†††††††† CONSECRATION OF GODDESS OF FREEDOM ON 9/18/1993

†††††††††††††† HOW THE CONSECRATION GOT ORGANIZED

†††††††††††††††††††† Notes by Larry Cornett

 

When I heard that the Goddess of Freedom statue was being removed

fromthetop of the Capital for renovation, I thoughtthatit

wouldbe a good idea to properly consecrate it.Then,Iheard

that Don M. and Otter Zell were promoting the idea.At Starwood,

Ilearnedthat Otter had in mind something official;butDon,

likeI,wouldliketosee both somethingofficial(bythe

government)andaproperPaganconsecrationwithcommunity

participation.

 

Atthe August 14, 1993 CAW meeting, the idea of consecrating the

statue was mentioned and immediately accepted.When the ideaof

gettinga permit was brought up, Andy and others indicatedthat

itwould be unlikely to be granted and more trouble than itwas

worth.Lynn offered to host an organizing meeting and to makea

flier for it.I asked for and later received a flier to sendto

my Pagan mailing lists and distribute.

 

Lynn'sannouncement was sent out with the last Crowings-On,and

OtterandDon M. were informed.September 4th, Ireceivedan

updated copy of Lynn's flier for the event. I decided to comeup

witha more lively format for my mailing, using my Dungeonsand

Dragons graphics and Newsmaster desktop publishing.I gotthese

printed; and, at my own expense, mailed about 400 copies to about

100 people on the CAW mailing list, about 77 FSA members (from my

copyofthe membership list), 57 local covens, magickal lodges,

etc.(whoseaddresses I had accumulated), and about87active

localCalendarof Event subscribers, 10 PaganSpiritAlliance

members†† andabout69prior calendarsubscribersandPagan

friends.Another 400 fliers went to the Shaken Tree, the Turning

Wheel,the Crystal Fox, and Renaissance Books.I also contacted

thelocal Druid Groves and some of the coven leaders who Iknew

personally and invited them to participate.

 

ByFriday, September 10 I heard two reports that something about

theplannedconsecration was on CNNSeptember7th,onefrom

Floridaand one from Maryland.As a result, many of theDruids

weregettingnervous about participating.I was goingtosee

IsaacBonewits(the Archdruid) Monday at a handfasting;andI

knewthat,if anything, the idea of publicity wouldgetIsaac

interested.†† Isaac is an excellent ritualist; theDruidFormat

(enhancedwithquarters)isan excellentformatforPublic

ritual;andifhecame,perhaps theDruidswouldbemore

interested.†† I called Isaac, and talked to him onMondayafter

thehandfasting about it.He was interested, but unsureifhe

couldaffordthe plane or train fare for the event, which,at

lastreport would be $120.I gave him the money andtheevent

was on.

 

Atthe Tuesday September 14th meeting, Will, the Senior Druid of

CedarLightsGrove, again raised the issueaboutpermitsand

askedaboutpressreleases.Those at the meetingunanimously

endorsedhavingWillgo for permits.†† Lynndraftedapress

release and sent it to Will and me. I suggested changes andwent

overthemwith Will and Isaac, who made furtherchanges.†† The

resultwasthetextof the press releasepublishedinthis

Cawings-onconcerning the nature of Paganism, Pagan ethics,and

of our consecration.

 

ByThursday,Will had applied for a permit, and byFriday,we

learnedthatanother group had reserved the area between11:00

and1:00 and our permit for group activity would only be granted

after2:00 PM, as long as we stayed on the grassy area.I spoke

with the person granting permits about getting an extension to do

aprocession around the statue first, and he said that it may be

possible.However, the permit application mentioned smudging and

athames; and he indicated that this could cause problems granting

the permit-smudging because of a ban on open burning; and athames

forobvious reasons.He said he would get back tous.Hedid

not.

 

Saturday was a rainy day until about 12:30, when the rainended.

I,otherCAWmembers, Druids, and VisionWeaversmaintaineda

vigil†† between11:00and2:00informingPagansand†† those

interestedofourplansfor group ritualstartingat2:00.

Around12:45we started seeing allot of Masons in theiraprons

coming around the Capital building.The Masons had reserved the

11:00to 1:00 slot that we applied for, but were on the other

side of the Capital Building.

 

At2:00we were informed by the Capital Police thatwehada

permit;butonlyfor group activities onthegrass,andno

procession.†† We got about 40 Pagans together andorganizedour

ritual.†† Weoriginallyplanned to processaroundthestatue

purifying it as a group, but the Capital police would notpermit

this.However, the police indicated that they would not stopan

individual from walking around the statue with incense or water.

 

We then proceeded with one of the most powerful public ritualsI

have ever experienced.After a briefing on the ritual format and

adramaticstatementofpurpose byRay,theritualbegan.

Insteadof a group procession, one person with incense processed

aroundthe statue purifying it with saltwater (water and earth),

whileeverybodyelse sent energy and visualizedthepurifying

power of water and earth bathing the statue.Then another person

wentaround with incense, while we visualized air andfire(in

theformof smoke) completing the purification.With about40

Witches,Druids, Magicians, and other Pagans focusingpowerto

help with the purification, it was quite effective.

 

Sacred†† spacewasestablished,peoplecentered†† themselves,

quarters were called, then nature spirits, ancestors and Deities.

The power built and focused through invocations and praise to the

Goddessof Freedom, and by the time we were chanting and raising

power, real magic was happening. Everything went smoothly, and we

endedwitha song, hugs and with a fully charged Goddess.†† For

additionaldetailsonthe ritual, seethearticlebyIsaac

Bonewitsandthe ritual outline below, along withthevarious

invocations published in this newsletter. After the ritual,

many of us partied at the Shaken Tree.

 

Later that evening, we learned, much to our delight, that the Masons

were consecrating the corner stone to the capital building at the

same time that we were consecrating the statue.This explained why

the time we had asked for was delayed -- to assure that our ritual

was coordinated with that of the Masons.

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INVOCATION OF GODDESS OF FREEDOM-LADY LIBERTY

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 9/18/93 2:00 PM

 

Aftergoingovertheritualandworkingoutthedetails†† with

participants we began

 

All†††††† OM

Ray†††††† Ritual Purpose, briefing and Historical Outline

All†††††† OM

 

All†††††† Chant:"We are a Circle, Within a circle, with nobeginning

††††††††† and never ending" (song) while visualizing purifying power

 

PatriciaAspergingwithsaltwater while groupvisualizespurifying

††††††††† power bathing the statue

 

Gwydion†† Smudging while the group sends purifying power and visualizes

††††††††† the censor bathing the statue in purifying smoke

 

Druids††† Oh Earth Mother chant

††††††††† Grounding & centering (tree meditation)

 

Vision††† Call quarters ending with leading everybody in intoning

Weavers

 

All†††††† Spirits†† of†† the (East†† orSouth, or..) Come

 

Druids††† Opening the gate/sacred center

 

Will††††† Invoking/inviting†† theThreeKindreds†† (Nature†† Spirits,

††††††††† Ancestors/predecessors & Deities) of the four regions

††††††††† from which Americans have come

 

Deborah†† Invocation of Lady Liberty,

 

Ray/††††† Praise offerings, including Morning Glory's Prayer to

others††† Lady Liberty.Then everybody raised energy

 

All†††††† We can rise with the fire of freedom!

††††††††† Truth is the fire that burns our chains!

††††††††† And we can stop the fire of destruction!

††††††††† Healing is the fire running through our veins!

 

All†††††† When energy peaked, wereleased energy into the

 

Isaac†††† statueslowlyastheconsecrationwasspokenbyIsaac

††††††††† Bonewitz.At the end of the consecration, we repeated

 

All†††††† So Mote It be (releasing the last of the energy)

 

Druids††† Affirmation of Success and Continuity

 

Alex††††† Grounding (send excess energy back to the Earth)

 

Isaac†††† Closing statement that focused power and left the statue open

††††††††† to others to sincerely add to the charge

 

InvokersThank powers invoked and close gates between world

 

All†††††† Closing Song to the tune of "My Country Tis of Thee"

†††††††††††† Our Lady Liberty, Mother of our Country

†††††††††††† Of thee we sing

†††††††††††† Let our land always be†† Home of

†††††††††††† the brave and Free

†††††††††††† Forever in equality

†††††††††††† Let Freedom Ring

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††† A PRAYER FOR LIBERTY

 

In the name of the Great goddess of All Life

I invoke you, Liberty.

I call you to come forth from your Roman Temple

On the Aventine

I call you by your Elder name, Libertas.

 

With your flaming torch and your Bill of Rights

your rayed crown or your phyrgian cap

Long dark hair blowing free

in the Winds of Change

Always you lead the people to freedom.

 

Granddaughter of Themis, Goddess of Balance.

Daughter of Harmonia, of Golden Necklace.

Mother of Columbia.She of the Starry Blue Cloak

Your are Sister to Justice and to Equality

 

Yet you are the most bitter enemy of slavery

and cruel restraint

Deposer of all despots, your motto:

Sie Semper Tyrannis

All peoples of the Earth are your kindred.

 

Like fertile Ashera and wise Athena, you nourish

The tree of Life-the Liberty Tree

And you bless us with the Olive Branch of Peace

 

Stars shine round around you, rays of glory

lighten your cares

You lift your lamp beside the golden Door of Opportunity

Grant us, we pray, your twin blessings

of Freedom and Responsibility

And give us the courage to hold onto you

in the face of Apathy as well as Adversity

 

Bright Lady, you are strong and ancient as the

untamed Wilderness,

And yet you are young and fragile as a child's dream of Tomorrow

 

Smile Liberty

Laugh Liberty

Run free with a glad heart

and ever will we follow in your

subtle silver footsteps

so be it.

 

†† Morning Glory Zell, 1988

 

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MORE KEY INVOCATIONS USED IN THE RITUAL FROM:

GODDESS OF FREEDOM/LADY LIBERTY STATUE CONSECRATION

A Report from Archdruid Isaac Bonewits, ADF

 

 

Deborahís Invocation of Lady Liberty

 

†††† "We invoke you Lady Liberty, and welcome you anew to the land of the

free.America is your place, the place where you have achieved your

highest goals, the place where you have faced your worst enemies.

†††† America was founded on your principles: freedom, democracy, and

individuality.America was also founded on slavery, oppression and

genocide of native peoples.Lady Liberty, Be a force here manifesting your

highest ideals.

†††† We invoke you Lady Liberty, to come protect this place of liberty.

Keep us ever focussed on your path.

†††† You are the one who wipes out intolerance and tyranny.You are the

bringer of freedom: freedom to speak, freedom to gather, freedom to

publish, freedom of worship of whatever deities we choose and on whatever

lands are sacred to them, freedom to pursue happiness ‑‑ loving who we

will, living as we choose, raising our children as we choose; freedom of

choice, freedom from want, from racism, sexism, and from religious tyranny.

†††† Lady Liberty, now and always, here and everywhere, we invoke you by

these words: let freedom ring!"

 

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Isaac Bonewits the Consecration Spell:

 

†††† "In the Name of the Earth Mother, the ever changing All Mother; and in

the Names of all those deities who have ever been worshipped in this land,

ancient or modern; and in the Name of our most holy Goddess Liberty

Herself:

†††† We do charge and consecrate this sacred statue of Her.Let it be a

constant influence on this ceremonial center of America.Let it cause all

our public servants to make, enforce, and judge the laws and policies of

this nation in accordance with Liberty's highest ideals of freedom and

justice for all, in America and the world.

†††† Let this statue, and our holy Goddess Liberty Herself, be ever

defended from the forces of evil and oppression.Let the fires of freedom

burn bright!

†††† So mote it be!"

 

As he spoke, the power poured through the staff that was pointing towards the

statue, which began to glow.

 

He then affirmed our success and continuity:

 

†††† "We have done as our ancestors and predecessors would have done!We

have blessed this sacred statue of the Goddess of Freedom, Our Lady

Liberty.As others add their blessings to ours, this consecration will

only be strengthened.No force, mortal or divine, will ever undo it!

†††† So mote it be!"

 

We sealed the consecration this way because we felt that, sooner or later,

forces hostile to Neopaganism in particular and freedom in general would

seek to "exorcise" our influence or to banish it with their own blessings.

This way all positive magical/spiritual efforts by others will work in a

synergistic fashion to strengthen the consecration, and negative ones will

simply fail.

 

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Donís praise offering:

 

†††† "Our Lady Liberty, Mother of our country, of thee we sing.

†††† Let our land always be, home of the brave and free,

†††† Forever in equality, let freedom ring!" (Larry's)

 

†††† "Our Goddess, 'tis of thee, incarnate Liberty, of thee we sing.

†††† Your blessings far and wide, strong as the rising tide,

†††† Forever shall abide, let freedom ring!" (Don's)

 

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ANOTHER INVOCATION OF GODDESS OF FREEDOM (from another charging ritual)

 

I invoke thee and call upon thee mighty mother of freedom

Ye who are known by many names, Lady Liberty, freedom, Libertas, and by

†† many other names

Ye who exists in the heart of all freedom loving people

Bringer of the power to pursue happiness and to achieve and exercise it

I call upon you and invite you to descend into this thy symbol and into

†† these thy people

See with our eyes, hear with our ears, speak with our tongues

†† that our hearts may be joyous and that freedom be fully manifestin

†† this land

Mighty Goddess, be here now

 

CHANT CHANNELED FROM A VISIONWEAVERS DRAWING DOWN OF THE GODDESS OF FREEDOM

 

We can grow with the fire of Freedom

Freedom is the fire running through our veins

We can break the power of constriction

Freedom flowing through us flowing through the planes

 

OTHER CHANTS CONSIDERED BUT NOT USED

 

MILITANT FREEDOM SONG

 

Oh Freedom, Oh Freedom, Oh freedom

Over me over me

and before Id be a slave,

Id be buried in my grave

and return to the earth and be free

 

 

MILITANT FREEDOM CHANT

 

Not the church, not the state

The People must control their fate

 

 

ULTRA HYPER MILITANT CHANT

 

Two, four, six eight,

Seize the streets and smash the State

 


†††††††††††††††††† GODDESS OF FREEDOM PRESS RELEASE

†††††††††††††††††† by Lynn, Larry, Isaac, and Will

 

Neo-Pagans throughout the Washington area will gather to consecrate and

blesstheGoddess of Freedom Statue (Lady Liberty) which is presently

beingrestored.†† Withmusic and prayers incorporatedintoashort

religious ceremony, we will strengthen the flow of Freedom at homeand

aroundtheworld.†† The Goddess of Freedom Statue standsforvalues

important to all Americans, Neo-Pagans and non-Pagans alike.Ourwork

promotes our common faith in liberty, justice and democracy.

 

The†† family†† of†† Neo-Pagan†† Religionsincludes†† Druidism,†† Wicce

(Witchcraft), the Church of All Worlds, and numerous other solitary and

grouppaths.†† MostknowEarthto besacred,andthathumanity,

divinity, and nature are integrally and mutually interwoven.Weplace

strong†† emphasisontheimmanenceofdivinity,andsoadvocate

individualmoral freedom with attention to the impacts of ouractions

on the lives of others and on Earth's life.

 

Neo-Pagan faiths derive inspiration from pre-Christian Earth and nature

religious traditions.Most worship the divine in both female andmale

aspects,asGoddessesand Gods.We embrace boththeteachingsof

modernscienceandthe wisdoms of contemporaryindigenouspeoples.

Feminist and environmental movements contribute much to the beliefsof

manywithin our traditions.We believe that divinity takes many forms

inallcultures and civilizations throughout history andaroundthe

world.

 

Apermitapplication for this event has been filed with U.S.Capitol

Police.††† Paganswillpeacefullycooperatewithall†† local†† law

enforcementauthorities.Communications between localofficialsand

members of the community remain cordial and cooperative.

 

(asecond press release was also issued, concerning the timing ofthe

consecration -2:00 for group consecration, who would be there, etc.)

 

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Blessed be and Never Thirst!

 

Larry Cornett

 

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GODDESS OF FREEDOM/LADY LIBERTY STATUE CONSECRATION

A Report from Archdruid Isaac Bonewits, ADF

 

On Saturday, September 18, 1993 c.e., a group of about 40 Neopagans,

including members of ADF, the Church of All Worlds, and several local

Wiccan groups, gathered in Washington, D.C., on the East side of the

Capitol Building.The statue of Libertas, Goddess of Freedom, was on a

platform surrounded by a chain‑link fence in the middle of a parking lot,

being cleaned and polished before Her eventual return to the top of the

building.She is 19Ĺ feet tall, and far more beautiful than we had

imagined.She has a noble bearing and a compassionate expression, with

deep, loving eyes.We stood for a while and admired her as we finalized

the ritual plans.Some last‑minute adjustments to the rite were needed,

since Capitol Security requested that we move our rite back about fifty

yards from the statue, onto the lawn.

 

The idea to consecrate this statue came from the Triskelion Nest of CAW and

other DC‑area Wiccans.Larry Cornett, a member of both CAW and ADF, asked

for my input into the planning of the rite, since ADF's liturgical

structure is so well suited to public ritual.He eventually invited me to

come down and lead the ceremony.I was pleased and honored that my years

of experience in large public ceremony could contribute to the success of

such an historic and spiritually significant occasion.My wife, Deborah

Lipp, a long‑time civil libertarian, was thrilled at the idea.††

 

We brainstormed for hours, wrote up our ideas, faxed them to Larry,

discussed them with him, Will Pierson (Senior Druid of Cedar Lights Grove,

ADF), and other local planners, and eventually worked up a "bullet train"

version of the standard ADF liturgy, with Wiccan additions and familiar

chants.We deliberately created a ceremony that could be done in a half‑

hour or less, because we were worried about the possibilities of

interference from hostile fundamentalists and/or short attention spans from

media observers (however, members of neither category showed up.)

 

So there we were, on the Capitol's East Lawn, surrounded by old trees on

ground that felt sacred already.Fully aware that this might be the first

overtly Pagan ceremony done within sight of America's power center, we

began to "Om" as we connected ourselves to the Earth and our purpose for

the afternoon.

 

Ray, a local Wiccan, gave a rousing oratory on the meaning of liberty and

what we were doing (this provided the Ritual Purpose & Historical

Precedent). Then, while everyone chanted, "We are a circle, within a

circle, with no beginning, and never ending...", two local Wiccans

(Patricia and Gwydion) took water and incense around the statue to purify

it from previous influences, while the participants focussed their energies

on spiritually and mentally joining in the cleansings.The cup of water

and the brazier of incense were brought into the center of the nemeton,

spontaneously becoming our "well" and our sacred fire.

 

I sang the "O Earth Mother" chant to honor Her, and the Tree Meditation was

led by Will Pierson, in order to center, ground, link and merge all of us.

Next, Wiccan quarter invocations were done by Larry Cornet and other

members of Vision Weavers Coven. The symbolism of four directions that

intersect everywhere allowed me (again, spontaneously) to define the

ritual's center as simultaneously being (a) where the well and the fire

were, (b) the statue of Freedom, (c) the Capitol Building, and (d) the

ceremonial center of the USA.

 

I then declared the Gates open and invoked/invited the Three Kindreds

(nature spirits, ancestors/predecessors, & deities) of Four Regions from

which Americans have come: in the North, Europe; in the East, Asia, the

Near East and the Far East; in the South, Africa; and in the West, the

Americas themselves, and the Native ancestors and predecessors of these

lands.

 

Deborah then did a powerful Invocation of Lady Liberty that she had written

for the occasion:

 

†††† "We invoke you Lady Liberty, and welcome you anew to the land of the

free.America is your place, the place where you have achieved your

highest goals, the place where you have faced your worst enemies.

†††† America was founded on your principles: freedom, democracy, and

individuality.America was also founded on slavery, oppression and

genocide of native peoples.Lady Liberty, Be a force here manifesting your

highest ideals.

†††† We invoke you Lady Liberty, to come protect this place of liberty.

Keep us ever focussed on your path.

†††† You are the one who wipes out intolerance and tyranny.You are the

bringer of freedom: freedom to speak, freedom to gather, freedom to

publish, freedom of worship of whatever deities we choose and on whatever

lands are sacred to them, freedom to pursue happiness ‑‑ loving who we

will, living as we choose, raising our children as we choose; freedom of

choice, freedom from want, from racism, sexism, and from religious tyranny.

†††† Lady Liberty, now and always, here and everywhere, we invoke you by

these words: let freedom ring!"

 

Praise offerings to Lady Liberty were then presented by several

participants.These included a rewrite of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" by Don

Meinshausen (text below), "A Prayer For Liberty," by Morning Glory Zell

(read by a local Pagan), and other heartfelt songs and poems.The

culminating praise offering/power for the consecration was raised with

drumming and singing Starhawk's chant:

 

†††† "We can rise with the fire of freedom!

†††† Truth is the fire that burns our chains!

†††† And we can stop the fire of destruction!

†††† Healing is the fire running through our veins!"

 

When this had peaked, power from the mortal and immortal participants

(including, we later found out, some local Pagan groups not physically

present) was fed steadily into the statue while I spoke the Consecration

Spell:

 

†††† "In the Name of the Earth Mother, the ever changing All Mother; and in

the Names of all those deities who have ever been worshipped in this land,

ancient or modern; and in the Name of our most holy Goddess Liberty

Herself:

†††† We do charge and consecrate this sacred statue of Her.Let it be a

constant influence on this ceremonial center of America.Let it cause all

our public servants to make, enforce, and judge the laws and policies of

this nation in accordance with Liberty's highest ideals of freedom and

justice for all, in America and the world.

†††† Let this statue, and our holy Goddess Liberty Herself, be ever

defended from the forces of evil and oppression.Let the fires of freedom

burn bright!

†††† So mote it be!"

 

As I spoke, the power poured through the staff I was pointing towards the

statue, which began to glow.

 

I then affirmed our success and continuity:

 

†††† "We have done as our ancestors and predecessors would have done!We

have blessed this sacred statue of the Goddess of Freedom, Our Lady

Liberty.As others add their blessings to ours, this consecration will

only be strengthened.No force, mortal or divine, will ever undo it!

†††† So mote it be!"

 

We sealed the consecration this way because we felt that, sooner or later,

forces hostile to Neopaganism in particular and freedom in general would

seek to "exorcise" our influence or to banish it with their own blessings.

This way all positive magical/spiritual efforts by others will work in a

synergistic fashion to strengthen the consecration, and negative ones will

simply fail.

 

We then thanked all of the entities invited, closed the Gates, etc. (In the

excitement of the moment we forgot to reground and drain away excess

energy, so we had to spend a few minutes afterwards hugging trees, etc., to

do so.)

 

The Closing Song was, "Our Lady Liberty", done to the obvious tune.I

include here the extra verse that was written by Don as his praise

offering:

 

†††† "Our Lady Liberty, Mother of our country, of thee we sing.

†††† Let our land always be, home of the brave and free,

†††† Forever in equality, let freedom ring!" (Larry's)

 

†††† "Our Goddess, 'tis of thee, incarnate Liberty, of thee we sing.

†††† Your blessings far and wide, strong as the rising tide,

†††† Forever shall abide, let freedom ring!" (Don's)

 

One of the most interesting things about the rite was not discovered until

later that day, while watching the evening news:Shortly before we began

our consecration of the Capitol Building's roof statue, local high ranking

Masons had celebrated the 200th anniversary of the laying of the

cornerstone of the Capitol Building (i.e., the start of its construction)

by re‑enacting the original Masonic consecration of the cornerstone.So

now that building, and by extension the entire U.S. government, has been

magically charged by the Goddess of Freedom from top to bottom (could we

say, "as above, so below"?). It should be interesting to see what influence

She has on them in the years to come.

 

By the way, I would like to suggest that Neopagans and other Goddess

Worshippers choose one day every year to reinforce this consecration, and

to magically call forth the powers of Liberty and Freedom upon our

government.Let's pick a day that isn't usually a solar or lunar holiday,

and that doesn't usually have a festival scheduled.How about the Fourth

of July??...

 

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(c) 1993 c.e. by A.D.F. Contents may be freely reprinted by Neopagan media,

including BBS's, provided no editing is done and this copyright notice is

included. [9309.26] For more information about ADF, call 1‑800‑DRUIDRY.

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