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The Epistle of David The Chronicler
This book was written at the end of the summer of 1964 from
David Frangquist to Norman Nelson. Norman Nelson had been a
summer stand-in ArchDruid of Carleton, after Fisher stepped down,
from April of 1964 to September of 1964, at which point Frangquist
became ArchDruid of Carleton until April of 1966. Norman Nelson
had graduated in June of 1964 and moved back home to South
Dakota. As mentioned in the End-Notes, above, the grove in ques-
tion was his cabin. He later started a grove at Vermilion, S.D., at his
grad-school.
David Frangquist was writing this letter after having published
The Druid Chronicles (Reformed), and Frangquist was about to be-
gin his two year Arch-Druidcy of Carleton. In many ways, Frangquist
was a major shaper of how Druidism would develop at Carleton for
decades. Frangquist wrote the Druid Chronicles (Reformed), as-
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sembled the Green Book, (and with his wife Deborah Gavrin from the Carleton Druids. It is also a very rare example (along with
Frangquist) restarted the Carleton Grove on at least three occasions, The Wisdom) of an detailed opinion of a Carleton Druid upon their
been a mountain of resources & advice to countless Arch-Druids, own literature. I suspect that many sermons and discussions have
and has played a major role in the Isaac Affair. This letter, therefore been made orally by dozen of Druids about the Book of Meditations
could be construed, with the Druid Chronicles, as showing of DC(R) or the Green Book, but this is the only example in writing
Frangquist s view of Druidism at the beginning of his Arch-Druidcy. that we have. Thomas experienced what I call,  Way Deep Druid-
It is a good statement on how and why a Third Order Druid should ism . It is a pity that we only have two of Thomas sermons, because
undertake a missionary Grove. I, myself, wish that my own Druidry I really like them. The Discourse was only released in the Carleton
had been so far advanced after only one year! Like the Book of Faith, Apocrypha and Isaac probably never knew of its existence.
the Epistle of David the Chronicler has never been  published out- As was explained elsewhere, the Thirteenfold mystery, is a power-
side of the three Apocryphas. ful poem composed by Amherghin the Druid, as described in the
well known  The Book of Invasions of Ireland . Most Druid groups
in America agree that is very special meditational poem. The version
The Outline of the Foundation of Fundamentals
possessed by the Reform was translated from the original Gaelic by
David Frangquist wrote this on June 6th, 1966 at the close of his
Prof. John Messenger. It is a poem of union with Nature, and of full
ArchDruidcy at Carleton. Dick Zempel was taking over at this point.
self-Awareness. It is commonly used in the Invocation phase of the
David had just completed the last touches on the Green Book and
Order of Worship.
was probably thinking back on his two productive years at Carleton.
The remainder of the Discourse concerns itself with trying to de-
It is difficult to know how many levels of humor are buried in this
scribe Be al. Be al, as is mentioned elsewhere, is one of the strange
work, even the dating 6/6/66 is a joke. Outlines are the most strict
terms used in Reformed Druidism. The Book of Meditations in
forms of thought, yet there is no strict binding of Reformed Druid-
DC(R), which Thomas must have read many times, devotes chapters
ism in this Outline. Frangquist appears to have had a love-hate rela-
in trying to describe Be al, and acknowledges its failure. Although it
tionship with form and officialness. Many of his other early letters
may be related to the Irish Bel, I suspect most Druids use the term
show him spoofing officialness and talking strictly with his tongue in
 Be al , because it sounds like  be all , as in  the be-all and end-all .
his cheek. This is perhaps the last of these jokes. Outside of the
It is a neutral term, perhaps, for what Christian Mystics call  God ,
Apocryphas, this has never been published, although it seems to
or perhaps  the Holy Spirit . No one agrees with me on a definition.
have been widely-read.
The Wisdom of Thomas the Fool
Leabhar Toirdhealbhaigh
Again, written by Thomas McCausland, but we know the specific
These poems was written by Robert Larson in the spring of 1967
date of August 25th, 1970. It is another rare letter, because it exam-
beffore his Archdruidcy while of Berkeley (1968-1976). The title is
ines the underpinings of liturgical terminology of the Reform. It was
Irish for  Book of Torvel and could be pronounced as  Lyow-ur
probably put in the Carleton Apocrypha by Richard Shelton as a
Turuli(g) (it could also be pronounced  kkakzzpopzidkdkaltzt , but
Zen-ish experiential counterbalance to Isaac s meticulous and dog-
that would be very silly). At the time of its publishing in 1975 for
matic examination of the Order of Worship, as was shown in The
DC(E), Robert was in the SCA and ran under the name
Second Epistle of Isaac. Indeed, this is a very Zen-Druidic piece which
 Toirdhealbhaigh MacLorcain, mainly to bedevil any herald attempt- is filled with Carleton Druidism, in my opinion. Sometime in the
ing to pronounce it. The grove jokingly called me Turlock MacGargle
early 70s, an abbot (Eshin Nishimura) from a Japanese Zen monastary
(At least, I think it was a joke.) Earlier, I might have called it  Leabhar [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]




 

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