Melissa (Missy) Burchfield
How did you end up with the Cranes, and what do you do for the grove?
After spending almost seven years as a Solitary practicing Wicca, I went in search of fellowship. I began my quest searching for a coven, but instead, I found a Grove to call my home. My first rite with the Cranes was Beltaine, 2008. I became a full member in March of 2009, and I currently serve as the Grove Bard. In service to the Grove, I enjoy writing liturgy and have plans to slowly incorporate new (to us) music/chants in our public rites--and eventually provide workshops on further incorporating the musical arts into our spiritual practice.
Tell us a little about the rest of your life.
I am a mother of three beautiful children, the youngest of which is autistic.
My husband and I are life-long musicians with the ability to play several instruments a piece, and we've been known to appear occasionally at local bar venues. Music has been and will always be one of the most important aspects of my life.
By career, I work in the laboratory of the local children's hospital. I am also a full-time student with The University of Cincinnati working toward a Bachelor's in Clinical Laboratory Science.
What do you do in ADF?
I currently serve as the Polemakrhos (Scribe) of the ADF Hellenic Kin, as the Archivist of the Bardic Guild, and as a dedicant mentor. Since finishing my Dedicant Path material in early 2009, I've been working steadily on the Initiate Path material. My long-term goals include several of the guild study programs, specifically the Liturgists Guild and the Bardic Guild, with an eventual goal of status as an ADF Master Bard. I hope to use the skills I obtain during this training to aid others on thier paths. I have been writing liturgical music and hope to eventually provide teaching materials.
Tell us about your personal practice.
I am a devotee of Persephone and Athena and have growing relationships with Hekate, Eos and Hestia in the Hellenic pantheon. I also work with Idunna and Freyja in the Norse pantheon. I am also a member of the Order of the Crane and the Order of Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries. I have quite an ecclectic hearth!
I began doing musical meditations early in my dedicant journey as a means of learning better mental discipline, and since then, I have spent time in musical meditation. One of my current personal projects is working on combining this practice with guided-meditation. I also do toning work and have begun working more with trance practices. Basically, these are a lot of big words to say that I pray and meditate to music on a regular basis.
The path of a contemporary Pagan Druid is just as fulfilling as it is challenging. As I grow and change through my devotion and service to the Kindred, I have an even greater desire to "pay it forward" through service to others inside the ADF community and beyond.
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