While reading Practical Protection Magick last month, the author suggested doing magick while ill to help yourself get better. I had mentioned this point in my review and how I disagreed, but would go further into detail about why in a separate post. So here it is!
Not to knock Ellen Dugan or anything–like most things in paganism, this topic is highly individual as well–but I don’t think anyone should do magick while they’re ill. The body is using all its resources to fight off infection. There’s a reason doctors tell you to rest and get plenty of sleep when sick, because your body is fighting off the illness and using up its energy. The way our bodies get more energy is by eating good food and getting plenty of rest.
Magick is the manipulation of energy. That’s a very simplified way of putting it, but for the purposes of this post, it’s fine. Magick is all about energetics, the sending out of energy for a specific purpose. Those who have ever used their psychic abilities for more than a few minutes know that it can be very draining. I know that when I do something magickal, I get very hungry. I was playing some psychic games earlier this week for about 20 minutes with some friends and afterwards I was ravenous. Two years ago when I helped my school’s Pagan Student Union with Tarot for Charity and read tarot cards for about three hours, I was absolutely drained and starving.
This happened because I was using and conducting energy for a specific purpose. I expended energy, therefore, my energy needs to be refueled. Even channeling energy that isn’t your own can have the same effects, because in some manner you expend energy in any magickal working.
So let’s recap: when you’re sick, your body is using all its energy toward getting better. And when you do magick, you’re using energy in some way, shape, or form. Ergo, combining the two seems ill-advised, as performing a spell or magickal working would use your own energy that is going toward making yourself well. You’re only taking away from your recovery by using that energy to cast a spell. And if you’re doing something magickal to try to make yourself better faster–why bother? You don’t really end up doing yourself any favors by taking away energy that’s going toward fighting the problem in your body.
Besides, in my opinion, we tend to get sick when we need to rest the most. A lot of people have had those moments when they are at their busiest, or “can’t afford to get sick right now”– and what happens? They get laid up for a week. The universe is saying “rest, idiot, you’re doing too much.” Or your body is so stressed that it’s open to infection–whichever explanation or combination works for you.
So my opinion is that working magick while sick is not the best of ideas. There are probably exceptions to this rule, of course. What do my lovely readers think?