Saturday, May 10, 2014

I is for Illness

I'm rather late with the second post for "I", but better late than never, right?

Some practitioners of various paths and traditions believe that one should not practice magic or do ritual when one is ill.  I can see not wanting to do a working when you have the flu and should be in bed recuperating, but what about other illnesses?  What about chronic illnesses?  What then?

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m on a few prescriptions for different things.  I have MDD and PCOS (that would be major depressive disorder and polycystic ovary syndrome, just in case anyone was wondering).   I’m never going to be “well”, but the meds I take do help me function.  The Glucophage helps with the insulin resistance.  The other stuff… well, I’m still here.   Today, I’m thankful for that.

I’ve written about PCOS and infertility and spirituality in the recent past.  Personally, I feel out of place during Beltane festivities.  I recently declined an opportunity to dance around the May pole because I have no fertility to celebrate.  Why bother?   

As for the other stuff…Who the hell is to say what I am and am not “supposed to” do?  Who has the right to dictate whether or not I can conduct a ritual, do a prosperity spell,  or mix up some hot foot powder to get rid of a toxic coworker?  (More on that one later…) I gladly extend one or both middle fingers to anyone who says my workings are not as viable as someone else’s because I am not what society might consider “well” or “healthy”.   Would you tell a cancer patient not to participate in his or her own healing ritual?  I wouldn't.  I'd think it would be even more beneficial. 

I guess what I really want to do is ask you, my readers what your opinion on the matter is.   A lot of people have ailments such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and the list goes on and on.   What is our place?   I’d love to know your thoughts. 


Sissy Witch said...

This doesn't answer your question, but it is something I really feel I must say. Twice in the past month, I have been saddened to read about your fertility issues and the pain they cause you. It honestly makes me ache for you. Yet, the ability to recreate human life is not the only way one is fertile. Obviously you are fertile in other ways. The art you create and the ideas you bring to life in your blog are both forms of fertility. Maybe even a greater fertility because you do not just give to one, but to many. You are beautiful and blessed.

Nar said...

And you, my dear sweet friend, are lovely and kind. Thank you again for your words of encouragement. My mind is a very fertile place, so it's not *all* bad. I am thankful for the few creative talents I possess. Thank you again. Bless you. <3