Requirements for Song
Initiation into the Sean Ciall Line (see Sean Ciall Line requirements)
Participation in the ritual of Fires of Lughnasadh, at least once as a
part of Song Circle. And at least 70% of scheduled Song Circle meetings during
at least a 12 month period.
Attain at least a novice/learning level of knowledge in each of the
following categories (as demonstrated by the given examples or equivalent as
determined by your initiator) and proficiency in at least one. There is a lot of
potential cross over in these categories, so it may be that one project could
span many of them.
Prior to requesting initiation, it is mandatory for the candidate to coordinate
a meeting with the Song Circle Leader(s) to review their accomplishments to
date. At that time, the leadership will advise the candidate on specific areas
that would benefit from improvement.
- Vocal Music
- (Novice Level) Sing frequently, taking opportunities
to use and expand your vocal talents as they are offered to you (i.e.
singing with ritual choirs, bardic sing-alongs, bardic performance,
karaoke). Novice level Song Circle members should strive to perform at every
FoL Bardic if possible, either in solo or ensemble.
- (Master) Learning vocal music specifically for
public performance, seeking out opportunities for professional performance
or sales (recording CDs for sale, charging admission for performances).
Should work on at least one performance piece as a solo artist (can be
backed by an ensemble). Taking vocal lessons. Study of music theory.
- Instrumental Music
- (Novice Level) Practice at least one musical
instrument with the goal of playing it in any of the following contexts
(ritual, bardic, public jam session, ceilidh) either in solo or ensemble.
- (Master) Learning and/or composing instrumental
music specifically for public performance, seeking out opportunities for
professional performances or sales (recording CDs for sale, charging
admission for performances). Should work on at least one performance piece
as a solo artist (can be backed by an ensemble). Taking instrumental
lessons. Study of music theory.
- Spoken Word
- (Novice level) Practice one or more of the
following: poetry reading/recitation, public speaking, storytelling,
theatrical scenes (solo or ensemble), ritual presentation (liturgical works,
invocations, etc.). Take opportunities to exercise these skills as they
arise (rituals, bardic, workshop presentations).
- (Master) Seek out opportunities to perform
professionally/publicly. Proficiency in this category mainly applies to
professional theater work or work with specific public speaking emphasis
(politics, teaching, etc.).
- Written Word
- (Novice Level) Focus in this category is on writing
of all kinds: poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, theatrical, technical,
ritual, etc. At the novice level one should keep a personal record of their
written works, sharing selections at bardics or poetry readings or via blogs/webpages,
etc. (miscellaneous ramblings via LJ do not count).
- (Master) Writers at the Master should be seeking
publication or public acclaim outside of their personal community, and
should have achieved it to some degree.
- (Novice Level) For this category the candidate
should study at least one foreign language, through school coursework or via
at Home study guides. Completion of an at Home series or one quarter in an
accredited school will meet this requirement. Extra points if its Gaelic!
- (Master) Proficiency in languages will be achieved
through conversation or readable fluency.
- Musical Magick
- (Novice Level) A novitiate musical magician will
have worked through the FoL ritual with the Song Circle as well as practiced
other methods of using music in magickal works. Attending Song Circle
meetings and participating in musical energy exercises is another good way
to fulfill this. (Required reading: *Sacred Sounds* by Ted Andrews; *The
World Is Sound* by Nada Brahma).
- (Master) A proficient musical magician will have
taken the basic concepts of the novice level and taken them a step further.
They might do this by writing new rituals or exercises utilizing the
concepts, or combing concepts to try new and experimental things and sharing
them with Song Circle.
- (Novice Level) Attend workshops, read handouts,
pursue information (books, articles, websites) with regard to Sean Ciall and
its relationship to:
History: Celtic cultures, Bardic Traditions, The Druids, etc (Required
reading: *Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations* tr. Alexander Carmichael)
Science/Mathematics: Physics of music and magick, Quantum Theory, String
Theory (required reading: *The Cosmic Octave* by Cousto)
Literature: Fiction that draws upon the same cultures that we do.
(Required reading: *Bard, The Odyssey of the Irish* by Morgan Llywelyn).
- (Master) Pursue Research, draw conclusions, develop
theories, share them (write them, and kill another bird with that stone).
Level of proficiency or accomplishment should be demonstrated through
performance, or by showing evidence of performance. When appropriate,
invitations should be made to SC members to attend performances meeting the
requirements for initiation. Upon requesting initiation the candidate will be
required to present a CV outlining projects undertaken to complete these
requirements. The candidate may be asked to demonstrate proficiency in any area
deemed necessary by Song Circle leadership. In cases where there are a high
number of candidates, a special Bardic may be schedules for such performances.
Once the Song Circle has within its body three or more circle initiates, the
review process will hopefully involve no fewer than three initiates.
Sacred Sounds by Ted Andrews
The World Is Sound by Nada Brahma
Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations, tr. Alexander Carmichael
The Cosmic Octave by Cousto
Bard, The Odyssey of the Irish by Morgan Llywelyn
Song Circle Main Page
Song Circle Training Materials
Sean Ciall Documents