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Noble Order of Tara
Founding and Managing a Priory

            In order to found a Priory, a member is consecrated Grand Dame/Knight Commander and certified for her/his own Priory. This is obtained through courtesy and discussion with the Grand Dame/Knight Commanders of the training Priory. Priory Grand Dame/Knight Commanders sponsor members for new Priories.

            See the sections below for specific guidelines to manage a Priory, as well as these specific pages:

Center Guidelines

NOT Initiate System

Initiation into a FOI Priory:
            Initiation into a NOT Priory as a Companion is given through the "Rite of Tara, Initiation into a NOT Priory" (PDF Version / HTML Version), either in person or through attunement. This ritual may also be found in the NOT Manual.

Creating a curriculum:
            The dedicatory Goddess, or Goddess and God, manifest particular attributes of the Deities associated with the Priory. Therefore there is no set curriculum for the Noble Order of Tara. Grand Dame/Knight Commanders, through direct inspiration from their particular Priory Deity, produce their own original training program. This reflects the democratic character of the FOI and the Druid Clan of Dana. One linking factor between all Priory programs of study is that they are based on the NOT Priory Liturgy. This Liturgy was written by Olivia Robertson, FOI co-founder.

Acceptance of Initiations:
            Once a program of study is complete, the student has an opportunity to attain an Initiation through enactment of a corresponding NOT Drama. Grand Dame/Knight Commanders confer Initiations in the manner that they accept the member's experience of Divine Awareness once received during the ritual. See the section: Initiation Guidelines.

Sponsoring & Registering a New Grand Dame/Knight Commander:
            Grand Dame/Knight Commanders train and sponsor other members as a Grand Dame/Knight Commanders. Once the requirements are met (a minimum of 4 Grades/12 Initiations achieved through appropriate course and ritual work), the new Grand Dame/Knight Commander is then consecrated through a ritual that the training Grand Dame/Knight Commander creates. It may be performed either in person or through attunement.

            A NOT/FOI certificate is issued to the new Grand Dame/Knight Commander and the new appointment is registered with the FOI. The new Grand Dame/Knight Commander may go on to found a Priory and teach the NOT Initiate system.

Sponsoring & Registering a Priory:
            Priory Founders may sponsor members for their own Priories. A NOT/FOI certificate is issued and the new Priory is then registered with the FOI.

For more information on the NOT, see the appropriate section below:

NOT Overview

NOT Initiation System

The Strathloch Coat-of-Arms

Applying to a NOT Priory

Guidelines for all Centers

Oracle of the Goddess Tara

NOT Publications

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