Every Wednesday afternoon, Samuel Wagar sets up a table on the main floor of the University of Alberta’s Student Union Building, spreads out a brightly coloured cloth and a deck of tarot cards and waits for students to stop by for some spiritual guidance.
The school’s first (and only) Wiccan chaplain recently started offering free tarot readings.
It’s partly to reach out to the fledgling pagan community, but also just to make sure students in general know the chaplain service is there when they need advice.
“You just have issues in your life and you want someone to talk to, but you want to talk to someone with meaning, with spiritual resources, we can do that. We are there for everybody in the university community.” he said.