When Bards, Ovates, and Druids cast circles in which they do their work, they usually ask for the support of the powers of the four directions.
I see my office at the Pine Street Inn, a Boston homeless service agency, not only as my work place, but my work there as part of Druidry as well. And therefore I cast a circle and conduct a morning ritual. Every day.
The rite concludes with: May there be peace in the East, may there be peace in the South, may there be peace in the West, may there be peace in the North, and may there be peace in the whole world.
I did the same thing last Monday, April 15th, Patriots Day. Roughly a mile from Copley Square and a particular stretch of Boylston Street in Boston.
The thing is, when I asked for peace in the four corners of the world, I visualized Korea for example, Africa and such. I did not have the final stretch of the Boston Marathon in mind.
Now I feel like I failed by not having asked for peace right in the city where I live with my family. I failed a father of a now dead boy the same age as my daughter, and of a daughter who lost a limb, and who is as old as my son. And all the others who are now dead, maimed, traumatized.
Why wasn’t I thinking of the immediate neighborhood, that one mile perimeter within which it all happened? Was it complacency? A false sense of security?
I know, it sounds pompous to even think that I – one little person in this vast universe – could have prevented the loss of lives, limbs, and souls that day by simply turning westwards (the direction in which the bomb blasts happened as seen from my office) and asking for peace there. I know that, thank you very much.
But then again, isn’t believing in ones powers, and in the power of the universe, exactly what spirituality is all about? Am I not supposed to think exactly along those lines? After all, it’s what people like Rolling Thunder do when they are dancing for rain? Or how Dr. Mikao Usui came up with Reiki. And wasn’t this exactly what an extremely spiritually attuned young Jew did 2013 years ago?
Can I change the stars of others?