More healing for Isaac and Phae

I saw Isaac Bonewits in the hospital today. His surgery was successful, in the sense that it re-configured his intestinal tract in the planned way. But otherwise, he looked more miserable than I’ve seen him so far during this process.

There were both the Rolling Thunder and the fundraiser. All that energy and effort is very much appreciated. However, it seems that he needs some more short-term focus on specific issues. Anyone who ever studied with Isaac, or read Isaac’s works, knows the importance of directing energies to isolated targets.

I’ve received Phae’s permission to propose an unusual approach so that each issue is separately and solely targeted by a specific group of people. As a member of Hermes Council (see his book The Pagan Man for a description), I’m going to base who targets what based on an orthographic method.

Here’s the list:

If your groups’ name (or, if you’re solitary, your magical name) begins with the letters A through F inclusive, focus on pain management. He is been worn down by the continuous grind of dealing with the pain. He has pain from the surgery, but he also feels pain from the two tumors in his lymph nodes. You are asked to focus on relieving the pain so he can sleep, and make the work of the other groups possible.

If your name (group or solitary) begins with G-M, your task is to work on healing the results of his colostomy. That surgery needs to be healed so his body can focus on recovering from the chemotherapy. This surgery is temporary; healed tumors mean the procedure can be reversed. But it needs to heal for the tumor-reduction process to work. Update: Please read Dana’s comment below. If you can, please re-direct your energies in the manner suggested. If you’ve already built up momentum, let it continue and let trust be our guide.

If your name begins with N-T, your focus is on the tumors. There are five sites: three in his colon, and two in the lymph nodes underneath his stomach. The point of the surgery was to stop the colon tumors from being abraded, which put his body in the position of healing the surface of his tumors instead of recovering from the chemotherapy. Now that that confusion has been addressed, your task is tumor reduction.

If your name begins with U through Z, or you use some non-Roman or non-alphabetic sigil for the name of your group, your task is to work on Isaac’s spirit. The point of my going through the "gooey" details in the previous paragraphs was to give you some insight into why this entire process is grinding him down. Those of us who know from contact, speeches, and his books remember him as vital, opinionated, infuriating, and wise. Focus on connecting Isaac with those spiritual strengths again.

Special assignment: If you live within convenient traveling distance from Valley Cottage NY, there is an important and valuable contribution you can make that even supersedes the magical working outlined above. Please contact Phae for more information.

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  1. Anonymous


    Thanks, Bill. You are a true friend to both of us.


  2. blythespirit

    Forwarding to my Coven

    I have forwarded the targeted request to my coven and we should see some focused work in the days to come. Personally my craft name is Devenir and I will be specific about pain managment in my Reiki sendings. Thank you for organizing this.


    1. wgseligman

      Re: Forwarding to my Coven

      My thanks to you for taking action in response to Isaac’s call.

  3. Anonymous


    and I’m in / on it.

    My name is with an S and I specifically focused and was directed to the tumors, at the stomach. I do wish I lived within distance to actually lay my hands on him or help out more in other ways but I’ll definitely work on this magickally.

    1. wgseligman

      Re: Interesting

      I thank you for aiding Isaac in this. He’s getting hands-on work from ADF and other sources, but this illness is proving tough to deal with. The more help, the better.

  4. b_bit

    I’ve reposted this on my facebook and will forward it to my Grove as well.

    Thank you for organizing this work!

    1. Anonymous

      /|\\ Thunder On

      Good work. I’m posting this to the House of Danu facebook.

    2. wgseligman

      You’re welcome. We all try to do what we can for those in need.

  5. dana3

    With all due respect — leave the colostomy stoma the hell alone. It’s *supposed* to look like fresh meat, that’s how we know it’s healthy. And if you ever want it to be reconnectable, it has GOT to be healthy. You’re also diverting a whole hunk of the alphabet to work that doesn’t need to be done at all.

    Would suggest you redirect any of your more skilled practitioners to try to manage the lymph nodes. The issue is that lymph like blood goes everywhere — and we want that stream to be clean and functional, spreading healing and not spreading the tumors. (Think a never-clogging filter for dandelion seeds — if the filter [node] clogs with seeds, tumors grow there, so never-clogging is important.)

    Thanks for organizing this. I’m on the piece that is mine. Cancer pain is its own critter … Please feel free to be in touch if I can be otherwise useful. Best — :Dana

    1. wgseligman

      Your reply demonstrates why we need more trained medical practitioners in the Craft. My doctorate is not in medicine; I didn’t know how to translate Isaac’s request to “heal the colostomy” into appropriate magical action. If I could have had someone with appropriate medical knowledge write my post, I would have; instead, I was the one to whom Isaac made his requests and I did the best I could.

      Unfortunately, it’s too late for me to send out amendments to my post. I already know it’s being copied and forwarded all over the internet. Once one sends out a request like this, especially one that’s relatively complicated, we have to live with the consequences.

      Where I’m going to place my confidence is in the gods, especially Isaac’s patron Goddess Brigid. When I target healing work, I don’t anything about blood counts or biochemical processes or immune deficiencies; I ask “Heal this wound” and trust in the gods to translate intent into action. In the same way, my trust is that if we ask “heal the colostomy” that the appropriate action will be taken, e.g., avoiding secondary infections or whatever.

      The idea is to let Isaac go home and in a stable situation in which he can improve, medically and spiritually. I hope the gods will understand that intent, no matter how sloppy my language is.

      1. dana3

        Please permit me to apologize for sloppy language (and insufficient manners) on my first cup of coffee. That was a bit abrupt coming from somebody you don’t know — I apologize for rude presentation.

        To explain but not excuse the emphatic presentation — you don’t want to know the nightmare scenarios running through my head of what would happen if anyone ~were~ to have enough oomph to somehow scab over or otherwise close the stoma. Eeeep!

        I boosted the signal on a public post to my own LJ. Truly do appreciate your organizing something and putting it forward! With respect — :Dana

      2. suzerock

        But it would make a good update, the knowledge “dana 3” gave you, as would any other truly helpful knowledge about Isaac’s condition. There are many of us who ARE healers but not medically trained, in addition to people who have colostomies and/or cancer, and the knowledge is very valuable. Finally, I believe that, since our intentions are good, the colostomy will not heal in a detrimental manner but the energies will be useful to Isaac. BUT, as we know, the more we can focus on what is truly needed, the better will be the effort. (See? Please do update the knowledge as regularly as possible.)

        Bright blessings, brother, and slan,

        1. wgseligman

          Unfortunately, LiveJournal is not a good medium for status updates. For example, you probably didn’t notice that I’d already amended my suggested working to follow Dana’s advice.

          I’m one of Isaac’s friends, but I am not his primary care-giver; his wife Phaedra is. If you’d like up-to-date information on Isaac’s condition and requests for additional healing work, I suggest looking at the Facebook page they’ve put up:

          I saw Isaac last night. Right now, for him to be awake or aware = to be in pain, so he spends a lot of time asleep or mentally drifting. It’s not a happy time.

          Hmm… maybe I should put this reply out in a manner that more people might see it.

  6. Anonymous

    Healing for Issac

    My group starts with P; Pagans United. I have forwarded it on to my group and several others. My magical name begins with an M so I will focus my own rituals in that area.

    Blessed Be,

  7. raquel411

    I will continue to send healing with Reiki. I trust that the healing will go to Isaac as needed.

  8. hyrkanian

    Here through Phaedra’s Facebook post and added you to friends as well.

  9. Anonymous

    Healing for Isaac

    Thank you for the suggestions! I believe that only Isaac’s name should be used, and that Spellwork to assist Phaedra with her caretaking work should be separate.

    I sent the following to Isaac, to focus on tumor shrinkage and pain management:

    My Beloved Brother of many lives, I ask the Goddess Bridghe/bridget that She fill the streams of lymph in your body with waters from Her Sacred Wells, for Her water will not allow any seeding from the shrinking tumors. In addition, May this Waning Moon allow the same waters to act as macrophages, purifiers, filling, isolating and eroding the tumors from the inside out…again, so there is no seeding of the Banes! They shrink as Lady Moon does wane!

    And in Her Name and by Her Voice may She cradle you, Her Priest, and bathe your body’s synapses to trigger long and constant pain-fighting endorphins!

    By the Goddess of Three times Three
    By All who read this and WILL THIS TO BE

    I love you my Goddess Brother and send you joyous memories from our decades
    to bring small grins to your mouth!

    Your Sister, in Her Service, Pythia

  10. Anonymous

    I’m in

    I’m in.
    My name is Linda my last name starts with a M.

    1. wgseligman

      Re: I’m in

      I posted this a month ago; the time for such workings is over. At this point, Phae has asked that no further healing work be done. Just focus on making him comfortable.

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