I pray for all people in power. May they consider all within their influence. May they consider the people And the all the rest of our world. May they consider the balance of things.
I pray for all the people in power. May they find the strength To do what is best, not what is easy. May they find the wisdom To understand what is needed. May they find the allies To help them keep to the path.
I pray for all the people in power. May they be kind, and wise; May they be strong, and true; May they remember their communities, And all within their influence.
Today’s reading is done with the Dusk II Onyx tarot. It seemed very appropriate for today.
First let me say how much I love this deck. The artwork is evocative and quite different from your standard tarot deck. It’s hard to read in the dark – the cards themselves are pretty dark, but there is a lot of detail in many of the cards.
So here’s the reading.
The cards are:
Eight of Gourds: new horizons; satisfaction Four of Gourds: introspection; awareness Temperance: patience; adaptability; moderation
Together the cards tell me that we may feel that we are moving into new horizons, but we need to check ourselves and look inward to make sure that we are doing the right level of introspection and are aware of our biases and preconceptions.
We must stay adaptable and patient while we continue to move forward. Be flexible in your thinking and willing to consider new perspectives and learnings as we move forward together – all peoples, with equal rights in law and in practice.
And as a reminder … Black Lives Matter. Racists and white supremacists are not welcome here.
As I have gone deeper in my practice and spirituality, I’ve come to realize the value of a regular practice. I do a (mostly) daily practice, but I think that there is value in weekly or monthly practices as well. The value is as much in the repetition and the way it reinforces your spiritual focus as it is in the creation of relationships with the Kindreds.
I do not think that you need to spend long at the practice either. It’s the fact that you show up that matters.
My daily practice is pretty short as you can see from the 90second-ish video below but I find that I really miss doing it when I don’t.
I should add here that a Daily Practice is NOT required to be any kind of pagan. It’s a great way to get closer to the gods and spirits, but it’s not the only way.
If you’re interested in starting a Daily Practice, take some time to figure out what you want to do. Look at the options out there. Some people include journal writing or magical journaling as part of their practice, some include meditation or yoga, others just pray, or make offerings. A practice has to work for you or you’ll abandon it.
To give you an idea of what a daily practice could look like, here’s what I do.
My Daily Practice
as of December 2020
[Ring a chime three times]
Kindled by the great flame Kept by prudent skill Join with our common hearth Let these flames be as one.
[light the candle]
I call to the Kindreds and the allies of my Hearth My thanks to You for your Blessings
[Make an offering]
To the Ancestors, Noble Ones, the Shining Ones my thanks to You for your Blessings
[scribe an awen on your tree or in the air near your symbol of earth]
I call to the Spirits of Healing may you hear the calls of all who need healing and may all be well again.
[Make an offering]
I call to the spirits of the Ogham may you share Your wisdom with us.
What a crazy year 2020 was … there’s so much to forget, and so much to remember.
2020 was the year I finished my Clergy coursework, it was the year I moved to Montreal (where it feels right in spite of everything), I became a leader at work, and managed to build a team that works well together in spite of never having met each other.
I learned how to edit videos, and do some basic animation, I realized that there is more in common between my work and my spirituality than I thought. I solidified my daily practice and realized how much my spirituality supports me. I learned so much about who I am and what I really need to keep going.
There were lots of moments, days, weeks, that I’d like to forget – the stress of knowing if we could cross the border, missing my family and friends, wishing I could visit my family here in Canada, and a whole lot of grief over what we can’t do.
I have cried more this year than I can recall ever having done, but I have also learned to lean on other people and to ask for what I need.
There is good and bad in this year – and parts we should certainly remember. ADF has become more comfortable with online rituals and connections, I’ve realized that I can use zoom to reach out to my friends and family back in the US.
And then there are the things that aren’t related to the pandemic. Black Lives Matter but racism and hate still exist and are accepted in some areas of our societies. People will make choices on what some people say and not on logic or facts.
While we have a vaccine for COVID-19 and the US has a new president (or will in a few days), we can’t forget the lessons of 2020.
We must continue the fight against racism and strive to be actively anti-racist and promote minority voices wherever we are. We should remember how much we need each other and the importance of casual conversations and touch. We need to remember the lessons we learned about ourselves – our motivations, our needs, and what is really important to us.
As we move forward into 2021, let’s keep those memories and invite hope, joy, and abundance to grace us this year.
I’ve been exploring with graphic design on my iPad and came up with these reference cards for Runes and Ogham.
You are welcome to use them for personal use only.
I invite you to share the link to this post with others if they’re interested in getting the cards.
The original images are sized for a business card. You can add both images to a single word or google document and print them out. Just cut out around the edges. To help them last longer, you can laminate them with packing tape.