, materials copied in from other places, and so on. Stuff we developed or have found useful in our ordination studies.

  • Gardner’s Book of Shadows is a verbatim copy of the BoS of the first Wicca coven, with known dates from 1949 to 1961. This is the primary root of most of the rituals and practices used today by Lyceum and similar groups around Oregon & Washington. I (Will) have transcribed it into wikitext since that will make it easier to search and to extract portions for use in other documents. The source is in Sacred Texts’ web site, neopagan section, but is in HTML which is somewhat harder to work with than wikitext.
  • The Sacred Texts web site deserves its own entry on this list. It is a massive compendium of everything from African religious practices to Zoroastrianism.

Our Dedication Ritual

Will be a closed rite on 3/20/15, at the dark of the Moon. We will be working with leaving our old lives to dedicate ourselves to each other, and to the ordination process.

Pieces of Rite

  1. Smudging by Damianna, as we enter the area
  2. Forming the Circle:
    “A friend takes the hand of a friend, and the Circle is cast.”
  3. Calling the Quarters (the following often also includes the person’s dedication and releasing the quarter)
  4. Welcoming the Goddess and God, by Sue-Ann see below, incorporated into the Ritual Structure pdf
  5. Address by the Elders of what this is all about
  6. Individual dedications, as written in the documents above
    end with placing your chosen token in the jar and saying “I choose to walk this path with you.”
  7. Statement of welcome into the ordination process by the Elders
  8. Cakes & Ale
    1. Joy will supply cakes
    2. Sue-Ann will supply ale
  9. Thanks to the Goddess and God
  10. Releasing the Quarters
  11. Opening the Circle
    The Circle is open…
  12. The ritual structure: drafted by Sue-Ann, Ritual Structure, first draft
  13. Combined Quarters and Dedications repeats what is above, but with common formatting and in the order of presentation Sue-Ann is developing the final draft; this is an intermediate draft that Will used to keep things clear in his mind.

More to come

It is still too soon to go into how to make or change wiki pages. So for now email me, either through the group mail at osg2015@lyceumoftrees.org or to me individually at wwoodhull@gmail.com about anything that needs changes or should be added to the web site.

Later on you will be able to do pages yourself (looks like a skill of great value if your ministry will involve working with groups), and add photos or links to PDF documents to this page or any of its descendant branches— it’s a matter of learning how. Oh, I can also show you how to convert any page in the wiki to a PDF for printing or sending in emails, etc. But for now I will do that on request, just to keep things simple.

Author: Will

I was born at a very young age but I am older than that now. As a young man I drove half a million miles in Boston taxis. Then I moved to Oregon and developed two careers as an RN over 28 years: the first as a clinical nurse mostly in ICU, then later in Nursing Service Administration as an Informatics RN (but before that term was coined). In between RN work, I picked up an ADSc Business Computer Programming and provided PC network installation, maintenance and repair for 10 years. I eased into retirement beginning in 2003 and was fully retired in 2010. But I have continued to develop and manage websites and my skills are current with HTTP/CSS, PHP, Apache, SQL, etc. I have a strong preference for Ubuntu Linux boxes and Dokuwiki websites. I have a strong dislike of WordPress, which, although it is technically very well done, has created one of the worst cesspool ecosystems I have ever encountered. Still it is sometimes the best tool for the job, more is the pity. I have followed pagan paths for 50 years and I have about 3 yards of bookshelves devoted to pagan thought and practice. I am a perfectly eclectic technopagan heavily influenced by Victor Anderson's Feri practice but comfortable with Gardner derivatives, Zennist ways, and totemic/shamanist practices. I have recently been made the Steward of the Lyceum Of Trees. So I am Will Steward, Steward. Make of that whatever you will.