Imagine the Boss filling their pads across the city with stray animals. Animals that have been abused, animals that have been neglected. The gang is confused at first but quite quickly come to accept that they’re going to share their cribs with animals. They soon have favoured cribs where their favourite animals are. Some even adopt an animal they’re particularly close to. Johnny has total control and say over the Cat Crib. Shaundi has gotten surprisingly fond of the Reptile Pad. Everyone finds themselves unsurprised when Pierce starts naming every single dog at the Dog Kennel. Kinzie has trained the goats at the Farm House to bleat whenever someone interrupts her.
And the Boss will come at you with a righteous fury if you try and hurt any one of them.
I had a strange dream last night: I was looking up at the sky, and it was very, very light, and soft; and high, high above me it seemed to be slowly boiling, like light that had materialized, like the fibres of a sunlit fabric, like silken, living stitches in a piece of Japanese embroidery. And those tiny fibres, light-bearing, living threads, seemed to be moving and floating and becoming like birds, hovering, so high up that they could never be reached. So high that if the birds were to lose feathers the feathers wouldn’t fall, they wouldn’t come down to the earth, they would fly upwards, be carried off and vanish from our world forever. And soft, enchanted music was flowing down from that great height. The music seemed to sound like the chiming of little bells; or else the birds’ chirping was like music. ‘They’re storks’, I suddenly heard someone say, and I woke up.
Andrei Tarkovsky, Time Within Time: The Diaries 1970-1986
Slytherin: “What are you looking at bird?”
Bird: *rings bell*
Slytherin: “uhm, excuse me?”
Hufflepuff: “he’s just a bird. Leave him alone.”
Bird: *rings bell*
Slytherin: “You wanna fight!?”
Hufflepuff: “No, just leave him alone.” *holding Slytherin back*
Slytherin: “fight me bird! Tweet tweet motherf*****!”
Hufflepuff: “IT’S A BIRD! JUST WALK AWAY!”
Bird: *rings bell*
Revelation comes from the Latin word revelare and means to lay bare. It is a drawing back of the curtain and opening the mind to truths about what it means to be human in the world. As humans, we often seek revelations about how we should be in the world. Whether we are seeking meaning and structure in our lives or just what we should do in the next few hours, we seek patterns that reveal truths. This revelatory tea, made from hibiscus and cinnamon, can elevate your thoughts and help you see your way more clearly.
You Will Need
Cinnamon (a crushed nib off a cinnamon stick)
Tea cup and saucer
Pen and paper
Preparation If it is part of your practice, cast a circle. As you sit with your ingredients before you, centre yourself. Ground yourself in the present moment by focusing on your breath, the sensations of your body, and your connection to the earth.
Casting Begin by placing a pinch of hibiscus and a smidge of cinnamon in the bottom of a tea cup. Next, set a kettle to boil. When the water has reached a low boil pour the water over the hibiscus and cinnamon and allow it to steep for no less than ten minutes and no more than fifteen.
While waiting for the hibiscus tea to steep, write your question, concern, or dilemma down. You may wish to make notes underneath your question of any key facts, people, or dates that will impact your choices. Then consider the different angles and approaches you could take; what are the potential consequences and what could you gain? Contemplate your question and propose multiple solutions. You may find your mind wanders during this process and that is okay; when you notice your attention has shifted gently draw it back.
After the tea has steeped, hold the cup before you and recite the following three times with intent:
Consider my situation Give to me a revelation
Drink the tea, allowing your thoughts to settle like the leaves in the cup. Leave a very small amount of liquid in the cup. Then take the cup by the handle in your left hand and give it three swift circles. Be sure to move it in a deocil (sunwise, clockwise) direction. You will see the leaves shift and cling to the cup. Next, invert the cup over the saucer and allow the remaining tea water to run out. Then set the cup before you and look at leaves, opening your mind and imagination to what you see. Look for patterns and images. Perhaps, you see a bell, a bird, a letter, or a number. Record on your paper the images you see and write down what they might represent and how it applies to your situation.
After you have considered these things, set the paper aside and allow the revelation to steep in you like the herb steeped in the water. When the time is right your mind will settle on a way forward and you will be able to proceed.
Bell: warning, anticipated news
Wand: creative action
Bird: forward movement (when flying) or luck (when roosting)
Heart: listen to your emotions and relationships
Moon: seek wisdom, draw on your strength
Serpent: deception, flattery
Notes Hibiscus: associated with Venus and the feminine; boosts clairvoyance and psychic energy Cinnamon: associated with Sol, fire, and the masculine; adds sanctification and protection Reading Tea Leaves: practised in many cultures throughout the world, the symbols can be subjective and should be interpreted through your intuition.