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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-01-10 17:36
Subject: [cancer|photos] The chemo bottle ritual, 1 of 12
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Tags:calendula, cancer, child, family, health, personal, shellyrae
This afternoon, after we unhooked me from the pump and took a three-mile walk to celebrate, calendula_witch, shelly_rae, the_child and Mother of the Child gathered with me in the yard at Nuevo Rancho Lake to smash the first of the chemo bottles [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. I said a few personal words, then smashed the bottle.

Photos of the ritual:

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Bottle the first.

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Smashing the bottle inside a ritual cloth provided by Mother of the Child.

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The glass, still with the hope and fear enclosed.

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Pouring the glass into a catchment jar. We'll need to upgrade to a larger jar.

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Me afterwards, pensive.

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Mother of the Child and the_child look on.

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I stopper the bottle with the cloth, and meditate on my cancer.

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calendula_witch and shelly_rae with the bottle.

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The three of us.

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The mantelpiece, with eleven bottles remaining. One down, eleven to go.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

© 2010 Shelly Rae Clift and B. Lake

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J.K.Richárd
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2010-01-11 02:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
...uh Jay, I thought you were supposed to step on them, breaking them, then yell, "Mazel tov!" U r doin it wrung!
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scarlettina: wtf?
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-01-11 03:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:wtf?
::chuckle:: We need to talk, you and I. You're getting your glass metaphors mixed up, fella.
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J.K.Richárd
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2010-01-11 03:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
:D
Not necessarily, the chemo bottle, like the wedding glass is broken---the marriage, as well as the remission from cancer will last as long as the glass stays broken.

(I'm getting my Jewish card taken away now, aren't I?) :D
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daveraines
User: daveraines
Date: 2010-01-11 02:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As a ritual kind of guy, I'm curious - what happens to the Hope and Fear?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-01-11 03:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The hope and fear, mixed together, are released into the world with the shattering of the glass. I seek balance here, I think, not redress or succour. As a practical matter, the slips are mixed with everything else in the catchment jar, but I did not try to re-read them.
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Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation
User: johno
Date: 2010-01-11 17:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Do you know what the hopes the ladies added as well?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-01-11 17:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, theirs were secret unto themselves. I did not peek. Seemed apropos.
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2010-01-11 02:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Might you consider replacing each bottle with something else on the mantel?
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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2010-01-11 03:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm wondering if a spoon display will be there at some point?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-01-11 03:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Perhaps. Though many of the spoons may be given away as party favors at JayCon.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-01-11 03:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I rather like the slowly diminishing line on the mantel. Like a progress bar, in reverse.
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2010-01-11 07:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

I can see that part. For my part, I might also wish to count up to something else. Maybe JayConXX?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-01-11 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
JayCon XX...I like it. :)
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jenntheamazon
User: jenntheamazon
Date: 2010-01-11 06:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What a great way to symbalize your progression. I think this is a very awesome way of doing things. What do you plan to do with the container of broken chemo bottles when the last one is done?

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-01-11 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The broken bottles will remain as, well, art?
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-01-11 07:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What will happen to all the broken glass and hopes and fears when it's all done?
Will you bury them or something?

Might I add that the three of you make a very cute... um... group?
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User: quantuminsanity
Date: 2010-01-11 07:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dammit I did it again! I'm sorry I keep posting anonymously... for some reason LJ doesn't leave me logged in and I keep forgetting to check.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2010-01-11 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't suppose anyone shouted "Mazel tov!" during the ceremony?

No, I didn't think so.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2010-01-11 13:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Read the other comments first, Gary, before you post.
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mevennen
User: mevennen
Date: 2010-01-11 15:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Filling a bottle with broken glass (and nails, thorns, piss, pins) is a way of making a witch bottle to attract negativity away from you and into it. Maybe when it's finished the jar can be a witch bottle...
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