Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Survivor, a Card from the Joe Tarot

Like all Pagan communities, ours is composed of a diverse group of people and paths. One of the sweetest members of ours is "Jedi Kim," who is one of the coolest people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting.

We call her Jedi Kim because she is a Star Wars fanatic. But no worries, she's the good kind. She goes to the conventions and sends us cool pictures of her in outfits I saw on the big screen when I was little and have wanted ever since. Last time it was the bright orange jump suit with the cool white helmet they wear when they're flying around in those X-Wing fighters.

Kim has been coming to our Mill Creek rituals for years now, she has become family and we are lucky to have her.

A few months ago, just seconds before the ritual began Kim pulled us aside and told us she just found out she had uterine cancer. We were floored. It was difficult to focus on the opening ritual because I had to pass by her several times during the process. The first labor of our ritual is purification and I found myself wanting to linger with her each time I passed.

The second labor of our ritual is adoration, we called to the elemental spirits, we call to the God and Goddess. I fought the urge to plea for an instantaneous miracle. But it would come later. During the third labor, observation, we call for Craftwork and people share their magic with the group. My wife did a presentation on Garlic.

It took guts, but she gave everyone the full story of how she had gotten a yeast infection, how she had gone to the pharmacy and bought a real expensive medication that did nothing, and how she went back and bought another even more expensive medication that did less. She explained how she went online and studied different home remedies and eventually tried one that used garlic.

She passed around a large full clove of garlic while she explained how she broke off a small peace, ran a thread through it and inserted it like a tampon. There were giggles and grins and she laughed as loud as they did until she told them the infection was gone in less than three hours. That got everyone's attention. Results always do. Then she shared the spell she wrote to go along with it and everyone had a really really good laugh.

Before we conclude our ritual we open the floor to communication and announcements, it was then that Kim made her announcement to the group about her condition and explained that she wouldn't be coming for a while. We offered to do an impromptu group healing then and there and she accepted.

I called her to the center of the circle, I knelt down and slowly waved my hand over her pelvic area like Ben Kenobi as I said "This isn't the uterus you're looking for," handed her the garlic and explained that she would need to do this part herself. We all laughed so much we almost cried as we gathered around her closely and offered her our healing energies. Afterward she said that she already felt better, that she was going to beat this thing and when she did she was going to get a tattoo of the Jedi symbol. I took her up on her affirmation and promised that when she beat it, I would take her and pay for the tattoo myself.

A short time later my wife joined a Relay For Life team that another Mill Creek friend had started. My wife crocheted a king size afghan to raffle off as a fundraiser. It took her over fifty balls of yarn and three months of nonstop work, I missed her. My family rode with Jedi Kim to the relay last Saturday where the first lap is reserved only for cancer survivors, and I am happy to say this picture of Kim was taken on that first lap.

Kim will continue to come to Mill Creek rituals for years, she will always be family and we are STILL lucky to have her.

Thank you Lord and Lady for the Force and the Garlic, we will be heading to the Tattoo shop very soon. Blessed be.
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1 comment:

Claire-Marie said...

This is a great post. It's a perfect example of how pagans are silly and loving and creative and serious and creative and practical.