Tomorrow will be my last day of training at my new job, as well as doubling as an orientation for the actual site I’ll be working at. I’ll be working with adults who grew up with IDDs of various sorts (Intellectual Developmental Disorders), and helping them care for themselves while encouraging them to take an active role in their own well being. This appeals to me on a number of levels, both personal and spiritual, and I’ve been looking forward to it for a while.
The spiritual parallels should be easy for most to see; worshipers of Loki and Sigyn have often drawn parallels between their deities and people with mental health issues, as well as those who have been marginalized by society. Those with such disabilities count strongly in both categories. There are connections
to the medicinal care-taking personified by Eir as well.
What follows is a prayer I wrote for this new job. This isn’t just a way to make money for my family; this a way to make money for my family while making the world a better place in the same breath. I want to embrace this new career to it’s fullest, and the guidance of the Gods and the Goddesses would be invaluable.
Fire’s Trickster and Champion of Ingenuity
Victory’s Lady and Suffering’s Mother
Divinity’s Doctor and Council to the Muddled
I ask for your wisdom, your eyes, and your ears.
Today I will go where the sick are plentiful,
Where the pain is palpable,
And their place forgettable.
I will care for those who,
have been tossed to the mire.
Not for crimes,
But for the pain born by them,
Simply from the act of birth.
Maligned for their existing.
Shunned for their nature.
May it be that I can bring laughter to the joyless,
Serenity to the wild-hearted,
And recovery to the incurable.
May your hands and voices be there to guide me,
When a map cannot be found,
And there is no star to direct my way.
Loki, creator of strength within strife.
Sigyn, serenity and compassion within tragedy.
Eir, greatest physician of the Aesir
Please guide me as I go about my day,
And help me see my charges,
Through your eyes,
And know them through your ways.
Hail the Gods and their Allies!
Hail the Ancestors and their Descendants!
Hail the Folk and their Friends!