An ADF Druid's trials, tribulations, musings, and victories

An explanation of the basics of Magic: The Gathering can be found here, and the reflection about the entire rite can be found here.

We simply used the colors and the flavor text on the cards to determine what the omens were.  We drew three white and three black.

The first pair of cards, both black, represented the omen from the Ancestors.  The one I drew read:  “Everyone knew the Kimir had done the damage.  Everyone suspected Izzet had hired them.” (proper nouns refer to characters, factions, etc. in the MTG mythos)  The card Craig (my fiance) drew read:  It took ninety-nine monks to weave the spell that trapped Yukura.  Upon the death of the ninety-nine, the spell was broken, and the demon returned to the mortal world seeking vengeance for its imprisonment.”

Craig pointed out that with the passing of one thing, another comes–but its not always something good.  He also interprets this omen to be speaking of damage done and something (or someone) wanting to cause harm.  It could be a warning.  I personally interpreted this pair of cards, once drawn, as a negative omen and that someone didn’t like the ritual.

The second omen, from the Nature Spirits, consisted of two white cards.  The one I drew read:  “Ravnicans still tell tales about the Battle of Sumala where four Selesnya sentries held off an entire clan of Gruul warriors.”  His read:  “All over the Razor Fields, White Sun is celebrated.  Even the followers of the Rebel Juryan, far from the Cave of Light, bow their heads in reverence.”

Craig thinks this omen refers to respecting and revering beings or a place.  It also talks about something held sacred.  It may be telling us that we need to respect something or show more respect to something.

The final omen, from the Shining Ones, consisted of a white card and a black card.  I drew the white card, which said:  “It did not escape the ambassador’s notice that the sound of war drums could also marshal the city to attention.”  Craig drew the black card which read:  “The touch of his madness can drive anyone into a killing frenzy.”

This omen by itself could refer to the first pair of cards.  It also seems to be telling us to pay attention to the sounds of warning, for danger can come from anywhere.

The equal number of white and black cards drawn is of importance.  It reflects the Equinox itself, that night and day are of equal length.  Also, it could be referring to the lighthearted nature of the ritual.  Perhaps this needs to be balanced with more seriousness.

Taken all together, the Omens reveal a pattern of danger, respect, and warning.  I think the Kindreds weren’t pleased with our first attempt at a whimsical ritual.  It probably didn’t help that I forgot to thank Idunna for her attendance.  That could be perceived as a lack of respect, which could result in danger.  The lesson we’ve learned is to balance whimsy and seriousness in future rituals.  I’ve also learned the lesson to not forget to thank the Being I have invited for the High Day!

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