Blogging on a more serious note this morning. Last Friday, we had heard that a young woman who is a customer at Eye of Nuit had been rushed to the hospital with what sounded like some serious intestinal issue. I immediately called for an emergency healing circle that night. It was something that I had been wanting to do, and it seemed as though the Goddess was telling me that it was very urgent to do. I knew that with such a late announcement, there would probably be very few people who could make it. And that was ok.
We got to the shop and prepared for the evening. I set the altar up with a bowl of water, 12 white votive candles set in the shape of an equal armed cross, a plate with bread that was topped with sugar, and one large white candle for Spirit. I had a small cauldron that I put the names of a few people who had requested healing, the name of my customer, and one for "All who are in need". Because this was last minute, I had no time to get white carnations, so we found a really nice picture and projected it onto the wall in the ritual room.
About 20 minutes prior to the designated start time, my partner received a call. His teenage daughter had been diagnosed with a serious illness. This was devastating news. Out of respect to him, the young girl and the family, I am opting to give no further details here.
While he was on the phone, it hit me. THIS was the reason I was being pushed so hard to do this healing circle. THIS is what we do. Witches heal. And so, I quickly added her to the cauldron.
A few minutes before I was ready to start, a woman came in. She had seen the notice I posted on Eye of Nuit's Witches Night Out Meetup site earlier that day about the ritual, and wanted to join in. Hilda is a lovely older woman, and had never been to the shop before. I silently thanked the Goddess for sending Hilda our way that night, handed her a copy of the ritual, and began.
The healing circle ritual is taken straight from the "Fridee Night Healing Service" that Silver RavenWolf used to do. It includes several Braucherei (Pow-wow) prayers, chanted three and nine times. Hilda and I began, chanted our hearts and lungs out, and the energy was powerful. My partner watched from the doorway - helping us by holding a mental picture of his daughter in his mind.
I believe in the power of raising focused energy. I've seen it work. And I believe that the work that was done that night will have a positive healing effect on many. But most important to me is the healing of a young teenage girl, who will overcome this illness and go on to lead a full and wonderful life!
Healing. It's what we do.