A Ritual for People Who Don’t Like Rituals

Ritual

I’ve been keeping up with the Bridge prompts in my own journal, but have been dealing with a pretty nasty cold for over a week so I haven’t kept the posting up the way I wanted to. But hey – this is a no pressure challenge, so all good! Catch-up & work at your own pace! WOOO BEST CHALLENGE EVER!

I’ve never put much stock in ritual – I’ve always found them to be hollow and long since devoid of meaning they might have once had, so other than some attempts at bringing “luck” when I was  an athlete (didn’t work, FYI), I’ve actively avoided anything resembling a ritual.

This year, though, for the first time in a very long time, I was completely untethered to anything. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t have a live-in partner, I didn’t have my apartment, and oh yeah, my brain was actively trying to kill me.

I literally had no agenda other than “Get up, don’t let anyone figure out how fucked up you are, go to sleep, repeat tomorrow.”

I started my Instagram in July on a whim, not long after I started this blog (also on a whim) with the intent of crossover-type posting and content support for the busy blogging schedule I had dreamed up.

Worked out great, right?

Then on August 2nd,  posted my first single card pull from the Bonefire Tarot by Gabi Angus-West and committed to pulling and posting every day in August with the Bonefire to 1) learn the deck and 2) sharpen my reading skills.

Through the month I also added a Full Moon spread, a New Moon spread, and a Deck Interview spread, and it all went really well. No matter what was going on that particular day (I had started working again by that point in the summer), I got my Daily Draw posted.

Now it’s December, I’m working my way through my 4th month of Daily Draw-ing with a new deck (from the Kickstarter by Girls Drawin Girls), and I miss a day here and there, but overall my Daily Draw has become the start of my day. I actually feel out of sorts on mornings where I’m running late and don’t have time to give the deck a good shuffle and pull.

When I miss, I feel completely unprepared for my day. My Daily Draw doesn’t predict my day (tarot is NOT a fortune teller, no matter what the movies say), but it does give me something to be mindful of. Today’s draw, for example, was the 2 of Pentacles, which reminds me to be aware of how I am seeing things within my career. I know where I want it to go, but need to check in honestly about whether I’m seeing what I want to see or seeing things how they truly are.

My Daily Draw has become my anchor.

I’m planning on continuing it through 2019 with a new deck each month, and also to touch on my tarot practice more here and through other writings.

Maybe there is something to to this ritual thing after all.

#BridgetotheNewYear #Bridgeto2019

3 thoughts on “A Ritual for People Who Don’t Like Rituals

  1. I really enjoy your daily draws! I also find that personal daily/weekly/monthly spiritual practice is so much more meaningful than huge, elaborate rituals. I’m hoping to bring more into my daily practice in the new year. 🙂

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