ADF Election 2018 Questions

Rev. Jan Avende’s Responses – VAD Candidate

Hi y’all.  I’m running for Vice Arch Druid in the 2018 ADF Election this year.  Many folks have asked questions of the candidates, and I’ve answered all the ones I’ve seen below.  I also welcome more questions, and will update this post as necessary to address them.  Email me at rev.jan.avende at gmail.com, so your questions don’t get lost.

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Special Occasion Rituals

Special Occasion Rituals

This course was designed to expand a student’s knowledge and experiences for liturgical development beyond high day liturgy and specifically targets the development of liturgy for use in everyday life for a variety of different purposes.

The primary goal of this course is for students to enhance their skills for developing special occasion liturgy to meet the needs of individuals and groups occurring within every day life.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will identify, define and analyze several types of special occasion ritual and compare special occasion ritual to high day ritual.
  2. Students will increase their knowledge of creating ritual for diverse audiences.
  3. Students will utilize their knowledge and skills for liturgical writing to create special occasion rituals for a variety of different purposes.

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Liturgy Practicum 3: Large Group Practice

Liturgy Practicum 3 is designed to focus on large group practices, both within and outside of ADF. In order to pass this course, you will be required to lead a ritual at a festival, and this ritual must be large enough to pose some of the usual problems that large rites create.

Because part of ADF’s vision is to provide publically accessible worship, even to those who are not part of ADF, this course will require that you perform a ritual for a generally non-ADF-centric function as well. You may contact the Archdruid or Clergy Council Preceptor to help you arrange to lead a festival ritual if you are a Consecrated Priest. If you have completed this course in the LGSP, you may submit the same answers, if it falls in the time frame specified below:

Rituals completing the exit standards of this course may not be performed more than three years before the submission date of this course for grading. The Clergy Council Preceptor will require some form of verification that the ritual took place and included the requisite number of attendees.

The primary goal of this course is for students to provide worship opportunities to the community and develop experience running large group rituals.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will increase their awareness of how ritual elements, such as creating group mind, developing effective prayers utilizing techniques such as motion, dance, music etc., and the use of physical offerings enhance small group ritual.
  2. 2. Students will lead rituals both within ADF and outside of it, and will examine their own processes for ritual creation.

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Winter Solstice Spiral Liturgy: Solstice Eve & Solstice Morn: Fellowship & The Sun

a three armed spiral with the words "Winter Solstice Spiral Liturgy" at the center, with a line drawing of a storm cloud below the spiral, a fire to the right of the spiral, and waves to the left of the spiral. There are 7 dots on each arms of the spiral to mark where the candles go.

Solstice Eve and Solstice Morn: Fellowship and The Sun

A Summary

I light our hearth fire so that it’s going strong by sunset on Solstice Eve, and spend some time hiding little tea lights all over the house. We then turn out all the lights in the house and gather as a family with my hearth fire lantern and a taper candle in front of the fireplace, and do a short ritual (included below) where honor the Earth, the Kindreds, and then the warmth of the hearth and fellowship that will carry us through the darkest night.

We then transfer the hearth fire to the lantern (which will be our light source for the hunt), and set out to hunt throughout the house to find, and light, all the hidden candles. Right now I send my daughter to find them, and then I light them from the taper candle (lit off the hearth). I imagine as she gets older I’ll be able to let her light the candles, but not yet.

We then gather all the candles from around the upper story of the house and bring them down to the kitchen table, where we have dinner by candlelight. This serves the double purpose of giving us more light, and not leaving candles burning unattended, particularly because we have a cat and a dog.

We then make a toast before dinner about something that makes us happy and that we’re grateful for.

After dinner we take our tray of gathered candles back over the hearth and Solstice Tree, and exchange a single gift. By the time we’ve opened them and played with new toys for a little bit, it’s time for bed. We leave LED candles “burning” in our bedrooms throughout the Solstice night, and then the next morning wake up to greet the Dawn and the newborn Sun. The adults will often stay up to keep vigil through the night. In the morning we go outside to light a small candle, and then come in to finish the spiral liturgy.

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Winter Solstice Spiral Liturgy: Day 18, The Need Fire

a three armed spiral with the words "Winter Solstice Spiral Liturgy" at the center, with a line drawing of a storm cloud below the spiral, a fire to the right of the spiral, and waves to the left of the spiral. There are 7 dots on each arms of the spiral to mark where the candles go.

Day 18: The Need Fire

You will need:

  • 18 candles
  • Optional: omen set
  • Optional: offerings for Gatekeeper, Three Kindreds, and Being of the Occasion

*ritual to be done at or after sunset*

I stand rooted deep in the earth and looking to the sky, seeking to find the light within the dark. I ask that my words be sweet as I speak, and that my voice and intent sink into the well, to resound in the deep, and float up on pillar of smoke to the heavens.

Gatekeeper, standing now at the Center of Worlds, carry my voice that the spirits may hear my words and see my heart. May the Ancestors who went before know my love. May the Nature Spirits all around know my gratitude. May the Shining Ones who share their wisdom and love know my devotion. Three Kindreds, be with me as I navigate this liminal time between the end of the year and the beginning of the new. The Storms of winter melt to give way to the Waters so that the Fire may be born.

With each passing day as the night grows longer, I add more light to drive away the shadows, and remember the gifts the season brings.

I have called to the Spirits through the Darkness, and now I call again to them that they may stand with me to remember the Light.

To The Destroyer, bring your light *light candle*

To Solitude, bring your light *light candle*

To The Winds of Change, bring your light *light candle*

To Nourishing Rains, bring your light *light candle*

To Clear Skies, bring your light *light candle*

To Justice, bring your light *light candle*

To The Winner of Waters, bring your light *light candle*

To The Waters of Blessing, bring your light *light candle*

To The Waters of Purification, bring your light *light candle*

To The Ferryman, bring your light *light candle*

To Memory & Forgetfulness, bring your light *light candle*

To The Mistweaver, bring your light *light candle*

To The God of the Sea, bring your light *light candle*

To The Mother of Waters, bring your light *light candle*

To The Son of the Waters, bring your light *light candle*

To The Center of Worlds, bring your light *light candle*

To Hearth & Home, bring your light *light candle*

Within the Fire, I see the Need Fire. Be with me as I ignite this flame for you. Stand with me and help me to see the gifts you bring to the season. Bright bonfire, kindled from simple sticks, you who are calling out and drawing in the gifts that are necessary for growth. From flickering flame to roaring bonfire. It is to you I call out, and to you I sing praises. Need Fire bless me with your wisdom. Show me how to bring your aspects into my life during this time of darkness. Show me how your aspects aid in the return of the light. *take an omen if you feel called to do so, reflect on it and on the aspects of the spirit. Think on how you can apply them to your life* Need Fire, Thank you for your presence here and for the further wisdom you’ve bestowed. *snuff candle, or if you have a safe place to remain attentive to the candle, allow it to burn down*

Spirits all, for being with me as I light a candle to drive away the dark, I thank you.   Gatekeeper, for carrying my words, and for guiding me through this liminal time, I thank you.

Now, I remember my connection to the earth, that I may be grounded in this place. May I be enriched by this ritual, by the knowledge I’ve gained, and by the blessings I’ve received. It is time now to go in peace, and remember the gifts of the season.

Winter Solstice Spiral Liturgy: Day 17, Hearth & Home

a three armed spiral with the words "Winter Solstice Spiral Liturgy" at the center, with a line drawing of a storm cloud below the spiral, a fire to the right of the spiral, and waves to the left of the spiral. There are 7 dots on each arms of the spiral to mark where the candles go.

Day 17: Hearth & Home

You will need:

  • 17 candles
  • Optional: omen set
  • Optional: offerings for Gatekeeper, Three Kindreds, and Being of the Occasion

*ritual to be done at or after sunset*

I stand rooted deep in the earth and looking to the sky, seeking to find the light within the dark. I ask that my words be sweet as I speak, and that my voice and intent sink into the well, to resound in the deep, and float up on pillar of smoke to the heavens.

Gatekeeper, standing now at the Center of Worlds, carry my voice that the spirits may hear my words and see my heart. May the Ancestors who went before know my love. May the Nature Spirits all around know my gratitude. May the Shining Ones who share their wisdom and love know my devotion. Three Kindreds, be with me as I navigate this liminal time between the end of the year and the beginning of the new. The Storms of winter melt to give way to the Waters so that the Fire may be born.

With each passing day as the night grows longer, I add more light to drive away the shadows, and remember the gifts the season brings.

I have called to the Spirits through the Darkness, and now I call again to them that they may stand with me to remember the Light.

To The Destroyer, bring your light *light candle*

To Solitude, bring your light *light candle*

To The Winds of Change, bring your light *light candle*

To Nourishing Rains, bring your light *light candle*

To Clear Skies, bring your light *light candle*

To Justice, bring your light *light candle*

To The Winner of Waters, bring your light *light candle*

To The Waters of Blessing, bring your light *light candle*

To The Waters of Purification, bring your light *light candle*

To The Ferryman, bring your light *light candle*

To Memory & Forgetfulness, bring your light *light candle*

To The Mistweaver, bring your light *light candle*

To The God of the Sea, bring your light *light candle*

To The Mother of Waters, bring your light *light candle*

To The Son of the Waters, bring your light *light candle*

To The Center of Worlds, bring your light *light candle*

Within the Fire, I see Hearth & Home. Be with me as I ignite this flame for you. Stand with me and help me to see the gifts you bring to the season. [First born and last born, you Lady of the Hearth. A warm and welcoming flame is yours, dancing merrily as the work of the home is done. From flickering flame to roaring bonfire. It is to you I call out, and to you I sing praises. Hearth & Home, bless me with your wisdom. Show me how to bring your aspects into my life during this time of darkness. Show me how your aspects aid in the return of the light. *take an omen if you feel called to do so, reflect on it and on the aspects of the spirit. Think on how you can apply them to your life* Hearth & Home, Thank you for your presence here and for the further wisdom you’ve bestowed. *snuff candle, or if you have a safe place to remain attentive to the candle, allow it to burn down*

Spirits all, for being with me as I light a candle to drive away the dark, I thank you.   Gatekeeper, for carrying my words, and for guiding me through this liminal time, I thank you.

Now, I remember my connection to the earth, that I may be grounded in this place. May I be enriched by this ritual, by the knowledge I’ve gained, and by the blessings I’ve received. It is time now to go in peace, and remember the gifts of the season.