It’s Friday the 13th (As We Know It) & I Feel Fine

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t.

— William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203–206
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Welcome to a world in chaos. In the grip of a global pandemic — a global panic — we watch as civilization slowly crumbles beneath the weight of denial, slow and inept response, out and out deception and criminal malfeasance, and herd mentality. Economies are collapsing, the contagion is spreading, and the political machine is failing.

I have preached since the first strains of this reached our ears through social media that there is no need for panic. And I still believe this. Panic is wasted energy. It literally serves no purpose other than to cause you to make errors in judgement. In situations such as these, a calmness of spirit and careful evaluation of events as they transpire will greatly aid in your navigating these turbulent waters.

Let’s look to the cards, shall we?

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The Past – Ace of Cups: Reversed — disharmony, being out of balance

The Present – Two of Wands — a time for planning, difficult decisions

The Future – Death — transition, an end and new beginning

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This whole coronavirus scare just seems so… strange to me. Something doesn’t ring true about it. It presents, essentially, as the flu. It is treated, again, like the flu. It is, for all intents and purposes, the flu. Like the flu, it can be terminal for the elderly and those with respiratory and auto-immune issues.

So why the panic?

For one, news organizations are really stoking the fires, and social media is feeding it gasoline. Look at the inane hoarding of toilet paper going on. All of this stems from a shortage in a small part of China. As this went viral, the masses mistook China’s relatively minor issue and conflated it with an international crisis. The fact is, here in the US, there is no shortage. We manufacture more than 90% of the toilet paper we use right here at home. Toilet paper is the least of our worries.

This is the power of social media. This is the power of panic.

Herd mentality is dangerous. It’s what drives the stock market collapse.

Panic.

I’m not saying this is an orchestrated event, but when the dust settles, pay close attention to the changes that will have been wrought as a result. The world, post-coronavirus, will be very different, I suspect.

This is my mantra:

Relax. Be calm. Be smart. Be safe.

As I stated on twitter, “We will adapt and overcome, because we are resilient. Read. Play games. Make magick. There’s absolutely no need to panic.”

I believe this with every fiber of my being. We will get through this and be stronger for it.

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