you are a spokesperson; when you command a "bully pulpit";
when you are a Pagan elder, there is always the danger of being
misunderstood. Sometimes, it's about timing. Mercury retrograde
can wreak havoc on communications, as can the moon being void-of-course.
Sometimes it's a matter of people just not reading your entire
thought before jumping in with their interpretation. They'll read
until something pulls their string, and then stop and react. Could
be that the next thought or idea will be the very one that dispels
their fears, or contradicts their reaction, but they didn't see
that so you didn't say that. Or, they might just be looking for
an excuse to go off.
reality, it means that those of us engaged in Pagan eldering have
no freedom of speech. We're not allowed to ask for opinions on
subjects or even a small part of a subject under discussion in
other forums. If we express an opinion anywhere, we'd better make
sure it's couched in a disclaimer (the views of Sybok Pendderwydd
are not necessarily the opinions of the Order of the Mithril Star),
or that the better part of your constituency agrees with your
ideas ahead of time.
true that no good deed goes unpunished.
wear a couple of different hats around here. I'm the Patriarch
of the Order of the Mithril Star, a position I will occupy for
life or until I decide to retire, at which time I will appoint
my successor. That has a lot of clout, you might say. My other
hat is as Senior Clerk of the Mother Grove, which also makes me
Clerk of the Nemeton of Dalon ap Landu. As Clerk of the NoDaL,
I'm charged with recording the meetings, the decisions and the
votes of that body. Sometimes I suggest, or instigate, changes
or legislation, but really the Archdruid of the MG (the head person
of NoDaL) is ultimately responsible for what happens there. I
serve at her pleasure, as it were. But really, my words don't
mean squat and I have no power in the NoDaL at all. But, because
of my other hat, some people have taken me too seriously and have
taken rash and untoward actions. That's regrettable and unnecessary.
I should be careful not to post during Mercury retrograde, or
when the moon is void-of-course.
here's the thing: In the OMS Pledge it states that, "The
good of the many outweighs the good of the few," and
I would add, "or the one." I'm committed to
that and take it as an axiom. If things ever came down the pike
where say, because of something I said, an AD were to threaten
to resign and maybe take her grove with her -- I would offer to
resign as Clerk first. I don't ever want to be the one that causes
that kind of dissension and I hope that I would be called out
before that could happen.
the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.
Druid Sybok Pendderwydd, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star,
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