I do have a ritual. I center myself. I shuffle the deck. Three times. Cut it, quickly without thought or time to gauge the deck. Pull the top card, and just deal with it. As long as I follow this routine I deal with what I get, even if I already have.
After the earthquake of the Hierophant a few days ago, I felt some aftershocks. More stray thoughts on the theme. I chewed them back and moved on. My friend, there are no meaningless coincidences.
I am a Wiccan, but when I provide religious services at the prison I function as a "minority faith" chaplain. I run "interfaith" service programs on three separate yards. My congregations on those yards average 16-20 inmates. It is important to mentions that their not all Wiccans!
On one yard alone there are six Eclectic Wiccans, several Druids, an few Norse Pagans, two Sanitarians, a Voodoun, a Tibetan Buddhist, two Thelemites, a Ceremonial Magician, and a partridge in a Pagan pear tree.
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I saw something amazing today, three times.
On the outside, eclectic groups fracture over disputes about "candle colors" or the order in which they call there quarters. The Hierophants quibble. Today I saw a group of Pagan men, convicted felons, of every shade of skin tone, join hands. They actively participate in a group ritual that was meaningful, spiritually beneficial and productive. And I got to watch.
They Changed the policy. For better and for worse. They get to use the chapel. But only when I show up. The chaplain must be in the chapel for inmates to be in there, any and all inmates. That's fair. It is a prison. So I bring the candles they can't have. I light it with the Bic lighter they can't have. I am the Pink Hierophant, I just open the circle. They fill it.