A guest post by Kaigi-Ron
Ave is the principle of gratitude.
Of recognizing, in each moment, how incredibly lucky you are…because it could’ve gone another way. It could be so very much worse…but, fortunately, it isn’t.
It all started with the Focus to Fortuna. In this world ruled by chaos, she rolls the dice. They cannot be unrolled. So it goes.
I added miniature decks (both standard playing card and tarot), a pewter ship (the winds of change), plus a full set of D&D dice.
May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor…
…and I’m reminded of a passage from Leonard Mladinow’s book The Drunkard’s Walk – all about how we perceive randomness. Think for a moment about rolling dice.
Is that process truly random?
Can you practice rolling dice and improve your game?
Can external factors “throw you off”?
(answers: yes, no, and no)
But even when I’ve asked my colleagues with science degrees, they often struggle against this illusion: That external factors can somehow alter randomness.
That you can appeal to Fortuna – kiss her ass, give her what she wants, and she’ll reward you. Hey, it works on people, so of course it works on Gods, right?
Sometimes the mere illusion of control is enough. Thus I complete my ritual before my Atheopagan Focus.