I’ve been ill. It’s been nearly a week now. I picked up some crappy ass virus from who knows where. Between the snot gushing from the nostrils like a waterfall, the spastic coughing and throat full of sandpaper, I’m a wreck. Combined with no energy and an all-over “blah” feeling, I’ve been down for the count. Anyone who’s known me for any length of time knows how this shit annoys me. I don’t have time to be sick! I’ve places to go things to do, etc. But then I see it, through my blurry eyes. It lurks, on the edge of my vision. I know what it is and I don’t want to go there. Yet here I go, limping slowly towards it while blowing my nose like a heralding trumpet. I am entering the magickal “no-fly” zone.
When we are ill, not feeling at our best, we need to take some down time and take care of ourselves. For the driven individual this can be difficult. We have our self-imposed deadlines, our schedules, and a need to just do. And when that individual is a magickal practitioner, it can be even tougher to just rest and recuperate. Rituals need to be written, spells performed, and Esbats and Sabbats to be observed. The thought of taking any time off can not only be inconvenient, it can put a real cramp in your style, and frankly, just piss you off. No matter how hard we try, when we are ill, there are just some things we just shouldn’t do. Magick is one of those things.
The Magickal “No-Fly” Zone Explained
Magick takes energy. Lots of it. It requires focus, a clear mind, and stamina. We need to be at our best when we are performing rituals, spells, and any magickal workings. When we are under the weather, none of these things is possible. Sure, we can try and fool ourselves into thinking that we are just fine, but we aren’t. Another cup of peppermint tea and honey or taking some cold medicine will not make us better in time for our coven’s Full Moon meeting. Our bodies and mind are focused on getting well, not on anything external we feel we need to accomplish. So, to allow ourselves to get better, it’s time to be entering the magickal “no-fly” zone.
“But I don’t want to miss out” you say. “Really. I can do it! No. No you can’t. Okay, well maybe you could, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’ve been there. Tried pushing through a cold medicine fog on a beautiful New Moon night. But my workings went flat, came to nothing. Why? My energy and concentration fizzled part-way through the quarter calls. There wasn’t enough energy left in my infirmed body to make any real, powerful, magick. The working falling flat was a direct correlation of my trying to do something my body and mind weren’t currently capable of. Thinking back on the worst case scenario, I could have totally flubbed it and caused some major wonkiness with a haywire spell. And let’s not forget to mention the drain even my half-ass working caused me.
No, it’s just not worth doing magick when you are ill. Some of the consequences are a longer recuperation time, ineffective magick, and feeling even worse than when you began your workings. Take it from me, allow yourself to remain in the magickal “no-fly” zone until you are well again. Maybe even give yourself a few days or a week after the illness is gone to regain your strength. Then grab your magickal tools, put on those robes, and head out to fly again.