Obligatory context: In 2020, due to feeling a lot of social burnout, pessimism, and pain about our wider polytheistic communities, I started doing a divination reading every three months about Western polytheistic communit[y/ies]. The point of this divination, like most divinations I do, is to highlight growth areas that we may be missing that prevent us from being our best. My hope is that those who have a hunger and need for this will serendipitously find it.
💛 I don’t have any credentials, so please take everything with a grain of salt. 💛
The question: What course of action should [people in] the Western polytheistic revival communities take over the next three months to improve ourselves (and promote the health of our spiritual practices)?
I used the Girls Underground Oracle, and questions work best for this deck when they are phrased in ways that focus on the unfolding of a narrative or process, like a story. A single die comes with the deck, and this type of reading uses the die to set the number of cards to draw. This time, I was told two. I offered incense and cold water to Apollon and asked him this question. After using the Girls Underground Oracle, I drew a Threads of Fate oracle card to ask for guidance that would put the story told in the GU oracle in context.
Hail to the God who murmurs just out of sight, as inevitable as a gravitational well, who draws all together with a pull of his fingertips, the chorister who resolves all things. 🙌
Here are the cards:
- She returns to everyday life. (#40)
- She must solve a riddle or puzzle. (#29)
Threads of Fate draw: The Seeker.
Last year, I read something online about why IT professionals always advise restarting the computer before doing anything drastic. The person made an analogy to a person getting lost, someone so hopelessly lost and convoluted that it was impossible to find one’s way again. For a human being, we have no quick way out. A computer, when it is restarted, gets to exit whatever was wrong and start over again. Often, that helps.
In the January 2022 divination, the final card was about losing one’s way. This quarter’s first card, “She returns to everyday life,” is a card about going home, of having that familiar environment around oneself again. Maybe the return is seamless, and maybe it isn’t. Regardless, this is where we are now: the familiar patterns of work, cookery, cleaning, laundry, human connection, and obligation. When combined with the Seeker, this card emphasizes beginner’s mind, curiosity, and the state of being open, but grounded.
This quarter’s second card got me thinking about riddles and puzzles more generally. In one sense, all of embodiment is a puzzle: We have a set amount of time each life — the exact amount generally unknown — and within that life, we have to solve the puzzles that brought us here, the ones that were produced by the choice of lives we made. When applied to the patterns of the everyday, a big challenge in spiritual communities with a Highly Hieratic bent is a lack of integration — the idea that one has to be always-on spiritually, and if one isn’t, all is lost. Conversely, there is a sense that the everyday isn’t spiritual or cannot be seen in that way. There are riddling mysteries within everyday life, and they shouldn’t be discounted in favor of things that seem shinier. All things are full of Gods. When combined with the Seeker, this card emphasizes the open questions we carry within ourselves, things that cannot be addressed so tidily without a great sacrifice of time and effort.
A computer, when restarted, gets a do-over. We, when we reset ourselves, still have the riddle of complexity that was left from our last attempts.
According to the divination, we should yield to our own return, and we should embrace the riddles it brings with a beginner’s mindset.
I hope that this was useful. I don’t know who will come across this page and what someone else will take away from the divination, so I encourage you to ponder the meanings of these cards and puzzle through what they mean to you. Feel free to take or leave my commentary, too!
The next divination will take place in late June or so.